The worn and damaged Moai at Ahu Tongariki have definite personalities. I’ve uploaded most of the group photos to Flickr with plans to focus on each expression later
Traveling to New York without spending your life savings? Yes, it can be done:
Where to Crash
Unless you’re planning to camp out in Central Park — an illegal but potentially rewarding proposition — you will want to organize a place to stay. Ideally, you’ll check out CouchSurfing.org, the social-networking site for travelers, where members offer their couches, floors and even spare bedrooms to other like-minded people — free. In New York, there are at least 3,700 members — TV producers, graduate students, cheese-shop managers — who not only can give you a place to rest your head but can also provide expert advice on navigating the city. If you’re skeptical but curious, check out one of their regular weekly get-togethers at downtown bars; check www.couchsurfing.org/meetings.html for times and locations.
If you like the idea of staying in someone’s home but feel more secure paying for the privilege, check out AirBnB.com, which operates like a cross between CouchSurfing and the vacation-rentals section of CraigsList.org (itself a good resource). Apartments range from couches to spare bedrooms, with prices as low as $40 a night; I recently tested AirBnB in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and had a wonderful time.
Many of the sites linked to in this article are useful for traveling cheaply anywhere in the US, or around the world. A great resource!
Cardamom and honey cookies: Adapted from Judith Weiss’ recipe
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp warm water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
2 cups sifted flour
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in the honey. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add to mixture. Sift spices with flour and add to mixture.
The original recipe calls for the flat serrated pattern from a cookie press. If you don’t have a cookie press, roll the dough out flat onto wax paper. Cut into long thin strips. (Final cookie shape will be thin crisp rectangles.) Place on cookie sheet.Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 min.Cut into rectangles while still warm. Remove from sheet with spatula.
A few minutes after removing from the oven, put about a tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar into a tea strainer and ‘sift’ it over the cookies, evenly coating them. Let cool. Store in plastic bag to stay crisp.
Chocolate Chips (modified from the Toll House Cookie recipe)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
Leave butter out till it’s soft, or soften by putting in the microwave for a very, very short time. I usually double this recipe, but instead of using 4 sticks of butter I use 3 butters and 1 margarine. For some reason, this gives the best consistency.
Cream butter, then add granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat eggs lightly in a bowl before adding. Mix flour with salt and baking soda in a large bowl. (sifters are messy and annoying, so I ‘sift’ the dry mixture with a wire wisk) Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies (Adapted from a recipe originally published in Sunset Magazine and the NY Times last year).
The first time I made this recipe I read it too fast and added all the sugar in the beginning. Since I had to add more sugar to make the top coat of meringue, it was a total sweetness overload. So I divided the steps in half
1/2 pound unsalted butter
1/2 cups sugar
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups flour
Pinch of salt
1 cup blackberry jam
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, 1/2 cup of the sugar and the salt. Mix in the egg yolk, then the flour until just combined. (The dough will still be crumbly.) Transfer to an 11 1/2-inch-by-16. 1/2-inch baking sheet and, with floured hands, press into a thin, even layer, covering the pan. Spread the jam evenly over the dough.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup egg whites
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3/4 cup grated walnuts
1 cup chopped walnuts.
1. In a mixer, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually add the remaining cup of sugar and the lemon extract and mix until a stiff-peaked meringue forms. Crush the walnuts in the cuisinart and fold into the meringue. Swirl the meringue over the jam-covered dough. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Bake until the meringue is hardened, 35 to 40 minutes.
2. Cut the cookies in the pan while still warm, 8 rows by 11 rows. Lightly press the broken meringue into the jam layer. Set the sheets on cooling racks. Makes about 7 dozen cookies.
Via the Daily Mail:
These are the stunning images shot for an underwater film created using revolutionary technology.
The film took four years to shoot and costing a staggering £45 million to produce.
But it’s easy to see why: 500 hours of unedited film were shot using remote-controlled mini helicopters, divers, hydrodynamic cameras dragged behind boats and top speeds, and carefully tied poles.
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