Andy Warhol – Campbell’s Soup Cans

Sometimes refered to as 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, this work of art is by Andy Warhol. Warhol said that this painting was his favourite, and I agree :-). So why soup cans? Warhol wanted suggestions for paintings, and his friend told him to paint something everyone knew about, a familiar, relatable object like Campbell’s Soup…

Starring Roxanne Chevalier – A historical short story

I am Roxanne Chevalier. This is my story. I was the wife of Lorenzo Chevalier, one of the richest feudal lords in the whole of France. My husband Lorenzo used to be a knight. Actually, “Chevalier” means knight. He was promoted to a feudal lord during the reign of Louis XV of France. When Louis…

Tail Spinner or How I became a Writer :-)

When I began studying in a new school in a new city, I made many new friends. However, one thing made me feel left out – all of them had pets. Allie had a frog, Roma had a dog, Charlotte had three cats, and Ruth had a hamster. It was considered odd not to have…

A bite of heaven in Hanoi

If you ever go to Vietnam, never ever go to a fancy, expensive restaurant. The street food there is just stunning, and something you certainly do not want to miss out on. Pho may be the most famous dish, but Bun Cha is the yummiest according to me. Bun Cha originated, and still remains very…

The Dream

Here I stood, with the mike in front of me and an orchestra, or at least what looked like one, playing soft music, which sounded like fingernails being scraped on a blackboard. “Silence!” shrieked a cold voice. The orchestra stopped, and an eerie silence penetrated through the hall. “The chair recognizes Ophelia Dupree, reason for…

Carrot Cake And Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. This year I made some yummy food for this occasion. First up – main course. Red Wine Braised Short Ribs (you need a Dutch oven for this recipe) Ingredients: Bone in beef short ribs – 5 pounds Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)…

The Meaning of Life

Me: What is the meaning of life? Siri: All evidence to date suggests it’s chocolate. Since ‘What is the meaning of life?’ is a famous question, there are tons of famous answers – to follow your dreams, to live your dreams, to expand one’s perception of the world. Even world peace. The human brain perceives the external world…

Healthy Lemon-Mint Bars

Lemon-Mint bars are the perfect spring and summer snack. You can store them in the fridge for later, make them for a party, or simply finish them all without sharing. I prefer the last one, personally 🙂 They have a zing to them because of the lemon, and the mint adds a cool, refreshing touch….

A Leftover Kitchen Lesson

How many people in this world have stale food in the refrigerator or leftovers after a meal? I think its safe to assume that it happens to most of us. And a majority of us don’t know what to do with the leftovers, so we simply dump them into the trash. I was luck to…

The Fear of Congruence

“And to finish up the chapter “Congruence of Triangles”,” said my Math teacher, “I have a worksheet of 32 problems that you have to do for holiday homework.” The class groaned. During the holidays, I slaved for three days and got the worksheet done at last. Just when I thought I was done, I suddenly…

Monsters under my bed!

“Juliana”, my mother yells. “We are going whether you like it or not. I’ve told you a million times, monsters do not live under beds!!” I’ve been told many times that monsters don’t exist. People have tried to prove it to me by forcing me to look under my bed. However, I am smarter than…

Chemistry and Ice-cream :-)

How many of you have never eaten ice cream? I bet all of you have. But how many of you have tried ice cream made with LIQUID NITROGEN? Liquid nitrogen is used to make the ice cream freeze faster than it would with a hand cranker or an electric machine. So you can eat your…