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Yesterday, Rick and I learned a bunch of stuff from Davyne Dial about the video conference software that we’ll use for our podcast on WPVM 103.7 Community radio featuring the arts & culture of Asheville. Also, I decided to resurrect my old Food Fans logo, theme song, and basic format, and incorporate the Wing Thing into that. Luis and Jennie will join us this week if they can, we’re doing Tienda El Quetzal all over again because I wasn’t happy with the way our Zoom podcast came out last week. My fault, tech issues. Arg. Davyne agreed to produce our show until I learn how. Stay tuned!

Ahi Tuna Poke Stacks

Ahi Tuna Poke Rice Stacks with layers of chunks of sushi-grade tuna, avocado, cucumbers, spicy mayo, and rice layered in fun easy stacks.Ahi Tuna Poke StacksI’ve been making my easy Spicy California Shrimp Stacks for years, but when I got my hands on some tuna, I thought I would share a tuna poke version based off my Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls. These tuna stacks are SO delish and perfect for when you’re craving sushi. They’re such a fun and easy dish that will wow your friends! Serve the stacks with some Spicy Garlic Edamame and make it a meal.I love poke and order it out when I know I can get fresh fish, but also love making it myself when I get my hands on fresh sushi grade tuna. These ahi tuna stacks come together in less than 20 minutes with frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s (I’m obsessed!) and pre-cubed sushi-grade ahi tuna I get from Crowd Cow (You can get $25 off your first order here). All you have to do is combine the ingredients and assemble. And you don’t need anything fancy for assembly – just a one-cup measuring cup. Two stacks is filling, if you want to serve as a multi course meal you can serve one stack for 4 people.How to Make an Ahi Tuna StackTuna: Combine the tuna with soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, and scallions.Rice: Stir rice vinegar into warm rice.Spicy Mayo: Mix mayo and sriracha.Assemble: Spray a 1-cup measuring cup with oil and then layer cucumber, avocado, tuna, and rice.Toppings: Turn the cup upside down and remove it from the stack. Sprinkle with furikake, soy sauce, and spicy mayo.Variations:If you don’t have frozen rice, make your own using use short-grain brown rice.Swap the ahi tuna for crab meat, shrimp, or sushi-grade salmon.If you don’t want to buy  Furikake  (affiliate link), a Japanese condiment made with sesame seeds, seaweed, and spices, you can just use sesame seeds.If you prefer your spicy mayo to be spicier, feel free to add more sriracha.You can also use light mayo if you prefer.Don’t like raw fish, make these Shrimp Stacks instead.More Ahi Tuna Recipes You’ll Love:Ahi Tuna Poke Stacks 561 Cals 48.5 Protein 37.5 Carbs 24.5 FatsPrep Time: 20 minsCook Time: 0 minsTotal Time: 20 minsAhi Tuna Poke Rice Stacks with layers of chunks of sushi-grade tuna, avocado, cucumbers, spicy mayo, and rice layered in fun easy stacks.For Tuna:12 ounces raw sushi grade tuna, cubed small3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, or gluten-free tamari, liquid aminos1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil1 teaspoon sriracha1 scallion, slicedFor Stacks:1 cup cooked short-grain brown rice, heated1 tablespoon rice vinegar1 cup peeled and diced cucumber, about 1 medium1/2 cup mashed avocado, about 1 medium4 teaspoons Furikake, such as Eden Shake or use sesame seeds4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, or gluten-free4 teaspoons mayonnaise1 teaspoon sriracha sauceIn a large bowl combine tuna, soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha and scallions.Gently toss and set aside while you prepare the rest.Place the heated rice in a bowl and add rice vinegar; stir.In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and sriracha sauce.Lightly spray the inside of a 1 cup dry measuring cup with oil (use one with straight edges) then start by layering 1/4 cup cucumber, then 2 tablespoon of avocado and smooth, then 1/4 of the tuna and flatten with the back of a spoon, and finally 1/4 cup rice.Carefully turn the cup upside down to turn the stack out onto a plate, lightly tapping the bottom of the cup if necessary.Sprinkle with Furikake and drizzle with 1 teaspoon soy sauce and sriracha mayonnaise.Repeat with remaining ingredients.Serving: 2stacks, Calories: 561kcal, Carbohydrates: 37.5g, Protein: 48.5g, Fat: 24.5g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 1620.5mg, Fiber: 7.5g, Sugar: 5gBlue Smart Points: 10Green Smart Points: 12Purple Smart Points: 7Keywords: ahi tuna poke, poke tuna stack, sushi rice stacks, tuna sushi posted April 7, 2021 by GinaDon’t Miss a Recipe!Get new free recipes and exclusive content delivered right to your inbox:You May Also Like:Post navigation

Time for criticism

The Turkish journal Cogito marks its one hundredth issue with a return to the source. Entitled, ‘Time for criticism’, it examines the history and roots of critical thought. The special issue also shows the urgency and relevance that such approaches offer for both a post-truth pandemic world and Turkey under president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Editor Şeyda Öztürk proposes ‘a closer and more detailed relationship with critical thought in Turkey in this crucial period and enriched intellectual production.’
The issue kicks off with a whistle-stop tour of the territory, as academics Volkan Çıdam, Kurtul Gülenc, Özgür Emrah Gürel and Zeynep Savaşçın discuss the schools and traditions associated with the term ‘critical theory’. This colloquium introduces 400 pages of essays and interviews on topics ranging from the Frankfurt School to postcolonial theory.

Adorno in Turkey
Toros Güneş Esgün discusses the recent surge in interest in the work of Theodor Adorno, explaining why adapting them to a modern Turkish context is an act that requires critical thinking in itself. Aykut Çelebi looks at Walter Benjamin’s One-Way Street to show how critical thought remains important at a time when ‘huge problems urgently demand solutions and no sign of a new theory, an actor or a movement is capable of dealing with them.’
Critical tools
Zeynep Gambetti examines ideas of time focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic’s ‘temporal fracture’ that challenges neoliberal capitalism and its understanding of the present. And Çiğdem Yazıcı looks at how purely logical thought can fail against the challenges of a post-truth world, advocating for emotions to be considered as part of philosophies.
Özgür Gürsoy studies despotism through the lenses of Michel Foucault and Jürgen Habermas. Critical thought may not have the power to change the despotic regime, he writes, but the ‘function of criticism is to provide the mental tools and experiments that keep us open to the kind of transformations that are needed in order to have any impact on games that are rigged in such ways.’
Ottoman ghosts
Elsewhere, Arif Camoğlu traces attitudes to empire, both Ottoman and British, in the work of nineteenth century writers and politicians such as Abdülhak Hamid Tarhan, whose career spanned the end of the Ottoman Empire and the foundation of the Turkish Republic. Camoğlu ponders the ‘paradox’ of a servant of empire who became a republican founder, arguing that such careers reveal that ‘the Ottoman ghost, whose existence is becoming increasing clear these days, was actually always at the end of our nose.’
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Race in Europe and the US

In Springerin, Saidiya Hartman ruminates on race in America by recounting W.E.B. Du Bois’s science fiction short story The Comet (1920), in which a black man (Jim) and white woman (Julia) cross paths following a deadly comet strike on New York.
Du Bois’s apocalyptic story is part of a larger collection, which Hartman describes as ‘an assemblage of stories, essays, poems, prayers, songs, parables and hymns, and an inventory of violence (which examines whiteness, lynching, servitude, imperial war, the damnation of black women, colonialism, capitalist predation, as well as beauty, chance, death and the sublime).’ Despite a hundred years and yet another deadly pandemic, the spectre of white racism remains just as virulent today.

Race in Europe
Variously referred to as a foreigner, citizen with a migration background, post-migrant, Black, and now BIPOC, Julian Warner explores race in his native country Germany. ‘What’, he asks, ‘is the relationship between the sheer limitless violence of the historical colonial situation to a European home and present?’
American writers and theorists have provided the foundational material through which race has been articulated and interrogated throughout the world. However, Warner prods readers to move beyond ‘this African-American-centered discourse’ in order to mobilize support and solidarity for victims of violence and racial discrimination in Europe today. Ultimately, he questions the value of dualisms such as colony and home, suggesting that we rethink our reasoning and assumptions.
Debating technology
Christian Höller speaks with Mark Coeckelbergh about the ethics of artificial intelligence, what it means for our lives and how it might change society in the future. Coeckelbergh acknowledges the many benefits of machine learning, automation and data science, but also calls attention to their moral and ethical drawbacks, including privacy and transparency concerns, ‘predictive policing’ and the loss of jobs.
Whether a balance can be struck between harnessing the power of technology in order to address pressing issues such as political instability and climate change, and safeguarding human agency and independence remains an open question. Despite technology’s obvious potential, ‘there is tremendous risk for the manipulation of people, even if this manipulation is for a good purpose.’
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The iconic turn in medieval art

In New Literary Observer, Oleg Voskoboynikov considers one of the most widely studied sacred images in western art: the Lateran icon of the Saviour in the Sancta Sanctorum (the Pope’s private chapel) in Rome. In a combined study of Nicola Maniacutia’s Treatise on the Lateran Palace Icon, written in the 1140s, and the Lateran icon, Voskoboynikov illustrates the important, premodern concept of the ‘living icon’. The Lateran Christ is one of the foremost examples in the West of a miracle-working icon ‘not made by human hands’ (the scholarly term is an ‘acheiropoieton’).
Between the eighth and the sixteenth centuries, the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin (15 August) was celebrated in Rome by a procession carrying the icon of Christ from the Lateran Palace to Santa Maria Maggiore. There, the image ‘met’ the holy icon of the Virgin, known as the Saviour of the Roman people (Salus populi romani). The enormous importance of the event lay in the belief that the images were ‘living’ – that Christ and the Virgin were actually present in their icons.

Sacred ‘place of memory’
The Russian equivalent of the Lateran Christ in the West is the Vladimir Mother of God, the famous twelfth-century Byzantine icon, brought to Russia in the medieval period. Peter S. Stefanovich considers the reception of the icon in the 1500s and 1600s, drawing attention to the famous painting The Panegyric to Our Lady of Vladimir (1668) by Simon Ushakov, also known as The Tree of the Russian State.
In Ushakov’s work, portraits of saints connected to Moscow, Russian tsars and patriarchs are depicted in medallions, growing as fruits on a tree. As a symbol of the Russian state, the tree is being watered by Prince Ivan Kalita and the Metropolitan Petr, while Jesus is watching from above. This is ‘a sacred-dynastic construction’ that appeals not only to ‘faith but also to dynastic memory’.
The idea of Russia’s heavenly dynasty and Moscow as both sacred ‘place of memory’ (Pierre Nora) and political centre also comes across in texts from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries, in which we are told that the Vladimir Mother of God miraculously saved the city from the Tatars in 1521.
Fused images
Andrey Vinogradov looks at images that combine the established genre of donor portraiture – for example the mosaic of the Emperor Justinian at Ravenna – and representations of the Virgin with outstretched arms, interceding with God on behalf of humanity. A rare example of the fusion of these two types of images is the mosaic of the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI kneeling (proskynesis) before Christ, above him a medallion with the Virgin as intercessor.

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