Tag Archives: East Asia

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Spaghetti With Olive Oil and Italian Fish Sauce

Photo courtesy of MattBites.com.

Photo courtesy of MattBites.com.

Fish sauce has long been a staple of Southeast Asian cooking.  Made from fermented fish with sea salt, it has a strong, distinct flavor that enhances all the delicious flavors in Asian cuisine.  Easily recognizable as a truly Eastern condiment, it’s fascinating to learn it has ancient roots in Western Europe as well, specifically in ancient Rome. Continue reading

May the Force Be With You: AntiquityNOW Marking International Star Wars Day During AntiquityNOW Month in May

Star Wars Image copyThe Star Wars series has defined generations of space enthusiasts and launched fantasy franchises that try to compete, but never beat, the original.  Not to be outdone, AntiquityNOW has a new take on this iconic brand thanks to Jason Allen, PhD., who is Coordinator of Social Science at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.  Last year Allen created a well-received lesson plan in honor of International Star Wars Day on May 4 that featured both Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings movies.  This year Allen will be working with AntiquityNOW on another curriculum that mines the ancient motifs in these series to illustrate how science fiction can reflect life truths, whatever the life form. Continue reading