Traditionals with a twist Chelsea Buns

first_imgChelsea Buns were originally made in London in the early 1700s. They are a sticky, sweet treat and are either finished with glacé icing or sugar syrup. They usually contain dried vine fruits, mixed peel and mixed spice. The method for Chelsea buns can be used with all sorts of other fillings, both sweet and savoury. This recipe uses almonds and apricots, but you could use chocolate and dried cherries, pecan nuts and dried peach or cranberries and orange. Try making a savoury version using some Parmesan cheese, basil and roasted strips of pepper marinated in garlic flavoured olive oil. The buns can be baked side by side on a baking sheet, so that they have to be pulled apart or baked in a round cake tin. The apricot glaze gives a lovely shine and a sweet, but tangy, finish.Almond and Apricot Chelsea BunsMakes 1215g/½ oz fresh yeast45g/1½ oz caster sugar450g/1lb plain flour, preferably strong5g/1 teaspoon salt45g/1½ oz butter1 egg225ml/7½ fl oz tepid milkGrated zest of 1 orangeFilling:55g/2oz sugar55g/2oz butter, softenedGrated zest of 1 orange1 teaspoon ground cinnamon85g/3oz almonds, chopped85g/3oz dried apricots, choppedApricot glaze1. Cream the yeast with 1 teaspoon of sugar.2. Sift the flour into a warm, dry bowl with the salt. Rub in the butter and stir in the sugar.3. Beat the egg and add to the yeast mixture with the tepid milk and orange zest.4. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the liquid and gradually draw the flour in from the sides of the bowl to make a ball of dough. It should be soft, but not too sticky. Knead for 10 minutes on a floured surface or until smooth and elastic. Put into a clean bowl. Cover and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk.5. Roll the dough into a square about 23cm/9 inches across.6. Mix the butter with the sugar, orange zest and cinnamon and spread over bun mixture.7. Sprinkle the chopped almonds and apricots over the butter and sugar mixture. Set the oven to 190C.8. Roll it up like a Swiss roll and cut into 3.5cm/½ inch slices.9. Arrange the buns, cut side up, on the baking sheet, side by side, and leave to prove for 15 minutes.10. Bake for 20-25 minutes and brush with apricot glaze while still warm.11. Leave the buns to cool on a wire rack before separating.last_img read more

‘Climate Conversations’ series aims to build community, spur action

first_imgCaro Park ’17 was a data analytics intern working in Ethiopia in 2016 when an El Niño system brought a devastating drought to the region where she was helping local teams monitoring child malnutrition in rural areas transition from paper to electronic records.When the drought hit, it changed her.“It was my first time witnessing the terrifying power of climate extremes, and what it looks like for the people living through them,” she said. “I saw how much worse the effects were for the more vulnerable populations — especially children,” some of whom were “so small and thin” that she thought they were infants.Pexels“I knew that something needed to be done and that good policy and international collaboration could not only improve their immediate lives but could also mitigate future damaging effects of climate change.”Park, now a doctoral candidate in population health sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, shared her story during a virtual panel in September on “Climate, Biodiversity, Pandemics, and Justice.” She drew on her research into how climate change and public health intersect and how vulnerable populations are affected by food insecurity created by climate disruption. The panel was the first in a five-part series called “Climate Conversations,” interrelated discussions that bring together alumni, faculty, and student experts from a wide range of disciplines. The series was created by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in partnership with alumni volunteers and the Harvard Office of Sustainability,” and continues with its fourth installment on Wednesday. The final panel will be Jan. 13.In opening the series, Harvard President Larry Bacow noted the importance of bridging boundaries and facilitating collaboration on a broader scale. “Our goals must expand to include the connection and amplification of our efforts and the development of partnerships that allow us to work across traditional boundaries and national boundaries, between industry and the academy, boundaries between individuals and institutions.”New ways of organizing across disciplinesThe series organizers, Valerie Nelson and Terrence McNally, both from the Class of 1969, designed each panel to be intergenerational and multidisciplinary. Each begins with speakers sharing their personal stories to highlight the diversity of their experiences.“We felt it was important to convene diverse voices to discuss the many dimensions of the existential threat of climate change,” said Philip Lovejoy, associate vice president and executive director of the HAA. “This is something we know alumni care about, and so we felt we had a responsibility to connect the experts and climate leaders from across the University … with the broader alumni body for conversations that matter.”Lovejoy added that the HAA envisioned the series would “spur further conversations that will lead to action in communities around the world.”A few of the panelist from across the series told the Gazette why an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems is so critical. Nadia Milad Issa, M.T.S. ’22 candidate, who took part in the third panel in November, “Changing Hearts and Minds on Climate Change,” said interdisciplinary work can help develop solutions “that tend to the multiple layers of addressing climate change.” Issa listed several, including “environmental science, food security, housing security, food deserts, impacted indigenous lands, spiritual-religious practices, individual and collective healing, and recovery processes.” The research associate at The Pluralism Project spoke about how the arts and performance can be part of climate and racial justice activism and discussed their research into Afro-Cuban and other spiritual and religious traditions and their relationships to ecosystems and culture.Issa said an interdisciplinary approach also means bringing more voices into the process, rather than “placing the world and its health on a few hands.”“The arts hold the responsibility and honor to be the reflection and conversation of global societies, [with dance creating space for reflection dialogue, or] utilized as a tool of resistance and a catalyst for radical social change,” they said.,These problems require “new ways of organizing ourselves” across disciplines and Schools, requiring the ability to access and expand community collaborations “between groups of people with different skills, areas of knowledge, and connections,” said Sam Myers ’87, M.P.H. ’07 Myers is principle research scientist for planetary health at the Chan School, director of the Planetary Health Alliance, and an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.In the September panel, Myers spoke about the need to the reframe the debate about climate change and energy to address how global and environmental changes are affecting human health and well-being far more broadly. He said Harvard’s “incredibly broad, diverse community” can contribute significantly by engaging experts in everything from sustainable design to movement building and activism to food as well as energy systems to those thinking about manufacturing.Claire Broome ’70, M.D. ’75, said strategic action is needed on all fronts. She cited areas in need of collaboration, especially “the transition to renewable energy and investment in cost-effective carbon sequestration, such as via natural and working lands.” Broome, who will speak at the Dec. 9 panel, “Climate Change, Protests, and Politics,” has spent the last 12 years helping accelerate adoption of renewable energy in California and working with advocacy organizations such as the Sierra Club and 350 Bay Area. Earlier, she spent nearly three decades working at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Park gave a real-world example to show how diverse disciplines solve problems. “When a heatwave hits a place in the world, we need emergency health care workers to treat those with heat stroke, policymakers to supply shelter and water for all, agriculturalists and farmers to protect the crops, park rangers to monitor fire-prone trees, meteorologists to predict the severity and duration. In the direct aftermath, we need all thinkers from all areas and all peoples to come together and map out what steps are needed going forward in what is increasingly becoming a climate crisis.”Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, summed up: “Yes, it’s all hands on deck both intellectually and civically.” Allen participated in the October panel, “Climate, Government, and the Economy: Reform or Transformation?,” about the need to reform political institutions be response to crises like climate change.Building on communityThe organizers envisioned that creating a cross-generational space for Harvard community members to engage together would bring inherent advantages. In his remarks, Bacow said, “[Harvard’s] faculty, students, and alumni and friends have long shaped the future in almost every field imaginable … [and] must continue to do so.”In addition to the research, teaching, and innovation leadership at the University, Bacow also called out the role alumni play in leading and contributing to organizations across the spectrum.“Alumni bring a depth of knowledge and perspectives from their professional backgrounds and their experience in how to change organizations and systems over time,” agreed Broome. In her panel, Broome will use her “technical knowledge of cost-effectiveness analysis in my current efforts to promote renewable energy” as well as her “knowledge of how bureaucracies work and how to work with partners to get the policies we need.” She said that recent generations of students have produced “transformative developments in energy technology — think storage, solar, and the Internet of Things — combined with the technology platforms that were unimaginable only 20 years ago.”“I don’t know how I can emphasize strongly enough how valuable the community-building function is,” said Myers. “In the direct aftermath, we need all thinkers from all areas and all peoples to come together and map out what steps are needed going forward in what is increasingly becoming a climate crisis.” — Caro Park ’17 Analysts see reversals of Trump changes, more global leadership, political hurdles Environmentalist predicts more extreme heat events — and disasters linked to them Symposium connects the dots among climate change, patient maladies, and worsening burdens on health care systems Issa’s experience has shaped the view that this approach helps redistribute power, making it easier “to gain compassion, deeper understanding, multiple critical lenses, and momentum to shake stakeholders to enact needed transformation.” They said they learned this by being “deeply engaged in Restorative Justice Circles” in high school. “[I found] student-teacher circles were the most moving and vulnerable. Still, it was essential to really see teachers in their personhood and just as impacted by school issues as were students.” Issa calls this “an imperative alliance.”Park said that bringing together these groups is powerful, “especially if those voices can amplify those that are silenced elsewhere.” She pointed out that “experience comes in many shapes and sizes” and that during her time at Harvard as an undergraduate and as a graduate student she “has been educated by an 18-year-old and an 80-year-old just the same.”“[I] would have been lost without the mentorship of graduate students and professors” during College, “and now as a grad student, I know I would be lost without the unrelenting and eager passion of the undergrads,” she said.“Harvard is an extraordinary community with rich resources of mind and heart,” Allen said. “We can do more together than separately. What is gained through collaboration is the chance to accelerate development of shared understanding and identification and implementation of solutions.”“Climate Conversations” is hosted by the Harvard Alumni Association and was developed in conjunction with members of the Harvard College Class of 1969, Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment, the Harvard Club of New Hampshire, and the Harvard Office for Sustainability. Relatedcenter_img Heatwave = heat stroke = ER visit So how much change can Biden bring on climate change? When it hits 100 degrees in Siberia … The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Contemporizing IT

first_imgI left EMC’s recent CIO Summit in Singapore thinking about Big Data and race cars.During the Summit, Michael Taylor, CIO of Lotus F1 Racing, referenced that their car has more than 150 sensors that capture 25MBs per lap and 50GBs of data per race that can be analyzed to fine tune the car for the next race. It’s absolutely incredible and is turning race cars into mobile R&D centers.While I may not drive a race car, I am excited about how the proliferation of sensors and Internet of Everything will benefit us personally and professionally in the future. And, as a CIO, it is also a reminder that we must take a more contemporary approach to IT to unlock the potential of this information.We need to devise a way to capture and manage this big, fast data and provide a platform for our users to analyze this information in real-time. At EMC, we are creating a ubiquitous data lake where we could ingest a large amount of data, and then put the intelligence on top of it. This goes beyond just visualizing the data to provide our business users with the ability to play with the data and change the variables to drive different outcomes and different behaviors.However, as CIOs of contemporary IT organizations, we cannot focus just on the technology. To paraphrase one CIO’s comment at the Summit, a technology approach like this enables us to stop thinking about delivering products and solutions, and begin to focus on how we can help our business users achieve value-driven outcomes. While technology is critical, contemporary IT requires that we take a long, hard look at our people and processes and evolve to organization to be business-facing, service-oriented, consumption-funded and, most importantly, value-driven.Which brings me back to Michael’s session at our Summit. Capturing all that data is important, but only if it helps Lotus F1 get faster, more agile and more competitive after each and every race. How are you contemporizing IT to supercharge your business?last_img read more

Samantha Barks on Starring in London’s The Last Five Years

first_img Samantha Barks came to worldwide attention as Eponine in the film of Les Miserables but has an extensive list of stage credits including Les Miz, Aladdin and City of Angels. The 26-year-old Isle of Man native can now be found in the intimate confines of the St James Theatre playing Cathy opposite Jonathan Bailey’s Jamie in The Last Five Years, the Jason Robert Brown song cycle first seen off-Broadway in 2002. Barks took time during rehearsals to talk about fulfilling a longstanding dream.Is this a show you knew already?Did I know it? [Laughs.] I’ve been obsessed with this show basically for years! When I first heard it, I thought, “God I’d love to play this part” [of Cathy.] That was my teenage dream: I could literally sing the entire score myself.What was it like when you went to audition for Jason Robert Brown for this production?When I met him, he asked me whether I was familiar with the show, and I basically had to be as cool as possible.Why do you think you responded so intently to the piece all those years ago?It was because the songs felt like contemporary pop music to me. I was 13 or something at the time, and it was one of the first musicals I’d heard to have that contemporary sound.Weren’t you too young to know firsthand what Cathy was going through?Yes, and what’s funny is I remember my heart aching without ever having had a relationship myself. I think I just thought, “Oh, men!” as you do when you’re a teenager. I was obviously on Cathy’s side.Have your thoughts changed with time?I guess what’s interesting as you get older is that you completely see both sides of [Jamie and Cathy’s] relationship. It seems clear to me that the intention is there for them to love one another, but life directs them apart. It’s all very complex.What do you make of the structure of the show, which tells Cathy’s story in reverse?It’s so intriguing to start in the place you would normally finish, but the beauty of Jason’s writing is in the simplicity of it. And it’s a weird thing, you know, when you have a breakup and you’ve got to get to grips with all the memories, and that’s kind of how her story works. We travel back to the place where she starts to crumble.Does that mean you and [co-star] Jonathan Bailey are in different emotional places at different times?What we’ve noticed is because Cathy’s story ends at a more hopeful beginning, I step out of rehearsals every day with a spring in my step whereas Johnny, as Jamie [whose story moves forwards], comes in first thing all springy and happy and by the end, he’s in bits!What’s it like starting the show with a song as mournful as “Still Hurting”?Every beat of that song is linked so deeply to the emotion that you just have to ride it. But it’s written so beautifully that it’s not hard to go to the places [the song] asks you to go.How did it feel to be starting in on this just as you were turning 26?I just think of it as such a great birthday gift! It’s like, what would my 13 or 14-year-old self think if she knew that on my 26th birthday, I would be rehearsing with Jason Robert Brown? She wouldn’t believe me. It was as if that girl then was saying, “Oh God, I want to talk about the show all the time,” whereas I look at her and think, “but you hadn’t had a relationship!”Was it hard to arrive at the evenhandedness you now feel towards the characters?Well, I’m a woman, obviously, so you think that’s going to determine your point of view. But what I’ve come to discover about the show is that we’re not just one character or the other: it’s not just a generalized man or woman. These are complex, sensitive people who have contrasting egos the way everyone has. I’m sure most people feel at times as if they have been Cathy or Jamie.Does it feel like a competition, or, at least, a relay race?What’s interesting once you get into the flow of it is that it really isn’t “my song/your song.” It feels more like passing the baton as part of one big monologue, and I have to say the time flies by so quickly.How does it feel playing an American—or at least this American?That’s interesting because I’ve not done a New York accent, though heaven knows I do love that place. There’s such energy about it, and a buzz. Everyone’s always in such a rush.  Do you recognize yourself in Cathy, who after all is also an actress?I do. I mean, I moved away from the Isle of Man to London myself so very much empathize with her moving to the big city to fulfill her dream. What happens then is that she finds herself alongside Jamie as these two very ambitious people in a place that is very right for him and not so right for her.What has been the impact of the recent Anna Kendrick/Jeremy Jordan film?The thing with the movie is that they brought it up to now whereas we’re doing the original script, which is set in 1993. But hopefully the film allows the show to reach another audience—I always think without films of some of these musicals, so many people wouldn’t know the shows at all.But doesn’t the movie make a snarky reference to Russell Crowe, your co-star in the Les Miz film?Yes, but we don’t have that in our show. We’re sticking with Linda Blair. Star Files Samantha Barks in ‘The Last Five Years'(Photo: Scott Rylander) View Comments Samantha Barkslast_img read more

Tremont Institute: Live & Learn in the Smokies

first_imgSpend 3-10 days living and learning in one of the most ecologically diverse parks in the world – Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is located four miles from the Townsend, Tennessee entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is surrounded by miles of trails, a rushing river, a gorgeous waterfall, and a half million acres of mountains and forests. Tremont Institute delivers experiential learning for youth, educators, and adults through programs that promote self-discovery, critical thinking, and effective teaching and leadership. What interests you? Photography? Hiking? Family Camp? Backpacking? Naturalist Courses? Youth Summer Camps? Teacher Professional Development? Tremont has it all. Programs are offered year-round and pricing includes instruction, meals, and housing on campus. We invite all ages to step away from their daily routine and join us for an adventure in the Smokies. Learn more and register online at www.gsmit.org.last_img read more

Berger delivers Washington & Industry Update at DCUC today

first_img continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger will provide defense credit union leaders with a Washington & Industry Update during today’s general session of the 54th Annual Conference of the Defense Credit Union Council in San Diego.The conference, which began Sunday, also marks the recent changing of the guard at the DCUC, which has just welcomed Anthony R. Hernandez as its new president and CEO. Hernandez, who first joined the DCUC as its chief operating officer last August, has succeeded Arty Arteaga. Arteaga retired from the group’s top executive post July 31.Arteaga, who most recently participated in NAFCU’s Defense Credit Union Summit this June, led the DCUC for more than 17 years and is being recognized during tonight’s Hall of Honor Dinner at the conference.“NAFCU has enjoyed a strong working relationship with the DCUC throughout Arty’s tenure, and we have especially appreciated the insight he has shared during our yearly summits and in discussions of the issues affecting NAFCU members with links to the defense community,” said Berger. “We wish Arty all the best, and we look forward to continuing our work together as the council goes forward under Tony’s leadership.”last_img read more

Lindsey Graham Wins a Fourth Term in South Carolina, Beating Jaime Harrison

first_imgBut the close results suggested Mr. Graham’s standing had also taken a significant hit in the state since he last ran in 2014. Before his re-election this time, the senator had undertaken a considerable political makeover, casting aside a reputation as a dealmaking moderate who once called Mr. Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot” to present himself as a conservative warrior standing at the president’s right hand. The transformation appeared to have alienated some moderate Republicans turned off by the president, even as it failed to persuade some of his staunchest conservative supporters.Mr. Harrison tried to exploit those fissures, portraying Mr. Graham as a morally compromised politician willing to do whatever it took to win. Flush with more than $86 million in contributions — a record haul for a Senate race fueled by out-of-state liberals who loathed Mr. Graham — Mr. Harrison blanketed the state with advertising that not only reinforced his own candidacy, but also bolstered Bill Bledsoe, a Constitution Party candidate who he hoped might siphon conservative votes away from Mr. Graham. “To those who have been following this race from afar, I hope you got the message,” a triumphant Mr. Graham declared Tuesday night in Columbia. “Here’s the message I got: People like what I’m doing, and I’m going to keep doing it.”- Advertisement – Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, fended off the most difficult challenge of his career on Tuesday, turning back a Democrat backed by a record-setting onslaught of campaign cash to win a fourth term, according to The Associated Press.The victory reassured jittery Republicans, who were forced this fall to divert tens of millions of dollars from key battlegrounds to a deeply conservative state to save Mr. Graham. It also dashed the hopes of Democrats who believed a victory by their candidate, Jaime Harrison, would improve their chances of seizing the Senate majority.- Advertisement – He added, “When it comes to Lindsey Graham, and team Graham, the best is yet to come.”Mr. Graham, 65, has been a fixture in Washington since the 1990s, when he was first elected to the House, and is known as a wily and effective political messenger.He avoided making his fight against Mr. Harrison personal. Instead, he attacked his Democratic opponent as a generic liberal whose policy preferences on health care, spending and judges were simply out of line with a solidly conservative state.- Advertisement – Mr. Harrison, a Black Democrat whose upstart campaign electrified progressives across the country, would have been only the second African-American from the South elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.In the end, though, Mr. Graham, the chairman of the influential Judiciary Committee, leaned heavily on his stature in Washington to pull through. Just days before the election, he helped deliver a singular conservative victory, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, using the highly partisan fight in the Senate to bolster his campaign. He also benefited from a close relationship with President Trump, who easily carried the state on Tuesday. That did not prove to be enough. Mr. Harrison simply could not find enough South Carolinians willing to vote for a Democrat.“Tonight only slowed us down, but a New South with leaders who reflect the community and serve the interests of everyone will be here soon enough,” Mr. Harrison said Tuesday night in a concession speech. He urged Mr. Graham to cultivate his independent streak.If he had a chance of doing so, it almost certainly ended in the weeks after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in mid-September. In 2018, Mr. Graham’s fiery defense of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in the face of accusations of sexual assault briefly made him a conservative rock star.This time around, as chairman of the judiciary panel, he had a microphone and a spotlight in nationally televised hearings to present himself as an ally of conservative women and remind the party’s voters what was at stake. He could credibly claim to be a crucial force in cementing a conservative majority on the court that Republicans have long made a priority.Now, Mr. Graham will have six more years in Washington. In the weeks before Election Day, Mr. Graham had hinted that he might try to reclaim his independent streak if re-elected. And with the potential of Mr. Trump’s defeat, he would be positioned to have a major role in determining his party’s path forward. – Advertisement –last_img read more