History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.


If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.


Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.


Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.


Angkor Wat: The World’s Largest Religious Monument

Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia, is the world’s largest religious monument. “Angkor” comes from Sanskrit and means “city” while Wat is Khmer for “temple.” Cambodians are usually referred to as Khmer people and Thai are referred to as Siem. So, the name Siem Reap means “Thai Defeat,” but that’s another story. Angkor Wat also appears on the national flag of Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was originally built in the 12th century by king Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple. It was a dedication to Vishnu. Later, in the 16th century, Buddhism took over and Angkor Wat was converted to a Buddhist temple. The Buddhists tried to paint the giant wall mural depicting several scenes from Hinduism and in some parts, you can actually touch the carved stone on the mural.

Angkor Wat lies on an island 1km x 1.5km with a 1 km wide moat on all sides. There are two entrances: the front in the west and the back in the east. Angkor Wat, unlike most temples, faces to the west instead of the east to signify that Suryavarman was intending to be buried there. Inside the temple, there is a central point where you can see in all four directions, many intricate and sometimes unfinished carvings, and a big central tower which was the king’s tomb. The central has really steep stairs that you could be afraid of going up and down.

Overall, Angkor Wat is a great place and has a lot of extra history and details to it, and it is also a great tourist destination.

Hehe, It’s a Lizard!

I took this picture of a really cool lizard in Cambodia.

Gods Versus Demons

This picture was taken by the wall mural in Angkor Wat. If you look closely, the ones facing to the right are different from the ones facing to the left. The gods are facing to the right and the demons … Continue reading

Khmer BBQ

I took this picture in Cambodia of a Khmer hot pot barbecue. They give you all the raw ingredients and you cook them yourself.

On a Cold Winter Morning…

On a Cold Winter Morning...

On a Cold Winter Morning…

On a cold Winter Morning, the snow covering the ground, a frosty sun rises above the horizon always makes a good picture. I took the picture with a Canon Rebel T3i in January. The Picture of a sun and some snow is a classic New England.

Good Tips for Great Pictures


Canon D-SLR courtesy of http://www.trustedreviews.com/Canon-EOS-450D-digital-SLR_Digital-Camera_review

Today, every body can take a nice picture if you really try. Sometimes you can just imagine a picture and other times it just happens that you get a good one at the right time. Photography is amazing and if you try really hard you can make it happen. In this article I will try to give you some good tips for great photos.

To start off always make sure you have a camera with you that you know you can use. When you know your camera you can take some really great photos with all the settings. A camera phone is always good for pictures that you are not prepared for but just pop up. If you are planning a photo it is better to have a real camera. If you have a camera that is not a phone, I would recommend that you use it for all the pictures you take. Digital compact cameras are nice for taking pictures but if you want to get serious you should get a DSLR camera. When you are looking for a camera try to get one with a built in flash, if it does not have a flash, buy a external flash to hook up. Light is extremely important for taking photos. Of you are in a dark setting always use flash. If you are in dim light try taking a photo with and without flash. In direct sunlight there is really no need for light but you can always try it!

If you have a DSLR camera shutter speed is very important. In slow moving or still environments your shutter speed does not have to be that fast. In a fast moving environment like sports a higher shutter speed is highly recommended. When you set your shutter always make sure it is exactly what you want for that special moment for a picture.

For people who like taking photos on you phone, you can make a nice picture or a bad picture very easily. When you take a picture on your phone make sure it does not blur or come out grainy. Remember that phone cameras are not like DLSR so they don’t have auto focus or self sensors. The last thing for photographers who like to take photos on their phone, is always try hard and you will come out with picture.

Happy Picture taking! NicksPics!