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The Fantastic Apparatus

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by jayasala42, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. jayasala42

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    I think that the plural of the word spouse is spice.( just as mice for mouse)The dictionary gives long explanations.
    I really don't know that many spouses make the life spicy!

    Coming to the spice in the kitchen,the first spice that comes to our mind is coriander( koththu malli).The name is derived from 'KORIS'the Greek word for bed bugs because the ancient Greeks thought the seeds
    smelt like the insect.Somehow we have to say that the bed bug smells like coriander and not the other way round.
    There are many people who still have aversion to coriander.Because the aldehyde molecules that are present in coriander are also present in soap.No wonder they are reminded of only soap while smelling coriander.So it matters where the smell comes from.

    Flavour is a combination of taste,smell,mouthfeel and sound and visual experience also.

    If we think about taste,our tongues have taste buds .It has been believed that the tip of tongue has more taste buds dedicated to detecting sweet and salty tastes more easily.Bitter taste is felt at the side of the tongue.Our ability to detect bitterness comes from the necessity to identify poisons which are normally bitter.

    However perception of taste depends on individuals.Indians may need at least 1.5 percent
    concentration by weight to taste acceptably salted
    whereas the westerners may find it more salty.

    A pinch of salt may enhance the sweetness.That is why many prefer jagory , which contains a little salt, to prepare payasam.There is also a temperature range at which taste buds operate at their best level.

    From taste we come to the flavour dectecting apparatus, the nose.Our olefactory cortex can recognize more than 10,000 uniques flavours.
    Do you know that in Scent labs in France, the chief analyst is designated as 'NOSE'.

    The tongue can detect tastes coming from water soluble molecules alone.The gnashing of teeth causes release of more flavour molecules that hit the receptors.
    When we smell before eating is called'ortho nasal olefaction' and what we smell after chewing is
    'retronasal olfaction'.That is why many food items which smell funny earlier,have amazing taste once we chew them.

    Smell is the only sense that goes straight to the brain's cor.tex.Olefactory nerve is situated nearer to the part of the brain dealing with emotions.That is why the food evokes nostalgia and memories.It is not only objective taste but fond memories reverborate.

    Now coming to the mouthfeel,the dense idli and airy idli are chemically the same and theoretically should taste the same way.But they dont.In addition to taste,
    our flavour detection apparatus distinguishes textures also.Cohesive,dense or heavy,dry or wet,grainy or pasty,rough or slippery, viscosity-all are detected.

    Cooking is not a collection of some grocery items and just heating,it has to cater to the commands and demands of so many masters situated within ourselves,amidst so many cultures of various nations, multivarious climates,
    A wonderful apparatus we are gifted with!

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    It has to be the right combination, not just random choice of one spouse too much, and the others not enough.Why do muslims make better biriyani ? Because they are allowed spice, and they know how much to use each, and in what order they go in.
     
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    A very detailed analysis of how our taste and smell apparatus function with a wonderful conclusion of our skillset in cooking. Swadisthana and Mulathara chakras are closely connected with our taste and smell. Water and Earth, two of the five elements that are responsible for our experiencing taste and smell.

    I had been to one of the perfume factories in France when we went on a Mediterranean cruise in 2008. What an experience that was! My son, wife, and I were part of the group visiting this factory. They told us to use 100s of different solutions in combination based on how our nose reacts to each smell and finally concluded that the perfume we made would fit our body much better than anything off the shelves. They asked us to keep it unused for 2 months before using it. The combination we have created went to permanent record and we could still order that perfume whenever we need it. Interestingly, the combinations that have become a famous international brand are all created by one individual who enjoys royalty for life as long as that perfume sells in the market. In fact, the highest-paid personnel in that factory are professional nosers.
     
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    Wow! What a connection between Briyani and Spice! :roflmao:
     
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    Earlier I read only the first paragraph, and wrote a response. These days even the really wealthy, (all the bollywoodsy "khans" come to mind) have only one spouse, albeit lead a "spicy" life off the record.

    Anyhow... now I have read the full OP.
    All of this points to the OP's penchant for etymology, and perhaps a background of study of organic chemistry. If one were not to consult any reference, and just do some fakery in etymology, Cor-Yonder would be a "cor" something that needs to stay yonder, i.e., some distance away. Perhaps c-o-r is Chaucer's spelling for the modern c-o-r-e, meaning the root or fundamental-thing.

    Non-veg people in the west, eat a whole mess of salt with their processed meat -- sausages, as well as preserved meats. The word "sausage" is even used as "the most preferred thingummy" in queries like "what is your sausage?". When doctors in America confront a patient with "facts" about the BP, they usually ask about preserved meats the patient consumes on a regular basis, and estimates the salt content.
    "No sé" in Spanish means "I don't know". As @Viswamitra points out, there are Perfumeries on the coastal road from Nice to Monaco who do a brisk business with the folks that come in Tourist buses. The smellers over there live a cloistered life (no wandering out to smell diesel fumes of traffic, or drinking cognac to dull the senses... all to keep "the apparatus" in working order)
    I had thought that we need to add fat/oils in the cooking to help the tongue to taste the stuff. Lipid assisted transport across the membrane so that the receptors can sense the taste and signal to the brain. And the feedback is expressed by the taster on a scale of YUK...... to......OH_SO_TASTY, modified for contexts as appropriate.
    The Bible is full of gnashing of the teeth. Now it all makes sense!!
    Luke 13:28
    In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.

    Matthew 13:42
    Verse Concepts
    and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Psalm 112:10
    The wicked will see it and be vexed,
    He will gnash his teeth and melt away;
    The desire of the wicked will perish.

    Matthew 8:12
    but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

    Matthew 24:51
    and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Matthew 25:30
    Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Job 16:9
    “His anger has torn me and hunted me down,
    He has gnashed at me with His teeth;
    My adversary glares at me.

    Psalm 35:16
    Like godless jesters at a feast,
    They gnashed at me with their teeth.

    Psalm 37:12
    The wicked plots against the righteous
    And gnashes at him with his teeth.

    Lamentations 2:16
    All your enemies
    Have opened their mouths wide against you;
    They hiss and gnash their teeth.
    They say, “We have swallowed her up!
    Surely this is the day for which we waited;
    We have reached it, we have seen it.”

    Acts 7:54
    Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.

    Matthew 22:13
    Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

    Mark 9:18
    and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out. I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it.”
    Luke 13:28
    Verse Concepts
    In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.
    There is an old old treatise [originally french] called "The Philosopher in the Kitchen" available from amazon.
    Jean-anthelme brillat-savarin (1755-1826), mayor of bellay, cousin of madame recamier, chevalier de l'empire, author of a history of duelling and a number of racy stories (unfortunately lost), whose sister died in her hundredth year having just finished a good meal and shouting loudly for her dessert, is now best known for his "physiologie du gout" here brilliantly translated as "the philosopher in the kitchen" which was first published in december 1825. The work has a timeless appeal - being wise, witty and anecdotal, containing some of the best recipes for food and some of the most satisfactory observations on life. 28/1/87--4000x?x$7.95(3000x175.43p). 216x138mm.384pp.format enlarged from 'b'.cartridge paper but unsewn. (20/4/88). UK PRIORITY REISSUE​

    Textures of food -- from souffle to steak --- can be designed correctly if the chef gives that some serious thought. Gnashing of teeth at the dining table (no matter what desirable olfactory cortex response there be,) is downright impolite. When a piece of thingummy is between the gnashables, it ought to ooze out appropriate side-tongue sensor tweaking tastes to quiet the beast. That is a good design.
     
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    Thank you for the delightful response.
    jayasala42
     
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    Thank you viswa for the wonderful response. I used to wonder why so much of ceremonies are going on when a life loss has taken place in a house. I am reminded of Amma saying that is a way of grieving, and forgetting the grief and method to bring the survivors to normalcy more than processing of Satgathi route to the deceased.
    Thinking of all these things I just attempted to write on the apparatus everyone is possessed .Thank you very much for the nomination.
    Jayasala 42
     
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