Welcome to the Dark Side: 3 Squid Ink Recipes to Make You Drool

If your level of awareness regarding food health is high, it means you already know that besides choosing their dishes based on the number of calories intake, vitamin or fiber content and long – term effects and properties over our bodies, some people choose their food also by color. And if you already know that everything natural and green is healthy for you, while the entire rainbow of colored fruits and vegetables will do you a world of good if you consume them regularly, today we will take you a step further and invite you to the Dark Side, where the cookies do indeed taste better, because here, we cook in black.

Yes, we are gong to talk about black food, and not the kind of black you may be familiar with, as in caviar or blackberries, but food that gains a natural black color when combined with squid ink. And food treated with squid ink does not only look like something that would feed Darth Vader’s black soul, but gains fullness, richness, a sea flavor, while it seems the other spices and flavors also become more poignant and delicious. Not to mention that some dishes look like works of art. So we will take a quick look together over 5 squid ink recipes to make you drool and if you manage to master them, maybe we’ll let you cook for our Sith Lords over here.

1. Squid Ink Pizza

This guy who made it deserves an award for bringing to the table two of the most appreciated things in the dark world: pizza and the color black. According to his own saying, the ingredients he used are as follows:

Garlic and Herb flavored pizza dough, seafood mix (scallops, shrimps and calamari rings), three different types of cheeses (Parmigiano-Regiano, Pecorino-Romano and parmesan cheeses) and sun dried tomatoes soaked in olive oil

And squid ink, of course, which made everything look like in the picture. We bet our used Lightsabers against a pair of new ones that this pizza was not only delicious, but would make any Sith Lord happy with his dinner. Read the full recipe and cooking process here.

2. Squid ink risotto with char grilled marinated squid

It sounds complicated, but in truth, it isn’t. Here on the Dark Side we like both rice and squid, so it is only logical to try soaking the risotto with the ink. This means your regular white rice becomes a black mass (ha! good one!) of full powerful flavors. This one is from BBC Food and it looks delicious.

All you need is risotto and squid, among many other items, such as garlic, onions, some chicken stock and many other spices and flavored herbs, but it is best to let you write down all the ingredients and preparation steps you can find here.

3. Squid-Ink Meringue Cheese Mousse

We saved best for last, because as a follower of the Dark Side, you are aware that yes, there are cookies, yes, they are better than any cookies in the world, and, surprise! they are black too. Well, they became squid ink black not so long ago, but since we discovered the culinary masterpiece of the Covelli Italian Bistro & Wine Bar. Among the most mind – blowing squid ink recipes to make you drool, this one does not only take the cake, but IS the cake. Assuming that you already know hot to make meringue (elimination exam for joining the Dark Side, we hope you practiced a lot before facing the admission committee), for bonus points, you can check out the principles of creating a spectacular squid – ink meringue cheese mousse here.

As you see, the competition for joining the Dark Side is fierce and only the best can win the cooking competition. There are more squid – ink recipes to make you drool and convince the Sith Lords you are worthy of dining and wining at their table, so start doing your homework!

3 People Who Reached Stardom After Failing Miserably

You know the road to success is most of the times threatened by obstacles and failures. This is just the way things are and we’re sure you already archived tens of famous motivational quotes related to failure and getting where you want to get, without giving up on your dreams and plans. Luckily for everybody, history knows a lot of examples of people who reached stardom after failing miserably at the beginning of their careers and if Stephen King’s dozens of publishing rejections to his Carrie or J.K. Rowling’s struggles as a debutant author are already known to you, brace yourselves, as there are other people who seem to have traveled the same long and hard way to celebrity. And some of them even managed to fail after that too.

This isn’t that type of motivational article meant to shake you to the core and show you that you just have to follow your dream. Just as there are famous people who finally got a lucky break in their field and became successful and world – known, there are probably just as many who tried the same recipe and still failed. Maybe there isn’t a recipe to success after all, so this list of people who reached stardom after failing miserably is purely informative and special. Of course you need to follow your dreams and never give up on trying, just as it is reasonable to stop doing what you’re doing after you look evidence in the eyes and understand this is not the right path to follow. But let’s keep our hopeful demeanor and meet a bunch of humans who are somewhat… special from this point of view.

1. Walt Disney – The man who wasn’t afraid of changing the recipe

walt disney

There are few people on the planet who don’t know what “Disney” is, represents or does. And while we are so ready to occupy our cinema seats every time Disney releases a new production and buy tickets to see the Disney parks (wherever in the world), the man behind this universal success had a tough start, not to mention a long list of failures before finding his own recipe to success. He was fired as an editor for lacking imagination, he started a few businesses that failed and pushed him to bankruptcy and finally he found his niche and his route to success, becoming what he is now.

2. Steven Spielberg – The man who knew what he was good at

STEVEN SPIELBERG

Say Steven Spielberg and you promptly remember a long list of big budgeted blockbuster movies. But how was Steven’s path into the dark and full of terrors world of cinema success (an industry known for claiming dozens of innocent souls a day?). He is the type that never gave up on his dream, although he was rejected from the film school and when he finally managed to get in school, dropped out to become a movie director. The rest is history.

3. Raymond Chandler – The man who joggled with success and failure

raymond chandler

He is the father of the modern American crime novel and there is no study of mystery literature which doesn’t mention his name. His Philip Marlowe detective became iconic for all detectives in literature and movies. But Chandler is not your regular Stephen King, who tasted failure and then never stopped climbing the success ladder. Chandler joggled with the two for his entire life. He tried journalism and failed, he tried to be an accountant and managed to become successful, he tried literature but it didn’t go so great, he had a soft spot for drinking and seducing women and he finally died alone and miserable. In between, he wrote the novels and the short stories that assured him his eternal place in American (and universal) literature and in Hollywood archives, while he managed to reach stardom after failing miserably and fail again and again. The fascinating thing about Chandler is that he preferred this roller – coaster of alternating success with a suicide attempt and generous portions of whiskey that had a bad influence on his life and writing. 

So you see, the road to success is not always straight and up to the stars. There were the lucky ones who just needed a lottery ticket and then managed by themselves to get there, with hard work and ambition. Some didn’t even care about the obstacles but did what they were convinced they were meant for in this world. Some tested and re-tested and re-invented themselves until they became what they wanted to be. And then, there are the ones who failed and got up, failed again and played with stardom.

Game of Thrones Inspired Artworks and Fun Pics

Game of Thrones (both the entire “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga and the HBO TV series) managed to become so synonym to our culture nowadays, that you can’t go anywhere (on the Internet or down the street for that matter) and not find at least one reference, one quote, a meme (thousands, millions, even), creative art, punchlines, quotes and events. Everything seems to revolve around the greatest fantasy saga of all times and all the fans, in all corners of the planet, have one way or the other to show their loyalty, love and appreciation towards the plots and the characters.

It can take one a day or two to browse the endless funny pics and fan creations related to GoT, so we pulled up some courage and chose a few Game of Thrones inspired artworks and fun pics, only to show you that when it comes to your favorite book or TV series, nothing can stop you to be in the trends and surprise everybody with a creative idea.

Just as a friend of mine said a while ago, when you have an argument with your girlfriend and she ends her speech with GoT reference “You know nothing, John Snow!”, you know you’re in the best relationship ever. So let’s see what others had in mind related to Game of Thrones inspired artworks and fun pics and how you can get your own muse to work for you.

1. Dothraki love statement

The love statement between Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen seems to be the best love quote that ever blessed contemporary culture. Some people handmade artworks that express this gorgeous feeling in English, as you can see here

dothraki love

…while others went for the real deal and started learning Dothraki, or at least using the two – liner quote to fully and deeply express their feelings. This pair of rings is something some couples I know would kill for to wear at their wedding

dothraki love1

If you want the full quote (although it would be odd not to know it by now, fan or no fan), it goes like this:

Woman to man: Shekh ma shieraki anni – My sun and stars

Man to woman: Jalan atthirari anni – Moon of my life

2. The Cake of Thrones

cake of thrones

Not this is among the best and most surprising Game of Thrones inspired artworks and fun pics, as imagining the work necessary to build that cake and the imagination necessary to threaten everybody in the cutest ways possible that they HAVE TO eat it, or else, one can only express the deepest respect for the creator and feel like taking a plunge into this delicious masterpiece.

3. Bar signs and original brews

Now Game of Thrones – books and TV series – inspired artworks you can admire with your jaw dropped, board games, video games, fan clubs, bannermen clubs that pledged their swords to the House of their choice, cosplay, handmade products and so many other stuff, it’s impossible to count down in only one list. And then… this thing:

bar sign

Memes Landing, by the way, is one of the best places to find Game of Thrones inspired artworks and fun pics and they always refresh the contents. So imagine our joy when seeing this and wishing that all bars, in all the cities in the world would have GoT inspired teas, coffees, beers or cocktails. What would a Daenerys Stormborn Fier Cocktail would contain? We will come back with news if we find some GoT inspired drinks. Because you can already cook like a GoT biggest fan!

4. The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook

Now this is something to kill for! And then cook the pray or something. Artwork? Fun? Both! It prides itself of revealing around 150 Game of Thrones recipes that you came across in the book series. Now if you have the appetite of King Baratheon or the fine tastes of Tyrion Lannister, this one is for you. Applause and waiting for the one with the cocktails!

game of thrones cookbook

5. Cross-shows memes

Now these are by the dozen and can be found anywhere in the online world. One of the most obvious became viral on Facebook among fantasy lovers, as it was, you know, obvious. And crossed two fantasy worlds that together make humanity’s favorite places to dwell: the Ice and Fire universe and the Hobbit universe.

hobbit throne

Adorable indeed. And in an utopian Paradise, having both Smaug and Daenerys in the same movie would make the Earth shake and shiver under people’s stomping towards cinemas everywhere.

This one is even more interesting as a Game of Thrones inspired artwork and fun pics, not because Cersei is a breed of a woman we all love to hate, but because the association of the two royal women actually shows how much movie making evolved in the past decades together with our prejudice, values and beliefs. It was so wrong for Leia to kiss her brother, although Star Wars didn’t insist much on the concept of incest (as an honest, tolerable mistake), while in today’s world, Cersei and Jamie’s fraternal love, as against all morals, standards and principles as it is, actually managed to find its own justification.

incest

So if you loved these Game of Thrones artworks and fun pics and memes, don’t forget to follow the sources and even come up with your own crazy and creative ideas. Feel free to share your own imagination projects related to the show we are all just dying to start already!

5 Surprising Interview Questions to Blow Your Mind

We said it before, and we will say it again, getting a job these days is not an easy feat, especially if you aim for big brands and large corporations with a history of recruitment that made it into our pop-culture. While some are still holding Google responsible for the craziest, most surprising interview questions to blow your mind and test your reasoning and creative powers, there are others, just like Google, who play the same game and have hidden agendas when starting to question people. Being called to an interview to Amazon, Yahoo or Dell, among others, is a reason to be proud of, in and out of itself, but you also should be ready to be a rock star not only in your field of expertise, but also in their mind – games.

Not long ago, we presented you with a few CV’s and cover letters that we described as funny, desperate or mind – numbing. This time we took a look inside Glassdoor and their list of Oddball Interview Questions for 2013, just to give you a taste of what is coming your way. They also have a list for 2014, but the year is yet to unfold in the HR world, so you better stay tuned. Let’s see 5 surprising interview questions to blow your mind in order to ease your way into the recruitment process.

1. “If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?” – Forrester Research

usa map

Now this one is tricky. People made some brainstorming and the answers are quite puzzling. It may be a trick question, it may be an economics related one or it may revolve around the idea of cooperation, team – work, the greater good and so on. It would be a drag to name the state your interviewer was born in or perhaps not… who knows?

2. “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?”Clark construction Group 

penguin sombrero

You’re on your own here. Do you speak Penguin, so you can understand what it says? Does it speak Human, especially English? Do you dare asking your interviewer what did he / she smoke before coming to work this morning? Are they testing your sense of humor? So many variables…

3. “What songs best describes your work ethic.” – Dell

working class hero

Oh, that’s an easy one: “Ain’t no rest for the wicked” by Cage the Elephant. Or at least for us. Just don’t start humming Abba’s “Money, money, money”, they might not like the idea that you’re in it only for the profit. John Lennon’s “Working class hero” sounds good perhaps at a first glance, but it’s a no – no.

4. “Pick two celebrities to be your parents” – Urban Outfitters

brad angelina kids

Now it may not be nice to trade the parents who raised you and loved you and educated you to be the outstanding person you are now for some fame and fortune, but lets face it:  in order to answer these surprising interview questions to blow your mind, you have to be creative, funny and top them at their game with even more mind – blowing answers. So how about Khal Drogo’s son with Daenerys Targaryen? They never said anything about real life celebrities, did they?

5. “What kitchen utensil would you be?” - Bandwidth

kitchen utensils

Is this a personality test? Like a standardized one or something? If you answer “a knife”, would they appreciate you for being sharp, straightforward, liking to reach the core of the problem, or the violent type of person? Would you describe yourself as a Jena glass pot, resistant to heat, reliable and versatile to new approaches? Remember that they want to play tricks on you, so ponder carefully.

There are, of course, dozens of other surprising interview questions to blow your mind. Glassdoor is just one of the many resources on the Internet where you can learn about other candidates’ ordeals when facing the unpredictable. Some questions test rock solid science: they will test your math skills, your mental processes, your deep analysis potential. Other questions are perhaps meant to test your skills of dealing with the unfamiliar and surviving it. In any case, seeing how stranger and stranger the recruitment process has become in the last years, we can only wish you the best of luck.

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