Monthly Archives: April 2010

Neruda’s Oda a la Papa (Ode to the Potato 薯仔頌)

Although there are very few people in this world who has never once tasted potato puree, French fries, baked potato with cream or yogurt or potato salad, but not every one knows that the potato had been cultivated around Lake Titicaca, … Continue reading

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Neruda’s Oda a la Manzana (Ode to the Apple 蘋果之頌)

Apple is one of the commonest fruit in Europe. In fact, it is so common that many other fruits or vegetables are called apples by analogy. Thus potatoes when first introduced to Europe was called by the French "pomme de … Continue reading

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Neruda’s Oda al maíz (Ode to the maize)

Fourth in the series of Neruda’s odes to our kitchen consumables is his Oda al maiz. I have already done his ode to the fried potatoes, onion and tomato. So here it is with my translations.   Oda al maíz   … Continue reading

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Neruda’s Oda al Tomate (Ode to the Tomato 番茄之頌)

After the potato, the onion, I don’t hink I can forget the other staple of the Chilean diet, the tomato. So here it is, Neruda’s Oda al Tomate, Ode to the Tomato, 番茄之頌 and my translations.   Oda al tomate                         Ode to … Continue reading

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Sarah Chang’s Bruch’s Violin Concerto

Last night’s fare from the HKPO at the Cultural Centre led by guest conductor Andreas Delfs was difficult to describe. It was not bad, but also not entirely satisfactory. The highlight was no doubt Sarah Chang‘s Bruch‘s Violin Concerto in G Minor. … Continue reading

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Neruda’s Oda a la Cebolla (Ode to the Onion 洋葱之頌)

 Since I started on Neruda’s Oda a las papas fritas,  I thought I might as well continue on the same theme of odes to various common vegetables taken by the ordinary Chilean folks. So here’s his Oda a la Cebolla … Continue reading

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Neruda’s Oda a las papas fritas ( Ode to French Fries)

Neruda is truly a people’s poet. He never turns up his nose at such mundane subject as one of the favourite "junk" foods of the modern world: French fries. He even wrote an ode to it. Here it is with … Continue reading

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