Syria civil war: 5 things to pay attention to today.

Today could be a crucial day in the push to rid Syria of chemical weapons.
It’s day two of meetings between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, Switzerland. A plan could be created Friday, but then again …
The United Nations is also poised to get involved.
Although Syria’s bloody civil war is over two years old, power players from many nations seemed focused on making changes.
Here are the five things to pay attention to today.

# Nailing down a plan.

# More Putin backlash.

# More fighting and sadly more deaths.

# So where are these chemical weapons?

# The UN gets closer to weighing in.

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Story of Komodo National Park by Gwyneth Paltrow. “Exclusive”.

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We disembarked the boat to go dragon spotting and were a little trepidatious. Kimonos are carnivirous and can run up to 20kmh.

We spend an afternoon on Pantai Merah (Pink Beach), which gets its color from the beautiful coral that surronds the islands.

Around the island of Loh Buaya where many fishing villages are, fishermen would see our ship coming and row up with what they’d caught that day or crafts they’d made. A man sells smoked fish in the picture above.

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Tempe Orek ala Gwyneth Paltrow (Sweet Tempe). “Exclusive”.

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ingredients
makes 4


  • 2 packs of tempe (fermented soy bean)
  • 6 small shallots, thin sliced
  • 8 garlic cloves, thin sliced
  • 2 red chilis, thin sliced
  • 1 piece galangal (a root from the ginger family), sliced & bruised (smash the pieces with the flat part of a knife to release the flavor)
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, smashed
  • 2/3 cup palm sugar, crushed
  • 3 tbsps sweet soy sauce (regular works fine also)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • vegetable oil, for frying


preparation

1. Place vegetable oil in large pot over high heat. (The oil is ready when the tempe sizzles when dropped in.) Cut tempe into fine strips and deep fry until crispy. Set aside.

2. Heat about 2 tablespoons of the frying oil in a stir fry pan or large frying pan over medium high heat. Stir fry shallot, garlic, chili, galangal, lime leaves and lemongrass until fragrant.

3. Add water, sugar and soy sauce to the pan and heat until almost caramelized.
 

4. Season with salt and mix in the tempe. Stir well.

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Pepes Ikan ala Gwyneth Paltrow (Fish in Banana Leaf) “EXCLUSIVE”..

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ingredients
makes 4


  • 1 lb Spanish mackerel fillet
  • 6 medium shallots, peeled
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 red chilis, seeded
  • 5 candlenuts (tropical nut used often in Indonesian cuisine – Macadamia nuts are a fine substitute)
  • 2 tomatoes (for the spice paste)
  • 1 1/2 tbsps tamarind paste, soaked in warm water
  • sliced tomato (to top the fish)
  • kaffir lime leaves
  • banana leaf, for wrapping


preparation

1. Grind ingredients 2-7 into a smooth paste. (We think this works best in a food processor.)

2. Cut fish fillet into desired size (the chef recommends the size being the width of 2-3 fingers). Marinate with the spice paste, season with salt and marinate for at least two hours.

3. Place the fillet in banana leaf and top with tomato slices and lime leaves. Wrap up the fillet with the banana leaf.

4. Cook over a grill or pan with low fire until fish is cooked through (around 5 minutes).
 

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Exclusive!!! Gwyneth Paltrow Traveling to Komodo Island “Indonesia”.

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We sailed a little corner of the Indonesian archipelago, which is comprised of over 17,000 islands, over the course of four days.

Our amazing boat, the Silolona, was designed after traditional Indonesian trade boats that sailed along the historical Spice Routes.

Before we set sail off the coast of Labuana, Nasir, one of the crew members who also built the boat, performed an Indonesian ritual for safe passage. Nasir turned out to be a total rockstar – singing, dancing and tandem water skiing with me.

When we would arrive at a new beach, we would all spend 20 minutes picking up the debris that had washed up on shore. Among the refuse are small brown glass bottles, which seem to be everywhere. We saved those and the crew showed us how to turn them into homeade lanterns by filling them with kerosene and making a homemade wick. We lit the beach by perching them on the rocks (see all the little specks of light above). At the end of the night we lit giant rice paper lanterns and sent them off with a prayer. (Moses is now a pyro thanks to this particular evening.)

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