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Smy Goodness Podcast by Emmerline Smy

Smy Goodness Podcast

Food, Art, History & Design

by Emmerline Smy

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A bi-weekly food exploration plus a guest working in food, art, history and/or design. Each week will feature an ingredient, concept or issue relating to food and uncover origins, stories, artworks and innovations by looking at elements of food, art, history and design and how, why and where they intersect.


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Ep9 - Anyone Sycophancy a Fig?

Author: Smy Goodness Podcast - Food, Art, History Author: &Author: Design
Sat, Oct 14, 2017


Figs are one of the earliest if not our earliest cultivated plant.  Their reverence surely stems from their historic connection to our own agricultural journey and they are a symbol of abundance and important to ancient peoples, cultures, art, cookery and religions. They are symbols of fertility, wealth, youth and the brevity of life. This episode will look at the Greek etymology behind 'sycophancy' and the Roman Apicius' recipe for fegato. Artists discussed include Giovanna Garzoni, Albrecht Durer, Clara Peeters, Suzanne Valadon, Vivienne Westwood and Figs in Wigs.



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Ep8 - Dumplings with Peiran Gong and Tongtong Ren of Chinese Laundry Room


Thu, Sep 14, 2017


They occur all over the world in some shape or form - you might know them as ravioli, empanada, gyoza, fufu, piroges, tortellini - pastries filled with savoury meat and/or vegetables or even sweet versions filled with fruit. They can be steamed, boiled, broiled, baked or fried.

This episode will focus on the Chinese dumpling, and look at how this ancient food is the epitome of a food so steeped in art, history and design that, when done properly, is a little edible works of art. I will focus specifically on jiaozi, guotie, zongzi and wonton dumplings and look at stories of the Silk Road, the Chinese physician Zhang Zhongjing, the poet Qu Yuan and how dumplings, family and festivals are always linked together. I will be talking with Tongtong (Tungtong) Ren and Peiran Gong - the owners and chefs of Chinese Laundry Room. We’ll discuss the originality behind both their restaurant and the path that has taken them from their native China to London. Art by Shaoqiang Chen, Qi Baishi, Yiying L and more.



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Ep7 - Bunches of Grapes

Author: Smy Goodness - Emmerline Smy
Tue, Aug 22, 2017


Grapes are one of the first plants to be grown domestically by people and their cultivation cycle has been embedded deep within us. One only needs to look at the symbolic, religious and cultural importance of grapes to get a small fathoming of what they must have meant to the early peoples who first fermented them to what they mean across the world today. Since Ancient Greece artists have used grapes to show off their artistic skills by capturing the beauty held within both the individual grapes and as a whole bunch on their vines. Grapes are symbolic of harvests, abundance, fertility and luxury. Grapes feature in association with Dionysus, the Greek God and his Roman equivalent Bacchus, who were the both Gods of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness and wild frenzy. We'll look at the art of Zeuxis, Juan Fernandez El Labrador, Louise Moillon, Luca Forte, Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Steiglitz and Grimanesa Amoros. Their impact cannot be downplayed; grapes are intertwined with humans as the vines that they grow on. An allegory to life and times of abundance and drought, hard work, establishing roots and pruning for the future, and just generally the beautiful outcomes of all of the above and the celebrations and things shared alongside it.



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Ep6 - Ice Cream w/Tara Esperanza of T.O.I.C. - Tara's Organic Ice Cream


Sat, Jul 22, 2017


Show Notes:
0-2.30 - Episode Intro
2.30-7.30 - Ice cream, history and design
7.30-10.15 - Picasso, Axell, Burman - artists and ice cream depiction
10.15 - 57 - Tara Esperanza of T.O.I.C. interview
57-59 - episode closing comments

This week it's ice cream! Listen above to hear how, why and when ice cream became the world-wide popular dish that it is is. Everyone has their own memories and preferences relating to this frozen treat that it delicious served with fruit, cake in a cone or on its own - I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.  We'll uncover where ice cream originated and how design helped it to go from a food reserved only for the wealthy elite to a food enjoyed by people of all ages, backgrounds all over the world. We'll look at artworks that celebrate this food that is so connected to our pleasure senses. I'll be looking at the artwork of Pablo Picasso, Evelyne Axell and Chila Kumari Burman.

Tara Esperanza of Tara's Organic Ice Cream and I chatted about ice cream, food culture, memories, trends and the artistry of food. Tara and I go way back and her passion is such an inspiration as a friend, artist, woman and businessperson. You can find Tara’s Organic Ice Cream at their two California shops, one in Oakland and one in Berkeley. They have a loyal following owing to their ethos of organic, hand-crafted, quality and sustainability and their offering of over 173 flavours which are made with limited availability or seasonal ingredients.

 



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Ep5 - Pancakes & Creativity w/ Aimee Furnival of Another Studio


Tue, May 02, 2017


This week I'll be looking at pancakes and chatting to Aimee Furnival, Founder and Director of Another Studio. Aimee and I made pancakes together, something we have done countless times. Pancakes are the popular breakfast food that are generally enjoyed on the weekend, at brunch or special occasions. It's always a special occasion to spend time with Aimee who is a truly wonderful friend and a creative inspiration. Over pancakes we chatted about design processes from start to finish and how creativity and design affects the items that surround us in our kitchens and dining rooms and as we prepare and share our meals.  As well as special occasions pancakes have traditional links to many different religious holidays but their roots go back much farther than organised religion. This episode will look at how and why the flat, round pancake is universally enjoyed across the world in different variations and how this has been represented in art, history and design.



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Ep4 - Canap?s with Diana Pinkett of Vegan Peasant Catering


Tue, Apr 18, 2017


Diana Pinkett of Vegan Peasant Catering and I discuss how canapes, travelling, family and life have impacted on her everyday life and that of her and her partner Adrian Smith's 100% plant based catering company. Join us for that as well as a little exploration in to canapes and their evolution from ancient times to today. Where did they come from? How did they get their name? And how are they represented today throughout food, art, history and design.



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Ep3 - The Magical Lemon w/Hardeep Singh Kohli


Fri, Mar 31, 2017


This week it's all about the magical lemon and I sat down with comedian, chef, journalist, broadcaster and my dear friend Hardeep Singh Kohli to talk about his professional take on lemons. As usual in the interviews for the podcast, personal memories came to mind and as usual with Hardeep we had lots of laughs throughout our conversation.



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Ep2 - Popping Cherries w/Mike Wolff


Tue, Mar 07, 2017


Come and join me on a little cherry adventure! Throughout the ages cherries have been symbolic of life, love, rebirth, fertility, reproduction and sexuality. I was joined by visual artist, street photographer and dear friend Mike Wolff to discuss his work, creative inspirations and to reminisce about the Black Forest, Black Forest Cake and more.

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Ep1 - Emilio de la Morena & Quince


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


I sat down with Emilio de la Morena to chat about quince, the fruit from antiquity resembling a pear/apple hybrid which has inspired cooks, artists and lovers. Emilio is the Creative Director at Emilio de la Morena, a fashion brand that designs and manufactures luxury womenswear. The aim of the podcast is to explore how food, art, history and design intersect. Born in Spain, Emilio studied at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion; a Spanish artisan with a London aesthetic. It made perfect sense to kick off the podcast with a discussion of where quince originated, how it traveled the world, its uses and inspirations to us and others throughout the ages.

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Ep0 - Introducing Smy Goodness Podcast


Fri, Feb 10, 2017


This podcast will look at food, history, art and design. How, why and where they intersect and the impact that they have had and have on our culture and experiences. Together we’ll travel the world throughout time and space to uncover tales, facts, people and objects that have shaped our everyday lives in ways we may not have realised.

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  • Published: May 2017
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