Friday, February 3, 2012

Super Bowl Murals - Paint Indianapolis Red & Blue & Yellow & .... + Smoked Salmon Hoosier Chicken Salad

Artists have painted colorful visions dancing in their heads all over the city.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis undertook a huge mural program to brighten-up the city for this year's Super Bowl. 
For those of us who will not attend Super Bowl LXVI, here is the host city's urban art show.

Below is a visual "How To" showing how the artists created these murals.

The Artist makes a small painting for approval.
The Artist makes a grid of squares
over the small painting
and then creates a proportionate grid on the wall
to pencil transfer the art - square by square.
The Artist paints-in the transfer drawing
referring to the original small art piece.
The Artist could use a digital billboard printer.
He or she would scan the small art,
or create it on the computer,
then have an large output
commercially produced,
then mount the mural into position.
Same art as top small artwork,
finished and painted on the wall.
Below are links to all Super Bowl murals in Indianapolis as provided by the Indianapolis arts council site. The links will provide locations and descriptions about the art and complete information about the artists.

Broad Ripple Village
923 North Meridian
Union Station Train Shed (Illinois Overpass)
Jobsite Supply (624 S Missouri)
Ace Hardware (3833 N Illinois Street)
Fraternal Order of Police
30th and MLK
Humane Society of Indianapolis--Haughville
Irvington Flea Market
27th & MLK
870 Virginia Ave
Canal - Michigan Street (West)
Canal - Vermont Street (2 murals)
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
School 54
Massala Building (345 Mass Ave)
44 Virginia Ave
Canal - New York Street (East)

Canal - West Street (North)
Olive St. Retaining Wall
Freewheelin' Bikes (3355 N Central Ave)
71st and I-65 N
South & Capitol - CSX Underpass
Stadium Village Retaining Wall (Church Street and Ray Street)
609 Mass Ave
Canal - Michigan Street (East)
Teachers' Treasures (1800 E 10th Street)
Canal - Ohio Street (East)
Concord Urban Farm (1)
Concord Urban Farm (2)
East 10th Street Gateway Project (5 Murals)

Service Center for Contemporary Culture and Community (2 murals)
Arts Council of Indianapolis (924 N. Pennsylvania Street)
Summit Realty Building (241 N Pennsylvania Street)

Canal - Ohio Street (west)

Canal - New York Street (West)

Canal - West Street (South)
(Source for all art & links: Arts Council of Indianapolis web site.)
For your Super Bowl Bash!
Smoked Salmon: A relatively healthy alternative for watching football. Smoke the fish yourself or most grocery stores and specialty food stores sell ready-to-serve smoked salmon.

Hoosier Chicken Salad: A make-ahead-chicken-salad can replace the typical Super Bowl fare - wings, pizza, pork bbq sliders or chili. 

Perfectly Smoked Fish is always a treat!
Serve your smoked salmon buffet style, with a bowls of capers, chopped red onion, chopped hard boiled eggs and sour cream. Pare your fish with a classic green salad bowl and your choice of dressing, on the side. A healthy and delicious SUPER BOWL PARTY. 
See our POSTSCRIPT SECTION for how to smoke fish at home.

Hoosier Chicken Salad
Here is a unique chicken salad and dressing, you can fix the day ahead of the game - leaving you free to enjoy the party, instead of cooking.

2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonaise
1 Tbls ground cumin
1/4 tsp soy sauce
1 Tbls rice vinegar

2 cups cooked chicken, skinned and chopped
3 Tbls sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil) chopped
1/2 large red onion, chopped
3 ozs sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tbls chopped jalapenio chiles (from jar slices)
2 Tbls chopped banana peppers (from jar slices)
1 Tbls dry cilantro
1 ripe avocado diced (optional)

1 head of romaine lettuce, cut into bite sized pieces

Combine dressing ingredients and stir.
Cover and refrigerate.

Toss chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, cheese, chiles, peppers and cilantro together to mix thoroughly.

Cover and refrigerate.

To serve: Make a bed of lettuce on the plate, and using a small bowl, mold a dome/serving of chicken salad and place on top of lettuce. Spoon dressing over the salad dome and if desired top with chopped avocado. Serve with toast triangles on each plate. Then enjoy your super day!

Until later,

How to smoke your own fish

Smoking fish is not difficult, and it takes far less time than smoking meats such as pork or beef. Select large pieces of fish -- salmon is an excellent smoking fish, as is bluefish, trout or sturgeon

First you will need to prepare a brine.
A basic fish brine is:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 stalk sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped fennel
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 smashed garlic cloves
Mix together all the brine ingredients and place your fish in a non-reactive container (plastic or glass), cover and put in the refrigerator.

The fish will need to cure for several hours. This curing process eliminates some of the moisture from the inside of the fish while at the same time infusing it with salt, which will help preserve the fish.
How long will you need to cure it? At least 8 hours, even for thin fillets. I do at least a day for a thick fillet such as salmon. If I had sturgeon steaks or something even thicker, I might go two days.
Can you overdo it? You bet. Your fish is essentially being pickled and brined in this solution, so the longer you keep it submerged in the brine, the saltier it will get. Under no circumstances should you brine for more then 3 days, and even that will leave you with some seriously salty fish.

This is one step many beginning smokers fail to do, but drying your cured, brined fish in a cool, breezy place is vital to properly smoking it. Why? You need to form what is called a pellicle, which is a thin, lacquer-like layer on top of the fish that seals it and offers a sticky surface for the smoke to adhere to.
You achieve this by resting the brined fish on a rack and putting it in a cool -- less than 65 degrees -- place that has good air circulation. If you'd like, run a fan over the fish at low speed.
Let the fish dry this way for at least 2 hours, and up to three. Don't worry! The salt in the brine will protect your fish.

Now you are ready to smoke your fish. Keep in mind we are "hot" smoking fish here, not cold-smoking. Cold smoking is the kind of fish you get in packages from Scotland; it takes very special equipment and at least 2 days of smoking to do this. Our hot-smoked fish will be preserved better than a fresh fish, but it will still spoil faster than a cold-smoked fish.
That said, you still do not want high temperatures. I smoke my fish at around 140 degrees at the most, although the smoking box rarely spends more then 30 minutes at that temperature -- it rises throughout the smoking process.
What wood is the right wood? This is a very contentious subject. Everyone has a favorite. I happen to have access to almond and apple wood, so I use those. Almost anything goes, except for treated wood and pine; pine contains resins that will make your fish taste bitter. Here are a few common woods for fish:
  • Alder
  • Hickory
  • Apple
  • Oak
  • Any other fruit or nut wood
How long? Again, depends on temperature and the bulk of your fish. About an hour for thin fillets, as much as four hours for big slabs of sturgeon or tuna belly.
You will get a sense of when it's done once you do this a few times. Until that happens, however, look for an internal temperature of 140 degrees -- or when the meat flakes easily.
Once the fish is smoked, you can keep it wrapped up in the fridge for 10 days, or freeze it for up to 6 months. Vacuum seal the fish if you have one.
(Source: smoking fish)

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