Molletes (or beans on toast with cheese)

Molletes are a very simple, very delicious, Mexican comfort food. There are really only four ingredients, so starting with good ingredients is a good idea.

Bread: I prefer something rustic. I use Italian or French style breads, as those are the bakeries closest to me, but really any crusty bread or roll will work. I just made molletes with an Italian corn bread – amazing!

Butter: don’t sweat this. Salted, unsalted, high-fat, normal – none of these matter. Just make sure it’s room temperature, or otherwise spreadable. (You can also lightly toast your bread-object/s so the butter meltiness is less of an issue, depending on how much you love toast)

Refried Beans: I’ve never seen these made with anything other than black beans, but really, any mexican style (peruvian, pinto) beans will work. They need to be refried in a decent fat – I use olive oil for my veggie friends, and lard or bacon grease for me. They should be well seasoned – I prefer mine garlicky. They can come straight from a can, but they should be good enough to eat on their own.

Cheese: I love some ricotta or queso requesón along with shredded “mexican style” cheese (monterey jack, pepper jack, cheddar, queso chihuahua or queso menonita, and/or queso oaxaca)  and some queso fresco. Okay, and some queso añejo. Really, any one or two of these is fine.



  • thick sliced bread or split roll
  • (spreadable) butter
  • cheese
  • refried beans

Garnishes (all optional)

  • fresh or bottled table salsas
  • meat
  • sliced avocado
  1. Preheat oven-like device to 400 degrees F.
  2. Put your bread-like object on the (parchment-ed) pan
  3. Spread bread with butter
  4. Spread buttered bread with a generous layer of refried beans – I like mine thick, you may prefer moderation. All good.
  5. Top with cheese
  6. Turn off the oven & turn on the broiler to high
  7. Put the pan in and keep an eye on it – this goes from almost there to a fire hazard in a blink of an eye.
  8. Pull it out when cheesy is melty and bread edges are golden brown and delicious looking.
  9. Top with garnishes. Or not.






Qawwali Party

Fanna-Fi-Allah Qawwali Party

Tahir Faridi Qawwal and parties

Aminah Chishti

  • Beneath the Veils a short film by Aminah Chishti Qawwal (8:16) Join us on this incredible journey documenting the path of Aminah Chishti, the first woman initiated into Pakistan’s ancient Sufi Qawwali lineage. Performing internationally with the living legend Ustad Dildar Hussain, King of the Punjab Ata Wala Tradition. Aminah holds the percussive teachings traditionally passed only through blood lineage. Capturing Aminah’s relationship of independent education since 2004 presents a unique window of opportunity for all to see cultural exchange in it’s most intimate settings. Beneath the Veils is presented through the Freestyle Movement Collective, an initiative to educate and inspire people by co-creating educational content with communities around the world.

Footage from Music of the Mystics


More Sufi music (qawwali?)

Probably not qawwali at all


Eagle Creek Fire

Eagle Creek Fire

Jenny Odell

Metafilter: Nardwuar the Human Serviette


KFAT and beyond

KFAT (defunct)

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Ian Walker, journalist, contributor, author

August 13, 1952 to December 8, 1990. (from The Guardian (UK), December 11, 1990.  A Notebook Romantic: Obituary of Ian Walker by Martin Kettle. “Died a few years later (after the book was published) again on assignment in Nicaragua, not yet forty”

“A journalist for The Leveller, New Society and The Observer”

one of the writers featured in The Other Britain: a New Society collection, edited by Paul Barker and published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1982.

Wikipedia Human Name Disambiguation : Ian Walker (as of 2017-08-23, this does not contain “our” Ian Walker)

Walker was a contributor to New Society (wikipedia link; weekly magazine of social inquiry and social and cultural comment, published in the United Kingdom from 1962 to 1988.)

Some Ian Walker New Society articles from

Zoo Station: Adventures in East and West Berlin by Ian Walker; published in 1987 by the Atlantic Monthly Press

not really related:

Crosstown Traffic: Punk Rock, Space and the Porosity of the Berlin Wall in the 1980s from the academic journal Contemporary European History, Volume 26, Issue 2 (which is part of the Alternative Musical Geographies: Popular Music and Space in Post-War German History issue, which has British and Hungarian punk articles too!). Obligatory academic journal stuff:  DOI: 2017 , pp. 353-377; written by Jeff Hayton, Department of History, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, Kansas, 67260-0045

related/not related: Spreepark Berlin