Christmas Fun!

Left to right, top to bottom: Twilight, chubby Princess Leia, Triclops loves you, hungover elf, Van Gogh, Sasquatch, John Hurt (Alien), Hobo with a Shotgun

Happy holidays, everyone.

Clay Pot Chaos, Microbial Madness, and Chinese Medicine

It’s like an episode of Iron Chef: what can you make with wheat bran,  mustard, seaweed, chillies, beer, apple peel, and cabbage? Clock’s ticking!

The answer, naturally, is nukazuke, or Japanese bran pickles.

I learned about this bizarre practice in Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art, by Japan’s answer to Julia Child, Shizuo Tsuji. He informed me that [...]