After the biscuit fire went all to plan back in October, it then took me a further 2 months to finally get around to clear-glazing the pot and then going through the nerve-shredding period of the final firing. The glaze… Read More »The rise of the Terror Fish; or success for kimchi kojin kilning
I was delighted to read this paen to the hard-done-by pan-wash person, to the physicality of the kitchen porter, to the spirituality of the pot-wash genius, nay, magician, via the indispensable, The Oxford Companion to Food. There’s a quote from… Read More »An ode to the KP; or the religion of the pan-wash
Kreuzberg, Berlin, baby. Stoke Berlin, baby. One day…
Or, soon come, perhaps? Marley and Pete Tosh sang this one, back in 1971. This is solo-Tosh — being Tosh, in his own, inimitable, fashion. He embraces the themes of hope and patience, alongside the Rasta belief that everything will… Read More »Something w̶i̶c̶k̶e̶d̶, this way comes
I spent 2 days last weekend in the old spa town of Bath; the ostensible reason for this occasion was a short — 1/2 day — course on ramen making, run by Chef Tim Anderson — ’tis him on the… Read More »Bathed in bridge-adjacent binchōtan beauties
Read the New Socialist piece which encapsulates all my feelings. If after that, you still want to come at me, fine. You’re on the side of the oppressors, the colonialists, on the side of apartheid and repression. And definitely on… Read More »“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”
“I need it every night”… If push came to shove I’d have to say that the Rhodochrosite is my all time favourite rock because — depending on how it’s cut and polished — it can look EXACTLY like a cooked… Read More »Ham or bacon? “Rock is dead they say, long live rock”.
A less-played Who track, “Armenia City in the Sky” was an acid-trip paen (allegedly)… …but catching a news report this morning brought it to mind, especially the very first line “If you’re troubled and you can’t relax”, which effortlessly and… Read More »Armenia City in the Sky; or simply any place that doesn’t try to kill us, maybe?
At £140 for a ‘bespoke’ one, naaaah, I think I’ll pass, thanks BAO London…
Thanks to historian and writer Gareth Harney, for bringing to my notice this piece of (expensive) Roman whimsy. The bronze item was found whilst excavating in the ruins of the (buried by the eruption of Vesuvius) Villa dei Papiri, a… Read More »A pork clock; or a time-zone BLT?
An old friend suggested this was redolent of one of the more extreme-end-of-the-scale Heston Blumenthal dishes; one I agreed I wouldn’t be trying at home. The caesium has accumulated in the atmosphere, soil and ground water from years of bomb… Read More »Caesium-soaked truffles along with some radioactive boar meat