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“My bloody Valentine”*

No apologies for, this once, straying from the True Pig Path™ for this piece of eating delight from the cannily named Porn Burger site as, whilst it’s not actually pork based, it so very, very easily could be…

And it’s just sooooo mouth wateringly, gorgeously, deliciously lovely looking. The author’s managed to restrain himself from diving in and eating this but probably only just for long enough to shoot this and a number of other fantastic photos also.

And I’m still working on my brining. There’s currently some inexpensive brisket in the fridge, bathing in brine & herbs & spices, at Day Seven in the process of becoming salt beef.

[* Also the name of a great band whose work you should sling onto your turntable¹ whilst looking at this post.]

¹ For those of you below a certain age, this references 12″ diameter, black circles of a vinyl material, containing popular music laid down in “grooves” in the vinyl and played on an analogue device, through a needle that bounced up & down on its surface, known as a “gramophone” or (in my case) a Dansette.

dansette

Dansette Mono player © Dansette

“Dance! Tsukiji Wonderland! Ha, ha, dance!”

Looks like we may have managed to blag — for later this year — one of the last, early morning, visits to the fish auctions…

…as the old Tsukiji market moves to a new location in early October and we’re there in the last 2 weeks of its life on the old site — one where it’s been located since 1935 — I couldn’t be happier.

Although, I’m not sure that the sellers, who fought for a long time against this enforced move, are so impressed; the new site seems to be a bit of a toxic hell-hole.

Breakfast looks great…

Can’t wait.

And the post title?

This DVD — that I could only find via eBay Japan — is a great 2 hours on the history and commerce of this huge, exciting place, still the largest fish market in the world.

Vegetarian doesn’t mean no blood…

Eating only plants? Or reducing the amount of meat you consume? That’s good. I’m all for it. Seriously. The very fine Richard H Turner is all in favour as well.

But it’s not without a cost to other animals… Read more on that here.

The pig & the charcoal-burner

HT @val_littlewood for reminding me of this piece. And apposite for the upcoming book.

This is more than a little worrying…

HT @killianfox0 of @gannetmag for this set of statistics from the very wonderful, quirky and fun “The Gannet’s Gastronomic Miscellany” which, if you haven’t already rushed out and bought for yourself as a present, you should immediately beg, borrow, or steal (or have someone buy it for you) a copy. Stat!

As they point out, it won’t take much to screw over the entire planet. Variety really is the spice of life. Variety is all.