… and other names by which this most peculiar shellfish is known.

Most Peculiar Animals. Geoduck.

Most Peculiar Animals. Geoduck.

The storms in UK lately caused all sorts of inordinate occurrences. Can’t say whether finding a couple of these on the shore of South East England is a normal thing or not, but that is what happened to me the other day.

My harvest that morning also included two other varieties of clams – very conventional looking and already gastronomically tested,.. tasted.


Conventional Clams

So, no challenge there. However, when I presented Tim with this,


Yummy shellfish!

as a prospect for that night’s entrée, the answer was a perfectly articulated: “absolutely not”! And you can see why…

But it didn’t deter my tastebuds, once I’d found out that not only these beasts are edible, but are at the top of the seafood lists.

Wikipedia says:
“The large, meaty siphon is prized for its savory flavor and crunchy texture. Geoduck is regarded by some as an aphrodisiac because of its phallic shape.[35] A team of American and Italian researchers analyzed bivalves and found they were rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.[36] Their high zinc content aids the production of testosterone.[37] It is very popular in China, where it is considered a delicacy, mostly eaten cooked in a fondue-style Chinese hot pot. In Korean cuisine, geoducks are eaten raw with spicy chili sauce, sautéed, or in soups and stews. In Japan, geoduck is prepared as raw sashimi, dipped in soy sauce and wasabi.”

So, how do I deal with it?.. Here: perfect instructions on how to clean a geoduck:

Yum indeed! Mine turned out really good too!

PS. It turns out, that my finding of the geoducks on the beach was unusual, because normally you have to dig them out!

Digging for Geoduck

Digging for Geoduck. Yeew!

“Advanced Style”

January 29, 2014

"Advanced Style" by Ari Seth Cohen

“Advanced Style”

Wouldn’t you like to have this kind of presence?! Not for the limelight, not for the special occasion, but for the everyday’s “movie of your life”?

This is the book published by a blogger Ari Seth Cohen, and below is the most inspirational trailer to his film, which I’d love to see!

In his own words: “My name is Ari Seth Cohen. I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”


January 29, 2014

 I live in this place!

View of Rye at Winter. Twilight.

Rye – Place I Call Home.

Phonetically, in Russian “rye” means “paradise”. That’s my home!

Home Ideas: Landing Strip

January 28, 2014

I love functionality. I love order. Ideally, I’d strip bare everything in Life right to the raw frame. But, you know, emotional bonds, compromises and such like… As a result, my home and my stuff would convey anything BUT the above statement. However, slowly but surely, I am pinning together my Ideal Home, an important element of which is a Landing Strip:

Apartment Therapy. Recessed storage

Small Space Solutions: Recessed Storage