For the connoisseurs of all things pickled: perhaps you’d enjoy to know about a famous Korean pickle – kimchi.

Kimchi: Korean pickled cabbage.

A dish of Korean kimchi. Yum!

Tim sent me a link to a BBC article about it today. Blatant Korean propaganda, especially the bit about kimchi made in China not having got quite the bacterial bouquet of the kimchi made in Korea due to the temperature and humidity difference and blah-di-blah… Yet I approve of the general stance – kimchi is GOOD FOR THE WORLD!

Kimchi Festival in Gwangju, Korea.

Kimchi Festival in Gwangju, Korea.

It is yummy, although very spicy and stinky – both: long term and long distance! It is also extremely good for you as a source of vitamins, micro elements and beneficial bacteria. Really, really! 

 

green kimchi

Vitamins!

It might be the only thing still holding the North Korea together…

Large jarKimchi Festival in Gwangju, Korea.s containing kimchi.

A Kimchi Yard.

Amongst my favourite food channels on Youtube, there is a Korean lady Maangchi who has instructions on a variety of kimchi. This is a link to a proper Chinese cabbage and radish kimchi recipes, but I’d recommend a cucumber kimchi recipe as an easier and more appealing one to have a go at for a beginner ;-).

Cucumber kimchi

Cucumber kimchi

I hope you enjoy the links, if not for the food (it might look a bit too exotic for some!), then for the presenter herself. I find her so cute and delicious, that if she ate a bowl of worms in front of the camera, it would look the most delectable food ever, and while she was at it, I’d start munching on the bits of my immediate environment with a transfixed and happy gaze. And then I’d eat her too!

Maangchi

Maangchi

… not that I am trying to get you hooked on her channel or Korean food at all!

PS. All this time while writing this post and getting the pictures and sorting out the SEO stuff, I’ve been SALIVATING like a rabid dog! You’ve got no i-d-e-a… KIMCHI!!! And I haven’t got any in my fridge! Aaaarrgggggg!…

Empty fridge cartoon

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… 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.

Clams

Conventional Clams

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

Geoduck

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!

Fern to Eat

March 23, 2013

Researching on the edible ferns and the ways to preserve and prepare them brought these results:

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