2017-08-17: CSA box

I’ve been getting a CSA box for a few weeks now. It is my first foray into this way of buying food. It’s such a cool system.

When you get the box, the fridge fills up. It’s all up to you to get this food into your face.  I’ve been kind of figuring out a rhythm for each box over time.

  • Eat all the leafy vegetables right away however you can (salad, topping, etc.)
  • Root vegetables are the rhythm section of the box. Roast all the root vegetables right away. Use the roasted vegetables in meals down the line.

That’s all I’ve got so far.

05/20: dictionary

Repotted a bunch of plants today and found a beetle larvae in some of the dirt. We brought it down to the park and made sure it got comfortable in the dirt. Some friends came up from south Tokyo to say hi. We all went to スシロー(sushi row) and ate tons of sushi.

  • ギリギリ (giri giri) : at the last moment, just barely, in the knick of time
  • 当たる (ataru) : to be hit, to strike
  • インチキ (inchiki) : cheating, fake, bogus
  • 植木鉢 (uekibachi) : flower pot, plant pot
  • 槌 (tsuchi) : hammer
  • ベストフレンド (besutofurendo) : best friend

05/10: arrival

I have never gotten through airport customs faster than today at Narita airport. Must have landed at a lucky time.

Checked into The Gate Hotel and then walked around Asakusa. 

We got ramen at つけ麺屋 利平 (Tsukemen Shop Rihei). It was a really solid bowl of shoyu ramen. It had thick ramen noodles and the shoyu broth was slightly creamy.

Went back to the hotel and hung out on the 14th floor terrace and had a couple drinks. The Terrace closed so we hung out in the room.

04/29: sandwich

  • Baguette
  • Apple slices
  • Cheese slices (cheddar, edam, mimolette, cantal, gouda, etc. )
  • Mustard (Dijon or whatever. Just not that baseball stadium, yellow paint looking mustard)*
  1. Make a sandwich

Are you almost about to try this but are thinking, “I don’t know, apple with cheese?”

It works. The apple crunch is really satisfying. The apple sweetness doesn’t dominate the vibe. It melds with the mustard you chose and lightens it up a little.

04/28: too many ingredients

I’ve been getting back into recipes with 5 ingredients or less. When I look up a recipe that has more than 5 ingredients, each additional ingredient makes the level of me not wanting to attempt it multiplies.

It isn’t because these recipes are hard to do. It’s more that these are often the recipes that leave you with the spice, oil, or sauce that you never use again and eventually throw out.

A master of this idea is Jules Clancy.