Byczki (bulls)



One of the things I like so much about Zuza Zak’s book is the amount of history and lore associated with a book ostensibly about Polish dumplings she calls Pierogi. I’ve been making dumplings professionally for over half a century. Besides the fact this is the first time I’ve heard some of the really fascinating history of Poland – a country that William Woys Weaver once said has a diverse, region focused cuisine as varied as France – some of the recipes included are not what I would have considered a pierogi, or even a dumpling. Zuza explains. Take potatoes. Here is an excerpt about them from her new book.

Her video on how she makes byczki is in the showcase now with the description: “Looking at these buttered byczki (the name means bulls) in a dish, we can assume that they are so named because of their shape: wide and stout, with little horns at the edges. “ With leek and apple slaw. Yes, please.

And this includes sweet potatoes, and gray potatoes. “Whether they’re eaten with plenty of dill as a side dish to pork cutlets, fried until crispy the next day with a glass of kefir, enjoyed in the form of dumplings, or eaten straight from the fire in the last light of the setting sun, potatoes are undeniably
a big part of Polish (and Eastern European) cuisine. 

Potatoes have also been a symbol of both hardship and of women’s roles within a poor society. In 2001, artist Julita Wójcik peeled 50kg (110lb) of potatoes at Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw as an exploration of gender roles within Polish society. She made a poignant point, as many of my memories of my babcia Ziuta (who was a cook, both professionally and within the large family) involve her peeling potatoes, and her roughened hands also told that story. However, the symbol of the potato as the quintessential food of the Poles isn’t historically accurate. 

Potatoes came to Poland only after Jan III Sobiecki won the Battle of Vienna in 1683. Even then they were viewed with suspicion by the lower class, though they were used decoratively (in the court gardens) by the nobles. It was only in the 17th century, when the Saxon kings’ policies, mismanagement by the gentry and frequent attacks brought poverty to the peasants that the potato finally became an indispensable part of the Polish diet – through necessity rather than enjoyment.

So, if you can make it you should jump on this Sunday, Sept. 25th at 11AM EST. Passcode: ZuzZZ


Pierogi: Over 50 Recipes to Create Perfect Polish Dumpling by Zuza Zak is available now in both digital format and hard cover the in the US on Amazon and anywhere books are sold.  Photos in the book are by the amazing Ola O. Smit @olasmit. Register to attend a live event on September 25th, 11AM EST of the month of Dumplings at the Vimeo site:  https://tinyurl.com/ybzedfhh , then $10 to PayPal.me/ZuzaZak

$10 gets you the addresses and codes for the demonstrations by Zuza on making dumplings from this lovely, simple and tasty looking book that will have you eager to make dumplings and other things. There is no charge for the live event. No charge for annual members or video makers, but you must register for the live event, though.

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Pierogi: Over 50 Recipes to Create Perfect Polish Dumpling by Zuza Zak is available now in both digital format and hard cover the in the US on Amazon and anywhere books are sold.  Photos in the book are by the amazing Ola O. Smit @olasmit. Register to attend a live event on September 25th, 11AM EST of the month of Dumplings at the Vimeo site:  https://tinyurl.com/ybzedfhh , then $10 to PayPal.me/ZuzaZak

$10 gets you the addresses and codes for the demonstrations by Zuza on making dumplings from this lovely, simple and tasty looking book that will have you eager to make dumplings and other things. There is no charge for the live event. No charge for annual members or video makers, but you must register for the live event, though.

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An annual membership for $75 gets you access to hundreds and hundreds of videos, as well as live events like the one above with 5 videos and to the December events and access to the library until the end of the year on 12/31/2022.




September Fest


Dumplings, that is. There are so many really brilliant recipes and stories in this book. Each dumpling or recipe has a tale that sounds tasty. And, the history of the ingredients and where the dumplings come from is fascinating. Zuza will demonstrate 5 of them over the course of the month!


Register to attend a live event on September 25th, 11AM EST of the month of Dumplings at the Vimeo site:  https://tinyurl.com/ybzedfhh , then $10 to PayPal.me/ZuzaZak

September 25th Live, plus videos 

Register to attend a live event on September 25th, 11AM EST of the month of Dumplings at the Vimeo site:  https://tinyurl.com/ybzedfhh , then $10 to PayPal.me/ZuzaZak

$10 gets you the addresses and codes for the demonstrations by Zuza on making dumplings from this lovely, simple and tasty looking book that will have you eager to make dumplings and other things. Seriously. You can watch the videos for this event until the end of the year.

No charge for annual members. You must register for the live event, though.


Released in the UK, but also available in digital format and soon hard cover the in the US on Amazon and anywhere books are sold.  Photos in the book are by the amazing Ola O. Smit @olasmit.

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Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications


Christine Krauss of @Chirp_Food

Free Option: We’ve included the Zoom links for those that really can’t afford $5, but still want to access the information and be with community. Please send you name and address to kojibook@earthlink.com for our records if you can’t do PayPal. But show up!

Otherwise, Register at https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures for $75 for year long rewatching of every event available and our entire video library) Always free to the season’s presenters.


March 30 – 1PM EST Maroua Jellibi, a student of Shiori Kajiwara, presents Saikyo Miso,a sweet, fast, lower sodium more rice koji less soybean miso of the white miso type. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85332951056 Meeting ID: 853 3295 1056 Passcode: 392326


Christine Krauss of @Chirp_Food

March 30 – 2PM Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications with Christine Krauss of Chirp Food https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2875216492 Meeting ID: 287 521 6492 Passcode: JB1

Christine Krauss of @Chirp_Food

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Koji : The Japanese Way



Free Option: We’ve included the Zoom links for those that really can’t afford $5, but still want to access the information and be with community. Please send you name and address to kojibook@earthlink.com for our records if you can’t do PayPal.

Otherwise, Register at https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures at $5 for remaining sessions package, $75 for year long rewatching of every event available and our entire video library) Always free to the season’s presenters.


March 25 – (Deutsch) 2 PM EST Küchenchef Eiko Takahashi wird über Miso, einschließlich Okazu-Miso, sprechen. Sie wird den Unterschied zwischen traditionellen Miso-Sorten und den Unterschied zwischen Okazu-Miso-Sorten erklären. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86247135853 Meeting ID: 862 4713 5853 Passcode: 744276


March 25 – 3:30 PM EST Traditional miso types, okazu misos (おかず味噌) including Moromi miso (もろみ味噌) with koji Chef Eiko Takahashi https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82342293833 Meeting ID: 823 4229 3833 Passcode: 423716


March 25 –5:30 PM EST Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey and Wade Fox present a Native American cultural tradition and a gateway to the past. Yaupon Holly has been kojified and maillarded to unlock new flavors. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83272949247 Meeting ID: 832 7294 9247 Passcode: 707758


March 27 – 7 PM EST Sowans to Shio Koji (塩麹) – Traditional Japanese Ferments Using Oats with Chef Lennon Day https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84456426922 Meeting ID: 844 5642 6922 Passcode: 954616


March 28 – 4PM EST Haruna Deasy of Micros shows you how she makes koji by introducing her tools and her muro and what she does with her koji – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82105124065 Meeting ID: 821 0512 4065 Passcode: 350021


March 30 – 1PM EST Maroua Jellibi, a student of Shiori Kajiwara, presents Saikyo Miso,a sweet, fast, lower sodium more rice koji less soybean miso of the white miso type. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85332951056 Meeting ID: 853 3295 1056 Passcode: 392326


March 30 – 2PM Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications with Christine Krauss of Chirp Food https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2875216492 Meeting ID: 287 521 6492 Passcode: JB1


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Koji : The Japanese Way – Zoom Links and Passcodes for the Final 7


Moromi Miso by Chef Eiko Takashi

Free Option: We’ve included the Zoom links for those that really can’t afford $5, but still want to access the information and be with community. Please send you name and address to kojibook@earthlink.com for our records if you can’t do PayPal.

Otherwise, Register at https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures at $5 for remaining sessions package, $75 for year long rewatching of every event available and our entire video library) Always free to the season’s presenters.


March 25 – (Deutsch) 2 PM EST Küchenchef Eiko Takahashi wird über Miso, einschließlich Okazu-Miso, sprechen. Sie wird den Unterschied zwischen traditionellen Miso-Sorten und den Unterschied zwischen Okazu-Miso-Sorten erklären. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86247135853 Meeting ID: 862 4713 5853 Passcode: 744276


Küchenchef Eiko Takahashi : Miso, einschließlich Okazu-Miso

March 25 – 3:30 PM EST Traditional miso types, okazu misos (おかず味噌) including Moromi miso (もろみ味噌) with koji Chef Eiko Takahashi https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82342293833 Meeting ID: 823 4229 3833 Passcode: 423716


Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey and Wade Fox

March 25 –5:30 PM EST Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey and Wade Fox present a Native American cultural tradition and a gateway to the past. Yaupon Holly has been kojified and maillarded to unlock new flavors. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83272949247 Meeting ID: 832 7294 9247 Passcode: 707758


March 27 – 7 PM EST Sowans to Shio Koji (塩麹) – Traditional Japanese Ferments Using Oats with Chef Lennon Day https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84456426922 Meeting ID: 844 5642 6922 Passcode: 954616


Haruna Deasy of Micros shows you how she makes koji by introducing her tools and her muro and what she does with her koji @Micros_life

March 28 – 4PM EST Haruna Deasy of Micros shows you how she makes koji by introducing her tools and her muro and what she does with her koji – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82105124065 Meeting ID: 821 0512 4065 Passcode: 350021


Saikyou Miso with Maroua Jellibi

March 30 – 1PM EST Maroua Jellibi, a student of Shiori Kajiwara, presents Saikyo Miso,a sweet, fast, lower sodium more rice koji less soybean miso of the white miso type. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85332951056 Meeting ID: 853 3295 1056 Passcode: 392326


March 30 – 2PM Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications with Christine Krauss of Chirp Food https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2875216492 Meeting ID: 287 521 6492 Passcode: JB1


Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications with Christine Krauss of @Chirp_Food

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Micros Life


Haruna Deasy of micros_life

To register $5 USD for the remaining events of March at https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures

March 25 – 2 PM EST Küchenchef Eiko Takahashi wird über Miso, einschließlich Okazu-Miso, sprechen. Sie wird den Unterschied zwischen traditionellen Miso-Sorten und den Unterschied zwischen Okazu-Miso-Sorten erklären.

March 25 – 3:30 PM EST Traditional miso types, okazu misos (おかず味噌) including Moromi miso (もろみ味噌) with koji Chef Eiko Takahashi

March 25 –5:30 PM EST Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey and Wade Fox present a Native American cultural tradition and a gateway to the past. Yaupon Holly has been kojified and maillarded to unlock new flavors.

March 27 – 7 PM EST Sowans to Shio Koji (塩麹) – Traditional Japanese Ferments Using Oats with Chef Lennon Day

March 28 – 4PM EST Haruna Deasy of Micros shows you how she makes koji by introducing her tools and her muro and what she does with her koji

March 30 – 1PM EST Maroua Jellibi, a student of Shiori Kajiwara, presents Saikyo Miso,a sweet, fast, lower sodium more rice koji less soybeanmiso of the white miso type.

March 30 – 2PM Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications with Christine Krauss of Chirp Food


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Koji Uses and Alternate Substrates


Koji Creations by Maroua Jellibi

March 25 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 5:30 PM EST Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey and Wade Fox present a Native American cultural tradition and a gateway to the past. Yaupon Holly has been kojified and maillarded to unlock new flavors.

March 27 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 7 PM EST Sowans to Shio Koji (塩麹) – Traditional Japanese Ferments Using Oats with Chef Lennon Day

March 28 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 4PM EST Haruna Deasy of Micros shows you how she makes koji by introducing her tools and her muro and what she does with her koji

March 30 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 1PM EST Maroua Jellibi, a student of Shiori Kajiwara, presents Saikyo Miso,a sweet, fast, lower sodium more rice koji less soybeanmiso of the white miso type.

March 30 – https://vimeo.com/webinars/events/c87a957d-1494-4487-bd70-a3228cf54db0   2PM Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications with Christine Krauss of Chirp Food


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Virginia Sake Brewing with North American Sake Brewery: From Start to Finish

Virginia Sake Brewing with North American Sake Brewery

Mar 21, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88352539060

Meeting ID: 883 5253 9060

Passcode: 982792


March 25 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 5:30 PM EST Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey and Wade Fox present a Native American cultural tradition and a gateway to the past. Yaupon Holly has been kojified and maillarded to unlock new flavors.

March 27 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 7 PM EST Sowans to Shio Koji (塩麹) – Traditional Japanese Ferments Using Oats with Chef Lennon Day

March 28 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 4PM EST Haruna Deasy of Micros shows you how she makes koji by introducing her tools and her muro and what she does with her koji

March 30 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 1PM EST Maroua Jellibi, a student of Shiori Kajiwara, presents Saikyo Miso,a sweet, fast, lower sodium more rice koji less soybeanmiso of the white miso type.

March 30 – https://vimeo.com/webinars/events/c87a957d-1494-4487-bd70-a3228cf54db0   2PM Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications with Christine Krauss of Chirp Food


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Applied Techniques: Windows of Time and Temperature in Brewing and Food with Koji


Koji: The Japanese Way



  • March 19 –  4 PM EST Applied Techniques: Windows of Time and Temperature in Brewing and Food with Koji. Setting Sun Sake with Josh Hembree. Josh and crew will discuss the making of sake and food with Koji.

https://tinyurl.com/r273jvx2

Meeting ID: 818 6099 8890

Passcode: 296757


March 20 –  (Español) 4PM EST Koji y la fermentación: Salsa de soja, Shoyu, shio koji, tamari y Salsas amino con Andrea Billar de Clara Cocina

(Español)March 20, 2022

 4PM EST Koji y la fermentación: Salsa de soja, Shoyu, shio koji, tamari y Salsas amino con Andrea Billar de Clara Cocina

Meeting ID: 851 3707 0783

https://tinyurl.com/3v4am4sz

Passcode: 664218


March 21  To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. North American Sake Brewery with Andrew Centofante

March 25 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 2 PM EST Küchenchef Eiko Takahashi wird über Miso, einschließlich Okazu-Miso, sprechen. Sie wird den Unterschied zwischen traditionellen Miso-Sorten und den Unterschied zwischen Okazu-Miso-Sorten erklären.

March 25 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can.   3:30 PM EST Traditional miso types, okazu misos (おかず味噌) including Moromi miso (もろみ味噌) with koji Chef Eiko Takahashi

March 25 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 5:30 PM EST Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey and Wade Fox present a Native American cultural tradition and a gateway to the past. Yaupon Holly has been kojified and maillarded to unlock new flavors.

March 27 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 7 PM EST Sowans to Shio Koji (塩麹) – Traditional Japanese Ferments Using Oats with Chef Lennon Day

March 28 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 4PM EST Haruna Deasy of Micros shows you how she makes koji by introducing her tools and her muro and what she does with her koji

March 30 – To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 1PM EST Maroua Jellibi, a student of Shiori Kajiwara, presents Saikyo Miso,a sweet, fast, lower sodium more rice koji less soybeanmiso of the white miso type.

March 30 – https://vimeo.com/webinars/events/c87a957d-1494-4487-bd70-a3228cf54db0   2PM Edible wild plants and mushrooms in koji applications with Christine Krauss of Chirp Food

March 30 To register use https://PayPal.me/FermentsandCultures and donate what you can. 3 PM Japanese Style Pickles (漬物) – Advanced Tseukemono Techniques with Chef Ken Fornataro


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