Fermented Black Bean and Tomato Pesto

Fermented black beans, also called shih, can be made with different cultures. The most common type is made with Aspergillus sojae. But they can also be made with Bacillus subtilis, a useful and ubiquitous bacteria that secretes widely used enzymes. After making natto from black soybeans and other ingredients, we …

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Mother Sauces

Classic French cooking has a long established tradition of using five sauces that pair with specific traditional ingredients. They are called mother sauces. If you were going to make a gratin of potatoes or macaroni and cheese, you would make a Béchamel sauce. If you added salt, pepper, nutmeg and …

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The Name of the Rose

Today is my birthday and I have a few things to say. Mostly everything I want to convey on this year’s birthday – September 15th – has all been said before in Nina Simone’s song “Feelin Good” At least the attitude part. The semiotics or foodways start of a new …

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Talking Shih, Recipe and Event Update

At the event at Resobox in the East Village you will experience: how to make miso (味噌) how to make shio-koji (塩糀) how to make misodama (味噌玉) how to make takikomi gohan (味噌炊き込みご飯) how to make kimchi base for fast kimchi (because summer is coming!) The point of all these …

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