Last weekend, we finally managed to get to Ayutthaya. It wasn't quite what I expected; the whole city is a UNESCO heritage site, so I expected a large area of ruins, but the city itself has grown up around it (in fact, it's hard to tell where Bangkok ends and Ayutthaya begins) so the ruins … Continue reading Ayutthaya 2013
Me to driver: "What are they?"Driver: "Karma Fish. Set free. Good Karma"Me: "Where do the fish come from?"Driver: "Catch from river."Me: "But... to catch is bad Karma? Yes?"Driver: Nod.Me: Confused look.Driver: Shrug. Grin.Sigh.
Anyone who cooks even slightly, and probably many people who don’t, gives at least some thought to buying a knife or two when they come to Japan. It wouldn’t be stretching the metaphor too thin to equate a chef’s knives to a Samurai’s swords so it makes sense that many cooks dream of having knives … Continue reading Tip! Buying cooking knives in Japan
The New Zealand retreat was wonderful! I cooked and ate clean, NZ produce, drank and washed in sweet rainwater, chopped kindling and built a fire for my heating each day and I managed to slow my brain right down and get lots of writing done. The Northland winter was astonishing, equally cool, sunny, blue sky … Continue reading Back from beautiful Mangonui, NZ