Nyapo’s Garden and the Terroir of Memory
On August 26, 2013, I hammered away at the gut-juiced log podium at MAD imploring the hundreds gathered to take note of the heritage of their food. I wanted them to consider their food’s stories and what those stories meant for the people who brought those foods into history, as well as their descendants and those from other backgrounds who enjoyed them and benefited from their import.
One of the things I talked about was the connection between rice in the colonial and antebellum South and the people who were brought to grow it. Limited to a stretch of land on the Southeastern coast of the United States, rice cultivation in the dark malarial swamps was the most dangerous agricultural labor practiced in what would become the United States. It has been said that the human power needed to change those swamps into rice fields can be likened to the power needed to make the pyramids of Giza. Once those fields were created, however, they also gave rise to the wealthiest landed aristocracy in early North America; two successful rice crops made you the equivalent of a millionaire.
Will go #hoe for a #taco. Sunny Sundays @ Santa Maria. Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Spring has sprung in Berlin. Lighter and brighter tastes return to our plate. And rhubarb is once again a major food group - at least for a short time.
Unfortunately, not everyone can take cue from longer days and warmer winds (my heart goes to you New York). So in the mean time, find spring solice in Monica Ramos’ whimsical food illustrations that have graced the pages of Lucky Peach and Bitchslap.
There’s no way to say I love you than 6 lbs of homemade pastrami. Try the unsmoked recipe from Food 52 - a touch of Shiro Dashi or Liquid Smoke is up to you.
Faux Pho. It’s not good, it’s good enough.
Let’s be honest, this is not the real deal. No where close. But sometimes you don’t have three days to skim off vats of simmering chunks of marrow-rich beef bones. For quick fix, try your hand at Faux Pho. Work loosely from Bon Appetit http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/faux-pho.
Kinfolk’s First Event in Berlin- a Herbal Infusion Workshop.
Not a Cloud in the Sky. Just a Bunch of Fucking Cranes.
A staggering testament to a staggering history.