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Today’s the day the music died!

A Beech Bonanza of the sort flown by Buddy Holly on February 3, 1959

Well, not today exactly… the infamous date hailed as ‘the day the music died’ is this day in history… February 3, 1959.

On that date, sometime in the wee hours of the morning, a small, six-seater Beech Bonanza, en-route to Fargo, North Dakota, crashed in a lonely cornfield near Clearwater, Iowa, leaving a twisted wreck and no survivors. In addition to the pilot, the victims of the ill-fated flight were Richie Valens, ‘The Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson, and … of greater significance in the minds of most… Buddy Holly.

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Tiger Peppers (hu pi jian jiao – 虎皮尖椒)

Tiger Peppers 1

Tiger Peppers, or so 虎皮尖椒 (hu pi jian jiao) are so named because of the characteristic patterns that form on chillies when seared at very high, giving them a ‘tiger skin’ like appearance. Personally, I actually think that ‘Leopard Skin’ might be closer but I won’t quibble.

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Spicy Grilled Corn on the Cob

Spicy Grilled Corn on the Cob

Spicy grilled corn-on-the-cob will be something of a revelation to those who are only accustomed to corn being boiled and served with butter and salt. Freshly shucked corn is actually grilled and made spicy all around the world, of course, but today’s recipe has its roots in South-East Asia.

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How to make Agedashi Tofu

How to make this Agedashi Tofu

Agedashi Tofu is basically tofu that is first lightly deep-fried, and then served in a dashi based broth.

In Japanese cuisine, an agemono dish is any dish in which the main ingredient is deep-fried, while ‘age tofu’ would simply mean any preparation of deep-fried tofu. In agedashi tofu, the dashi can be any form of the basic Japanese cooking stock (plain seaweed, mushroom, or seaweed and bonito), but usually the chosen dashi is extended with other ingredients including soy sauce. Much of the time, a ‘noodle-soup’ type broth, or ‘Kakejiru’ is used.

Her is how to make Agedashi Tofu using a prepared Kakejiru…

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January 27, 1880: Edison Doesn’t Invent the Light-bulb

The Edison Patent

On January 27, 1880, or 140 years ago today, the US Patent Office issued patent number 223,898, granting to Thomas Alva Edison the patent rights to the incandescent electric-lamp, more commonly referred to in this day and age as the ‘lightbulb’. The patent, thus secured, effectively allowed the inventor of this world changing device to reap the huge financial benefits of his work… right?

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Happy Metal Rat Day!

Metal Rat on a Wooden Stand


You may recall, a few weeks ago, all sorts of announcements to the effect that this year, 2020, is a Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. The calendar has a 12 year ‘animal’ cycle and last year was a Pig year. Next year will be a year of the Ox, next the Tiger… and so on.

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