Archive for March, 2009

Who is it?

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Anthony & the Johnsons

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I quite liked this song, particularly the shika. They definitely need more shika though …


Friday, March 27th, 2009

It’s our white duck / mallard couple. I wonder if they will have spotted ducklings?

Edit: N-sama said the male duck was ugly .. mooo

The RETURN of the LEAK!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Unfuckingbelievable …

Previously …

BBC4 Japan season: Fish! A Japanese obsession

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Fish! A Japanese obsession (UK only).

Piggy sandwiches

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I made bread:

and combined that with pigs

BBC4 Japan season: Japan in Colour

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

BBC Four Japan season: Japan in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn.

A documentary about Japan in 1900-1920.

To those who know what comes after, looking at these photographs gives terrible premonition of what is to come.

And they are reshowing the Secret Wilderness show:

Mmmm pork

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

This worked out rather well. Cooking time was 14 hours at 100C (according to the oven, but the real temperature would have been lower). The noodles were an excellent complement to the pork. Crackling didn’t crackle much, even though I tried cooking it separately. Altogether, a success.

Pear tart

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Recipe from here. It was better the next day after it had congealed slightly in the fridge.

Pork shoulder for tomorrow

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I’m cooking it for 16 hours overnight … Previous attempt …

Mosquito aircraft museum

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Today to the Mosquito Aircraft Museum / De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre in Hertfordshire.

Chipmunk, similar to the ones I used to fly in AEF:

Comet 4 interior:

De Havilland Gyron engine:

Vampire trainer jet (one of two at the museum which are both very well preserved):

Mosquito, built and used during World War II:

Top gun … is it Tom Cruise?


Sunday, March 15th, 2009

For Aya:

Previously …

Japanese word of the day on BBC Four

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Click for short video explaining each word …

















Japanese snow monkey documentary on the BBC

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

We love this documentary on Japanese snow monkeys on BBC iPlayer (until April, UK only):

Dr. Takayo Soma studying monkeys:

This is #13 in the series. #14 in the series about sustainable farming/gardening is also well worth watching.

Previously #1 | Previously #2 | Previously #3

Teeth of wisdom

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Owwww. I went to the dentist today and I’m going to have them out on April 6th …

BBC Four are having a Japan season soon, starting on Sat 14th March. However good luck finding anything about this on their website which is basically useless. Andrew Graham Dixon’s programme on Samurai looks interesting.


Here is the URL:

Mushroom plugs

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Shiitake mushroom plugs:

I need to find some recently cut logs. The logs need to be less than 3 weeks old, so the log I had in mind for this won’t work. There’s actually some blokes on the other side of the canal with chainsaws cutting back the trees at the moment, but to get to them I’d have to cross two canals which is a bit difficult carrying a large log. I have until December to find a log though. In the meantime, the mushroom spores are kept in my fridge.

Previously …

Lamb shoulder in red wine and cauliflower cheese

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Couldn’t quite get this into one photo …

Duck à l’orange

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I basically made this up. The sauce is cooking sake, oranges, sugar, a little cream, salt and pepper. It’s rather tasty!

The Bull

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Here …

Benkyoshimasu lordshippu

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Thanks to morisobako and f-yayoi for finding BENINGTON (BENKYOSHIMASU) LORDSHIP gardens …

Benington Lordship Gardens (looks much bigger in the photo than it does in real life) ..

M-kun’s dinkle?

The best bit was the CHICKEN TOILET. N-sama wouldn’t go do OSHINKO because of the chickens by the toilet. Eh tou.