|Baked potato rösti with pickled herring and salad|
Food Diary (December 19, 2011)
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with toast
Lunch: Baked potato rösti with pickled herring and salad
Dinner: Polenta with peas and caramelized onions, toast
Baking/sweets: cinnamon cookies, chocolates
Yesterday and today we had the first real snowfall for this winter. It wasn't much but at least its a start. There was some snow falls in the last couple of weeks but most of it melted even before hitting the ground. Here's the view from my window.
Today's Favourite Photo
Araguani dark chocolate log cake with mango, passionfruit and chocolate Breton sable
Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Huffington Post
Kim Jong Il was a controversial figure. This blog is about food so I will leave politics and propaganda out of the discussions and talk about food and drinks.
Kim was supposed to have “strange food and drink cravings”. He was secretive and information comes from different sources, including dissidents who managed to escape. This includes his personal sushi chef, Kenji Fujimoto, who escaped and wrote a book in 2003. According to Fujimoto, Kim liked to eat his sashimi so fresh that he wanted the mouth of the fish to be still moving when he took his first bite. This is possible. I have seen videos of Chinese chefs deep drying live fish and the fish would still be moving after being fried (the head does not get dipped in oil).
Fujimoto travelled the world to bring Kim the greatest delicacies such as fruit from China, Thailand and Malaysia, beer from Czech Republic, pork from Denmark, caviar from Iran and Uzbekistan, and seafood from Japan. For drinks he has fine French wines. He was also a fan of Johnnie Walker Scotch and Hennessy XO cognac.
Kim claims that he invented the bulgogi slider.
Kim insisted that every grain of his rice be inspected to avoid broken grains.
Konstantin Pulikovsky, a Russian emissary who travelled with Kim by train across Russia, reported that the North Korean leader had live lobsters air-lifted to the train each day which he ate with silver chopsticks.
Fujimoto’s strategy for escaping from North Korea is interesting. He showed Kim a Japanese cooking show which featured an uni dish, knowing that Kim would want to have it. Indeed, when Fujimoto was sent to Japan to retrieve the sea urchin, he escaped.
I wonder if Kim read food blogs, or even had his own food blog.