Monday, January 9, 2012

Fish stew with pasta
Food Diary (January 09, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Fish stew with pasta
Dinner: Sweet corn and pasta

Today's Favourite Photo
Prosperity Yee Sang: Crispy shredded treasures, Butter Fish, Salmon, Tuna and Jelly Fish serve with blackcurrant-plum dressing

Today’s Favourite Blog
Japan will open a futuristic robot farm in the tsunami disaster zone. The farm will involve unmanned tractors working on a 600 acre disaster zone site. Robots will then box produce grown on the farm, including rice, wheat, soybeans, fruit and vegetables as part of the “Dream Project” scheme, according to the Nikkei.

The growth of crops will also be boosted by recycled carbon dioxide generated by the operation of the machinery in a bid to reduce reliance on chemical fertilisers.

On-site research is expected to begin later this year, with a forecast government investment of £33 million (four billion yen) over the next six years, according to ministry officials.

More than 59,000 acres of once fertile farmland were damaged as a result of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear fallout, with the agricultural industry still struggling to recover.

It is great to see Japan not accepting defeat but taking active steps to bring back normality. However I really wonder how the product will be received by consumers. I am sure extensive research will be done to ensure the safety of the products, however there is a psychological issue as well.

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  1. Yum, I love your fish stew with pasta! Do you have a recipe?

    About Japan... it's tough and depressing. There are so many agricultural lands in the area where all the produce couldn't be eaten because of radiation. All the farmers and everyone lost job. Everyone outside the area trying to buy crops and produce from other areas... Mentally it's really difficult and tiring to check every source to make sure the safety, assuming that everything is already checked. But still there are some cases that people find radiation in some food etc. As a mom, it's already stressful thinking about it...and I hope things will get better soon...

  2. Oh, loving the Prosperity Yee Sang. And the fish stew as well, a quick I have had with the Brazillin version.

    Like Nami I would be concerned with the safety of the food. I do think it is great Japan is trying t make best of a bad situation but at what cost should the produce be contaminated. Also this has a sci-fi feel to it with robots taking over.

  3. Yu sheng, yee sang .... we are getting into the Chinese New Year mood, aren't we?
    Japan is one nation I shall bow to lower than they can bow. Instead of whining and moaning about the tragedy, they pulled up their trousers and went headlong into bigger and better things.

  4. Love all the colors in your favorite photo!

  5. The fish stew looks delicious and very intriguing... Is it with herring?
    I thought the zone close to nuclear accidents was irradiated for dozens of years... How can they produce anything edible there? This project sounds strange.

  6. Robotic farming is such an interesting concept. I hope it works out for them. Japan could use a break. Your stew looks yummy!!

  7. I have fish stew on mu list of to do this winter and yours looks delish. Would love to see your recipe

  8. never tried pasta and fish together. what an interesting combo!

  9. Nami: Oops, I don’t have the recipe sorry.
    I really hope so too that things get better soon. At least they are trying their best which is great

    Cheap Ethnic Eatz: that will be a huge financial cost, plus a psychological aspect as well. Maybe this will help people get over the incident, maybe

    ping: I know, it’s a good time to be in your part of the world. You can just walk around, sample all the goodies and get full (or really full with an unhappy stomach…memories…)
    Really good attitude from the Japanese. Careful when bowing, try not to fall over.

    Yummychunklet: extremely colorful indeed

    Sissi: yes it was with herring.
    I thought so too, I wonder how they will solve the radiation issue. Chernobyl is still closed but the problem there was much bigger. I am sure the scientists have some tricks up their sleeves. Lets hope they will eat the food themselves also

    Kristen: we will see

    Kitchen Belleicious: thank you

    Amanda: thank you, delicious combo

  10. Well, when the japanese start glowing in the dark, we'll know.

  11. This is a better version of yee sang! Love the colours in that plate

  12. Dear Three-Cookies,

    The yee sang looks delicious and enticing and I think the competition has started among some people as to how many times they can eat this dish during this chinese new year period.