Friday, January 6, 2012

Record breaking tuna and kartoffelsalat

Food Diary (January 05, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Chickpea tikka masala with rice
Dinner: Southern German potato salad (Kartoffelsalat) with garlic brussel sprouts

This morning I checked the detailed weather forecast for the day. The detailed forecast tells you what will happen every hour. It forecasted or guessed snow at 1300, which means snow was expected sometime between 1300-1400. And guess what, the forecast was correct. Amazing, how often does this happen?  This really shocked me, in a good way. I have little faith in weather forecasts but I guess short term forecasts can be a bit more reliable. Then I thought of the worst weather news that I came across some years ago. The radio announcer was describing the weather as it was, it wasn’t a forecast, and his description was totally different from the actual weather. I was only about 5 minutes drive from the radio station so the weather was not different from where I was. I guess if he couldn’t describe the current weather accurately there is little chance of him becoming a weather forecaster. Or maybe his forecasting skills would be as good as any professional weather forecaster.

And then in the evening I made this Southern German potato salad (Kartoffelsalat). It was not inspired by the weather forecasting accuracy in any way, it has nothing to do with the weather. When I saw the recipe on with a glass couple of weeks ago I had to try it. Before seeing the recipe I never knew it existed, maybe I saw and ate it without realizing. Last week at the pub my friends schnitzel came with a side of Southern German potato salad. I knew immediately what it was. We suddenly start noticing things that we are familiar with.  I recently heard a speech where the speaker said once we buy a car we suddenly start noticing the same model of car which we previously didn’t notice.

It’s a strange post, I start talking about the weather, move on to kartoffelsalat and end up with cars. I will stop before I go any further. Back to the salad, the recipe is available here.  

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Sparklette
Char-grilled Wagyu beef yusheng

Today’s Favourite Blog
A bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000 in the first auction of the year on Thursday at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. The tuna weighed in at 269 kilograms (593 pounds).

The winning bidder is Kiyoshi Kimura, president of a sushi restaurant chain. Media reports quote him saying that he wants to "liven up Japan" and help it recover from last year's devastating tsunami and economic stagnation.

Trevor Corson, author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, The Story of Sushi and the only Sushi Concierge in the United States, explained that the only reason any bidder at the Tokyo auction ever pays that much for a fish is to deliberately spend way more than any sane person should. Blowing that much on a tuna is either a celebration of recent profits, or a bid for publicity to boost a restaurant or distributor's profile. In short, it's money spent on advertising, not on fish.

And advertising definitely worked. This record bid is now widely known and the winning bidders name publicized. I suppose getting similar exposure through advertising in newspapers and other media internationally would cost much more.

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  1. I wonder what he will end up doing with the tuna? I mean there's added publicity with that too!

  2. Mr. Three-Cookies, your salad looks fantastic! Thank you for trusting my recipe and for making it! I'm really so happy to see the potato salad on your blog :-) (And thank you for the kind link.)
    I don't really believe weather forecasts, so the detailed one you mention is very impressive. Maybe they were just lucky ;-)

  3. I've had very mixed experience with weather predictions...sometimes the online forecast will say it's currently sunny and cloudless and actually it's raining!

  4. Looks like weather forecasters are the same everywhere ... they say one thing and the opposite happens... must be from the same school for forecasters.
    That's killing two fish with one bid. He gets to sell the fish and get advertising at the end.

  5. Love Wagyu beef. That photo looks delicious.

  6. Lorraine: sell for a premium price:)

    Sissi: thanks again for the recipe, its a great recipe.
    The weather forecasters were certainly lucky

    Joanne: not being able to describe current weather accurately is sad!

    ping: they must be all from the same school. At least forecasters around the world are consistent with their level of accuracy:)

    yummychunklet: it is

  7. haha...same here, i'm always surprised when the forecast is accurate!

    i will have to try the potato recipe soon as it looks delicious especially with the mustard seed!