A Nomad’s Gear Bag

Any frequent traveller, whether for business or leisure, will have one of these: a collection of electronic gadgets they carry that allows them to be ready for most any situation they encounter on the road. Here’s a detailed description of mine: Ram Suction Mount for iPhoneSince I use my phone as my satnav when travelling, […]

Mushroom, Carrot, and Tofu Rice

Mushroom, Carrot, and Tofu Rice

This quick and easy rice dish combines three types of mushroom with carrot, tofu, and the delicate flavours of sake, mirin, and dashi. The recipe below serves four. Ingredients 2 cups washed rice 50g bunashimeji mushrooms, cut into 2cm pieces 50g enoki mushrooms, cut into 2cm pieces 50g maitake mushrooms, cut into small cubes 100g carrots, cut into quarters 100g soft tofu, cubed 1.5tbsp organic […]

Chasing a Recluse: Kamo no Chōmei

12th century Japanese author Kamo no Chōmei (鴨長明) is most famous for the Hōjōki (方丈記), a classic work in which he describes his retreat from the world and subsequent experience living in a hōjō – a ten foot square hut – in the wilderness of Hino (日野山), a mountain outside of Kyoto. Chōmei’s Hōjōki is thus often compared with Thoreau’s Walden. After […]