|Image from A Charmed Life blog|
But what does the moon have to do with food? Many things. I think anything can be related to food if you dig deep enough. I'll focus on one. The moon controls the tides. And tides control when fisherman can go out to fish, and where the fish will be. Fish has long been a large source of food for coastal areas, and those along rivers and lakes. Many people in the world eat fish. In fact, fish is the only meat traditionally allowed to be eaten on Friday (and originally Wednesday) was fish. This was because meat was a luxury item for most people and was expensive, while anyone could raise vegetables or fish for fish. The fasts on Wednesday and Friday abstained from most meat and ate vegetables and fish because you were controlling your body, not giving it luxury items.
It's the opposite here in Wyoming. Beef is plentiful, being a ranching state, but sea food is expensive because it has to be shipped in from the coast. There are local fish, but they aren't real big at this high elevation and with the small sizes of the lakes, rivers, and streams. A creek in Western Oregon is wider and deeper than a river in most of Wyoming. Also, the type of fish that are native aren't the type of fish served in most restaurants.
You have to be careful with sea food in Wyoming. Because of how far it has to travel, sea food can be kind of nasty tasting at times. Some restaurants are good, some very bad. You just have to learn which is which.
My partner was always saying I would love sushi, so finally I tried it. I wouldn't eat any with raw fish, because of the dangers of raw meat being drummed into me by my nutritionist mother. I walked over to the Sushi Boat and ate a roll that looked good called a Sunset Roll. I loved it. I went back fairly often and tried several rolls. But only off the cooked menu, not the raw one.
For my birthday, I went there with all the people who worked under me. I was a manager then. The supervisor under me, who I consider a good friend (I was even in his wedding), ordered a roll with spicy tuna in it. Raw spicy tuna. He insisted I try at least one piece because he was convinced I'd like it. I did, and he was right. My database administrator had also ordered a roll with raw fish. It had thin slabs of raw salmon on top. I actually liked it better. Ever after that, I've been trying various raw fish sushi.
|Store bought pre-packaged|
sushi doesn't look like art,
and I think it has a nasty texture.
With soy sauce, the author said too much will hide the tastes the chef intended. He recommended that if you do dip it in soy sauce that you do your best to only get the rice in it, not the rest. Though he felt it was better to avoid it all together and enjoy it the way it was intended.
Ginger isn't a garnish to put on the sushi. It is to clear your pallet, like the pieces of neutral bread you get at wine tastings. Don't put the ginger on your sushi. Tear off a small piece and chew it, swallow it, before each piece of sushi. This will clear it of other tastes, your drink, previous pieces of sushi, soup or salad. You will get a better idea of what the piece really tastes like if you do this.
|Yellowtail nigiri and Japanese|
I've found that a majority of the people I know that like sushi primarily eat the rolls. Rolls are easier to share than nigiri sushi, so maybe this is why. I like rolls, but I prefer nigiri. Nigiri is sushi rice topped with something, usually raw fish. It's either a small roll of nori (sea weed) with rice in the middle with the fish or whatever piled on top of it or it's a finger of sushi rice with something on top. Most places, only two pieces come with each order. Most rolls have eight pieces, so it's easier to share. A roll is typically more expensive than an order of nigiri, but ends up cheaper for the same amount of food.
|Squid nigiri and scallop nigiri|