Some like it hot!

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If you’ve been to this blog prior then you know that I have been somewhat fascinated with the art of fermentation for sometime (click here), so this recipe should not come as a surprise. I initially got the idea when I came across a recipe for brussels sprouts kimchi at the website of Bon Appetite. Intrigued, I tried it but changed it up a bit to fit my tastes. Anyhow, it is really good (and really spicy) and easy to make. If you like fermented foods I hop you try this recipe (which is below).

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi

Makes 1 gallon

 4 pounds brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and cut in half

7 ounces kosher salt

4 quarts water


 1 small onion, peeled and quartered

8 scallions

4 garlic cloves, peeled

¼ cup gochugara (Korean crushed pepper) or Aleppo pepper

½ cup soy sauce

½ cup Sriracha

8 slices peeled ginger

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon fennel seeds


 2 quarts water

1½ ounces kosher salt

Place the brussels sprouts in a large bowl, dissolve the 7 ounces salt in the 4 quarts water and pour it over the brussels sprouts. Allow them to soak for one hour, then drain and rinse them, discarding the water.

Combine in a blender, the onion, scallions, garlic, crushed pepper, soy sauce, Sriracha, ginger, coriander, and fennel. Then puree until smooth.

Pour the spice mixture over the brussels sprouts in a large bowl, combining throughly, then transfer them to a gallon-sized glass jar. Mix the remaining 2 quarts of water and 1½ ounces salt together—allowing the salt to dissolve, and pour it over the brussels sprouts. Gently press the brussels sprouts to release any air pocket, but making sure that the vegetable is covered by an least a half-inch of liquid. Put a small plate or other object on the vegetable to keep them submerged. Cover the jar with a lid. Either leave the lid ajar or poke a small hole in it to allow the release of pressure and bubbles as it the kimchi ferments.

Leave the jar at room temperature for about 5 days, or until it is bubbling and tastes slightly sour, then refrigerate. The brussels sprouts kimchi will keep for months in refrigeration.

The view from my handlebars on a crisp autumn evening…

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Urban Simplicity.

The view from the kitchen window and a few other images of autumn…

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Urban Simplicity.

Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#609)…

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A camera bag, a book bag, a tripod, and 140 beef tenderloin steaks.

Urban Simplicity.

A time for everything…

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens
 Ecclesiastes 3:1

So this is interesting. At least I think it is. It’s about change but at the same time staying the same. Growth, I suppose. In the spring of 2004 I co-lead a small book group at my church. I know when it was because I often date the inside flap of a book when I purchase it (this of course was before kindle). The book is the one pictured, and I highly recommend it (here’s a direct link at Amazon). Anyhow, I re-visited this book just today because I am taking a continuing education class of sorts through the seminary from which I recently graduated and this is the text we are using. Tonight at dinner I re-read the prologue and the first chapters. And what I am finding interesting are what I found interesting in 2004….what I underlined or highlighted nearly 11 years ago. Most of what I originally underlined is still important to me, but now as I read it I find myself underlining sections that I didn’t in 2004 because they may have not interested me. Maybe if I read it again in another ten years the entire book will be underlined. Anyhow, I just find it interesting how a person (me, in this case) can be the same person but also change a little. Growth happens, I suppose. Little by little. Baby steps. This also happens naturally, I suppose, as a person progresses through their life (gets older). And as I’ve said before–and I’ve come to fully believe this–it is not necessarily abut the destination as it is about the journey itself. Happy traveling.

Urban Simplicity.

Bird(s) on a wire…

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I was in my backyard this evening and heard some birds (crows) squawking and I looked up and they were on a wire just above me. They seemed to be having some sort of domestic dispute. It was evening, and it was beautiful to watch. So I took their photo.

“Oh like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.”
~Leonard Cohen

Urban Simplicity.

Fortune Cookie Philosophy…More Fortune Cookies.

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More Fortune Cookies.

Urban Simplicity.

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