A tale of morels

| Aug 1, 2007

A tale of morels

by C.W. Nicol

I have a Canadian friend, Nedd Kenney, a brilliant scholar, musician and fieldworker who now lives on Baffin Island off the northeast coast of Canada. It was Nedd who got me my first bhodran (Irish drum), and came to my house in Kurohime, in ...

A very special friend

| Jul 4, 2007

A very special friend

by C.W. Nicol

Last year, on June 10, my dear friend Eiji Nakahara died. He was 65. Many readers will remember Eiji, owner and gifted chef of the Tatsunoko pension here in Kurohime. Especially during those heady “bubble” years of the mid 1980s, and through to the ...

Breakfast with rodents

| Apr 4, 2007

Breakfast with rodents

by C.W. Nicol

Iwas home alone the other evening when I heard a scuttling sound coming from the kitchen. Two mice had climbed up a strut in the woodwork of the sink counter and jumped down into the compost bucket below, which just had a few centimeters ...

Pied piping for the parsnip

| Jan 3, 2007

Pied piping for the parsnip

by C.W. Nicol

Thanks to the great Roman naturalist and writer Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79), we know that parsnips were brought to Rome each year from imperial provinces across the Rhine, and that they were destined for the Emperor’s table. The scientific name for the parsnip ...