Quotation of the Day

28 June 2016

For theAbysmal Date 3~6~21


“It may be that universal history is the history of the different intonations given to a handful of metaphors.” —Jorge Luis Borges


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Braised Tempeh in Black Bean Sauce

27 June 2016

Chinese fermented Black Beans, not the turtle black beans used in Latin American cooking.

1 cake of tempeh (250 g), thawed

Braising Liquid:
2-3 C vegetable broth
1 star anise
1 strip of kombu seaweed
1 TB lemon zest
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

Black Bean Sauce:
1 C fermented black beans
9 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 inch+ piece of ginger, peeled, chopped
2+ TB chili flakes
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp balsamic reduction
1 tsp mirin
1 TB soy sauce
2+ TB sesame oil
Enough neutral-flavoured oil to cover the black bean sauce ingredients.
vegetable broth (optional)

Oil for cooking.

1. Add whole cake of tempeh to a pot with the braising ingredients, bring to a boil.
Remove kombu, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, let
2. Combine the black bean sauce ingredients in a blender and puree. Add vegetable broth in a thin stream if desired.
3. Remove tempeh from braising liquid, cut into cubes, or however you like it.
4. heat cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add tempeh, heat for a few minutes, then add black bean sauce. Heat through.

I’m guessing that the black bean sauce will also work with sweet potato, mushrooms, Asian mustard/cabbage family vegetables.

Quotation of the Day

26 June 2016

For theAbysmal Date 3~6~19


“The perpetual ideal is astonishment.” — Derek Walcott


mycelium - theAbysmal Color

Year 3 Wheel of the Year

19 June 2016



17 June 2016

Awash in Carcinogens -now with fact

from the Pollution in People


More than 1,400 chemicals and chemical groups are known or likely carcinogens. Through industrial applications, consumer products and food, water and air, Americans are exposed daily to these cancer-causing compounds, which invade the body and build up in blood and urine.

Federal health officials have measured many of these chemicals in our systems but the scope and range of carcinogenic pollution in people, known as body burden, has not been tallied – until now.

Through a review of the scientific literature and publicly available human biomarker datasets, EWG compiled the first comprehensive inventory of known or likely carcinogens that have been measured in people. We found that up to 420 known or likely carcinogens have been measured in a diverse array of populations.

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Year 3 Month 6

6 June 2016


Year 3 Moon 6

5 June 2016


I believe that the Holy Islamic month of Ramadan begins Day 2 (June 7th) with the appearance (or sighting in orthodox traditions) of the crescent moon. With my admittedly limited understanding of the practice of fasting, it is meant to remind us of our privilege, and to donate our excess to those who need more than we.

I imagine that the effectiveness of this practice varies from community to community, as with Lent, or other religious observances.