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The best fish, or not a fish at all? A history of sour skate
Sourdough or sauerkraut? Kimchi, kefir or kombucha? For many of us, 2020’s lockdown has been marked by friends and family sharing social media pictures of strange fermented concoctions they’ve been experimenting with – or maybe we’ve been trying our hand ourselves at creating some of these foods prized both for their taste and their beneficial effects.
A very quick re-cap. A quern is a rotary hand-mill made from a circular split stone. Grain is fed through a hole in the upper stone as it is rotated, using a stick inserted into a socket near the edge of the upper stone. The grain gets ground into meal which gathers on a skin or sheet on which the quern is placed. Grinding the quern was often accompanied by song.
In praise of B roads
In this strange hibernation, with quiet roads and journeys n foot, what one friend has called the ‘intimacies of the home-patch’* have become their own study. I’ve been taking the B roads from my door by bike or on foot and exploring online archives related to my home for some time and I’d like to write here in praise of both.
In Search of Dugald Buchanan
It must be a particularly hard time just now for people of faith. Churches, mosques, synagogues and temples are closed. The places where one would most clearly feel the presence of spiritual community are cut off – never mind that a pandemic might tempt one to question faith in any deity.