Monday, November 26, 2012

Darning the Fishing Nets

Genoa, Italy.  We happened to pass several men repairing fishing nets at Genoa's harbor.  I'm inspired by the lovely autumnal color palette of their nets as well as the patience and skill it must take to make these repairs.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Genoa Cranes

Genoa, Italy.  Taken from the car as we traveled north out of the city.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I Didn't Know Jack

Vienna.  Every time I visit Vienna's incredible Naschmarkt, I'm temporarily inspired to become a serious cook.  Often I buy a food we've never tried before just to learn and experience something new.  Attracted and tempted by the enormous size of a tropical Jackfruit, we carried a hefty slice home.  However, as we didn't know anything about it and didn't want to accidentally poison ourselves or eat the wrong parts or eat it raw when it should be cooked, I did what any cautious person would do and researched this mysterious fruit on the Internet.  Cautioned that the Jackfruit is so extremely sticky it is used to make glue and that it could ruin a knife or cutting board, we selected our least-favorite knife and covered the cutting board with foil.

The Verdict
Taste: OK—not bad, not especially great.  Time spent cleaning the knife: about 20 minutes.  Conclusion: Glad we tried it but not inclined to use our knives on it again.