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2008-03-31

>bioluminescent "blue plate" special - firefly squid, honey mushroom...

It was not glowing jellyfish that Huck Finn used to light his way in the dark.

On a long cross-country trip, I decided to get a book on tape. Not many titles enticed me, really, and turns out these "books" cost quite a bit. I picked up just one - Huckleberry Finn.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was one of my favorite childhood books, yet I had never actually read the other "more important" work.

Indeed, it was an excellent tale to be read aloud, preferably not by me, so it was a dece
nt choice - it felt especially appropriate on the Mississippi River. "...because Tom said we got to have SOME light to see how to dig by, and a lantern makes too much, and might get us into trouble; what we must have was a lot of them rotten chunks that's called fox-fire, and just makes a soft kind of a glow when you lay them in a dark place. We fetched an armful and hid it in the weeds..."   Fairy lights, will o' the wisp? Foxfire refers to the ghostly blue-green glow produced by certain mushrooms. Jack-o-lantern (it's obvious why it was named such) is poisonous. But honey mushroom, also called honey fungus or armillaria, is edible. There are quite a few bioluminescent delicacies, if you only look around.  Firefly squid, also called sparkling enope (Watasenia scintillans), for one.

>hotaruika no sumi-tsukuri, salted and fermented firefly squid and intestines with squid ink, Anago Kanzake Ginza, Tokyo
>New York striploin, 12 oz. striploin grilled with truffled mashed potatoes, honey mushroom and vanilla enhanced jus, Flow Restaurant and Lounge, Toronto
>green papaya and jellyfish salad, Ponzu Restaurant, Waltham, MA







1 comment:

  1. Firefly squid (hotaru ika) are showing up at izakaya and sushi-ya throughout Tokyo right now. 'Tis the season.

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