Meditate on Gulmuchim 굴무침
It's official, Cult. Winter's here, the holidays are in the rearview, and our resolutions are...shall we say...in progress? Fast forward to comforting soups and spicy food like Korean Galmuchim 굴무침 (seasoned fresh oysters) the balm of the winter soul, and the enormously cheerful and encouraging words of Sam Sifton (New York Times).
"You've just got to breathe. You've just got to get through whatever it is this morning has brought you and remember that there are people who love you and people you love, and if you can get to the market on the way home you can cook...
2020 here we come
The French know how to live: No one who's been to Paris could disagree. They live life, and they enjoy it. Food isn't perfunctory, it's savored with laughter, conversation, and style...Et mais bien sûr, they ring in New Year's with oysters. It's tradition.
Dear cult: we wish you bonne chance (good luck), la paix (peace), and l'amour (love) in the new year. We'll be with you in spirit: imbibing oysters and champagne and dancing in the moonlight. 2020 here we come 🍾🍾 🍾
Setting the scene à Paris
Eleanor Beardsley from NPR talks...
This week on... Real Oyster Cult LIVE
SCENE: THANKSGIVING DAY
Tony Bennet is crooning. "Turkey hands" hang on the fridge. THE FAMILY is gathered around the kitchen island. Awkward silence descends as REALLY GLUM TEENAGER enters.
Clearly, this is a come-down-from-your-room-OR-you’re-not-seeing-your-friends-later-situation.
AUNT JACKIE, (the fun aunt who's not really related) cracks a joke, enveloping the TEENAGER in a big bear hug. TEENAGER manages a watery, pained (smile?)
UNCLE BOB and DAD's WEIRD ACCOUNTANT FRIEND, (Mom takes pride in inviting at least one stray), stare at their pints like the secret to conversation might bubble up in their beers.
Politics is definitely off the table.
DAD enters the...
But first: a little storm talk.
A Nor'easter, or as we say in Boston, a "Nor'easta," is a macro-scale extratropical cyclone in the western North Atlantic Ocean.
On the farm we don’t mind rain so much, unless it's a lot of rain, (then we get closed down due to the dangers of run-off). But wind is a whole lotta headache.
On the water, it whips up waves and storm surge. To protect our floating oyster houses, we move them out of open water into more sheltered areas. I've always taken our farm's float up the Blue Fish River. It's a fairly narrow winding river, and...
We go camping in Maine every year with some of our best friends, and since hauling our families, their belongings, and enough food for about 40 people for three days isn’t enough (it is); we like to mix it up with a themed dinner, because it’s fun. Really fun. Perhaps the highlight of the whole shebang.
Well this year's theme was “cowboy,” and since it lends itself to autumn outdoor entertaining, we thought we'd...