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Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Beds We Built

Last week, Danny and I rolled up our sleeves to cultivate the Atsusaka's front yard garden and add bamboo borders to the beds.

There's a bamboo grove just across the river from the Atsusaka's home in Izunokuni. With the help of Mr. Atsusaka and one of the town's naturalists, Mr. Totsuka, whom we now affectionately call Uncle Bamboo, we hand-sawed the bamboo stalks to fit the dimensions of the beds.

When I went back to the bamboo grove the next day, this bamboo stump had filled like a cup full of water. Pretty.


Anonymous,  March 8, 2011 at 6:07 AM  

I have seen on TV that in Vietnam they put rice in a hollow fresh bamboo stalk. Then they steam it over an open fire, using the moisture in the bamboo to cook the rice. Any info on this?

LeValenti March 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM  

Wow, I hadn't heard of that before, but I just found this webpage (below) that shows your how to create a rice cooker out of a section of bamboo stalk. I may have to give that a try!


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