new item is octopus
barnacle sushi, There's no barnacles in it; it's
a baby octopus set in some rice so that the tentacles
sticking out make it look a little like an open barnacle.
(Why, yes, I do subscribe to National Geographic.
Why do you ask?) By the way, notice the light purple
color of the rice? That's not food coloring. On a whim
I boiled a leaf of red cabbage to leach out the color, then
made rice with the purple water. The rice ended up a
pleasing lavender tint, playing well off the color
of the octopus's skin. I didn't taste any difference
in the rice. I don't know if it gave the rice a cabbagey
smell, because I'm anosmic. If you try this, let me
know how it turned out.
Then there are some steamed
broccoli and baked steak fries
in an odd crop circle-ish pattern that I really
can't explain. On the other side I have blueberry
mochi, rice cracker mix, and a fruit
salad made with mango, lotus nuts, blueberries,
and dried cherries.