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During the 48 hours of koji cultivation one must take care of it.

I open the heat chamber every morning and evening if not more often. I check the moisture (if the inoculated rice is getting too wet or too dry), the thermometer to make sure that the temperature is around 30 centigrade and then add air by paddling the mass back and forth a few times.

Then back into the warmth for a while.

I need some rice koji. I’ve already run out of that which I made this spring. So off to an early start.

Just inoculate steamed rice with good tane koji, and put it in the heat chamber for a couple of days.

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The snow has melted and it’s rained a little, so now there is water everywhere, especially around the edges and low spots.

Too muddy to dig, I’ll have to wait until the next cold spell to hopefuly finish.

These last few days have been good for digging – snow and a cold crust on the muddy clay. It’s supposed to get warm and mucky again, so dig while the frost sprinkles!

The deer have been digging too.

They have gotten through or over the fencing some how, and have found the remaining beets, chard and cabbage. That’s OK – they’re too small and skrawny to worry anout.

This weeks batch is a 2 year Rye Miso.

This time it was a little too much for the 2 jars, so I put the extra into a small jar with some chili peppers just for fun.

Getting into the Christmas spirit at the market.

We woke up to our first big snow this winter.

I love snow, and after a couple weeks of grey, rainy weather, it was extra welcome, along with the cold sunshine that came after.

I love dirt too, so after the period of rainy muck, I can now get back into digging again.

Here’s a favorite.

  • 1 (or 2) hokkori pumpkin
  • Onions
  • Roasted sesame oil
  • Buckwheat noodles
  • Tofu
  • Miso

Dice and saute onion slices

Clean and cut away bad parts of pumpkin, dice and saute with onions.

After a few minutes add water and boil

Add buckwheat noodles

Add diced tofu and boil until everything is perfectly soft.

Choose a miso

Serve to guests from a food coop near you. These are from Uppsala – Ultimat.

Too cold – windy and rainy and almost freezing, so we stayed home from the market today. Working is the best way to stay warm out doors. More winterizing to do.

Tarps going up to keep things dry.

And me dry in my winter shop behind the house.

Winter is coming fast this year. We’ve had a lot of frost already, the winter tires are on and there have been a few snow flakes in the air. The fall chores are coming along early too. 2 crop circles are already cleaned, dug over and have a sparce covering of new raked leaves.

And the zen dirt garden has been tilled.