Austin and Chi Kitchen

Austin and Chi Kitchen

Postcard from Austin

With its state-of-the-art infrastructure and good year-round climate, the state capital of Texas is a pleasant place to visit on business. Main sectors are manufacturing, IT, energy and aerospace technology

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Fermented foods – why rotting vegetables are in vogue

Fermented foods – why rotting vegetables are in vogue

Fermentation is the latest foodie obsession. What is the appeal of decaying veg?

I have just spent an hour of my apportioned time upon earth getting intimate with cabbage. I selected a tender specimen from my greengrocer; I sliced it into ribbons; I massaged it with sea salt; I teased out the juices; I opened the windows to get rid of the cabbagey stench; I apologised to my wife; I packed the cabbage tightly into a jar, along with a few spices; I took a quick iPhone pic and then I left it on a shelf to reach a beautiful decay.

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