The Chairman would be proud. . .

One of my favorite foodie shows of all time is the original Iron Chef. Not that lame Iron Chef America (face it, the only thing that show has going for it is Alton Brown and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto). I’m talking the original, Japanese series with Chairman Kaga, Allez cuisine and all.

And for the record, my favorite Iron Chef is and always has been Hiroyuki Sakai, but I digress.

Nomura's JellyfishToday, I came across a facinating article with a very unique solution to a very unique problem that would make Chairman Kaga grin more flamboyantly than any of his costumes. It seems that for the last several years the sleepy fishing village of Obama in the Fukui Prefecture of Japan has been invaded by Nomura’s jellyfish. Now these aren’t your run-of-the-mill little piles of clear goo you find washed up on the shore occassionally. These are six and a half foot wide, 450 pound monsters and their presence is taking a heavy toll on the local fishing.

Now, they could have sat around bemoaning their lot…the loss of jobs, the loss of quality catches in their nets, but instead, the enterprising high schoolers at Obama Fisheries High School did something the Japanese are well known for…

They figured out how to eat them.

Jellyfish CaramelsThat’s right, students took the jellyfish, boiled them down to a thick paste, dried it, then ground it up into a fine powder. They then made it into cookies and now into caramels. In fact, they’ve done such a fine job that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is considering adding their sea-inspired treat to the official menu for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Who knows…maybe it will be in a dessert coming soon to a grocer near you!

(Thanks to PinkTentacle.com for this fun foodie treat!)

The one, the only, Carolyn Tang

Today, Wade and I had the pleasure of talking with the extraordinary Carolyn Tang from UrbanVivant.com. (If you are in the affiliate marketing industry, you will also recognize her as the ShareASale goddess she is.) We didn’t really have a set topic this time, so we covered a myriad of subjects in our 35 minutes or so, ranging from Carolyn’s own love of food, why she started her website and her favorite recipes to a fast paced discussion of our favorite Food Network hosts and shows. (I still miss the original Iron Chef! Come back Hiroyuki Sakai!)

Carolyn has always been one of our favorite folks because of her work in the industry, but now that we know she’s a foodie too, we love her even more!

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Carolyn Recommends:
Foodie Mag: Saveur – gourmet food magazine full of recipes, techniques & culinary travel
Great Chicago Eats: Gioco – hip, Italian eatery located in a Prohibition-era speakeasy
Facebook Application: Food Porn – user submitted pictures of incredible food

Her own recipes:
Steamed Pork with Ground Rice
Orzo with Asparagus and Cheddar
Quiche