Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thursday Snapshot: Soba Blooms

Soba in bloom. Hokkaido, Japan.

A soba (buckwheat) plant in full bloom. Taken during our trip to Hokkaido last year, we were on our way to visit friends in Nakatonbetsu when we paused near this field of blooming soba. I'm a big fan of this noodle, and was pleased to get a good look at the full plant, flowers, and the coming grains. The little black bits below the flower are the soba grains still in their hulls.

Why a Thursday snapshot?
Each year with the Blogathon I try something new. One year I tried a "What I'm Reading" weekly post and another year I tried a weekly calendar of farmers markets in Tokyo. The latter worked very well for me and my readers. The former proved somewhat cumbersome for me and therefore faded out. I'm still reading, just not summarizing.

This year I'm going to try for a Thursday Snapshot. I take A LOT of pictures. I learned in the first Blogathon to always carry my camera, and so now it has a permanent place in whatever bag I've got for the day or even a short trip to the grocery store. It's that important.

The result is a ton of photos that don't necessarily have a home, although photos do make excellent reminders of things I want to talk about here. Sometimes I just think something is interesting or I'm trying a new technique.

 What do you think?


Ruth said...

My daughter is very allergic to buckwheat, so I am glad to make its acquaintance. (I'm not sure how it happened that a child whose family comes from Eastern Europe could be so allergic to an essential grain.) Buckwheat is related to rhubarb, but I don't think that causes her problems...

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

What a bummer! When we lived in Kazakhstan that was one of our favorite grains to eat. It's hard to find as a whole grain here, although it is possible. The flour and the noodle are much more common. And just as delicious.