Tamarind health and safety, fish factories and beautiful eastern Turkey

Chinese fish

We’re heading East (or West – depending on where you’re reading this) to Asia this week. Here are three looking at something a little different, a little unexpected about some of Asia’s biggest, most powerful countries. So let’s see what India has to say on Tamarind health and safety (did you know they use sand to dry it?), peep behind the fish factory door in China and take a misty woodland walk through Eastern Turkey.

Çayeli’nden Öteye…/ Beyond Urban Life…Eastern Blacksea
From Salt ‘n’ Pepper, 28 August 2012
What are the first things that come to mid when you think about Turkey? The Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, turquoise seas and bee-hive cities? That’s certainly what I think about. What about lush forested mountains, misty woodland walks and meals of home made cheese and butter dips with cornbread, eggplant braised in molasses, clotted cheese and prune liquor. Check out this post about the Eastern Blacksea region of Turkey for something a little different. And very beautiful. Scroll down past the Turkish write up to find the English.

Revealed at last: India’s public safety code for tamarind pulp
From Boing Boing, 30 August 2012
Did you ever wonder what the Indian government thought about the public safety implications of tamarind pulp. Or, for that matter, fenugreek, cloves or curry powder? If so, wonder no longer. Under India’s Right to Information Act of 2005 (and curtesy of Boing Boing) you can now head on over and check it out. Strange? Yes. Interesting? That remains to be seen.

Sushi fans beware, these Chinese fish factory shots are beautiful but graphic
From It’s Nice That, 29 August 2012
A word away from your local fishmonger, this is the industrial side of fishing that it’s usually more comfortable to not think about too hard. All those gleaming sterile surfaces and vast brightly lit rooms. And that’s before you get to the mountains of prawns and piles of octopus tentacles. If this is indicative of the scale of global fishing then no wonder the seas are emptying faster than a sauna in the desert.

3 Responses to “Tamarind health and safety, fish factories and beautiful eastern Turkey”

  1. The Grubworm

    @Shuhan – yeah, you better watch out for that tamarind, it could be dangerous ;)

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