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My compassionate, sustainable sushi recipes and worthless pearls of life wisdom for the 21st Century and beyond.
This morning, we awoke at 4am to dive, fish, and forage. When I am away from the rattle of city, I can hear the sun, the sea, and the wind sing to me “everyday is a gift and a blessing, to be cherished and shared, generously.”
A dozen hours of fishing, followed by hours of scaling, gutting, then filleting, happen before a single slice of fish is served. Some days, not one fish is caught. But that’s okay, because fishing isn’t just about catching ourselves food. We, also, fish to make a connection to the ocean that feeds us and to remind ourselves that all food once was a living thing that died so that we could live.
Each little smelt is picked out of the net by hand. Smelt are on the bottom of the food chain, as far as fish are concerned. As plankton eaters, they are high in heart healthy Omega 3s and low in contaminants that are an issue with larger predatory fish.

This morning, we awoke at 4am to dive, fish, and forage. When I am away from the rattle of city, I can hear the sun, the sea, and the wind sing to me “everyday is a gift and a blessing, to be cherished and shared, generously.”

A dozen hours of fishing, followed by hours of scaling, gutting, then filleting, happen before a single slice of fish is served. Some days, not one fish is caught. But that’s okay, because fishing isn’t just about catching ourselves food. We, also, fish to make a connection to the ocean that feeds us and to remind ourselves that all food once was a living thing that died so that we could live.

Each little smelt is picked out of the net by hand. Smelt are on the bottom of the food chain, as far as fish are concerned. As plankton eaters, they are high in heart healthy Omega 3s and low in contaminants that are an issue with larger predatory fish.

We just discovered a bed of invasive wakame and grasileria seaweed that we will be using for tomorrow’s subtidal salad. Seaweed should always be rinsed in seawater because using fresh water will cause the seaweed to lose flavor and nutrients. Just a little piece of information I learned from my mom when I was a kid.

We just discovered a bed of invasive wakame and grasileria seaweed that we will be using for tomorrow’s subtidal salad. Seaweed should always be rinsed in seawater because using fresh water will cause the seaweed to lose flavor and nutrients. Just a little piece of information I learned from my mom when I was a kid.

Chef Luis proudly displays his Nigiri Universal creation which is three quarters  plant based. For animals it contains, venison instead of tuna, local squid and mackerel, and bluegill sunfish which harkens back to the freshwater origins of sushi: to a time when everything we ate came from our back yard. I consider the sushi that we serve at Miya’s to be more traditional than the sushi that is considered traditional today, which is globally caught seafood smorgasbord.

Chef Luis proudly displays his Nigiri Universal creation which is three quarters plant based. For animals it contains, venison instead of tuna, local squid and mackerel, and bluegill sunfish which harkens back to the freshwater origins of sushi: to a time when everything we ate came from our back yard. I consider the sushi that we serve at Miya’s to be more traditional than the sushi that is considered traditional today, which is globally caught seafood smorgasbord.

Also, as part of Le Wind, is tilapia grown by students of BRASTEC in Bridgeport and instead of tuna we have seared venison topped with wild garlic mustard and a ginger roasted sesame Chardonnay sauce. Because humans have encroached on their woods, deer are considered populated.. And unlike livestock, venison high in heart healthy omega 3s and low in saturated fats. Also, wild animals do not contain antibiotics which encourage the growth of resistant bacteria.

Also, as part of Le Wind, is tilapia grown by students of BRASTEC in Bridgeport and instead of tuna we have seared venison topped with wild garlic mustard and a ginger roasted sesame Chardonnay sauce. Because humans have encroached on their woods, deer are considered populated.. And unlike livestock, venison high in heart healthy omega 3s and low in saturated fats. Also, wild animals do not contain antibiotics which encourage the growth of resistant bacteria.

Okra season is in full swing! Here’s our Le Wind set menu featuring grilled okra sashimi, a leafy nigiri of wild amaranth that was growing at our farm, steelhead trout that JP, our fisherman/server, caught using a spinner.

Okra season is in full swing! Here’s our Le Wind set menu featuring grilled okra sashimi, a leafy nigiri of wild amaranth that was growing at our farm, steelhead trout that JP, our fisherman/server, caught using a spinner.

One of my favorite foods to eat at Miya’s is our salad. I eat one or two large ones, every day. The veggies and the greens are grown by the Miya’s farm, my mom (in her garden), Yale Farm, and Waldingfield Farm. I do all the foraging for the wild greens. Eating organic and wild plants full of protective phytochemicals, nutrients, fiber, and minerals is vital to good health.

One of my favorite foods to eat at Miya’s is our salad. I eat one or two large ones, every day. The veggies and the greens are grown by the Miya’s farm, my mom (in her garden), Yale Farm, and Waldingfield Farm. I do all the foraging for the wild greens. Eating organic and wild plants full of protective phytochemicals, nutrients, fiber, and minerals is vital to good health.

Having lunch with hero @hawaiifitz Tim Fitzgerald, Environmental Defense Fund Tzar. Also, pictured are his lovely wife Nicole and their awesome daughter Hannah. Tim and his team are making better markets for sustainable managed fisheries.

Having lunch with hero @hawaiifitz Tim Fitzgerald, Environmental Defense Fund Tzar. Also, pictured are his lovely wife Nicole and their awesome daughter Hannah. Tim and his team are making better markets for sustainable managed fisheries.

Here’s a sneak peak of the invasive species dish that I made for the article that I wrote for Scientific American Magazine. My work will be featured in the September issue. I’m so happy to be in the magazine because my dad is scientist and I grew up reading Scientific American.
This dish is designed to look like the craggy sea shores where I go hunting and foraging for local invasive species; it’s, also, designed to look like a mammalian heart, with ventricles up on top. The ventricles are made from invasive wakame and invasive common periwinkles, and our proprietary recipe of whole grain sushi rice. The crabs are invasive European green and invasive Asian shore crabs that have been seasoned and oven crisped until their little shells are brittle enough to eat.
Many cultures have believed that the soul resides in the heart; and many still believe, it is the very essence of life. One thing that we are certain of is that the heart is an organ that is vital to physical life. This dish is intended to be a metaphor for life itself. It is both lovely and grotesque, and upon further inspection, it is composed of a series of very complicated relationships. The relationships that invasive species have with the habitats that they occupy are quite complicated too.

Here’s a sneak peak of the invasive species dish that I made for the article that I wrote for Scientific American Magazine. My work will be featured in the September issue. I’m so happy to be in the magazine because my dad is scientist and I grew up reading Scientific American.

This dish is designed to look like the craggy sea shores where I go hunting and foraging for local invasive species; it’s, also, designed to look like a mammalian heart, with ventricles up on top. The ventricles are made from invasive wakame and invasive common periwinkles, and our proprietary recipe of whole grain sushi rice. The crabs are invasive European green and invasive Asian shore crabs that have been seasoned and oven crisped until their little shells are brittle enough to eat.

Many cultures have believed that the soul resides in the heart; and many still believe, it is the very essence of life. One thing that we are certain of is that the heart is an organ that is vital to physical life. This dish is intended to be a metaphor for life itself. It is both lovely and grotesque, and upon further inspection, it is composed of a series of very complicated relationships. The relationships that invasive species have with the habitats that they occupy are quite complicated too.

Here I am hunting for cicadas with rock star photographer, Andrew Sullivan, who shot this thirty second video showing everyone how to catch these tasty little critters. Cheers friends!

Here’s a snap shot of the wonderful team leaders of New Haven Farms, a CSA - founded and run by women - that is dedicated to bringing fresh, local, organic produce to a membership of (mostly women) who are both low income and prediabetic. I am the Director of Cooking and Nutrition and having been raised by a fabulous mother, understand how vital women are to the mental, physical, and spiritual health of every individual and society as society as a whole.
Twice a week, we will teach folks how to prepare and eat fresh, whole foods, avoid processed foods and added sugars, and reconsider portion sizes too. Medical professionals and sociologists at Yale University and Fair Haven Health Clinic will track the actual health impacts of the program.

Here’s a snap shot of the wonderful team leaders of New Haven Farms, a CSA - founded and run by women - that is dedicated to bringing fresh, local, organic produce to a membership of (mostly women) who are both low income and prediabetic. I am the Director of Cooking and Nutrition and having been raised by a fabulous mother, understand how vital women are to the mental, physical, and spiritual health of every individual and society as society as a whole.

Twice a week, we will teach folks how to prepare and eat fresh, whole foods, avoid processed foods and added sugars, and reconsider portion sizes too. Medical professionals and sociologists at Yale University and Fair Haven Health Clinic will track the actual health impacts of the program.