A Philosphy of Arms

In a heart that is one with nature though the body contends, there is no violence. And in the heart that is not one with nature, though the body be at rest, there is always violence. Be, therefore, like the prow of a boat, it cleaves the water yet it leaves in its wake water unbroken.
-Master Po, Kung Fu (1972)

The image of the Warrior Scholar is a pervasive one.  There is the Bushido code of the Samurai, there are the Shaolin Monks of china and the Chivalric code of Knights.  There seems an idea that having a “code” makes you a better warrior.  Does it, though?  Or is it all some mystic bull crap? Continue reading

Genesis of a Recipe: Brioche

There are some recipes that every serious baker should have.  Pie dough, for example. Or a good chocolate chip cookie.  A cake to bring to parties is also useful to have on hand.  The recipe I’ve been giving thought to lately is Brioche, a rich, buttery bread.  Brioche is versatile, being commonly used in a variety of sweet and savoury applications.  Useful and delicious. Continue reading