Grandma’s Recipes on youtube are a series of visually delightful and interesting stories focusing on elderly Japanese women and the dishes close to their heart. In one of the videos, there’s a cutting technique that no matter how high or low I search, can not seem to find its particular name. I’m somewhat familiar with most cutting styles, but in the 12-second snippet above, Grandma slices off a chunky block of fishcake and cuts it deftly into 2 polyangular pieces.
The result immediately reminded me of those wooden “genius” puzzles, the kind where you fit all the pieces together to form a single shape. I’ve always thought the puzzles were pretty cool so of course I had to play with my veggies to see if I could achieve what Grandma effortlessly did, even if it took a lot of twists, turns and setting the pieces down.