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Random (food) thoughts for April 4th 
4th-Apr-2008 09:39 pm
Digital Blasphemy - "Cobalt Daisy"
I suppose that when you've spent two days with intestinal flu, eating chicken tikka masala isn't necessarily a good idea. But when I took a brief trip to the co-op to get juice and vitamins, it smelled so good I couldn't resist it. Of course, they had brown rice to go with it, but I got cheap and decided I wasn't going to pay $2 a pound for cooked rice when I have a perfectly good rice cooker. Then I get home...and can I find the rice? NO. Me not having rice is unbelievable. It would be like me not having honey (I have four kinds, sadly). I spent 5 minutes going over the kitchen again and again and again, before finally realizing that the sticky rice jar was right there in front of me, underneath the lentils, exactly where it always is.

This means I probably shouldn't have been operating a motor vehicle this afternoon.

In other boring food news, can anyone tell me about miso? The co-op recently quit stocking half-dozens of eggs, which made me mad because I cannot use a full dozen before they go bad...but that part of the shelf is now filled with miso. There are a couple of restaurants here that serve delicious miso soup, but I've never had the nerve to ask if there's any chance of getting their recipes. The miso they use is light in color, and the soup has extremely finely chopped bits of carrot and some kind of green onion. But there are 7 different varieties of miso at the store, and at $8 a jar, I can't afford to experiment with getting several of them. So would anybody recommend a certain kind that they like to use? White rice? Barley? Aduki bean? Or do you have a recipe that you would recommend? 

Also?  POOP ON EVERYONE IN MY FLIST WHO IS HAVING DRUNK FUN TONIGHT, WHEN I CAN'T.  I'm about to go to bed and it isn't even 10 pm.

5th-Apr-2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Aw, hope you're feeling better soon. This is like the winter/spring of horrible sickness for everyone I know.

I've only made miso soup from scratch once, and it turned out terrible. So I just stick with the pre-packaged stuff. I used to have miso that came as a package of paste + a package of dried bits that you mixed together in water, but I didn't like it much. (Too salty.) I actually prefer the white miso stuff that comes as a packet of powder with a few dried green onion and shiitake mushroom and seaweed bits mixed in, and you just stir it in with hot water. (Which kind of feels like preferring cheap instant ramen noodles to actual cooked pasta, but IT TASTES GOOD DAMN IT.)
5th-Apr-2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I knew it was inevitable that I would get something else, because there are just too many people who are sick around me. I think it's finally over, which is good - it hit me at absolutely the worst time, work-wise.

(Which kind of feels like preferring cheap instant ramen noodles to actual cooked pasta, but IT TASTES GOOD DAMN IT.)
That's the problem, when it tastes good! Alton Brown can extoll the virtues of homemade mac and cheese all he wants - I just want a box of the Annie's stuff. Mmmm.
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