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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.

Comments 
5th-Apr-2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Well, glad to see you're feeling well enough that things smell good and you can talk about food.

Miso soup is my emergency travel comfort food--I stash packets of instant soup mix in my luggage, in a drawer at work, etc. But I've never actually made it from scratch, because I suck.

When I lived in Japan, some fellow American English teachers said that you could just mix a dollop of miso with hot water, and this recipe seems to bear that out.

That is anathema to my father, who always starts out by taking some scraps of fresh fish and making a soup stock from them, then adding the miso, and finally garnishing with cubes of tofu and slices of green onion. AFAIK, he doesn't use konbu seaweed in the stock, although his inner hippie has made him add carrots and other vegetables on occasion. (I hated his vegetable miso soup, but the rest of the family loved it, so YMMV.)

My Japanese homestay mother made a variety of miso soups--some standard tofu/wakame, some with tiny little clamlike things that we weren't supposed to eat, and some with tiny little clamlike things that we were supposed to eat. So basically, the thing to do seems to be "make a broth from seafood/seaweed/vegetables/Japanesey things, mix in the miso, and garnish with seafood/seaweed/vegetables/tofu/Japanesey things."

I'll ask my dad what kind of miso he uses, and for other pointers.
5th-Apr-2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
Miso soup is my emergency travel comfort food--I stash packets of instant soup mix in my luggage, in a drawer at work, etc. But I've never actually made it from scratch, because I suck.

BWAHAHA I was just about to write the same thing! LOL :D

*high fives* for the suckage :D
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