Wednesday, 24 December 2008

miso for breakfast

i am up early this christmas eve morn because i am waiting for the plumber. this is the "plumber christmas" i guess.

for some odd reason i woke up craving miso soup. and for all sorts of reasons (most of which prove my awesomeness) i had all the ingredients. so now i am eating my miso, drinking my green tea, and happy... i am pretty sure that i am right about the afterlife and pre-mortal life. but if there is reincarnation, i am also pretty sure that i was a japanese princess or will be soon.

if miso sounds good to you, here is the recipe from my friend elaine q...

  • 2 teaspoons dashi granules (you can make it from scratch using komu seaweed and dried bonito flakes, but it is easier to use dashi stock. it has MSG...)
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons miso paste (white is milder, red is saltier) obviously i used red and even found an organic one
  • 1 (8 ounce) package silken tofu, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces
  • dried wakame seaweed

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine dashi granules and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and whisk in the miso paste. Stir in tofu and wakame. Add green onions right before serving.

just a side note, you can tell that elaine is part japanese because she has precise directions on how the green onion should be cut. I LOVE THAT!

which is further evidence that i was/will be a japanese princess and not a japanese laborer or chef. as much as i love it, i am too impatient and not detail oriented enough to even notice. i cut my onions the way they cut them into the miso at sushi taro (though i cut them too thick, mostly because i was being lazy). a princess doesn't have to worry about how to cut the onions like the chef or the laborer does, because she has people doing it for her. and see, i would love that.

this is what my morning would be like if i was a japanese princess:

when my alarm went off at 6:30am to call the plumber, it would have woken someone else up so s/he could call. then when i decided to wake up -- probably around 10:am -- i would have inquire after the state of the plumbing. chances are, because i was the princess, it would be fixed and all paid for out of my huge princess coffers. then i would have just mentioned something like: "huh, miso soup sounds really good right now" and all my little kitchen people would have started making miso soup (but they wouldn't use the dashi because of the MSG, they would have done it all from scratch). i would come down in my komono and then say something really awesome like: "you guys are so great, you can have the rest of the year off" and the whole palace would rejoice. but what is even more awesome, is that because of my servants love me so much, they wouldn't really want to leave. so we would hang out with my royal family and play rumikub and settlers of catan and stuff. and they would still want to do all the dishes, take the trash out, and all that stuff i really hate.

in other news, the plumber arrived. it will be a small $525 to replace all the old cast iron for this drainage pipe and cut out some stuff in my kitchen. it is going to take about 4 hours. i seriously can't believe i am spending so much stinkin money on plumbing. so so so irritating!!!!!!

please please please bless that this isn't a real money pit!

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