Friday, May 4, 2007

What's for Dinner?

Cooking in Japan is a struggle. We have a Japanese kitchen with no counter space, no oven and three burners on a small gas stove. If I am able to identify food in the supermarket it is only because I know which species have tentacles.
In the soft drink aisle I see this white stuff ( you will be glad to know it also comes in "diet") that I can't bring to my lips. I try at least one unidentifiable food a week, some weeks are better than others.
There is a popular liquor (and I think that is too elegant a name) called sochu.
Sailors in my AA group talk about it with reverence then finish the sentence with, "and that's what got me here".
I have included a picture of something green in a bag, it's not in the seaweed aisle though; no kidding there really is a seaweed aisle which is right next to the dried fish flakes aisle . It is on sale. If any one has any ideas on what it is I'll send you some.
I will devote a future blog to ancho which I love more that chocolate.


Charlie Drago said...

Here's a winner for your next dinner party:

Do you know why the new Japanese navy has glass-bottom boats?

So they can see the old Japanese navy.

Not exactly relevant to a discussion of that chamber of horros you call an A&P (Agita & Peritonitis), but we're trying to stimulate a little interest here.


Kathleen said...

Withuot you I would feel very discouraged. I don't know if anyone is looking at this blog. Pick out a cephalopod and I will make you dinner.

Joanne said...

Kathy, sorry about not commenting but we are reading. In fact, Brian heard Heather was reading it and asked for the link.


Charlie Drago said...

What's the difference between an octopus and the Modern Jazz Quartet?

An octopus has eight TENTACLES.

Kathleen said...

As Paula Patalano would say................I don't get it
On another note, THEY ARE READING!!!!Thanks. Next week I go to an Onsen in Hakone overnight with my Japanese girl friends.That is a (same sex) hot spring where bathing suits are not allowed. Stay tuned, this should get interesting.

Charlie Drago said...

Oh Kathy,

The MJQ had eight TESTICLES.

Sorry, Father Mike, but your better half did ask.

The Profaner

Kathleen said...

I forget I can read hiragana, the package of green stuff says "Wakame" so I looked it up and;In Japan, wakame is distributed either dried or salted, and often used in soup, particularly miso soup, and salads. In China, it is called qundaicai. Chinese production is concentrated around Dalian. In Korea, it is called miyeok and used in salads or soup.
In Japan Wakame is often found in Tofu salad, usually a simple side dish and consisting of Tofu, wakame and sometimes with a salad vegetable like cucumber. They are typically dressed with Japanese ingredients including soya sauce and vinegar/rice vinegar.
Wakame is a rich source of EPA, an ω-3 essential fatty acid. At over 400 mg/100 cal, it has one of the higher nutrient:calorie ratios, and among the very highest for a vegetarian source.[1]

Charlie Drago said...

Isn't that what Lucky asks you to do every morning?

Prease ... wakame ...

Charlie Drago said...

Then of course there's edemame.

Which is watta Daddy usta do.

Brian said...

This pretty much confirms my elaborate Theory of Japan: everything there is weird. 24,000 of anything should buy more than a squid-covered cracker. But seriously, keep it coming. The more bizarre the better. Eventually I plan to weave an elaborate lie about having been to Japan and the details in this blog will come in very handy. It can't miss.

Charlie Drago said...


Here's a little known fact that might lend verisimilitude to your act:

Did you know that there is a guy who is half Japanese and half Black?


Every December 7th he bombs Pearl Bailey.