Friday, July 4, 2014

Napa.

More later.

Friday, June 20, 2014

I'm testing this blogger app out

...and I'm not sure I like it. Maybe it's because I don't like new technology things (they scare me) but, more likely, that I'm not doing this in html and it's weirding me out a little. Hm.

Oh well. Please also take a gander at these random bats I took a photo of while at Fenway Park, for no reason other than one of them was Coco Crisp's.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z is for zabaglione

Iris's Song 'O The Day: "Nothing Left To Say" by Imagine Dragons

Last day!
Is this what it's supposed to look like?
And it's a cheater day, I'm sorry.  I'm in the middle of my vacation, so I'm leaving this blog challenge with a cheater post.  I'm leaving a recipe for Zabaglione that looked divine, and I'm using this blog entry as a page marker for when I want to actually make it (presumably after I get back from my vacation).  So here it is:

Iris, don't forget to make this when you get back from your vacay.

It's been a great April, all...thank you so much for visiting!!!

to be continued

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for Yudofu

Iris's Song 'O The Day: "Summertime" by Sarah Vaughan

Hot Tofu
Aah the letter Y.  The only way this could possibly relate to writing at all is that sometimes I crave comfort food that isn't snapea crisps when I'm writing, but it usually never happens unless I go to the supermarket and spy some tasty tofu.

Tasty Tofu, you ask? San Jose Tofu is at my nearby Japanese supermarket.  IMO, SJ Tofu is nowhere as good as, say, Meiji Tofu in LA, Honda Tofu in Wahiawa, Hawaii, or, if you want to get more chichi and hipster abut it, Daizu-Tei at the farmer's markets there.  But before I digress too much further, SJ Tofu is better than the ubiquitous tofu brands available everywhere.

Speaking of digressions, today's blog entry is brought to you by the letter Y, Y for Yudofu (literally, boiled tofu).  My dad would make some comment here on how crazy I am to make this when it's really hot outside, but no matter.  I am not constrained by things such as weather!!!

So here's a recipe for you.

2c Dashi
1/8 tsp. Mirin
2 tsp. Sake
1/8 tsp Soy Sauce
1 boneless skinless chicken thigh
Put this in a pot please, and let it simmer.  It should be a largish pot so that you can add more things to it.  

Next, in a heat-proof teacup add the following:
One egg, beaten
1.5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sake
2 generous pinches of katsuobushi
 
When the stuff in the pot starts to nicely boil and the chicken looks ready, add:
1 block tofu, rinsed and drained, sliced into pieces no thicker than 1/2"...but ideally into 2 inch squares or so (smaller pieces will fall apart)

And tuck the contents of the cup in the center.  This cooks the egg a wee.  Bring the contents of the pot to a boil again.  Transfer the teacup, sauce and all, to a bowl, and pour the yudofu around the cup.  Garnish with mitsuba sprigs or chopped green onions.

Enjoy!
to be continued

Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for Xanthodont

Iris's Song 'O The Day: "Leave Home" by the Chemical Brothers

Seriously.  Why?!
...There's really no need for this.  None at all.

The world doesn't need another American-made Kaiju movie.
PLEASE, no.

That being said, in the hunt for words that start with "X" I discovered that Xanthodont = one with yellow teeth, and I'm assuming that Godzilla is, considering he eats people and cars and buildings and stuff, and we never see him brushing his teeth or flossing or anything.

Seriously, instead of remaking Godzilla movies a million times can we please remake Gamera?  He's my favorite.  Oh wait, on second thought, let's not wreck it.  I love Gamera too much.

I leave you with this:


I love Mystery Science 3000.  I really do.  And now I've gone completely off-topic!  Yay, me!

to be continued

Saturday, April 26, 2014

W is for Wrigley Field

Iris's Song 'O The Day: "Every Day Is Like Sunday" by Morrisey

Bucket List
Whooo Baseball Mecca!
So I have this theory, and for some people it'll be off the wall, and for others it'll make a lot of sense.  My theory is this: Places where a lot of people go, meccas, tourist attractions, whatever, well, attract a lot of people.  Duh.  And it stands to reason that with enough people in the same mindset going to said places the places themselves would start oozing this mindset.  Take large, old churches for example.  They're either places people avoid because people think they're haunted, or places that are visited often because they're so... peaceful.

You can say they absorb the intentions of people who go there, or you could simply say that it might attract folks of the same mindset as you, eh?

So I wanted to go to Wrigley Field.  It's old.  It's served as an entertainment venue since 1916. And I wanted to know, well, what it felt like.  

Call me crazy, but that's actually why I'm going to go this weekend, flying all the way there from California.  Or you could say, I'm going to check out the behavior of those supposedly crazy Red Sox Fans.  We'll see how it goes ;)

to be continued

Friday, April 25, 2014

V is for vampire

Iris's Song 'O The Day: "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by Sting

Another Vampire post
This one's a keeper.
I made today "V" with a sense of apprehension, because I'm going to guesstimate that about 40% of today's "v" blogs are about vampires.  Now I'm not going to go deep into the history, the not-so-great vampy novels I've read, or even the series I grew up reading.  Heck, I won't even mention the really awesome series I discovered along the way.

But I'd like to mention Sunshine, by Robin McKinley.  She's my favorite, you know.  And her take on vampires is the most original, best-written piece I've read in more Sunshine,than a decade, heck since I was born, maybe.

It's also the most underrated. No one I know who's read Twilight (except for maybe one of the members of my writing group) has ALSO read this.  It's a shame, really.

Please read it, if you think Twilight is your idea of the epitome of vampire novels.  You'll be SO glad you did :) to be continued