Miso Soup
Posted in Recipes
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:38 am)

When I lived in Taiwan, every once in a while I'd run across a place that sold the most wonderful-tasting soup, but I never got around to asking what it was. Every time I saw it, I would get a bowl. Turns out, years later, that it was actually a Japanese soup: Miso. I found this recipe on the Uwajimaya website.

Miso Soup

Ingredients:
4 cups dashi (soup stock)
4 Tablespoon miso
wakame (seaweed), small pieces (optional)
1/2 block tofu, cut into 1/2" cubes
1-2 stalks green onions, sliced thin
Other optional ingredients
spinach, cabbage, Shiitake Mushrooms, pork, abura age (fried bean cake), daikon (Japanese white radish), mochi (rice cake), or fish.

Preparation:
Serves 4
Heat dashi . Mix miso in small bowl with small amount of dashi and return to the dashi in the pan. Bring to a boil then lower heat. Add tofu and wakame (optional). When soup comes to a boil, remove from heat and add green onions. Avoid boiling too long - serve immediately.

And don't forget Inari, too!

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Sherlock Holmes
Posted in Reviews
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:15 am)

On Tuesday night Lorien and I went to see Sherlock Holmes. The first show we originally arrived for was sold out, but a second one started just 30 minutes later. That show didn't come close to selling out, there were still many open seats.

Now I'm not a big Robert Downey Jr. fan. In fact, the last movie I saw with him in it was U.S. Marshals, and I saw it because of Tommy Lee Jones. He did a decent job, though, despite his checkered, alcoholic, drug-laced past.

His "deductive superpower" effect was neat. I must admit, though, I was surprised to see a bare-knuckle boxing Holmes. Not to mention his meager violin skills.

The story was okay, though. Not too slow, not too fast. It was, overall, a good movie. If you want to see a movie, and are considering it, I say go!

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Lost and Found
Posted in Random Thoughts
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:37 pm)

I lost a filling over Christmas. I found out that I need a crown to replace it. Fortunately, no root canal was necessary. My excellent dentist took care of it right when I called. He did a great job of making sure I was numb before drilling, too.

Holy cow I just had to blow my nose with half my face numb. FAIL!

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Something Broke
Posted in Random Thoughts
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:40 pm)

My Sunday Twitter Updates didn't sync here yesterday. I blame the INTERNETS. They're always breaking crap.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-27
Posted in Twitter
Morning watch, 6 bells (7:03 am)
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More Bread
Posted in Hobbies
First watch, 1 bell (8:39 pm)

My mom gave me a nice bread recipe book for Christmas. I love baking bread, I love the smell of bread, and I love eating the bread. I'm trying the cheddar recipe tonight, it's pretty simple and quick. I'll let you know how it goes later.

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8-bit Christmas Carols
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:15 am)

Frank, one of my cow-orkers, introduced me to this site. At only $4, buy it for the children: 8-bit Christmas, Christmas songs with old-school video game feeling.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-20
Posted in Twitter
Morning watch, 6 bells (7:03 am)
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蛋餅
Posted in Recipes
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:49 pm)

I was just reminiscing about the wonderful food (especially breakfast) I used to get in Taiwan. So I went poking about the Internet and found this recipe. I'll try it out and let you know how it goes! There seem to be a few others on the same site that look good as well.

高筋麵粉.....8大匙
太白粉.....2又1/3大匙
æ°´.....220ml
鹽.....少許

一大匙是15ml , 一小匙是 5ml

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Tonight’s Entertainment
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:02 am)

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-12
Posted in Twitter
First watch, 6 bells (11:03 pm)
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You’re Not Really An Admin…
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:39 pm)

Today I welcomed a new SQL admin into the club. The club of royally screwing something up by accident. Because, be honest, you're not really an admin until you've made a really huge mistake and had to get help to fix it.

Brownie points go out for:

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What’s Going On?
Posted in Random Thoughts
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:21 pm)

Well, the short answer is not much, really. I've been collecting addresses for Christmas cards and I have a few to write tonight. We'll probably mail them out on Friday.

It's been pretty darn cold here the last three days or so, low temps in the single digits. I had to dig out my long scarf!

I'm going to make some more sourdough tonight, and look up a holiday cookie recipe to make tomorrow.

I haven't posted much because work has been busy, and if I log in during the evening hours I'm probably playing M.U.L.E. and not blogging…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-05
Posted in Twitter
First watch, 6 bells (11:03 pm)
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Crazy Idea #12
Posted in Advice
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:27 am)

Got a pet you don't want anymore? Annoying cat or dog that just won't behave?

Wrap it up and give it away at a white elephant exchange party. Imagine everyone's face when they open that package…

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