Japanese Culinary Lesson of the Day … Miso.

misoSo today I thought I’d blog a little in the culinary topic. I’m gonna share with you the versatility of Miso. A Japanese staple that is used in many ways from instant soups, marinades, seasonings, etc.

So what is Miso you ask ? It’s not peanut butter even though it looks like it. Miso is a soybean paste made by fermentation and adding salt, seasonings, and other ingredients. Soybeans are very healthy for you and Japanese have two(2) Soybean products that help you reap the health benefits. One being the Miso “Soybean Paste” and the other being Natto “Fermented Soybeans”

Now Natto requires a very acquired taste as it’s pretty much rotten soybeans. Many are put off by the stringy slime that Natto is. You may think how can eating rotten beans be healthy for you. But the fermented enyzmes in Natto is what makes it healthy. My favorite way to eat Natto and probably the most traditional way most Japanese eat Natto is to put some soy sauce and sliced green onions then eat them over rice. Growing up my Brother and I used to make monster faces as we opened and closed our mouths making the stringy slime coat our lips like drool strings.

Miso is completely different from Natto although it is also fermented. The fermented soybeans are ground to a smooth paste like peanut butter consistency. I am sure that many of you who’ve dined at a Japanese restuarant has drank Miso soup that accompanies your ordered dishes. The salty broth is made by diluting the Miso paste is boiling water creating a broth. Miso is often sold in square containers such as the one pictured below …
okasan cup koshiSometimes they come in plastic pouches or round containers but most are in square ones like this one. Miso is very versatile as it can easily be used in many ways kinda like bouillion base. There’s different types of Miso each with a different flavor and texture such as White “Shiro”, Yellow “Shishu”, Red “Aka”, and there’s even a Black “Kuro” miso. All are pretty much the same but the color differences are due to the longer fermentation times. The longer the fermenting time the stronger the taste.

I tend to like the Shiro “White” miso which isn’t really white but more a tan peanut butter-ish color. Keep in mind that Miso is very salty and although it can be eaten alone as a dip for vegetables like cucumbers a tiny bit goes a long way. Miso like I said previously is very versatile as it can be used in many things. Most common is to make Miso soup. You just place a tablespoon into a tea strainer and slowly dilute it into a boiling pot of water. You use a strainer such as a tea strainer or mesh strainer spoon so that the miso completely dissolves and you catch any bits of soybean.

Miso does not dissolve properly if you just drop a spoonful into the boiling water. Once the Miso soup base is made you can add in any ingredient you desire. The simple ingredients is Tofu and sliced Onions. But you can add mushrooms … Oyster mushrooms or Shitake is nice or you can add some chicken or even toss in some Ramen. Miso Ramen is very delicious !

A container of Miso lasts a very long time and Miso has a very long shelf life so you don’t have to worry about it going bad before you can use up the whole container. I add a tablespoon in replacement of those seasoning packets that come with instant ramens. A tiny bit goes a long way as I said Miso is very salty so if you’re on a low sodium diet or on a sodium restricted diet you might wanna use less that normal. If I’m not mistaken the Miso that my Mom gave me has 850mg of Sodium and I’m not even sure if that’s in a tablespoon or teaspoon.

There’s a lot of ways to use Miso and I hope you’ll give it a try and experiment with the versatility of this product. Spicy Miso Wings sounds great or Miso marinaded Steak or a Miso gravy to pour over your mashed potatoes. I’m sure if you Google Miso recipes the amount is endless. So give Miso and try ! Feel free to comment your experience or even share a Miso recipe down↓ below in the comments. (∩3∩) Itadakimasu !!

A Day in the Life of a Prissy Brony …

there_s_no_reason_to_be_a_closet_brony__by_x86cam-d64yzqh9bdb0ee6cca31f3330dd55897f31769975360752bc85503364190b966262119eSo this post is about my day yesterday with my husband. My husband is not your typical man … he is a MetroSexual. Now for those who don’t know what that is or means here’s the definition of MetroSexual : An urban male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. So yes, while people think it’s mainly women who spend hours primping their hair and face in the bathroom. There are Men who are just the same … my husband including.

Sunday my husband said he needed to go for a haircut but his regular barber whom he adored no longer works at the salon he goes to. So we’re now on this journey to find a *new* salon who can cut his hair just as awesome as his previous barber and stay in the affordable price range as her too. So we went to several *new* places in our area only to find them to be out of his price range. He only had $20 in his pocket and looking to find a barber who’ll cut his hair for under $20.

The journey returned him to a former barber he used to go to after going to like six(6) other places. This former salon *Not naming names* has also done my hair and colored it as well. I love how long the color lasted even til now almost a year later the color remains but what I didn’t like is that she burned my scalp … think 2nd degree chemical burns. I’m not sure if it was the excess amounts of bleach she put in my hair prior to the color or the ammonia in her hair coloring but I had to coat my entire head in neosporin for quit some time for it to heal up.

Anyways I waited in the car doodling in my travel artbook while he got his hair cut. When he came out he was very displeased by how the barber did not listen to his request. He just wanted a blend all around and a trim on top so he can slick his hair back. Something like this … *See Pic Below*
Mens-hairstyle-ideasStill a bit long and scruffy on the sides but trimmed up top to be able to slick back. What this barber did was shave everything pretty short like a ½” or ¼” length. It wasn’t blended in at all either. Even I could see that it wasn’t blended on the sides and back. He came out looking like his hair was cut with hedge trimmers … “Spongebob Squarepants square trimmed”. He was very unsatisfied and wanted to search for another barber to hopefully fix it to something more clean.

By then this was like the 8th or 9th salon we gone to in a day. Which made me wanna blog about this. Where do men go to get their hair cuts ?? It seems like most if not ALL salons are female experienced and solely seem to have more experience in cutting female hair and seem very nervous even jittery when it comes to cutting male hair that isn’t just a buzz fade or cut. My husband told me the barber was very shaky and sweating when cutting his hair as if she were diffusing a bomb.

So where are all the male barbers who are experienced mainly in male haircuts and why women don’t practice on perfecting male cuts as well as female cuts ? (¬_¬) I’m just glad I rarely if ever get my haircut and prefer the old rapunzel look of hair down below your back. My hairstyle is generally rolled up into a bun and occasionally the down ponytail as my hair is thick and hot when just left down. But I never realized how difficult it must be for a man to get a proper haircut to their standards especially if they’re a MetroSexual like my husband whom want every strand of hair to be perfect.

3D isn’t always better …

123

I think this is a blog topic that many will nod to. Nowadays everything is trying to go 3D especially in the gaming areas but 3D isn’t always better. Two games that is a great example is Cut the Rope .vs. My Om Nom and Candy Crush .vs. Soda Crush. Cut the Rope and Candy Crush was great due to their 2D graphics and game play giving it it’s charm. But once they went 3D it immediately lost it’s charm.

Well, My Om Nom is not exactly the same game play as Cut the Rope since it’s more a virtual pet like game where you raise your own Om Nom but being Om Nom is the main character of Cut the Rope he/she in itself is the charm of the game that draws many people to play it. But once they 3D rendered Om Nom it immediately lost it’s charm and not as many will play it as they prefer the 2D version over the 3D version.

Candy Crush is just the same. (=_=”)  I didn’t think I’d become addicted to Candy Crush but when my hubby started playing it and got so into it to where he’d play til he’s out of Life or beg Facebook family and friends to send him lives. I tried a few rounds on his phone and at first I started playing just to send him life but it sticks to you and you become addicted.

So after I used up all my lives I was still itching to play more. I downloaded the Soda Crush and noticed it’s 3D rendered compared to the 2D of Candy crush. I played a few rounds and didn’t find it all that alluring like the 2D Candy crush and I think it’s bcuz it’s in 3D. If it were in 2D like the Candy crush then it might of been more enjoyable.

Not everything in 3D is better but it’s the wave of the future to go 3D especially in gaming. Video gaming example is the Nintendo 3DS. I played Super Mario Bros 2 I found it more enjoyable to play in 2D than to have 3D setting enabled. So again not everything is better in 3D.

Burger by hand or with a Fork …

jackintheboxsirloin

First, I’m gonna say to each their own meaning everyone is entitled to their own opinions. So this is pretty much my last post for the 2014 year. I can’t believe how fast 2014 has flown by. But I’m eager to see what’s in store for 2015.

Anyways this post is regarding eating a burger with your hands or with your fork. My favorite fast food burger comparing to places like McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr, etc. is the Jack in the Box Sirloin Cheeseburger. In the past my favorite burger was the McDonald’s Angus Deluxe burger but once they replaced the red onion for white onions they lost me. I dunno whether it’s the taste of the red onion but I prefer red onions in a burger over white.

I am a Onion lover so whenever I order a burger I always ask for extra onions. Jack in the Box has to be the only place I know who knows how to properly add extra onions. When you ask for extra onions in a burger you don’t get a burger with a pile of onions on top. Jack in the box places onions under the patty then on top of the patty so the burger doesn’t become over stacked by the onions.

My husband just recently got into the Jack in the Box sirloin burger when I shared one with him a few weeks ago. He asked if we can have that for dinner last night. I was kinda feeling like eating something with a fork. So I figured why not eat your burger with a fork. So while my husband caveman like ate his sirloin burger with a fork. I ate my in separate pieces. I ate the bun alone then the lettuce and patty with a fork. I did get odd looks by other customers like … (o~O) Is she eating her burger with a fork ? Who the heck eats a burger with a fork ? << That is an actual quote from a young man eating with his buddies.

My main reason for blogging about this is I oddly felt less bloated and full when I ate the burger with a fork than by hand. When I eat it by hand I feel bloated, overly full, and sleepy afterwards. But when I ate the burger separately it was like I was eating a Steak and Salad dinner with garlic bread and fries on the side. I did not feel overly full or sluggish and actually still felt a little hungry like I could go for something more. It was quite interesting comparing to when eaten normal burger style.

Below is my list of burgers that I think is best from the following Fast Food places …

1.) Jack in the Box – Sirloin Cheeseburger : Extra Onions and Bacon

2.) McDonald’s – Chicken Ranch BLT *Grilled*: Ask for Onions and Extra Bacon

The Whopper doesn’t taste as good as they used to. If anything from Burger King their Carolina Whopper was pretty good but that was a Limited Time thing and their Turkey Burger which was also a Limited Time thing.

But give it a try sometime. You may get odd looks but eating a burger in separate piece by piece with a fork is quite enjoyable than woofing it down by hand. You feel less bloated and full when you eat it with a fork. It feels more like a balanced meal when you eat it by fork too but when eaten by hand it feels like a guilty pleasure to be eating that burger.

Black Friday … Cyber Monday … HYPE !!

ht_chinchilla_cart_kb_ss_131202_ssh

Happy 1st of December and Happy Cyber Monday ! I would of posted this up sooner but I’ve been down with a cold that came on Thanksgiving. I’m feeling better though. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you did do any Black Friday shopping hope you got yourself some good deals.

Anyways I never really cared about these Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals but my husband wanted to check them out after his friend told him last Black Friday he got a 52″ TV for $99. So I figured what the hey why not. Maybe I can snag a WiiU for $99 and score some 3DS and Wii games that’s been on my Wish List for years.

We 1st went to SEARS to check out their TV sales and I was shocked by the still high prices. What deal ? Everything was marked off maybe $20-$50 so it’s not that big of a deal. Even their video games what miniscule selection they had was only marked down by $5-10 dollars.

Afterwards we went by BestBuys but saw the line heading up to Mars and said forget it. We were contemplating Walmart but we know Walmart shoppers can be a bit ruthless and some will go as far as to kill you for that last 32″ TV. I’m in a wheelchair so I could not even picture myself trying to plow through the crowds just to see what’s good.

We just grabbed a local paper and checked out the ads in the paper and nothing seem like a BIG deal. Everything was more or less reduced by just a few bucks. Now today is Cyber Monday and online News articles said the best deals are going to be on Cyber Monday and that Cyber Monday is where it’s at.

Well, today is Cyber Monday and I have yet to see anything that seems to be a worthy deal. The prices of the items are like the prices on an ordinary sales event day. Unless something is 50-80% off I don’t think Black Friday or Cyber Monday is really anything to break you bank account over. More or less in my opinion it’s just Hype to get you to compulsively shop buying things that you THINK is a deal but actually not really.

The true secret to Holiday shopping on a budget is … PRICE MATCH ! Many stores offer price matching and that goes for online sites like Amazon. So if you find something online print it out and take it over to your local Target, Walmart, Frys, BestBuys, etc. and tell them I found it here cheaper and they’ll Price Match ! Some stores will compete by giving the item to you below Price match price.

So scour the entire web for what you’re looking for and find the cheapest price and head to your local store to take advantage of the Price Match deal. It’ll save you from paying Shipping and you get the product in hand at the price the website was offering. I think I’m gonna do that for my Christmas shopping this year which has dramatically gotten smaller.

But do your research and in my opinion don’t fall into the retail hype. Christmas or any holiday for that matter is not about presents or what you bought for cheap. It’s about spending time with your family and loved ones. That Xbox One will always be available in a store to buy. It’ll never go away but your Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Niece, Nephew, whoever once they’re gone … they’re gone ! We’re not around forever !

College … Relevant or Trivial ?

6898Hello ! Before I start my blog post for today let me remind the quote “To Each Their Own” and that this is my personal blog where I share my thoughts and opinions of things. If you look under the About Me tab there’s a definition of what Psycho Babble means and my blog is generally just that. So what I am posting today is not aimed towards anyone nor do I ask that any virtual poop be flung at me for stating my own opinions and thoughts.

Ok, then … with that outta the way I had a pretty long and interesting weekend. I attended an early family Thanksgiving gathering and met a very interesting person who was very knowledgeable about income tax, starting a business, and the field of Art as he has degrees in Art. If you don’t know my I have another blog “MYTCR8TiV.Wordpress.com” which I share my Artistic skills and talents. This is my creative writing blog so to speak and my other is creative arts blog.

Anyways he saw the deep potential in my artworks and suggested that I go to college to study Art and believes it will enhance my artistic skills alot further. I would love to go to school but being physically disabled school was pure torture for me and my older Sister can vouch on that aspect if you were to ask her. From Kindergarten all the way to High School school was a living hell for me. The bullying, teasing, the inability to make friends, being a loner, etc. Everything negative about school I have lived and endured it !!

I admit I regret not finishing High School and instead getting a GED but I just couldn’t take the bullying and suffering I went through everyday for the 7-8 hrs. you’re in school. Now the reason for this post is bcuz I wanted to share my opinions on education. As I just explained to me education was not pleasant !! I have a slight learning disability which made learning difficult. I was in Special Education classes and RSP classes but still struggled with my grades. But with the bullying and the learning struggles they often took a toll on me emotionally, mentally, and psychologically.

Many have told me that I should go to college and enhance my artistic skills. And I do !! I would love to go to college not just to study art but study in fields of my interest like Medical, Nature/Biological, Psychology, etc. But just the thought of going back to school makes me do a fast U-Turn and head in the opposite direction of a Admissions office. I don’t think I can relive my Kindergarten through High School years all over again.

Some of my friends have tried to reassure me and say … No no no !! This is College ! We’re grown adults and not gonna act like a bunch of middle school kids or immature teens. How clueless and naive that sounds !! (¬_¬) Unless you’re in my shoes you cannot say there aren’t disrespectful Adults who bully other Adults. What’s sad is some of these people are parents with children. You can’t unlearn something that’s just a part of who you are. Bullies were born and die a bully.

Anyways the title of the post says College … Relevant or Trivial bcuz I am more of a self-taught learner. I tend to learn better when I teach myself than to be taught by someone. My artistic skills isn’t what they are today bcuz of some Art teacher or Art class. Sure, from Kindergarten to High School I always had an Art class and thoroughly enjoyed them but what they taught in Art class I already knew by reading How-To books, borrow Art books from the school library or public library. I enhanced my skills little by little not by what I learned from a teacher or from Art class but rather by teaching myself via How-To Tutorials online such as YouTube, following Artists and online tutorials on sites like DeviantArt/Pinterest.

My opinions of school is that you’re being force-taught. You learn by methods the teacher knows is best or by whatever the textbooks say. Every teacher is different as everyone learns differently. But in school you learn by what the teacher is teaching you. Their methods aren’t always clear or understandable. To them it might be but to you it’s like WTF are they talking about. Nobody knows you better than YOU ! You know what you’ll understand and how you’d learn it best.

To self-teach yourself it’s stress-free. No deadlines to finish that assignment by, No grading system, No Pass or Fail the course, and No Credits to earn. You learn from your mistakes you made and just keep trying different techniques and methods til you get it right. As an Artist I have gotten to where I am today bcuz of the many How-To draw books, online tutorials, and endless websites. I am learning some type of *NEW* technique or method everyday !! College you only learning til the time you graduate and that’s it what you are learning ends there.

I know that my Artistic skills can probably be enhanced by going to college, taking Art, getting a degree but I can achieve the same thing here at home online on the computer and learn at my own pace and way. Yes, I won’t have a degree but to many aren’t degrees just a piece of paper saying you spent thousands of dollars and hours studying. I appreciate the advices given by people to go to college and study Art but I think I’m happy just being self-taught at home in my own pace and settings. So no offense to all those who are currently in college and to those who are pro-education system but I am bah-humbag and phooey to going to college.

Self-taught learning method has served me well for many years and unless there’s a Home-Schooling college for Arts I’m just gonna continue browsing the Worldwide Web, YouTube, Pinterest, DeviantArt, Instagram, etc. and adding to my endless collection of How-To books and self-teach myself all that I ever wanted to learn.

Jury Duty or Bully Duty … (¬~¬)

tumblr_lhf2pe8VgR1qcc147o1_400

Why does shit happen to good people ?? Just to get it off my chest and vent out at the same time. I got a letter and a call from the Jury Duty Summons people. They were threatening to charge me $1,500 and arrest me for failure to appear for Jury Duty. I said … WTF ?!? I never got any Jury Summons paperwork saying I was chosen for duty.

They said … We sent the form and paperwork out to you that you were called for a summons. I said … I never got such mailing. They think I’m bullshitting and said to report for duty or I will be arrest and fined $1.500. I then spoke with my Landlord asking if they accidentally got my Jury Summons papers in their mailbox and spoke to my Landlords daughter who lives in the unit next door. They were both pissed that I was accusing them of stealing mail or keeping mail that isn’t theirs.

I then explained to them that sometimes I get your mail in my mailbox bcuz you fail to correctly write your address and I respectfully place your mail in your mailbox. So I expect the same courtesy and to please start writing 5521½ as your house address bcuz 5521 is my address and your address is 5521½. She gave me this disgusted why the F should I have to write ½ on my address when my parents own the place. With a fake smile she said if I ever get your mail in my mailbox I’ll be sure to put it in you box or hand it to you in person. (¬_¬) *Bullshit*

So now I have to report for Jury Duty on December 22 and when I told the rep I was talking to on the phone that I’m disabled and have a seizure disorder does that qualify to be excused. She said have your physician fill our section E of the form and we’ll decide if your medically excusable or not. I then told her do you provide transportation like a shuttle bus bcuz I don’t have a license to drive or transportation to get there. She rudely said to me just take a bus or the metro train. I said but I’m in a wheelchair. She said I think you can ride the bus and train in a wheelchair. So she pretty much was saying I DON’T GIVE A FUCK GET YOUR ASS TO THE COURTHOUSE OR YOU’LL SPEND CHRISTMAS BEHIND BARS. I told her well I need you to resend the form bcuz I never got the 1st one. She said fine. I’ll have one sent out and you’ll get it tomorrow.

*Pardon my french* But FUCK MAN !! First, they take away my SSI bcuz I FUCKEN got married saying I’m my husbands financial responsibility now. Now they’re harrassing about FUCKEN Jury Duty shit ? The Court system can’t make decision for themselves. They need a bunch of random people to decide if this guy who killed someone should be free or put in jail. I mean WTF ?!? Isn’t that what attorneys and the judge are for ? To fight for who’s innocent and decide on the verdict.