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Mmm, Onigiri.

I found out today that the Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry anthology, which features my story, Mosquito Story, will have at least 400 pages worth of stories alone. I dimly recalled there being a long contributors' list, but never quite expected this. Looking forward a fair bit to receiving my copy in 2 - 3 weeks.

Have of late been experimenting with onigiri, as it provides us with a simple, freezable snack/meal. I occasionally get cravings for yaki onigiri, which I've been able to make from reheated frozen onigiri, though the best texture and crunch comes from onigiri that had been cling-wrapped in the fridge overnight. (A case of yesterday's dinner being today's breakfast). Getting the rice not to stick to the pan turned out to be an exercise in patience more than it was practice. I discovered this entirely by accident one day when I deliberately left the rice balls on the stove for about 10 minutes (on very low heat) while I answered emails. The trick is to pretty much leave the rice balls alone and not touch them, even though you're really tempted to, for a bit.

I've been trying to make a habit of putting together a batch of onigiri every weekend. I usually get a batch of about 11 onigiri. Since scanner_darkly and I will eat about 2-3 a person in one meal, there will usually be about 5 or so onigiri left to freeze. (Or have for breakfast the next day.)

Also discovered that grape tomatoes, seasoned with a bit of spring onions, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper (seasoning first zapped in the microwave for about 45 seconds to cook the onions), tossed with salted pecans and cubed silken tofu, makes a really tasty appetizer with an onigiri breakfast.

Have also been getting back into writing, which was shelved for a while due to AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHWORKWORKWORKWORKGETITOFFMEEEE! and sheer inertia about the subject. Started up a story idea I'd been toying with for about a year now, and naturally, Finches.

We had to lift the back of the sofa bed so the mattress would actually give us a modicum of back support. What this really means is that the back of the sofa now actually covers the space of our backs, while also concaving ever so slightly upon itself. This has vaguely upsetted the fluffy cat, who had taken to leaping onto the back of aforementioned sofa and being a neckrest cat -- her last bastion of exercise, pretty much. She has yet to discover that the back of the sofa is still accessible via piles of pillows on either end. Being the nice persons that we are, we now offer an airlift service for her to access her favourite perch in the interim. This gives us exercise, instead of her. Still, there are few things more amusing in this house than a cat of the same proportions and lumpiness as a shaggy throw pillow, melted over the back of the couch. Indeed, there are fewer things more amusing than the resultant neckrest cat, a happy cat all out of happy.


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Jun. 8th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I keep meaning to make my own onigiri. tuna mayo specifically.

Finches! What are you planning for it?
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Tuna mayo would be delicious! I've made tuna (brined) onigiri. My favourite filling thus far is wakame + bonito flakes, seasoned lightly with a tiny bit of soy sauce. I soak the wakame/flakes together in some cold water first, and use the extracted liquid as flavoured boiling liquid for the onigiri rice. The reserved and rehydrated solids become filling.

I've also experimented with things to wrap onigiri in, like mixed rice onigiri with egg bits, wrapped in smoked salmon and nori (awesomely delicious). On Sunday, I tried onigiri stuffed with soft cheese (teleme) wrapped in smoked turkey slices and nori. That was also very tasty, though the smoked turkey slices were very fragile.

I'm finishing the last of the original four planned chapters for Finches, with an additional side story that's also in the works. I had plans for another side story and an epilogue, but that's really dependent on how I feel after finishing the aforementioned original chapters. My main overriding fear is that I'll end up with a sort of Dynasty with ghosts. :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
I knew you were planning four parts but not the additional side story. I hope you'll let me read it whenever the time comes. :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Most certainly! :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
homg i love onigiri *drools* XDD Everytime I go to Japan, I always always load up on tuna mayo onigiri XDDD sooo good T____T

I shoulda known you did writing! ^O^! I like to write though but unfortunately, I haven't been able to do much of that lately. Do you know of Nanowrimo? I joined it for the first time last year and was so glad to make the word count though now I have to edit my work XDDDD
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
I like onigiri too. It's a really convenient food to have around. Kind of like a sandwich for Asians, is how I think of it.

I've definitely heard of NaNoWriMo, and know people who participated in it. I've never joined it myself though. At the rate I edit my work, that always seemed unfeasible! :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah I could pretty much live on onigiri XDDD probably mega unhealthy but totally worth it *_*

the great thing about NaNoWriMo is that it's all about quantity and pretty much throw quality out the window XDD the goal is just to write 50,000 words, however good or bad they are, and then come back and edit it later, after the month is over. It's really a great way to force the material out of you in a timely manner lolz XDDD I'm planning to do it again this year too *_*
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