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Kippers & Kats

I represent to you that opening a can of kippers in front of a cat is like waving a sausage in front of a dog, but my cats were outright intolerable. Intolerable, I tell you, and I technically still have the best cats ever! Tried to have a peaceful, late evening lunch of rice, fish and pickles in front of Natsume Yuujin-chou, and Dorian wouldn't leave my bowl alone. He was in the fish all throughout preparation, in my bowl all the while I was trying to eat it, nudged my chopsticks with his paw while I was trying to scoop rice into my mouth, then licked the miso paste I was dabbing into my bowl for soup. I will have to lock him in the study to make dinner, since that will be chirashi-style inari zushi with kippers mashed in.

We think that between Sif and Dorian, I have the hamster I have always wanted. Sif is round and fluffy, and the right shade of tan, while Dorian eats everything. Are cats supposed to gnaw holes into bags of tapioca flour? No. Chew into ramen cartons? Tear open biscuit boxes? More importantly, eat miso paste? What kind of cat eats miso paste?

Throughout this incident, Sif was only mildly better. She is developing a bizarre taste for human food these days, but I honestly think she showed up in the kitchen because we habitually give her tuna juice from canned tuna when we have that.

Oh, my pickled daikon turned out much better than the previous batch. I was able to lower the salt, though I think it could stand to be lowered much more, and the flavour is more balanced with extra sugar in the pickling solution. I may want to actually consider either purchasing dried mandarin peel or drying some myself as a colourant. Turmeric works great, but it is astringent and reminds me too much of the frighteningly vinegard achar from my childhood.

I kind of began watching Natsume Yuujin-chou from vaguely remembering countlibras mentioning it once. It's a very calming sort of show, with a hint of darkness. It reminds me of the fun I had watching Mushishi. Natsume Yuujin-chou is less visually rich than Mushishi, and at least at the point I am at, not yet as creepy as the last few episodes of said show, but is also much milder and more immediately accessible. It helps that the lead character is rather less enigmatic, with more of an everyday guy kind of feel (also: bishounen) and the round guardian cat spirit that eats everything is a big plus, at least in my book. My lunch today was largely inspired from watching Nyanko-sensei eat much sardines. I just need to stop being lazy and visit Knead for actual pastries. Or either get off my tuff and make steamed buns or convince the spouse we really need to go to Duc Loi to buy up most of their frozen steamed bun inventory. If you're ever in the neighbourhood, Knead is awesome. They make the best Linzer, and the pomme d'amore are pretty much their signature tarts. It's like everything good about a Cantonese custard tart, but with caramel sauce and even flakier crust.

Did I mention I have a round, fluffy cat weighing down my lap right now? So much purring.


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Oct. 25th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
>>We think that between Sif and Dorian, I have the hamster I have always wanted.

haha, I love it.

Natsume! Yes, that would have been me. It is definitely less dark than Mushishi. I have barely watched the anime. I have read a lot of scanlations though. I love the pacing of Natsume. It's very calming indeed. Plus, I love Nyanko sensei. I wish I could buy the humongous Nyanko sensei. I want to sit on it. XD
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
This sounds like my secret diabolical dream to own a Totoro bed! Me and the spouse have decided that it would be a perfect replacement for our living room couch. Guests will ask, "Isn't this your bedroom?" And we'd be like, "No, no. That's our couch! Go ahead and sit on it."

Good god, the one episode in Mushishi with the multiplying root vegetable babies still creeps me out on some days. I thought Natsume might have started from a manga. Will need to look up scanlations. Also, also, if you have access to Crunchy Roll, see Poyopoyo. You will love it. There is lots of food, themed around humongous round creatures. XD
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
and pickled daikon? ooooh....
Oct. 25th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
I was trying to figure out how to make pickled daikon without the rice bran. Since the rice flour paste I use for kimchee is technically the same idea (ie. a rice-based pickling medium), I tried soaking salted daikon in sugared rice flour paste, and left that to ferment. It tastes remarkably like pickled daikon you might buy at a supermarket.
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