iMake Miso Soup and Maybe Happiness

November 9, 2012 · 5 comments

If there’s any doubt that Rick and I have moved into a new food space of home-made everything, this ought to cinch the deal.

Dehydrated bonito shavings are an integral ingredient when making miso soup from scratch, and  for our tastes, about a quarter cup of the feather-light wafters are enough to make enough for a serving for two.

Therefore, bringing a one-pound bag of dried bonito in a household of two adults and one bonito-abstaining poodle represents a serious commitment to miso soup and/or a great bulk-buying deal with free shipping from Amazon.

It wasn’t until I plunked the bag on to the counter and witnessed the size of it compared to the pot of soup I was about to make that the impressiveness of what we had signed up for dawned on me. I thought, “Wow… That’s enough bonito to take a family of ten through Armageddon. Wish there was someone we could share these with…” and thought of my sister, Sandi, also a fan of all things Japanese and edible.

I spontaneously grabbed my iPhone sitting on the counter, clicked the photo, and sent it to her, just for fun the halibut from one bonito fan to another. It’s not the kind of thing I would haul out the Nikon to do, but the camera-in-phone-connected-to-my-internet-world makes it quick and easy to send those “I was just thinking about you!” missives that can positively change the trajectory of someone’s day.

Here’s an idea… Let’s make November 10th “Remember Day.” Grab your phone, take a shot of whatever it was that reminded you of a dear one, and send it to them with the subject line, “This reminded me of you. Happy Remember Day!”

For the sender, it’s a satisfying quick execution on a whim. For the receiver, it can bring some comfort into a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, or if it’s funny and is received by someone who shouldn’t be checking their email or text messages during a meeting or dinner date anyway, it could make whatever they’re drinking shoot out of their nose.

See? Everybody wins!



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Jackie Ann Patterson November 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

Since you mentioned monetizing your blog, you might consider joining Amazon Associates. Its easy, and unobtrusive. Your link to a book carries your tag, and if someone, say, remembers they meant to order a new printer after clicking on your bedtime story link, then eventually a little commission trickles into your checking account. The reader still gets the same low prices, plus the delight in directing Amazon to buy you a nice beverage for your efforts.


rickandkathy November 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Jackie, thanks so much for this idea. Exploring…


Sandi Fentiman November 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

Love this blog Kas! You don’t see very many fat Japanese people around, so they’re doing something right. I’m not on this “diet” (getting better at doing it) just for the halibut. 😀 Poor fish, being the brunt of these puns.


Debra November 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm



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