Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I'm thinking that I might get a bunny or two. The more I read about them, the more they seem like a good pet for me. All I eat is "rabbit food" anyway, and having a pet who doesn't require that I sacrifice its health or my convictions sounds like a good idea.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Anyway, I'd like to take a moment to look at the very specific way that AIDS has affected my life. When I was a little girl, my mom had a friend named Billy. Billy was a drag queen, and whenever we went to his and his partner's house, Billy and I would do our nails and play with make up, something that my rather butch mom and I never did. It was always so much fun.
Billy died of AIDS, when I was still young enough not to understand. This story is pretty short, a little kid losing someone they barely ever saw anyway, but I imagine that when added to everyone else's loss, my tiny grain of sand adds to the mountain of sorrows.
HIV is no longer the queer disease, and it is not a flag carried only by the gay community and their allies, but I have some thoughts to share on the topic of homosexuality in the US.
I am a daughter of what I think of as the first out generation, the tail end of the baby boomers, people who came of age just after the stonewall riots. My mom was twelve in 1969. She grew up in a time when homosexuality was still a mental disorder. She had to hide, then fight for, her sexuality. For my generation, it seems like just something else to be picked on in highschool, the teenage dating scene made that much more of a pit of angst, and once you're out of highschool and that shitty little backwater town where you grew up, it's pretty okay. Gay bars aren't only in the worse part of town, and people can hold hands with the one they love without fear. We are edgingI'm told that for young teens today, especially the girls, being bi- or homosexual is almost trendy, the newest teen rebellion now that everyone has piercings. I hope that for the people who are being born today, it won't make any difference at all.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Monday, September 28, 2009
We had home made Pad Thai last night. I finally got to try out the veggie fish sauce. It was... not fish sauce, but still awesome. The recipe we found called for equal parts fish sauce, tamarind paste, and sugar, and it was way too sweet. I think that next time, we will use half the sugar and an extra fifty percent fish sauce. We added bok choy, tofu and mushrooms directly to the dish, and Sam fried some chicken on the side for the omnis. We also set up build it yourself Vietnamese spring rolls, which werer quite good. I made coconut sticky rice for desert, which Aaron found not sweet enough, but I thought was perfect.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
HOME MADE VEGETARIAN FISH SAUCE: So, I've noticed that a lot of asian dishes call for fish sauce, and if you're a true vegetarian like me you always feel like that puts the recipe just out of reach. I've come up with my own vegetarian fish sauce and I think it's 99% close the real thing.
I based the main part of it off the Wikipedia Vegetarian Fish Sauce recipe, but I felt the recipe there lacked a few things which put it into the realm of "tastes like the real thing" but it's 100% VEGETARIAN.
HOW TO MAKE VEGGIE FISH SAUCE
2 - cups shredded dried seaweed
4 - cups water
3 - cloves garlic (smashed but not minced)
1 & 1/2 - Tbsp whole black peppercorns
1/2 - cup soy sauce
2 - tsp lime juice (concentrate OK)
2 - tsp lemon juice (concentrate OK)
2 - Tbs vinegar
3 - tsp sugar
1 - tsp ground ginger
1 - tsp ground garlic
1/4 - tsp chili powder
You can find the dried seaweed at just about any asian market. Personally I prefer the type that shredded kinda small versus the large sheets of seaweed. I think that when it's shredded it makes for a richer sauce.
HOW TO PREPARE VEGETARIAN FISH SAUCE
1. In a large bowl, add 2 cups dried seaweed + 4 cups water
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
3. Add garlic cloves + peppercorns + soy sauce + lime juice + lime juice
+ vinegar + sugar + ginger + garlic powder + ginger + chili powder
4. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to medium and cook for 30 minutes
5. You can adjust the salt level by adding water
6. Allow to cool
7. Strain into a container
Straining it is the key. Once it's strained you can funnel it into a large water bottle, and label it "Veggie Fish Sauce" or as it's called in Vietnam "Nuoc Mam Chay" If you've ever tasted the real fish sauce (in your pre-veggie days) you can sample a tiny bit and see just how close to the real thing it really tastes. But caution...this stuff is stinky and strong! Just like the real fish sauce.
Hope you like it.
Ms Nadja Dee Witherbee
Results of this science experiment to follow!
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