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Today I went grocery shopping, and picked up a bunch of basic Japanese cooking ingredients to experiment with: Red miso, mirin, nori, kombu (sadly not in a salt-shaker), a bundle of scallions / green onions, and three types of noodles. I also picked up some disposable chopsticks to practice with, and some "cup noodle" type things to calibrate flavours and use as inspiration.

I then proceeded to spill a bowl of soup all over my lap, my desk, and the floor.

Fortunately, the damage to my books seems minimal, and I was able to successfully eat a bowl of instant miso soup after moving it up to the table. The noodles were slippery and rubbery, and it was not very good, but how's that for a learning experience?

Also life update stuff

Trying to focus on positive things here. Having trouble getting the correct gender marker on our passport, which is causing some stress and anxiety. Consulted with an immigration lawyer by Skype, along with [tumblr.com profile] spinecrawlerrush. It was educational, and I think I know what to do in order to prepare an application.

Our revised plan: Visit in January, wedding and move in this summer, when we can hopefully get a place together with our friend / future sibling-in-law. The Canadian immigration process may take about a year or more from that time, so we'll have to try to stay there by renewing a tourist visa in the meantime.

Wish us luck ... I hope you're all doing okay. I'm still working on the next story, and streaming a few times a week on Twitch. You can sign up to get email notifications of streams that you follow, if you'd like to watch Tales of Graces F.

Date: 2016-12-09 02:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brainwane
I hope all the logistical and bureaucratic hassles are as close to zero as possible and wish you all the best.

Date: 2016-12-09 03:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Noodles! \o/

I adore konbu and other seaweeds, particularly in broth, but it gets really big when you soak it.

Are you familiar with JustHungry or JustOneCookbook? I rely pretty heavily on those for Japanese cooking. A lot of the recipes on JustOneCookbook are good for calibrating flavor profiles in other things, too, and they range from very basic to very hard. (Tamagoyaki/atsuyaki tamago is harder than it has any right to be, but it's so good.)

Best of luck with the Canadian legalities! I'm cheering for you.

Edit: noodles are tough with chopsticks. I learned on M&Ms and snack nut mix.
Edited Date: 2016-12-09 03:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-12-09 06:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I wish you all tons of luck. <3 <3 <3 And delicious soup.

Date: 2016-12-10 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] blackswanseer
Heheh, Sixwing beat me to posting about JustHungry. So I will point out that the owner of the site also does http://justbento.com/ which is likewise excellent.

One thing that can help with chopsticks is what they're made of. Some are very slippery all over, but you also see nice wood ones that may have slightly 'roughened' tips - easier to grip with those.

Best of luck with wedding and immigration plans!

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