I have got the easiest Japanese recipe in the world that I just discovered and some dating dish.
There is this blog I read regularly about dating. I love it.
Ally lives in NYC and has been working her way through 100 dates! Currently, she is up to date 85. She recently went off online dating, and her most recent post is whether or not she should go back online.
I think Ally is amazing. I think she is talented. I can’t believe guys aren’t lining up to ask her to marry them.
I sent her a message telling her she should go back to online dating, which shocked me because I am on the fence about online dating every week since I joined this year (and I am even 7,000 miles away, so obviously I’m not really dating, but lurking).
Somehow, I’m thirty-something and single. I don’t mind being single, actually. I sort of view relationships at boats. They require a lot of work to stay afloat an on course. Right now, I enjoy drifting. I moved to a foreign country for a year (I can’t believe that either) because f-ck it, after sufficiently stressing out about it, why not? Especially, after the end of an era full of lackluster relationships. I’d rather be alone for a while, being selfish and doing what I want. I might still feel that way…
However, I am moving back to Vermont in August and friends are worried. It’s not “cute” anymore at my age. So far, the online thing has been disappointing too. I haven’t met any hot scientists to tell me about outer space or any earthy woodsman to go on hikes.
I am sorry that we have to sift through the mounds of manbabies to find someone who gives us butterflies and makes us feel like the cat’s pajamas and despite our differences wants to work through them and walk through life together.
But only recently, uhhhh like when I e-mailed Ally weighing in on her love life, have I realized that even if we don’t ever find that person online, we are working on being more open individuals. Open to the potential of whatever comes our way. Open to the possibility in people.
Heavy post, so light and easy recipe.
COLD SHABU SHABU.
My sensei showed me how to make a lot of Japanese dishes this weekend. Unfortunately, she doesn’t like to measure anything, so many recipes are blogless until I do some kitchen trials. However, this cold shabu shabu is, like, FAIL-PROOF. And I will be eating it all summer.
1. Make a big salad. We used cabbage, mizuna (Japanese lettuce), tomatoes, and cucumber.
2. Boil thinly sliced pork.
3. Pile pork on top of salad.
4. Shabu shabu is usually served with two dipping sauces: sesame and Ponzu. You can make them or buy them. We made it easy and just bought the sauces!
5. The salad will be big and shared. Each person will have two small bowls. Put small amounts of the sauce into separate bowls for each person. They can use chopsticks to grab small amounts of salad and dip them into the sauces. It’s like an inverted salad, and so much more fun to eat! Dare I say, adorable for a date?