Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Springtime Miso Soup

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It's been a month since I last published a post. At Starbucks, a friend asked about this little space. She wondered if she'd missed something since I haven't blogged in a while. I'm grateful she brought it up otherwise I'd be reading again instead of writing here which I've wanted to do for a while now. Things lately have been busy. I don't mean running around like a chicken with my head cut off "busy", but  just very full. It's been great, but free time is next to nada. When I have it, I want to read because it takes no effort. Writing on the other hand is work. You expend energy when writing even while really enjoying it. This is why writing is a real job that people get paid for. I don't get paid so I let it slide this month. I feel pressured by all sorts of things in life but keeping up my blog isn't one of them. I do forget sometimes that there are all you wonderful people out there who actually read and may wonder where I am. So, Hi. I'm here. I'm alive. My days are broken up in naps and feedings and baby schedules and homework, dinner, family time, and lately my 5K"training". It's not hard, it's just very preoccupying. Lets just say I don't get bored much.

On that note, I have received a few emails from people asking me questions regarding the blog and I had the best of intentions about getting back to you, but then a day went by and I didn't, and then 112 more emails came in the next day and eventually I had to accept that It just isn't a good time. I'm so sorry! This was hard because I always try to get back to people in a timely manner. It's only polite. I've needed to learn this past year to let some (less important) things go and manage my time better so I can focus on other more pressing matters. Letting go of answering emails was kind of a biggie last week because I always need help to let go of what people may think of me. If I don't get back to this person they will think I'm ignoring them or worse, that I'm a rude slacker who doesn't get back to people. But the thing is I usually do get back to people. We were just really sick last week. I decided to give myself some grace considering the circumstances. One of my favorite bloggers, Glennon Doyle Melton once told a story about how she wasn't a good cook and hated food and thinking about it. Pot lucks made her literally panic. When she admitted this to a friend, the friend said something like "You're right G, you don't bring good food. But I always want you at my potlucks because you are the best listener of anybody I know. People love talking to you." So Glennon, upon realizing and accepting this of herself (and deciding that there were other more important areas to grow that were more pressing and valuable than this) responded to all future invitations for potlucks with "I won't bring food, but I CAN bring my spectacular listening ears!" People who loved her were fine and got a kick out of it, and people who didn't stopped inviting her to things. She says it was a WIN-WIN! I loved it because she actually didn't concern herself with what anyone thought of her, even if it was bad. She knew you can't please everybody even if you tried. It's a fools errand. This is what I've been practicing lately.  And, it's a practice, lemme tell ya. My people pleasing and "Polly Politeness" vein runs deep. I've decided that because of this I never want to be famous. Famous people get asked and pitched about ALL THE THINGS, every single day. Can you imagine? Everyone wants piece of you. If you got back to everyone on every little thing you literally couldn't do it. Tim Ferriss says that well known bloggers and speakers get 10-20x the emails you think they do. Thousands everyday. Think about real famous people then. Sheesh!

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Okay, onto the food.  I recently ordered the Miso soup at True Foods Kitchen and when it came out there was a garnish of very thinly sliced snow peas on top. It was the perfect little hint of spring green and brought a fresh element. I loved it. So much in fact that I decided I needed to make it at home. Miso soup can be more involved, using seaweed and bonito flakes to flavor the broth, but I have found that this quick method (using just miso and water) tastes just as good for a quick lunch with a salad. My favorite for this is yellow miso, or Hawaiian miso. White miso is mild and sweeter and red miso is bolder, so pick which ever one you want.

Add cubed tofu if desired.

Springtime Miso Soup
makes 1 small serving

2 teaspoons light yellow miso
1 cup water
3-4 shiitake mushrooms, sliced thin
4 snow peas, sliced thinly on an angle
1 green onion, sliced, green part only

Bring water to a low simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add miso the mushrooms and turn heat down to low. Let simmer very gently for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft. Add miso and stir just to combine (you don't want to boil miso). Pour broth and mushrooms into a bowl. Add the thin slices of peas and green onion on top. The heat from the liquid will just barely soften them. Enjoy!


  1. Good for you for letting some things go! It is very hard. I am selfishly very happy to see you blog today though because I LOVE to read your posts!

    Ali Bobbitt

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