Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Sound of Corduroys

The Japanese language has a lovely way with onomatopoeia. The sound a cat makes when it's happy and content is not purrrrrrrrrr, but goro-goro. One of my all-time favorites is fuwa fuwa, meaning something that is soft and fluffy ... like those super-squeezable porn pillows sold at Urban Outfitters. If you're interested, some other onomatopoeic Japanese terms can be found here.

I started thinking about this after trying to visualize the sound of my new corduroys. Do they make more of a zush zush or, perhaps, zwish zwish? Zwishing sounds a little gay ... so that's probably the more appropriate term in my case. *heh*

The cords arrived yesterday. I was a bit perturbed because I had ordered 2 pairs, but received only one. I called J Crew, and the gentlemen on the phone was all "We sent you an email explaining that one pair you ordered was out of stock."

Yeah. That's great. It must have gotten caught up in my spam filter or something. You would think they would also include a note with the order as well. I guess not. Anyway, he checked and said that the pants were back in stock. They should be sending them to me soon. Yay.

Anyway, enough about clothes, let's chat about food! *woot*

Last night, I made an experimental tofu dish. The photo came out blurry and small. I must have hit the wrong button or something:


First, I made a marinade of sake, soy sauce, miso, and ginger (I only had powdered ginger, but would have prefered to use freshly grated). I sliced the tofu into one inch-ish cubes and marinated them for about 30 minutes. Then, I lightly browned them in canola oil, and put them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

I sauteed 1/4 of an onion (diced) in the remaining oil in the pan. Once the onions were done-ish, I removed them from the heat and scraped them into the remaining marinade.

Next, I put a package of sliced mushrooms into the frying pan. After they had browned a bit, I added the onion/marinade mixture and cooked until the mushrooms were mostly done. Then, I added a packaged of baby spinach.

While the spinach was wilting, I quickly cooked up a batch of couscous.

The spinach/mushroom/onion/tofu mixture was served over the couscous. It was yummy, but I think I would have rather had it over white rice.

More later. Have a superfabulicious day! *smooch*


  1. Mmmm, that dish is making me peko peko!

    Zwishing does sound kind of gay ...and fabulous ...which is also how I hope your day will be.


  2. Okay, this is weird, but I never buy pre-sliced button mushrooms because they're sliced too thick and they cook up with a weird texture.

    I know, I know, but there it is.

  3. To agree with Goblinbox, I never buy any veggies pre-prepared either. OK, the exception is kidney beans. I buy canned because I can't be bothered to soak them for 24 hours.

    I also never buy clothes online. You must be a very standard shape if it actually works for you - well done!