Inside Outside

Inside:
The German and I made spring rolls today along with interesting miso-glazed turnips. The spring rolls had a peanut/honey/sesame oil/rice vinegar sauce that called for two teaspoons of fresh garlic. Oddly, the garlic kind of disappeared into a full, sweet/savory/nutty flavor. Here I am dorking out on getting my rolls nice and neat:

Too Much? Naaaa.

Too Much? Naaaa.


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And here is the German after a long day at work, being game about having salad for dinner.
That's Too Much

That's Too Much


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Outside:
We took a break from rolling rolls to see what was going on outside the apartment. Some neighborhood kids were having a stroll.
Oh, cute! Matching outfits!

Oh, cute! Matching outfits!


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Wait, it’s a parade! A night parade!
Upon Closer Inspection, Those Are Riot Police.

Upon Closer Inspection, Those Are Riot Police.


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OK, so it wasn’t a parade, it was a tiny little riot. No cop cars got burned, no banks got smashed up, no Egyptian presidents got deposed. The main takeaway is that German anarchists are surprisingly organized.
We hung out the window taking pictures until we realized how incredibly uncool we looked, then we went back to making spring rolls.

The miso turnip recipe:
Cut up a big turnip into two-bite wedges (or use Japanese turnips and leave them whole,)
Put turnips in a pan with 2 cups water, add a Tbs of sugar and 3 Tbs of rice wine vinegar (or skip the vinegar and sugar and just use 2 Tbs mirin.)
Boil with the lid on until the turnips are tender, then take the lid off and let the water evaporate until almost gone.
Mix together 2 Tbs softened butter and 2 Tbs miso paste (I used a reddish one, probably lighter is better,) and add the resultant paste to the turnip pan. Remove from heat, stir to coat, and you’re done!
These were sweet and almost overwhelmingly flavorful: the kind of thing that tastes delicious when you’re hungry and kind of obscene when you’re not.

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