I forgot to mention in yesterday’s entry that I indulged in a lovely pot of something called “chirashi sushi” during lunch with my in-laws. As they ate relatively normal food, I dug into a bowl full of sashimi and seasoned rice. Yes, folks — I ate raw fish. Plus there was fish roe in my rice. And you know, it was delicious. I had wanted sushi, but I couldn’t decide which roll I wanted, except I knew I didn’t want the sushi lunch. I was starving, you see.
Little bit of linguistics here, folks. Sushi is NOT raw fish. It simply refers to vinegared rice that is topped with various things, which can be raw fish. But it could also be egg or vegetables or whatever else. Sashimi is sliced raw fish. So when someone says they love sushi, and you say, “Ewwww!! I don’t like raw fish!” just know that sushi doesn’t refer to raw fish at all.
The chirashi sushi (also translated as “scattered sushi”) was the best possible solution to my dietary dilemma yesterday. I got my hankering for fish fulfilled, since I usually get nigiri — hand-formed sushi which is a lump of rice topped by fish. (You can see an example if you click HERE.) The only two types of nigiri I will not eat are made with octopus and with squid. I just can’t do the rubbery texture of those two meats. Anything else, I will eat. Sushi lunch specials generally feature six pieces of nigiri and one sushi roll, usually a California roll. While delicious, I wanted something a bit more.
That was totally fulfilled with the chirashi sushi (photo HERE). The bowl was filled with sushi rice and topped with many slices of sashini, from tuna to salmon to mackerel. I keep forgetting that I don’t care much for mackerel; it’s a bit too fishy for me. But I just sort of gobbled it down as quickly as I could.
And the rice!! Oh, it was so delicious. Usually I sprinkle just a bit of soy sauce over my rice, but this didn’t need it.
I’m making myself hungry again.
I think my mother-in-law is now resigned that I am just the crazy daughter-in-law. Over at Flickr, it’s time again for 7 Days, which is a project in which one takes a photo of oneself for seven straight days. OK, so it sounds goofy, and maybe it is. But I look at it as a way to increase my creativity, to learn how to see things a bit differently. The only major rule of 7 Days is that you are to take a photo of yourself. That means, you have to press the shutter button, or use your self-timer, or (as in my case) use a remote in order to take the photo. But you can use other people to help, like to hold the camera if you don’t have a tripod. I use Kurt for ideas sometimes. You wouldn’t think it, knowing how much of a science-y, engineering type guy he is, but he has got a pretty strong creative streak. Or maybe it’s just that he sees the world in a completely different way from what I do. And you know, that’s a seriously good thing.
This season’s 7 Days run happened to fall right smack dab in the middle of my in-laws visiting. I figured I was going to experience no amount of ribbing from them that I was “vain” enough to be shooting myself every day to post to the internet. But they really took it well. They even got into it a bit, giving me ideas on how to position myself for my shot with the Pell Bridge (click HERE for the photo). Not only that, but they didn’t mind at all being part of my shot for another day, when I took a family photo of the five of us (click HERE for the photo) using my camera’s remote.
They also took it totally in stride when I started taking photos of my food. Not only did I photograph the chirashi sushi at the Japanese restaurant, but I also got a shot of my stuffed lobster at the seafood place. And neither time did I get teased for it.
I was pretty amazed, really.
Like I said, I think my in-laws have just come to realize that I’m their crazy daughter-in-law that does weird things, and since it’s all harmless, there’s no sense in making a fuss over it.
Speaking of 7 Days, today’s photo was so hilarious I have to share it with you. I promise you this is not Photoshopped in any way. This is exactly how it came out of my camera, not even the good one either! This came out of my little point & shoot that I carry in my purse at all times.
I took Kurt back to work after lunch today, and I usually let him drive onto the base since his ID card is on a retractable lanyard attached to his uniform. It saves me the trouble from having to dig through my purse to find my ID to show the gate guard. Kurt had rolled down Grace’s window to kiss her goodbye, and I was standing next to the van talking to him after switching drivers.
I just happened to glance at my reflection in the van’s window and saw this:
I couldn’t have planned a better shot if I had tried!!