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The Magic of Miso

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Growing up on the west coast of the USA is like growing up in an international zone. When I was very little, in Alaska, we had lots of Scandinavian foods, along with – no, I am not kidding – mooseburgers, deer, fresh shrimp and king crab, lots of clams, and of course, salmon and halibut. Our Dads would go out in hunting season, and alternated garages for the cleaning and cutting up of the deer. We would get the eyes or tail to take to school for show-and-tell. Yeh, it sounds gross now, but we were kids, and it was a part of our life.

We waited to be 10 years old, when we could go to Rifle Club and learn to shoot. You can’t imagine how delighted I am to see a Women’s team in Kuwait, top-notch riflewomen!

In Seattle, there have always been huge communities of immigrants. One community, Ballard, is – or was – primarily Scandinavian, mostly Norwegian. (I had to look up the spelling on that one!) There is an area called Chinatown – the more politically correct call it the international district, and now, it is truly international, with Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Gambian, Nigerian, Cambodian, etc.

I don’t know exactly when I came to associate miso soup with good health, but last night, I had a small dinner planned, and Adventure Man said “Why don’t you let me bring you some miso soup?” He knows miso soup is one of my comfort foods when I am sick.

I was so sick, nothing sounded good to me. Better, though, that he bring me something than that I have to get up and cook!

He brought the miso soup. I didn’t even want to eat it, but I did. Then, before he had even finished his dinner, I excused myself, went back to bed and slept for three hours, really slept. Until then, I had been sleeping fitfully, waking often, never feeling rested.

At 10:30 I woke up and felt . . . better! I chatted with Adventure Man, took care of a few things, then went back to bed and slept peacefully through the night.

Today – I am not totally well, but I am mostly well. Thanks be to God, and . . . Miso soup!

November 13, 2007 - Posted by | Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Marriage


  1. Oh, I tried having it bas I really couldn’t :/

    Comment by Chika | November 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. What’s this miso soup?

    Glad to know you’re better πŸ˜€

    Comment by kinano | November 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Chika – when you are really sick, nothing tastes very good, doesn it?

    Kinano – it is a Japanese soup, made with broth and greens and tofu. It worked for me!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. After I read your post I sneezed three times πŸ˜›

    I’m glad your feeling better, its all uphill from here πŸ˜‰

    Halibut is amazing! especially with a lemony creamy sauce.

    I have never been to Seattle before, but I really want a house there for some weird reason!!!

    Comment by Chirp | November 13, 2007 | Reply

  5. Blease tempt me no more!(with miso, that is).

    Glad you’re feeling better.

    Bromise to be on my best blogging behavior if I can get to taste your heavenly soup. Just this once can you get Adventure Man to home deliver this soup at :
    The Serendip Villa
    Geishaville – Salwa
    Block No. 007 Street 147
    Opposite Casino Royale, Kuwait.
    Much appreciated,

    Comment by Jobless in Kuwait | November 13, 2007 | Reply

  6. Chirp – I love Seattle, but it DOES rain. It is a great place for people who like walking and hiking, seafood, and reading books. I hope you get a house near me!

    Beautiful Liar – Stop! Stop! You’re killing me.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 13, 2007 | Reply

  7. I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska…get well soon!

    Comment by harmonie22 | November 14, 2007 | Reply

  8. Seattle mama, what are you on about?
    And why do you insist on calling me your beautiful laundrette, ‘BL’ ?

    Comment by Big Fish in a Small Pond | November 14, 2007 | Reply

  9. Harmonie – Many thanks, dear one. I woke up this morning feeling myself again, thanks be to God. I am not totally up to speed, but enough to feel optimistic and energetic again, and that is enough for me. Thank you for your good wishes!

    Beautiful Liar – 1. Tonal analysis tells me when a comment bears evaluation. 2. Your IP verifies every time. 3. You are the only one who puts in all these bogus blogs I have to go in and eradicate. 4. I find you funny anyway, even if the phony blog stuff is irritating and time consuming. 5. When you write seriously, your grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and thought processes are seriously remarkable.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 14, 2007 | Reply

  10. Hey Intlxpatr,
    Sorry to hear u are under the weather. 😦 I love Miso too! Have u found a good source here? It is a miracle worker.
    Feel better soon, insha’Allah. πŸ™‚

    Comment by carly | November 14, 2007 | Reply

  11. I am SO much better, Carly, thank you for asking. We pick up Miso at the nearest Sakura, but I imagine whatever Japanese place is closest will do. Tum Yung Guy and Egg Drop Soup are close seconds, so you are also in luck if you are near a Chinese place or a Thai place!

    Even better, I have Japanese friends who gave me a huge packet of instant miso that isn’t bad – not the same as fresh, but works in a pinch!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 14, 2007 | Reply

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