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February 14th, 2005

late night (totally excited through the exhaustion) (archive night) (in love with...) @ 03:55 am

Current Music: Rebellion (Lies)-The Arcade Fire-Funeral

So, tonight i archived my journal
it was just over a year ago i started using this thing
and i'm pretty happy with it

and pretty happy with the archiving software!


Turns your journal into a PDF Book.

LJBook (gads_ljbook)

if you're in the mood to have your entire journal on your HD
run it through here
and then kick them a few bucks through the pay-pal



i seem to have fallen in love with a new band
"Arcade Fire"

canadian, apparently

while i was in Pheonix (Tempe) staying with my old friend cachondo
he was playing this over and over again
kicked me over a copy
so i'll have to kick the band some money sometime soon
coz i've had it on repeat all day
and most of yesterday

well, some of it.

it's really late again
i'll be going to sleep about the same time i did last night

cleaned the house a BIT today
had a good day
the mist is surrounding the house again
made aduki bean stew
yawning heavily
appreciating the attention
appreciating the people i love
loving people
feeling pretty good
but tired
and crazy
like myself


(oh, the new user pic is from "Grill"-- a 24 resturant/diner in down town Tucson... i used to inhabit it all the time... while i was at Fiesta i went there to get my customary photobooth pics-- i may convert some other strips to .gifs too --- ah, the possibilities are always blossoming)
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Date:February 14th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
so what exactly does one do with ad(z)uki beans?
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Date:February 14th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)


while laying in bed "this morning" i imagined writing a page on my imaginary web page filled with recipies
this would definately be one


soak 1/2 cup of Adzuki beans overnight
pour out the water, rinse, set aside (rinse three times a day before you use them)

cut up some ginger
(enough to make about 2 tblspoons of finely chopped ginger, unless you are afraid of ginger... then use less. or none)

measure out
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 teaspoon of coriander
1/2 teaspoon of fennel
-- some (18 teaspoon?) asafoetida (hing)
1/2 teaspoon of a good salt (like a black salt of full sea salt, etc.)

if you have an electric water boiler, fill it up and turn it on

put the oil of your choice ( i would recommend coconut, a tablespoon or so)
in a pot, melt it, get it hot
if you're in the mood, carmelize some onions
when they're done, turn the heat to the lowest, or if no onions
then ad the ginger and spices

let them fry for about a minute, don't burn them

ad the adzuki beans and stir them in, mix them well

add the boiling water
(how much? say.. a quart (liter))
get it to boiling, simmer...

cut up a carrot
some parsnip
--- whatever roots of your choice
to fill up your pot not too full

you should let the beans and ginger simmer for at least 15 minutes... but a half hour is fine

have some astragalus root (two strips is good for this)

some seaweed (nova scotia dusle, ya canadaian! and kombu, definately combu... and wakame? whatever--i used those three last night)
how much? about a handful, all ripped up into little shreds, more if you like it... this adds most of the salt to the soup

put the roots (and astragalus) and seaweed in the water, stir, bring back to a boil, simmer

let this simmer for about 10 minutes or so
then turn it off
and let it cool for about 5/10 minutes
and then eat...

add miso to your bowl in cool water first (about a teaspoon, mix well) if you want some
fine without too

Very warming, grounding, cleansing to the kidneys, supportive of Yin, good for the blood, calming, makes ya happy

adzuki bean stew...

it's also the bean that is cooked down with sugar and used in chinese sweet red bean cakes and mochi
love the adzuki.
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Date:February 14th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)

ad[z]uki (addendum)

i forgot to mention
all simmering should be done with the lid on the pot, cooling too

and if you don't know what astragalus is
(it strengthens the wei-chi and compounds your own personal energy)
it's often sold in chinese groceries dried, cut in to thin slices, white
and it is not to be eaten: just to flavour and imbue the stew

asafoetida (hing) is an indian spice, can be found in some bulk herb sections
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Date:February 15th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)

Re: ad[z]uki (addendum)

This is fabulous. May I post it (with credit) on the aka Amber Fox website?
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Date:February 15th, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)

Re: ad[z]uki (addendum)

ahhhh, ya

did you already cook it and eat it?

what is the Amber Fox website?
put a link to me on there with this
... i have a recipie for my favourite thing to do with Mung beans too (which look exactly like Adzuki, but they're green)

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Date:February 15th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)

Re: ad[z]uki (addendum)

aka Amber Fox is here: http://bill.torque.net/aaf/

which site do you prefer to link to, this one, the geocities one, something else ... ?
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Date:February 16th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)

Re: ad[z]uki (addendum)

thank you
yeah, i think i saw that site a long time ago
i've certainly heard of the gatherings...

go ahead and link to my geocities page
it has a link to here, and photos, etc...


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Date:February 14th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
the arcade is amazing live...
if they are ever around you, find a way to get in their show.

saw you in butt.

those are some pretty hot pictures.

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Date:February 14th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
ahhh, Yeah
seams like they are only playing in Europe so far
looked at their website

i love them
they're like...
like radiohead and belle and sebastian mixed together?

they've got that beautiful kid imagination and naivete
and anger behind it to fireball and change
some of it a bit over the top
but it's so great!
i look forward to seeing them live sometime...

and glad you got to see the BUTT

i'll be back down in SF soon
maybe i'll see you around?

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Date:February 15th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
they do indeed have this beautiful kid imagination....
there is something very theatrical about them also when they perform.

i posted a while back video from one of their shows...

and on your next visit.
we should meet.
maybe i'll make you a mix cd.

also... scroll down and listen to 'the go team'
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Date:February 16th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
nice little video montage!

and i'm enjoying the Go Team song that was on your page
that's a great Introduction
i'm glad it took you hours
it's good to take hours doing shit like that

yeah for us
go kids go!

i'm in town right now, just got into town
should be here a week or two
and i'm here with the intent of MOVING here for a while... months at least...
we'll see how that works.

do you have the Arcade Fire's first EP?
apparently it's hard to get...

and did you go to that page?
the media file on there has a video of "Power Out" (that i can't figure out how to save..)

i'll see you sometime... next week?

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