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Happy Eid to all! 
عيد سعيد عليكم اجمعين :)


Happy Eid to all! 

عيد سعيد عليكم اجمعين :)


  1. We roast soybean powder and mix it with sugar. Still, we only use it as a sort of dipping for sweets. It’s for its roasted flavoring. This is called Kinako but … it’s not a form you can consume much. 
  2. We use soybean mash? - leftover of after squeezing soymilk out - for cooking. We usually flavor it with stock and mix with vegetables - sort of gets like couscous (it’s far, but … still nonetheless similar, I dare say.) It’s called Okara. And it is popular, it goes quite well with rice dishes. I think it sometimes thrown/mixed into baked goods too. 
July 28, 2014, 7:36am   0 notes

It’s like if Afghan community in USA or West - can try edamame (I assume most of them already had tofu and also tried edamame) and then yuba (dried bean curd, dried tofu skin) and - make feedbacks to people back home - 

so that all that money and effort won’t get wasted. I mean, 

soybean powder

is one of the hardest thing to make it tasty, texture-wise, flavor-wise. Tofu, soymlik etc requires real keen professionals to make them good/okay. 

But edamame - is easy (tho might be hard to transport and store in Afghanistan) and yuba is I do think it could fit in local cooking culture. 

Even for baking, I think smashed dried edamame or chopped (and fried) yuba pieces would mix in breads more nicely - to be baked or to be fried - than soybean powder. 

July 28, 2014, 7:32am   0 notes

Log Re: Afghanistan and failure of Soy Beans (But what about Edamame and Yuba/Dried Tofu Skin)?

I read your story about Afghanistan and failure of soybeans there. Well, I agree. Tofu is a ‘side dish’ in Japan and never popular as main dish thing. Its popularity and prevalence in USA is I think is lead by some forcefulness/attitude of American vegetarian/vegan culture. 

But - then I wondered what about Edamame? Soybean’s greenish ‘cousin’. It is I think actually more popular than Tofu - in USA and worldwide and this phenomenon is something quite surprising to Japanese people too - we quite don’t understand why it is so popular. But we know it is very popular across USA, and also I read recently it is picking up in Latin America. 

*Minor point: I don’t know how soy beans was introduced to Afghanistan. But recipe matters. Like, to get real decent and ‘woah’ quality soy milk, you really need people who know what they are doing. (Otherwise, it can just taste like inedible white powder mixed in water.) Tofu - likewise. It needs real professional handling to make it ‘good’. But still, even in Japan, tofu can never be a main star of a meal, it is a ‘healthy’ side item, and we love it - but solidly as a staple side thing. 

*I also wonder, Yuba (Dried bean curd skin/Dried tofu skin) might have potential. Through drying process, it gains relatively attractive flavor and also texture. And it can be added to soup, or - anything. It has much better flavor than tofu, it tends to be able to go along with flavoring. (Tofu sometimes can be just ‘dense’ as sitting in the middle of everything like white tasteless cement block.) It can be fried easily, go with sour or hot/spicy flavor, it can be added to I think most of soup or stew kind of dishes (and turns out at least okay or acceptable.) 

Just wondered any of this might help! (For Edamame, it has been really acquiring popularity across the world - to the surprise of Japanese people.)


July 28, 2014, 7:19am   0 notes


Human Error

Victoria Siemer, also know as Witchoria, is a graphic designer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Human Error is a series of nostalgic polaroids that depict the broken heart as a computerized error that may or may not be restored in a few mouseclicks. 

  • Hamas signaled it wants 24hrs ceasefire  
  • But seems Israel not responding
  • Kerry’s ceasefire proposal got both Israel and Abbas mad
  • Abbas, from Jordan heading to KSA
  • During Eid’s 3 days, Rafah crossing might open
July 27, 2014, 8:39am   0 notes
July 27, 2014, 6:28am   0 notes
Okay. 24hrs truce - Hamas proposing. 

Okay. 24hrs truce - Hamas proposing. 

There was originally an idea to stretch ceasefire to cover the Eid. 

July 27, 2014, 6:18am   0 notes
July 27, 2014, 6:04am   0 notes

About 4 hours left. And then what will unfold. 

July 27, 2014, 12:49am   1 note

Ceasefire - started 8am local time (1am EST), and its end is 8pm (1PM EST). Suppose. Still about 7 hours left. 

Will the ceasefire get extended. 

July 26, 2014, 5:56am   0 notes

Someone need to stop all that British journalists going … astray about this round of Gaza-Israel war. 

They are always pointless and clueless but it’s getting just so damn annoying. They don’t read.

They just hop in jets and see and go back and yank. 

July 26, 2014, 4:59am   3 notes

Someone who is in charge of selecting ‘here is blog’ … is really unmotivated. I recommend changing.

July 25, 2014, 9:51pm   1 note

How fierce it would get.

July 25, 2014, 2:01pm   0 notes