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The Silver Lining

April 20, 2012

I’ve only been absent for a few days now, and I’ve received messages about when a new video will be available.  It’s not that I’ve stopped.  Quite the contrary.  I’ve still been here, crafting together new recipes, polishing old ones to a new shine, editing videos and trying my best to perfect my craft altogether.  It’s a work in process but one that I thoroughly enjoy.  No matter how much my feet hurt or how pruned my fingers are, at the end of the day, I experience a strange mix of utter fatigue and happiness.  It’s what I love to do, what I’m passionate about.  I cannot even begin to convey the joy and pleasure I extract from a sugary Facial of Classic Syrup for a Cake or Lavender Lemonade or the incredible thrill I absorb from watching simple Groceries morph into something delicious.  It is the entire journey + reward of yummies that fuel my itch to get into that Kitchen each and every day and roll into a downy bed of Flour or immerse myself entirely in the bath of an intoxicating fermented Soup. 

So I am particularly sad to share the news that I’ve recently been click-bombed several times on my channel.  This typically means that someone purposely and repeatedly clicked on ads with the full intent to disable an account.  I was reinstated for a short while only to fall victim to it, yet again.  I’m fairly certain I know what caused it but this does nothing to impact the decision that falls beyond my control.  Needless to say, the decision stands …indefinitely.  I struggled with it all week and reached the decision that I will continue making videos.  With or without outside help.  This is via encouragement of both my Friends and Family.  I won’t allow something as trivial as this to discourage me from the path that I know that I was meant to be on.  I’ve never been so sure about anything else.  It’s my dream and I know that if it’s meant to be, that it will be realized.  I won’t ever give up.

So today, I bring to you smiles, energy, encouragement, and a new video!!

Spicy Crab Soup

  • Broth = 8 c Water + 2 pieces of Kelp + handful of large Anchovies
  •  6-8 prepared Crab (Cut into Chunks)
  • 3 tb Fish Sauce
  • 2 tb Sesame Oil
  • 3 tb Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 c Korean Radish (Mu)
  • 1 ts Ginger
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 2-3 Green Onions
  1. Bring your Broth to a boil for about 20 min.  A Tea Strainer helps here.  (Discard the Kelp as it tends to get a bit bitter but you can reintroduce your Anchovies to the Soup if you’d like).
  2. In a large Pot (the same one you’ll be cooking your Soup in), toss together all of your ingredients, save the Broth and Green Onions.  Allow it to sit and mingle (or at least until your Broth is ready).
  3. Pour in your prepared Broth, bring your Soup to a fierce bubble (for an additional 15-20 min or so), then sprinkle with your Green Onions.

Remember, don’t allow negativity to rent space in your head for free and don’t let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.  If they love you, they’ll provide support and encouragement.  Sometimes, (like this past week for me) things can seem awful, but all bad and dark things eventually come to the light.  I tend to lean on the Melancholy side as it stands so it’s an effort to be mindful of such things, but just keep doing you.  “You only miss the shots you don’t take,” I was told by someone I love who loves me very much.

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive, lending me positive energy and allowing me to wallow because eventually, I always get up =D

Love always,
Your Squishy Monster =D

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