What do you do when you feel sorry for yourself?
I make Kimchi soup and watch some guilty pleasure type of thing.
Like ‘Jane the Virgin’ for example. It really makes me chuckle. Especially the commentary. Even if you have never watched Latino telenovela, this is the time to get into it. Especially that ‘Jane’ is a bit of a parody of a genre but with all the key elements.
Many years ago my sister and I were remodeling my sister’s flat. That involved plastering, tiling, painting etc, all done by us. It took us longer than we planned (usual story – the pipes weren’t delivered in time or the place we bought the floorboards from didn’t tell us that they run out of matching skirting boards. Anyone who’s done redecorating knows how it goes – usually not according to the schedule). Every day we got up in the morning, did a bit of plastering, painting or tiling, then around midday had a break. We had lunch and watched a bit of TV while eating and drinking beer (beer was essential, it sort of made us realize why you become so fond of it, when manual labour is involved). It was middle of summer and middle of the day, so the only thing on TV was a telenovela. The original Colombian ‘Ugly Betty’ to be precise. At first we were rolling our eyes and giggling a bit, but after a while we were really into it. We were not taking it seriously as intended but to us it was sort of a brilliant comedy.
So as soon as I discovered ‘Jane the Virgin’ and the way it’s done being exactly the way we perceived ‘Yo Soy Betty, La Fea’, I texted my sister and asked her to watch it. Now we can laugh together and comment on our favourite character: Rogelio De la Vega.
If you haven’t got into it yet, you should give it a go, it would cheer you up when you feel sorry for yourself.
And another matter – soup to give you a boost. Totally no connection to the Latino part of the world but why the hell not?
1 1/2 l vegetable stock
1 cup chopped enoki mushrooms
200 g cubed tofu
1/3 cup soaked and chopped kelp
150 g spinach
bunch chopped spring onions
1 tsp miso paste
1. Warm up vegetable stock. When it start simmer, add mushrooms, kelp, chopped kimchi and spring onions. Let it simmer.
2. Add spinach, miso and soy sauce. Let spinach wilt.
3. Add tofu, to serve, sprinkle some chopped onion on top and sliced chilli.