Daiso Marukai San Diego
Getting back to "normal"

When the goin' gets tough

As most everyone knows San Diego is burning, again. I've been glued to kusi news while our electricity is on. The high Santa Ana winds have prevented any air attacks on the numerous fires that have been burning out of control. Today helicopters and tankers are able to get in the air, great news for us.

Kirk has maps and detailed information. I don't need to repeat what is only a click away. Kirk was kind enough to e-mail me this morning making sure I was o.k. and to offer assistance if needed. Thank you Kirk, you have no idea what that meant to me.

I am feeling grateful and guilty, so many have lost so much. I'm sick at heart for my fellow San Diegans that are effected by these fires. I have been within minutes of evacuation myself, several times, thank God I've been spared.

When the goin' gets tough I comfort myself with preparing food. There is something about preparing food, the planning, chopping, slicing and dicing that gives me comfort. It makes me feel like I'm "doing" something when I can't really "do" anything. I'm not hungry, I just cook. I've made a few meals with flames cresting the hills too close to us with ashes falling on us.

I busied myself and juiced the little calamansi. They are so small I was able to juice them two at a time.


I now have 1/2 cup of lime juice.


I also had some fresh baby ginger that I needed to take care of so I chunked it up and put in some sherry to preserve it. That went into the fridge. The pieces that didn't fit into the jar I grated on the ginger grater, that and it's juices went into the freezer.


We were without electricity most of the day. I waited a little too long to start making a pot of vegetable soup, comfort food, and most of it was made in the semi-dark. I had some bok choy, celery, onion, carrots, sugar snap peas and green beans.


The greens were added the last few minutes along with some dark red kidney beans.


I used the thyme mix I bought at Parsian Mkt. It is delicious. It contains: Thyme, vegetable oil, spices, sumac, roasted sesame and salt. I was tempted to eat some right out of the bag it is so good.


Eating in the dark is a whole different experience. I was more aware of textures, taste and the size and shape of the food.


Thank you to everyone for your concern for San Diego residents. Please keep us in your prayers and good thoughts. I'm blessed, me and my family members still have our lives and homes.