The biggest cooking disaster since that green tea syrup incident

Okay. So round one of soba making did not go well. It was an unmitigated disaster. A catastrophic failure of epic proportions. And let’s set one thing straight. This isn’t a “hahaha isn’t it funny when you let your husband into the kitchen” kind of post. No not at all. In my family I’m the one that does the cooking and I take a certain amount of pride in my domestic abilities. But not this night. No. The gods of soba have seen my pride and have humbled me.

I have a few excuses. But none worth writing about. It turns out that soba actually being noodles is kind of key. Soba pellets are not nearly as delicious. Not at all.

I actually made my wife laugh out loud at the dinner table. She was really trying to be a sport. She knew I’d be upset at how it turned out and was trying to not make eye contact. I took one bite and said “this is a disaster” and she burst out laughing. Yep. Soba pellet comedy.

She opened a can of refried beans and made a burrito for dinner. A bean frigging burrito. I couldn’t cook something better than a bean burrito… from a can. I just embarrassed a thousand generations of my ancestors.

I’m am humbled but undeterred. I will give the wife a little break from having to eat soba disasters but will be back at it after the weekend. What is that saying about a thousand mile journey starting with… an unmitigated disaster.

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2 Responses to “The biggest cooking disaster since that green tea syrup incident”

  1. Laura says:

    hmmm pellets so as soba noodles went into water….at least you described it well

  2. Sonoko Sakai says:

    Hi Shoji,

    Sarah Yamamoto and her family came to my soba workshop yesterday (at my son’s house in Seattle where I am visiting).
    They told me that you inspired them to take the soba workshop and later sent me your link about your soba experience.
    If you ever want to give soba another chance, please let me know. I will offer you a brush up class for free. Just pay me for the ingredients. I will be offering a end of the year-good luck soba workshop sometime in December. Stay tuned.

    Love to hear your music sometime!

    Happy Thanksgiving.


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