Anyone who has been to Thailand has heard "same-same" from street vendors. For example,
- Is this Gucci watch real? Why is it only $30? "Same-same."
- Is Adidos like Adidas shoes? "Same-same."
- Red soup curry or red curry rice? "Same-same."
Fun fact: It's never the same-same.
We took a cooking class and learned that they make rice the same way as Japanese (and many other asian) people, using a finger to measure how much water to use. The teacher asked, "who knows how to cook rice without measuring?" All 3 asians (including me) in the class raised a hand with our thumbs at our first finger joint.
Somehow it's a universal measuring system regardless of the length of your finger. I haven't figured out how it always works but since it does I don't question it. Here it is:
- Rinse rice until water is mostly clear
- Drain rice
- Put rice in rice cooker bowl and add water
- Check water level: with your fingertip at the top of rice, the water level should meet your first finger joint (distal interphalangeal joint, in case "first" is unclear)
I had to double check and look up "finger joint" because I've only ever referred to "first finger joint" in Japanese- always to cook rice!
That was a fun memory for me, especially the three asians from different countries learning the same method of cooking rice from our moms. So, it deserved an etegami painting. I took this photo of our rice draining during the cooking class. They use colanders essentially made of a plant, but different- not bamboo colanders like in Japan. They cook white rice but it's jasmine rice, not sticky short grain. Same-same but different.
Try out the finger measurement sometime. You'll never have to measure white rice again. (disclaimer: not for brown/black rice!)
Without painting, I wouldn't notice the 100 shades of brown weaved into one basket! Any natural fiber basket has intricate colors that synthetic weaves don't. While brown is my least favorite color, the variety of tones is a feast for my eyes and a welcome challenge as a painter! I can't begin to mimic the breadth of colors, much less come up with them. The Creator's color capacity blows my mind!