Tofu · 9 November 2012

My wife, The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi, does not like tofu. She will eat it, but she says she can live without what she calls tasteless food.

I, on the other hand, like tofu. Part of it is probably because we grew up with it. Mom and Grandma made it so we ate it. Plain with a little soy sauce or in main dishes. I figured everybody liked it. Especially after all the health food mania of the past few decades. It seemed like everybody wanted tofu. Apparently, my wife did not get on that bandwagon.

The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi says that tofu is like tasteless styrofoam. It merely takes on the flavor of what is cooked with it. And while the part about taking on the taste of the food around it might be true, I still like tofu. Even if I do not know exactly why.

While it is not a comfort food, tofu is something that says “home cooking” to me. So going almost vegan has been good from that aspect. The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi has been cooking stir fry with tofu. It has been great for my taste buds and my stomach. And since we have been having stir fry on fairly regular basis, tofu no longer merely says Mom and Grandma’s home cooking. Instead, that tofu, tells me that my wife loves me enough to cook a food she does not even like. It says her home cooking.

I always have and always will like my wife’s home cooking with or without the food she calls tasteless. But maybe after cooking with it long enough, someday she might even grow to like tofu.

© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi

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