The refrigerator knows

We had a major spillage accident in our refrigerator today, which required removal of all shelves and drawers. So I took the opportunity to give everything a wipe and wash and re-organize.

The end result was rather enlightening.

This is supposed to be our low-humidity meat, ham and cheese drawer.

Signs that someone is trying to lose weight

There are two rather pathetic bits of cheese in there. No ham. (Meat is in the freezer.) A couple of blocks of tofu. And several packets of shirataki and konnyaku!

(I should say that some of it is ‘special’ konnyaku that my mother brought along from Japan, and we hoard it.)

There are signs that someone in this house is trying to lose weight. Cough. Maybe we can change the ratio later.

What does your fridge say about you?

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My fridge says I am the kind

My fridge says I am the kind of person who has more condiments than actual food, and that I need to clean out the vegetable drawer more often.

Aurora | 9 November, 2007 - 22:58

I think mine says that I let

I think mine says that I let leftovers become science experiments…

anon. | 9 November, 2007 - 23:35

my tiny south american fridge

hi m,

having had a “large” north american style fridge and then changing to a tiny south american style fridge is really tough. specially for someone that has a passion for foods and a job as a personal chef.

since my other half and i are lacto-ovo-veggies, i usually buy about 62 eggs, lots of fresh veggies that are pre-washed and cleaned before i place them to be stored, whole and skim milk, and plenty of bottled water. Don’t drink the tap water in south america except for Chile.

And in my freezer home-made mushroom and oat-meal patties (for when my other half wants burgers), left over veggies from my clients’ weekly menus, (that i had steamed, blanched, or just plain cubed), home-made bread, and store bought bread, and home-made veggie stock and dashi stock (thanks to you Maki), home-made curry sauces, and cream-ice-cream (for when my other half wants an oreo or strawberry shake).

wow, that was really enlightening! thanks for asking Maki.


odeliza | 11 November, 2007 - 13:32

62 eggs!

Wow, that’s a lot of eggs!

I had a bit of a hard time adjusting to a smaller fridge when I moved to Switzerland too, having been used to American monsters, but now I see the logic of it somewhat - you don’t keep as many things around for longer than they should be kept.

maki | 11 November, 2007 - 21:45

Ours would probably show

Ours would probably show that someone in our house is a vegetarian (vegetables take over all sorts of parts of the fridge that aren’t supposed to have vegetables) who loves her dairy and goes to great lengths to get the kind she wants. Thus being why we have a gallon of raw milk and two kinds of real cheese in the middle of a state where it is illegal to buy raw milk and most cheese is the commercial processed kind.

Katie | 13 November, 2007 - 22:35

Hello there. I’m curious

Hello there. I’m curious about that special konnyaku you hoarded. I buy konnyaku regularly here in Sydney, so I’d like to ask if one brand is better than another, and if there’s a brand or type you particularly recommend. I’ll scout the stores here for that. Cheers!

Aphrodite Undercover | 15 November, 2007 - 02:41


Well the konnyaku I have hoarded I think is a regionally made one from around my mom’s hometown…I doubt it is sold even outside of the area, let alone overseas. As far as regular brands go…it’s more about how the konnyaku is flavored and textured I thinkk. The base ingredient is the same (the inert gel) - then producers add things to it or not. The light colored kind is more suitable for uses where you want to add your own flavor and just want the texture, while the dark ones or the ‘sashimi’ kind that are flavored with various things are eaten more or less as-is for their own flavor and texture. Not sure that helps but that’s the best i can do at 7 in the morning :)

maki | 15 November, 2007 - 08:47


Wouldn’t you know it, I stumbled upon the question I posted here hile searching for exactly the same thing I was asking about. I wouldn’t have seen your reply if I hadn’t been obsessing about this again at past 1 in the morning here in Sydney. =)

Thank you Maki, for replying right away, at 7am at that. I have hit upon a possible solution to this dilemma. I’ve printed the full size of the photo you posted here, and I am taking that with me next time I hunt konnyaku. I shall conquer!

At least I know where to find an item you’ve written about, Kameda’s Kaki No Tane. By some stroke of fate, this has been available in Manila for more than a decade. Finding it here in Sydney was serendipity.

Keep on rolling, Maki!

AphroditeUndercover | 5 December, 2007 - 16:23

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