bamboo place mats

Used Pt. 1

Originally posted by nctinfo

An uncomfortable sigh left your mouth as you kept your eyes fixed on the plate of food set atop the bamboo place mat. You scooped up a spoonful of mashed potatoes and stuffed it into your mouth. You felt the attractive man’s dark, unfathomable eyes on you which in turn colored your cheeks and ears a bright pink shade. You swore his gaze was scrutinizing your every facial feature, but why would he be? He was gay after all.

Your mom thought it a good idea to invite the new neighbors over for dinner. Surely, the newly wed neighbors looked friendly, especially the taller, pale brunette with carefully crafted dimples on either side of his cheeks, but there was something about his husband. He stood just two inches shorter of the man who introduced himself as Jaehyun and had dark, ash-tinted hair messily combed over his forehead and a sculpted jawline which you’d be eyeing if he weren’t staring you down right now.

“So Taeyong, you said you and Jaehyun moved here because you were offered a job?” my mom questioned thoughtfully.

“Yes, I was hired as a teacher at the high school just a few minutes from here actually,” Taeyong explained, pointing a finger in the semi direction of the school. His eyes weren’t burning holes through you for the first time.

“Wow, Hansol’s actually the guidance counselor there!” your quirky mom exclaimed a bit too excitedly.

What a surprise. She only mentioned your brother and forgot you were even present.

“Oh! And Y/N is a senior there!”

As soon as he heard your name, his lips quirked up into a smirk. Once again, his eyes were focused on solely you. You failed to keep your eyes fixed on your plate and were met with his cold stare.

“Oh, really?” Taeyong expressed eagerly, his interest piqued.

You devoured the last bits of your steak before you excused yourself from the table. You wanted nothing more than to be in the safe confines of your room.

-

The last bit of the winter break flew by and you were now locking your front door, walking down the concrete steps and exiting the gate. The cold wind picked up and you mentally cursed at yourself for not wearing a thicker jacket.

As you were passing the new neighbors’ home, you heard the fumbling for keys and the chirp of a car follow. You quickened your pace to avoid being seen.

“Y/N!”

Too late. You hesitantly turned your head to see a smiling, bright-eyed Lee Taeyong.

“Oh… Good morning, Mr. Lee,” you mumbled with a slight nod of your head.

“It’s freezing! I’ll give you a ride to school, Y/N,” he called, motioning you over with his hand.

“Oh no, I’m good.”

“Oh but I insist! I doubt your skirt is keeping you warm, Y/N,” Taeyong remarked with a cheeky grin.

How bad could a five minute ride with a pristine hypercritic be?

You gave in and shuffled towards the passenger’s side. Lee Taeyong beamed. The sight was quite charming, not as it had been the day you first met. He had his hands stuffed into the pockets of his trench coat and shy doe eyes.

You briskly opened the door of the charcoal-colored sedan and slid into your seat. Simpering, Mr. Lee followed and started the car. The car ride was short with only a limited amount of words exchanged between the two of you. Mr. Lee thoughtfully dropped you off in the front of the school before going and parking his car.

You sauntered into the school, luminous hallways surrounding you. You soon arrived at your classroom and sat in your usual seat, the one in the front left corner next to the window. Small streams of students gradually poured into the classroom followed by a tall man in a black trench coat. Great.

“Good morning, class. As you all may know, your teacher Mrs. Ahn is on maternity leave and I’ll be filling in for her meanwhile.”

You had completely forgotten your teacher was even pregnant. Why couldn’t she have just kept her legs closed?

He soon began lecturing and your focus remained solely on the board. While your eyes never faltered to steal a glimpse of your personable substitute teacher, Mr. Lee’s eyes would often wander over to where you were seated.

Class soon ended and you went about your day. Although you were used to walking to and fro school, Mr. Lee began to offer you rides in the mornings which you so gladly accepted. It was January, after all. He repeatedly apologized for not being able to take you home due to mandatory after school meetings for the faculty, but you didn’t understand why. It wasn’t his job to take you home.

After several days of oddly comfortable silence, Mr. Lee spoke up during one of those frosty seven in the morning car rides.

“Y/N, I’ve noticed you struggle with mathematics. Have you thought of meeting with a tutor?” Taeyong questioned, his hands gripping the steering wheel while his eyes stayed on the road ahead.

“Well… no, I haven’t. I should if I want to get into my first-choice college,” you replied, somewhat puzzled now.

“I’ll tell my parents to look for one,” you commented a few moments after giving the newfound dilemma much thought.

“Nonsense, I can tutor you.”

“Oh but you’re already so busy, Mr. Lee. I’m sure my parents can find a tutor for me.“

“Y/N, I insist.”

The unusual and creepy feeling he first presented had vanished entirely. He was actually an honest and attentive person you now felt comfortable with so you accepted.

“Okay, what time should I go to your house then?”

“What about six o'clock?” he suggested, glancing over at you, his eyes gentle.

You smiled and nodded.

-

The time soon came for you to meet with Mr. Lee. You threw on a gray sweatshirt and black running pants. You quickly pulled your hair back in a ponytail and walked over to Mr. Lee’s home . Lightly, you knocked on the door and heard feet shuffling on the other side.

“Y/N! You’re just in time!” Taeyong expressed excitedly, contentment evident on his face.

He led you to the dining room where he had multiple mathematics books piled up on an elegant Victorian dining table. He fixed his glasses and took a seat.

“Sit,” Taeyong urged, patting the seat next to him.

You sat and searched your backpack for your homework while Mr. Lee flipped through a book trying to find the lesson you had gone over in class today.

“Okay, let’s start,” Taeyong said with a hint of a smile on his face.

The both of you worked diligently for half an hour. Mr. Lee would go over an example in the book with you and then you’d solve a similar problem on your worksheet. While you were closed to finishing your homework, you felt his eyes on you; it felt as if he was burning a hole through your face. Your cheeks began to heat up but your eyes didn’t leave the paper in front of you, that was until he called your attention.

“Y/N.”

Your head shot up and you were met with Mr. Lee’s face just centimeters away from yours. His eyes now focused on your rosy lips while your fearful eyes scanned his face for a decipherable emotion.

Although his face inched closer, you were unable to move. You remained completely motionless when his lips came into contact with yours. His soft lips moved against yours but you didn’t kiss back, you couldn’t.

You felt his hands run up and down your thighs. Finally, you became sensible. You pulled away from the kiss and pushed his hands off your thighs harshly. You hastily gathered your things and headed for the door; you needed to get out of their immediately.

“Y/N!” Mr. Lee yelled from the dining room.

Your heart was pounding against your chest, your emotions obscure and your mind clouded with a hundred different thoughts. Before you could turn the handle, he grabbed your arm and pulled you close to him.

“Tell me you’re not attracted to me and I’ll leave you alone,” he whispered, his breath warm against your ear.

“Get off of me!”

You tried to push him off but he gripped your wrists tightly. You couldn’t move.

“I’ll make you feel good, baby girl,” he breathed, his eyes blazing into yours, close and intensely.

Seconds ticked before you reacted and yelled at him to release you. Were you actually thinking of letting him have his way with you? He’s a married man, Y/N.

His grip on your wrists tightened even more and he pushed you up against the front door, his gaze obsessed. He looked you over one last time before smashing his lips against yours. His lips trailed down to your neck where he sucked harshly. He held both your wrists with one hand while the other hand traveled down to the waistline of your running pants. You gasped; even if it was forceful, you had to admit it felt good being taken control of.

As he slipped his cold hand in your pants, you remembered Jaehyun.

“Where’s Jaehyun?” you asked half-dazed due to the euphoric feeling elicited from Lee Taeyong’s skillful hand.

“He’s working late tonight, don’t worry sweetheart,” Taeyong responded in between sloppy kisses to your neck.

How could you so easily give yourself to a married man?

Once again, logic resurfaced in your thoughts and actions.

“Mr. Lee, I can’t.”

He stopped sucking on your neck and search for your eyes. In your nervous eyes, he detected fear and uncertainty. He knew he could no longer try to persuade and seduce you. He knew when to stop. He knew you’d give in when you were ready.

He nodded and freed your wrists from his tight hold. You couldn’t meet his eyes. With your vision focused on the tasteful tile patterns on the floor, you turned around, grasped the brass door knob, and opened the door to leave.

-

It was three in the morning and you were still struggling to finish an essay. The essay was due on Monday, and sure it was only Friday, but you were trying to keep your mind away from what had occurred hours earlier. You sighed and decided it was best to try and sleep. Lazily, you stood up from the desk chair and made your way to the bed, earphones and phone in hand.

You were too engrossed in your thoughts to notice Annie by Neon Indian playing on repeat. You were entirely consumed in your thoughts. You recalled the way Mr. Lee pushed you up against the door and sucked on your neck brutally. You wanted to feel it once more. You needed to feel it.

You reached for your phone and hastily scrolled through your contacts. Mr. Lee had offered you his number one morning, should you ever need something, and right now you desperately needed him.

Although your action was impulsive and you were aware of the strong possibility of him being asleep, you sent him a text message.

Seconds, which felt like hours, passed and you felt the vibration of your phone. It was him.

Mr. Lee: Come over.

Recipe: Maki Roll

Description: Fish and rice wrapped in seaweed.

Game ingredients: Fish, Seaweed, Rice

This recipe restores 100 energy and 40 health. It can be obtained from the Cooking Channel and sells for 220g. 

Difficulty: Medium, 1½ hours. Serves 3.

I had a German exchange student a few years ago who insisted I go with her to sushi classes, so this recipe was from our instructor, a lovely woman named Tomoko. 

-180mL of uncooked sushi rice
-1 tablespoon sushi vinegar
-1 avocado
-1 egg
-a cucumber
-227g package of flaked cooked imitation crab
-Nori (roasted seaweed sheets)

The first step is to prepare the rice. You need short grain sushi rice so it will stick together well. I find the brand Kokuho Rose is really good. When making sushi, chefs will use “go cups”, which are roughly 180mL each. They’ll make about two rolls of sushi. I actually doubled the recipe to make four rolls. 

Put the rice in a bowl and fill with just enough water to cover the rice, and then dump it in a sieve right away. Making a sort of clawed shape, run your hand in a circular motion through the rice to shake off excess water and to grind the grains against each other. Do about 20 rotations with your hand. This helps to clean the rice and remove unwanted particles of dust and dirt. Put the rice back in the bowl and cover with water again, then pour back into the sieve. After running your hand through it, do this whole process once more. 

(Getting this picture was no easy task.)

Once the rice is back in the bowl for the last time, cover with just enough water and then let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Drain out the water, and transfer to a medium-sized pot. Measure the amount of rice as you put it in, and then add in an equal amount of water to the pot (ex: 2 cups of rice to 2 cups of water). 

Place a lid on the pot (do not remove it while it’s cooking) and cook on medium-high until it boils, and then allow it to boil for 2 minutes (the lid may be shaking a little bit and steam will be escaping. You’ll also hear the water bubbling). Turn down the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the lid. If there’s still water, replace the lid and cook on low for another minute or two. Once done, turn off the heat, place a teatowel over the pot and put the lid on top, allowing it to sit for 10 minutes. The towel absorbs condensation while the rice steams. 

Transfer the rice to a bowl and pour in the sushi vinegar. Carefully mix it in with a fork. While the rice is cooling, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Slice the avocado, cut the cucumber in strips, about 3 inches in length, and slice the crabmeat. In a small frying pan, heat a small amount of oil or butter (if needed) on medium-low, and then pour in a beaten egg. Cook on low until it’s done, working your way around the edges with a flipper to free it from the pan. Once the egg has cooled, cut it into thin slices as well. 

On a bamboo sushi mat, place a sheet of seaweed shiny side down. Pat on the rice, covering the sheet with a one inch margin at the top. Near the bottom, arrange on the cucumber, avocado, egg, and crab. Using the bamboo mat, carefully fold up the bottom part so the fillings don’t fall out, and then roll the rest of the way until you reach the margin. Wet the seaweed with water along the margin and then secure it to the rest of the roll. It should easily stick to it and hold it in place. Having the bowl of water to remove the sticky rice off your fingers helps a lot.

Once the rolls are ready, grab a large, sharp knife with a thin blade. Applying minimal pressure, carefully saw the knife back and forth until it cuts all the way through the roll. Applying pressure will squish the sushi. Wipe the blade off on a wet cloth between each slice to remove rice remnants and allow it to cut easier. Repeat process until the whole roll is sliced. 

Once you get the hang of it, sushi is very easy to make, and you can experiment by using different ingredients. (Also sorry this post is so long, but there’s a lot of details!)

-SVR

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✿ ✿ First Giveaway!!  ✿ ✿

I’ve only been involved with the witch/pagan+ community on Tumblr through this blog since early January, but all the more reason to get to know people! I’m in need of some followers, but I will also be checking out everyone’s page who reblogs this. The eclectic community on here is amazing and I would love to give back a bit through a teeny giveaway. Okay, enough sappy stuff! So what do you win??


⁂ 2 jasmine tea lights

⁂ 1 Tahitian vanilla tea light

⁂ 1 sandalwood tea light

⁂ 1 of 10 gram sealed bag of dried Hibiscus flowers, culinary grade

⁂ 1 medium sized stoppered jar of dried lemon balm

⁂ 1 package of cinnamon incense matches (works as a match and snuffs itself out and burns as incense!)

⁂ 1 white storage box

⁂ 1 black storage box

⁂ 1 decorative bamboo mat (to place as altar base?)

⁂ dark blue, light pink, red-orange, and yellow 4 inch taper candles


Rules:

Each reblog counts as an entry, but please do not spam your followers. I will check the notes. Likes do not count. Please do not reblog to a giveaway blog, as I want to keep this within the community. Must be comfortable giving out your address. I only ship within the United States, sorry. Yep I’m paying shipping, so all you have to do is follow and reblog.

Must be following me (part of the point is to get me some followers!) at http://the-eclectic-heathen-asatruar.tumblr.com/

Contest will end on March 1st. If there aren’t 150 notes by then, the date will be extended. I will announce the winner at some point that day. All prizes go to one winner who will be chosen by a random number picker. Think I covered everything? Feel free to message me anyway if you have any questions!                                                          Blessed be  ♥ ♥ ♥

MAKING VEGAN SUSHI ROLLS

Making vegan sushi sounds like it is hard but in reality it’s actually quite easy. The main thing is prepping everything you need so it’s there, at hand when you need it. I like to have the nori sheets next to all the vegetables, a small bowl of water to rinse my hands off (if using brown rice, quinoa or cauliflower) and a flat surface to roll the sushi on.

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There are two main ways to do sushi. One is using your hands to roll it, the other is using a bamboo rolling board which is far easier. You can find them at Asian stores or the international isle in most grocery stores.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 nori seaweed wraps
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa/ 1 cup cooked cauliflower rice (I will go into detailed instructions in a later post how to do this, otherwise google will provide great how-to’s)
  • 1 cup sliced vegetables (I personally use cucumber, carrot, red & yellow pepper, cabbage and avocado but you can use any vegetables you like that you can cut into into long thin strips)
  • Optional: hummus, guacamole, cilantro

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Chop your vegetables into long, thin strips. Have them ready on a plate
  2. In a bowl have your quinoa/cauliflower (this again is optional, but the rolls will hold easier. You can also mix in 1TBSP rice wine vinegar when cooking. This also makes the mixture hold together like rice).
  3. Place a nori sheet shiny side down on your bamboo mat. Place your quinoa/cauliflower rice ½ of the way down the sheet spreading it out so it covers all areas.
  4. Add a few thin strips of vegetables to the edge nearest you. Using your fingers, dip them into water and spread a thin layer on the edge opposite of you. Now grab the end of the bamboo mat along with the nori sheet and hold onto the vegetables flip it over itself. Once it’s rolled once, make sure the bamboo isn’t caught inside the nori sheet and keep rolling. Seal it over the edge with water.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut into 1 inch pieces.

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