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Meet Susie Smela’12, at the ready with a rice recipe

September 26, 2011


Name: Susie Smela’12
Hometown/residence: New York City
Majors: International relations and Japanese
You may have seen me: Walking around in a kimono for Japan Club by day and a corset for Rocky Horror Picture Show by night.
What’s on your desert island jukebox? Anything Funkadelic to get me in the survival mood and of course “Desert Island” by the Magnetic Fields
Favorite meal? When someone is cooking for me: Pad Thai! When I’m cooking for my lazy self: throw some rice in a rice-cooker. While it cooks, fry some chopped daikon radish, bean sprouts, and tofu that have been marinated in soy sauce, cooking sake and mirin overnight until the tofu is golden-brown (around 10 to 15 minutes). The rice will be done; throw the fried stuff on it, pour the rest of the marinade on top of that, then chop a bit of green onion and sprinkle that to top it off. Heaven in 30 minutes.
Any advice? Treat yourself with the compassion that you would afford others. Nonviolence in the world starts with nonviolence in yourself.
What do you do in your free time? Free time?? What’s that?
Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? Thich Nhat Hanh, Neil Gaiman, and Rainbow Dash.
What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? Explore Beloit and the surrounding area! I’m a senior now and I keep on discovering new places each year. Some of the better gems: The Banyan Tree over near B&P’s has great yoga classes and women-centered events; the gorgeous Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford; and for $8 round trip to Madison, you can have access to some of the most delicious restaurants and food carts in America.
What are you most looking forward to? My International Symposium, winter squash soup with the vegan co-op, and the sleep I will eventually get.