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Kimchi

18 Nov

Kimchi – Is a traditional  fermented korean dish made from vegetables and varied seasonings. there are hundreds of different varieties and it can be made from different vegetables such as cucumber, radishes, and cabbage. Kimchi is the most beloved side dish in korea and is a very poplar ingredient in many dishes.

Kimchi is made every season and every house hold that has the opportunity makes their own 4 times a year. It is a proper household affair and family gather together to make a joint effort in making it. I am staying with my friend Soljee’s family and I had the honor of witnessing and joining in on the process, and I tell you, what a process it is!

This Kimchi is made with cabbage as the base vegetable, we used thirty huge cabbage heads!

All the cabbages get chopped into fours and soak in equal amount of water and salt over night if its winter, for five hours if its summer.Soljee’s family were given the cabbages from their next door neighbors that grow them purely with the intention of making kimchi.

Ingredients include chopped big white radishes, scallions, mustard greens, drop wort (bitter sour twig tasting looks like a spring onion (sort of).

Here are the mustard greens with chopped spring onions

Auntie chopping drop wort

In a Big basin, the chopped radishes get mixed with Korean chilli powder, then some ginger, this will be the sauce that forms the base for the kimchi.

Adding Garlic

Throw in some mini Prawns

A Splash of Fermented fish sauce, a dash of sugar, plum brandy, mustard cress, scallios, dropwort, glutenouse rice, hard work and love goes in.

It all gets mixed very well to form the yummy sauce that covers the cabbage.

When the sauce is ready and mixed, its carefully folded into each cabbage by hand.

The cabbages are carefully placed into big plastic containers that go into a kimchi fridge or in the past buried under ground.

I think what surprised me the most is how much work goes into this little dish that is eaten every day at every meal (yes even for breakfast). It brought the whole family together, aunties from other corners of town, nans, daughters and fathers. Kimchi is something that is made and shared between family, friends and neighbors and every family has their own unique recipe. The ingredients can be the same but the timings and seasonings vary form house to house. Each and every cabbage is folded by hand one by one with love, care and tenderness This might sound soppy but I found my morning strangly inspiring. It made me happy to see three generations help each other make this traditional dish that brought everybody together. I guess I dont have anything to compare it to really. Except I remember my grandmother used to pickle, boil and jar vegetables every year before the winter. But I think in our neck of the woods its a dying tradition, for me its a shame really because I think a dose of tradition, family values, and togetherness does everybody some good.

Thank you Soljee and your family for letting me join you in making Kimchi!

xoxo

First 24 Hours In Seoul

16 Nov

 Korean BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yummy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandooo

 

 

 

 

 

The most amazing Dumpling Ever

 

 

 

 

 

Sushiii….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shinsegae Department Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cakes Everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Bar

 

 

 

 

 

20th Story View

 

 

 

 

 

Biggest Mussels I have ever seen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this speaks for itself

Much Love from Seoul xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Orange Zest

2 Nov

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

Half a pumpkin

spring onions/half an onion

500 ml water

200 ml of coconut creme

orange zest

salt & pepper

soy creme for topping

mustard cress

Method

This is my ” I don’t know what to cook for dinner soup” its easy, tasty, and only takes 20-30 min to prepare. Start by peeling and chopping your pumpkin and putting in a pot with 500 ml of water. I had some left over spring onions in my fridge so I chopped them up, otherwise use any onion lying around.


Let the pumpkin & onion boil until soft,  take of the heat, put in a blender, add 200 ml of coconut cream, pinch of salt & pepper, some orange zest and blend until smooth. 

Pour into bowls and top of with some cooking soy (better, healthier, and less fattening than normal cream! If you have mustard cress or any cress of any kind top it off & some orange zest to make it pretty!

I have finally managed to grow some micro herbs of my own after a few disastrous tries they are finally growing in a little tray!

finally enjoy Le Pumpkin Soup!

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