So much for a week of Irish food…
Let’s see. I did a pork roast, made a few loaves of brown bread, had smoked salmon, drank pots and pots of tea and ate chocolate biscuits. Chocolate biscuits are considered Irish no? I have this thing where I can’t go without Asian food for more than a few days. I mean, I could but… for instance, I could be in Italy enjoying the most amazing seafood or pastas everyday on holiday, but as soon as I get back home, the first meal has to be something Korean. In a strange way, the stinky kimchi, soups, stews, grilled meats, marinated vegetables and white rice cleanse my palate. WHAT?!?! Am I the only one who’s like this? It’s kind of weird if you think about it because I was born and raised here in the states and although I did grow up with Korean food, I probably ate just as much American food, if not more. I wonder why I don’t crave burgers as soon as I land? Anyway, while I attempted to go the whole week making/eating at least one Irish meal a day, we ended up eating out a bit more than usual and when I did cook, I made foods from all over the place. My themed weeks haven’t been very consistent this time around. I mean to call it Irish week and only make two dishes…? tsk tsk tsk. Must do better next time! (more…)
Every summer when all of us are in town, we head over to my mom’s house for a Shabu Shabu feast. It’s become sort of a family tradition. This year, Kevin and I volunteered to host the meal at our house. Shabu Shabu or Hot Pot is so simple to make. All you need is a good broth and the rest, you cook at the table as you eat. If you haven’t had hot pot before you are missing out. It’s kind of like Korean BBQ in that you cook it at the dinner table. But instead of a grill, you cook your food in a bubbling boiling stock. You place raw ingredients like meat, fish, shrimp, vegetables into the broth and once they’re cooked you can take it out, dip it in sauce and eat right away. (more…)
A few months ago, I decided to have themed cuisine weeks at home. The plan was pick one cuisine and cook at least one dish from that cuisine a day for a week. It was a lot of fun and I was able to experiment with recipes and dishes I had always wanted to try. We made it through 4 weeks (Korean, Japanese, Italian and French) before I started getting lazy. Although this was an attempt to broaden my culinary skills and palate, most of the meals I cook at home tend to be Korean or Italian anyway, some weeks weren’t as adventurous as others. I gained some weight during French week (We drank wine every night and went through a good amount of butter – it was glorious!). I really enjoyed Japanese week and I find myself making Japanese regularly these days. Here is one of my favorite recipes that is extremely easy to make – Yakisoba.