Tuesday, February 17, 2009




김치찌개
4 servings


Ingredients:
1/2 Tsp Sesame oil
3 Cloves garlic, crushed & sliced
6 oz Fresh Pork Belly (삼겹살 cuts), cut into thin slices

1.5 - 2 Cups Kimchi, cut into manageable pieces
2 Tbs Gochujang (고추장, korean red pepper paste) - or however much spice you like
1 Cup Kimchi juice, if you don't have enough sub water for rest
6 Cups water
4 Tbs Pork Dashi
Green onion, chopped up
1 10 oz package firm/extra firm tofu, drained & cut into small rectangles

•In a pan over medium heat, add sesame oil, garlic, and pork. Cook until pork is just browned, and add all to slow cooker.
• In same pan with pork drippings, lightly cook kimchi for about 2 minutes. Then add to slow cooker.
• Add the rest of the ingredients (EXCEPT green onion). Don't worry about stirring it together or anything, the cooker will take care of most of it.
•Set cooker to low (8 hours). It doesn't need to cook 8 hours, but I prefer it cooking at lower heat. I let this cook for about 4 hours, stirring once.
•About 10 minutes before serving, add green onion.

Garnish with green onion & crushed sesame seeds.
Serve with rice.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

failed camping

Things were starting to look up . . . Alex and I actually had two consecutive days off together, which happens once in a blue moon, a friend lent us his car, and the weather had been pleasant. We thought, "What the hell. Let's go camping."


Those of you who know us well, know that this was about the point where we should have laughed at our optimism, rented movies, and stayed indoors. Those of you who know us even better, know that we loaded up the car and made for the Columbia River delta anyway.

Let's just say our vacations together have been a consistent exercise in bad weather luck (see Jeju/Typhoon, Mokpo/Sun-poisoning, Gyeongju/Cold Snap, etc.). Thankfully we're never unprepared, and have mastered improvisation and the difficult but much-needed task of finding any available silver lining. So off we go through the mountains to the coast along highway 101.

We figured we'd see snow, but the coast was supposed to be warmer and not as damp. However, the closer we got to our destination the windier and wetter it got. I was, to say the least, crabby. After planning, packing, and daydreaming about a quiet campsite with Alex, I knew it wasn't going to happen. We reached the fork in the road that would either take us to Ilwaco, WA and the aptly named "Cape Disappointment" or Astoria, OR.

Where this would register as a major upset earlier in our vacationing career, we decided without hesitation to head for Astoria and peruse the town of "Goonies". We laughed at our luck as we crossed the Columbia River, and with that a road trip down the coast eclipsed camping.


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