Archive | June, 2014

The Naked Fork: How to make bossam

19 Jun

This hump day I bring you the first in what I plan to be a series on food.

Last year, my friend Jin Ah taught me how to make doenjang jjigae (soybean paste soup) and japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles). And this year, Chris and I taught ourselves how to make jjimdak (chicken, vegetables and noodles marinated in a mouth-watering soy sauce-based sauce) with this video.

Gina taught me how to cook a couple Korean dishes

Jin Ah in the kitchen

I learned how to make doenjang jjigae and japchae. Everything was so fresh and delicious!

Everything was farm fresh and delicious

I recently added two more Korean dishes to my repertoire. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a traditional Korean cooking class at the Daegu YMCA where  I learned how to make bossam (pork belly boiled in spices and thinly sliced) and geotjeori (a Korean salad that is commonly served at barbeque restaurants). The recipes are simple and delicious. Here’s how you can make them at home… Continue reading

My first time traveling alone

15 Jun

If you have spent more than a year in Korea, you know that it can be easy to feel like you’ve seen it all. I hear other English teachers say it all the time: “After awhile, it all starts to look the same.” As a photographer, I’m always looking for new perspectives on the same old thing, but even I can get sucked into this mindset. So I decided to use last weekend as an opportunity to go somewhere I’d never been before (Jeolla province) and do something I’d never done before (travel alone). Continue reading

Here comes the sun

13 Jun

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’m sorry I haven’t kept up with this blog, and I’m even sorrier that I haven’t been in better touch with my friends and family back home. The past few months have been rough, folks. Coincidentally, I last posted on April 15, one day before the bad thing happened and a black cloud rolled over this tiny country. Continue reading