The only constant in life is change. You hear that sentence, but maybe you never really internalize it and understand its meaning until you’re in that situation. Well, as usual, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you (thank you, Alanis!) .
I really dislike change…I don’t deal well with it. Stability is the name of my game and my ultimate goal. However, all this “follow-your-dreams” phase really turned my world upside down. Today I look back and it still amazes me how I made that decision.
Do you find yourself feeling exponentially anxious as the Holiday Season starts building momentum? Does your anxiety increase as the date for each holiday starts getting dangerously close and Christmas carols start playing on the radio? Being a caterer, this kind of comes with the job, but I’ve started noticing that it’s a general feeling amongst my girlfriends. Social agendas get cramped and we feel helpless as we try to attend every gathering and every “convivio,” trying not to disappoint anybody, and all the while planning your own events and hoping everyone can make it.
Boy, how about this rain, huh? This weather is my favorite, but I do believe this is excessive, even by my standards. My closet became a bit of an ecosystem in itself and I had to take everything out, hang it out to dry and get aired, and even throw some stuff out. (In all honesty, it was stuff I should’ve thrown out ages ago, but being the pack-rat that I am, I hadn’t ushered the courage to do it—mold made it easy for me now, go figure.)
We left off at my latest obsession, Korean food, right? Well, it’s not going anywhere. I am just enthralled by its complexity, the spiciness, the in-your-face flavors (“delicate” is a word that will never precede “kimchi”, that’s for sure).
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So, following my recent obsession with everything Korean, here’s a recipe that was a complete success at a recent potluck with my high school friends. The deep flavor and color that the mul yut gives this recipe is just wonderful, and although you can substitute it with dark corn syrup, I strongly suggest you take a trip to a Korean supermarket and take a look at all the amazing possibilities those ingredients open up to your recipe repertoire.
Hello, everybody! Things have been quite a bit hectic on this side of the computer screen, but I’m glad to be finally getting back to my routine.
I wanted to share with you the latest additions to my pantry, which have proven to be quite handy when I come home at night, dead tired, and want to whip up something easy, yummy and, of course, nutritious for dinner.
Whew, my weeks have been such a whirlwind! Despite my crazy days, I was lucky enough to attend (a little late, sorry!) Babi’s birthday party last week and it was lovely meeting some of her readers (hello, Stefanie!). It was very rewarding to get nice comments about my "Kitchen Bits" and to know that it has helped you with a recipe or has gotten you to try new things.
Ah, here comes the rain again! (queue Annie Lennox’s song) I have already told you many times how much I love the rainy season, haven’t I? Many, many times, I know…maybe too many. But I can’t help it, rain inspires me. Water for me means rebirth, growth, new beginnings, abundance, it makes me feel as if all the dirty, old stuff gets washed away, leaving everything clean for something good and new.
Sometimes I catch myself ordering the same dish at a restaurant over and over again, going against my own belief of always being adventurous with food. It happens mostly at a Spanish restaurant where I never fail to order the same two things: deep-fried boquerones and a lettuce salad with jamón serrano and a variety of olives—it doesn’t include a fancy dressing; they only offer you sherry vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, BUT IT TASTES SO GOOD.
There are some good things that are better not tampered with.