The beginnings of self-sufficiency :)

Before the weekend begins (55 minutes and counting!) I thought that I would do a quick post about our slowly-slowly, gently-gently beginnings of self-sufficiency. It’s all happened in the last 3 weeks or so, not out of any conscious decision but simply because we happened to want to at the time (a result of The Brat Experiment or simply a coincidence of timing?!) And so I thought that I would share our experiments with you:

Apricot Jam πŸ™‚


A co-teacher invited me to go apricot picking. On top of it being fun it also resulted in my bringing home 4kg of (free!) apricots. There was no way the two of us were going to get through them all so we came up with a plan: “a jam plan!” (Any Friends watchers out there??) Not only was the jam MUCH easier to make than we ever imagined, it was also WAY cheaper and more fun than buying jam and it tastes delicious πŸ™‚

Mandoo-Guk (Korean Dumpling Soup)


We love Korean food. But up until now the only way we could eat it was to go out to a restaurant or order in (read: pricey). The bigger problem with this though is that when we leave Korea it will be REALLY hard for us to eat Korean food because there won’t be the abundance of Korean restaurants that there are here. The clear answer is that we need to learn to cook it ourselves πŸ™‚ So I started asking my co-teachers for tips and eventually soup seemed to be the easiest starting point. Also, it’s a massive part of Korean food (there is usually soup with breakfast, lunch and dinner) and so it’s also a good cornerstone to get right. What really surprised me though was how EASY it was to get right. The hard part was the shopping (trying to identify the ingredients in the shop – no small feat when everything is written in Korean!) but it was all downhill from there. And way cheaper than cooking our (Western) food (with Western = expensive ingredients) at home. And really tasty πŸ™‚

Gimbap πŸ™‚

This is delicious, healthy and one of our favourite Korean foods. It is technically a rice roll with veges and whatever else you want to put inside but is best described to Westerners as street food sushi. It’s amazing. It takes some time to prepare (have to cook some fillings beforehand) but the hardest part is getting the roll right… but after eating a few gimbap salads (as opposed to beautiful, tight rolls) we finally got the hang of it:


The ingredients (the floor seemed the best place to do it!)


This was our first attempt but we found that it rolled (stuck) better if we spread the rice thinly over all of the seaweed


Stick whatever fillings you want on the rice


We like mayonnaise too (also it helps it stick!)


Paint the seaweed join with sesame seed oil


And (after a few tries!): ta-daaaaaaaa! πŸ˜€

Have a fabulous weekend, dear Reader πŸ™‚



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