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Rainy Day Recipes: Kimchi

Ingredients VEG. 1 Napa cabbage, around 1000g (2.2lbs) 2 bunches of green onions, washed with bulb removed 1/4 medium size daikon, julienned (or whatever is your preference) 2 medium carrots, julienned (or whatev.) 6 garlic cloves, peeled 1 meduim piece of ginger, peeled 2 aisian pears, peeled OTHER 1/3 cup kosher salt 4 tb Korean chili powder (ground chili flakes or sambal can also work) 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1-2 tablespoon Korean salted shrimp (you can also buy shrimp in chili flakes for an extra kick) 1 cup water 1-1.5 tablespoons sugar Instructions Clean cabbage and remove any browned leaves and quarter it. From here you can cut it into strips or larger pieces. Salt the pieces of cabbage evenly, mixing with your hands so that all pieces are lightly coated with salt. Let this sit overnight (generally for eight hours). You’ll wake up to find the leaves softened and wilted. Now rinse the cabbage (I like filling up my sink and soaking it) and squeeze out the excess water (you don’t want super salty …

Drishti

I’ve been absent from writing for quite a while now and each one of my posts seems to read more like an accuse or apology…. though I’m not sure exactly to whom, maybe myself, maybe you. I’ve finally finished with my undergraduate degree, I never actually thought it would take me this long. When I was younger life to me was just linear and (I imagined) if I ever came to a roadblock life would just halt… there would be no option to tread a different path. It still scares me that we only have one life. There’s too much to do, too many things to see, and too many types of people to be and meet. It’s always been frightening to me to just “pick one” of anything, maybe that’s why I am so utterly eclectic…. I’ve been so many different things (job-wise) , lived so many different places, and had so many different influences in this little life of mine. Now I’m looking for jobs in my area of study and it seems so …

Simple & Savory Pumpkin Soup

Most pumpkin recipes I’ve come across feature the sweet, rather than the savory side of pumpkin… but this fall favorite can be as diverse as it is delicious! Here’s a recipe for a savory pumpkin soup with just the right amount of spice. P.S. This is entirely vegan  Savory Pumpkin Soup 3 Serrano chilies (this can vary depending on your spice preference) 4 cloves garlic 1 tsp grated ginger 1 large onion, chopped 1 c olive oil .75 l of vegetable stock 1.5 tbsp tamarind paste 2 tbsp coconut milk   0.5 Kilograms of pie/ sugar pumpkin (the ones used for baking not for carving) 0.5 Kilograms delicata squash 2.5 tsps coriander seeds 2 tsp cumin seeds 1/4 tsp nigella seeds 1/4 tsp mustard powder   Preheat the oven to 450°F. Dice onion and 2 cloves garlic. Saute in a pan until translucent. Put this off to the side. Place the coriander, cumin  and nigella seeds in a dry frying pan and brown over medium heat until they golden & smell nice and toasty. Grind in a mortar and pestle with mustard powder. …

Food & Stuff

I’ve been up cooking and canning beet horseradish (Ćwikła in Polish) for tomorrow’s farmers market. I find it surreal sometimes to be selling our “product”. Cooking is my craft and where I’m most in my element. Braising, canning, baking, mixing, shucking, stirring, basting, flipping, folding, frying, mincing –you get the picture– is part of my day-to-day thing… But it is so weird/cool/exciting/nerve-wracking/awesomely odd to be cooking up and serving something that you made by hand…from scratch. I’m proud of the work we do, as we try to be as local as possible, supporting little farm to market co-ops and some awesome farms around Texas. It’s nice to be small-scale, so that we’re actually able to do that. That being said, it is quite a lot of work (of course) and I probably won’t get to bed until around midnight tonight, and then it’ll be up and at ’em around 4 am tomorrow to pack up and head out to the market to sell some handmade Polish dumplings to a crowd of hungry people. I’d like …

A Rant About Time

It would be an understatement if I said I haven’t been in a slump for, well, months actually. Sometimes I think I try to do too much all at once. I like to think that I can somehow manage to have three jobs and still be mentally “ok”, but let’s face it, running on auto-pilot simply isn’t living and I’m not sure how much longer I can survive if I keep this speed. The kicker is, I always feel guilty if I’m not doing two things at once, if my teeny apartment isn’t immaculate (and it hasn’t been for a while now), or if I take too much “me” time. Time is the thing I covet most in my life right now. Time to read. Time to write. Time to think, and digest, and develop as a person. The scary thing is, I don’t really see myself having “time” at all in the next few months. I’ve been dedicated to starting a business and finishing school, and on top of my regular job that doesn’t …

Ebb & Flow

I slink out into passageway of peace, clarity strokes my eyes before they open to greet the day, to feel the breeze on my cheeks. It’s that time of combined yellow/ blue light that the coo-coo doves and wrens beckon into morning. Trees dance along to whooping melodies, little girls freckled from the sun chase the cat through the sprinklers like little tyrant knights…. this is summertime. Still, I remain. Sitting outside in the gentle, humid Texas morning looking at my skin. One body, one mind, one being. Is it enough to live one life?  25 years into it and all I feel is the bitterness grind into dust and blow away like the flame in birthday wishes. Today I have made a promise to myself (and oh how I hope not to break it) to indulge in every waking moment in this busy, little, fragile life of mine. I haven’t been “home” physically or mentally for a while now, but am slowly regaining my grounds, squeezing a waking breath into that fictitious fable we …

The Lark & Her Young Ones

Snuck up upon this bird’s nest the other day and felt it too sweet not to share… and also because I felt like starting today with one of my favorite fables.  The Lark & Her Young Ones A Lark made her nest in a field of young wheat. As the days passed, the wheat stalks grew tall and the young birds, too, grew in strength. Then one day, when the ripe golden grain waved in the breeze, the Farmer and his son came into the field. “This wheat is now ready for reaping,” said the Farmer. “We must call in our neighbors and friends to help us harvest it.” The young Larks in their nest close by were much frightened, for they knew they would be in great danger if they did not leave the nest before the reapers came. When the Mother Lark returned with food for them, they told her what they had heard. “Do not be frightened, children,” said the Mother Lark. “If the Farmer said he would call in his neighbors …