3 years ago
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My brother (a wanna-be Korean!) and I went over to get a cooking lesson from a Korean family friend of ours. It was AWESOME! We had the best time and learned so much! I'm bummed because she'll be out of town for Zoey's Tol Party, but gave us the basics on how to prepare most of the food. She had some to sample and we enjoyed chowing down on the seaweed soup ( my brother was brave enough to eat the mussels she had added - me, not so much) and helping her make Yaki-mandu, one of our absolute favorites! And yes, she told my brother that he made very good work of the dumpling wrappers...she said no such thing to me, whatever. :) She loaded us up with all kinds of goodies from the Korean market to bring home and even had a cook book for me. We have known her for about 15 years and she has always been so helpful and sweet. She often sends me things from Korea and books about adopted children. She ordered two traditional Korean Rice Cakes for the party next week and I'm so excited to see them! She had actually been in Korea just two weeks before I picked Zoey up and we were disappointed it did not end up at the same time! She loaned me a traditional Tol table for the party and sent us with all the leftovers from our cooking lesson. So this afternoon I was excited to see if Zoey enjoyed the seaweed soup and she chowed down! Loved it! Here are some pictures of her slurping it up! Braedan was not so brave...
And here she is trying out some sticky rice with a piece of toasted seaweed
I so enjoy anything that has to do with Korean culture. Coming from a military family, we lived and traveled the world. I was exposed to many cultures and places and appreciate them all. But being adopted and not having that Korean culture in my life every day, makes me appreciate it that much more. After traveling there to pick up Zoey, I am left awe struck at the wonderful country it is and crave it more each day. At 27, I feel it's about time to know what being Korean is all about. One of these days, I would love to return there to live with my family. But maybe I should learn how to say a bit more than "hello" and "thank you"?!?!?!
My brother and I the day we brought Zoey home...
And Dave, I love you even though you made prettier Yaki-mandu than I did, but you would still stick out like a sore thumb walking the streets of Korea!