Most of my newer readers (hi!) probably won’t know that my husband is originally from Korea. His cultural roots definitely have influenced the way we live. Things like taking off your outdoor shoes before entering our apartment, or buying rice in a 20 lbs bag were new to me at the beginning, but over the years I have become used to it.
Very often we make traditional Korean dishes, or meat-free, less spicy versions of them for me, if necessary. So my usual diet is a mix of German or Bavarian classics, typical healthy living blogger stuff, and modified Korean meals.
Last Sunday was a good example of what that looks like:
My usual breakfast. But wait, what is that? On Saturday I had made one of my favorite seasonal treats, apple bread! This is my version of the infamous fruit cake, and a must-bake every winter. This loaf turned out great, very juicy and pleasantly sweet from all the fruit. I’ll try to post the recipe as soon as I can find the time.
For lunch I mixed up a very random salad. Unfortunately, I was all out of salad greens, so I chopped up all the vegetables I could find. And I mixed in some black lentils. They are also called Beluga lentils around here, like the caviar. They do look a little bit like caviar, but taste much better, in my opinion.
Dinner was one of my husband’s favorite dishes, tofu jigae! That’s a spicy, hearty stew, which usually contains beef, pork, or seafood, a lot of hot pepper paste, and tofu. Think of it as a fiery, thick miso soup. Of course I always skip the meat and add in lots of vegetables instead. I also reduce the amount of hot pepper paste. In the top right corner you can see the husband’s pot, which is a lot closer to the original. We served it with rice, white for him, brown for me.
During the day, I snacked on more apple bread and a few cherry chocolates. I think I could eat like that every day.
Have you ever tried Korean food? How did you like it?