Life’s a Beach and then you Braai

Shortly after returning to England from the sunny and also rainy (it’s the rainy season) shores of Trinidad and Tobago, I undertook some house sitting duties. 

  

I’m still doing it now, it’s my first time. I also have a cute little doggy named Calypso and a cat named Sorrel that I’m looking after. 
  

My friend, Elahe came up from Brighton for a visit, so we decided to take advantage of the British sunshine and the BBQ grill in the garden. I thought I’d share some pictures from my grilling throw down and our feast. It’s nice to be back in London (in summer at that) and to have SUN ๐Ÿ™‚ 

   
       

How’s your braaing game this summer? 
  
Braaing last year in Durban, South Africa. 

~~~The Wandering Pier

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Time to lime

One of my best friends, Gabby, organised a little girls’ lime at her place in my honour ^_^ Oh, for those of you who don’t know, to lime is Trini speak for hanging out. Verb and noun. It was great to kick off our first round of quality time together in the comforts of her home, where conversation wise, anything goes and anything it went!
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G had also decided ahead of time that it was going to be a mega cheat day. That included pizza and drinks with chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls for dessert, which she made herself. The pizza was ordered from Mario’s, a local pizzeria. Since the arrival of new pizza places, most people have moved on from Mario’s and never looked back ใ… ใ…  For me however, it’ll always have a special place in my Trini heart & I always try to have it once when I’m home on a visit.
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She also made chocolate cake. You all don’t understand. Baking is a recent hobby Gabby has taken up, starting about a year ago. So for months, I have endured numerous pictures of extremely delicious looking things from all the way on the other side of the world in Korea. Finally the day had come and I was too full! >_< Greediness gave me the encouragement I needed to have a slice anyway. Pure chocolatey heaven. My goodness.

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We spent the rest of the evening chatting away, doing manicures, watching hilarious videos on YouTube and laughing until it hurt. Thank you Gabby, for an awesome girls’ night in.

20140324-080305.jpg Cinnamon roll for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

In search of Autumn

A few friends and I headed up to Jeonju last weekend to stroll around Hanok Village (์ „์ฃผํ•œ์˜ฅ๋งˆ์„) and take in the beautiful autumn leaves. Hanok Village is an area in Jeonju that has traditional style buildings, good food and usually some sort of festival or entertainment going on. There were lots of people milling around, taking pictures, enjoying live music on the street, browsing at the various shops and stalls and eating.ย 

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We were pretty hungry upon arrival, so after taking advantage of some photo opps, finding food was our mission. Unfortunately, the first couple of places we tried wouldn’t take us because they were full. We carried on walking and then happened upon a lady selling pajeon at a stall with some seating. I love pajeon! It’s a savoury pancake that comes with spring onions in it as standard, but you can order different kinds which have more ingredients in it, like kimchi or seafood. We ordered and sat down next to the infamous Makgeolli Man. Prior to this visit, I had never heard about the Makgeolli Man, but apparently I’m the only one *sob*. He sells makgeolli (Korean rice wine), but also gives you a bunch for free. We ordered one bottle and he kept topping it up. Only three of the six of us were drinking so it actually became a chore for them. But it was all good, we started calling strangers over to drink and talk with us. The pajeon came. It was hot and delicious. It was laced with chilies and very spicy, but that was fine for me.

Pajeon feast with makgeolli
Pajeon feast with makgeolli
Some kid joined us for makgeolli
Some kid joined us for makgeolli

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After this, we went into an area where people were playing traditional games. There was also some jump rope action going on which we got well into. Then, we explored more of the area, walking down side streets, getting lured by an array of quirky shops and nice smelling things. After a bit of shopping and a few more nibbles, the sudden drop in temperature got our attention. Time to head home. Upon reflection we didn’t actually spend much time admiring the leaves. Most of the ones we saw were similar in colour, so I guess after we saw some we were taken by other things. It was a lovely way to spend our Sunday afternoon.

Waffles, meat on a stick, churros filled with cream cheese and Katie trying some ginseng beer.
Waffles, meat on a stick, churros filled with cream cheese and Katie trying some ginseng beer.
๋‹ฌ๊ณ ๋‚˜ - Dalgona, a treat made of sugar. If you eat around the shape without breaking it, you can get another for free!
๋‹ฌ๊ณ ๋‚˜ – Dalgona, a treat made of sugar. If you eat around the shape without breaking it, you can get another for free!
New purchase, prompted by their cuteness and the evening chill.
New purchase, prompted by their cuteness and the evening chill.

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New buy, new try: Green Tomatoes

Continuing my quest to try something new with every food shop I do. I guess to many, this isn’t something exotic, but it was exciting and interesting for me ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The glorious green tomato
The glorious green tomato

 

Green tomatoes are great! I’d definitely buy them again. I ate some raw to see how they taste compared to their more popular ruby siblings. The colour inside was a lovely surprise, I didn’t expect it to be pinky/red. That looked cool against the green. The texture was similar, though I’d say these were a bit more crisp with a lil crunch. The taste was a little tart, which married nicely with the savoury seasoning of the steak that I made with it.

 

Steak and eggs with some sauteed mushrooms and GREEN TOMATOES :)
Steak and eggs with some sauteed mushrooms and GREEN TOMATOES ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I think I’d love to make a salsa with it using a mixture of green tomatoes and regular ripe tomatoes. My taste buds agree that this is a good idea. I’m glad I tried them. Green tomatoes >> thumbs up from me.

Recipe ideas/suggestions welcome.

New buy, new try: Radish Sprouts

I’ve been in Korea for over a year now and I absolutely LOVE their food. I’ve tried many, many new dishes and there are loads more still to tango with my taste buds. However, I’ve realised that my cooking at home could do with a little spicing up (no pun!).

One of my first Korean meals, gamjatang (๊ฐ์žํƒ•)- spicy pork soup with veggies & peppers. Yum :)
One of my first Korean meals, gamjatang (๊ฐ์žํƒ•)- spicy pork soup with veggies & peppers. Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

I really enjoy cooking, but I have realised that although I’m open to trying new things, what ends up in my fridge and cupboards are usually the same(ish) things. Whenever I’m meandering through the aisles of the supermarket, I always see an abundance of interesting looking things, most of which I have no clue about. With these at my disposal, coupled with all the MasterChef I’ve been watching recently, on my last visit to the supermarket I decided that whenever I do my shopping I should purchase something new to me.

Tah-dah! I got these babies! Nothing crazy, but I’m still not sure what I do with them.

Radish sprouts... aren't they cute! :)
Radish sprouts… aren’t they cute! :3

I’ve had them for almost a week, because I’ve been busy and I haven’t done much cooking. Anyway, I thought I better do something soon before they end up in the bin. So, I let them snuggle up next to some juicy salmon… wouldn’t you be happy if that was you?!

Pan seared salmon, sweet & sour battered courgette, sauteed cherry tomatoes and RADISH SPROUTS! *yey*
Pan seared salmon, sweet & sour battered courgette, sauteed cherry tomatoes and RADISH SPROUTS! *yey*

Admittedly, it was not a revolutionary use of these lovely baby trees, BUT it did add a little something to the meal AND I did achieve what I wanted to do- try something new. I’m not sure what to do with the rest of them. I’ll probably throw them in a salad or on top of a soup….? :/

Do you have any ideas about what to do with them?ย Have you tried anything new recently and should I try it too??? I’m open to suggestions!

I had the sprouts a while ago with raw fish and seaweed

I had the sprouts a while ago with raw fish and seaweed