Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is not a Korean dish. You'd think it would be, 'cause, rice! But no. My guess is that they just eat so much rice, with every meal, that even though there's sometimes rice leftover, they just eat it for the next meal anyway. And after a rice-rich meal, you really don't crave rice pudding.

But I was feeling a little less Korean than that. So when I got home last night and remembered that I had about a cup of rice sitting in my fancy shmancy rice cooker, leftover from kimchijiggae, I knew exactly what I wanted to do about it.

Chocolate Rice Pudding

-1 cup cooked rice
-1.5 cups chocolate milk (plus extra)
- 2-3 tbsp sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup raisins

1. Boil chocolate milk and rice together in a medium saucepan.
2. After it boils, reduce to a simmer. Add all other ingredients, and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.
3. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dinner's in 15 minutes...

Breaking News: My First Foray into Korean Cooking! Kimchi Jiggae tonight.

I saw a farmer's market near Seodaejeonneggeori, on the way back to my apartment. We stopped for kimchi jeon (like...latkes? sort of, anyway) and makkeoli (opaque, sweet rice wine) for a late lunch.

The man at the stand gave us some extra vegetable and pork pancakes. So lunch, including more booze than we could drink at 4pm, was a grand total of 4,000 won.

Then I saw women selling kimchi, fresh veggies, spices, fresh tofu, and tons of other goodies, and got inspired.

So tonight - kimchi jiggae, with only one concession to my irrepressible desire to mess with recipes: Chipotle rather than Korean chili powder. Also, Koreans usually have onions and green onions/scallions in the mix, but I didn't have any on hand. I threw in celery seed to compensate. I have no idea if that is reasonable, but the resulting stew smells SUPER delicious.

I think the general rule for kimchi jiggae is that you guesstimate stuff, since it's a dish where you use up leftover kimchi that's en route to being too sour (hence the brown rice vinegar if you're using fresh kimchi, as it should have a bit of a sauerkraut thing going on). So I didn't measure much, but here's the rough idea --


* 3 cloves garlic, smashed
* ~1 tbsp minced/grated ginger
* 2 tsp chili or chipotle pepper powder
* 1 can tuna packed in oil (there's a brand here that says right on it, in English, "for Kimchi Jiggae"!)
* 1 tbsp sesame oil
* 2 cups kimchi, cut roughly into 2-3" pieces
* 2-3 tbsp of kimchi juice
* 1 tbsp sugar
* ~ 1/2 tsp Black pepper
* Salt to taste
* 3 cups water, plus extra
* 1 small bunch enoki mushrooms (aka 팽이버섯 -- I call 'em "noodle mushrooms")
* Optional: 2 tbsp brown rice vinegar (if you're using fresh kimchi)
* Optional: 1 tbsp celery seed (totally not authentic, but it tasted great)

1. Pour tuna oil into pan on medium heat. Add sesame oil, garlic, ginger, chipotle, and pepper. Stir and cook for a minute or two.
2. Turn up to high/high medium. Add kimchi, kimchi juice, and 1/2 cup water. Cook without a top for between 5-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. (NB: making rice? now's a good time to wash & soak)
3. Add tuna, water and sugar. It should cover the kimchi and a bit more. Cook for however long is convenient, 15 -45 minutes. If water boils off and doesn't cover the kimchi, add more.
5. About 5 minutes before you want to eat it, add the salt, mushrooms, and rice vinegar.
4. Serve with rice.

Bonus points to me for breaking in my new rice cooker, officially handed down to me by the lovely and talented Laura (ETA 2008-10).

Pictures and review soon...


Bigger version here.
It was awesome.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Second Graders - Back to the Grind

First day with second graders.

One marathon class down, two marathon classes to go.

Oh, and the computer doesn't work. So there goes my idea for the second half of class. BIG thanks to Sarabeth -- I'm poaching her lesson on talent bingo and adding it into a lesson on superlatives and the guinness book of world records.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Before He Cheats

Same same, but different.

Lesson of the Day
: Country music and "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood
Video of the Day: "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

1. Greetings
2. Dictation (a 4-sentence biography of Carrie Underwood + 2 sentences about country music)
3. Music video
a) watch once
b) pass out lyrics and watch again
c) Each table translates one section (verse, chorus, or bridge) into simple English as a comprehension check
d) answer 4 questions about the song & video, watch again
4. Self-edit written answers, with special attention to articles (a, an, the) and subject-verb agreement
5. If there's time, students share answers.

What My Students Would Do Before He Cheats

Here are some sample answers from class today.

1. What is this song about?
Carrie's boyfriend was playing tramp so Carrie was angry

2. If you were in Carrie's situation, what would you do?

A: If I were Carrie, I go boyfriend and hit his face.
A: I'll hit him before he dead.

4. Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are examples of successful country music singers. Would you like to hear more country music? What do you like/dislike about country music?

A: I like to hear more country music. Country music makes me feel American emotion.
A: I dislike country music Because That is not Korean music.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Back in the saddle! This morning's commute went off without a hitch, with the computer teacher Mr. Moon waiting for me next to the World Cup Stadium stop in the morning. I timed everything and it's really not too bad -- I have to leave the apartment by 7:20 to take the 7:27 train to meet him on time.

Lesson of the Day
: "Impossible" by Shontelle
Video of the Day: "Impossible" by Shontelle

1. Greetings
2. Dictation (an edited paragraph-long biography of Shontelle, thank you Wikipedia)
3. Music video
a) watch once
b) pass out fill-in-the-blank lyric worksheet and watch again
c) answer 4 questions about the mood, visuals, storyline, etc, of the song, watch again
4. Self-edit written answers, with special attention to articles (a, an, the) and subject-verb agreement
5. If there's time, students share answers