Fried octopus sandwich

A long time goal of mine mostly due to being in Korea is to master seafood, namely octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. I didn’t gather up courage or even think about what was happening when Wyll picked up octopus at the market today. He likes to push me into my goals. It was a good price and I was wanting to try a Tom Colicchio recipe for a calamari sandwich. I ended up with something probably really different but terribly delicious. This recipe was so good I felt obligated to share it right away. There were a few prep things I had to do like learn to clean and cut baby octopus. Luckily YouTube is full of wonderful people doing amazing things so I figured it out kinda quick. Basically you cut off the tentacles, push out the beak and cut into sections. Then slice the head so you can turn it inside out to pull off the brain sack then cut it off at the eyes. It took four before I felt really comfortable doing it. I ringed them off and set them in a colander to dry off a little. Then I went to work on the green peppers. I pan fried them whole with fish sauce and garlic. I mixed up some panko crumbs, corn starch, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and gochu powder. I mixed in all the octopus trying to get an even coat. I heated some oil in the wok and covered the bottom with octoparts! I let them cook to pop songs then put them on paper towels to dry. I didn’t really have much for Colicchio’s sandwich just an idea about how good it would be. I did have Saracha which I mixed with some lemon. Sorry, Tom, no mayonnaise. I sliced up tomato, very thin, diced onion, chopped up some curly parsley, and got out some radish sprouts for the sandwich. I assembled my sandwiches on some French bread, delicious. 

  

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Japan

It seems that in all my pages, the Japan trip never made it to print. In the first year that Wyll and I lived in Korea our first summer vacation was spent in Japan, enjoy the Hells of Fukuoka. Wylliam had a college friend that lived in the county so we visited him and he toured us around. We went to Nagasaki together and saw the A-Bomb museum which is not for the faint of heart. There is also a Dutch colony there for people to tour around. We did some amazing Karaoke which is still brought up when singing in public of listening to Weird Al.

The pictures don’t seem to have much rhyme or reason, much like the streets. Japan focuses on building names so we got lost a lot, even though I eventually figured it out.

 

 

Winter 2016

The past few months in Korea have brought on winter in full force. The snowfall broke some personal records but might not have been too extraordinary. It has, however, given me a lot of cooking time in the house and some additional internet time. This week I’m messing around with the Kitchn’s chocolate pudding recipe. It does need heavy cream but an all milk version isn’t terrible, just a little soupy.

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This winter has also put me on many trips to Incheon International airport. I feel like a seasoned professional, not that I want a job going ┬áto and from the airport. I have learned from the Express Bus Terminal, the airport bus costs about as much as the subway and it’s 30 minutes faster with no transfers! I feel like we still have a lot of traveling to do so this will continue to come in handy. I also found the Unseo subway stop which is full of cheap hotels. The one I stayed at was a little too cramped but I think there are better ones nearby.
More than a few of my close friends and family are expecting babies this year so I’ve also been looking at where I can get my hands on ways to make baby blankets. I’ve never owned a sewing machine in Korea, I’m sure people do but I don’t. I was looking at getting some kits to glue together or something but they cost almost as much as buying a new one and you don’t get to choose the fabric. I really mean is the designs are really dated with air balloons and psalms. We are more dinosaur, woodsy people.
So looking around the area I found Happy Quilt in the outskirts of Seoul. I also discovered that if I go to Jeongeup there is a direct bus so I won’t have to go into the city and back out saving me over two hours of travel on the subway. I’m pretty happy about it. Happy Quilt happy? We shall see. I’m not really sure when I will go but I have a little vacation time coming up and now I know their hours so hopefully it will be soon.