Thursday, May 12, 2011

confession to a crowd

It's time that I just come right out and say this to everyone.
I live in South Korea. It's in Asia. I moved here with my family last summer. I love it here. It is, however, quite a bit different from the United States where I have lived pretty much every second of my life until I moved here.

Its hot and HUMID here in the summer. Like, really hot and humid. I always imagined that they would have beautiful, folded Asian fans for sale everywhere. As it turns out these type of fans are about a million times more efficient. Seriously, a million is not an exaggeration. My 4 year old can get a gale force wind going with one of these fans. I'm telling you -- its a genius design.

This is bibimbap. It might be my new favorite food. Of all time. If you have a Korean restaurant near your house, don't even think about it -- just GO. There is a pretty good chance they will serve bibimbap. Food places here are a little different from the states in that it is not uncommon for them to only give you 5 items to choose from instead of a giant menu. And bibimbap is almost always one of those items.

This is a hanbok. (Okay, so technically it is a chocolate cookie...but its decorated like a hanbok.) Its a super traditional dress. I love that the skirt is made with lots of flowy fabric. There is a wedding hall near my house so I get to see gobs of ladies dressed in these, in all sorts of colors. And boys wear something different, but I'll be honest, I only pay attention to the girls' dresses. They are BEAUTIFUL!

South Korea has been around for kind of a really long time. Centuries and centuries. And they were pretty good at building things to last. Like these ultra-traditional houses. This looks almost nothing like those amazing buildings. Every single square inch of those buildings was crafted for a reason. And they are not made out of chocolate cookie.

So... now you know why I make my own cookie cutters. And why I haven't made cookies for days and days. (Because the water reservoir for my town collapsed and my town was without water off and on for the last week.) And why I can't always use blogger. (Because sometimes this country doesn't approve of blogger or maybe blogger doesn't approve of this country. It's hard to tell.) And if just one of you tries bibimbap then I'll just mark this whole week off as a success.

Oh...and if you are planning to travel to South Korea in the next couple of years you better tell me or I will be so mad!

20 comments:

SweetSugarBelle said...

YOURE AN ARMY WIFE!!! Right?!
INCREDIBLE cookies. Sad you cannot blog every day!

Sue said...

I love your cookies! The hanbok is my favorite:) I will have to visit a Korean restaurant and try that dish. If I ever get to South Korea(which is highly doubtful), I'll let you know:)

Glora said...

Whew, didn't that feel good - LOL. You are amazingly talented. I LOVE all of these. Hugs- Glora

faithy said...

LOL! These cookies are incredible!! I love Korean food!

Crazy Lady said...

Fantastic cookies!! I totally had you pegged as being in Japan, but hey, I was sort of close ;)

Susie said...

That is so cool...I love learning about other cultures (in cookies no less) I have a whole new level of awe now, I imagine you do without and improvise a lot of things we never think twice about!

Lora said...

Fabulous cookies! From my own experience, I find expat life interesting, challenging and rewarding. Just look at the inspiration you had for these adorable cookies.

CookieD-oh said...

And here I thought you were in Hawaii. It's what I get for thinking! However, I also had you pegged as a military wife. Which is still a possibility, so I will hang on to that :-) So, is it difficult to get ingredients in South Korea?

Trisha said...

OMG!!!! Wow! My mom is Korean, and I took my first trip there in my twenties, and it really is a different world. I love all the cultural landmarks, it is awe inspiring. Most amazing trip. Bibimbap is also my favorite Korean dish! So simple, yet so delish! Jajangmyun and Japchae are close seconds... Love the cookies as usual!

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

These cookies are amazing! Do you have problems with fondant or frosting drying when it's really humid?

I've never been to South Korea but have had business associates visit from there and from what they've told me it's an amazingly beautiful country- maybe I'll get to see it one day.

P.S. I had guessed Hawaii or Japan as your location.

Julie said...

I totally thought Hawaii too! Love the cookies as always!

Nisson Family said...

I love the food plate. It really looks like real food. Although, I have to be truthful. I don't like Asian food. The only thing I like are fortune cookies and from what I learned they are American and not at all Asian. lol :)

Glad that things are going well for you there.

Pam

Pinky572 said...

How fascinating! It must be great for you and your family to experience a different culture across the world! What made you choose South Korea?

Plus those cookies looks so real! Especially the food one, couldn't believe it!

Miss Mixie said...

I *love* Korean food! I want to live in the land of kim-chi!

Funky Days said...

That's awesome! I grew up in Korea, so I visit often. I miss the food so much!

btw, love the fan! That thing is so cute!

Rita said...

What better way to post a "confession" than in the language of cookie! :)
I love that you make your own cookie cutters, it makes your cookies so much more unique!
Love your work, keep it up!
(and hope your water reservoir gets fixed real soon :D )

Barb said...

Awesome cookie work, very inspiring.
Also, I luuuv bibimbap! That's always what I order when we go out for Korean food. I was introduced to it by some Korean friends we met when we lived London.

Barb
www.livelearnliveagain.blogspot.com

Rebekah said...

I stumbled on your blog from Sugarbelle's and OMG!! I GREW UP IN KOREA!!! I love finding people that are from my "hometown". I grew up in Seoul, my mom worked with the Red Cross on Yongsan!!! I can't even tell you how excited I am right now!!!

Oh and I LOVE your cookies!!

Maria said...

i love these! my brother and his family currently live in seoul. they were here in rhode island over the past month, but left for korea this morning! my sister-in-law would have loved these cookies!

MPark said...

LOVE these cookies, especially the bibimbap one. On a day I feel particularly ambitious, I'm going to try to imitate your cookie!

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