An Entirely New Menu


About a month ago, I was getting ready to sign a contract with the South Korean government.  They offered me a year-long job teaching English to the country’s children.  I didn’t have much interest in teaching children and the more I learned about South Korea, the more interested I became in its food: kimchi, bibimbap, bulgogi, gochujang and…well, you get it.  During my interview, the question that excited me the most was, “What you do plan to eat here?”  I was ferocious in my response.  “Everything,” I said, rambling off a list of seafoods and pickled things.

It hit me that moving to South Korea, to live an isolated life, to begin afresh, was not what I wanted.  When a friend and I began seriously talking about investing our time and money into a food business, I decided to stay here.  I moved to a new apartment with a larger and brighter kitchen.  I now live in a converted house, segmented into four separate apartments, two on the top story and two on the bottom.  The other apartment on the top floor is being rented by my friend and a fellow cook.  In the little time I’ve been here, we have cooked some fun stuff.

Rockfish Green Mole, Fiddleheads with Roasted Potatoes, Stewed Cardoons and Eggplant

Channel Rockfish, troll-caught wild off the Pacific Northwest coast

And this is just the beginning.  I have deleted just about every post that was on here.  From now on, Saudade will be a document of my food adventures.  This will include my experiments in the kitchen and the garden.

I am taking a quick break to write this.  Now I have to return to the kitchen to finish painting the walls.  ¡Buen provecho!


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