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In My (Korean) Kitchen – June 2015

Wow, that month has flown by! I can’t believe that it is already June and I am in the homestretch of my time in Korea – just 9 brief weeks are left!  This last month has incredibly busy and the next 9 weeks promise to be even busier. However, despite the craziness, once again, I am participating in the “In My Kitchen” blog series by Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial that provides glimpses into other bloggers kitchens. It’s a great way to be introduced to new blogs, new recipes and a great community.

In my kitchen, this week were some leftovers from a wonderful meal with my friends here in Korea. On Sunday, we all got together and ate some Egyptian, Turkish, Indian and Bangladeshi food. I provided most of the food from raitas to Korma to Koshary. Some of my friends also made carmalised bananas, masala chai, yellow rice and naan bread. Everything was amazing and the company, as always, superb. The leftovers included chicken korma (top right), koshary (t-l), khichiri(b-r) and cholè (b-l). (Only a small bit of khichiri is left at this point!)


In my kitchen, there is this cookbook, which was a gift for my birthday. I made my first recipe from it last week, and I’ve shared my adaptation of Cucumber Kimchi with you yesterday.

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In my kitchen, there is also the remains of a batch of Cucumber Kimchi as it’s a great light and healthy snack for these hotter days.  This was what I ate at breakfast and there is just enough left for dinner tonight.


In my kitchen is a gift from one of my 6th grade teachers. He is really kind and has been one of the few teachers who was not afraid to talk to me in English the entire time that I have been in Korea. His classes have always been so enthusiastic and well-behaved. Yesterday as I was leaving his classroom after teaching English he gave me this lemon syrup thingy that you mix with sparkling water and ice to make lemonade. I can’t wait to try it!

imk lemonadeAnd there you have it! Please, do check out the rest of the posts in this fantastic series!

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Hello, my name is Maggie and I love to cook. I hail from Dublin, Ireland, where I currently live. This blog, however, began it's life in South Korea where I taught for a little over 3 years. Welcome to Spoon in a Saucepan.


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  2. Love the idea of cucumber kimchi, I make my own traditional kimchi here in Berlin. Such a good month for IMK!

    • It really was! I still haven’t gotten through all the posts but it’s lovely to see everything and hear about everyone’s month.

  3. I used to teach abroad too and I loved the mix of cultures and food that we always ended up with when we went to someone’s house. I love the look of the lemon to mix with water

    • Where did you teach Corina? Me, too! It’s great. Where I live we have people from America, Ireland and Canada and then within each of those initial countries, everyone comes from myriad of cultures and backgrounds! It definitely makes for great meals!

    • Thanks, Jan! I think I’m going to make another batch of kimchi this weekend! I love it that much! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I’ll look forward to checking out your unique Kimchi recipe soon! As love kimchi!
    Love when friends can get together and enjoy international foods!
    Thank you also for this month’s IMK view!

  5. Maggie, your feast sounded delicious and the company of your friends delightful. You really DO manage well with your limited counter space, proving the adages about “putting your mind to it” and “making the best of everything.” Way to go! Enjoy the rest of your time in Korea!

  6. Enjoy what time you have left! I already pinned the kimchi recipe from yesterday’s post, can’t wait to try it.

  7. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Korea. It looks like you are embracing the local kimchi and your new cookbook will help you keep the cuisine going when you return home!

    • Thanks, Kari! I know it will. It will be hard to leave all these amazing dishes here to go back home!

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