Time absolutely flies. I am home now almost 3 months. It’s really hard to believe. Korea seems a bit elusive, and I simultaneously feel like it was a million years ago and that I am going back tomorrow. It’s hard to know if I am missing it yet – I miss my friends and having the chat but I don’t think I have fully realised I am not going back yet. However, the positive about being home is being able to appreciate the weather a lot more than I did in Korea. Autumn in Korea can be gorgeous but where I live in Ireland I am surrounded by beautiful parks and most of the streets around me have trees lining them that produce some of the most gorgeous colours, so I am able to appreciate it a lot more! I love autumn even with the coolness and dampness. The crunch of leaves, tasty soups and everything Hallowe’en more than make up for the negatives! The below picture was taken at the National Botanical Gardens which is about a 5 minute walk from my house!
In my kitchen is this very beautiful eco-friendly Three Blue Birds dishcloth my mom brought back from her trip to America to see my Grandma. It is reusable for over 200 times which is great and can be used as an alternative to paper towel. This was my mam’s gift to herself but it’s a bright addition to our kitchen!
In my kitchen is a Lego Star Wars Interceptor. My good friend, Ashley, gave me this for my birthday last year and I finally made it with my nephew. As you can see Darth Vader was replaced by someone else already! Although his correct place is in the toy box in the sitting room, he manages to roam his way into the kitchen whenever the little ones are visiting!
In my kitchen, are some Hallowe’en Balloons. Boo!
In my kitchen are, some Dr Oetker baking supplies. I am thinking of incorporating these into an a spooky ice-cream cake or cupcake. I haven’t decided anything about the dessert otherwise but we shall see!
In my kitchen, is this lovely Peruvian tea from my friend, Erika. She gave this to me when I went to visit her in July. This is such a delicious tea and very comforting especially on cold mornings. It may never replace my beloved Barry’s Tea (an Irish tea) but I do recommend it. Like my friend, I drink it with milk and sugar, so I didn’t find it particularly bitter. However, a warning for those who are subjected to random workplace drug testing, a cup of this tea can seemingly lead to a positive result as the tea comes from the same plant as cocaine (source: Wikipedia). Oh, the things you learn! The tin we are keeping this tea in was leftover from some cinnamon tea my aunts brought with them from America when they came for the funeral. They are not so fond of Barry’s Tea as we Irish are so this was their contribution! That tea is all gone now but the box was too pretty to get rid of.
In my kitchen is some leftover soup. While my mom was away I was in charge of making dinner. We had take-away Indian one night and one disastrous split-pea soup (took longer in the crockpot than it should have and it still had a very “sticky” texture). One meal that was very successful was a vegetable and sausage soup, I had made using left over roasted vegetables from Sunday’s dinner. The sausages were cooked separately in order to accommodate my vegetarian brother. In my family, we don’t always blend our soups instead we tend to like them “chunky”, so while not pretty looking it was quite tasty!
About once a week, my sister has offered me the use of her kitchen to make something – last week’s endeavour was based on a meal I had made my last month in Korea when I ended up not having all the ingredients I needed to make Healthy Recipe Ecstasy’s Crock Pot Chicken and Lentil Curry. I had run out of tinned tomatoes and I was at the point of not buying anything anymore in an effort to use up everything I had on hand. Instead, I made it into a yogurt curry but I wasn’t completely happy with how long I marinated it. This last week was my second attempt and I’m still not 100% satisfied! I can’t quite remember my vegetable combination either so I need to figure that out, too. My sister is kindly letting me make it again this week. Fingers crossed!
Last but not least here are some foodie photos from my trip to Edinburgh and London at the beginning of September. One of the highlights was visiting Harry Potter Studios where we tried Butterbeer.
And that’s my kitchen! Thanks once again to Celia for this lovely opportunity and I hope to see you all with a new recipe shortly!