Cooking class and a revelation

It’s been a nice weekend but I had one unexpected revelation (more on that later).  So what made it a good weekend?  Well, it didn’t start out that way – my plans for Friday fell through and the news I was hoping for, never came.  But I’m a glass half-full kind of gal so I decided to use the unexpected free time on Friday to enjoy a movie night.  If you want to know what I watched, check out my next post.

The big day of my weekend was Saturday – I was hosting a cooking exchange for Say Kimchi, one of the Meetup groups I’m a member of.  I love cooking but I really love throwing dinner parties and it’s one of the things I haven’t done much of recently.  Why haven’t I, if I love doing it?  As much as I love my apartment – it’s generally a pigsty.  And Saturday was no exception.  I spent almost 4 hours cleaning the bathroom,  living room, kitchen, stairs and hallway – after it had been cleaned (more on that later).  But I finally got the public areas of the house cleaned (and Chris cleaned his bathroom, thanks Chris) and everything set up for the cooking exchange.

So what is a cooking exchange?  Well, it’s like a language exchange except you teach a recipe instead of grammar & vocabulary.  In our case it was an exchange of doenjang jjigae for pasta and apple crisp.  We had ten people show up which was the perfect number.  Youna showed us how to make doenjang jjigae first and it was amazing how everyone pitched in to help.  Then I showed them how to make pasta with garlic chicken and apple crisp (and of course, everyone helped).  We put the apple crisp in the oven and sat down to a dinner of doenjang jjigae and pasta. Of course there was wine, soju and bekseju to go with the meal 🙂  And lots of great conversation!!  About 5 minutes after everyone finished eating dinner (and I do mean finished everything!) the apple crisp was ready.  Talk about perfect timing!  Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time – I can’t wait for the next one.

Sunday dawned a miserable day – all rainy and cold – the perfect day for organizing my papers from grad school.  All eleven (11) binders full of them.  But I have a problem with being bored – or doing just about anything (except reading) – without noise, so I put in a couple of movies while sorting, organizing and filing.  Trust me, you don’t want to hear about the boring paperwork – but for more movie reviews… see my next post 🙂

Earlier in my post I mentioned that I had an unexpected revelation this weekend.  Before I tell you what it is, I first need to give you some background info.  I’ve decided to move out at the end of the month.  This isn’t something new – I’ve been considering it for some time.  I love the house I have an apartment in – it’s huge for Toronto (as is my bedroom) and there’s a nice backyard.  Plus I like Parkdale – it’s a comfortable neighbourhood, that’s interesting and close to everything I need.  But my roommates and I have some fundamental differences in how clean we like our place to be and on guests.  They are all great people – we just think differently.  Plus it was time to move on.

So what was the revelation? I thought I was completely happy about my decision but I found out on Saturday that while I know it’s the right decision, I’ll miss the house.  It’s not mine – none of the public areas are how I would decorate them, nor do they have any of my stuff – but it’s been home for a year and a half so I’ll miss it.  Not that I should be surprised – nothing is ever black and white with me 🙂

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

One thought on “Cooking class and a revelation

  • December 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    The cooking class sounds like fun!

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