Food Wednesdays – New Things Coming in 2012

If you read my blog regularly or if you read the “About the Blog” page (I’m always curious who reads this), you’ll probably realize that Wednesdays are supposed to be Korean food related. Unfortunately, for the past month or so I’ve been very lax about these posts. And for that I apologize. I’ve been busy looking for a new place to live and have found one and move just before Christmas (so not the time I want to move but it’s better than moving on New Year’s). Which means my Wednesday posts will soon get more interesting.

I have a plan… I really do! And now that I have a new place to live – yay! – with an absolutely fabulous kitchen – double yay!! – I can start to experiment with my three lovely Korean cookbooks. You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to it. And hopefully you are too because it means there are some fun posts coming up in 2012. Wow, it’s almost 2012!

I’m going to try something new in 2012 – when my food posts will resume – I’m going to try video posts. Why? Well, when I first received my Korean cookbooks – care of the lovely ladies at Crazy Korean Cooking – I wrote about them. I write about pretty much everything! And one of the things I asked in the post was if anyone would be interested in seeing me stumble… umm… cook my way through them?

I say “stumble” not because I can’t cook, I’m actually quite a good cook. And thanks to my Mom, I can make just about anything “from scratch” and often do, including my own tomato sauce, salsa (store-bought salsa isn’t spicy enough) and jams. But the cookbooks are written entirely in Korean and my Korean is somewhere between high-beginner (speaking) and low-intermediate (listening and grammar) so I truly will be stumbling through them… at least the reading component. But I’m a huge believer in challenges 🙂

Surprisingly, several people said they would love to watch me cook my way through my new Korean cookbooks. Who knew? So it looks like I will actually use my YouTube account. I thought it might be interesting but didn’t anticipate the reaction, especially as many of my posts don’t generate a lot of replies (Side note: I’m working on that because I would love to hear more from you all).

What does this mean for you? Well, starting in the middle of January (I will need a week or so to unpack) I will film myself making a different recipe each week. Basically I will be cooking (and filming) my way through each cookbook. I wanted to start with 며느리에게 주는 요리책 but it’s the most complicated book to read so I think I will start with working my way through 양념 공식. My plan is to speak in both English and Korean while I film so they may turn out to be comedy as well as cooking videos. But I can’t wait!!

Stay tuned!

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.

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