On the side I also had a whole pomegranate. I don't know about you but I am way too obsessed with these things. I can't tell you how many times my husband has come home to me sitting Indian style on the floor breaking a pomegranate open with juices all over my hands and face. Sometimes on the carpet too but that's a whole 'nother story.
Fortunately he thinks I'm cute :)
Dinner tonight was Korean food! I haven't cooked Korean since my husband returned from his deployment and for me that is way too long ago. There are no words to describe just how much I love Korean food. Korean food is definitely up there, almost along the lines of how much I love my husband. And if you can't tell already, that's a lot.
So tonight I attempted to make 육개장 (Yuk Gae Jang) which is a spicy stew with tons of veggies and beef brisket.
I used this recipe but of course added more garlic, more red pepper and subbed olive oil for the vegetable oil. And like the woman in the video, I also have my very own special red pepper that my mom sent to me from Korea. If you've been to Korea you've probably seen the old Korean ladies (called halmonies) who sit on the streets next to blankets covered in red peppers for days waiting for them to dry out.
This is the best picture I could find but most of time you'll see them on the streets. And I know it sounds disgusting and unsanitary but there is something about how they dry them out in public like that that makes the flavor so much more pungent and spicy. I absolutely love it and Dad, if you're reading this please have mom send me some more :)
Now back to the stew. Since I forgot to buy bean sprouts and mushrooms I added in carrots, zucchini and potatoes. Generally you can pretty much add in any vegetable your heart (or stomach) desires in Yuk Gae Jang and get the same effect.
The stew turned out fantastic. Crazy spicy, but really, really, GOOD. And I know I said I hated leftovers but this is the kind of stew that gets better over time so thankfully we have plenty to hold us over for the next few days. This makes me very happy.
See how red the stew looks? That means it's hooooot. And I'm not just talking temperature here.
On the side I served fried zucchini slices with a soy, sesame Sauce. My mom used to make these all the time so this meal definitely brought me back home.
For the dipping sauce I simply just mixed in
Low Sodium Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Rice Vinegar, Red Pepper and toasted Sesame Seeds.
I had my bowl with some brown rice. OH YES.
It was definitely nice gettin' back to my roots and cooking a meal I grew up with. And this meal totally reminds me that I should probably call my parents sometime this week ;)
Tonight's workout was a 3.5 mile run along the USAF flight line near my neighborhood. I've concluded that I'm definitely a night runner. I love the adventure and sense of danger behind it although I do my part to make sure I stay safe. I only run in well lit areas (the flight line) and wear a glow belt to make sure I'm seen.
I also like knowing that by running at night, there's a less of a chance of people seeing me struggle. Call me vain or whatever, but it helps me run faster and farther. And if it works for me and I love it, that's all that matters :)