Koreans 2.014

Koreans say hello to 2014 at the end of January.

Koreans 2014

Koreans 2014

It’s true, I am a bit of a Jiwonny-Come-Lately in wanting to celebrate the Korean New Year, but with the state of my Old Ladies being what they are…Y’all, I wasn’t brought up celebrating Seollal so I had to Google it.  Essentially it is a day to officially honor my Old Ladies and think some good thoughts about my dad who passed in January 2006.

What's for dinner?

What’s for dinner?

And of course there is the cooking of a traditional Korean dinner:

깔비찜 Braised short beef rib

만두 Dumpling (find recipe here)

떡국 Rice cake soup

비대떡 Mung bean pancake

깨닥날개 Sesame chicken wings  (not so traditional but a delicious option for friends who don’t eat beef or pork)

오이무침 Pickled cucumber

수정과 Persimmon punch

According to my aunt, you have to rice cake soup to properly celebrate the new year and dumplings are my favorite so yes to those.  And of course your Old Ladies can be in charge of dumpling construction!

Dumpling construction

Dumpling construction

These dumplings are my mom’s recipe so it felt like we had come full circle as I watched her fill the skins.  When she commented on how good the filling looked it was the first time in a long time she seemed lucid and engaged.   So I count that as a good start to a good year.

Constructing the dumpling

Dumpling construction 2

And, of course, you’ll want to invite your friends over to share in the tradition.

Fill your kitchen with friends

Fill your kitchen with friends

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


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