Two weeks ago I made some Kimchi , and boy , it was so good that I am glad to tell you that 'practice makes perfect ' really works for me.....this is the fourth time I have made kimchi and this time it tasted better than the previous time....my home people bestowed this title on me ' Kimchi Queen' and ' Wasabi Queen ' and I kinda like the title given... LOL! I eat them stand alone as a condiment or cook them in soup or stew :))) it tickles my senses just thinking of it ! Yea...salivating what else! Anyway, not many people like kimchi but for Piggy Jo and myself , we both love it ! Josh is beginning to like it since he has been eating at Korean restaurant recently but for Jo and myself, we simply live with it :p
I made a kimchi stew with my own homemade kimchi - Kimchi Jjigae with lots of enoki and cauliflowers and without thinking , I added a piece of salmon steak , to make it a more complete meal. I have been skipping rice for dinner for the past one month and I am happy that I have lost 1 kg thus far * wink under doctor's advice. My last medical check-up showed that I have gained 4 kg and he advised that I should reduced another 4 kg to maintain my average weight of 59kg...gosh, that means I have to cook more veggie dishes and lesser meat and more exercises. Oooops.....sorry for the digress, now back to the Kimchi stew .
I made a load of kimchi and leave it in the fridge to ferment for 7 days, after which I took them out and cut them into smaller pieces of three-quarter inch length and keep them in air tight container. This will last me a month at least. Took out 2 ladleful of kimchi mixed with a cup of chicken broth to cook this kimchi stew what the Korean called Kimchi Jjigae. Added in some cauliflower and enoki mushroom ( of course you can add in another fresh mushrooms of your choice ) You can add in some beef slices or pork belly slices to the kimchi stew but since I am cutting down on meat, I added in a piece of salmon fillet to make it a balanced meal :) The most satisfying meal for myself ....WB just looked and not adventurous to try the kimchi. He had porridge but not willing to try my homemade kimchi - afraid that he will land in the hospital after consuming my homemade kimchi ! Ouch ! a dent to my pride....nay ,just kidding !
I love this part of the kimchi making....harvesting time :p
and mentally calculating how long this kimchi can last me
before I make another load of it lol!
after cutting them into smaller pieces, I stored them in the fridge
it can lasts me a month and half before I make another load :)
I just place the salmon on top of the cooked Kimchi Jjigae and cover
the claypot with the lid and leave it to cook under its own steam,
I prefer my salmon to be just cooked .
this is a healthy meal and I can eat this everyday if
salmon is not that pricey...unfortunately though I love to have
salmon everyday....it is just a wishful thinking on my part
but I do try to have them once a week :p
"Mat-itkae duseyo!"- that's korean for "enjoy your food!"
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