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Adventures in the Kitchen: Bo Ssam

The moment I read the associated article for this in the NYT, I felt that this was something RA and I would have a good time making. It just sounded like something right up our alley, and delish. Plus, it was something we could do in stages and not get too stressed out about it.

Friday

After RA came home from work and finished up some paperwork, we headed out to grab some dinner and pick up a few things at the nearby Korean market, Paldo Market. It’s always fun to explore a new grocery, and we walked up and down the aisles, scoping out new ingredients. Although Jac was falling asleep in car, he perked right up inside in his sling. He loves grocery stores!

We were looking for three ingredients in specific: ssamjang, kimchi, and kochujang. We found the sauce aisle, and started looking. That’s when we ran into a bit of a problem. There were about half a dozen types of ssamjang! And no kochujang, but we figured gochujang was probably the same thing–chili paste. Apparently, the recipe does not contemplate there being that much choice. We ran into the same problem in the deli section, picking up kimchi.

Before leaving, we also picked up some soy sauce and sriracha and a few drinks. Paldo Market has a small counter in the back that serves lunches. We might go back to pick up something when we are in the mood for something new.

It was late at that point, so we decided to come home and get the other ingredients later.

Saturday

We had a nice day on Saturday. Lunch with a friend of RA’s from high school and his family, which was very pleasant. Then we came back home and did some serious napping. Jac doesn’t have a very set nap schedule, but usually between 3 and 6 pm he goes out for a good chunk of time. Reed finally went out and picked up the rest of the ingredients this evening.

Before we went to bed, we mixed up the salt and sugar and patted it all over the roast. Then we put it in the fridge to hang out overnight.

Sunday

Jac and I went off to church this morning (where he was again declared to be a delightful baby by people who sat near us because the only noise he made was smacking his hands or paci before going to sleep) and when we returned we popped the roast in the oven.

It cooked along all afternoon, and around suppertime, we made up the sauces and rice. Then, it was time to add the last sugar crust and caramelize it. I should have taken pictures of one of our plates with all the yummy goodness ready to be wrapped up in lettuce leaves.

The roast was delicious, if a bit salty in some spots. Next time, I would rinse it before cooking, and might even do most of it in the crockpot with an oven finish. The sauces were very good, although the scallions one was more like a relish than a sauce. We have loads of roast left, even though we ate on it twice more after Sunday supper–but that is what the freezer is for.

All in all, it was a great dish and fun to try new flavors. Plus, we got to explore a new store in town and know where to try other new things. I’m glad we tried this, and I’ve already got an idea for my next TWO cooking adventures!

Oh, what a difference a year can make!

It has been nearly a whole year since I last wrote. And there have been some major changes in our household! There will be no more Lone Star Editions as we are now in Arizona. And it is no longer just the two of us, as Mr. Jay Alexander made his appearance in September! So life became quite adventurous and still is.

This is the place where I talk about goals and adventures, but it has been hard to set grand goals recently and when every day seems like an adventure one doesn’t have as much time to write about it. I think I am in the mood to work on some goals again as I settle into motherhood and starting over in a new town and a new year.

First, an update on my old goal. I did not meet my birding goal for last year, but I am about 20 birds closer to 200 than I was a year ago. Perhaps this year I will make it to 150. I already have an idea for a birdy field trip that shouldn’t be too hard to manage!

Now, on to new goals. In the short-term, I would like to get the apartment unpacked enough to feel settled. RA is doing a fine job of that, as he is tackling a couple of boxes a day and I am able to do one or two some days as well.

But that is an everyday goal! You all must know by now that everyday goals don’t excite me! (My other goals are a shower every day and making dinner. Woohoo, right?) The only thing about my goals this year are that they have to be amenable to my constant companion, Mr. Jac. I’m sure by the end of the year, he won’t necessarily be my constant companion (a realization that makes me pause a bit since right now that is all I know! A year is such a short amount of time.)–just near constant!

My New Year’s resolution this year is to meet new people and make some friends. Jac and I have been to a La Leche League meeting, church, and to storytime at the library, so we are getting started. I hope this is one resolution that doesn’t get pushed to the back burner! I would like to try one new event every month, just to see what sticks. This month I certainly met that goal.

I’ve already mentioned working towards 150 birds on my life list. That means 15 new birds to discover, which is about what I saw last year and quite do-able. Jac is a very good birdwatcher! Another outdoorsy goal would be a hiking goal, which is harder with Jac, because I have to be willing to carry him and/or the trail has to be stroller-worthy. Let’s go for a 12 mile goal this year. (It’s so hard to be realistic.) We walked a quarter mile on the nature trail at Papago Park last weekend, so only 11.75 left to go! This weekend, RA and I are also planning to try a new recipe at home, so maybe a joint cooking event each month would be fun. Maybe I should get RA to agree to this beforehand? Nah.

What do you think? Any new goals for this year?

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