All posts tagged: Korean

Mocha Macarons

I think I’m improving in the macaron department. I’m no longer abjectly terrified that something is going to go wrong in one of the many seemingly simple and yet completely complex stages of the recipe. I’ve scaled all the way back to just slightly nervous and questioning of my decisions while still taking *minimal* risks. While macaron batter is portrayed as this delicate flower that will be destroyed at the littlest wrong move, I did some reading and it turns out that while the egg whites still need to be whipped to stiff peaks and the carefully ground and sifted almond flour needs to be folded in, after this and before piping the macaron shells the batter actually wants to be roughly folded/mixed upwards of 60 times before it is ready to pipe. For these delightful macarons (seriously they turned out so much more even and normal looking than my previous batches) are comprised of a dark chocolate shell, recipe courtesy the Korean edition of the Laduree cookbook, and an espresso buttercream, recipe courtesy yours …

초콜릿 라즈베리 마카롱 Chocolate Raspberry Macarons

왠지 모르겠지만 라뒤레 마카롱 레시피 책을 샀을 때, 한국어 책을 우연히 샀어요. 영어 레시피 책인줄 알아는데, 다 한국어로 써고있어요. 미국에서 사서 정말 깜짝 놀랐는데 다행히 한국어를 조금 알아서 괜찮죠? 이 레시피는 한국말로 쓰고 있어서, 저도 이 블로그는 노력해보고 한국어로 쓸거예요. (실수 많이 할거예요…. 미안해요 ㅠㅠ 여러분 이해할수있도록 노력할게요!) 지난주에 카라멜 마카롱도 차이 마카롱도 만들어서, 이번주 다른 맛과 색깔을 쓰고 싶어서 라뒤레의 초콜릿 라즈베리 마카롱 레시피를 썼어요. 레시피는 이름부터 요리법까지 다 한국어로 썼어 만들기전에 잘 읽었어요. 한국어는 저한테 아직도 좀 힘들어서 레시피에 쓴 단어를 다 이해할수없는건 잘 알고, 읽을때 그냥 필요했던 포인트를 찾았어요. 예를 들면 재료는 언제 넣는지 얼마동안 기다려야하는지 다 레시피에 찾았고  밑줄을 쳤어요. 읽는게 완성하고 바로 만들기 시작했다. 얼마나 무서운지 몰라요!! 저는 완벽주의자라서 다시 레시피를 읽고 싶었고 모르는 단어를 다 사전에 찾고 싶었어요. 하지만 그런것은 시간이 많이 걸리고 지금 제가 모르는 단어는 아주 중요하지 않는것같아요. 마카롱을 만든중에 한두번 좀 걱정됐는데, 끝에서는 괜찮게 되어서 괜히 걱정했다. 마카롱셀은 좀 바삭바삭하고 라즈베리맛은 별로 느끼지못하는데 아직도 맛있고 아주 에쁘게 생긴것같아요! Okay wow that took way longer to write than it should have…I have fallen into the pattern of …

Tour of Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Friday morning I woke thinking I was about to have orientation specific to a certain class I would be taking…nope…we had a two hour class. Guys, I was not prepared for that. Thank goodness the class consisted of mainly an overview of the course and some discussions about culture and communication. Though I am sad to report that despite having an entire week left of orientation, I already have homework T_T (And unfortunately for the overachieving perfectionist portion of me, I am so busy adventuring and having fun that I have yet to actually think about doing said homework). So after two hours of unexpected class time and a lunch that also lasted much longer than I expected as CIEE (my study abroad program) people kept coming in to the same restaurant. I started out eating lunch with two girls…and somehow by the end of lunch I was sitting with a group of 7. I can already tell that CIEE students–myself included–are going to frequent these two certain cafes connected to our dorm. The wait …

Severance Hospital, Insadong, Gwanghwamun and a Scavenger Hunt

I was just thinking that it was strange that I felt so tired, but then I remembered that its only been three days since I arrived….and I have walked 22 miles in the last two days alone. (-_-;) I thought Tuesday was going to be a boring day, as our master schedule told us only that we were going to visit a hospital and do a “navigating Seoul” activity. I mean, how exciting can that possibly be, right? Well, turns out that when we got to Severance Hospital (also known as Yonsei University Hospital) we got to hear a lecture from Dr. John Linton–a top doctor in Korea and probably the best foreign doctor in Korea. I’m not kidding, I don’t know that I have ever been more impressed with a person when first meeting them. He is American, went to Yonsei for medical school, and though he did his residency in the US he has been back in Korea practicing medicine for 25 years. And in that time, he completely redesigned the Korean ambulance, …

First 24 Hours in Seoul

Despite spending months getting ready and years hoping to make this trip, it is safe to say I was not prepared to arrive in Korea. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly why that was the case, but I think it was a combination of jadedness over having already studied abroad multiple times, not thinking ahead for things like Lan lines and Mac friendly adapters, and most of all not calculating the time it would take to get through customs, immigration, travel to the dorm, and all sorts of other random things. But I got to Korea…and it was like….what? I’m here? It seems like a mixture of the US and Japan, and yet I have absolutely no idea what to do or where to go or how to conduct myself. It is a strange reality of being incredibly experienced and yet not experienced at all. So anyway. My flight from Seattle to Seoul was delayed nearly three hours, so instead of arriving to the meeting point at the very early end of the …

한국어 공부 aka Korean Cram Session After a Two-Week-Before-Leaving Panic Attack

I like to tell people that I self-study Korean when I have the time. That is the socially acceptable, resume approved version of what I actually do–which is half-assedly belt the (sometimes correct) lyrics to Korean music as I drive alone in my car, and about once a month binge on Korean TV shows as I avoid doing the things that are actually on my To-Do List. So for months as I planned to go to Korea I thought more about the clothes I would bring and which movies I would watch on the airplane, tricking myself into thinking that since I study Korean when I have the time my language level was up to snuff. Then suddenly about two weeks ago–perfectly timed with my rush to move out of my apartment, host a friend visiting the US for the first time, and planning to leave for Korea–it dawned on me. Holy Mother of God, I haven’t really spoken Korean to a Korean person (much less anyone else) in basically a year, and I haven’t …