Post-semester reading

Ah, the end of the semester….freedom to toss all the books out the window, or to delve into the ones you’ve been dying to read but had to slot behind assigned reading lists. And these days, most of my academic reading is in the form of pdf or online journal articles anyway, so not that many actual books involved. Here’s an armful I took home from the library this week – left a few behind to spare my arms and back.

Books from Belzberg

Books from Belzberg

Methodologies in Housing Research, in particular, seems like it could be very useful for my thesis preparation and research.  I’m really looking forward to Manhattan for Rent by Elizabeth Blackmar, whom I remember and admire from researching the history of Central Park for my history undergrad honours paper. Blackmar co-wrote The Park and the People, one of my favourite urban history books, with Roy Rosenzweig.

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Success! Kimchi Yaki Udon

I’ve been wanting to make kimchi yaki udon since a friend introduced me to Zakkushi‘s version of the dish several months ago. Being unfamiliar with cooking Japanese or Korean food, I assumed that recreating this dish would involve tricky procedures and a long list of ingredients. Happily, not so. It’s easy, unless cod roe makes you squeamish. Fujiya is a good place to get the ingredients. I used this recipe from a local food blogger, which turned out great.

Kimchi Yaki UdonHow does it taste? Buttery, almost cheesy – I guess that’s from the roe. I thought there might be some mayonnaise in the recipe, and one of the versions linked below does call for that, but not the one I made. It’s not hot, despite the kimchi. I’d say a bit tangy. Delicious. I’ll definitely make it again.

Alternate recipes here and here.