2015 Food

Some of the food I’ve made (or grown) so far this year…

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The year that was in food

I wanted to cook more in 2014. I did. Here’s the food I made or grew and remembered to photograph…

First picnic of the year

Hummus, pita chips, baby carrots, and pasta salads from Safeway’s deli. Nothing gastronomically remarkable, but the air was warm and the light beautiful. I think I might count this as my unofficial start of summer. Definitely a moment to appreciate Vancouver.

Spanish Banks sunset

Spanish Banks sunset

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.