Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

A Korean Bapsang recipe

For my Korean Sunday dinner, in addition to my main dishes of japchae and bulgogi, I made several vegetable sides. I am new to Korean food, so I made this very closely to the original recipe. To quote the original recipe, “oi means cucumber, and muchim means mixed with seasonings.” I had not bought Korean cucumbers (aka Japanese or East Asian), but I had some Persian cucumbers meant for a meal that did not happen.

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

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Karl’s Garlic Chive Stem Kimchi

Adapted from a Maangchi recipe

In addition to my main dishes of japchae and bulgogi, I made several Korean vegetable sides. I am new to Korean food, but I made some changes to the original recipe. I had bought some garlic chive stem (aka scapes) for a dinner that didn’t happen and I thought to uses them for my Korean dinner.

Karl’s Garlic Chive Stem Kimchi

Karl’s Garlic Chive Stem Kimchi

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Karl’s Bok Choy Doenjang Muchim

Adapted from a Maangchi recipe

In addition to my main dishes of japchae and bulgogi I made several Korean vegetable sides. I am new to Korean food, so I made this pretty closely to the original recipe. I used small white bok choy, as opposed the green Shanghai bok choy that she used.

Karl’s Bok Choy Doenjang Muchim

Karl’s Bok Choy Doenjang Muchim

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Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

Tacos are a favorite meal around my house. I usually make some version once a week—although rarely on Tuesday. Jan had brought some ghost pepper products back from a trip to Monterey, one of which was Jolikia Hot Chocolate mix from the Pepper Palace. I decided to try using it in a taco dish—chocolate and chilies is a traditional Mexican combination.

Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

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Karl’s Moorish Tabbouleh

The Moors controlled most of present day Spain from the 8th–15th centuries. They introduced almonds, citrus fruit and rice, as well as the irrigation systems necessary to grow them to the Iberian Peninsula.  Tomatoes, potatoes, and chilies—items common to today’s Spanish and Moroccan cuisines—had not yet been introduced to European diets. I am making a Moorish chicken for Sunday’s sinner and I decided that a tabbouleh would be a good side dish.

Karl’s Moorish Tabbouleh

Karl’s Moorish Tabbouleh

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Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

I decided to make a Moorish themed dinner this Sunday. The Moors controlled most of present day Spain from the 8th–15th centuries. While Moorish cuisine is little different from that of Morocco, the Moors had a great effect on the gastronomy of Spain. They introduced almonds, citrus fruit and rice, as well as the irrigation systems necessary to grow them. However, this period was also pre-contact with the New World, so that some items that are common to today’s Spanish and Moroccan cuisines had not yet been introduced to European diets—no tomatoes or chilies, including paprika and cayenne.

Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

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Karl’s Moorish Spice Blend

I decided to make a Moorish themed dinner this Sunday. The Moors controlled most of present day Spain from the 8th–15th centuries. While Moorish cuisine is little different from that of Morocco, the Moors had a great effect on the gastronomy of Spain. They introduced almonds, citrus fruit and rice, as well as the irrigation systems necessary to grow them. However, this period was also pre-contact with the New World, so that some items that are common to today’s Spanish and Moroccan cuisines had not yet been introduced to European diets—no tomatoes or chilies, including paprika and cayenne.

Karl’s Moorish Spice Blend

Karl’s Moorish Spice Blend

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Karl’s Koobideh Burgers

Adapted from a Persian Mama recipe

For Labor Day it is tradition to have a barbecue. Just to be different this year, I decided to make koobideh hamburgers (alternate spelling kubideh). In Persia (Iran), this finely ground and seasoned meat is usually grilled on a thick skewer. Forming it into a patty to barbecue is a most California Fusion thing to do. While the burger was international the condiments were all American—well sort of—Japanese mayonnaise, German mustard, tomatoes, sweet onions, Romaine lettuce and the buns of your choice.

Karl’s Koobideh Burgers

Karl’s Koobideh Burgers
(Sorry, I was hungry!)

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Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

I had half a Moorish chicken left over from Sunday’s dinner and Jan had a desire for chicken salad. She also pointed out that she really likes the crunchiness of cabbage and my peanut dressing. To add starch—to make it a full meal—and to give the salad even more crunchiness, I decided to add fresh baked croutons.

Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

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Karl’s Peanut Dressing

This dressing started out as a dipping sauce for Vietnamese summer rolls. Jan really likes it. It has become a standard  dressings for salads at our house.

Karl’s Peanut Dressing

Karl’s Peanut Dressing

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