Category Archives: Vegetables

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 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 Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

For Labor Day it is tradition to have a barbecue. Just to be different this year, I decided to make koobideh hamburgers. Another typical dish for Labor Day is coleslaw, but how to make it more Middle Eastern to go with the meat? Adding sumac seemed the ticket. Sumac is a sour dried berry that is ground to a powder and used as a condiment and spice in Middle Eastern cooking.

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

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Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

Eilene’s friends came over to binge watch the last two episodes of GoT. I really do not mind feeding them, as long as Eilene gives me more than a five minutes warning that the hungry hordes are descending. Eilene and her friends like to  be “spontaneous,” but this time they gave me 24 hours notice—one of them even requested three bean salad.

Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

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Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

My neighbors are taking care of one of their aged mothers. I went to speak with the wife and when she came to the door it was obvious that she as was exhausted. She was in clear need of a  mitzvah.

Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

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Karl’s Green Beans with Balsa Mela Vinegar

I had Stone Soup-ed my plain ham steak for Sunday’s dinner. Simple steamed green beans seemed inadequate. They needed dressing—a bit of butter, green onions and garlic would not be amiss.

Karl’s Green Beans with Balsa Mela Vinegar

Karl’s Green Beans with Balsa Mela Vinegar

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Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Lemon Marmalade-Ginger Dressing

I had originally planned on a simple coleslaw with a vinegar based dressing for this Sunday’s dinner. However, the Stone Soup drive made me start adding ingredients—maybe some red cabbage and radishes, maybe some marmalade and ginger. This was a salad to go with my ham steak.

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Lemon Marmalade-Ginger Dressing

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Lemon Marmalade-Ginger Dressing

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food. A few weeks ago I made some pickled cucumbers for my Japanese bar meal. Because it was a last minute decision, I did not have the hours necessary to marinate the cucumbers and carrots. For my ramen meal, I took the time to make the bar style pickles more like the book’s recipe.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

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