The cool fall weather is setting in and the leaves are slowly changing! I love fall and sadly find myself loving Korea's falls as I love just about everything about Korea however I find myself missing things of home that go with fall. I mostly miss my family, the dog, fall "comfort" foods like soup, pastas, pies, anything my mom makes, dad's chicken wings and ribs, camp fires, drives down 26 as the sun sets, pretty much anything that has to do with Thanksgiving or Halloween, and so much more.
So I have checked all our stores and even Costco and come up empty handed on a lot of these things. We can find huge cans of Clam Chowder, tasteless potato soups and all kinds of Ramon soups that are fine but not like home. So I have been looking online and going back and forth with my mom about what kinds of comfort foods, stew, or just any kinds of recipes I can make on the stove. One of the things I hate about Korea is that the older apartments don't have ovens knocking off a lot of foods I know how to make or want to make.
So with a few new stew recipes in mind we have been looking here and there to find the ingredients we need. We have been able to find a few things, even some cool new soup blows and the things we couldn't find my mom has helped me substitute in. She even brought me some spices and stuff from home when she came last month. She even brought us taco seasoning!
This past weekend we got the last few things needed and copied and pasted a few different beef stew recipes together to give it a try. So as Ryan finished his last few classes last night I decided to take on the stew! So a few less hairs, a bunch of dirty dishes, and 2 hours later Ryan came in an announced that he could smell it down the hall. So as I had him try some of the meat to see if the meat was tender as explained I had no clue what it should taste, look, or smell like because I just gave up on the recipes. After deciding it needed 10 more minutes before adding the carrots, potatoes, and mixed vegetables.
The next step was to figure out how much flower to water ratio to add. Sadly I have gotten quite use to just using a coffee cup and it does not have fourths or thirds on it, Ryan tried to explain. Also having doubled the water already in the pot and then even adding more later left me lost as I just mixed one cup of flower and a cup and a half of cold water before stirring it. Then it said I just have to stir it as it thickens, one I got bored stirring and couldn't contain my excitement any more I plopped some into a bowl and handed it to Ryan who liked it. He really liked it! With bowls in hand we settled in to watch the Pink Panther.
On a side note my parents came in on September 19th and got to spend an amazing week in Korea with us. I cannot wait to share some of the stories from that week and I have spent the past few days trying to figure out how to put it all into words and I am finally getting some where. So hopefully soon I will be able to post some blogs and pictures from the week for you to enjoy! I will be posting them backwards in hopes of it going in somewhat of an order from Monday to Friday. So keep an eye out for those!