No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, although given how long it’s been since my last post, you could be forgiven for wondering. As ever, life has been flying by, with its usual diet of classes, panic about my SSC report, writing up case discussions and clerkings, and somewhere in the middle rediscovering how much I like cooking.
I love experimenting with new things and making kimchi, a traditional Korean pickle, has been something I’ve fancied ever since trying it for the first time years ago in Canada. As it happened I’m not the only one with an interest in preparing things that most people have never heard of, since Dundee Skill Share launched their first cooking workshop this evening, with kimchi on the menu. I heard about them a while ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to attend one of their workshops – they’re all free, and encompass gardening, arts and crafts, bicycle maintenance and wood turning, to name but a few activities. I had a great time this evening, and I’d highly recommend checking out their offerings, or getting involved as a volunteer if you have a skill you could offer.
With 6 pairs of hands we made light work of the cabbage chopping, couldn’t quite agree on who would grate the apple, and took turns at mixing up the cabbage in the hot salt solution. Normally you’d leave the cabbage soaking overnight, but with only a couple hours we took a quicker version, and soon had the cabbage spiced up and ready to be put into jars. All in all, a fun night’s work and I was even able to bring all the peelings home to put in my compost heap!