|Top left to right clockwise: kimchee; fresh vegetables; dried fish; eggs; chicken feet; rice sweets|
The pepper vendor was fascinating. I wondered how she kept from spending the day sneezing as she ground the peppercorns in that stone.
Some of the fruits and vegetables are the same as we have in Canada. Others are unique to Asia. Here is my very favourite. These are sesame leaves. Not only are they beautiful, they are also yummy. They are often served with Korean BBQ. You put some of the meat along with some onions on top, then roll it up and eat it. I love Korean food, and this is the dish I love the very most. I will try to remember to get some pictures of this the next time we have it.
I learned a lesson the hard way yesterday. As you might have picked up by now, I love food. The thing is I not only love to eat, I need to eat. Probably more than the average person. I have a metabolism that seems to need more calories than most people, which is normally a good thing. The down side is if I don't eat enough I can start to feel pretty awful. Well, remember my declaration yesterday that I was going to try a new flavour of gelato every day?
It was a great plan, except for this little cup of gelato is all I ended up eating for lunch yesterday. Coupled with the fact my breakfast consisted of a small fruit and nut bar, by the time mid-afternoon rolled around I was feeling seriously bad. I was walking around the market, surrounded by food, too intimidated to buy anything, and feeling like I might pass out. Which explains why when Rebekah, Anton and I went out for dinner we managed to wipe a out a whole duck between the three of us.
The duck was cooked over a wood-burning rotisserie, and the smells wafting out as the birds turned on that spit defy description. The duck was brought to our table, where we continued to cook it for a bit over a charcoal grill before devouring it. It was indescribably delicious!
I am really appreciating all the comments left here and on my Facebook page. While I am in Korea it is proving too difficult to respond to them individually, but I want you to know I am reading and enjoying each one. Now it is time to go buy my gelato of day, which is going to followed up by meeting Anton for lunch (I have learned my lesson!). I'll sign off with today's random collage.