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Sunday Dinner: Bibimbap

November 14, 2011

On Friday we had one of J.D.’s fellow teachers, his wife, and two year old daughter over for supper. I made maple-brined pork chops which I totally recommend unless you are one or more of the following: vegetarian, observant Jew, observant diabetic.

Hey Claire, aren’t you an observant diabetic?

ETA: Observant diabetics should garnish this meal with a generous insulin injection. (Maybe one day there will be an anti-carnage injection so vegetarians can start enjoying le jambon with the rest of us. Just joking, Vegetarians. Please don’t throw carrots at me.)

Anyway, the fellow teacher (a Canadian) had spent the previous fourteen years in Korea and his wife is from Seoul. She told me she doesn’t know how to cook North American things. I felt  honored and also uncomfortable that my over-done vegetables were representing North America’s culinary repertoire.

This leads to this week’s Sunday Dinner installment. J.D. decided to try cooking Bibimbop – a Korean dish and the first Korean word that my Korean sister-in-law ever taught tried to teach me to say, back when she was evaluating whether or not she should marry into our insane distinguished family.

We saw the fellow teacher and his wife on Sunday morning and I proudly announced with my impressive Korean pronunciation that J.D. would be cooking bibimbap tonight. She was more impressed that J.D. would be cooking at all, and told her husband to take note. J.D. later told me that announcing to a Korean that you’re going to make bibimbap is like a Korean coming up to a North American and proudly announcing that they are going to make Casserole! You know, that authentic North American dish?

We’re not sure on which side of authentic his attempt fell but even a hack can be tasty.

Hm. Better put an egg on it.

That’s better.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Davida permalink
    November 15, 2011 12:41 am

    it smelled wonderful!!

    (I got a great giggle out of the proud announcement of cooking a casserole!)

  2. November 15, 2011 11:34 am

    Looks delicious. What’s the recipe?

    • Claire permalink*
      November 15, 2011 12:28 pm

      The bibimbap link is to the recipe he used.

  3. Gwen permalink
    November 15, 2011 9:03 pm

    That looks awesome; you guys ‘ll have to have us for dinner one of these days…..

    • Claire permalink*
      November 15, 2011 11:10 pm

      Open invitation. Bring your mukluks.

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