Post by jewel on Dec 10, 2014 22:18:58 GMT -5
You misunderstood me, Birdy. Or more likely I didn't make myself clear.
My mom is not one of those people who won't share their recipes. My mom is like the most generous person I know, but most especially when it comes to anything food-related. What I meant was that because she doesn't follow any exact recipe she has none to share. She literally can't figure it out herself to write it down.
Also Korean cooking is a little different from American cooking. In American cooking you have to have the exact measurements to all the ingredients because most of the time you put everything together and pop the prepared dish in the oven and the result is what you get and there's really nothing much you can do about it when it's done.
In Korean cooking it's a working process (work in progress?). Meaning, you put in all the main ingredients in a pot/pan and then add the needed spices as you go, in accordance to your taste. You're constantly tweaking as you cook. My mom can list all the ingredients and write down how things need to be washed and cut and prepared and in what order things need to be cooked. But she can't do exact measurements of all the spices. And usually that part is what everyone gets all hung up about.
I'm sure she would love to hold cooking classes for people who want to learn. She actually does with me. That is one of my favorite pastimes. I would lounge all lazily in her kitchen, leafing through a fashion magazine, gossiping with her, while she would cook. And she doesn't just cook. She explains everything to me as she cooks. It's like watching a cooking show with me as audience of one. It's so much fun! (Once in a great while I help.)
This is one of her many quotes: "Remember, you eat with your eyes as well as with your mouth." Her foods are always as beautiful as they are delicious.