Top 3 recipes – 2014

It is that time of year when we get to look back and review the year.  What a great year it was!  Here are a few highlights for me and my family:

We worked really hard and saved up money to go to Korea in March! The boys had never been to Korea or met their Halmoni, grandmother, so it was a really special trip!


We also acquired a fabulous vintage motor-home, a 1969 Shasta,  who we lovingly named Peggy.  My talented sisters helped me redecorate her (they sewed and I cooked) and we had wonderful camping experiences in Peggy with friends and family this summer.


I continued working here on my blog making yummy food, reviewing restaurants and writing funny (or not so funny) comics about our life.

So, what were the top 3 recipes from Korea in my kitchen in 2014?  These were the most searched and viewed from the blog.

Drumroll please ….

#1 Korean rice balls – Jumuck bap

rice balls

#2 Potato side dish – Gamja jorim

gamja jo rim

# Rice- how to make Korean rice


If you haven’t given these a try, add it to your new years resolutions!

Thank you for visiting, commenting and cooking along with me.  It’s more fun doing this with friends.  Here’s to a fabulous 2014 and an even better 2015!!

koreainmykitchen Love Leslie


Holiday food

Holiday food

Every culture has holiday food or food for special days.  Koreans eat a sweet red bean soup on the shortest day of the year, rice cake soup for new years and chicken soup in the heat of summer. We have lots of holiday food traditions in Canada too; eggs for Easter, pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and turkey at Christmas. In our family, all the “sit-down holiday meals” like Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas pretty much look the same: turkey, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.

My yobo has lived in Canada for 13 years now so we don’t have too many cultural misunderstandings anymore so it surprised me when he accused me of not liking brussel sprouts!

I love holiday meals but I don’t usually cook up a turkey any other time of the year or make brussel sprouts for a Thursday dinner.  That said, I have never been served red bean soup on a Friday in June either.

My mom is a fabulous cook and this year again she hosted a wonderful meal including a killer brussel sprout recipe!  I’ll get her to guest post about it some time… maybe at Easter time.

*This conversation actually happened at Thanksgiving, but since the menus for both meals were the same, I used some creative license to change the date! 🙂



Kyah’s response to this answer of mine: How can I be 200% Mom?!?

I find this a tricky question to answer.  The kids are all born in Canada and are Canadian.  I am also born in Canada but my parents are both from Holland but Canadian citizens.  The kids Apa is Korean and not a Canadian citizen.

How would you answer this?


Bacon comic

I had to explain to Taron that this is not how we get bacon from pigs.  He couldn’t believe that farmers killed their pigs to get the bacon.  “Then how will they get more bacon?” he asked.

He still doesn’t totally get it.  The other day he was explaining to a friend that “pigs lay bacon two times then the farmer has to kill them.” 🙂



Taron sits right behind my yobo and I in the van and is forever adding his two bits to our conversation.

This is my first attempt at drawing a comic on a tablet.  It is trickier than your think!  I had a harder time with the writing than the drawing actually… so I apologize for the chicken scratch!

Jaina’s birthday


Jaina is now 7!

Interview with Jaina:

  • What are you most excited about being 7? That I can swim at the pool by myself!
  • What is your hobby? Crafts
  • What kind of things do you like to make? All crafts
  • What is your favourite sport? Skiing
  • What is your favourite colour? Orange
  • What instrument do you play? Violin
  • Do you like playing violin? Yes, but I don’t like playing for practice!
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? A plane attendant
  • What is your favourite Korean food? Dolsot bibimbap for winter and Sam gyup sal for summer
  • What is your favourite thing about being Korean? That you can speak a different language.
  • What Korean words do you know? << lots >>
  • What is your favourite Korean word? Chun man e yo (You’re welcome).
  • What is the best part about Korean tutoring class? That we can play ‘go fish’ in Korean
  • Are you excited to go to Korea? Yes
  • What do you want to see there? I want to see my Halmoni (grandmother) and my cousins in Korea.
  • Is there a place you want to see? Where my mom and dad met, where they went for lunch and my halabogi’s grave (grandfather).


Guest post on My korean husband

A day off

I’m so excited! I got to do a guest comic post on a fabulous blog that our family follows called . Nichola is an Australian married to a Korean man and she makes web comics about their life.  I gave her a glimpse into our life, and possibly her future, with a few comics of my own.  Please go check my comics out over on her blog.