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


Our garden – growing for cooking

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I am so excited; we planted our vegetable garden! The compost has been spread, the top soil has been raked, the mounds have been built and the seeds and seedlings have been sown!

So what have we planted?

green onions green onions for seafood pancakes

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korean garlic onions Korean garlic onions for cucumber kimchi

peppers green peppers for dipping

gardening 023 zucchini for veggie pancakes

gardening 036 yellow zucchini for fun!

gardening 033 radish for radish kimchi

gardening 032 lettuce for eating with dwaeji bulgogi

gardening 037 kale for good dutch cooking 🙂

gardening 035 leek for beef and broccoli and stir frys

gardening 034 spinach for chapjae and smoothies

gardening 039 peas for pickin’ and eatin’

gardening 026 perilla (Korean sesame leaves) for bulgogi

garlic garlic for everything

gardening 038 rhubarb for a delicious crisp

and since we use all our compost on the garden, each year we have mystery plants that grow. Any guesses?

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My garden gnomes!

So, what is growing in your garden?

Gamja jo rim – Potato side dish

gamja jo rim

I love potatoes. I am a Dutch Canadian girl married to a Korean and though I enjoy eating rice, I really like potatoes. This recipe is a wonderful marriage of both of our roots: potatoes in a salty sweet garlic sauce.

A Korean meal usually consists of rice, a main dish and a few side dishes. Side dishes (ban chan) are often made in a big batch and a small portion is served with each meal. This is one of my favourite side dishes. Seeing how I feel about potatoes, I have no problem forgoing the rice and eating this all.

The recipe:

The time you need:

Prep time: 10 minutes   Cook time: 15 minutes

The things you need:

  • 3 medium potatoes (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • sesame seeds

The how to:

  • Cut potatoes into cubes
  • Fry the potatoes in the oil for a five (ish) minutes on medium-high
  • Mix the water, soy sauce, honey, sugar and garlic together
  • Add the mixture to the potatoes and continue to cook until the sauce is reduced (another five minutes – it will start smelling divine at about this point)
  • Lower the temperature a little and continue to fry until potatoes are fully cooked, stirring occasionally (about another five minutes)
  • Use a fork or chopstick to check if the potatoes done (while you are at it, sneak a taste!) If they are not done add a little water to ensure the sauce does not burn.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds
  • Enjoy hot or cold.  (Korean side dishes are often eaten cold.)

My big helper enjoying the last licks of the honey pot!

My original picture:

honey garlic potatoes

Recipe adapted from