Just a quick post to let you know that I’m updating the blog and will be starting to investigate Korean food in the next month or two. Last year, I was busy with finalizing, editing, and publishing the new International Festival cookbook, “Flavors of the Triangle”, which was unveiled at the 2012 Festival in September. Between that crazy project, a lot of travel and some health issues in 2012, I was sadly lacking in my posts for the year.
But I’m back in 2013, and excited to be looking into Korean food in the next month or two. The only Korean dish I’ve previously made, and a recipe that I’ll be sharing with you later this week, is Japchae. I’m also hoping to re-create some dishes I’ve enjoyed at Korean restaurants in the past, including bibimbap and Korean BBQ. Korean cuisine is similar to Japanese, and I’m curious to learn about the similarities and differences and how those may have evolved with the cultures of the neighboring countries.
I won’t be holding myself to a strict schedule for posting, and I may intersperse some non-Korean recipes in between. This modification to my original plan will help keep it fun for me and maintain my sanity… I will also try to cook with a bias towards the more healthy foods of the world, which may mean that they’re not always completely authentic/traditional recipes. With those caveats stated (those were limitations I was putting on myself anyway!), I hope that I and my readers will enjoy the return of Savor the World.
Oh – and as for the cookbook, we’ve mostly sold out of our printed copies from the first printing! The cookbook is an updated version of one that was published in 1994. It was compiled from submissions of the cultural groups that participate in the Festival each year, and the new edition was expanded to include recipes from over 50 different cultures! I have a few more available if anyone local is interested, just let me know. Haven’t decided yet about when to print the next batch, and we will also be coming out with an e-book version sometime this year – I’ll let you know about any updates.
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Just a short posting of the food I ate at the International Festival this evening (Friday). Come on out this weekend and try some for yourself!!
Yakisoba noodles from the Japanese food booth, garnished with pickled ginger and fish flakes (optional).
Sour Cherry Juice from the Turkish booth, reminds me of the sour cherry trees in my dad’s orchard when we were growing up.
Coconut Custard (left) and Cheese Roll stuffed with cream cheese (right), from the Brazilian food booth. Double-yum!
Huachinango a la Veracruzana or Red Snapper, Veracruz-style (made at the Cooking Demo booth by a chef from Mexico City, arranged by the Mexican consulate). This was delicious! Definitely making this one at home.
Because of the tight timeline and some temporary (we hope!) issues with our publisher, we are unfortunately not going to be able to publish the International Festival cookbook in time for this year’s festival :( The good news is that we should now have plenty of time to test recipes, take photos and layout a really nice cookbook for next year’s festival. That will make it a 20th anniversary edition, since the first edition was published in 1992. It also means that I’ll still be back to bug some of you who promised me recipes but haven’t delivered yet! :)
So I won’t be needing to try a bunch of recipes submitted for the cookbook, at least not all by the end of August. But I will be pretty busy between now and the end of September with getting everything set up for our cooking demonstration booth. I’ll also be planning for a week’s trip to Denver to visit, help out around the house and feed my 2 and 4-year old nephews (and their parents). My current plan is to cook from Moroccan cuisine as I have time through the end of September. But because I’ll probably need some quicker items and variety too, I’ll alternate Moroccan with other recipes from the International Festival cookbook submissions. And on the side I’ll be testing a few “kid-friendly” and freezer-ready foods for my trip to Denver.
This variety will be a good transition into the second year of my blog, because I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up the pace I’ve set for myself this past year! It has been a blast to cook from a different country each month, but it’s also very time-consuming to try and learn the history, sift through cookbooks, and find obscure ingredients. Very fun time spent, but I need to slow it down a bit. I’m not sure exactly where it’ll end up, but I always love cooking internationally so I’m sure I’ll still have some great recipes, festivals, restaurants, cooking lessons and meals to share on the blog. The difference being that blog posts will be at a lesser frequency (probably just once or twice a week), and not on a concurrent theme.