Our Korean themed cooking day was coming up, and I was armed with a list of Korean words that could either turn out tasty or go horribly, horribly wrong. I don’t know. I know next to nothing about Korean food because our go-to Asian cuisine for cooking at home is usually Thai.
Banchan is the Korean term for a variety of small dishes served as an aside with a main dish or a bowl of rice. Many times when dining at Korean restaurants, your waiter will deliver banchan to your table after you’ve ordered and while you are waiting for your food to arrive. They are always set in the middle of the table and meant to be shared. In some ways, banchan reminds me of the amuse-bouche often seen in many of the more high-end American and European restaurants.
As a half-assed gardener with a strong brown thumb, the one thing I manage to successfully grow year after year is a surplus of zucchini. Don’t ask me why – I have no clue. Perhaps it’s the winning combination of neglect and a moist, rainy climate. At any rate, each year I have more zucchini than I could ever possibly eat, and a freezer full of shredded zucchini that takes up space. One can eat only so much zucchini bread, after all.
Indulge in the earthy flavors of wild mushrooms combined with creamy Arborio rice in this delectable Wild Mushroom Risotto. Sautéed with shallots and garlic, an assortment of fresh and dried mushrooms adds depth and richness to this classic Italian dish. Slowly simmered in chicken stock until creamy and tender, each bite of this risotto is a symphony of flavors and textures. Topped with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and a drizzle of white vinegar, this comforting dish is perfect for cozy dinners or elegant gatherings.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls are delightful, translucent delicacies filled with a medley of fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, and succulent proteins, all wrapped in delicate rice paper. These rolls offer a symphony of textures and flavors, from crisp vegetables to tender shrimp or chicken, complemented by fragrant mint and cilantro. Served with a flavorful dipping sauce, Vietnamese Spring Rolls are a refreshing and light appetizer or snack, perfect for warm weather dining or as a colorful addition to any meal.