The korean supermarket chain, HMart, opened this Friday. Highly anticpated by us, and probably the rest of the korean community, we were not disappointed. As expected, the aisles were packed, not only with shoppers, but demonstration tables, and ridiculously low prices on many items. Live lobsters were $5 a lb, huh? I don't think these prices will stick around for much longer, but I'm sure they'll remain competitive. The HMart is up in Burlington, where the Middlesex turnpike meets US-95 - http://maps.google.com/?q=9+Old+Concord+Rd+Burlington,+MA+01803&ie=UTF8&ll=42.473537,-71.20928&spn=0.008024,0.014248&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A.
Anyways, you can imagine, we went without a menu and then bought tons of food. So this week, my wife and I will try to do an impromptu so that I can focus on finding a recipe for this coming weekend's apple bake-off challenge.
But if you want to know, we're having ox-tail soup again and I'll try to do the bak haddock from last week.
These past few weeks have been frantic, at best. Mother visiting from Vegas really knocked me off the wagon. The sore neck, which turns out to be a pinched nerve. Tomorrow is my daughter's baptism. And I have this huge monkey on my back to buy a house. Oh my! So I've been late with the postings and I apologize.
At any rate, this week we'll have to resort to the real fast and easy menus since I suspect my time will be very limited.
Monday - Oxtail Soup
- Before mad cow, I was a nut for this soup. Now, I'm dipping my toe back in the water since I haven't heard anything of late regarding mad cow. No, everything's about H1N1.
- Very easy, rinse ox tail, drain and boil in new water; add garlic, onions, salt, green onions. It is a clear broth korean recipe. Serve with kimchee and rice.
Tuesday - Oxtail Soup
- Rinse and repeat. Just kidding, usually when I make this soup, it goes for a day or two, like curry.
Wednesday - Eggplant, Prawns, Soy sauce
- This recipe comes from www.seasaltwithfood.com via www.tastespotting.com via a good friend of mine who I talk to about recipes all the time. Thanks!
- Oh, and I may try substituting the prawns with baby octopus because that is what's in the fridge; sub the thai chili with red bell pepper for my daughter.
- Serve with rice.
Thursday - Baked Haddock
- This recipe is from www.feedmedelicious.com via tastespotting via my friend who shares this weekly dilemma of what to cook. Thanks!
- I think I have some seasoned bread crumbs to replace the Ritz.
- I'll try making mash potatoes nice and easy - boiled potatoes, add some garlic, salt, olive oil.
Friday - Sushi?
- I think I'm only supposed to have one serving a month, right? Because of mercury levels.
- Oh well, I have a craving.
- Meats, Poultry, Fish - ox tail, prawns, haddock fillets
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - eggplant, thai chili, shallots
- Other - Ritz crackers
Shopping List Addtl:
- Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - potatoes
- Other - Ritz crackers
After a week full of home-made mother's korean cooking, you just don't feel like you're doing anything right in the kitchen. At any rate, I got a late start on posting the menu since mother left Sunday morning and the rest of the day was spent trying to figure out if we will ever move out of this small apartment. And for this week, mother left several tupperware worth of korean food, mostly for our daughter, but more than good enough for us. Our daughter doesn't eat much anyways. So, this week's menu will be really specific to our present circumstances with all the korean food in the refrigerator.
Monday & Tuesday - Japanese Curry Rice
- Round up some chicken or beef, add diced vegetables like carrots, squash, bell peppers, even celery, add some water to boil, add curry cubes, let simmer.
- Don't forget to cook up rice.
- Mother's korean food.
Wednesday - Miso Soup, Rice
- Boil water, add diced tofu, add some vegetables like sprouts and spinach, add miso paste, let simmer.
- Don't forget to cook up more rice.
- Mother's korean food redux.
Thursday - Bibimbap
- Cook up rice and let cool.
- Take all of Mother's korean food and mix.
- Serve with kimchee.
Friday - Sushi
- Yes, another favorite. I frequent a place called Hana Sushi on Mass Ave right after Porter Square.
- Good service, good sushi, low key.