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I just finished baking a ton of cupcakes…otherwise known as what the foreign wife brings to lunar New Year’s family dinner. 

 When I was young, there would always be someone at a party, celebration, or family event who was somehow ‘different.’  And in most cases, these people would bring dishes that seemed so ‘exotic’ in their differentness. 

 Now I’m the ‘different’ family member, and my cupcakes are the exotic food. 🙂 

My nieces still don’t talk to me…actually, they still don’t really look at me…but they’re kind of like that (and at that stage of almost teen-ness), so I don’t take it personally.  However, I must confess that in my heart of hearts, I do hope that if I do ever cross their minds, that they think of me as the aunt-who-always-brings-tasty-chocolate-treats and not the aunt-who-brings-things-I’m-too-afraid-to-touch. 

So, as my Korean family seems to collectively doubt my ability to make Korean food (despite what was acknowledged as a very successful performance at the family kimchee making event), they’ve taken to asking me to make ‘my country’s dessert.’  I have lots of things I want to make – crème brulee would be at the top of the list – but I also have to work within the cultural norms of Korea.  Last Chuseok when I brought zucchini chocolate cake, I also brought plates and forks because my mother-in-law, in true Korean style, lacks individual dishes in favour of plates people communally share.  But then when I went to put each piece of cake on a plate, my sister-in-law looked at me very strangely, re-cut the cake into bite-size pieces – and put them on a communal plate to share.  Lesson learned.  Thankfully I didn’t bring the whip cream and compote I had conceived for the dessert before I ran out of time.  So this holiday I think cupcakes – while not the height of sophistication – fit the bill of tasty goodness – bite size no-plates-needed requirements – AND will make the female relatives privately swoon even though they will publically bemoan how triple chocolate with chocolate icing puts their diets in jeopardy. 

 Happy New Year everyone!

새해 복 많이 받으세요 ♥

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I Hate Pie Crusts

Being Korean Thanksgiving, I am meeting Mr. Lee’s extended family for the first time. I’ve met his parents before, but only once as the ‘intended’ fiance. Since Canadian Thanksgiving is just a week away, I wanted to bake a pumpkin pie to share my culture with them and to impress my future mother in law with my cooking skills. I’m not the world’s best cook, but I enjoy cooking, and I make pretty great muffins and curries.

I’ve never made a pie from scratch (we don’t have frozen pie crusts in Seoul), but I did manage to find canned pumpkin (for a price…) in the ‘black market.’ I decided to try out a crust recipe before I baked ‘the’ pie just to try it out.

Well…I’ve been baking pie crusts ALL day. I had no idea a rolled pie crust was so difficult. I’ve made 4 different crusts…put 3 in the garbage, and finally gave up and went with a finger pressed crust I haven’t had a chance to taste yet. But then when I went to open up the canned pumpkin, I realized my can opener was broken! So I had to use A KNIFE to open the can. As I was becoming flustered, I didn’t re-read the recipe before I poured in the evapourated milk….and I put too much in…and stirred it in before I realized my mistake. I had to pour part of the mixture out in the sink – I’m not entirely sure what came out of the pie. This may be one watery pie!!! Oh, and I also broke an egg on the floor.

I’m at the maniacal laughing stage where I’m realizing this pie might be horrific, and I might have spent all day fruitlessly making a stupid pie no one will eat. I know it’s just a pie…but I also really wanted to contribute something special to this first family Thanksgiving and impress my future in laws. (Not to mention I have absolutely nothing to show for this day)

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