I spent my Chuseok quietly cooking in my house. As I mentioned last week, I made brownies as gifts for friends. I made six pans of brownies altogether last week after school. I rested for the first couple of days of Chuseok and then I made three apple pies, a lemon pie and nine butter tarts. I considered making chocolate fudge and nanaimo squares but I had too much dessert in the house so I decided to wait. Because a local mart had a sale, I bought sixty eggs. I used five eggs for each of the brownies so I had half left. I only used one for the butter tarts and I was thinking I needed to eat more to use up the rest. Then I decided what I really wanted was deviled eggs. Why call them deviled, I don’t know, but they are easy to make. I checked the house for ingredients. Mayonnaise - yes, salt and pepper - always, vinegar - liters and liters of it, eggs - oh so many, mustard powder – uh oh. It was 10 pm by this time so I really didn’t want to drive somewhere because there would be nowhere to park when I returned. So off I went to the convenience store down the street.
I answered, “어 라. 멍청이 아니야.”
He was surprised but so was I. I thought I had been here long enough that people would understand that many of us foreigners have adapted to eating food the same way as Koreans. I eat raw fish and many other foods. My favorite is 간장게장, soy sauce fermented crab. Anyway, I paid for my food and left.
When I got home I made the deviled eggs. Boil eggs five to ten minutes, peel, cut in half, remove egg yolk, crush egg yolks with a fork, add salt, pepper, mustard powder or wasabi, mayonnaise and vinegar to taste, put mix on egg white halves. It was delicious and a perfect late night snack. I made 14 of them to eat over the next few days.
The next day I went to Eunha’s house where her mother had made four crabs for me. I had a little digestion problem, possibly from too many deviled eggs much earlier, and could only finish one. I got to take the last three home with me. As always Eunha’s mother made a ton of food – chapchae, buchingae, rice. I brought an entire apple pie and two liters of coffee for dessert but we never got to it. We were tired and took turns napping and watching TV. I have Netflicks now and new, this month, are two seasons of Kim’s Convenience, a Canadian sitcom about a Korean immigrant family in Toronto. I watched it for the first time a few hours earlier so I downloaded it so I could show Eunha. Since she kknows me and my reactions to certain Korean things and she has lived in Toronto for six months she laughed and enjoyed it until she fell asleep. At eleven, when I thought I should go home and let everyone sleep in peace, she woke up, gave me the three crabs and off home, stuffed yet again at Chuseok.