Salsa

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Cherry tomatoes are in abundance at the moment, 2000 for a giant basket full here in Oryu dong. Apart from roasting them and using them in salads my preferred use is to make Salsa. I miss being able to buy good quality fresh salsa from the supermarket, the stuff in the jar just doesn’t cut it so Ive been making my own healthy version all summer long.
Ingredients
500g cherry tomatoes
1/2 onion (red if you can find them)
1-3 chilli peppers ( I use 2 of the green ones)
2-5 cloves of garlic
1 green paprika pepper
6 green salad onions
The juice and zest of 1 lemon or 2 limes if you find them.
1 bunch of fresh leaf coriander or cilantro
A pinch of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon white sugar
Glug of olive oil
Directions
Chop the cherry tomatoes finely into about 8th or 16ths depending on how chunky you like it. Put them into a bowl with the salt pepper, olive oil, and sugar, this will help draw out the juices of the tomatoes. Meanwhile finely chop the chilli’s , green pepper salad onions, onion, garlic and cilantro and mix with the tomatoes. Stir in the lemon zest and juice and voilà. Serve with chips (I can recommend cheesy Doritos which have finally come to Korea- Yay) or vegetable crudities if your on a diet, which I almost always am.

Tuesday Roast

In all of the world of food there is still  nothing better than a roast dinner – eaten at home, your mums or at the pub this is the meal to top all meals. However, living in Korea a roast dinner is not so easy to come by. Despite numerous Irish and English Pubs dotted around the peninsula I’ve still yet to see one on a menu. What’s a hungry girl to do? With no other options I’m forced to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

This being a Tuesday I’m not really in the mood to spend 2+ hours cooking a roast with all the trimmings (stuffing, yorkshire puds, roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese etc) This is a quick and easy  (yet no less delicious) version for a quick weekday tea or for those lacking an oven.

The Chicken – If your lucky enough to have a chicken man on your street then you would be well advised to make use of this wonderful resource. The chicken man is a guy selling freshly cooked rotisserie chickens out the back of his truck for between 4,000 – 6,000 each. The chickens on my road are particularly delicous as the are stuffed with garlic and rice, a welcome adition to any chicken. Buy 1 or 2 if your as greedy as me. If you dont have a chicken man near by then you can buy pre cooked chickens at home plus and all the other big supermarkets. Although they generally aren’t as tasty as the ones from the chicken man. If you truly live in the back of beyond you will have to roast the chicken yourself.

The Potatoes – No one loves a roast potato more than me, but in need of a quick fix I opted for crushed potatoes. More or less the same as mashed but they still have the skins on, it saves peeling them first, just make sure you give them a good scrub to remove the mud. Boil them until soft with a pinch of salt then strain them, add a knob of butter (or 2) some black pepper a splash of milk and some chopped up spring onions and mash with the back of a fork.

The Veg – I went for carrots and broccoli , generally because they are the cheapest to buy. If your feeling flush you can easily find frozen peas, asparagus, green beans and  cauliflower in your local homeplus. Just roughly chop and boil in water.  Keep your left over water after you have strained the veg and put the chicken carcass and bones in with some extra water to make a fabulous stock for a soup for tomorrow.

The Gravy – This is where most people are going to fall short and sadly for you I have no easy quick fixes. When it come to gravy you need to follow the boy scouts motto and be prepared! Luckily before coming to Korea I had travelled a bit before and had found that gravy in other countries leaves alot to be desired. Therefore I filled my case with Bisto and I bring  back  more every time I venture home.  If you’re English and have some loving friends or family ask them to send you some tout suite. If not then you can get hold of some Mcormicks gravy powder in the foreign food mart in Itaewon, though past experience has taught me its not a patch on Bisto.  The only other option is to make it from scratch, a prospect for a future post perhaps?

When everything is really assemble on a plate and enjoy!