Here I’ve picked 12 pictures that show a variety of the food that over the past year – for various reasons – I considered worthy enough to take a picture of! (I don’t always remember to take a snap. I’ll try harder next year.) Anyway, in no particular order, here’s the list.
1. According to traditional Korean medicine, we should eat COLD food in winter and HOT food in summer (see samgyetang). So here’s some icy makguksu (cold buckwheat noodle soup) to get us going in the winter of 2013. The broth has a savoury, vinegary, mustard flavour with sesame seeds and seaweed. Yum.
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My first year at the Calligraphy Academy has now come to an end. And after a year of visiting the centre every week, I have to say that to me, Seoul Art Centre is the most beautiful place to visit in Seoul.
This month we have dramatic winter days where silhouettes of persimmon fruit cling to the bare branches of the trees. It’s as though they want to reflect the organic black inked lines of the calligraphy paintings on display inside the museum.
It always looks different every time I go and it’s gorgeous all year around. The architecture is modern yet with a nod to the past with the traditional bamboo hat roof of the opera house. (below, with the green roof) And it all nestles in the mountain surrounded by nature.
In May the road leading past the Art Centre is decorated by lanterns as part of the celebration of Buddha’s birthday at the local temple.
And with the arrival of warm weather come outdoor sculpture exhibitions to jazz up the mood in the wide open spaces.
In the rainy season the concrete becomes shiny mirrors.
A yellow umbrella provides a pop of colour
When temperatures soar in August the fountain comes to life dancing its routine tirelessly and cooling the visitors every hour.
Then the rusty maple bring energy and passion in autumn before falling to leave mosaic art on stone.
By the time the snow comes in December the leaves are gone and only the persimmon are still clinging to the bare branches. They become coated with snow like icing on orange Christmas puddings.
And soon the spring will come and it will be time to start all over again!
This time Heo Jun’s fortune takes a turn for the worse as Do Ji’s fortune takes a turn for the better. Do Ji impressed his superior on their mission to Ming and so lands a job with another of the King’s consorts, In Bin. On the other hand, rumours spread about Heo Jun’s past until the police chief has no choice but to arrest him. Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 51 Heo Jun and Da Hee Are Arrested” »
Very quickly Heo Jun seems to find a cure for the plague. The police chief is waiting to arrest him as soon as the situation is under control. But then the plague is back and Heo Jun seems flummoxed. Nobody else knows what to do either. Meanwhile Do Ji arrives back at the palace and asks to be dispatched to the plague-infested area too! But before he can go, Heo Jun manages to find a cure …
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The police chief investigates Heo Jun and his family and discovers that he IS the criminal who broke the law 10 years ago. But when the police chief goes to arrest him he hears that Heo Jun has already been dispatched to deal with a deadly plague that has broken out near Hanyang. Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 49 Saved by the Plague” »
In this episode Ye Jin manages to get herself out of a dodgy situation with the ambassador from Ming. Heo Jun starts his day off well when he successfully treats the king who falls off his horse on a hunting trip. But then things go pear-shaped when the police captain recognises Heo Jun, the smuggler he arrested years ago … Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 48 Heo Jun the Criminal and the Police Chief” »