Friday, May 27, 2016

Firing #4

I have had so many irons in the fire that I didn't even post the results of the fourth firing of the new gas kiln. Well let me tell you, I was a great one!

Jeff and I collaborated on this large, 18" bowl and we are super pleased with it. Finished just in time go to the East Meets West Exhibition in Southern Pines.

Remember Jeff's tea bowl made with the clay in our yard? Here it is finished. I think it's just "Wow!" I am quite sure that he will send this one to the show as well.
That's all for now, gotta get moving towards the studio. I have bowls that are ready for carving.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How Dry I am...

The little town of Seagrove has an alcohol referendum on the ballot, next election. This is the sign in our yard...

Below is the sign next to my bank and in many other yards...
We need alcohol sales to attract a nice restaurant, so we don't keep sending pottery shoppers to Asheboro for a nice lunch with a glass of wine. Once they leave town, they aren't coming back. Without alcohol sales our new local grocery store is losing money. If the locals need beer or wine, we drive past it and shop in Asheboro, where we can get everything in one stop. Our grocery dollars are leaving town every day. We waited a long time for a grocery store. I would hate to see us lose it.
Do I think the referendum will pass? I am really not sure. It seems there are a lot of old timers against it. I will let you know on June 8th.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Day Off

Last week we were crazy busy trying to meet deadlines. We loaded and fired a bisque in the gas kiln, unloaded it the next day, and spent two days glazing and loading it again. The kiln is at 145 degrees this morning, so we will unload shortly. Fingers crossed for a great firing! 

In between the pottery work, I started prepping and painting our master bedroom bath. Next on the list is to re-caulk the tub, so that we will have a second, fully functioning bathroom by the time our Korean guests arrive.

Yesterday we took a well deserved break. Our good friend Bonnie turned 60 and we celebrated with a great party at her daughter's home in Greensboro. After the party we did some shopping at the Korean market, no trip to G'boro is complete without an excursion to Super Gmart. While Jeff gathered everything needed to make kimchi, I found all the ingredients to make Dak Galbi, a recipe that I had been wanting to try.

 Dak Galbi is a spicy chicken and vegetable dish. It really is very simple to make. The vegetables are rough chopped cabbage, Korean sweet potato, onion, carrot, sesame leaves.

I think the main reason I wanted to try this dish is that it also includes tteok! Tteok is rice cake. Think of it as a dense pasta. Totally yummy, especially when covered in a spicy sauce. While it is called rice cake, it does contain wheat so it is not gluten free.

In Korea, Dak Galbi would be cooked in a very large cast iron pan. Mine isn't big enough, but this deep skillet got the job done. The ingredients are layered in a hot pan, with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Chopped, boneless chicken thighs on the top, then a hot pepper paste spread over it. Some recipes marinated the chicken in the paste.

 As the vegetables cook, they release their liquid and create a delicious sauce as the pepper paste is incorporated into it. 20-30 minutes and it's done!

At a Korean restaurant, everyone would eat from the large pan, sometimes wrapping their food in sesame leaves. Once the pan is empty, the cook quickly fries some rice in the sauce that is left in the pan. Since we had some leftover rice in the fridge we did just that. DELICIOUS! It was the perfect ending to a Sunday off.