Probably the most thrilling a part of sharing my recipes on-line is once I see how they bring about folks collectively. I like to see when households, associates, and family members collect to cook dinner and eat Korean meals, however much more wonderful to me is when folks make associates within the remark part of my web site, or at meetups I arrange. It’s occurred many instances! It is smart since you guys all have one thing in widespread: a love for Korean dwelling cooking. My longtime readers Reinier and Susanne have turn out to be finest associates since I met them in my Gapshida tour in 2012. They meet and cook dinner fairly often and so they have even traveled to Korea collectively!
For years I’ve had an concept for a web-based reward trade round Chuseok time, the place my readers may very well be matched to one another and trade items. For numerous causes the plan was at all times delayed, however this yr I did it among the many readers of my month-to-month letter.
Chuseok is Korea’s conventional harvest competition and considered one of its main holidays. It’s on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, on the complete moon (additionally known as the Harvest Moon). In trendy Korea, it’s an enormous day for households. Irrespective of the place we presently reside, we usually journey again to our dwelling cities to spend time with our households. There are some conventional meals we eat corresponding to songpyeon, galbijjim, and sujeonggwa, and lots of extra greens, seafoods, and desserts. It’s additionally an enormous time for gift-giving, not solely to relations and oldsters however to good associates and enterprise acquaintances. It’s a approach of displaying thanks and appreciation and having enjoyable.
198 folks from all over the world signed up for the occasion and have been matched collectively. We had a couple of small technical issues however everybody appeared to have a good time assembly one another. I feel they’d a lot enjoyable making new associates! Do you suppose we must always hold doing this annually? All of my occasions are going to happen by way of my publication, so be a part of it when you haven’t already.
Under are a few of the images and messages some folks despatched me concerning the reward trade. They gave me permission to make use of their images however I’m not utilizing their names to maintain their privateness. : )