Mondays With Mom #9

A eulogy for my pressure cooker: Every Korean household has a rice maker, but this rice maker was very special to me. Born circa 1984, my pressure cooker first came to our home when my mom learned that white rice was not good to eat every day. Bye-bye, white rice. From then on, she cooked us brown rice in a pressure cooker. The grains turned out soft, sticky, and chewy, an instant hit in our home. When I got married and left home, my mom passed the pressure cooker on to me. It made perfect brown rice every time. On December 4, 2011, my pressure cooker died after over 27 years of faithful service. We will miss you.


Today’s lunch was absurdly delicious.

Fries and soft tofu kimchi pancakes. The soft tofu keeps the texture of these pancakes scrumptiously moist.

Fresh kimchi.

Dried whiting fish in red pepper sauce. My mom brought the dried whiting from Korea. The sauce is made with red pepper paste, vinegar, garlic and sugar. Sprinkled with crushed black sesame seeds. This stuff is mouth-watering.

Seaweed, fish cake, tofu, kimchi soup in fish broth.

Bulgogi with broccoli.

Curry with beef, potatoes, and carrots.

Brown rice, our staple.

Published in: on December 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. Patti,

    I just got a pressure cooker recently and I am already a fan of it.

    It saves a lot of time.

    • Brown rice normally needs to soak overnight, but with the pressure cooker it takes 20 minutes without soaking. Throw some chicken in with broth, when done, throw in some spinach, toss, and you got dinner. I need to replace mine. The fancy ones look daunting.

  2. Wow! It’s like a catered meal every week!

    • Joy, It gets better and better every week. I think she’s motivated by the blogs! LOL!

  3. Had lumch with Nanny and Karin at Woomi Garden and our meal was not as delicious as your spread…but the company made up for it…guess it’s time to invest in a pressure cooker since you can vouch brow rice is better than white rice.

    • No contest, Tina. It tastes better and is better for you.

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