Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ailanthus Leaves / 臭椿叶/가죽나물 (Ga Juk Namul )

Dear friends, have you ever tasted the leaves of Ailanthus? In Korean, we call it " 가죽나물 (Ga Juk Namul )".  All parts of the plant  have a distinguishing strong odor that is often likened to peanuts, cashews, or rotting cashews. I don't really like this strong odor ^-^. I think I won't try it again ^-^
I cooked two dishes by using the leaves as the ingredient, one is seasoned it with the vinegar red pepper sauce , the other is egg roll.
亲爱的朋友们,您可曾尝过椿叶? 在韩文,我们称它为" 가죽나물 (Ga Juk Namul )".   . 植物所有部分都有一种与众不同的的强烈气味,这种气味常被比作腐烂的花生或腰果的气味。我个人还可真不能接受着强烈的气味 ^-^, 我想我不会再品尝它^-^
我采用了椿叶做了两种料理, 其中一道是辣酱醋凉拌椿叶, 另一道则是椿叶蛋卷。

Ailanthus altissima /ˈlænθəs ælˈtɪsmə/,] commonly known as tree of heavenailanthus, or in Standard Chinese as chouchun (Chinese:  pinyinchòuchūn; literally: "foul smelling tree"), is a deciduous tree in the Simaroubaceae family. It is native to both northeast and central China, as well as Taiwan.
In China, the tree of heaven has a long and rich history. It was mentioned in the oldest extant Chinese dictionary and listed in countless Chinese medical texts for its purported ability to cure ailments ranging from mental illness to baldness. The roots, leaves and bark are still used today in traditional Chinese medicine, primarily as an astringent. The tree has been grown extensively both in China and abroad as a host plant for the ailanthus silkmoth, a moth involved in silkproduction. 
In  spring, the leaves are bronze then quickly turn from medium to dark green as they grow.
臭椿学名Ailanthus altissima [1])原名拼音chū注音ㄕㄨ),又名大眼桐、姑姑翅、臭桐,属于苦木科
臭椿是一种中型树木,高度在17至27米(56至90英尺)之间,胸高处直径能成长到1米左右(40英寸)。树皮光滑,呈浅灰色,但由于树的年龄,常常会出现淡褐色裂缝,使树皮变得有点粗糙。细枝坚实,光滑但稍有软毛,色彩为略带红色或栗色。 这些细枝拥有皮孔和心形的叶痕(即叶落后留在细枝上的痕迹),叶痕边界周围有许多维管束痕(即叶脉曾连接至树处的小分界线)。花蕾长着精细的茸毛,为圆顶状,部分藏在叶柄后,但休眠季节,它们在可在叶痕弯缺处完全可见。树枝为浅灰至深灰色。小叶的上端颜色为深绿,叶脉浅绿,而下端是带白色的绿色

(source : wikipedia )

In  spring, the leaves are bronze then quickly turn from medium to dark green as they grow.
(source : wikipedia )

Monday, May 16, 2016

My Weekend Farm / 周末菜园/주말농장 ..15th May 2016.

In Korea, for those residents who stay in urban area, they can plant the vegetables at the " Weekend Farm ".
I have started this activity on the 9th April, it has been about 5 weeks since then. 
我在4月9号开始从事这活动, 至今约有5个星期了。

I have started my weekend farm activity on the 9th April in Seongnam city ~~

I                               am so excited that I have opportunity to run this activity again~~

                                             After 5 weeks, the vegetables have grown well~~


                                                      Sweet potato~~

                                                   Spring onion~~


                                                                            Crown daisy~~





                                                     Is a good ingredient for making salad ^-^

                                                Cherry tomato~~

                                                 Bitter gourd~~

                                           Flower of eggplant~~

                                         Flower of green pepper~~

                                                          Isn't it a good harvest for me ^-^

                                                  Brown mustard~~

                              Hurray, I really don't have to buy vegetables for salad this summer ~~


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Grilled Atrina Pectinata / 烧烤栉江珧/ 키조개구이

Atrina Pectinata is also called Comb Pen Shell.
Dear friends, would you like to grill the Atrina Pectinata with the Korean red pepper paste only or together with the mozzarella cheese too ?

栉江珧(学名:Atrina pectinata),中国大陆称作栉江珧,台湾称作牛角江珧蛤,是莺蛤目江珧蛤科曲江珧蛤属的一种。主要分布于新加坡马来西亚韩国中国大陆台湾,常栖息在潮间带到20米深的浅海的砂泥底质中。(质料来源:维基百科全书)
亲爱的朋友们, 您喜欢只采用韩式辣椒酱烧烤栉江珧或是再加上mozzarella cheese呢 ?

Shell reaching a large size, usually rather thin, fragile, moderately inflated and triangularly wedge-shaped in outline, with a highly variable sculpture. Dorsal margin nearly straight or slightly concave, posterior margin generally truncate. Ventral margin widely convex posteriorly, straightish to shallowly depressed anteriorly. Outer surface of valves with 15 to 30 radial ribs which may be smooth to densely set with short, open spines. Dorsal most radial rib frequently with a series of short and sharp spines protruding along the dorsal margin of shell. Inner surface of shell with shallow grooves corresponding to the external radial ribs. Internal nacreous layer rather thin, undivided, occupying the anterior 2/3 to 3/4 of valves. Posterior adductor scar completely enclosed within the nacreous area. Colour: outside of shell slightly shiny, translucent olivaceous tan, often tinged with darker purplish brown or grey toward the umbones. Interior similarly coloured, iridescent on nacreous area. ( source : sealifebase 

 Must wash the Atrina Pectinata clean, it might contains sand in the shell.

After washing, slice it and put it back on the shell. Put a few spoons of Korean red pepper sauce. ( It depends on your taste )
洗干净后, 将它切片, 再放回壳内。 淋上几汤匙的韩式辣椒酱(随您的口味)

I grilled two, one was with the Korean red pepper sauce only and the other was  with the mozzarella cheese too.
我烧烤了两种口味,一种是只有辣椒酱, 令一种则是再加上mozzarella cheese.

                                    Put it in the oven and grilled it.

 (a) 2 Atrina Pectinata

 (b) Sauce:
Korean red pepper paste 1 Tsp
Red pepper powder 1 Tsp
Chinese plum syrup / coin syrup 2 Tsp
Sesame oil 1 Tsp
Vinegar 1 Tsp
Roasted sesame seeds 1 tsp
Minced garlic 1 tsp

(c) Mozzarella cheese

Monday, May 2, 2016

豌豆花/리 Flower of Pea / 완두콩 꽃.

              Dear friends, share with you this flower of pea from the weekend farm in Gwangyo.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Apricot Blossoms/杏花/살구 꽃.

At the entrance of my apartment, there is one apricot tree. Here are the apricot blossoms~~

The flowers are 2–4.5 cm (0.8–1.8 in) in diameter, with five white to pinkish petals; they are produced singly or in pairs in early spring before the leaves. (source: wikipedia)

The apricot is a small tree, 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm (16 in) in diameter and a dense, spreading canopy. The leaves are ovate, 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in) long and 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) wide, with a rounded base, a pointed tip and a finely serrated margin.(source: wikipedia)

                                                                             Apricot tree~~

Peach blossoms / 桃花 / 복숭아 꽃.

Dear friends, do you like to eat peach ? Share with you the flowers of peach~~
亲爱的朋友们, 您可喜欢吃桃子 ? 与您分享桃花~~
(The following sources are from wikipedia )

The flowers are produced in early spring before the leaves; they are solitary or paired, 2.5–3 cm diameter, pink, with five petals.

The number of flowers on a peach tree are typically thinned out, because if the full number of peaches mature on a branch, they are under-sized and lacking in flavor. Fruits are thinned midway in the season by commercial growers. Fresh peaches are easily bruised, and do not store well. They are most flavorful when they ripen on the tree and are eaten the day of harvest

In Korea, peaches have been cultivated from ancient times. According to Samguk Sagi, peach trees were planted during the Three Kingdoms of Korea period, and Sallim gyeongje also mentions cultivation skills of peach trees. The peach is seen as the fruit of happiness, riches, honours and longevity. The rare peach with double seeds is seen as a favorable omen of a mild winter. It is one of the ten immortal plants and animals, so peaches appear in many minhwa (folk paintings). Peaches and peach trees are believed to chase away spirits, so peaches are not placed on tables for jesa (ancestor veneration), unlike other fruits.

Peach and nectarines are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits. In contrast to peaches, whose fruits present the characteristic fuzz on the skin, nectarines are characterized by the absence of fruit-skin trichomes (fuzz-less fruit); genetic studies suggest nectarines are produced due to a recessive allele, whereas peaches are produced from a dominant allele for fuzzy skin

It was in an orchard of flowering peach trees that Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei took an oath of brotherhood in the opening chapter of the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Another peach forest,

A peach tree in blossom, near the weekend farm in Gwangyo, Suwon city.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Apple Flowers/苹果花/사과 꽃...16th Apr 2016.

                                            The proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away",

Dear friends , share with you these apple flowers ! I took this pictures while I was on the way to the weekend farm in Gwangyo, at Suwon city.

Blossoms are produced in spring simultaneously with the budding of the leaves, and are produced on spurs and some long shoots. The 3 to 4 cm (1.2 to 1.6 in) flowers are white with a pink tinge that gradually fades, five petaled, with an inflorescence consisting of a cyme with 4–6 flowers. The central flower of the inflorescence is called the "king bloom"; it opens first, and can develop a larger fruit ( source: wikipedia)

                                               A small apple orchard in Gwangyo,at Suwon city.

In ancient Greece, to be sacred to Aphrodite, and to throw an apple at someone was to symbolically declare one's love; and similarly, to catch it was to symbolically show one's acceptance of that love. An epigram claiming authorship by Plato states:
I throw the apple at you, and if you are willing to love me, take it and share your girlhood with me; but if your thoughts are what I pray they are not, even then take it, and consider how short-lived is beauty.
— Plato, Epigram VII ( source : wikipedia)

Dear friends, if you are in Korea, please don't miss the chance to taste the apples in Korea ~~