8:30Â on a Saturday morningÂ felt like an odd time to be cooking greens when she thought about it, but after a week away from the kitchen she just needed to cook. The heat from the gas stove was warm against her forearm as she dropped wet clumps of chard, kale and turnip greens into the 8-quart flame red Le Creuset her husband had given her for Christmas. It was almost too large.Â She remember thinking, “you could bathe a child in this pot,” when she opened the gift. The greens sizzled and hissed against the hot oil already shimmering. Her daughter covered her earsÂ and threw a glare over her shoulder. Clearly, it was too loud. Standing at the stove, using a pair of tongs toÂ repeatedly turn the greens, her mind cleared, thoughts passed like clouds. A neededÂ meditative break. Once the greens had wilted, she added a larger-than-she-should-have pinch of salt, a few cloves of garlic recently minded, and a healthy glug of olive oilÂ contributing several more hundred calories to greens, who were in need of them anyhow. Later in the week sheâ€™d toss theÂ greensÂ withÂ cooked spaghettiÂ and yet more olive oil and garlic, sheâ€™d serve them alongsideÂ roastedÂ chicken, and on top of rice or aÂ crusty piece of bread.Â Her daughter left the kitchen, hands still over her ears.
3 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Braised Greens”
Are you really back??? I am de-lurking to finally tell you that I found your blog yeeeeears ago (2009) before I came to Korea. The Googles led me here, during a Pinot-fueled, researching panic attack, about a month before I arrived in Busan. Over five years later (whaaaaaaa????) I am still here. And now you live in Portland! My hometown! I don’t believe in coincidences. I still have your gimbap nara post bookmarked, and share it with newbies on the regular. Anyway, I will quit blabbing, but I hope to read more posts again soon. You have a knack mahdear. Anyeong stranger-chingu!
thank you so much! that really means a lot to me. It has been a challenge to figure out what to do with this site since returning home from Seoul, but I’m enjoying this new direction.
Love love LOVE the new prose and format. You are awesome and truly have a gift. Keep ’em coming!