Saturday, July 31, 2010

on churros, community

Sorry it's been awhile, friends. My computer's life came to an unfortunate end, and the recovery process has been a little painful. Rest in peace, Pippin. (His remaining functional parts are for sale, if you're interested!)

I came to an important realization this past week, which was this: food is best done in community. It sounds a little too obvious to be profound, but for the longest time I really did not understand what that meant at all. While the pleasure of cooking absolutely anything you want the way you want it for and by yourself is undeniable, I am seeing, ever gradually, that there is great richness to be found in the sharing of the food experience. Surveying some of the memorable foods shared over the past week...garlic ice cream (3 times!), garlic fries, garlic chocolate peanut butter cups at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, tacos and coffee and churros at Tacubaya, a late night dash for diner food + ice cream, a too-large batch of yeasted waffles.

Yes, the visible reason for all of these get-togethers was food. But each encounter, in my mind, is characterized less by the garlic and cinnamony-sugary goodness and more by the waves of giggles, time to empathize with each other, insights gained, bonds sustained. It seems that breaking churros together is one of the most beautiful things you can do with another soul.

(Next up: cinnamon ravioli?!)


  1. FIRST OF ALL: yes next up is cinnamon ravioli! i am a loyal blog follower and i definitely would like that done. i tried the cinnamon sugar sauce on some safeway cheese ravioli (which, btw it is the BEST ravioli ever! it has a nice sweetness to it). sadness factor: it didn't turn out very good. i probably would have rather just put some red pepper spread from tj's on it. or just eat them a la carte. if i weren't half-attempting to watch it---WITH SHRIMP AND ALFREDO. AND EXTRA PARMESAN! CHEESE ON CHEESE ON CHEESE!

  2. Speaking of food festivals, I went to the Korean BBQ Cookoff on Saturday. Some of the more interesting dishes included:
    -Seoul Sausage Company's bulgolgi sausage
    -some chicken with rice cake and cheese (?) = not so good, it didn't come with enough chicken either, mostly potatoes and rice cake
    -green tea infused galbi, but i didn't notice the green tea
    -THE BEST YET: A BULGOLGI BURGER! OMG! THE SWEETNESS OF THE MEAT + the savory of the rest of the cheese was so damm good! and it was on totally unhealthy brioche type bread. i think it was brioche type bread. the reason i say that is cus the food truck Coolhaus was there and my sister had some tea ice cream on brioche and the brioche of the ice cream sandwich was the same as the bread of the burger. don't quote me on that. it was also more like a slider since this was a festival and there were smaller portions. so good! i've included some links below to some recipes i've found.
    Thursday, July 17, 2008
    Bulgogi Burgers

    Bulgogi Burger

    A while ago I made some bulgogi that I really enjoyed and I remembered thinking that a bulgogi burger would be a good idea. Bulgogi is a Korean dish of meat that is marinated in a sweet and salty marinade and then cooked over fire. Now that summer is here, it was the perfect time to try out my idea. I started with ground beef and the marinade from the bulgogi recipe. There was a lot of liquid in the bulgogi marinade, far too much for burgers, so I tried to reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe. I then went with the tried and true burger binding of an egg and some bread crumbs. The bulgogi burgers turned out really good! They held together nicely and yet they were super moist and just full of flavour. I of course had to have some of my homemade kimchi in the bulgogi burgers and it added even more flavour and a bit of heat. I served the bulgogi burgers with some baked sweet potato wedges and some steamed asparagus in a gochujang sauce.

    1 pound ground beef
    1 cloves garlic (grated)
    1/2 inch ginger (grated)
    1/2 small onion (grated)
    1/2 Fuji apple (grated and juice squeezed from the pulp, discard the pulp)
    1/2 Korean pear (grated and juice squeezed from the pulp, discard the pulp)
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1 teaspoon sesame oil
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 green onion (chopped)
    1 egg
    1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

    1. Mix everything in a bowl.
    2. Form 4 patties and place them on a broiling pan.
    3. Broil until cooked, about 10-15 minutes.

  3. dammit i had a post and it went away!

    essentially: bulgolgi burgers! had some at the korean bbq festival.

    this is the restaurant i had it from:

    here's some links i found!

    this one the person perfected to put on the food network "build a better burger" challenge. i'm going to try this!

  4. I'm sad pippin is gone. I had a moment of silence before deciding to comment. Also- yes yes and yes... food is best in a loving environment. definitely. I'm feeling the need for some Stephie community eating sessions SOON!


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