Happy Pi Day!
Cottage Pie for Pi Day
March 14 is sometimes written 3.14, which most mathematically-minded people will know as π or Pi – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi Day was created in recognition of this important number. Besides just talking about Pi, food geeks such as myself also like to bake pies.
At the same time, St. Patrick’s day is coming up on the 17th and I was thinking about what kind of Irish recipe I’d like to share for the occasion. We haven’t done shepherd’s pie yet on this blog but we do like to make it every now and then. So I figured, why not kill two birds with one (Blarney) stone and make a shepherd’s pie for Pi Day?
Only one problem…
When I was in San Jose, every so often, I would pop into a Korean grocery store and pick up several tubs of marinated bulgogi (uncooked) to cook at home. One tub would be used on the day it was bought and the rest would be stuck in the freezer for other times when I wanted to convenience of cooking up a quick meal.
Here in Kuching, we found that there is a small enclave of Korean expatriates around (there’s even a small Korean grocery store here) and a few Korean restaurants. So far, we’re tried two of the restaurants only to find them somewhat disappointing.
Just this past week, I had a hankering for some Korean food. So I decided to make it myself. After all, our Killer Kalbi recipe is probably one of our all-time most popular recipe (with good cause—it’s REALLY good). So I decided I needed to expand my Korean repertoire.
I haven’t made Western style beef stew in a while. The last two beef stews I made was the Chinese style beef stew that I blogged about a while back (with tendon and daikon). But recently, I got myself some beef chuck and I had in mind to make a different beef stew.
I successfully take on the challenge of making this classic Persian dish for the first time.
We’ve been here in Kuching for over a year now, and we’ve settled in nicely. We’ve even had a chance to throw a few parties at our house, doing a Japanese dinner for our friends one night, and inviting friends over for Esther’s birthday in August. But I’ve been meaning to invite my boss to dinner. My boss is based in San Jose, but he works here half the time. He lives out of his hotel room and eats out for every meal, so I was sure he’d appreciate some home-cooked food.
So I invited him over to our house for dinner this past Saturday. My boss was born in Iran, so I thought it would be nice to make him some Persian food. I started researching dishes and recipes, and decided to make the classic Persian dish, chelow kabab koobideh – rice with mince meat kebab.