12 (Tue) January 2010
Pan-Seared Salmon + Mac & Cheese
-Oksu (Joongang Heights), Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
with the Family
A meal that would not have been but for the grace of Costco Wholesale: frozen shrink-wrapped salmon fillets (Kirkland), mac & cheese in a box (Annie’s), and 5-lb (2.27 kg) bag of string beans (Bybee). The curse of Costco, a warehouse store where shoppers buy a lot of crap that they don’t really need because it’s cheaper (in a certain sense), has become something of a mixed blessing for expats living in Korea; with three locations gracing Seoul, the US-based chain offers products otherwise unavailable through local retailers, which often results in (i) the exciting discovery of some item with nostalgic ties to home (“I haven’t seen a turkey burger in ages!”), regardless of whether that item was ever actually liked, much less bought and used, back home; (ii) impulse purchase of the item, meaning impulse purchase of the item in bulk; and (iii) trying to finish the item, one by one by one by one by one, as it slowly but surely succumbs to freezer burn in the ensuing months. Currently, in addition to the string beans mentioned above, my freezer contains 1/3 of a 4-lb (1.81 kg) bag of frozen turkey burger patties (Kirkland), 4/5 of a 6-lb (2.72 kg) bag of frozen strawberries (Kirkland), and 2/3 of a 3.5-lb (1.6 kg) bag of frozen jumbo pork hot dogs (Bryan). Tonight’s meal had been to celebrate finishing off the salmon fillets, a package that I’d purchased, excitedly, over a year ago.
1 week in, and already my second home-cooked disaster. Maybe it was that “gotta get rid of it” mentality, but my head wasn’t in it.
NOTE: This post was initially published on GMTD’s prior site and is now reposted on this site. Due to the unavailability of the original image files, however, the photos presented here are the low-resolution versions downloaded from the prior site, hence the poor quality. Thank you for your understanding.