Cycle 12 – Item 161
15 (Tue) June 2021
782 Grams of Cilantro
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
After planting a few vegetables in the garden at the cabin, we haven’t been able to go and pick the new crop. My uncle, dropping by to find the garden overrun, picked everything in bulk and brought them to us – a bounty of several large crates.
One of the crops is cilantro, planted for the first time this year at my suggestion. Whereas other items from the garden are happily shared among friends and family (e.g., romaine, chicory, mugwort, etc), nobody else likes cilantro, so it’s all mine, all 782 grams of it.
Cilantro is sold at E-Mart in packets of 10 grams for 1,980 won. Total rip-off. At that price, 782 grams would cost 51,612 won. What a racket.
So now, I have to think of ways to use the stuff.
Fajitas, to start.
I took a huge fistful of cilantro, the most cilantro that I’ve ever handled at once, and placed it on a panful of sliced steak and peppers and onions.
While W and the boys don’t quite enjoy cilantro, I can see that they’re getting used to it. Someday, they’ll learn to love it, and their lives will be a little bit brighter because of it.
I still have 691 grams of cilantro.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
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