Party time! Today Mr. Oh's ceramics class came over and cooked us an amazing lunch. Everyone brought something different, so just when you thought you couldn't eat any more, someone would bring out another course. It was great home cooking. They are also a great group of women, or "ajumas," which is what you called married women in Korea.
First we had puchingae, which is a pancake with lots of veggies and often seafood. I don't think you can tell from the picture that this ajuma brought enough puchingae batter to feed an army. Can you guess what we'll be eating for the next several days? Luckily, it's the best puchingae we've had here yet (although a lot depends on how you cook it).
After a little breather we all sat down to eat rice, kimchi, chapchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles with veggies and beef), and chang guk chan (fermented soy bean soup, this time with kimchi also). Wow. It was all really good too. Then we all retired to Mr. Oh's ondol and ate apples, and then some chicken when someone else showed up with even more food.
For another feast for the senses, here are some photos of some of the great finger-wiping patterns we've been seeing on onggi jars...
Michael somehow escaped from all the eating for long enough to try out some new ideas on a batch of slab dishes. After the slip dries some, he'll put them over the mold. What fun!