So, no blog for a long time. Well, this is worthy of a blog.
So, one of my kids mothers is a journalist/publisher/slave to the media merry-go-round. She requested the attendance of three foreign faces to appear on a Korean TV show. She has recently published a book by a monk. The book is about temple food. So, to market the book she got a slot on a famous TV show. The show, weekly, is about foreigners trying Korean food and commenting on it.
So, off we went to a beautiful temple up in the hilly part of northern Seoul. We learnt how to bow Buddhist style. Then we picked vegetables from the garden, prepared them, watched them being cooked and finally, of course, ate them. All on camera. We were interviewed at different stages as we tried the ingredients raw. 50 year old soy sauce straight from it's fermenting and awfully smelling brewing pot outside. Quite a smell. Also some soup paste. Smelt like a number 2 trip to the bathroom, but tasted good.
The eating process was very interesting. We were informed NO SPEAKING NO EYE CONTACT and NO NOISE whilst eating. And most importantly, don't let anything go to waste. So much so that we cleaned the bowls with a large piece of fresh radish. Very interesting indeed.
The day was made all the more interesting as we were joined by 4 European monks. One of which, from Poland, was acting like a movie star. Walking away from the camera, demanding to speak to the producer etc etc. Very amusing.
This will be it now for another 6 months or so. Bye bye again blog.....