Here is my mini interview with Sara Avrams, and the photo of kimchi that she made and a few more photos.
Leave your questions in the comment.  She may give you the answer directly.

1. What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Sara Avrams. I came back from Korea about 9 months ago. I lived there for 5 years. Now, I live in Washington State.

little-friend“My little Korean friend (one of my coworker’s child) and a doll I made for her. She named the doll Han Bok.”

2. What do you do and how many family members do you have ?
I have 2 sons (both of them LOVE Korean food.) I have one grandson. I have 4 sisters and one brother. I do a lot of different things. Handimom work (fixing things), computer repair, educational advocacy (for handicapped kids). I also have goats which I milk. I use the milk for cheese. I started making cheese while I was in Korea. Good cheese is very expensive there!

3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
My diet has a lot of Korean foods. I have some form of Korean food almost every day. I use your recipes about once a week.

kimchi“This is Kimchi I made on Kimchi day. I miss being in Korea on Kimchi Day. I love sitting with other women my age and making many kinds of Kimchi.   Even though I could not speak much Korean, and they could not speak much English, we still laughed and talked and got gochu galu all over the place.”

4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
Kimchi – duh- especially the kind made with little baby radishes! My second favorite is Kimchi jjigae, then Kimchi bokeumbap with Gaenipp bundles with rice and sauce made with gochujang, dweanjang and other stuff as a side dish.

5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
Kimchi bokeumbap

dragonflies“I took this in Korea (Gangwondo in Yeongwol) on July 19, 2006. It was raining so hard that the dragonflies could not fly. They rested on my lavender plants until it stopped raining.”

kitchen“My tiny American Kitchen. My house is about the size of a 원룸 in Korea (a studio apartment). I wish we had a public bath where I live, because I have no shower or bathtub!”


  1. Sara Avrams Yeongwol, Korea joined 9/08 & has 6 comments

    Hi Everyone,

    Thank you for your lovely comments. I have some good news! One of my former students (a very sweet young man) is a family friend. He has invited me to his niece’s first birthday. That is a very big deal in Korea. People spend almost as much money on it as they spend on a wedding. I am going to the party in Korea in February.
    I have my tickets, my passport and am starting to buy gifts and save money to stay in a motel and take the bus and train.

    The little girl in the picture has a new baby brother! It looks like I am going to make two more dolls!


  2. James Louisiana joined 6/09 & has 70 comments

    What a cute girl!

    Your kimchi looks awsome!

  3. Congrats on making kimchi in your kitchen! It looks fierce. Also, my kitchen is about the size of your’s and I know it takes quite a bit of finagling to get things done. I dream of counter space…

  4. Suzanne Sutherland South Korea joined 10/09 & has 55 comments

    Hi Sara, I enjoyed reading about your interests and time in Korea. I hope to go back next year. I really miss the place

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