It’s still dark, dreary and blustery, with bouts of rain and it’s my favorite weather!  I heard from several of my fellow Jung Suwon warriors that while soup is awesome, sometimes they want to sink their teeth into something “hearty.”  And while I could live off soups for the rest of my life, I do understand that not all Jung Suwon warriors, or other people, think like that.

Still, as Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim says, we should eat in balance with the environment, and choose foods that makes everyone smile and rush to the dinner table!  Here is a good solution for today:

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim mentions a lot to her Jung Suwon students, that we need to be creative in all aspects of our lives, including the food we prepare.  So it’s no surprise that there isn’t an exact recipe for this very tasty stew.

First, get some thick, meaty beef ribs.  (but, you could use some chicken legs or thighs just as well).

Here is Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s special way of preparing meat:  bring a pot of water to boiling, add kosher salt and a couple table spoons crushed garlic. Put in the rib pieces, and let it come to a boil again.  Wait until it’s done producing gray scum, then drain, wash and you are ready to use the meat!  They gray stuff that come out is, as Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim explains, all the pollution and unnatural stuff coming out, antibiotics, hormones, GMO feed, and so on.)

While you are pre-boiling the meat, make the sauce:

Start by putting a generous big scoop of Korean hot red pepper paste.  Here is the picture of one brand of it:

Put in a couple tablespoons of freshly ground garlic, and the juice of a few lemons, to make a good 1/2 cup.   Juice one large or 2 small Korean pears and add, and at this point you can also add some ground up kiwis.  Add a generous amount of raw sugar – this is supposed to have a sweet, spicy taste.

Coat the pre-boiled ribs with the sauce – there should be enough sauce to cover the meat.  Now you can have some fun – after simmering until the meat is almost done, you can add cut up onions, celery, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower – asparagus, mushrooms – whatever you have at home, and whatever your heart desires!  Today, I added some peeled, cut up sweet potatoes! Think about all the vitamins and minerals you just added!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim points out the health facts of this yummy dish:  the beef (of course you chose good quality, grass fed if possible, local grown?)  will give you protein to rebuild muscles, something you need after the kind of classes we have had at Jung Suwon lately.

Red pepper will clear your breathing, get rid of mucus, and help your stomach.  Garlic has a long list of health benefits, including being a natural antiseptic and antibiotic.  (And no, do not stop going to your doctor when you are sick!)  Lemon has a lot of vitamin C, and so does the pear.  The veggies have lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber and will do you good!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s favorite way to eat this is over rice – preferably cooked in a stone pot.  Look for that recipe tomorrow!