Home kitchen after travel

Kim chi fermenting in plastic container.
Kim chi fermenting in the foreground. Kombucha takes a back seat.

Travel may broaden the mind but
my mind shrinks when I return
and I wallow in the narrows
of my bed my own my own
my ABC my darling Zed

my own marigolds on the window ledge
my own hodge-podge in my own fridge
and I make silly salads with redundant veg
and I wall myself inside
my home, my sweet retreat.

But there’s something missing from my larder
so I crash the border to retrieve
the colour and the heat
and the flavour and the jolt and the wallop
of the land of many Ks

and I fling into a frenzy of salting
and rinsing and slicing
and mixing and spreading
and pressing and sealing
my very first batch of kim chi.

23 thoughts on “Home kitchen after travel

    1. This time I was surprised by the number of things I did not miss. Serious things like wine and coffee for days on end. I noticed but did not suffer a jot. So some of these comfort foods or drinks may become irrelevant in a different situation. It’s odd.

  1. Looks very colorful indeed. Everyone has a similar reaction after coming back to home. It’s after all our castle and safe haven. It needs to valued! All the best with Kimchi!

  2. I enjoy trying new recipes at home in my own kitchen. So fun to do your own thing to that which you liked elsewhere enough to try it at home. Sounds like you’re onto a good idea here.

  3. Hi Rachel – well done on your yummy Kim chi … I’m pleased you’ve given it a go on your return. Being home always takes time to adjust … just enjoy – cheers Hilary

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