Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Penne with Pancetta and Vodka-Cream Sauce

A tomato/vodka/cream sauce makes a great alternative to meat-based sauces and its combination with penne is a great contrast with another favorite dish, Kale and Sausage Penne with Lemon Cream Sauce.  Red pepper flakes, pancetta, basil, and parmesan cheese add additional fabulous tastes to the dish (you may note that I grabbed the wrong box of pasta for the ingredients picture - the recipe really does use penne).

Penne with pancetta and vodka-cream sauce


The pancetta is first cooked until crisp, then set aside while onions, garlic, and a tablespoon of tomato paste are saut√©ed for a few minutes, until the onions are light golden.  Then, red pepper flakes, hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes (28 oz/794 gram can), and 1/3 cup of vodka are added.  This all simmers until the liquid is burned off, then finished with 1/2 cup of heavy cream, a handful of basil leaves, and the reserved pancetta and kept warm as the pasta is prepared.

Onions/garlic/tomato paste, hand-crushed tomatoes added

Next, basil, cream, pancetta

The penne cooks to al dente, joins the sauce, and everything simmers together for a few minutes, mixing and the tastes of the sauce and pasta.

Sauce staying warm, pasta cooking

A sliced French baguette and grated Gran Padana cheese accompany the dish, along with a small heirloom tomato and avocado salad to complete our meal.

 Bread, parmesan cheese, salad

Bon appetit!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Sculpture Scattered Around Seoul

Seoul has a strong contemporary art scene and street art is on display all through the city.  New buildings and communities are constructed with art tightly integrated into the design of each building and the grounds.  Here's a few great pieces that I run across in my rambles through Seoul and nearby Pangyo.

 Art in the streets

Visiting Seoul has been a great adventure and I'll have to come back some time when its warmer and explore more of the city and some of the surrounding countryside.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Ihwa Mural Village in Seoul

Just outside Naksan Park (just inside the Seoul City Wall), Ihwa Mural Village is set on a steep hillside, with great views of Seoul.  The area has been revitalized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, under the "Art in City" project to set 70 artists at work painting murals on the building walls, fences, and rooftops.

Streets of Ihwa

I wander up and down and enjoy.

 Murals everywhere

The art certainly attracts a lot of tourists and I have to occasionally wait my turn to photograph a particular painting.  However, it is reported that the residents, mostly elderly Korean citizens, are not exactly pleased with the tourist influx.  I try to be polite and respectful as I enjoy the scenes.