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Handmade map envelopes & organic kimchi

The days following a trip outside of town are usually quite hectic. I’ve been putting aside some time to write letters and prepare packages for some outgoing snail mail.

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The “stamp gluing station” at the local post office and a letter for Cristy covered in pretty bird stamps.


The pocket camera for Celsy in a bubble-wrap sleeve, ready to be wrapped up!

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Polka-dot fabric tape, a map of Kunming, and my favorite kitty pen


I’m so happy about the template I made for these tiny envelopes, especially because I get to use my map collection. I can’t wait for all my mail to arrive at their destinations!

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I’ve been eating out a little too much, so we placed an order for a 5kg box of organic vegetables. As soon as I saw daikon radish and napa cabbage in the mix, I got really excited about making some kimchi.


Julienned carrots, daikon radish, green onions, and homemade pepper flakes (not quite kochukaru).


The finished batch of mak kimchi. I was telling my mom about it today, and she was really happy I remembered the recipe.


Taurin made a huge pot of soup with fava beans, carrots, eggplants, and zucchini.


Served with a carefully poached egg and chopped up coriander.

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26 Comments

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    Amelia
    October 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Bah that looks bloody fantastic. I am so hungry after seeing this. I would really like to make kimchi one day since it tastes fantastic.

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      Sewon
      October 20, 2011 at 1:36 am

      It’s not too hard, just a bit time-consuming! Let me know if you need a simple recipe.

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    ZEOLITE
    October 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    aw, those envelopes are cute. And that kimchi looks SO DELICIOUS. Make some together when you get back to the states?

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      Sewon
      October 20, 2011 at 1:36 am

      Definitely! And we should bake some pies, too. 🙂

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    Lindsey
    October 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    That food looks so good, my mouth is literally watering ;~; I’ve had quite a hankering for any kind of asian food lately.

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      Sewon
      October 20, 2011 at 1:34 am

      Haha, I can already imagine my cravings once I return home. 🙂

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    Jaime
    October 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Everything is so pretty.. your outgoing mail, mini map envelopes and the kimchi!

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      Sewon
      October 20, 2011 at 1:34 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Purple Deer
    October 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    My mouth just watered.

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      Sewon
      October 20, 2011 at 1:35 am

      😛

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    Cookie Cutter
    October 20, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I love your little envelopes. They are so cute!

    Am also getting hungry now!

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      Sewon
      October 22, 2011 at 2:12 am

      They’re so tiny! I want to try making bigger version of them. 🙂

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    Krys
    October 20, 2011 at 2:58 am

    The mini map envelopes are adorable! And…kimchi…my stomach is just yearning, but I’m in the school library haha

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      Sewon
      October 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

      Aw, thank you. I know I always get hungry looking at food blogs and end up munching on cookies at my laptop! 😛

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    Sarah
    October 20, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Mmm, kimchi! Yours looks quite colourful! My last batch turned out pretty bad for some reason, but fortunately, I found some decent kimchi at the grocery store – whew! What’s your recipe?

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      Sewon
      October 22, 2011 at 2:17 am

      Actually, my nappa cabbage kimchi didn’t turn out as great as my daikon kimchi. My mom says it’s all in the initial salting process.. I’ll try the cabbage again and post the recipe then!

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        Sarah
        October 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

        That’s a good thing to know (about the salting). The type/amount of salt is the only thing I did differently on the bad batch. I look forward to seeing your recipe =)

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    Kailey
    October 20, 2011 at 4:37 am

    These pictures are so gorgeous! I absolutely love seeing how people get creative with mail ^^

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      Sewon
      October 22, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Thank you! I remember I attended a workshop on mail art when I was just a wee pre-teen. I used to love doing collages on envelopes.

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    Kelly Zarb
    October 20, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Ohh the envelopes are soo cute and your meal looks yummy

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      Sewon
      October 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

      Thank you, Kelly!

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    vicky
    October 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    You and Taurin are so creative in your cooking! I’m cooking for myself for the first time here and I can’t say it’s not stressful. I just end up eating a lot of stir-fry, haha. Your envelopes also look so darling. I’ve bought a couple postcards and haven’t gotten around to posting them yet, how lazy. Take care, xx

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      Sewon
      October 22, 2011 at 2:24 am

      Stir-fries are crucial! Actually, I haven’t made any stir-fry here because I can’t figure out the wok. Any time I try to wok fry anything, my food burns because I don’t use enough oil. I don’t like cooking with so much oil though!! So I’m stuck with soups, pastas, noodles, and salads for the most part. xx

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    Celsy
    October 22, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Ahhh Sewon i can’t wait to receive your package, they look so lovely being packed!! I love your envelopes ideas and mail related things, inspires me to do one as well. I shall send you my snail mail through old postcards and try and make it as nice too haha 😀 maybe once i get back from holiday!

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      Sewon
      October 22, 2011 at 2:25 am

      I hope they arrive safely! 🙂 Enjoy the holidays and have a safe trip, Celsy.

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    Celsy
    October 22, 2011 at 1:27 am

    and im so hungry after looking at those food! i just ate korean gami chicken again last night, made me so happy.

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