host daughter: taste?
me: yes, ne ne.
me: mashi soyo (it tastes delicious)
host family: more eat
These people seem to eat every two hours. Not just my host family, but all of Korea. Three meals a day and lots of snacking. And any excuse for a ice cream bar, which, with this heat, I understand.
I learned that the inside a cloud phenomenon is a result of monsoon season. That has ended, but the clouds linger longer. Soon they will blow away and the skies will be clearer. It will also get to be about ten degrees hotter, throughout August. I'm not sure how I feel about that, to tell you the truth. And I like heat.
On my first day here, my host family stopped by a grocery store in Haenam to have me choose some food items to eat. I didn't know what for exactly, so I chose things, randomly, that I like: cucumbers, bell peppers, tofu. I was feeling like I needed some vegetable matter. They picked up a purple cabbage for me. I selected some eggs. They chose three kinds of breads. They wanted me to get cheese. the only non-kraft singles style cheese I could find was the brie and the Camembert, so I chose those. Breakfast has turned up all these items. And a strawberry salad sauce. It has been interesting, but good. Today, the cheese appeared.
host daughter, pointing to her phrase book: Can you show me how to eat it?
me: well, it's not usually eaten at breakfast, but sure. You slice it, like this, then you put it on some bread and eat it. (the bread is toasted white bread)
host daughter: [takes cheese and reaches for the strawberry-fig jam]
me: try it first without the jam, then try it with the jam.
host daughter and brother: [blank expressions]
host daughter: [wraps bread around cheese and takes a bite. wears odd expression.]
host brother: [laughs]
host daughter: [turns to computer translator, looking for the word she wants.]
host daughter: It tastes anything. [takes a second bite]
host brother: rapid fire Korean I don't know how to translate, even if I knew what was actually said.
You get the idea. After breakfast, Sinae turns to the computer again. She is searching for a word. Finding it, she turns around and asks me: "Cheese custody?"
I determine that she wants to know how to keep the cheese.
me: you store the cheese in the refrigerator. when you want to eat it, take it out of the fridge and let it warm up a little.
sinae: [blank expression. looks to brother.]
namho (brother): [blank expression]
me: when you eat the cheese, not cold. when you keep the cheese, cold, in the fridge.
Just thought I'd share...