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Winter greetings from California
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 Jogakbo garment that I made is enjoying November sun in my garden

So here we are and the winter is approaching! It's been long since we gathered together and share our passion in person. And we don't know how much longer we need to wait. However, the weather is changing and the colors are changing. Thank you very much for staying well and keep exchanging positive energy! I wish for a better and safer time in 2021.

I will be teaching a Zoom 'Flower Pincushion class' with A Verb For Keeping Warm on Saturday, December 5,10 am -2pm. Sign up here.
Bojagi online video Q& A session will be on Saturday, December 19, 10 am PST 

Korea Textile Tour 2020 has been postponed to 2021. The waitlist is available. I really hope I can resume and take off with my dear companions. Please be well and safe!


Danpatjuk (단팥죽) 
I love red beans. Red bean pastry, red bean porridge, and red bean shaved ice can easily make me happy. There are two types of patjuk (red bean porridge). One is savory and the other is sweet kind. A small bowl of danpatjuk (단팥죽, sweet red bean porridge) brings my memory from my childhood. My mom made me sweet kind as a special treat. 
Traditionally Koreans eat savory patjuk on the winter solstice. Dongji (동지, winter solstice) has the longest night of the year and it is considered the day with negative energy. To repel the negative energy of the day, Koreans made red bean porridge which has positive energy. The color red is symbolized as positive energy.
Inside of patjuk, you can find saesalsim (새알심, 'bird- egg' rice balls), made with sweet rice flour. I still remember my mom said, " Eat saealsim so you can get a year older" Eating 8 or 9 saealsim was fun but I don't think I can eat 50+ of them nowadays. I will just eat 5!

Here's how to make Danpatjuk (sweet version)

Danpatjuk, 단팥죽

1 cup red bean (팥)
1 TBS sweet rice flour (찹쌀가루)
4 TBS sugar
1 tsp salt
Pinenut and cinnamon powder

Saealsim, 새알심
3 TSP sweet rice flour (찹쌀가루)
1 TSP hot water
Pinch of salt

In a bowl, put sweet rice flour and salt.
Add hot water 1 TSP at a time and knead well and make small balls (1/2 inch )

Wash red bean and boil with 2 cups of water for 5 min. and drain water.
Add red bean, freshwater ( 4 cups) and boil for 1 hour- add more water ( 4 cups) as boil red beans.
Puree red beans and liquid, add sugar and sweet rice flour. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Stir well while simmering it. 
Add saealsim into patjuk.
Cook a few more minutes until saealsim float to the surface.
Garnish with jat (잣, pine nuts) and cinnamon powder. Enjoy!


'Cupcake Pincushion' is featured in Making Gift 2 issue.
I made a Youtube tutorial video for this project. You can learn how to make 박쥐 (bakjwi).
The video is Here 

2021 Making subscription is here.
I printed my own bojagi pattern in two types of cotton fabrics.  I have a small amount that you can purchase. If you want to make something out of these, please email me.
Saturday, January 16, 2021, I will be teaching this Bok Jumeoni class. 2-hour Zoom with a pre-recorded video link will be sent before the class.
Sign up here

The online instructional videos from my DVD are now available, here!
The purchase will give you access to all 12 videos from the DVD, which you can watch as many times as you need. English and Spanish subtitled! 
Your purchase also gets you access to a one hour Zoom Q&A session – 10am PDT on Saturday, December 19. 
You can still purchase the physical copy of DVD 


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