One thing missing from this list is community. Why not celebrate Food Day by sharing food and dialogue? Sharing as in a two-way exchange-offering our experiences as much as receiving other people's experiences into our lives. Every day, I see people talking at each other, each person silencing the other with a new thought. Where is the listening? Listening isn't a mere nod of the head, it's empathy and the potential to be changed.
The brightest moment of my weekend was talking to my mom on the phone and receiving unsolicited food advice. Concerned when I said I rarely made it downtown for Korean food, she gave me what is her version of Korean fast food. Cook thin slices of steak, and dip it in a mixture of salt, pepper, and sesame oil. Top with samjang. Wrap it in lettuce. Eat wth banchan from the Korean grocery store. Maybe some gaenyip, or anything, really. That's it! You don't have to make it yourself. Don't cook every little thing like American food! This is love.
I am also celebrating Food Day with actual food. Hopefully, I will be posting recipes during most of this upcoming week. For today, I leave you with beef back ribs, baked in the oven. I've never made ribs before, so I didn't quite know what I was doing going in to this. But success! Next time, I'll quadruple the quantity of ribs.
Happy Food Day, and happy sharing.
Oven Beef Back Ribs
One small note: This recipe is based on some online research on how to make ribs in an oven, since I lack a grill. The spice rub is a mix of various spices in my pantry. I bought a mere pound of beef back ribs because, having never cooked ribs before, I wanted to start small. If you are actually planning to make this into a meal, you'll probably want to at least double the quantity of ribs.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine a teaspoon each of coriander, cumin, chili powder, plus a few tablespoons each of brown sugar and kosher salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Rub the mixture into the ribs, and rub it in like an I-told-you-so (sorry, couldn't resist the awful pun). Double wrap the ribs in aluminum foil and place in an oven-safe dish. Bake for 2-3 hours.
I didn't realize how much the ribs would shrink from the bone, but it makes sense. Tasty.