Are you guys enjoying the fall? Canadian fall is too short for me. It’s already getting cold. We went to a park before it gets too cold, but also to see the salmon run. All four family members head out for once. I’m going solely to enjoy the day, forgetting about all the housework. With kimbap. I will work hard like the salmon going against the current. Kimbap is one of my favourite foods. When I had field trips, my mom woke up at 4am to wrap kimbap for me. She almost seemed solemn, like she was going to perform a great ritual. The four of us would wake up and sit in front of her. And we would eat all the ends of the kimbap she gave us. Since we all loved it so much, she would wrap over 30 so we could have more once we return. And so I’m always nostalgic of the past whenever I wrap kimbap now. I use pickled radish and burdock made for kimbap. I either dunk the radish in water for 5 minutes or just rinse it. I’m going to stir the imitation crab on the pan for a bit because it was kept frozen. My mom always rinsed fish cake or ham with hot water, because she didn’t like oil/fats. I also do the same to get rid of the oiliness. I add salt and sesame oil to the blanched spinach. The egg was seasoned with salt and some rice wine. I sauteed the carrots with oil and some salt. I prepared a bulgogi filling for my son who always looks for proteins. The egg sheet is cut once it cools. A kimbap needs seasoned rice in order to be tasty. It is seasoned with salt and sesame oil. The seaweed is cut in half. The rice is pressed on so that it covers about 80% of the surface area. This step is especially unnecessary when in a rush, but to make it more aesthetic, I add another half-sheet on top before I wrap. I prefer meat-free kimbap. Gently spread on some sesame oil. The meat kimbap is for the kids. The leftover bulgogi and some tuna were used to make fried tofu sushi. It was cold but the portable burner wouldn’t lit up, so we couldn’t even have ramen. But the kimbap was very good. This is the third time I came here, but I’m still amazed at the salmon fighting against the current. I felt sad seeing the salmon constantly being pushed away. But then they use the strength they saved up to overcome an obstacle, and I found myself cheering for them. Because they get scratched by the rocks like this, their bodies become full of scars. A few dead salmon were visible too. I was kinda emotional witnessing the salmon reaching where they were born, laying their eggs, and facing death in a completely exhausted state. It seems the going against the current is responding to nature for them. Like the salmon that try their hardest whether knowing or not the end is death, I automatically find myself determined to live with my best efforts, before I reach the inevitable end. It was a nice day to escape the busy everyday life and spend time with my family. My family’s laughter sounds better than any music in the world to me. I bought some pumpkins for Thanksgiving and Halloween. I hope you guys will also be able to enjoy nature away from daily life now at the end of fall. Thank you for staying with me.