Saturday, November 29, 2008

Anniversary cake

My father in law visited us. Before he came he called us and asked what we wanted to eat. My hubby said we already ordered chicken. My father in law said, he would pay for the chicken. My father in law asked if there's nothing that we wanted to eat. Hubby said he wanted to eat chocolate cake so my father in law brought this.

I dunno if he could understand what is written on it but I think the cute candies and marsmallows say all. Oh yes, my father in law gave us anniversary cake in advance. hehehe...Would you like some?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pressed Boiled Pork (Twaejigogi Pyonyuk)

Pressed Boiled Pork (Twaejigogi Pyonyuk)

Ingredients: 1 1/3 lb. pork, 2 tbsp. soybean paste, 2 knobs ginger, 1/2 lb. kimchi, tiny soused salted shrimp seasoning: (4 tbsp. salted shrimp juice, 2 tbsp. chopped green onion, 1 tsp. chopped farlic, sesame salt, 1 tbsp. red pepper powder, black pepper, sesame oil, water), lettuce leaves

1. Wash the pork with in cold water, cut it into large piece and tie them together tightly with string.
2. Slice the ginger thinly.
3. Dissolve and boil the soybean paste in water. Add the meat and ginger when boiling and simmer until tender.
4. Remove the excess fat and froth which have floated to the top.
5. When the meat is well-done, drain and rinse in cold water, wrap in a cloth and press it with heavy weight.
6. When the mean becomes firm, cut it into thin slices. Arrange the sliced meat on lettuce leaves on a plate and serve with the kimchi.
7. Mix the salted shrimps with the seasoning and serve. Add some water if the soused shrimp is too salty.

Hint: Pressed boiled pork is very tasty served with garland chrysanthemum, green pepper or vinegar-red pepper sauce.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Protect yourself and family

It's hot in the afternoon and it's too cold in the morning and at night. The weather is too strange that my in laws advice us to take care of our health in this kind of weather and season. If you go in crowded places like on the bus, shopping mall, market, etc.. you'll see lots of people sneezing or blowing their noses because of cold. It's too dangerous and scary to go out specially when I saw in the news that there was a man who brought in the hospital because of Bird Flu. The deadly disease that everyone scared of. How can we protect ourselves and our family in this kind of disease? This is the question that I'm sure everyone asked. Except from eating healthy food, there are ways on how to protect us from the deadly bird flu. Tamiflu and Relenza are the only drugs that can save our lives if infected by H5N1 virus. If you are very much aware of this deadly disease, you might be also interested with this free report entitled Bird Flu Exposed by simply entering your name and email address.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Skewered Boiled Beef (Hwayangjok)

Skewered Boiled Beef (Hwayangjok)

Ingredients: 1/2 lb. pressed meat, 6 dried brown, oak mushrooms, 5 bellflower roots, 1 cucumber, 2 carrots, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp. chopped pine nuts, 1/2 tbsp. sesame salt, 1 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tbsp. chopped green onion, 1 tbsp. chopped garlic, 1/2 tbsp. sugar, black pepper, red radish, 2 tbsp. soy sauce

1. To make the pressed meat: Boil the beef or the pork. Wrap the boiled meat in a cloth and press it with a heavy weight. When the meat is cooled, slice it into strips 2 1/3" long and 1/4" thick.
2. Soak the dried mushrooms in water and remove the stems. Slice them into 2 1/3" lengths.
3. Shred the bellflower roots into strips 1/4" thick. Cut the carrot into strips 2 1/3" long and 1/4" thick. Scald them in boiling water.
4. Choose a thin, tender cucumber and cut it into strips 2 1/3" long and 1/4" thick. Sprinkle with salt.
5. Separate the white and yolks of eggs and beat gently. Mix the beaten egg whites, and also the yolks with 1 tbsp. cornstarch flour, 1 tbsp. water and salt each. Fry these mixtures in a square pan in thick sheets and let them cool. Cut the egg sheets and let them cool. Cut the egg sheets into strips 2 1/3" long.
6. Season all the ingredients except the egg strips with the soy sauce, sesame salt, black pepper, sesame oil, green onion and chopped garlic and fry lightly.
7. String the ingredients on skewers alternating the colors. Sprinkle the top with powdered pine nuts on a plate. Garnish with red radish and parsley.

Hint: Bellflower root is a tasty addition to this dish. It is an alkaline food containing sugar, fiber, calcium and iron.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hobakjuk (pumpkin porridge)

My mother in law was hospitalized because of her bad eyesight. When I knew about that, I went to the market even when it was only few minutes left before the closing time so I hurried and bought this condensed milk or else I would blame myself for going out and dined out with my co-workers.

We have pumpkin at home so I thought of making "hobakjuk" (pumpkin porridge) for my mother in law.

Here's how I made hobakjuk-

Ingredients: 2 slices of pumpkin and 1/2 cup condensed milk

1. Remove the skin and cut the pumpkin.
2. Boil for 30 minutes or until it is soft.
3. Put in a blender and mix with the condensed milk until it is smooth.
4. Cook and stir often for 20 minutes.

My hubby told me to put some flour but I chose not to because I want to make it more delicious. My mother in law doesn't like porridge but she ate some and she said that she was very grateful for making porridge for her.

Study online

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Raw fish (sashimi)

After taking a walk for more than 40 minutes, my hubby felt hungry. As soon as we arrived home, he took the booklet, dialed the phone and ordered this.

Even if I didn't hear him talking on the phone and heard what he ordered, I already expected that he would order raw fish because we passed to many seafood restaurants on our way home. Raw fish (sashimi) is delicious in cold weather and we can't eat it in summer so when it gets cold, my hubby enjoys himself eating raw fish and some sea creatures. Of course I join him.

I love cooking

I used to hate cooking but because I got married to a man who loves eating, I tried to learn on how to cook. I always like preparing delicious food for him and I feel good when I see him eating a lot with the food that I prepared. Since then, I started to love cooking and even sometimes think of opening my own hotel and restaurant.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Stir-Fry Pork with Vegetables (Twaejigogi Yachaebokkum)

Stir-Fry Pork with Vegetables (Twaejigogi Yachaebokkum)

Ingredients: 1/3 lb. pork, 3 tbsp. cornstarch, 1/4 lb. carrot, 1 can of bamboo shoots, 3 dried brown, oak mushrooms, 1 round onion, 1/2 cucumber, 10 quail eggs, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. green onion, 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp. ginger juice, salt, 1/2 tsp. sesame oil, 1 cup broth, 2 tbsp. cornstarch liquid

1. Slice the prok thinly into pieces 2"x3/4". Sprinkle it with salt, black pepper and 3 tbsp. cornstarch powder.
2. Halve the carrot lengthwise and cut it diagonally into pice 1/10" thick.
3. Cut the bamboo shoots and cucumber diagonally into crescent shapes.
4. Soften the dried mushrooms in water and remove the stems. Slice them into pieces 1/3" wide.
5. Cut the round onion into thick strips.
6. Heat the oil in a pan. Then stir-fry the carrot, dried mushrooms, bamboo shoots, round onion and boiled quail eggs lightly adding them in order. Place them on a plate.
7. Re-oil the pan and stir-fry the garlic until savory. Then add the #1 pork and fry lightly.
8. Mix the #7 pork and the #6 ingredients. Season it with salt, soy sauce, sugar and ginger juice and fry again.
9. Pour the seasoned broth on this mixture and bring to a boil. Thicken the broth by pouring in 2 tbsp. starch liquid. Add the cucumber and sesame oil last of all.

1. Add the cucumber later to keep the color green. It changes to a yellow color if added first.
2. Add the sesame oil last to retain its special flavor and smell.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

No wonder why

It takes 30 minutes from to home to work so I always read books or play nintendo game on the bus. Now, I feel that my eyes are getting blurred. I need to choose to one of the Variable Dimension Frames From Zenni. The Great Eyeglasses For Less! What should I do? I like most of them. No wonder why Zenni Optical was on FOX news. Do you wanna know more about the famous glasses on earth? Watch Zenni on Fox!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Straw on your coffee

I went for a walked last night and we did it again today. We walked for almost an hour and on our way home, we saw a coffee shop. Nokcha Latte (Greentea Latte) for only $3 was written on the menu outside. When I ordered a cup of coffee, the waiter charged me 4.5 bucks. He said the price list outside was long time ago. Holy Cow! They should have changed it if they raised the price. Is it their way of getting some customers? I hope I wasn't the only one who complained about that price list.

Btw, don't be surprised when you take out caffe latte, cappuccino or any hot coffee that comes out with straw. Straw is used here with any hot coffee from famous coffee shops like Kenya, Holly's, etc...

Straw on your coffee? That's okay! People won't laugh at you, don't worry!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My adventures

You know how much I love adventure. I usually go camping on weekends with my hubby. We travel long hours to visit mountains and forests and sleep there for a night. We always have much load to carry when we go out. We were satisfied of our 3 years old car but because of our adventure we are planning to buy a bigger one. A Freelander where we can climb up the mountain easily and put all of our things for a camp.

There's also a program on tv that I love to watch. It's about the travel of people to some countries like Tibet, Mongol, and Africa. They climb up the mountain or go to the desert with a car. I like their adventures that's why I always dream of buying a Land Rover to use for my adventure. Who doesn't dream of having this roomy, nicely finished, well equipped and supremely capable off-road Freelander?

I always think of the famous adventure movies when I see a Freelander. It looks good and strong which is just the perfect car for adventure. I can't wait to use a Freelander for my adventures.

Jujubes (taechu) tree

Jujubes are one of the ingredients in some of my recipe like Yonggyebaeksuk (Spring Chicken Soup) and Twaejigalbichim (Pork Rib Stew). Jujubes (taechu) are similar to dates, usually use dried for cooking or medicinal purposes. They should be soaked before cooking.

I saw this jujube tree when we had megitang which is planted behind the restaurant.

I like jujubes and I eat them even when they are not dried. I used to put jujubes in our drinking water. I boiled some water and put some jujubes on it. My in laws recommended me to use them instead of green tea because they are good for our health but they are too expensive and we have much green tea at home so I switched back to green tea. But this winter, I'm planning to put jujubes again to avoid the cold and runny nose in cold weather.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Brochure printing

It was halloween yesterday and we had to cover all the windows. We didn't have enough paper to cover them so we used the pamphlet that they distribute for the people. My boss complained because he said they were expensive. In order for my boss to feel better, I will recommend this cheap brochure printing to him. My boss can save much using the conquest graphics because it is a brochure printing company where we can get much discount. I'm sure he won't complain anymore even when we use again the brochures next halloween.

Court reporters

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Traditional Cookie set

This cookies or snacks from Paris Baguette are delicious with green tea in fall and winter. When I had a visitor I offered them with green tea. They are in different flavor. Peanut, sesame seeds, etc..

Jeonbyeong are Paris Baguette traditional cookie set. They are crackers made from rice often eaten with green tea as a casual snack.

Keep me warm

It's fall and it's too cold specially at night. It's too expensive to use heater so we are trying not to use it in fall so we surfed on the net on how to save energy and money. We surfed on the net on how to keep our home warm without using the heater and we saw this Kalamazoo, MI Home Improvement. We need to get Kalamazoo, MI Energy Efficient Windows so that the air won't come in. Besides from saving energy and money I also like the style of the windows. I'm sure they will look perfect on my home! Thanks to Sir Home.