I Hate Matcha Pt. 1

Yes, I hate Matcha but I love Green Tea!! I just really dislike that bitter matcha powder taste so any desserts or sweets with Matcha in it, I stay far away from. However, I had a bag of Matcha powder at home and my mom wanted me to finish the bag. The reason I have this bag of powder because my boyfriend at the time LOVES Matcha and I made him some Matcha cheesecake for his birthday. A year later, I’m left with a bag of matcha powder.Read More »

Pasta is Simple?

My friend told me that you can never mess up Pasta, it’s the easiest thing to make. I feel like I’d have to disagree. Anyone can make pasta, but it’s not easy to make it well. Maybe it’s just because i’m not a huge fan of pasta? I feel like most of the pastas I’ve eaten don’t have much taste and it’s all in the sauces but even with the sauce i’m not generally impressed. Someone should take me out to get some really good pasta. Actually… now that I think about it- Eataly has really good pasta! Someone should still take me out for some good pasta 😉

Anyway, I had a box of pasta laying around and I wanted to make something simple to not only eat for dinner that night but also to take to work for lunch. I thought, why not pasta if it’s so simple? The thing was, I didn’t have any of the sauces at hand and I was not about to buy sauces- because i’m cheap and I don’t want to spend money on things if I can just make an alternative at home. I googled simple pasta recipes and I settled on two different ones:

When I was looking for these recipes, I was looking for ones that were easy, with ingredients that I had on hand, and didn’t require making actual sauces cause I don’t have time for that. 19349180_10154633220736451_1555761521_o

I mainly followed the second recipe and took some steps from the first concerning pasta boiling and peas.  I replaced all meats with bacon in almost every recipe i’ve tried so far  because it’s the easiest meat to work with in my fridge LOL.

 

I think my pasta and peas came out great and very al dente! The problem started when I started cooking the garlic and pepper flakes (I used Korean pepper flakes because that’s all I have) in the oil. I was too busy taking pictures and admiring the smell that it burnt. I also wasn’t sure if I put enough oil since it didn’t seem like all the pasta was getting coated in the burnt garlic oil. I also probably kept it in the pot for too long trying to coat everything because the pasta started coming apart! D:19198427_10154633221156451_1486088712_n.jpg

Overall, the taste was good-sometimes i’d have a taste of burnt garlic but meh whatever, garlic is delicious. I think it came out decently and it tasted even better when I had it for lunch the next day- it might have been because I hadn’t eaten and it was already 3PM.

Will definitely try to make pasta again and perfect it! As I write this, I realized that I did forget a step in the recipe. I’m not sure if it’s major but I was supposed to put some sort of cooking alcohol in it and I didn’t… I would’ve put Asian cooking wine. I have no idea how that would’ve gone…

Soondubu Mask Day~

Everyone who knows me knows that I love Korean food. Especially when it comes to their stews *drools* ugh delish.

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Cook Korean! by Robin Ha

I currently work at a free daily newspaper and our editorial team sometimes receive books to review and once they are done the books are up for grabs for the rest of the office. There was a Korean cookbook that stood out to me because it was written like a comic and who doesn’t love a comic?! Cook Korean! is a Korean cookbook in graphic novel format by Robin Ha. The artwork is beautiful and the Kimchi Jigae that I made one night on a whim based on her recipe was very simple to follow because the text instructions were simple with visuals to fill in the missing pieces. If you are ever interested in cooking Korean food, I would recommend this (but to be fair, i’ve only made two things from the book).

Not going to post the recipe here cause you should just get the book! 🙂 Read More »

Burgers Burgers Burgers!

To me, Memorial Day weekend is all about BBQs and Burgers because people are normally spending it with family/friends grilling and eating some good food. In my case, my family doesn’t really celebrate Memorial Day so I took things into my own hands and decided to make some burgers-to be specific, White Castle Style burgers (who doesn’t love White Castle burgers?!)

For this recipe, I actually found it in a Food Network magazine (thank you work!) but here’s the link online:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/white-castle-style-sliders-3721306Read More »

Plenty of Time to Spare

Happy Memorial Day!!

So asides from work, I realized that I have a lot of free time on my hands. I’m much more of a homebody so you can usually find me at home on the weekends or after work- but i’m going to try to go out more! However, when I am home- I figure I might do something super productive with my time. Hence this first project!

My grandmother loves buying groceries that no one at home will really use. She bought pork spare ribs and it was in the fridge and no one was going to do anything with it, so I figured I might as well make something with it. I found this simple recipe online for Korean styled slow cooked spare ribs:

http://www.food.com/recipe/korean-style-short-ribs-crock-pot-266161

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