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The Spontaneous Cook: Garaeddeok or Korean Rice Cake

26 Apr

So  I am a very spontaneous cook. If I see something on a cooking show or find a cool recipe on the internet and I realize that I have all the ingredients to make it; nine times out of ten I will be in the kitchen making it. It doesn’t matter what cuisine it is from or how involved the recipe is I will be in the kitchen making a mess. Oh yes I also haven’t mastered the “cooking clean” thing but that is another story. I love korean food (South Koreans not the ones who want to destroy us :p) so I decided I was going to tackle homemade Garaeddeok so I can make Ddeokbokki (like a rice cake stew). This became pretty involved rather quickly because where I live I have no international stores or markets. So I hunted down on the almighty YouTube a korean cooking superstar…Maangchi! I quickly fell in love with her channel and found all the necessary recipes I needed to make all of my Ddeokbokki dreams come true. So I actually started this project the night before by soaking my sushi rice to make rice flour the next day. Then in the morning I blended my rice to a flour by using my food processor and began making the rice cakes. For my fist time it came out really well. I don’t have all of the ingredients to make the ddeokbokki yet but that will be coming very very soon. So till then happy cooking—-CMY

Garaeddeok copy

Maangchi’s Garaeddeok Recipe Vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMz4t12DIGQ

Maangchi’s Short Grain Rice Flour Recipe: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/mepssalgaru

Maangchi’s Ddeokbokki Recipe Vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA3Uo3a9674

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A summer breakfast in the middle of winter…YUM!

27 Feb

I am nearing my graduation date in April and I couldn’t be happier except when I get screwed over by winter weather. I unfortunately am home missing a lesson because I couldn’t get out of my road due to ice. Not to mention I live an hour and fifteen minutes away from my school. So to cheer me up (because the winter blues are killing me) I decided to make a breakfast to give me summer dreams. So here is my recipe for scrambled eggs with scallion and sun dried tomatoes. Mmmmmmmmm……

Sun dried tomato and Scallion Scrambled Eggs

1 whole egg and two eggs whites

5 small sun dried tomatoes, or more if you wish

Handful of fresh chopped scallions

Cheese of your choice as much as you wish (I had some sharp American on hand so that’s what I used)

Some type of bread (It was delicious on an English muffin)

     Add a little bit of olive oil in a pan and heat for a minute or so on medium. Add your eggs to a bowl and beat then add cheese, scallions, and sun dried tomatoes, and mix until just blended. Add your egg mix to the pan and cook while constantly moving the eggs with a spatula until eggs are just firm. Toast up your english muffin and top with your scrambled eggs and enjoy. Serves 1.

Yummy summer inspired breakfast

Yummy summer inspired breakfast

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The Pitbull Mix and The Chihuahua

20 Mar

The Pitbull Mix and The Chihuahua

These two seem like unlikely friends, but from the first second they met they were inseperable. Mocha and Pixie met for the first time in the summer of 2004 and boy was he a bad influence on her, haha. She would run off with him and come back filthy. And when I say filthy I mean this blond became a brunette from dirt. I nipped this bad behavior in the butt and eventually the two of them mellowed out. Mocha is my neighbors dog; but during the warmer months he is over at my house all day every day. I never worry about Pixie when she is with Mocha. He is like her bodygaurd and he never plays rough with her. He even protects her from other dogs. Some neighbors don’t keep an eye on there dogs even if they are misbehaved (which Mocha is not). One day a large male dog wandered on to my property and set his sites on Pixie. Mocha was there and showed this stranger who was boss and he never returned again. Mocha is protective over the rest of the family as well, so evil doers beware. Happy Spring!—-CMY

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