Monthly Archives: February 2010

Mmm, guacamole and Korea FTW!

So here I am again, up at 11:15 pm watching women’s figure skating. As much as I love the Olympics, I’m pretty sure my body will appreciate me not forcing it to stay up till midnight, as well as all the anxiety and anticipation! Though my cousin sent me an email and in it he told me who won, so I guess no anxiety here. Still waiting to see how Joannie Rochette does though! I wish her the best.

My friend Lauren came over tonight to hang out and watch the Olympics. She brought Blue Moon, I made guacamole.

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Delicious

I had never had guacamole until my senior year in high school when my friend found out and made it for me. I always thought it was kind of weird, until I tried it, then fell in love. I’ve only made a couple times, mainly because I can eat a whole large bag of tortilla chips in one sitting and not realize it, until I reach into the bag and it’s completely empty. I don’t really have a set ingredient standard when I make guacamole. Usually it’s as follows:

Avocado
Sour cream – about a spoonful depending on how many avocados and how tangy
Cilantro – about 1/2-1 tbsp
Red Onion – I usually cut through one layer of half an onion and chop it into small pieces
Cherry or grape tomatoes – I like a lot of tomatoes… So I suppose it’s up to your taste
Squirt of lemon juice – again, depending on how tangy
Jalapeno – only if you can handle the spice!
Salt and pepper to taste

I got good reviews tonight so I guess it was good! I do think I put a tad bit too much sour cream in there and was lacking in the tomatoes and jalapeno. I’m headed back to my parents this weekend, so hopefully I’ll have some good Korean food to share with you next week!

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Korean tofu

…. Yeah I’m not so good at cooking it. It shouldn’t be that difficult, right? Cook some tofu, put some soy sauce dressing on it, should come out all nice and pretty, right? Wrong. At least, when I make it. When my mom makes it, it always comes out beautifully and is the perfect dish with some rice and kim-chi. But then again, my mom uses soy sauce, sesame oil, cooked sesame seeds, green onions/scallions, garlic and red pepper flakes (and no, not the kind you put on pizza). This is what it’s supposed to look like:

Perfect

This is what mine turned out like:

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Umm... Yeah....

Two, big brown bricks of.. mashed soy. It actually tasted fine when I had it. Except, I didn’t have sesame oil so I used some olive oil, didn’t have sesame seeds, but hey, at least I didn’t have any stuck in my teeth! And I also didn’t have a green onion, but I grilled some veggies instead!

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Mmmm, yummy

I may not do the tofu so well, but I can make a mean pan of veggies! This was my break away from chicken and tilapia… Even though I’ve had a couple week break from tilapia. It may not be mom’s cooking, but it’ll hold me over for the next day until I can actually go home and get mom’s cooking!

*Good-looking Korean tofu picture credit goes to: Korean Food Recipe

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More Olympics and free food!

Yahoo posted this article on Shine today about how to mooch good eats! I noticed they forgot to mention the once a year Ben & Jerry’s has free ice cream day. I believe that’s coming up in April. There’s only one Ben & Jerry’s near me and that’s in Greenlake and I don’t think I have the patience to stand in line for that.

They also posted this article: The Top Ten Most Difficult Recipes to Make. Now, I haven’t actually made any of these, but sourdough bread? Really? And when I worked at the Oceanaire, the paella seemed so easy to make! … When I wasn’t dropping it off the line… but that’s another story. I’m intrigued by the croissants. Maybe after Lent I’ll attempt to make some. Or the Napoleans, which I thought were a dessert but apparently I’m wrong. Mole is an interesting food to me, but I think that’s because I don’t like chocolate in a savory dish. Call me crazy, but I like my chocolate in the form of a candy bar. I never seem to like chocolate cake, until I eat it. Then I love it…. But once it’s out of sight I forget about it! Question of the day – which one of these items would you try to make? Or have you made?

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Ice dancing and veggies

I should definitely be sleeping right now. Well, at least, attempting to sleep since I don’t usually fall asleep till about midnight. But now, I’m so addicted to the Olympics I’m watching Ice Dancing which, not going to lie, is a bit ridiculous. But I’m eager to find out who wins! Canada or US? Even though I love the US, I can’t help but want home country Canada to win. They need some more gold medals while they host the Olympics! But anyways… On to food…

My roommate and enjoyed a beautiful, sunny Seattle Saturday and wandered around Ballard this weekend. We were in dire need of coffee, and walked around for about 30 minutes to try and find a cafe that wasn’t Starbucks or Tully’s. Apparently Ballard is not like Fremont that seems to have a small cafe on every block, or maybe I just don’t know Ballard well enough. We ended up going to a cafe on, I believe it was Leary Way. I forget the name of it, but it was owned by a Japanese woman and served Stumptown coffee. Kelly and I had never had Stumptown coffee, but she had heard it was delicious, and it definitely did not disappoint!

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So pretty!

I’d definitely go back to that cafe, they had some pretty tasty looking pastries and goodies! They had a croissant sandwich that looked like it was from a shop in Paris. Definitely on my “to visit” list after Lent is over!

Tonight for dinner I made my usual grill/stir fry of chicken and veggies. Instead of using the frozen stir fry for Costco though, I chopped up my own fresh vegetables. It turned into “Gina has leftover veggies going to go bad, use them ASAP!” The ingredients were as follows: broccoli, a can of stewed tomatoes, grape tomatoes, fresh jalapeno, red pepper, red onion, cilantro and chicken breast.

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Mmm, delicious and fresh

I threw it over whole wheat pasta shells (originally was going to be whole wheat linguine, but I realized I didn’t have enough linguine so I used the shells) and this was the outcome:

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Yum!

Congrats to the Canadians! They just won. And now it’s time for me to head to bed. Question of the day – Your favorite Winter Olympic event?

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Subway tastes like cardboard

Ok, maybe not all Subway sandwiches, maybe just the ones I eat. Has anyone else noticed that though? If the bread isn’t fresh out of the oven and not eaten within 15 minutes, I’ve noticed my sandwiches start to have the consistency of a cardboard box, and tastes like what I can only imagine cardboard would taste like. The consistency is chewy and tough and the only thing that keeps me eating it are all those “fresh” veggies. Not gonna lie, I’ll keep going back. Something about “$5 footlongs” and me being a poor college grad will keep me going back for a “healthy” meal.

I found this webpage for Julia Child’s beef bourguignon. Maybe I’ll attempt to make it this weekend? It’ll keep me fed for a week! I wonder how much beef chuck costs.. Ideas anyone? I’m going to my friend’s this Friday and I want to bring a snack/appetizer. Now that Lent’s started though, I have to be quite picky-choosey of what I can eat. Though I could be selfless and make something I couldn’t eat… But what’s the fun in that?!? Alright, work to do. I’ll be at a concert of one of my favorite groups Swollen Members tomorrow so I may not be able to blog. I can’t wait though! I met them in Whistler and it was a huge highlight of my trip!

Swollen Members, famous Canadian sports broadcaster, me and Mimi!

Question of the day – Your favorite type of stew?

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Whistler and the Olympics

My friend Mimi invited me to Whistler with her family this weekend and I was able to check out some of the Olympics! I went to the Luge event as well as two gold medal ceremonies in Whistler. It was an awesome experience! I had one of the best weekends ever. Everyone up there was so nice and friendly. It was a great time.

I also ate. A lot. Mimi’s parents had friends up and they made sure I was well feed all weekend! There was pancakes, the best maple syrup I’ve ever had, bacon, beef pie, a beef bourguignon type stew, pulled pork, bread, cookies, cookie bars, chocolate, crackers and amazing cheese. I definitely ate like an athlete. I will be making beef bourguignon sometime. Peggy (the woman who made it) said she got it from the Julia Child’s cookbook. Next time though, no carrots and way more mushrooms! Also, Costco makes some pretty bomb pulled pork! And having that after a long day of watching the luge in the freezing cold and seeing a gold medal ceremony and being half frozen, it had to have been one of the best things I’ve ever had! Beef bourguignon is also great for after bar munchies, I woke up with no hangover at all this weekend!

If you ever get the chance to get to Whistler. You MUST check out Crepe Montagne. Best crepes I’ve ever had. Last year, I had the most amazing Nutella and strawberry crepe, they definitely do not stiff you on the Nutella like most places! I had been dreaming about it all weekend, but that morning I had hot cocoa for breakfast and wasn’t ready for more sugar in the morning. So I took a chance and ordered the “bobsleigh”: fresh tomato, ham or Canadian bacon, 3 cheeses, and green onions. I went with Canadian bacon and this is what I got:

Cafe Montagne

The French gift to Canadians.. And Americans like me

It was delicious. I didn’t want it to go away. The cheese was melted just right and was a perfect combination with the tomato and bacon. I literally left nothing on my plate. Not a single flake of crepe or a green onion.

While Whistler is blessed with Cafe Montagne, the Canadians also eat this interesting thing called “poutine.” It’s french fries with gravy and cheese.

Interesting....

It actually wasn’t that bad. I believe the cheese was mozzarella. I was told the cheese is usually smaller so it melts into the fries and gravy. I could see this being the best thing in the world during/after a night of hardcore drinking! This would probably help with keeping a morning hangover away. Though probably not the best thing in the world for your arteries. I’d eat it again though!

Alright, time for me to finish watching the Olympics and do some work. Question of the day – your favorite winter Olympic event? I thought mine was ice skating, but after watching the ski moguls… Those were pretty legit.

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Avoiding becoming sick and Quick whole wheat bread

So I’ve spent this winter pretty healthy, even with running 6.5 miles in 20 degree weather and running in the rain. Yet now that I’m going to Whistler in two days, my body has decided to come down with something. Luckily, it’s nothing really big – mainly cough and phlegm. Lovely, I know. So this is going to be short as I want to try and be in bed before 10 pm!

A few months ago, my roommate found a recipe for bread that didn’t require yeast, flour, eggs… Pretty much things you find in most cakes. She found this recipe on ReadyMade:

Oil or butter for greasing pan

1 2/3 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
2 1/2 cup (about 12 oz) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup molasses (or maple grade syrup)

– Heat the oven at 325 degrees. Grease an 8×4 inch or 9×5 inch loaf pan, preferably non-stick
– Mix together dry ingredients. Stir in the molasses into the buttermilk or yogurt. Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients (just enough to combine) then pour into the pan. Bake until firm, 45 minutes to an hour. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes until removing from the pan.

Finished product

Mmmm.. Can you see the steam rising?

The bread is pretty sweet from the molasses, so it tastes best with butter or jam/jelly. The bread is pretty dense, not light and airy, but it’s really good. Kelly’s made this a few times. There’s definitely been some experimentation, sometimes water will get added to buttermilk if there’s not enough… Cooking time gets played around with.. But every time the bread tastes delicious! I definitely recommend you try this, and also check out Kelly’s Esty website: ink whimsy

Question of the day: Best way to get rid of a beginning of a cold?!?

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