Tea

Haap: Traditional Korean Dessert Cafe in Cheongdam


Brewing kombucha in Korea

Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. I have been brewing my own for almost a year now. I brew black or green tea for several days with a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast) and sugar. Some people claim that the beverage can stimulate the immune system, prevent cancer, and improve digestion and liver function. However, there’s no scientific evidence to support these health claims. Personally, I like the taste of the drink —similar to sour beer, in my opinion— and I do feel good when I regularly drink a small amount.

It can seem like a complicated process, but it can quickly become routine and simple. Here is the recipe that I use to make one gallon of booch.

First, clean your hands. This is a no-brainer, but your hands should be very clean – especially when handling the scoby. You can also remove your jewelry as an extra precaution. 


Morning Mists

Morning Mists

After hitchhiking to Daehan Dawon during the early hours of an autum morning, I set up and captured the fabled mists of Boseong. This wasn't my only attempt at the shot, the weather let me down on the other occasions; and so it was incredibly gratifying to finally get the shot I envisaged.

Away from the Tourists

Away from the Tourists

Lugging my gear out of the park and off into the serenity of the surrounding hills of Boseong, South Korea was the perfect decision. Much as the tourist-friendly section of Daehan Dawon Green Tea Plantation is beautiful in its own right, eschewing the well trodden track meant I could watch the light fade out uninterrupted.

Economical Eating In Korea- Be Healthy Without Being Bankrupt

Tea Therapy: Samcheongdong's Healing Restaurant

These days, I'm trying hard to alter my lifestyle to be a healthier, happier me. This entails everything from establishing a morning routine of drinking lemon water, stretching and dry brushing to cooking with fresh ingredients, limiting sugar intake and snacking on green smoothies. I'm learning that what we put into our bodies greatly affects how we look, feel and even think. It's a slow process, but I'm getting there.

Bubble Tea in South Korea

It’s getting warmer in South Korea. It seems as if we will have an early summer.


Sweet Kabocha Puree

Last week I promised the recipe for the dip you saw with the Low Carb Protein Stick recipe, so here it is!

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As you know, I LOVE kabocha. Love Love Love Love Love Love Love kabocha!!! Actually now, I get a discount at my local “Angel Home Mart”- just a random Korean grocery store on danhobak  단호박, as it’s called here. I told them it is my favourite, and because they like me, they say “special discount, only for you” :)


Low Carb Protein Sticks

This week I’m breaking the post into two parts. This post will be the protein part. Next week will be the carb part. Together, these recipes have been my post workout meal of choice recently. IMG_1426-25So what is a protein stick? Um well basically it’s just a protein pancake that has been cut into stick form. Exciting right?


Slice & Bake: Asian Tea Cookies

In this Neapolitan-style cookie, Asian flavors of chocolate, roasted soybean and green tea are layered and then dipped in white chocolate.  These decadent cookies are perfect with tea or coffee.

Asian Tea Cookies

Slice & Bake: Asian Tea Cookies

Servings: About 50 Cookies

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature (soft)

-1 1/4 cups sugar

-1/4 cup milk, at room temperature

-1 egg

-2 tsp vanilla extract (or 5-7 drop of vanilla concentrate)

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-1/4 tsp salt

-1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

-1 1/4 cups white wheat flour

-2 Tbls cocoa powder

-3 Tbls roasted soybean powder


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