kitchentips

Eggnog isn’t readily available in South Korea, so I started...



Eggnog isn’t readily available in South Korea, so I started making it to make my holidays complete. I throw all caution to the wind and don’t cook my eggs, but I throw a lot of booze in so I hope it evens out —because alcohol kills all germs, right?

Ingredients:

4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar +plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
5 ounces spiced rum
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites

1. Beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. 

2. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. 

3. Add the milk, cream, spiced rum, and nutmeg + stir to combine. 

4. Separately, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Then, gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. 


One of my favorite Korean foods is kimchi jjigae (김치찌개, kimchi...



One of my favorite Korean foods is kimchi jjigae (김치찌개, kimchi stew). Once you have all the ingredients, it’s easy to make. 

Ingredients

  • 7 large dried anchovies, heads and guts removed
  • 1/3 cup Korean radish, thinly sliced
  • 4 x 5 inch dried kelp
  • 3 green onion roots
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound kimchi, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup kimchi brine
  • ½ pound pork shoulder or belly
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons gochugaru (Korean hot pepper flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (hot pepper paste)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 small package of tofu, sliced into ½ inch thick bite size pieces
  • 1 small package of spam, sliced into ½ inch thick bite size pieces
  • 3 green onions, diced

Directions


How to make homemade sauerkraut

I’ve had such a good time brewing my own kombucha that sauerkraut seemed like a natural next step. Making healthy, probiotic-filled sauerkraut is easy and cheap -and it’s so much better for you than the chemical-filled sauerkraut you buy in the store.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium head fresh green cabbage, 2 ½–3 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (table salt has additives so don’t ferment with that!)
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill

DIRECTIONS

1. Chop up your cabbage -green or purple. I will warn you that in my experience, purple cabbage needs more help fermenting so you might have to add more brine, but I’ll explain that later.


These taste just like Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies....



These taste just like Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies. Seriously.

INGREDIENTS

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. 

3. In a large bowl, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.


Moist, chocolatey muffins for breakfast or dessert.INGREDIENTS2...



Moist, chocolatey muffins for breakfast or dessert.

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
1⁄2 cup oil
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3⁄4 cups plain flour
1⁄2 cup sugar
1⁄4 cup cocoa
1 tablespoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips +extra to sprinkle on top

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 200 C and prepare muffin pan by greasing or fill with paper liners.
2. In large bowl mix the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla.
3. In smaller bowl mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
4. Combine wet and dry mixtures and fold together gently until just mixed. Mix in chocolate chips.
5. Spoon into prepared pan until ¾ full, and sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top. 
6. Bake for 20 minutes.


Since tomatoes are in season, I have been making some salsa in...


tomatoes, garlic, and onions ready for the broiler


Tomatoes, garlic, and onions after the broiler


A batch of salsa!

Since tomatoes are in season, I have been making some salsa in the blender. Here is the recipe that I use. Modify it as you see fit, but keep the vinegar levels relatively on par. The vinegar acts as a preservative and helps the salsa keep for up to two weeks. It tastes great after being frozen as well though if you need to store it for longer.


My banana bread recipe is delightful, but it doesn’t do well...



My banana bread recipe is delightful, but it doesn’t do well when adding walnuts. Below is a recipe ideal for a nutty addition. Don’t be lazy; toast those nuts.

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces (10 minutes at 350F)


Foreign food can be expensive in Korea, but I made this...



Foreign food can be expensive in Korea, but I made this artichoke for a decent price at home. 

Ingredients
1 cup of artichoke hearts
1 cup of mayonnaise
1 cup of parmesan cheese
8-ounces of softened cream cheese 
1/2 cup of chopped spicy green peppers

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). 

2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a pie pan or medium baking pan. 

3. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned. Add up to an additional 1/2-cup of parmesan cheese on top if desired.


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. 


Honestly, this picture doesn’t do it justice, but cinnamon...



Honestly, this picture doesn’t do it justice, but cinnamon roll cake is where it’s at. And all the ingredients are super easy to find in Korea!

Ingredients

3 cups flour
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1½ cups milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
½ cup butter, melted

TOPPING
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

GLAZE
2 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla


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