pure food and wine

since gf was visiting, she wanted to check out a raw restaurant. since i like fresh salads and eat more vegetables than meat, a raw food diet is not a huge stretch. the best rated raw food restaurant i found was Pure Food and Wine. after a fun-filled kids’ Easter event, we went there for a late lunch. we arrived at a perfect time between lunch and dinner so we got the prime location – the outdoor table in front of the restaurant – which apparently is a hot spot because several others wanted the table after us (although the … Continue reading pure food and wine

rice and vegetable medley (bibimbop)

after the first korean meal i made using jenny kwak’s cookbook: Dok Suni, i was looking forward to making other yummy korean meal! as mentioned from my last cooking experience, banchan are an awesome part of a korean restaurant experience. since i already made 3 kinds of banchan, this meal is easy to make because it is really several banchan dishes placed over rice and flavored with hot sauce. my contribution to this recipe is adding miso paste to the sauce. miso adds a mild flavor to the really spicy sauce. anyhoo, this recipe/dish is awesome. i enjoy eating this … Continue reading rice and vegetable medley (bibimbop)

korean cooking – jenny kwak’s mom’s style

i love love love korean food but it has been one cuisine that i never considered learning how to cook – especially when there is an awesome restaurant i can easily go to that makes my favorite dishes … oh! just thinking of it, makes me so happy! anyhoo, i was at the bookstore last week and while enjoying my hot cup of coffee, i was browsing the cooking section and happened to lay my hands on the cookbook: dok suni. i ordered my copy of the cookbook online that day and it finally arrived in the mail today. i decided … Continue reading korean cooking – jenny kwak’s mom’s style

seafood pancakes (hey-mul pajun)

my favorite favorite favorite appetizer in a korean restaurant is the seafood pancake. each pancake is bigger than your head and is cur into bite size pieces to make it easy to dip into the sauce. filled with lots of seafood and scallions, it is pan crisped to perfection so there is a nice crunch with each bite. Ingredients For the pancake 4 ounces fresh squid (calamari) 9 ounces fresh shrimp 1 cup wheat flour 3/4 cup water 1 egg 2 teaspoons crushed garlic pinch sea salt 3 ounces scallions, chopped into 1- inch pieces 1 teaspoon olive or canola … Continue reading seafood pancakes (hey-mul pajun)

seasoned sprouts (kong-namul)

i’ve heard a lot that bean sprouts are good for you but i have never been a big fan. but when it is served as a banchan dish in a korean restaurant, i will eat and i will like it! they just flavor it so well! i decided to make a total of three banchan dishes for tonight’s meal so this ended up being the last one of the three. Ingredients 1 pound fresh soybean sprouts 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sesame salt 1 teaspoon minced scallion Preparation Wash … Continue reading seasoned sprouts (kong-namul)

spicy cucumber salad (oye moochim)

my other favorite banchan is a cucumber dish. now, there are two of them – one is a spicy cucumber salad and the other is the cucumber kimchi. doesn’t matter which one shows up at my table, i forget about sharing – that banchan dish is MINE! tonight i made the spicy cucumber salad bcuz it uses similar ingredients to the seasoned spinach dish i already made. anyhoo, i love it! crunch crunch crunch. Ingredients 1-1/2 pounds kirby or korean cucumbers 1 tablespoon coarse salt 1-1/2 tablespoons red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sesame salt 1 teaspoon … Continue reading spicy cucumber salad (oye moochim)

seasoned spinach (shigim-chi moochim)

one of the best things about eating at a korean restaurant is the banchan – the multiple plates of side dishes that are put on your table as soon as you sit down! depending on the restaurant and when you go, there may be different dishes each time and there are anywhere from 5 – 8 different plates – so there is definitely something you could like! one of my favorite banchan dish is the seasoned spinach. it is perfectly flavored with a nice kick of the garlic and pepper. whenever i’m at a korean restaurant and i don’t see this in the … Continue reading seasoned spinach (shigim-chi moochim)

lemon fish over spinach

last week, i was watching the rachael ray show with jessica seinfeld as a guest. i knew jessica seinfeld’s cookbook a few years but i didn’t know much about her style of cooking. anyhoo, it was interesting to learn how she finds ways to “hide” nutrition into meals but still have it taste good. the other thing they talked about was an online site where she made home videoes to help a friend cook. i found this recipe lemon halibut over spinach on the site and it looked so easy, i had to give it a try! true to her … Continue reading lemon fish over spinach

breakfast and art for allie by jim’s pancakes

how can a 3-year old not have a great meal when presented with a beautiful art creation that is a feast for the eyes … and then get to eat it too? well, little allison has just that responsibility and she does it with a smile, much to the joy of her father, jim. for the rest of us who don’t live in the household, we’re lucky to find his blog, jim’s pancakes. here, jim shares his artistic pancake creations. he even gives some construction tips so we can recreate his art. just to name a few from his gallery: – accessories … Continue reading breakfast and art for allie by jim’s pancakes

mobile apps for foodies

today mashable had a story on 10 iPhone Apps for food lovers. some of them were pretty cool. so, i compiled a list of their recommendations as well as other apps that i like. apps providing health information Seafood World (Free): resource of fish choices that are better for the environment Eat This Not That (Free): recommendation of a healthier alternative for something you are craving Lose It (Free): diary of your food intake to keep track of what you eat apps that provide definitions on food or cuisine Global Eater Food Dictionary ($.99): definition of food from all over … Continue reading mobile apps for foodies

lemon yogurt mousse

i love mousse and i love lemon flavor so when i found a recipe for lemon yogurt mousse in my light dessert cookbook, i had to try it! lemon is a wonderful flavor for dessert because it is a nice palette cleanser, mousse has a light foamy consistency that is perfect after a comfort meal, and blueberries complements the lemon flavor fruitfully. whisk up this dessert someday. i will definitely be making this again! Ingredients 12 ounces plain fat-free greek yogurt 2 teaspoons lemon zest 5 tablespoons strained lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup water 1 envelope (2-1/2 teaspoons … Continue reading lemon yogurt mousse

grilled curried mangoes

to add a little fruit to my dessert tonight, decided to make this grilled curried mangoes. the sweetened curry flavor on the mango was a nice twist and was quite tasty! Ingredients 2 large mangoes 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon curry powder 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar Preparation Preheat an outdoor grill, indoor grill or stovetop grill pan to medium-high. Peel mangoes. To cut mangoes, slice off one of the pointed ends on one of them and stand it up on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, make a cut from top to bottom, removing … Continue reading grilled curried mangoes