Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

GOMP: 1/3-8

MONDAY:
– tuna bap for me
– leftover chicken stirfry with rice for Roo

TUESDAY:
– pork chops with mustard cream sauce
– roasted vegetables (asparagus, red & yellow onions, baby red potatoes)

WEDNESDAY:
– herb-marinated pork loin
– orzo with roasted vegetables (asparagus, red onions, mushrooms, red & yellow bell peppers)
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THURSDAY:
– leftovers

FRIDAY:
– burgers @ Umami

SATURDAY:
– penne alla vodka
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LDW: Macarons!

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Blackout

lantern

When I was doing my meal plan at the beginning of the week, I asked Roo what he wanted to eat, and he asked for this pasta again. I had actually planned to make it Wednesday night, and have the leftovers for dinner on Thursday. BUT!! Early Wednesday evening, right in the middle of my Fantasy Football (why do I always want to write Final Fantasy instead?) draft, I heard a loud explosion outside, and all of a sudden – a deafening silence. All of our power went out, and first things first, I had to call my brother and beg him to log onto the draft and act as my proxy. Actually, my team is probably ten times better than it would have been otherwise.

As 7pm and impending darkness crept up, Roo and I quickly realized that we have no flashlights or candles in the house (!!!), but remembered we did buy an LED lantern for a camping trip. Of course, we had to dig through our entire storage closet to actually find it, but it was a relief that we wouldn’t have to rely on our rapidly dying cell phones for light all night long!

Thankfully, power was restored at some point in the wee hours, and I woke up on Thursday to blinking clocks and random lights on all over the house. I hemmed and hawed all day over whether the sausage in the fridge would still be ok, but decided it just wasn’t worth the risk and ended up making a trip to the grocery store to pick up some more. On the bright side, I bought everything we’ll need to get us through Tuesday…and then we’re off to Baltimore on Wednesday!

Mixin’ it up 2.0

I, too, was feeling lazy and hot today.  I used the same bibim guksu recipe as Gulez did, but different toppings:  julienned carrots, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, cubed firm tofu and kimchi.

It was indeed magical.   ^ ^

Mixin’ it up

Hot day + lazy = less than zero motivation to cook. The magical ease of 비빔국수 (bibim guksu) saves the day (or lunch)! I hesitate to call it “cooking” since all it involved was boiling water, chopping some vegetables, and mixing everything together.

See? Magical.

Key Ingredient: Green Onions

I haven’t cooked a proper meal in ages!  I was tempted to reach for my trusty ramen (Neoguri or Jjapagetti), but had already eaten a packaged noodle lunch product today and thought I’d better try to eat something that wasn’t so processed and msg-laden.

What I had to work with:
– 1 package of firm tofu
– eggs
– bunch of green onions
– can of corn
– various Asian and American spices and condiments
– rice, of course.

What I ended up with:

Fried Tofu Side Dish (DooBoo JoRim)
The recipe is from Aeri’s Kitchen, my new go-to site for Korean recipes.  This turned out really well despite my not having onions or carrots as the recipe called for.  I actually followed the sauce recipe pretty closely (the parts that matter :))!  Oh, the smell of soy sauce + sugar + sesame oil + garlic + green onions made me drool.  MMM.

Corn with Oyster Sauce
Gotta have a vegetable in there somewhere, so this was it.  Heat a can of corn in a pan, add green onions and a few shakes of the oyster sauce, and ta-da, you’ve got a vegetable dish!

Lazy Verison of “Steamed” Egg (Gyeran Jjim)
That’s actually a small frying pan.  I debated trying the microwave method or putting a bowl in a pot to steam, but laziness won out.  I did sautee the green onions a little first, with a dash of soy sauce.  This was 3 eggs with maybe 1:1 ratio of water.  I poured the mixture over the green onions, stirred to mix and then covered the pan with a heat-safe plate.  10 minutes later on very low heat, the eggs had firmed up.  I might lower the heat as low as it can go next time, the eggs were quite dark on the bottom.

Dinner is served!

Here comes the sun

Ahhh, true comfort food at its very best! Kimchi bokkeumbap is one of my favorite go-to meals that’s so easy to throw together, not to mention delicious. It combines two of Korea’s most beloved foods, after all: kimchi and spam! Seriously, what’s not to love? I usually top with an over easy egg, but decided to roll with sunny side up today. I just want to stick my spoon in this picture and POP that golden yolky goodness!