Has it really been 10 days since my last post? My word, the days are flying by all too quickly! Have been meaning to put up more recipes as I have been cooking up a storm in our kitchen. If you’ve seen me around lately, you’ll know that although I haven’t been posting, I definitely have been eating! 😮 🙂 😮 I blame it on the weather! 😉 Hibernation mode on. Last night, we had our first snow. And today, we brought out all of our winter coats and jackets ready for the cold winter season ahead. (more…)
Yesterday’s post about wild herbs and foraging got me thinking about mushrooms. Sure you can find mushrooms year-round in the supermarket, but I was craving something tastier than your usual Portobello, Shitake and White Button mushrooms. It’s hard to find the good ones in the shops like Chanterelles, Hen of the Woods, Hedgehog, and Porcini (my favorite). Autumn is mushroom season! Some foraging knowledge would definitely come in handy right about now. 🙂 I bet there are blankets of wild mushrooms out in the nearby forests waiting to be picked. However, It’s not very likely that I will be foraging this season (I’d probably pick all the poisonous ones HAHA). So I did the next best thing. I went out to the Baltimore’s Farmers Market this morning under the JFX bridge and picked up some delicious funghi from the mushroom stall. (more…)
Rocket Spaghetti is my favorite (more than spaghetti carbonara – and for those of you who tried the carbonara recipe I posted, you’ll know that’s saying a lot!)! It’s a spin on Spaghetti Aglio Olio – another extremely simple and classic spaghetti dish. (more…)
Do people still have house warming parties? I remember going to so many house warmings and open houses as a kid. There would be elaborate buffets of food and a pastor would come and bless the house. I was taught to formally greet adults when we’d go out. I would greet any and every adult I saw at these open houses. It was funny to hear them tell me how much I had grown, especially because I’m sure they didn’t have a clue who I was. Like seriously, I don’t know you! HAHA. Last summer, my friend and I went for a hike in Patapsco Park and we ran into a woman who looked like my other friend’s mom. We went over to say hello and she was like ‘oh you’re here, it’s great to see you, have a good hike.’ As soon as we walked away from her, my friend and I turned to each other ‘Uh, that wasn’t her mom! HAHA. Who was that?’ Anyway, as an adult, I feel like I’ve only been to one or two house warming parties. Maybe it’s not as big a deal anymore. When we moved into our current house, we didn’t have a formal house warming. Our first guest was my mom. We prepared a lovely meal and had her over for lunch. This is a photo from that day. (more…)
So much for a week of Irish food…
Let’s see. I did a pork roast, made a few loaves of brown bread, had smoked salmon, drank pots and pots of tea and ate chocolate biscuits. Chocolate biscuits are considered Irish no? I have this thing where I can’t go without Asian food for more than a few days. I mean, I could but… for instance, I could be in Italy enjoying the most amazing seafood or pastas everyday on holiday, but as soon as I get back home, the first meal has to be something Korean. In a strange way, the stinky kimchi, soups, stews, grilled meats, marinated vegetables and white rice cleanse my palate. WHAT?!?! Am I the only one who’s like this? It’s kind of weird if you think about it because I was born and raised here in the states and although I did grow up with Korean food, I probably ate just as much American food, if not more. I wonder why I don’t crave burgers as soon as I land? Anyway, while I attempted to go the whole week making/eating at least one Irish meal a day, we ended up eating out a bit more than usual and when I did cook, I made foods from all over the place. My themed weeks haven’t been very consistent this time around. I mean to call it Irish week and only make two dishes…? tsk tsk tsk. Must do better next time! (more…)
I’ve been feeling a little homesick for Ireland these past few days. Am I allowed to use the word ‘homesick’ if I’ve never actually lived there? I’ve visited there so many times, it’s like I’ve lived there. Seriously, nearly every page of my passport has green ink on it! I should really just get an Irish passport already, I hate waiting in the Non-EU line at customs! I tried going through with Kevin before, but nope, they accepted him and I was told to go back into the Non-EU line. So I waited and waited and when I finally reached the Customs official, he asked me where my husband was. Next time Kevin, you’re waiting with me! I don’t know where this sudden longing to be back in Ireland is coming from. Maybe it’s because we’ve been drinking loads of Barry’s Tea and we don’t have proper biscuits and snacks to have with it. HAHA. Maybe it’s because we know we won’t be traveling much this year and that makes me miss my in-laws a bit more than usual. But anyways, this desire to be in Ireland has inspired me to cook Irish dishes all week. Sometimes, I feel bad for only making Korean or Italian dishes at home. Meat and potatoes have turned into kimchi and rice or pasta and salads in this house. So I dedicate this week to you my dear. I’ll cook all your favorite dishes, save for Steak and Kidney Pie. I still haven’t a clue how to make that. (more…)
Growing up, the only Korean dish I knew how to make was instant ramyun. Boil some water, empty the seasoning packet and noodles into the pot and in a few minutes, your meal is ready. Easy peasy! Sometimes, I would add in sliced onions or scallions. On special occasions I’d add in pieces of hot dog and crack in an egg! Fancy! As I got older, I realized this kind of cooking wasn’t going to cut it. I told myself if I’m going to marry a nice Korean man, I need to learn how to make excellent Korean food… perhaps that’s why I married an Irishman! HAHA. I’m being silly… but seriously, I’m constantly learning new recipes and it’ll be some time before my Korean cooking is excellent! 😉
I never really learned how to make classic Korean dishes properly. I sort of just experimented on my own living in Italy. Sure I called my mom for some guidance, but trying to learn recipes from a Korean mother is a little (too) frustrating for me. They don’t measure anything and I feel like every ingredient is optional. ‘Add in some peppers if you have them, if you don’t it’s ok.’ ‘Don’t add in too much water at the start, but if you do, it’s ok.’ “Grate in some apple. You don’t have apples? Use pears. No pears? Use kiwis. No kiwis? Well, it’s ok then.’ ‘This broth needs more salt. Or maybe it doesn’t. But you can add more if you want, but this will do too.’ So what is it mom – does it need more salt or not?! AHHH I’m so confused! She may not be a good teacher, but she’s a great cook. Her food is AMAZING! I tell her all the time that she has Mash It Neun Sohn, literally tasty hands, because everything she makes is so delicious. I’m convinced that one day, my Korean cooking will be just as amazing and I will surprise my mom with an elaborate Korean feast fit for kings. One day Lisbeth, one day! For now, I’m not going to kid myself, Americanized Lisbeth style Korean dishes will do. 😉 (more…)
Do you know what these beautiful flowers are? They’re squash/zucchini blossoms and boy are they delicious! I remember buying them a few summers ago at the Roots Market in Clarksville, MD. They showcase seasonal produce from local farms at various times throughout the year. They might get in a few dozen zucchini blossoms, a handful of garlic scapes, a few dozen patty pan squash and so on. And when they’re gone, they’re gone for the season. We don’t live so close to Clarksville anymore so we aren’t able to frequent Roots as often. We probably missed out on the blossoms delivery this summer. If you’ve been following the blog, you will know that I’ve been shopping at the local farmers markets a lot this year. I should really join a CSA. I had been searching for them all summer without much success. Every week I’d pick up a few zucchini or yellow squash and then it came to me. Surely these farms must have loads of blossoms growing out on the fields. I decided to write to a few local farmers to see if they could help me out. (more…)
One thing I look forward to every week is making lunch for my mom at our house. I think she loves it too! 😉 She’s a pretty busy lady, so in the short time we have together I make sure to prepare a lovely 3 course meal – starter, main and dessert. This way, I know she’ll leave with a full and happy belly. Oh and I always send her off with a hot cappuccino to-go. I literally buy those disposable coffee cups with lids from Costco, just for her cappuccinos.
Two weeks ago, I made my mom a fresh zucchini salad, pasta all norma (eggplant spaghetti) and fruit salad of peaches, nectarines and plums. (All made from seasonal produce from the farmers market.) She liked the zucchini salad so much I made it again when the whole family was over for lunch. Although the eggplant spaghetti was tasty and looked pretty, I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. I was short on time and skipped 2 important steps in the recipe and well, while the eggplant should’ve broken apart and become creamy in texture, it remained intact and was quite watery. She didn’t seem to mind, but I told myself I’d have to make it properly for her the next time. (more…)
Now that you’ve made the ciabatta from yesterday, all you need are juicy sweet tomatoes. These are the tomatoes I picked up after lunch at the Love Dove Farm stall at the Howard County Farmers Market. Aren’t they just gorgeous? I grabbed a pint of Sun Gold tomatoes and a pint of Black Cherry tomatoes. I could snack on them all day.
Farm stalls are overflowing with all different tomato heirlooms and varieties during the summer. Once you’ve tried fresh picked tomatoes off the vine, the ones you find year round in the supermarkets won’t do. It’s hard for me not to pick up a pint or two when I’m out at the farmers market. When using such delicious produce like farm fresh tomatoes, it’s best to keep whatever dish you’re making as simple as possible. You want the natural sweetness and bright flavors to shine. A great dish to show off summer tomatoes is Bruschetta. Here are a few different ways I dress my tomatoes. (more…)