My favorite Korean food as a kid was Jja Jang Myun. I could eat bowls and bowls of these delicious black bean noodles and when there were no more noodles, I’d mix the leftover sauce into a bowl of freshly steamed white rice and make Jja Jang Bop. Just needed to take out the tupperware holding grandma’s kimchi from the fridge and I’d enjoy a most satisfying meal. 😉 (more…)
This blog should be called Lisbeth Eats…Noodle Soups or Lisbeth Eats…Asian food. I eat out at Asian restaurants A LOT! I think it’s because I don’t know how to make many Asian dishes at home. And I especially love noodle soups – Pho, Bun Bo Hue, Ramen, Udon, Naeng Myun, Jjam Ppong, Kalgooksoo and Hong Kong style egg noodle soups to name a few – just a few. 😉 (more…)
Guess where we’re going for lunch today? You got it, Hangari Noodle Company in Hanoori Town in Catonsville, MD. Oops, I suppose the title of this post gave it away. It’s been about a month now since they opened and I’ve been waiting for a cold autumn day to write about them. It’s my ploy to entice you all to head over there and check it out. 😉 There’s just something so comforting about eating a hot bowl of noodle soup on an overcast day like today. (more…)
I have a problem over-buying groceries…sometimes. Yes, only sometimes. I’m usually very good at not letting produce go to waste. It usually happens when I step foot inside Costco. I know what you’re thinking – IT’S COSTCO! I wanted to make carne asada for Kevin and well, instead of going to the normal supermarket or butchers to get enough steak for 2, I ended up picking up a pack of meat from Costco to feed a little army 😉 . A smart shopper would use only what’s needed and freeze the rest. But me, I marinated all of the meat and got my thumbs ready to text friends and family to come over for a home cooked meal. Ah sure, I might not always be a smart shopper but you can always count on me to be a generous host! (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…)
Every few months, I place a rather large order on Tommy Moloney’s online shop for Irish speciality meats and products. I order corned beef, cocktail sausages, breakfast sausages, rashers (Irish bacon), black pudding and white pudding. Before I knew about the site, whenever we’d have a taste for something Irish, I’d either have to make it from scratch (so basically just shepherd’s pie) or go out to James Joyce Irish pub in Harbor East. They do a delicious Irish potato soup and I really like their bangers and mash with onion gravy. By the way, bangers are Irish style sausages. Funny name, I know 😉 (more…)
On our way home from the gym yesterday, Kevin mentioned how he could go for a big plate of spicy green papaya salad. Mmm. I said ‘OKAY! Let’s go for some Thai!’ Of course, he was only being a tease. 🙁 HAHA. It’s probably better that we didn’t eat out. I have all sorts of fresh produce and meat in the fridge that I need to use up first. But ever since he mentioned that papaya salad, I can’t help but crave Thai food.
To be honest, I can’t remember the last time we had Thai for dinner. Portland maybe? Wow, was Portland really the last time? Kevin, can we go out for Thai this week? 😉 (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…)
One of the many things I look forward to when visiting my in-laws in Ireland is Sunday roast. We gather together with all of Kevin’s siblings at his parents’ home in the beautiful Irish countryside and we enjoy the day with good home cooking and good conversation. How every Sunday should be! 😉 When Kevin first moved to the states, I tried to keep up with it, but cooking a whole roast dinner for just the two of us sometimes was too much work. We always ended up with loads of leftovers or the both of us on the sofa with food comas. Roasts are meant to be shared with family and friends!