A Traditional Kid-Friendly Dish

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Up until this week I have never ever tried fresh-off-the-farm organic eggs.  I thought that was just for special people who had access to beautiful rural places up in Nor Cal or the East Coast.  Well guess what!  This week, one of our super duper cute elderly patients came with a hefty Chipotle bag full of beautiful eggs!  I think I almost about jumped out of my desk and gave him a big hug; it’s almost as if he knew I was pregnant and obsessing over eggs.  Okay so many people reading this might think, “Ellie, they’re just eggs…get over it!”.  eggs

I realize that I’m rather strange for being so excited about fresh eggs, but I feel like I’m in a movie for receiving such a cool gift!  And apparently I need to be in a movie since I’m so dramatic about the things that I love.  But I prefer to call that “passionate expressionism”.  Winking smile

While I was at work today, I was brainstorming on what I should make for dinner today since out of the blue I felt the desire to cook.  I suddenly remembered some of my childhood favorites and thought a lot about my mom (I missed her today!), and came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t want anything other than 오므라이스, which is a traditional Korean dish pronounced omurice, which is transliterated into omelet rice. We’re so clever no?

Omurice can be somewhat tedious to make simply because of all the chopping that is required, but if you chop the veggies and cook the rice the day before, then you can just throw all the ingredients into the skillet and you’re pretty much done.

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Omelette Rice (오므라이스)

This dish is kid-friendly and everyone seems to love it at first bite.  It contains a reasonable amount of nutrients from the egg and the vegetables, and is vegetarian friendly.  I opted for white rice as it is the traditional way to make it, but it can easily be substituted with brown rice.  Last but not least, it’s known to be a great picnic food!  Easy to pack and easy to eat.

Ingredients

  • 4 C cooked rice (I used rice cooker)
  • 1/3 C chopped potatoes
  • 1/3 C chopped carrots
  • 1/3 C chopped onion
  • 1/3 C corn kernels (I shucked a corn)
  • 1.5 TBSP Safflower oil (or other)
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
  • sprinkle of black pepper
  • 6 whole eggs
  • oil spray
  • Ketchup for garnish and flavor at the end

Directions

  1. Chop all of the above mentioned vegetables and use either freshly cooked rice or cold rice.
  2. Grab a large skillet and heat up the oil for 30 seconds on medium heat.
  3. Toss in the veggies and the salt+pepper and sautee for approximately 4 minutes on medium heat, or until veggies are slightly softened.
  4. Add rice and cook for another 6 minutes or so while mixing occasionally.
  5. Heat a medium skillet with the oil spray while you scramble the eggs in a bowl.  Pour about 1/4 of the egg mixture on the skillet and spread very thinly.  Cook for 1 minute on each side and repeat 3 more times.
  6. Spoon rice onto a plate and place the egg on top.  Squirt ketchup and voila!

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And then there’s a truly interesting soup called 북어국, pronouned Bugeohgook.  Wow.  It sounds weird when I write out the pronunciation.  Anyway, this beautiful soup (at least to me it is) is mainly composed of dried Pollack fish.  Ummm what?  It sounds really clandestine and fishy (teehee) but I think the addition of this dried fish makes the soup so flavorful and interesting.

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Fish and Egg Soup (북어국)

This soup is brothy and very light; it is usually eaten as a side dish.  It’s low in fat, packed with protein, and full of bold flavors.  The dried Pollack ingredient is found in Korean stores in the dried fish section.  You can purchase it whole and tear it yourself, or save some time and effort by buying the pre-cut kind.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 C dried Pollack cut in 1/2” wide strands
  • 1 TBSP sesame oil
  • 7 C water
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste
  • sprinkle of pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 C green onions, cut about 2” long
  • 2 whole eggs

Directions

  1. Heat up a medium pot on medium heat and pour in the sesame oil.  Cook the Pollack for about 1 minute while tossing occasionally.
  2. Add the water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.  Let it simmer for 10 minutes or so.
  3. Add the chopped garlic and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, scramble the 2 eggs and pour it into the pot and quickly stir the egg so it distributes itself.  Throw in the green onion and cook for 2 minutes.

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Omelet Rice and Pollack soup go very well paired together.  Open-mouthed smile  Even my husband who doesn’t like strong fish loved this combo!

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Oh yeah, and I love the weather these days!  Rainy weather is my absolute favorite and am in love with taking walks during the day.  (Awkward transition)  This picture reminds me…I wouldn’t mind having a tripod to capture all the mesmerizing movements of nature.  Anyone out there recommend a good inexpensive tripod for a Canon 20D?  Share the love please!

What are some foods/ingredients from your ethnic cuisine that might be considered interesting by others?

Do you have childhood favorites from your own culture?

Do you have any experience with tripods?

Love,

Ellie <33


Homemade Korean Galbi and Teach on Thursday

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Ever since  my big move from Argentina to the United States, and mind you, “big move” is an understatement because it was one of the most life changing experiences in my life, I have grown to love everything that culture has to offer.  Culture is just amazing and one of my deepest passions.  If there were a job titled Culture Lover and Explorer, I would be the first to send in my application.  We’ve all heard it said that California is the melting pot of the U.S., and I couldn’t agree more with that statement.  Though I miss and love Argentina, the fact that good old Cali welcomes an eclectic array of cultures continually entices me and never ceases to amaze me. While driving around the surrounding cities of L.A., one will easily notice that there is a Thai restaurant next to a Mexican joint which happens to also sell juicy and fatty burgers, all while it is strategically established next to a Korean market or a Korean restaurant.  Ever since the Korean Wave, 한류  pronounced hal-yoo, has invaded all throughout Asia and swept through Europe, it has finally come to make itself known to my fellow Americans (You know Gangnam Style?  Don’t pretend you have no idea what I’m talking about. Winking smile)  But even before K-pop made its way to the remotest corners of the U.S., food came first.

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Much to my surprise, rarely do I come across an individual who dislikes Korean cuisine.  Well, at least not in America.

Lately I’ve been challenging myself to make more cultural dishes that I’m not used to cooking very often:  Melitzanosalata (Greek dip), pita bread which was a fail, and this juicy Korean BBQ dish.  Although we’re known to have a vegetarian friendly diet, a meat dish will almost always find its way onto the dinner table, especially if there is a special occasion to celebrate.

Korean Galbi {Low Sugar}

Most Galbi (or Kalbi) recipes call for a great measure of refined sugar, which makes this dish taste very sweet and full of flavor.  However, I find that an alternative method works best for my healthy eating needs and goals, and the pay-off will be less medical bills for the elderly if you decided to share this dish with them. : )  I love to incorporate natural sugars in my cooking as often as I can, so I decided to marinate the meat in pureed apple (or applesauce)and a tinge of honey.  Not only is this method low-sugar-diet friendly, but it is also a great way to tenderize the meat.  Eating healthy and wholesome food doesn’t need to be dreadful and tasteless!

Makes approximately 2-3 large servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. beef short rib (I used the one without the bones)*
  • 1 medium apple, pureed
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 C soy sauce
  • 3 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 1/2 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 1/2 of a large onion, julienned
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch of black pepper

Directions

  1. After gathering the necessary ingredients, grab a large deep dish bowl  or ziploc bag for the marinade.  Pour in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and honey.  Mix it well with a whisk.
  2. Add the pureed apple (you may also use Asian pear or kiwi), onion, garlic, pepper, and sesame seeds.  Mix some more and put the meat in the bowl or bag.  Make sure to immerse the meat within the marinade.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  3. Get a grill pan (like John Foreman griddle) or a basic skillet and cook the meat along with the onions on medium heat.  Let it caramelize slightly and flip it.  Serve with brown rice, kimchi, and other side dishes.

*Note:  The beef short ribs with the bones in them will be heavier, so more meat will be needed to equal to 1 lb of meat.

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Healthy, tasty, and Korean. Smile

'Teach on Thursday' Link-Up Challenge

I have never hosted a challenge or link-up party myself.  However, I am constantly discovering so many talents and passions that my fellow bloggers and blog readers possess.  Sometimes they go noticed and sometimes they just fall on the wayside without anyone noticing the hard work they put into their posts.  In a world full of low self esteem and confusion as to what our talents and gifts are, I would love to open up the platform to feature any of you who are willing to share those very gifts!  Even if you’re no expert in the area you choose to “teach” about, as long as you’re an aspiring doer of (fill in the blank), that is more than enough.  However, I don’t want to make this fun opportunity dreadful or super routinely to the point where you FORCE yourself to link-up, as there are a slew of other amazing link-up parties out there like WIAW, MIMM, and so forth.   But if you guys are interested, both readers and bloggers alike, then I am more than willing to start up a TEACH ON THURSDAY CHALLENGE.  Perhaps you can come up with a better title?

What I have in  mind is  pretty simple, I think...  Basically, you would have to share a post of something you want to share and teach about!  Now, it doesn’t have to be a formal lesson, but if you have say, a workout routine (or video) that you love, a recipe how-to (or just simply a recipe), a DIY craft for the home, a web design tip/advice, etc., then you can send it to me and I will feature you all simultaneously on Thursdays.  Hey, it can even be a how-to for gardening or how to style your fashion for less!

My passion is to help others discover their gifts and to show it to the world.  Don’t worry, I’m learning about my own talents as well.  But I guess encouragement is definitely one of them? Open-mouthed smile

I feel somewhat timid to put this out there in all honesty, simply because I don’t know if anyone would be interested or if I’ll be able to keep up without boggling up my mind too much.  But it sounds kind of fun.  Okay, I think it sounds really fun. Hah!

If you don’t own a blog but enjoy reading blogs and teaching others, then you can definitely join in too!  You would just have to write it all out in html format and send it to me.

Well guys, let me know your thoughts in the comments and if enough people are in, I will make it happen.  My email is elliemhkim@gmail.com for future reference.

God bless America on this day.  May He be with the families who struggle through this tragedy everyday. 

 Have you tried Korean BBQ?  What’s your favorite Korean dish?

Is there variety in cuisine where you live?

What about culture intrigues you the most?

Love,

Ellie <33


A Day for Fools!!

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Hi lovely friends!!  I'm a foo', yo!! A fool fo' love, that is...

Before I proceed, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kind sweet comments, and excitement for my engagement and wedding planning!  You guys truly know how to rejoice with others' on their mountain tops in life. :)

Also, the suggestions and pieces of advice were so amazing that I'm really going to take them to heart.

  • Nicole had such a great encouragement saying that every moment with the husband God gave us gets better and better each day as we trust in Him!
  • Toni gave me an extremely practical tip to NOT TELL retail stores that whatever item I'm purchasing is for a wedding because they jack up the prices.
  • Joanna sent me a link for money saving strategies.
  • And just a big grin, hug, and thanks to all of you for the amore!

Hah! How fitting.  Guess what day it is tomorrow.  Yes it is April Fool's Day, but it's also another special day that calls for celebration!

It's mine and Greg's 3rd year anniversary dating/courting! :D

I hope you'll enjoy the photo "gallery" that I'm about to show ya!  Maybe I should just make my own museum and gallery with these... ;) kekeke get ready.

This was all taken at the Melting Pot on our 2nd anniversary, last year-tomorrow!  Hear the evil cackle in this picture? *[Muuuahhaahahhahahahha]*

Greg is such a detailed guy that he just loves giving me flowers out of the blue and doing little surprises even on non-special days.

One random fact about Greg:  He actually loves flowers and plants, and he's not ashamed to admit it.

We were on a quest to find beautiful hiking trails last spring.  This one was about 20 minutes away from our city--gorgeous location!

My small group and I were rehearsing for a musical skit (with no dialogues) about Jesus' Crucifixion.  He played the role of Jesus and did such a great job that it looked so real! 0_o" I was Mary, and I cried wahhh!

This season is one of our fondest memories together.  We were in India last summer and the photos were taken on top of a roof.

Now, this has to be one of the cutest traditions ever!  Korea is known to have a variety of crazy couple traditions, and they have a "holiday" for almost every excuse they can find in order to have a romantic atmosphere. :P

We were at Nam-Sahn tower--one of the tallest buildings in Korea.  It's located in the mountainous area and there's an elevator that takes you up to see the view of the country from atop.

So WHAT exactly are these chains?!  Every couple (or GIRL-friends) writes messages to each other on the chains and lock it into the fake tree.  Then, they throw away the keys into the mountains so as to signify that their love will never end or be broken...Cheesy?  Yes, it can be cheesy to some, but oh so fun to me!!

Exchanging letters for Christmas.  We love letters! :P

Errr this was from yesterday.  We were singing one of my favorite songs!

"I am sixteen goin' on seventeen, I'll depend~on you~~~"

Notice how I said that it's my fave song, because Greg can only stand to hear me sing it for 10 minutes straight.  Then it's game over. Aren't we just so mature and ready for marriage? :P

He's truly my best friend and I am so blessed that after God, I can depend on him for so many things.

Well, we have an excuse for this picture overload because it's our 3rd year tomorrow! So thank you for bearing with me. :)

Please tell me you guys like to frolick around and that G&I aren't the only strange ones hah!

What's one quality that really strikes you about a guy?

If you're in a relationship, what do you like to do for your anniversary?

Take care y'all!

Grace & Peace,

Ellie <33

p.s:  OMGSH!! My Firefox just crashed and I forgot to save the post but I guess it saved itself and a heart attack was diverted just now! Phew...


Wedding Prep Phase #1

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Hi friends!! Yes yes, I finally had the chance to take some time and browse through a handful of wedding magazines at Ralphs! Hmmm you still remember that I'm engaged right?  I haven't talked about it much on this blog lately.

I took Kat's suggestion to go out and hunt for mags.  She's such a sweetheart! I once had left a comment regarding wedding planning and she emailed me a bunch of suggestions. <3

This is the 2nd time in my life ever buying a magazine. 0_o" It is strange, I agree, haha!  It's just that.. I don't usually like what magazines promote to already beautifully created humans, and the messages they convey aren't helpful to women for the most part.

However, I have to point out that wedding magazines are awesome!  Perhaps these will be my staple reads all the way into my ripe old age? :P

I totally realize that the world doesn't revolve around me, but I know some of you have been wanting to see updates regarding this matter.  And plus, what girl (or guy?) doesn't want talk about marriage and weddings?  Okay okay, some of you don't..

Guess which ones I chose.

Real Simple Weddings is so easy to read and it's so very helpful in the way that it breaks down wedding planning altogether.  SCORE!!! :D  I don't know if it's just me, but when I see magazine pages they make my eyes go googly because the pages look so busy and all over the place.  So this one is definitely a keeper.

The Insider is great in that it shows little cute ideas for decorations, planning, and even DIY projects.  I know that there are also many great websites out there!

As of now, Greg and I are just talking about budget, wedding location, and the very basic deals.  We both love the outdoors, but we would want our guests to be able to hear the beautiful vows and all that jazz!  Or else, what's the point?  At the same time, indoors may be safer because everything can be better controlled.  Any suggestions or opinions? :D  I'd love to hear them pretty please!

As for this past weekend, there were many unphotographed events and delicious eats.

I just love cooking for Greg and love seeing him enjoy the food I make. :)  Haha yep, we always light candles when we eat together.  Is that old-fashioned? *giggle*

And just what do I do when I have a handful of old veggies and delicious fruit?  I go ahead and juice the life out of them for G-money and my fam.  Got to get those vitamins!

And this is a really simple Korean side dish called sheegheumchee namool. Say it with me, sheegheumchee...it's one of my fave Korean foods and it's basically spinach!  I'll give you the recipe someday if you like.

Time with Russell was well spent, too.  It was such a treat and blessing to see him! I feel like he's my biological dad haha.

This one cracks me up! Russ is trying to stick in his stomach and Greg is trying to stick it out to look like him. :P

As much as I refused to let him buy me anything, he ended up buying Greg some really nice suits on sale, and 2 outfits for me.

I shopped at Express and got some good bargains!  I got a pair of form-fitting slacks and this adorable dress.  It was hard using the DSLR to take a shot of myself :P  *NOTE:  you have been warned about my pale legs!  But running is getting them darker slowly*

And Daniel's walkin' hurrayyyyy! It's so cute when he's about to topple over.

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My Question:  So what are your ideas in regards to wedding locations, etc.?  Where do you like to shop normally?  What was the best part about your weekend?

P.S.:  Sophia's going through some rough times, let's encourage her! :)

Sweet Jemma is giving away some crazy snacks by the way! Mmmmm

Thankful to my readers,

Ellie <33


Field Trip to Whole Foods

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Aloha!! Haha I have no idea why Aloha, but it just sounds so refreshing! I went on a field trip to Whole Foods to stock up on my usuals as well as some newbie products! :D

It's actually a field trip to WF for me, not only because it's so fun as I always find myself saying "oohhhh ahhhh" at the sight of every new product, but because it's also at least 30 minutes away. :P

I rarely shop at WF; hence, the excitement of being there.

Some of you guys may have already seen Megan's post about the Perfect Food Bar.  Let me tell you, I was so expectant of that bar and indeed it met my expectations!  Thanks Meg!

Haha, it's just so wholesome, perfectly sweet, and it reminds me of something from childhood in Argentina...but I can't quite put my finger as to what it was.

From Whole Foods:

  • Perfect Food Bars--4 different flavors (They also have a pretty cool story!)
  • Rudi's English muffins <-- These are my fave English muffins ever! Yes they're low in calories.  And yes they're also made with great ingredients.
  • Vanilla bean powder! A bit on the pricey side; however, there is a lot of it in one container and a little pinch goes a long way. :D
  • Some produce.  I don't usually buy a lot of it at WF due to the prices.
  • Cedar's Tzatziki <-- Another fave dip of mine.  Have you tried Tzatziki? If not, I highly recommend it!
  • Some lemon cookies for the fam and Snackimals for Daniel
  • Boca Burgers & smoked salmon

I am looking forward to using this cool ingredient in the days to come!  Hello, serial baking and crazy breakfasts!

For no apparent reason, I felt a bit funny about showing you the grocery I purchased, but then I thought that you MAY just be interested in the foods that keep me healthy and energized.  Not to mention, these are some of the things that keep my stomach regulated.

That's why I also got this at the WF bar.  'Twas so delicious! Especially the 'shrooms. :)

Okay, so going back to Perfect Foods Bars...how in the world are they so delicious?! Uh-oh, I think I may just have to find a way to make them on my own before an addiction kicks in haha!  If you've tried them, any ideas?

Worry not! This isn't everything I eat, but only a small portion of it.  At least once a day I'll be eating the Korean food my momma makes.  I wouldn't want you to think that I barely eat and do the "comparison game" that's been the great talk in the blogosphere lately.

I simply mention this because many people around me think that I'm always "fasting" or not eating well.  However, I try to let everyone understand that I am perfectly fine, and that this is just a simple choice I make for my own reasons.  It keeps my indigestion and *ahem* constipation regulated.

We are all made physically different and are lovely in our very own ways!  So we should eat, exercise, sleep, and so forth, according to our individual needs.   So let us love ourselves for who we are, and let us love others for who THEY are! :P

And with that pep note in mind, I'd like to leave you with this...

"Contrary to what the world claims, Beauty does not diminish with time; Beauty deepens and increases...true beauty comes from a depth of soul that can only be attained through living many years well." -Stasi Eldrege from Captivating-

I admit, it's not always easy seeing myself through God's eyes.  I don't always feel adequate or beautiful.

Your turn!  How have you been doing in that area as of late?  If you don't mind sharing. :)

As you get older, do you find yourself becoming more comfortable in your own skin, as well as in your gifts & talents?

You are so so so loved,

Ellie <33