A day trip to Estancia, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

August 18, 2014

The winter in Buenos Aires looks like coming to an end.

The sun filled days are beautiful these days and I’m finally beginning to explore the beauties of Argentina – starting with one of the well known Estancia near Buenos Aires.

If U.S in north America has extensive ranches with cowboys, Argentina in south America has beautiful Estancias with Gauchos.

We visited Estancia La Porteña at San Antonio de Areco, about 1-1/2 hour drive from Buenos Aires.

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Quick Steamed Perilla Leaves (깻잎찜)

August 11, 2014

I can never get enough of Perilla leaves, the fragrant Korean herb.

They can be eaten raw in salad or wrap, or made into kimchi to enjoy as a fermented food. Some love to pickle them or quickly steam them to enjoy as a side dish.

I have showed you how to make Perilla Kimchi with these gorgeous leaves. The fragrance of the leaves matched with pungent flavor of kimchi is something that anyone who enjoys Korean food will love to indulge with a bowl of hot rice.

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Pavlova with Kiwi and Passion Fruit

August 5, 2014

The very first time I had a piece of Pavlova was about 10 years ago when I lived in Singapore.

It was the “love at first sight” experience. I would say “Delightful” was the exact word that I could describe when I had the first bite.

Without knowing much of its history behind, I was quite confused where Pavlova was originated. I heard from both Australian and New Zealander. And I, soon, learned that you don’t talk about the origination of Pavlova when the both nationalities present at the table.

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Saving Recipes on Beyond Kimchee with Ziplist

August 1, 2014

Okay! I have installed the Save Recipes and the Shopping List button on my site for sometime now. But then, I don’t think I have properly introduced how to use it. Although I am sure some of you already know about this feature, but I thought I better share with for those who are new to this ziplist tool.

Actually many food bloggers have been using this tool for a quite some time. It is very handy and easy to use. Here is how!

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Seafood Green Onion Pancakes (해물파전, Hamul Pajeon), and Korea Style Book Giveaway

July 28, 2014

The month of July in Korea is known for the rainy season. The monsoon climate dwells in the entire Korean peninsular. It is wet, humid, and somewhat unpleasant. I remember my mother often heat up the floor (We had one of those traditional Korean floors that heats up) in the month of July just to cut off the humidity.

Koreans enjoy greasy savory pancakes when the weather is rainy. It must be something in our body that craves greasy-fatty food when the weather goes under the radar. One of the most popular savory pancakes has to be the Seafood Green Onion Pancakes ( 해물파전, haemool pajeon).

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How to Cook Rice on the Stove, with Fresh Beans

July 23, 2014
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Growing up as a young child in Korea, I often visited my maternal grandparent’s house. My grandmother had a very traditional Korean kitchen that uses wood burning stove. She had a huge ( I mean really huge) iron pot permanently installed on the stove.

The memory is vivid. I can picture the scene of her wearing Korean traditional dress called “Hanbok” and her hair – somewhat similar to bun donut hair – that was secured with a humble hairpin. She squatted down to keep the flame on going by adding more wood to the stove. As a child I squatted down next to her and watched her how she control the flame to cook perfect rice.

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Beef with Ginger and Green Onion

July 15, 2014

Beef is good! I can’t deny it.

When the beef is juicy and tender, that makes your relationship with beef “Hot”. And when you can prepare the dish with beef very quickly without much fuss, your relationship becomes even sexy~!

So here is one Asian recipe – “Beef with Ginger and Green onion” – that you can make with a blink of an eye, if I can exaggerate. It is *quick and easy, full of flavor, and good for you* kind of Asian food that you can easily make at home.

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Pickled Cucumber Salad

July 11, 2014

Summer in Korea is quite hot and humid. People often complain that they lost their appetite and looking for something that spikes up their lost appetite.

Cool, crunch, and slightly spicy and sweet, this pickled cucumber salad can stimulate the lost appetite in the hot summer. This is a very common summer side dish in any Korean table and it is very simple to make.

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Gochujang Sloppy Joes

July 6, 2014

Sloppy Joes is perhaps one of the well known American classic dish.

I understand the term “sloppy” in the title. This is a kind of the dish that can be prepared quick and easy, and it can be a little messy when you eat with hands. However why does it have a name of “Joe”? Why not Bob or David? Just simply curious!

Anyway, I wanted to give a little twist by adding a Korean flavor on this all American classic sandwich Yes, this is Gochujang Sloppy Joes! Gochujang will add a very gentle spicy kick and you will love how it binds all the flavor so nicely.

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