Homemade Kimchi


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and have settled nicely into the new year! I’m happy to report that I recently checked off one item from the 2016 “To Do” list – make kimchi at home!

The homemade kimchi was so delicious. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. (I’ve wanted to make my own kimchi since 2008!)

I shared the kimchi with my family and friends and they all seemed to enjoy it.  I have a feeling that I’ll be making more batches in the next week or so … and it might even become a regular thing around here!

You can check out Maangchi’s kimchi tutorial that I used to make kimchi here.  Her channel is nothing short of amazing.  If you’re interested in learning about the Korean cuisine or want to hone your skills, I also highly recommend her cookbook, Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking:  Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook.

I also documented my kimchi-making adventure here!


Dangling Away …

Lunch (3:00 p.m.): My day started out with a 7:00 a.m. meeting (darn Eastern Standard Time) and didn’t have the chance to eat until my last meeting, at 3:00 p.m. It was definitely one of those days. I had the leftover pork from Kevin and my last Korean BBQ outing and piled it on top of steamed rice. The side of renkon (lotus) added a nice crunch to the bowl.

Dinner (7:00 p.m.): Korean Quesadilla, with Fontina cheese and kimchi for dinner. Kevin made this for me one night after we tasted something similar from Koji Truck. This is seriously SO yummy – I hope you’d try it. All you have to do is make quesadilla the old fashioned way, and sandwich prepared kimchi in the middle of two tortillas.

On a completely random note … English is such a difficult language to master. There are so many complicated rules. English grammars are like animals and you have to handle them with care. Like … dangling modifiers … you have to make sure that those little dangling things don’t fall from a tree. Once of these days, I’m going to conquer this thing like the way I conquered Othello. (And chess … I really want to be good at it too … but I digress.)

One thing I simply cannot understand is the usage of, “you too,” as in:

Me: It was so nice to meet you!
You: You too!

Shouldn’t the response really be, “me too,” as in “I (me) enjoyed meeting you too”? When one says, “you too,” it sounds like he/she is saying “you must think that it was nice to meet me too.” Anyway, I’m rambling. This is what happens when I have more than a glass of wine.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! And I love you, honey, with all my heart.razz

Whitney …

Lunch (12:30 p.m.): I ate two pieces of mochi wrapped in seaweed for lunch. I had no energy to cook anything, after spending the last two days in bed from what felt like a cold, so I just heated up mochi blocks I had in the freezer from the new year. I’m so glad that I’m feeling much better now.

Dinner (6:00 p.m.): Galbi and soon dobu for dinner at Tofu-Ya on Sawtelle Blvd. I had a bowl of rice, plates of banchan, and a few slices of spicy pork that Kevin ordered.

We wanted to go to Lawry’s for dinner (we had a $25 gift certificate that was about to expire) but was told that it would be a 3 hour wait (this is why I don’t like Valentine’s Day)  … so we just drove to Sawtelle. Our first choice was Sawtelle Kitchen but it was closed so we went across the street to Tofu-Ya.

We stopped by Yogurtland for some swirly dessert.

Greatest Love of All” was the first English song that I memorized and sang at my 5th grade graduation (not solo, of course), and always held a special place in my heart.  And I remember crying hearing this song for the first time.  I hope Whitney is in better place now.

Stamina Bowl

Breakfast (9:30 a.m.): I decided to call this dish “stamina bowl,” because it is packed with some serious good stuff! It has about two cups of shredded cabbage, yamaimo, natto, kimchi, and pork slices, on the bed of rice, served with goma sauce and ponzu.

Lunch (1:30 p.m.): I’m such a creature of habit. I had the same “stamina bowl” for lunch. I can’t get enough of this yummy dish.

Dinner (9:00 p.m.): Tiffany’s boyfriend Jesse is in town this weekend for his birthday so a bunch of us went to Hamjipark in Korea Town for some pork goodness. Shannon, Raf, Kevin, and I shared two orders of pork short ribs and some banchan and salad. I’m so proud that I didn’t drink any alcohol!

This restaurant specializes and is famous for pork dishes, but I have to admit that the food was mediocre at best. Servers were nice but they virtually disappeared after they took orders (even that took forever). I can’t figure out what’s so great about this place.  This is one of the only times that I didn’t agree with Anthony Bourdain … but dinner with friends was a lot of fun!

I’m Just Sleepy …

My sister pointed out that a body sometimes mistakes lack of sleep with hunger, so I went to bed a little earlier than usual last night … and woke up very refreshed! And I didn’t feel hungry all day and didn’t overeat!biggrin

Shannon and I met in the morning to go for a run around Rose Bowl. I was looking forward to a nice jog with my running pal, but my soleus muscle on both legs started cramping up very early in the run and we ended up walking the entire 6.2 miles (this is not the first time this happened). I really think it’s the shoes. I’ve had this pair for about a year now and I think I’m due for a new one. I can tell that they have lost their cushioning.  Off to the running store I go next week.

Breakfast (9:30 a.m., not pictured): I ate a chocolate brownie bar for breakfast before the walk.

Lunch (1:30 p.m.): After the run, Shannon went off to the food truck festival, and Kevin (who met me after his hockey practice) and I went to Stonefire Grill for some salad lunch. We really like this place because you get your money’s worth.  It’s not the cheapest place to dine, but you get a pretty darn good portion of a pretty darn good food.

He ordered the South of the Border salad with chicken and I had my favorite BBQ tri-tip salad. I used up half of the dressing and two small containers of its amazing BBQ sauce.  No soda.  No bread.  YAY!

I ate a lot more than what’s on the picture, but I still managed to pack some leftover for lunch tomorrow.

Dinner (6:00 p.m.): Had a bottle of Steelhead beer that Kevin left in the fridge (it was so good). I was completely out of wine but felt like drinking a little so this was perfect.  I’m nicely buzzed now.

For dinner, I had a Korean BBQ plate with grilled marinated beef, rice, seaweed salad, fermented squid, and kimchi. I had a second serving with a little more rice and banchan.  On the way back from lunch, I stopped by HK Market in Glendale and stocked up on goodies like banchan, natto, and lotus.  I’m so happy.

Kangoo workout with my sister (the trainer), Tiffany, and Shannon tomorrow morning! YAY! Looking forward to going to be early again tonight.

I Must Be A Rice Addict …

Breakfast (10:30 a.m.): I ate kimbap, Korean-style sushi, that Kevin brought over last night for breakfast. I had a side of kimchi.

Lunch (1:30 p.m.): Made a rice bowl with the leftover broth from last night’s chicken hot pot. I had a second serving because it was so good (but half the portion of the pictured one).

Snack (3:30 p.m.): Special K with almond milk.

Pre-Dinner, not pictured (5:30 p.m.): I don’t know what came over me but I had another rice bowl. It was a small portion but I feel like I really didn’t need to eat this.

Dinner (8:30 p.m.): Leftover gyoza that my mother packed for me a few weeks ago, with some leftover pork cutlet, with shredded cabbage and a side of white rice. Yes, that’s a dollop of mayonnaise you see on the vegetable.

What’s going on?  I’m eating WAY too much food lately! mad