Roasted pumpkin and pigs in a blanket!

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Every time I get an urge to go buy a burger and fries I always contemplate cooking my own food. Thankfully, I’ve made this every time I contemplate. Pumpkins are much healthier and have lower carbs than french fries.

I always season my pumpkin as if I was seasoning french fries. I got the idea while searching the internet for fries alternatives. Pepper, salt, sage, rosemary, olive oil, etc. Whatever I crave at the moment. I roast the onions in butter. I love the taste of butter and onions more than olive oil and onions. 

I had some Bisquik flour mixture that I needed to use. I feel great that I cooked food, emptied out my cabinets and ate healthy even though I’m severely exhausted. Food truly is medicine. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Avocado brownies!

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I had everything I needed for these brownies except honey. So I substituted sugar and brown sugar for the honey. Recipe HERE. I know it’s in German. I’m planning to move to Germany soon and I wanted practice. ENGLISH recipe is here. Keep in mind the English recipe is double serving. 


The main thing that makes this recipe “healthy” is using honey (instead of sugar) and Avocado instead of butter. I don’t like this. I like avocados. It’s the combination with other ingredients like chocolate that aren’t sitting well with me. It tastes a little how play-Doh smells. That’s just my opinion. It’s very earthy. If you like that earthy flavor, go for it! 

How I feel about this is the same way I feel about cooking with matcha: we don’t need to make everything with it. Will I make this again? No. Traditional brownie lover here! Am I glad I tried it? Yes. I’ve learned never to make this again. Haha! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

Dolce Italia in Daejeon!

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It’s no surprise that an Italian espresso cafe is hard to come by in South Korea. Luckily, there is one in my neighborhood. Located in Daehung-dong near Eunhaeng-dong in Daejeon. It’s a 2 floor cafe and they serve a variety of the Palombini Roma espresso brand. 

You can order gelato, bread, a muffin, and other drinks.
I usually just order the espresso beverages or the Italia Special Coffee. Here in this photo is an espresso (โ‚ฉ2,500), a Tofinek waffle (โ‚ฉ1,000, I love these!), and a Dream Ice coffee (โ‚ฉ6,000 which is like a large affogato). I like coming here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sung Sim Dang Bakery ์„ฑ์‹ฌ๋‹น!!!

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Sung Sim Dang bakery (์„ฑ์‹ฌ๋‹น) in Daejeon is pretty famous. Why? They sell a variety of breads and pastries. During the Christmas season, they’ll also have italian cakes for sell like Pandoro and Panettone. They also have their ownย Sung Sim Dang Cake Boutique that specializes in cakes, tarts and other desserts located just around the corner from the bakery.

The most famous thing about them is their fried red bean bun: ํŠ€๊น€์†Œ๋ณด๋กœ (fried streusel).ย If you know anything about east Asian pastries, they are usually filled with red beans (yes, those kidney beans we use in the USA for chili are used in pastries and made sweet!). I am not really a big fan of traditional bean buns but I like the fried ones because the flavors of fried oil and beans compliment each other better.

Considering I live near the bakery, I visit often. I’ll have a craving and just get random things. For example, this image below. With a friend, we prepared a sweet potato fried streusel, bacon, wine, cheese (because you’ve gotta have cheese with wine, right?), Mom’s Touch chicken burgers (USA equivalent would be Popeye’s), andย Gimmari (๊น€๋ง์ด ํŠ€๊น€: Korean Deep Fried Seaweed Spring Rolls because they’re good.). When you have cravings, you just have to satisfy them sometimes. ย ๐Ÿ˜€

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Steak Au Poivre!

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Some of you may have read my post about taking cooking classes at Sur la Table in USA. Steak Au Poivre was one of the meals I learned to make that day and I continue to cook it because it’s delicious!! I usually make this when there is a holiday. Good beef is expensive to buy anywhere in the world. So it’s nice to celebrate a good time with good food. ย USA thanksgiving is coming up in November and the South Korean thanksgiving Chuseok (์ถ”์„) is coming up in October. This is a good meal to prepare for that! Add biscuits and dessert and whatever other food your heart desires for a lovely holiday meal.

With the steak, I added baked sweet potatoes seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and chopped garlic. I also sautรฉed some brussel sprouts with onions. This plate of food was enough for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade Cherry Smoothie!

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I decided to try something new and make my own smoothies for a month. It took me a while to get it right but I finally made it to my liking. Cherries are expensive in South Korea. In truth, it’s cheaper for me to buy a smoothie from Jamba Juice. But I really don’t know what ingredients are used for the smoothie shops. For my own smoothies, I kept it really simple. I bought fresh fruits and froze some of them to keep them fresh for use later. If i was in the USA, I would’ve just bought the frozen fruits that are sold in grocery stores.

I used bananas, cherries, limes, plain yogurt, honey and grapefruits. ย It’s a really healthy drink but it’s too costly for me to keep buying and making for myself. Plus, I totally forgot about the high sugar content in natural fruits. I will only make my own smoothies if I feel like it. Otherwise, it’s best for me to either buy a smoothie or eat the fruit by itself. Props to those of you that make your own smoothies daily!

Cauliflower bread!

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I’m always trying to find ways to maintain a low-carb diet. I found a recipe for cauliflower bread on this blog HERE! She made it sound like a wonderful alternative. I really love making sandwiches but I don’t need the carbs. This is gluten-free and low-carb.

I followed the recipe exactly as written with the exception of these 2 things: I used padano cheese instead of parmigiano-reggiano; I used almond powder instead of almond flour and coconut flour. With the substitutions I made, I love this!! I made a chicken sandwich and wanted to make another! So good! And for me, very addicting! The recipe said 3 cups of shredded cauliflower. This is BEFORE draining. The recipe also says you don’t need to drain the cauliflower but I did anyway because I used cauliflower that I froze. I made 5 slices but you can get 6 out of it (I wanted big buns!!).

I’m definitely making this again!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Banana Oat Pancakes! Low-Carb!

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*Edit: updated image. 3rd try. Practice does make perfect. ๐Ÿ˜‰
This is my second time making these. The first time, they looked horrible but tasted great. This time, they look better and still taste great. I followed a recipe HERE!

Reasons for my first failure: no non-stick pan and I added walnuts. The pancakes are EXTREMELY fragile and I think the addition of walnuts made them crumble apart. Adding another egg can fix this. ๐Ÿ™‚

 My pancakes look nothing like the image in this recipe. I’m still trying to figure out how they got theirs to look like pancakes. 

I’ve been on a low-carb diet and I love these Pancakes! Quick and simple. I’ll continue to make these pancakes until they start looking great. ๐Ÿ™‚

*my 2ND attempt image for comparison:


D’Lovely Patisserie on Location!

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Today was the first day that I took my food blog from the digital internet and into reality. April 29th, 2017 in Jeonju South Korea, was the Foreigner Market. These markets have happened in the southeast provinces of South Korea(SK) but this was the first time in Jeonju (central SK).

Many foreigners gathered together to raise money for charities in SK. All profits were donated to a charity of our choice. I donated my profits to the local animal shelter (the treatment of animals here in South Korea is quite horrific). 

I didn’t expect to sell out of pastries so quickly but I did!!! Everyone that got a chance to taste the Tiramisu and my Banana pie loved it! I also had some Lemon Cake bites in a sampler bowl. People liked that too! And just an added bonus: some toffee candy (the kids there liked taking candy of course). 

As a home baker and aspiring chef, I was so flattered to see people enjoy my pastries in South Korea at a public event. Every vendor did a wonderful job and I’m glad we all did something we love for a good cause. ๐Ÿ™‚

Broccoli cheddar soup!ย 

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I’ve always loved broccoli cheddar soup. I never knew how to make it though. I decided to follow another Buzzfeed Tasty video recipe. Seriously, these kinds of videos make me believe I’m able to cook anything in 3 minutes. Although it’s not true, they are still great motivators for a chef like me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This recipe is so easy and you can play around with ingredients if you want. I enjoyed eating this broccoli soup and I will definitely make it again now that I know how easy it is! ๐Ÿ™‚