Baked Turkey in plum sauce!

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I was at an International grocery store in Ludwigsburg, Germany and saw plum sauce. I’ve never had or used plum sauce before but I know I like plums. Instead of making the classic fusion sweet and sour chicken meal, I made turkey in plum sauce! I don’t like frying foods because of the after smell it leaves and of course the fat factor.

I breaded my chopped turkey pieces, placed them in the oven and lightly drizzled some olive oil on them. I baked at about 200°C for 10-15 minutes or at least until golden brown. Once finished, I put the turkey pieces in a bowl, added the plum sauce on top and shook it all up. I served this meat with jasmine rice and mixed veggies.

I was quite pleased with this meal because it was easy and simple. It took about 30-45 minutes to make this. I’m a slow cook. You fast cooks out there could probably make this meal in 15-20 minutes.

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Old Bridge Gelateria!

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I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since my last post on my blog! Working and getting master’s degree sure has taken up a lot of my free time. So much so that I just eat soup and salad practically every day because I’m too tired to cook. That’s a sad life for a foodie. 😦

But it’s now summer (crazy summer in Stuttgart), and I forced myself to go out and eat gelato at a place with good reviews. Old Bridge Gelateria was that place! I missed Italian gelato and this place is known for having Gelato like Rome.

I got 3 scoops for 6€. The cones looked too small for anything more than 2 scoops. Even 2 scoops looked like it would get messy quick. I got the pistacchio, limone, and cafe. The pistacchio tasted just how I remembered when I ate it in Rome. I wish I would’ve just got a whole cup of pistacchio! The cafe flavor was good. Tasted like coffee ice cream. The limone was good but sour. A refreshing kind of sour that you have to get used to. It was a bad combination with my other flavors but I think it will taste great with the fragola (strawberry) gelato. If you’re ever in Stuttgart near Schlossplatz in the summer time, go try it! 🙂

Zucchini Fries!

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Continuing my low carb adventures, I decided to make zucchini fries for the first time. I was inspired by a video I watched from Buzzfeed Tasty here!

I didn’t use the exact spices or cheese. I used an Italian herb blend and Grana Padano cheese instead of Parmesan. I used 1 and a half zucchini.

I love NOT frying food!! 😀 I also had some pork chops so I decided to saute those and put it in a burger. I dipped my fries in Ken’s Ranch dressing (my favorite brand of dressing!).

I wasn’t able to finish all my zucchini fries (I stuffed myself with water before eating dinner!). So, I have some left over that I will eat later and warm them up in the oven to be as fresh as before. Guten Appetit! 🙂

Herb Roasted Chicken~Holiday Meal!

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It’s holiday season again! During every major holiday, I usually prepare a dinner that I’ve never cooked before. I will find images online and make a collage like this for inspiration:

Tonight’s menu is Herb Roasted Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes and Zucchini, Southern Fried Cabbage, and biscuits (Pillsbury ready-made).

For the Cabbage, I didn’t add creole or paprika. I didn’t need all that spice with my stomach acting up.

For the Scalloped Potatoes and zucchini (I didn’t have butternut squash), I added gouda and edamer cheese.

I didn’t have a cast iron skillet for the chicken so I used a regular pan and put it in the oven. The chicken still tasted great! I was curious how chicken would taste roasted with lemon and herbs on top. I used thyme. I didn’t want to use rosemary. I missed spicing my chicken with thyme.

For my beverage, I drank Pinot Grigio wine. This has been one delicious holiday meal! 🙂

Homemade Pumpkin Soup!

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I know all the hype is over for pumpkin now. Even so, somebody gave me an orange, palm sized pumpkin at my job. I had no idea what to do with it but I knew I didn’t want to waste it. I also didn’t want to chop it up and roast it like I usually do. I wanted to try something new.

Recently, I went to a murder mystery dinner theater event and I had pumpkin soup for the first time. It was delicious! Now I knew what I wanted to do with my pumpkin.

I tried to remember all the spices I tasted in the soup. I challenge my palate every time I try foods I like! I’m getting better at this because I came pretty close!! 😀 I forgot to buy sage so I used a dash of rosemary instead. The soup is great! Creamy and savory. However, I wish I had sage. Butter and sage make a great combination in my opinion.

I know there are hundreds of recipes online for pumpkin soup. So I’ll just go over the ingredients I used. Soup is a pretty straight forward meal to make.

Here’s what I used:

2 cups pumpkin puree

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

2 cloves garlic

1 white onion

1 chicken stock bouillon cube

1 cup filtered water

1/4 cup butter

Dash of Rosemary (Sage if available)

200g (~1 1/8 cup) Whipping Cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Homemade Plum Marmalade!

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I spent some time at an AirBnB in Bavaria, Germany for a while. My host had a lot of plums. She asked me if I wanted to make plum marmalade with her. Never having made marmalade from scratch, I jumped at the opportunity to learn!

We used a recipe HERE! Instead of rotwein (red wine), we used rum. She didn’t like how sweet the VanillinZucker (vanilla bean) made the jam taste. It was perfect in my opinion. I never had plum marmalade before and this was really good! I really like the addition of rum to this!

Our marmalade was more of a preserve than a jam because we had large chunks of plum. You can see the chunks in the jars above. It’s whatever you prefer. I made another batch below and chopped up the plums a bit more so that it would be easier to spread. I recommend making homemade marmalade if you ever get the chance. It’s really easy! 🙂 If you can’t find Gelier Zucker (Jam/jelly sugar) look for Pectin. You can find it at Walmart.com or Amazon.com.

Moved to Germany!

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Hello everyone! It has been a while since my last post. That’s because I have moved from South Korea to Germany with my little Korean, mini beagle dog. I’m not going to sugarcoat it……it has been a hell-ish and difficult journey immigrating here! Even though it has been difficult, there have been bits of happiness I’ve experienced during this journey so far. I’ll post more later but here are some food adventures to start. 😉

Pictured above is one of my favorite German comfort foods! Mainly the gravy: Rahmschwammerl. It’s the same sauce I enjoyed here last year in my mushroom soup. I love it! ❤ Next to the pork chop in sauce is another German tradition, Spätzle (egg noodles). It goes well with this sauce, cheese and whatever else you want to put on it.

Chocolate! A variety of chocolate. I overdosed at the chocolate museum in Köln 8 years ago when I first came to Germany. I can’t remember if I made a post about that! Anyway, I’ve learned to control myself when buying chocolate here. I’ve managed to reduce my quantity from 1 full bag to 3 bars. Progress! 😉

A Berliner. It’s funny that I’ve never tried one of these until a couple weeks ago. It’s another traditional German staple. I don’t enjoy jelly doughnuts so I thought this would be like the American ones. I was wrong. It has a filling inside but it cannot be compared to any jelly you find in an American doughnut. It is spiced jam. A lot like the jam in a Germknödel Krapfen. I enjoyed this.

Kartoffel Puffer (Potato pancakes/ latkes). I’m no stranger to potato pancakes. Many cultures have their own variations of it. What is new to me is eating a Potato pancake with apple sauce and cinnamon. I usually just put ketchup on mine (I know, I’m so American. I LOVE Ketchup!).

The sweet combination wasn’t that bad. However, I do prefer the savory options more. Putting Kräuter spread on them tastes much better to me.

Insect Burgers. I would expect to see something like this in Asia. Beondegi 번데기, anyone?

*번데기 are boiled/fried silk worm larvae*

In Germany, a country that is doing its best to be eco-friendly, I think “Wow. Is this the next big thing?” No, I did not buy these to try. Every Euro counts and I wasn’t about to be adventurous on my tight budget. Although, I would try it if someone else paid for it! Haha!

Brezel (pronounced Brate-sel).

Pretzels..soft, hard, sweet, savory, big, small…..EVERYWHERE! I never tried a big sweet pretzel before. It was pretty good!

Münchner Radler/Stuttgarter Radler. I’m not a beer drinker. The closest I’ve gotten to enjoying a beer was drinking TsingTao with Thai food. That was acceptable for my tastes. Still, as a drink by itself, it’s not that good to me. There’s something about beer that is hard for me to like. Maybe it’s the fermented yeast or barley. I don’t like any American beers. But as a foodie, I couldn’t allow myself to be in Germany and not try a German beer. I randomly chose this beer above from the beer area in the grocery store. My thought process went like this: “hmm, there’s lemon on the label. I like lemons. I’ll try this one.” Alcohol is cheap in Europe. Germany is no exception.

This bottle was about €1. I surprisingly enjoyed this beer! My German penpal has a favorite beer called Flensburger. That one was ok but it had too much carbonation for my tastes. It’s not the best for a person with stomach problems. For me, the Radler is better. It’s not overpowering, it has just enough balance. I like drinking it with a burger/wurst and sweet potato fries. 🙂

I now understand why some people say American beer isn’t good. There is definitely a taste difference. German beer tastes better in my opinion.

Nailed It! Bake Your Selfie!

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https://www.eater.com/2018/4/10/17217112/nailed-it-season-2-nextflix-selfie-contest

I am an avid watcher of Netflix. Under my “Suggestions for you” was a TV show called “Nailed It!” I’m no novice to social media memes so I was curious to know how they could make a show out of people trying to make something, failing miserably at it and flaunting their failures as a “Nailed It” success. I watched all 6 episodes and I was entertained! I enjoyed it so much I wondered how I could be on this show and if there would be a Season 2. Literally 1 week after watching the first season, I see a post on their Nailed It Facebook page advertising the casting for the second season! *screams in excitement!* 😀 (More details here too!)

All the instructions to audition were right there. I just had to, “bake your selfie” on a sugar cookie. This is the recipe they gave us to use. Notice how there isn’t an oven temperature on the recipe. Haha!

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If any of you have seen my previous attempts at trying to make sugar cookies, you will know that I have failed making them and it’s been added to the bucket list under “Must master.” Not only did this recipe ask me to do something I’m not good at, it also asked me to be an artist and draw myself. Oh yes, I’m definitely a perfect candidate to audition for this show!

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I made 2 cookies, and decorated them (wrong of course). I took about 2 hours just learning how to decorate with frosting making all sorts of mistakes along the way. I frosted my eyes, nose and lips on the cookie first when I should have frosted the skin color frosting first. AND, I didn’t know how to mix many of the colors to get something realistic (anyone else fail kindergarten art?). Something so simple yet my selfie looks like I was on animated drugs using Unicorn colors! But did I give up? No Sir. I improvised the shit out of these cookies! I am now among the ranks of the “flaunting their failures” population: I Nailed it! 😀

The results of the casting haven’t been announced yet. There were many wonderful and comical selfie cookie submissions. I’ve definitely got some good competition. Even if I don’t get chosen, this was fun and the Nailed It social media team was kind enough to add some comments about my cookie on my Instagram and on their Facebook page. 😉

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Biscuits and Gravy!

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An old southern USA staple for breakfast that I absolutely love, biscuits and gravy! I couldn’t eat this at all during my time in South Korea because they don’t sell ground pork sausage. For the first time, I made this dish for myself homemade. Here is the Sausage Gravy Recipe that I used. Here is the Biscuits Recipe that I used. You might need to register with Facebook to view the NY Times website but the recipe is pretty simple and straight forward. I posted it below for convenience.

Now that I know how easy it is to make this myself, I won’t ever have the desire to go out and buy it at restuarants. My only problem was that I used ground pork-bacon sausage instead of regular ground pork sausage. I’m visiting my parents and that’s all they had in their fridge. Next time, I’ll definitely buy regular ground pork sausage.

My Favorite Snacks in South Korea!

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I wanted to write about all the little snacks I loved eating and drinking in South Korea. Most things can be found at the big name grocery stores and local marts (E-Mart, Homeplus, Lotte Mart, Costco, E-Mart Traders, etc.). Others can be found at the stationary stores near elementary schools (문구점) or in any bar/lounge (cocktails).

Mini Ramen BBQ flavored snack

Potato Crisp BBQ cracker chips

The closest thing to Sweet Tarts

Peppero, Many flavors just like Pocky. Most popular on November 11.

I LOVE wasabi!

Oreo Bingsu. Frozen milk shavings topped with chocolate ice cream and Oreo cookie bits.

호두과자 Walnut pancake-like snack filled with 1 walnut and red bean paste.

잉어빵 Fish bread snack 슈크림(cream filling) is my favorite. 통팥 is bean filling

Matcha green tea

Green tea Kitkats!

Wasabi almonds, assortment of teas, milk tea and Baileys!

Almond candy

Green Grape Juice!

Take-out cocktails!! Cocktails to indulge at home.

Peach Crush Cocktail

These weren’t tasty but they were interesting.

South Korea wouldn’t be complete without flavored Soju.

양념치킨 Yang Nyum Chicken Sauce, sweet and spicy

호떡 hot pancake

Popcorn spicy chicken

청포도막걸리 Green Grape Makgeoli!!! I love Makgeoli more than soju!! Especially Green Grape!