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.  USA thanksgiving is coming up in November and the South Korean thanksgiving Chuseok (추석) 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 sautéed some brussel sprouts with onions. This plate of food was enough for me. 🙂

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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.  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!! 😀

Banana Oat Pancakes! Low-Carb!

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*Edit: updated image. 3rd try. Practice does make perfect. 😉
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. 🙂

 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. 🙂

*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. 🙂

Broccoli cheddar soup! 

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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. 😉

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! 🙂

Nuovo Napoli!

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Searching for a place with Italian style pizza that tastes good is quite difficult, especially in a city like Daejeon in South Korea. However, Nuovo Napoli was a pleasant surprise. I ordered the Rucola Prosciutto pizza (right) and a Caesar salad (pictured below is just 1/2 of the salad). To the left, a friend ordered the Diavola. Both were very tastey. Enough for me to want to order another pizza! They also serve other items like pasta but I’m always craving pizza more than pasta. I like the fact that the pizzas are made in a wood-fired oven. If you’re looking for Italian style pizza, this is the closest thing to it that I’ve found in Daejeon. 🙂

Homemade banana pie!

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I made banana pie today. 🙂 I decided to add approx. 2-3 bananas and 1 cup of walnuts to the banana pudding (Jell-O brand name) instead of slicing bananas on top of the crust like most recipes say to do (including the one on the jello box). I hate the artificial taste of pudding. So, I wanted it to taste more like bananas. This does!! This tastes like banana bread pie! I love it! From now on, I will always add mashed bananas and walnuts to the pudding mixture before chilling it. The only thing missing is some cream. The crust I made is from crushed Biscoff Lotus cookies. They taste good with bananas in my opinion. I can’t seem to find graham crackers in South Korea. That’s ok. When in doubt, just crush your favorite cookie, add a couple tablespoons of butter, and boom! Your own crust. I’d like to call this banana bread cream pie. 😉

Ricotta Salad!

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I’m sure many of you have eaten this salad before. I had this kind of salad for the first time a few days ago at a korean-Italian fusion restaurant called Team Cook in Daejeon South Korea. I loved how simple and light it was so I decided to recreate it at home. Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, almond slices, dried cranberries (a.k.a. crasins), and ricotta chesse dressed with balsamic glaze. Bon Appetit! 🙂

Dinatale Café München!

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I wanted to find a place in München that serves cafe ginseng/ginseng macchiato. Believe it or not, these are really hard to find outside of Italy and parts of Asia. It hasn’t become popular yet to be sold in stores like Lavazza or Illy has. Although, Lavazza does sell its own version of cafe ginseng online. Anyway, I’m traveling and can’t afford shipping. So, I did a Google search and found Dinatale Cafe.

While in München, I kept coming back to order the cafe ginseng (€2.40) and the lemon torta della nonna (€3.20). The staff are very welcoming and speak Italian, English and German (Deutsch). 

The cafe is rather small and is very busy during brunch and lunch hours. They do provide take-away as well if you’re on the go. This is my favorite place in München for Italian espresso. 

I definitely recommend you to give them a visit if you love Italian espresso. I really felt like I was back in Italy. 😉