House Grill! 

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I always need access to a good burger place wherever I go. What can I say, it’s the American in me. I’m in Daejeon South Korea and there is a place that claims to have “the best burgers in Daejeon.” That’s a pretty bold statement. So I took a trip to House Grill to find out for myself!

With so many burgers to choose from, I chose the burger with the chef’s name: Brian’s Burger ₩10,000. It was topped with an egg, a slice of pineapple, grilled onions, cheese and teriyaki sauce. Pretty good burger! I was really hungry that day so I also bought a pork cutlet (donkatsu 돈까수) ₩7,000. I liked the soup that came with it too (I think it was curry but my friend thinks it’s chili). 

I loved everything I ate! The R&B Christmas music playing in the background won me over. I found a burger place. A super small, quaint, hole-in-the wall place. Yongmun station exit 2, walk straight for a couple blocks, make a left at Paris Baguette into the hallway, and it’s at the end of the hall. I will be coming back for more burgers and a philly cheesesteak! 😋🍔🍟

Ratatouille – improvised!

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I’m back in south korea and I bought myself a portable oven! I HAD to. It was important that I bake! Especially considering the fact that my new apartment has only 1 eye for a stove. 😒 The $70 investment was worth it.

I wanted to make Ratatouille because I loved the disney movie! I forgot to buy squash and thyme, but this is still pretty good. I used the recipe HERE as a guide. This  tastes like a delicious vegetable soup! Mine was soupy because I added some tomatoes and used rosemary. It’s still pretty good. when I buy all the right ingredients, I’ll make this again. 🙂

Stuffed Omelet!

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I had all the ingredients to make homemade ravioli (sage, butter, flour, egg, ricotta cheese and parmigiano-reggiano cheese) but I was too tired. So, I made a stuffed omelet. Using 3 eggs, I stir fried the egg into a pancake shape. Then I added my cheese mixture to the pancake egg, rolled it up and put it into a baking pan. 

I baked it in the oven at 400F until the cheese started bubbling (about 10min). When it was finished, I drizzled sage butter sauce over it. The filling was excellent but I should’ve used chicken breasts or some kind of meat instead of eggs. 

This cooking experiment gave me more ideas for stuffed omelets and stuffed meats. Not a complete failure. 🙂

French Onion Soup!

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I watched a Food Network video by Tyler Florence and I wanted to try french onion soup myself. The recipe is HERE! I used Merlot wine and Thyme powder. Everything else was as done as the recipe. This is definitely a delicious soup!! Low carb without bread and low fat if you don’t use cheese. I’d definitely make this again! My first homemade soup and I love it!!! 😀

Sur la Table Cooking classes!

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Throughout USA, Sur la Table is known for its kitchen supplies and cooking classes. I’m back in USA with some time to actually go to a couple classes. They range from $30-80 per class. If you wait to book your class, you might be able to get your class half off! They usually discount the tickets if not enough people sign up for the class. I took 2 classes. Oktoberfest and Autumn in Paris.

Oktoberfest

The menu for this meal is German themed. We made Braised red cabbage with apples and bacon, crispy pork schnitzel, and black forest mini bundt cakes.

Let’s start with the braised cabbage. This is the best cabbage I’ve ever had. Apples, bacon, onions, raspberry/cherry jam and spices….phenomenal! The sauce to the right is browned butter, lemon juice and fresh parsley sauce for the pork schnitzel. Such a simple sauce and tastes great with the pork or any meat.

Here is the delicious black forest bundt cake. Chocolate cake with homemade cherry syrup, cherries and whipped cream. A very rich cake with balanced flavors. If I wasn’t so full from eating a lot of that delicious cabbage, I would’ve eaten another cake too. We had leftovers of everything because only 4 students registered! Best case scenario! Hands on cooking for each of us. 😉

And last but not least, pork schnitzel. A schnitzel is just breaded meat that’s pan fried. I seasoned the pork tendeloin with pepper and salt on both sides. Then I floured, dipped in egg wash and covered with plain panko bread crumbs. Fried them in a skillet until golden brown on each side with 1/4cup of vegetable oil.

Overall, I loved this class. My classmates were lovely women and chef Stephen was knowledgeable with a sense of humor. 🙂

Autumn in Paris

Our chef Jeremy was quite comical. He talked about his france cooking classes and his southern hometown. I cut myself and burned myself during this night. So I was the pun of some jokes because I kept getting hurt at almost every process of cooking. It was funny to me. 🙂

Anyway, for the main entrée we made Steak Au Poivre and Roasted potatoes with Espelette and Thyme. I loved the potatoes and the brandy sauce we added on top of the steak. This is a complete savory meal. We also made Braised leaks but considering this class was bigger due to it being “Date Night, ” we each got a small leak to taste when they were finished cooking.

And finally for dessert we made Crêpes Suzette. I was always a little apprehensive about making crêpes because of flipping them in the pan and getting them thin enough to be crêpes and not pancakes. These were very nice. And the orange syrup sauce we made for it wasn’t too over powering. I didn’t feel like I was eating a crêpe smothered in orange juice. It was a good balance. 

Cheddar Cauliflower Bites!

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Here’s another recipe I found on Tasty via my Facebook subscription to the page. Recipe HERE! I have been trying to use more carb alternative foods because my body has an extremely difficult time processing carbohydrates (slow metabolism, boo!). This is my second time using cauliflower as a substitute. My first time was pizza crust (delish by the way!). I am constantly impressed by all the things we can do with cauliflower. This is a great snack to make instead of tater tots! 😉

Parmesan spinach balls!

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For those of you that use facebook, you may be following “Tasty” or “So Delicious.” I watched this video because they called it a healthy snack. I’m back in USA now visiting family and of course I have an oven. So you KNOW I got my bake on! Haha! Click here for the facebook video link! I know I’ll be making this again for a healthy snack. 🙂

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (no-bake)!

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Considering I don’t have an oven while living in South Korea, I am finding ways to get creative. I miss baking!! So I found a cookie recipe online that didn’t require baking HERE!!

I used Lotus Biscoff Biscuit Spread  (a.k.a. Cookie Butter) instead of peanut butter. I used about 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder because I didn’t want my cookies too chocolatey. I also reduced the recipe quantity to 20 cookies because I didn’t have enough oats. I removed about 1/3 cup of the liquid mixture from my saucepan then added the oats to the saucepan until they were coated. I knew I could always add more of the liquid mixture if needed. I let them cool on the wax paper and I also refrigerated them afterwards. These came out great! Not crumbly at all.

Carrot Souffle (no-bake)!

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I had an extra carrot in my fridge and I didn’t want to just eat it plain. I found a recipe online for a non-baking carrot souffle HERE! I used nutmeg instead of cinnamon. I only sprinkled cinnamon on top of the whip cream.  Sweet, savory, quick (after it finishes steaming) and healthy. Love it!

Bulgogi Gimbap!

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Ever since I moved to South Korea, I’ve been wanting to make gimbap (김밥). I’m from the states, so to me, gimbap is like a burrito. Everyone kept telling me, “why make it? Just buy it. It’s cheaper.” They are right. It is cheaper to buy gimbap from places for about ₩2,500-4000 per roll. But I still wanted to make something korean. I’m a foodie chef! So I watched this video by Maangchi on YouTube and got started!

So here it is. My first gimbap. There are different kinds of gimbap and I decided to make bulgogi ( 불고기). I bought beef/pork meat and marinated it in brown sugar and soy sauce. I bought carrots, spinach, danmuji (단무지) and fried a couple eggs. The gimbap roller was only ₩800. Extremely cheap. All in all, I impressed myself with this. I made about 5 rolls and still have left overs. I didn’t have enough gim (seaweed/laver).