Monday, May 29, 2017

Composting 101

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all the men and women who have made sacrifices so that the rest of us can lead our best lives.

I'm slowly, but surely, trying to be more environmentally conscious. We don't generate a ton of trash in our house; we only put the rubbish bin out every other collection day (meaning just once a week) if that. We actually generate much more recycling (but that's probably due to an online shopping addiction and parcels constantly arriving at the house). I think the main reason we don't have a ton of trash is because we don't buy a lot of processed foods, which often come in odd plastic (non-recyclable) packaging. And I realized that the main makeup of our trash was food scraps and that made me realize that I needed to invest in a composter.

About a year ago, I bought the Deluxe Pyramid Composter through Amazon. It was $175, which seemed a bit pricey at first, but it's well made and has lots of great reviews so I figure it's worth it. Plus, it's not a heavy price tag when I weigh it with the benefits. It arrived promptly (like, a week ahead of the expected delivery date, so thanks Amazon) and we set it up in early April 2016. We aren't avid gardeners, by any means, but because my sister and I love our little garden box, we definitely appreciate having rich, hearty compost to nourish our plants.
We've only generated a small amount of compost so far, but I thought I would share what I've learned and what we throw in our compost bin.

Monday, May 22, 2017

What I Ate: Macarons

My friend L came over a few weekends ago to learn how to make macarons. We made cocoa macarons and vanilla macarons with a dulce de leche filling. And then the next day, I made some raspberry macarons with a fig butter filling (from Trader Joe's) and took a few snaps.
We shared a bunch with our coworkers, who were delighted, but made sure to keep plenty for ourselves. I mean, hey, we made them so we could decide what to do with them.

Monday, May 15, 2017

What I Ate: Chocolate Pudding Pie

Sometimes your sweet tooth gets loud and demands something sugary. And on occasion, you end up with a decadently sweet monstrosity that makes you feel like the three months of gym sessions you've endured have all been for nought.
 My sister asked if this was like Minnie's special pie in The Help, but not to worry, this pie is poo-free.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Blondies

My sister asked me what the difference was between blondies and the chocolate chip cookies I usually make. The answer is the butter. In blondies, the butter is melted and you essentially make a flowing batter to pour into a cake tin. With cookies, the butter is room temperature but still solid and it gets whipped and creamed together with sugar and the batter is much more solid and doughy.

Taste-wise, the two are kindred spirits considering the ingredients are quite similar. Texture-wise, blondies are more gooey and a bit more decadent because it's a bit chunkier and denser. I also really love blondies because they do not require the aid of an electric mixer, the butter doesn't have to be sat out on the counter ahead of time, and the batter whips together in the time it takes the oven to preheat.
Ingredients [9" x 9" pan]
½ cup melted butter
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⅓ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
4 oz. chocolate, chopped

Monday, May 1, 2017

What I Ate: Dakgaejang (닭개장)

Even though it's May, we're not quite out of soup season. I mean, yesterday it was pretty chilly, especially compared to the sweltering temperatures on Saturday. So, we've still been having soup here and there. I wanted to share a few photos of this dish because it came out rather deliciously.
I basically married my dahk jook recipe with yukgaejang and ended up with this spectacularly homey soup.
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