Easy Kimchi

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First ever kimchi

I’m not a big fan of kimchi. In fact, I hated it until about a year ago when I got to taste the kimchi rice one of our Korean bosses cooked for the office.

I have memories of my dad making basins full of kimchi at home, and the “leaking gas” smell associated with it. I’ve seen him salt the lettuce, spread the kimchi paste, and place the finished product in jars, but I’ve never once bothered trying to learn how to do it until I ate kimchi rice and found that I liked it.

And so I went on the internet to find the easiest way of making kimchi. It wasn’t difficult finding a recipe I could work with – kimchi is such an easy dish to make and you can use almost any kind of ingredient that you like that the hard part is choosing what kind to make!

But first, what exactly is kimchi? It’s most commonly Chinese or napa cabbage (and some other vegetables like carrots, green onions, leeks and radish) that has been seasoned and pickled and can be eaten as a side dish in Korean cuisine or cooked with other ingredients to make new dishes. Other varieties of kimchi can be made using cucumber, radishes, and other vegetables.

I found and adapted a mak kimchi or easy kimchi recipe for my needs and ingredient availability. For this, I used Chinese cabbage. Continue reading “Easy Kimchi”

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Grilled Chicken Pasta in a Tomato Cream Sauce

First try. Hmm. Might look better next time.

We ran out of rice in the middle of the week (well, more like Monday). Rice is a staple in the Philippines, and deviating from that staple is HARD.

We managed with tuna sandwiches for a few meals, and some stove top barbecue-flavored butter popcorn, but that gets tiring after a while. A quick check of the fridge and pantry revealed some chicken fillets and pasta (rotini and spaghetti), so I went on the internet to look for pasta recipes that could use some grilled chicken.

Here’s one recipe I found that looked really delicious, and fairly easy to make. Continue reading “Grilled Chicken Pasta in a Tomato Cream Sauce”

The collecting starts

Ever since we started living together, we’d been looking for recipes that would be easy for us to cook around the web. Due to our utter lack of organization, recipes have been written on old receipts, ripped notebook paper, and pretty much any white surface we could find.

Not the best way to collect recipes.

So I’ve put up this blog to list down all of the recipes we’ve tried, with some changes I had to make – lack of ingredient, different method of cooking, etc. – if I wasn’t able to follow the recipe exactly.

This way, I can also properly attribute where I “stole” the recipe.

Win-win!