Happy Monday, or almost Tuesday!
Whew, I’m pretty tired these days. Picking up and dropping off a kid from school is no joke. I was shocked at how much gas I use in driving such a short distance! Nevertheless, daughter is enjoying school life. We are slowly getting into a rhythm now.
As for the meals- last week was a success! I had a few standout dishes that I’ll highlight at the end. Turns out I over-shopped a little last week, so I have enough food to last me another week. So I raided my fridge to come up with this week’s menu.
Here’s the menu:
Monday: Grilled Ham & Cheese, carrots, dried fruit snack ( from Costco- LOVE THESE!)
Tuesday: Breaded chicken ( Trader Joe’s -another must-try), broccoli, applesauce
Wednesday: Veggie Pasta
Thursday: Mini-omurice (check out recipe at end of post)
Friday: Lunchables ( not a huge fan of these, but daughter keeps asking for it- so I’ll surprise her)
Monday: Soo Jae Bi* ( 수제비) in chicken broth with chicken ( Costco chicken bone broth🙂 )
Tuesday: Dduk mandoo soup (떡만두국)
Wednesday:Bulgogi & Rice ( 불고기 덮밥)
Thursday: Dinner at friends
Friday: Stir-fried Shrimp & veggies over rice or noodles
* For the soo jae bi, I used regular flour, one egg, and I added some wheat germ. I just eyeballed the measurements, but roughly three cups of flour with 1/4 cup wheat germ, one egg, and 1.5 cups of water makes about 4 adult servings. You just knead the dough and then wrap and leave in fridge for about 30 min. When broth is boiling and ready to go, just tear off pieces of the dough and flatten to make flakes. When the dough floats to the top, it should be done. I didn’t have any potatoes or zucchini on hand, but those usually go well in this dish. Good, fermented kimchi is really the key here. My kids devoured this with some REALLY good kimchi.
Highlights from last week’s menu
1. Chicken Tikka Masala: OMG! This was so good. Heeding the advice from a friend who told me it wasn’t worth it to try to cook Indian food from scratch, I bought a pre-made curry from Fresh & Easy ( btw, I love F&E even more these days, future post.) All you have to do is add the chicken, veggies and cream. I used shredded chicken from the rotisserie chicken from Costco, added all the veggies I had on hand, water, and a little bit of cream. So simple but SOOO flavorful. Served this with brown rice and Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan- toasted in my beloved toaster oven and glazed with butter. It was a tad spicy for the kids, but I was surprised at how well they ate. I am definitely making it again SOON!
2. Kimbap: I was craving my Mom’s kimbap. Until now, I had never attempted to make it, because it just seemed like too much work. While I was prepping, I had my mom on Skype so she could walk me through the whole thing! In the end, I had so much fun making it, teaching my daughter how to make her own. I made a fish cake soup too, so we could get the whole boon-shik experience. Boon-shik is Korea’s fast food. The dduk-boki I posted last week is from a boon-shik restaurant. Kimbap, ddukboki, fish cake soup, spicy noodles, even dduk mandoo gook, are staples at these quick-eat shops. Out of all the food I ate in Korea, I miss this type of food and these restaurants the most! As you can see below, I am REALLY serious about my kimbap making. I was so mad at my husband for not retaking the picture. I said, “You should have told me to smile!” He said he did, but I guess I didn’t hear. I was too into figuring out how to get my rice to roll evenly…:)
Recipe of the Week: Omurice with Curry
I was trying to figure out how I could fit everything that I wanted to share with you without writing post of after post. My best solution is to just fit it all into one post. So here’s the last thing for today.
As most of you know, I am a lover of K-pop, all things Korean entertainment. This dish was inspired by a recent drama I watched called, “Love Rain.” It ended up being a disappointing one to watch, but nevertheless, I got this one dish out of it. In one of the scenes, the main actors are in Japan and then visit a local eatery, famous for omurice & curry. It was a snowy, wintery day, and they were enjoying this yummy looking dish in a quaint little restaurant and I thought- I MUST EMULATE!
My Omurice & Curry
The things K-dramas make you do…
So here is the recipe:
Ingredients- Protein (Optional: Chicken, beef, sliced hot dogs), Mixed veggies used for fried rice, rice, diced onions, ketchup, soy sauce, egg ( 2 eggs per person)
1. Beat eggs with splash of milk and set aside.
2. Heat pan with a little oil. Add diced onions and veggies.
3. Add rice, ketchup(according to personal preference) and mix. Add a little soy sauce for seasoning. Then use salt for further seasoning so you don’t make the rice too sticky/wet. Set aside on low heat.
4. Heat a separate omelette pan, add a little oil.
5. Add 1/3 cup beaten egg mixture to pan. I like my egg thin, so just depends on how you like it.
6. When egg is cooked, add rice mixture on half of egg and fold over. Transfer to plate.
Ingredients: Veggies (optional), water, Japanese curry cubes
1. Heat pan on medium to high heat with little oil.
2. Saute veggies.
3. Add water to barely cover veggies.
4. Bring to boil on high heat and add curry cubes.
5. Bring heat down to low-medium and simmer until curry thickens.
It wasn’t a wintery, snowy day nor was it a quaint and cute restaurant, but it was still delicious- just like I imagined it would be 🙂
My kids LOVED it too. Double bonus! And they don’t even like egg! Ketchup works miracles!
Anywho, thanks for reading the long post!
Hope this week is a victorious one!
Happy cooking everyone!