Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Home Tour: The Kitchen

About a little over a year ago I revealed our kitchen makeover. Since then, our old stove has died so we had it replaced along with the dishwasher. There is a possibility of us moving in a near future so I want to document this place where we call home the last 7 years.

Let's start with the kitchen:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Korean Black Noodle

My dear friend, Ci Lily, who inspired me to cook taught me how to cook this dish before she moved out of the country *sob*. She is an amazing woman. I won't be making all these dishes if it's not because of her. Thank you for sharing your passion and recipes, Ci!

The ingredients:

The noodle:

Cut the potatoes and carrots into squares

Boil them until a little bit soft,

drain and place on a plate

Cook the onion,

and the meat.

Add the boiled potatoes and carrot,

the black bean paste,

broth, and other ingredients. Continue cooking and stirring until done.

The end result:

Korean Black Noodle

Cook time:
Printable Recipe
1 package of noodle - cook according to the manufacturer's direction on the back of the package
1 pound ground pork
2 potatoes - cut into squares
2 carrots - cut into squares
1 onion - cut into small pieces
8 brown mushrooms - slices thin
1/2 cups or about 6 heaping tablespoons of black bean paste
4 tablespoons oil
4 tablespoons butter
1.5 to 2 cups of broth {I use homemade chicken stock}
1 tablespoon corn starch mix with 2 tablespoon of water
2 tablespoon of mirin
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cucumber - cut into small squares
1 green onion - slices
Salt & pepper


  1. Boil the carrot and potatoes in boiling water until about half cooked, not too soft. Strained and place on a plate.
  2. Heat a pan, add the oil; when the oil is hot add the onion. After the onion is fragrant, add the butter and sliced mushroom. When the mushroom is cooked, add the ground pork, season with salt and pepper. Add the boiled carrot and potatoes, black bean paste, and broth. Continue cooking and stirring until all ingredients are well mixed while adding mirin, sugar, and starch water. Adjust to taste.
  3. Boil the noodle in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. 
  4. Place noodle in a bowl, put the black bean sauce mixture on the top, garnish with cucumber and green onion.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Visiting: Carmel Beach, California

I have been feeling under the weather lately: sore throat, coughing, low fever, so we spent most of the timee at home. Not being able to go out and about made me realized that I shouldn't take for granted the chance to go out and enjoy the nature. I have to remind my homebody self more of that.

Speaking of the outdoor, our family took a short trip to Carmel Beach one Saturday. We went there a few years ago when the weather was cold and damp. This time, the weather was just perfect.

Besides, water, sunblock, sunglasses, and towels; baby powder is on my list of things to bring to the beach. Have you ever tried to clean off sand from wet skin?  Yep, that's what it is for.

While Koko is so excited to play with sand and water.

Didi was scared of the wave so he chose to spend the afternoon doing this:

Thankful for this hunky man who still makes heart swell after 12 years, the one who is strong enough to keep up with my craziness, ideas, and mood swing.

Going on a walk along the beach

There was a wedding ceremony to be held later on that afternoon:

The boys were wearing the "Shark-thank Inspired Towel" I made a little while ago.

The lovely houses around nearby the beach.

We close the day with early dinner at Moss Landing. Originally we were going to eat at Phil's Fish Market but the line was super duper long so we settled with The Whole Enchilada, which was pretty good too.