May 24, 2013

Bibimbap (비빔밥)

bibimbap with hangeul
This recipe definitely falls under my “favorites” category—along with soft baked cookies, funky cheeses, and anything coffee-flavored. Perhaps it’s because Bibimbap perfectly caters to my love of sampling a ton of delicious foods at once. Thanks to oodles of separately prepared, almost mini dishes, Bibimbap is extra full of flavor, plus it can be tailored however you like it.

Also, as you may know if you’ve seen any of my Monthly Language Reports on YouTube, I’m currently learning Korean and definitely one of my favorite things about Korea and Korean culture is the food. I think I’ve basically loved every Korean dish that I’ve tried, so it’s always fun to share another favorite here on La Kocinera.

May 10, 2013

Strawberry Peach Smoothie

strawberry peach smoothie 3
It’s really amazing what contentious issue a simple smoothie can be. Everybody has different ideas of what to put in them and when they taste just right. For some, it’s all leafy greens and powdery proteins. For others, it’s practically a milkshake. Any way you look at it, smoothies are a surprisingly individual creation. I especially discovered this simple truth while creating this recipe.

After toiling away in the kitchen for a whole five minutes to make this masterpiece, I headed into the living room to have my sister do a taste test. Personally, I already thought the smoothie tasted good. It had tons of fresh fruit flavor with an ever so slightly sour zing at the end, thanks to using Greek yogurt and orange juice. So, you can imagine my surprise when my sister totally didn’t like it! She thought it was too sour and there wasn’t enough peach flavor. After going back into the kitchen and adding a tablespoon or two more honey, she approved. Then I tasted it and thought it was awful.

Basically, I learned that it’s very hard to make a mutually agreeable smoothie. Not that it’s a big issue in the grand scheme of things, but it is an oddity. Hence, the recipe that I’m giving you today has two important characteristics…

(1) It makes one serving, so multiple people can tweak and tailor their version however they’d like.

(2) The ingredients are totally flexible. My sister actually thought it would be more refreshing with ice instead of yogurt, which I used to make it more of a filling breakfast smoothie. The amount of honey is also very negotiable.

So, without further ado, here’s a full step-by-step of my way to make a Strawberry Peach Smoothie.

First, frozen peaches.

frozen peaches

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