He is two! Need I say more?
A colourful mixture of three different kinds of rice, steamed up for a nutty chewy base for so many meals… or delicious on its own with butter and salt!
When we were in Korea, my wonderful sister-in-law made this rice all the time. My sister-in-law is an amazing cook and the best food we had when were in Korea was served in her little kitchen sitting on the floor. The kids adore her and her cooking and when we came home, they begged me to make purple rice just like “kun-ama”(pictured below with her lovely daughter).
I have been working on having the kids help me cook on a regular basis. The girls make all the rice that is eaten is this house these days. They alternate making it and have this purple rice down to an art. It is very cute because my yobo will often ask who made the rice and compliment them on it.
So today we have a guest post by my lovely daughter, Jaina on how to make purple rice:
Here is a reminder: to close the rice cooker lid!!!!!
Enjoy… I hope you like it!
Oh, by the way, look upside down to see if you can see my mom in the spoon!
Here is the 3 kinds of rice we use:
Deliciously steamed eggs with spinach make a easy side dish, or breakfast, or whole meal if that is the way you roll with eggs!
Have I mentioned we eat a lot of eggs in our house? We have a lot of chickens in our coop and they normally produce a lot of eggs, except for right now since they are molting and losing so many feathers that the run looks like they have a constant pillow fight! When they lose their feathers, they lose the energy to lay eggs, and we lose our abundant breakfast supply! Luckily this yummy recipe only needs 4.
What would an egg recipe be with out a picture of my cutie pie helping to collect the eggs?
This place is fabulous!!!
On my amazing trip to Hawaii this summer, I was spoiled to eat so much delicious food. I told my yobo we definitely had to move to Hawaii. The beaches are beautiful and the weather is gorgeous, but I would move there just for the food. It is unbelievable!!!
Because Hawaii’s history has many immigrants that came to work the sugar and pineapple plantations, the cuisine includes a wonderful fusion of many different cultural foods. Hawaiian food includes a mixture of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, South East Asian as well as Korean foods. Kimchi is considered a traditional Hawaiian food. The Koko Head Cafe embraces this and serves a Hawaiian brunch menu that includes elements from all different backgrounds.
I was so spoiled to go to the Koko Head Cafe with Travis, one of the cooks that work there. He is my friend’s sister’s boyfriend. He is very passionate about food and excited about his job working with Chef Lee Ann Wong. So much so, that I begged him come to the restaurant with us after he finished a shift to give me a running commentary on all the menu items. It was so fun to have him explain everything to us.
The menu included so many things that sounded so delicious. I could keep going back just to try everything! It took me a long time to decide, but I ordered the Korean sounding things: the kimchi bacon cheddar scone
and breakfast bibimbap (mixed rice) – bacon, Portuguese sausage, heritage ham, kimchi, soy-mirin shiitake mushrooms, ong choy, sesame carrots & bean sprouts, sunny up egg, served over crispy garlic rice in a hot skillet.
here is my bibimbap, all bibim-ed!
Travis also treated us to all day dumplings. I may or may not have licked the plate of these!
Oh my! It was all so fabulous. And after I had a bite of everyone else’s food, they had to roll me out of the restaurant.
So if you, by great fortune, find yourself in Honolulu, do yourself a favour, grab a coffee and wait in the ridiculously long line up outside of Koko head cafe. It is well worth it! Thanks Travis, I’ll be back!
“It’s so tasty… you gotta try it!”
What screams deliciousness more than a ramen burger?!?! Bbq’ed chicken and greens sandwiched between chewy fried ramen noodles. Need I say more? Whoever thought of this was a genius!
So where do you get one you are asking. Well, unfortunately or fortunately, they are sold in Hawaii at the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue restaurant chain. If you didn’t have a reason to go to Hawaii before, now you do!
My fabulous friend, who lives in Hawaii, got married and my equally fabulous friend took me along as a surprise. We had a fabulous week filled with fun, friends, family and food! It was… fabulous!
So one day, in the midst of last minute wedding errands, we saw this advertisement:
How could we not stop and try one? And while we were at it, why not try them all? (Except the vegetarian patty of course!)
Now just in case you thought we threw all caution to the wind and ate three burgers, we were conscientious that the bride-to-be had a pretty white gown to be in, so we cut the three burgers in thirds and sampled them all. The beef patty was good, the loco moco, which has a fried egg on top, was better, but the bbq chicken was the best. It was almost too much deliciousness in one bite!
They were so good, we got the t-shirt! Now to try and make them at home!
Kyah’s response to this answer of mine: How can I be 200% Mom?!?
I find this a tricky question to answer. The kids are all born in Canada and are Canadian. I am also born in Canada but my parents are both from Holland but Canadian citizens. The kids Apa is Korean and not a Canadian citizen.
How would you answer this?
Here it is!
The quintessential Korean recipe. Sweet and salty, thinly sliced beef, bbq’ed to perfection! If there is no other recipe on the blog that you think you might even remotely enjoy, this one you will! I promise. Throw it on the bbq with some veggies, wrap it up in lettuce, pair it with kimchi, and you will be in Korean-food-heaven!
The reason I haven’t posted this before is, in the midst of prepping, bbq’ing and serving it up for my family, I never managed to get a picture. I admit this one isn’t the greatest, but it is a picture nonetheless. So here it is, the recipe you have been waiting for (even if you didn’t know it!)
Happy Father’s day!
In honour of Father’s day, my yobo got to pick what he wanted to eat for dinner. His request: sam gyup sal – pork belly bbq! Nothing says ‘I love you’ like three layers of fat on side pork!
Sam gyup sal is served up with different side dishes so I also whipped up a batch of kamja jo rim – a potato side dish - sweet and salty potato dish that I could devour all on my own.
and I made him a spicy red bell pepper side dish to enjoy along side his kimchi.
The bell peppers added a nice sweetness to this in contrast to the green onions. It was fabulous… because he is fabulous!
My favourite day? Korean bazaar Saturday at the local Korean church! Here is why… street food! It is also a great opportunity to practice my Korean. It always impresses them when I can barter in Korean.
The Korean ladies from the church work hard and cook up a storm, like this yummy spicy pork pancake!
We scored the very last bag of homemade kimchi from the fabulous Kimchi-Ajumma!
I figure the lady that makes the best kimchi in the church is the one who is asked to make it for the sale so it is going to be delicious!
The kids devoured their tornado potato! Interesting fact: did you know these were invented in Korea? No, really, they were!
They also had kimbap… but it was gone before I could get my camera out!
My yobo enjoys the garage sale portion of the bazaar. This is where we got our Korean bible verse last year. Unfortunately for my yobo, he hardly got to buy anything, I spent all our money on Korean food. Next year…
Do you love Korean street food? I’ll give you a heads up next year when the bazaar is happening and you can join us there!
I love street food. One of the reasons I was so excited to go back to Korea, besides visiting family and showing the kids their father’s homeland, was to eat lots and lots of street food… and we did!
This is a typical food stand in Seoul. You can enjoy kimbap, spicy rice cakes and all kinds of deep fried yumminess here.
Glass noodles wrapped in seaweed, dipped in batter and deep fried… YUM!
This is us enjoying our first ‘meal’ in Korea.
The kids ate lots and lots of kimbap!
I really like pancakes and I was obsessed with eating hoddeok, pancakes stuffed with sugar and nuts, everyday!
We also discovered a savoury pancake sold on the streets that was stuffed with noodles and veggies. We had to try those as well!
Yummy! (We did need to take our street food indoors this day as it was cold and rainy.)
We also had fabulous street food in Shanghai. We enjoyed some yummy onion pancakes…
and bbq’ed squid, of course!
The kids got to try sugar cane for the first time.
My brother ordered us Chinese-style shawarma that were delicious!
Nothing beats eating on the street with cousins!
We also ate lots of different foods on a stick – bbq’ed chicken, deep fried chicken, and sausages to name a few. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures Now to try and make a few of these myself.