A delicious rice bowl topped with kimchi, sausage, seasoned vegetables and a fried egg. A dollop of spicy Korean paste tops it off and you mix it all up in your bowl for a tasty twist on a traditional Korean recipe. Translated to mean
“mixed-up rice”, this traditional Korean dish has been moving mainstream. It has been spotted on the menu of a popular chain restaurant and now you can make it at home!
But this fabulous kimchi and sausage bibimbap has a little story. This summer one of my comics was published an I was paid a small honorarium. How exciting!! I can now call myself a published cartoonist. 🙂 So how does one spend the Amazon gift card that was given as a token of appreciation from the magazine? A book of course; a cute kids book by the same name, Bee-bim-Bop! by Linda Sue Park. I have been eying this book for a while, it is written about Korean food by a great Korean-American author. (Kyah did a book review on one of her books here.)
Take a look!
It’s an adorable tale of a little girl helping her mom shop and prep the food making bibimbap for dinner. My kids love bibimbap and love to help me cook; it feels like the book could be written about us!
So after reading this book, who wouldn’t be inspired to make bibimbap?
We usually make dolsot bibimbap, which is cooked in a hot pot with a raw egg, just because I think it is fun. But when I served this to my yobo, he said it tasted like normal Korean bibimbap because it wasn’t so fancy! 🙂
My yobo loves thrift stores. When we first moved back to Canada, garage sales, freecycle (remember that?) and second hand stores were his weakness. He would take almost anything if it was free. Most of our house was furnished in second hand furniture and he did find lots of treasures. But for all the treasures, there was lots of … how do I say this nicely, … interesting items. After I while, I made a little rule. In order for an item to enter the house, it needed my permission. Otherwise, it was banished to the shed. I must say, I have some great items for thrift stores, and they have made good money on us as lots of it has returned back to their shelves. Charity. It makes the world go round.
My yobo has gotten much better at spotting a good find these days, except perhaps his weakness for chicken things, but that is another post. The other day he came home with this fabulous bowl which I just love. It is great for holding soups and stews and this great recipe.
A left over bowl is the perfect fit for this left over meal. We had some kimchi that had fermented too long and some left over rice. Couple that with bacon and you have this treasure of a dish!
Nothing says I love you like a strawberry stuffed pancake! These yummy traditional Korean pancakes take on a valentines twist with a sweet strawberry jam filling!
Valentines day is such a special day. When you are dating and new in love, you think it is the best; it is so romantic. When you have kids it is just a wonderful day to celebrate love, all kinds of love, friendships and relationships. Little valentines cards go to school and come home. The teacher, me, gets a few special teacher cards and I go home, slightly frazzled from 5 year olds on a sugar high, but feeling loved. And at home in your family, your kids make you cards and leave secret messages in the mail box. You make a fancy breakfast with valentines under their plates. Your husband brings home chocolates. You eat some strawberry pancakes. And life is good. Love is good.
So how do you say I love you in Korean? Besides with strawberry pancakes? Sa -rang-he-yo! Give it a try, it might work wonders for you this valentines day! 🙂
Savoury pancakes with a protein punch! One mouthful of these and you will be back for more. Haven’t tried savoury pancakes before? Those Koreans, they knew what they were doing when they fried up this fabulous food!
I have a confession: I love pancakes and could eat them every meal of the day. Sweet in the morning with blueberries and maple syrup, savoury for dinner with zucchini and soy sauce! Nothing makes me swoon like a crispy pancake. I have make endless variations of the traditional Korean pancake (jeon) and just when I thought I couldn’t come up with anymore, I made these!
I was looking to add protein without adding meat. Enter in lentils! What a amazing addition to this recipe. The red lentils cook up quickly not adding too much prep time and with 16 grams of fibre and 30 grams of protein for 1/2 cup, they add a nutritional punch to this already ridiculously good recipe! Now my little perfect pancakes are a protein powerhouse!
So do yourself a favour, break out your fry pan, get cooking! Grab your chopsticks, dip them in some soy sauce, bow to the Koreans and thank Saskatchewan farmers for their lentils!
Trying to get more vegetables into your meal plan? Tired of the same old, same old steamed veggies? This delicious garlicky spinach Korean side dish will have you craving those leafy greens!!
This is a very common side dish (banchan) in Korea served with rice and other side dishes such as kimchi, honey potatoes or a bell pepper banchan. It is one of my yobo’s favourite; he has fond memories of eating this everyday in spinach season. He waxes on about his mom and his childhood when he eats it reminiscing about trimming spinach in the garden. He recalls being influenced by Popeye cartoons and wanting to eat lots of it to grow big and strong. Our kids have no idea who Popeye is, so the stories are lost on them. This poor generation of kids, not having heroes like Popeye to look up to. I should find some old cartoon clips and show them. For educational purposes, of course!
So whether you are old enough to remember Olive Oyl and Brutus or not, I promise you, if you make this dish, it will be gone before you can say ‘Popeye’!
Love these pancakes! All the yummy-ness of sausage and zucchini fried up in a pancake. Who could ask for more?
#vintage corelle dishes
I don’t hashtag. I’m not on twitter. And I don’t normally even think in social media lingo. I never LOL or TTFN. Call me old. So old in fact that these vintage 70s dishes are still used at my moms everyday. I grew up eating cereal out of the matching bowl and toast from the salad plates. I happen to have one in my cupboard that brought something delicious home from her place. I thought it would be the perfect plate for these crispy pancakes! Everything tastes better on mom’s dishes!
Do you have this set or something similar? Does your mom? Or (gasp) Grandma?
Here it is! For those visual learners, who like to see how to do things, a how-to graphic!
I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time. Whenever I post a yummy kimbap recipe, I have thought that it would be really handy to have something like this to attach so people could easily see the steps. I hope this helps.
And if this has inspired you to make kimbap, here are a few fabulous variations to try:
Heard of these fabulous burgers made with ramen noodles instead of a bun? Seen the pictures on pinterest? Drooled? Licked the screen?! Well, you can wipe your drool and make them at home!
My fabulous friend, who took me to Hawaii this summer where I was first introduced to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and their ramen burger, said mine was better. Don’t take her word for it… try it yourself! And if you have a chance, fly to Hawaii and try theirs too! Better yet, take me along and I’ll buy you one!
These tasty burgers were a ton of fun to make. Whats more fun than making buns out of ramen noodles? In our house, you get to pick your birthday dinner (and breakfast and lunch) and it was my dear sweet Jaina’s birthday recently. The other members of the family always try to influence and encourage the birthday person to pick something they really like. I suspect this request was at my yobo’s influence. Jaina also wanted rice burgers, some I made them both.
Most recipes online for this creation have instructions for making one burger. The whole process would have been tedious and time consuming for all the monkeys in this little household. So I needed to find a way to make this work to feed all the hungry mouths in our family plus a special guest.
The solution: muffin tins! Would doesn’t love muffin tins? Not muffin tops… muffin tins! (Though eating too many of these may lead to muffin tops!!)
I love Sundays! We get to sleep in, drink coffee and eat a slower paced breakfast, and make our way to church. We spend the day with family and at church and it is near dinner time when we get home. It is a lovely day, except for the last minute planning (you know, open the fridge, close the fridge, open it again in hopes some idea jumps out at you!) and the mad rush to make dinner once we are home. A quick way to ruin the tranquility of the day!
So recently, in a moment of brilliance, I dug out the slowcooker and decided we would start slow cooker Sundays. It’s the best idea I’ve had in a long time!
So now I turn on the rice cooker and the slow cooker before I head out the door, and let the appliances do the cooking! If only there was an appliance to clean the bathrooms! 🙂
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?