Category Archives: The Joy of Food – Cooking, Baking, Eating

Korean Spicy Udon Soup (Jjampong)

Last week my daughter and I went food shopping and they were giving out samples of instant black bean noodles. It tasted pretty good and my daughter pleaded for me to get some. I gave in and said this time but we’re not buying those all the time. The next day I needed to put together a quick lunch and was glad I had bought the instant noodles. My husband enjoyed them and my daughter did too of course. She wanted to eat it again for the next meal too! So I realized I’d better just learn how to make it and use fresh noodles. It turned out not bad but I didn’t have the exact black bean paste I needed for it. So I didn’t take any pictures and I’ll have to post about it the next time I make it now that I do have the black bean paste that I need.

As I was purchasing noodles for that particular dish I decided to get some fresh udon noodles also. So the next meal I searched what to make with those noodles and found out you use them for a spicy Korean seafood dish. My husband loves anything with noodles AND seafood so I thought I’d give it a shot. And it turned out pretty good! Simple too! Just time consuming to chop the veggies. And the next time I make it I need to add WAY more veggies even though I thought I added plenty. Sure enough they all shrunk and half a pot became a sixth of a pot of veggies. My husband asked for a green juice shot after that since we didn’t have many greens with all my experimenting with different dishes the past couple of days. Sorry I’m so bad at the presentations of my final product…



Went to my favorite website for Korean dishes…Maangchi! Recipe is here. It’s pretty detailed so I will not include it here.

I used chicken stock that I made since I wanted to make a spicy and non spicy version. I will have to try one with the mushroom and kelp stock at a later date.



Sesame Crunch Candy

Whoa…it’s been a long, long, long, looooong time. I really love these sesame crunch candies and I always have to fight the urge to buy them since 1) they are not cheap and 2) not good for me. Well, I sort of figured a solution to that, at least the first problem. It is so much cheaper to make your own and you get sooo much more (doesn’t help my second problem). AND, it’s SUPER easy! I would rather stick with honey so I cut the brown sugar some but realized if you cut all the sugar you get a blob of sesame not sesame crunch! And you have to eat it with a spoon or keep it always in the fridge so it can stay “hard.” I think the key when cutting the brown sugar is making sure you heat the honey/sugar to the right temperature. If it’s too cool it will not set. Oh, and to offset my second problem, the extra sugar is not good for me, but sesame seeds are REALLY good for you, no matter what color. Supposedly it helps keep your hair black. Haven’t eaten black sesame seeds consistently enough to see if it actually works. Or actually, haven’t made my husband eat it enough to see if it works since I’ve only started graying. I’d better put it in my diet so I don’t gray!

Got the recipe from Crunch away!




1 1/4 cup sesame seeds

3 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp brown sugar


Place honey and sugar in sauce pot. Heat and stir for about 5 minutes until you notice ┬áthat it bubbles up, Allow it to bubble for a couple of minutes but don’t let it burn. Remove from heat and add sesame seeds. Stir mixture and place on oiled surface or parchment paper. Flatten and allow to cool and set.

Mango Ice Cream and Mango Sorbet

Asked a friend what I should try after the coconut sorbet and she said something with mangoes. Since we spoiled Southern Californians still have them I gave it a try!

Tried mango ice cream first. It wasn’t bad but the sorbet was much better! I think it just depends on if you want something creamy or fruity. Was able to find a recipe that called for honey or agave syrup instead of sugar so that was a plus. I used super ripe mangoes too.

Took a picture of ice cream as it was churning but forgot to take a pic of the finished product!


And the sorbet!




The recipes are both simple and I didn’t make any adjustments except for cutting the honey for the sorbet to half of what recipe called for.

Recipe for mango ice cream comes from Just One Cookbook.

3 large mangoes
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup whole milk

Note: Refrigerate mangos before using or you’ll have to chill mixture before putting in ice cream maker.

1. Blend all ingredients
2. Place in ice cream maker according to manufacturer instructions. Chill more if needed.
3. Enjoy!

Recipe for mango sorbet comes from King Arthur Flour.

4 large ripe mangoes
1/3 cup water
1/8 cup honey or agave syrup
1/3 cup lime juice
1/8 tsp salt

1. Blend all ingredients
2. Place in ice cream maker
3. Enjoy!

Caramel Sauce

Oh, one more thing, not Korean. Made caramel sauce to go with my Vietnamese coffee. Probably a no no but I really like caramel. Now I can have caramel with no extra additives if you are ok with refined sugar. Kind of dangerous that I know how to make it now…


Very detailed instructions so go to Confessions of a Bright-eyed Baker.

It’s sooo good. And if you like caramel lattes check out her recipe for one.

Kkakdugi aka cubed radish kimchi

Well, when I post I post. I have been up to a lot lately as you can see. But not a lot of blogging. I’ve especially been working on my Korean side dishes. Since my husband is Korean I’ve come to eat and like Korean food more, especially side dishes. But, spending $5.99 and more per pound? I thought I’d just better learn. And, once again, with Google, no one can say they can’t cook. Even a mouse can cook! Haha! Who knows where that is from? So the next two posts are two Korean side dishes I really enjoy especially the cucumber one.


I got the recipe from Maangchi– my go to for how to make Korean food.

I’m lazy so I didn’t even bother with pat drying the radish. And if you’re trying to watch sodium intake, like I am for my husband, start with less fish sauce and add more to taste. If you’re not sure how spicy it’ll be start with less hot pepper flakes and add as needed.

4 lb Korean radish (or daikon)
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
4 stalks chopped green onion
1/4 cup fish sauce
2/3 cup hot pepper flakes

Cube radish into 1 inch cubes. Mix with salt and sugar. Let sit while you prepare other ingredients then mix all together.


This is my lazy way. Feel free to follow instructions at Maangchi’s site.


Healthy OBB Nut Muffins

Huh? Didn’t know that acronym? Healthy Oatmeal Blueberry Blackberry Muffins! A mouthful though don’t you think?


A little too wheaty for me so I think I’ll put half the whole wheat flour and replace the other half with some almond meal or oat flour the next time I make these. Oh, and if your blackberries are not sweet you’ll get a nice tart, tangy surprise when you take a bite. A second oh, these are not sweet so if you like to bite into a sweet muffin replace honey with brown sugar or increase the honey to 3/4 cup. Enjoy!

I got the recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod and adjusted just a little.

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries and/or blackberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 3 tbsp flaxseed

Anepalco’s Cafe



Had a little lunch date with my hubby this afternoon and tried out Anepalco’s Cafe in Orange. It’s a Mexican-French fusion place. Nice and tasty food at a great price. I think he had the Poblano Chicken Sandwich. I had the Chipotle Creamy Chicken Crepe. Will definitely try some other items on their menu the next time we visit. Give it a try the next time you’re in Orange!

Here’s their website Anepalco’s Cafe.