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.


Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad Banchan

Here’s my final post for today. I actually couldn’t find what I wanted on Maangchi so had to go searching somewhere else. I wanted the quick version. Oh, my American microwave mentality. Gotta have everything quick. Well, at least I’m using fresh ingredients!


I got this recipe from Jeanette’s Healthy Living.

2 cucumbers (I prefer Persian ones)
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp or more red pepper flakes
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp sugar

And once again the lazy version. Slice cucumbers. Mix with all ingredients. Tastes better if chilled
before serving.

Now you have side dishes to go with your Korean BBQ. 🙂

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.


Coconut Sorbet

I wanted to make a dessert for a good friend and his boys who have many food allergies. I knew his favorite was coconut sorbet and since I just happened to discover my mom’s ice cream maker sitting unused in their garage as we were helping to reorganize it was the time to try it. It didn’t take too long to find a recipe that was easy and it turned out a little too delicious. Please remember it is coconut milk, gluten and dairy free, but not fat free!

Did you know a coconut has a soft spot? My mom discovered it since we like to drink coconut water from the coconut so much. She would shave it down as much as possible before cutting into it and found it. Before we would just strike it quick and hard with a butchers knife to get through but you might catch your fingers too! This is probably how monkeys can drink the water before they completely break it up to get the meat. If it was all too soft it would break too easily and they wouldn’t get water. Wonderfully made by God!


I got the recipe from The Hungry Mouse. It only takes 3 ingredients! And as The Hungry Mouse recommends make sure to buy coconut milk without all the extra additives (Thai Kitchen brand) and don’t go with lowfat. If you’re going to enjoy coconut sorbet go all the way! And one of these days I may try making it from real coconuts…

The recipe called for way too much sugar for my taste. You can always add more before you throw it in the ice cream maker. Here’s recipe with my adjustment:

3 cans (13 oz) coconut milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

With 3 cans you’ll have to definitely throw in freezer to harden or you’ll have more shake than sorbet. If you’d like to eat right away go with 2 cans and 1/3 cup sugar.

Throw everything in a blender and blend until bubbly. Then put in ice cream maker according to instructions. Pour into freezer safe container with plastic wrap on top and freeze until consistency you desire.

You will more than enjoy!!!

Venus paired with the moon

Did anyone see Venus last night?


It looked light a big bright star next to the moon. I had no idea Venus was going to be seen last night but I got a call from my mom who told me to go outside and look at the really bright star next to the moon. She said she was taking a walk and the bright light didn’t move so it had to be a star but my dad didn’t believe her because it was too bright. So she called me to confirm she was not seeing things. And it’s not like I’m an astronomer or anything. By far! But I did see the space station several months ago and it was moving so it couldn’t be that. So on to Google to search! And sure enough found out it was Venus! Aah, the things we would never figure out without Google or an astronomer!

It was an amazing sight! It was so bright. After I realized it was Venus I grabbed my daughter and went outside to see it since she’s been reading and listening to books on CD about the solar system. She absolutely loves Mrs. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus! I’m only more excited about these things because I want to show her what she has only read or heard about.

How much is out there and we merely caught a glimpse last night of what our great Creator God has created. There’s a verse in the Bible in Genesis 1:1 that says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God created something out of nothing. Who can do that? But God did. And it’s interesting that the verse says God created the heavens and the earth. It doesn’t say God created the universe or the planets or Mars or Venus. But, God created the earth. How specific is that? And how important is the earth?

Nature Park


Had to get an oil change and oil rotation so went to Allen Tire Company. In the past I would get tires at Costco because they are cheaper but to get them changed and to go back for tire rotations takes at least a couple of hours if not a few each time. Before having a child that was ok but I don’t have that kind of time anymore. So Allen Tire works well for me. Prices aren’t too bad, you can get in and out in an hour or so, there’s a Starbucks across the street, a little playground nearby, the bathroom is spic and span (what? yes, clean!), and the manager is trustworthy.

I didn’t feel like sitting at Starbucks, my daughter was not with me so was going to take a walk while I waited. Jesse, the manager, recommended I check out a park quarter mile away. It was very nice. So now another plus for using Allen Tire in Lake Forest! Or a nice park to have lunch at after a playdate at Pump It Up Lake Forest which is just across the street.

Good tree for climbing


Short little nature hike


Benches along path to enjoy the seclusion


A little of nature


Grass area for playing and tables for picnicking


Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies and more!

So after I fed some delighted college students with Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookie Two one of them mentioned a neapolitan Oreo so I couldn’t resist. And I like mint so got some of those Oreos too. And for a bonus got some Caramel Delites Girl Scout cookies and this is what you get!


It was a great finish to our Asian- themed meal.