Thursday, April 17, 2014

Getting drinks after work – stepping out of my comfort zone and going out in my chefs’ clothes

Everyone that knows me knows that I never go anywhere straight from work to wherever I’m going…not without a shower first.  I always have to stop by home to take a shower and change before heading out to where ever. Heck, I don’t even eat at home (no matter how behgopa I am after work) before I shower. After working with food all night, I am covered with food and the occasional sweat and/blood. I get dirty in the kitchen. And I FEEL gross when the night is over. And it’s not a feeling that I can really tolerate outside of the kitchen.  The gross dirty feeling puts me in a bad mood. I mean, in the kitchen, I will get dirty as much as a kitchen slave can get….chocolate sauce all over my pants, flour all over my shoes, strawberry sauce splattered on my chefs jacket (as if I just murdered someone), smears of raw ahi on my sleeve, crème fraiche on my face,…I am just a mess!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reese's Peanut Butter Blondies - a recipe inspired by Lindsey of American Heritage Cooking that ended up being drastically tweaked (due to the lack of too many ingredients on hand)

Lindsey of American Heritage Cooking is always baking up yummy goodness in her kitchen. I can imagine her to make an awesome baker/pastry chef if she were to pursue it professionally. She is always full of creative ideas to make something yummy. Just look at her pics! Mouthwatering!! Lindsey has an impressive collection of cookbooks that inspires some of her creations. She can turn any classic recipe into something awesome with a modern twist. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Blondies that she posted a couple of months ago really looked tempting. I love the marriage of peanut butter and chocolate as much as she does. I am so glad I got to try this recipe, or a recipe inspired by this recipe.

I had a (almost full) bag of Reese’s peanut butter chips sitting in the fridge. Gosh..the last time I used 'em was when I made Reese's crème brulee.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Love Korean food too much to ever cook in a Korean restaurant - with Kimchi Jjigae and KBBQ being a couple of things that are at the top of my list!

I have often been asked if I would ever consider working in a Korean restaurant, cooking Korean food. My answer had always been, “Heck no!” I grew up eating Korean food. It’s my go to comfort food and what makes my digestive system run smoothly. I can’t imagine going more than a few days without rice and kimchi (along with other main and side dishes). Something in my stomach just wouldn’t feel all that right if I went too long without it. And to think…..to have my necessary comfort food to become what makes me cringe would not be a good thing. That is exactly what would happen if I were to be cooking Korean food all day long in a restaurant setting.

I can’t even believe that many of the things that I once loved have become what I want to gag over now. This includes chocolate soufflés, crème brulees (at one point), and just too many things to list. Constantly having to taste with your eyes, nose, ears, and mouth with the food that you work with and that is around you will do that to you. I think for me, this even applies to the food that I am not handling. The things that are being cooked over at the other stations don’t even appeal to me anymore either because it’s what I am exposed to and inhaling all night long, everyday.
I refuse to let the same thing happen with me and Korean food. I don’t want to grow to hate it! That would be terrible. Or else, what would I be eating 70% of the time? Yes, there is a wide variety of different Korean restaurants specializing in particular dishes. But I think I like most of them too much to even consider any of them. What a horrible thought! Of course, I am not insinuating that every cook at Korean restaurants despises Korean food...but I am speaking more from a personal perspective. I know how I am and how easily sick of things I can get if I am around something all day, every day.

One of my all time favorite Korean dishes (or any dish in general) has to be Kimchi Jjigae! It’s soupy, spicy, and oh so comforting. It hits the spot every time.

 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The final post for Behgopa.com – saying farewell to blogging!

The decision wasn’t an easy one, but I think it is going to be for the best. I have been thinking a great deal about this and have come to the decision that it would be best for me to say farewell to blogging.
Blogging has been a fun journey that I have really learned a lot from. I’ve connected with some pretty awesome people, learned a lot about blogging, social media, and food in general. Most importantly, I have learned a lot about myself.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Feeding the behgopa rage!

Let’s discuss the meaning of behgopa and the behgopa rage. After all, it’s the driving force behind this blog, hence its name. As you may have figured, behgopa means “hungry” or “I’m hungry” in Korean. I am ALWAYS behgopa. I think it almost defines who I am lol. I love food and love to eat. The first thing on my mind when I wake up (always hungry) is WTF to eat. I contemplate what to eat…sometimes I’ll spend hours trying to decide. Other times, I will have a very specific craving and know exactly what I want.

I usually don’t have much of an appetite until past noonish. I am still hungry before that, but don’t really feel like eating anything because of my lack of appetite, if that makes sense. On days that I work, I usually eat around 1:30ish, right before I leave for work…hoping it’ll last me longer than if I were to eat earlier. Most of the time, I eat at home…something simple, usually rice and some side dishes. It is cheaper, healthier, and simple. I eat soups often (jjigaes and gooks). I don’t spend too much time cooking to eat at home. They are quick simple recipes I just whip up just so I don’t starve….just things to help me stay alive and not pass out from hunger.