Thursday, January 29, 2015

Banana bread, Wallbanger, Inspiration, and Zucchini bread

A couple of weeks ago, I ended up making banana bread. I had some butter and banana that were about to get old, so I had to get rid of them. As usual, I browned the butter. There is just no other way to do banana bread.

I ate a couple and gave the rest to Brian, whom I know from way back when (the days when we did some work together). The banana bread tasted yum right out of the oven, fresh and warm.

With the remaining batter, I used in muffin tins to make banana bread muffin thingys.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy National Cheese Lovers' Day, writer's block, and the foodie Taurus

Happy National Cheese Lovers’ Day! Yeah, they seem to have a national day for everything. I LOVE cheese! I miss it dearly. At my last job, I used to be able to munch on various cheeses and toasted baguettes all night long. That is one thing I miss about that place. Well, going through many hungry busy nights, bread (primarily baguettes) was one of the things readily available to munch to fuel me until the end of service. Bread and butter, and the occasional cheese instead of butter! Cheese selections changed throughout the years and special menus. I don’t even remember all of the names, except for maybe the ones I really liked or the ones we served regularly. I usually prefer soft and creamy cheese over the harder ones. Remember this one? Lol that was yummy cheese.

We have also had some not so yummy cheeses. I remember Cantal being one of them. We only served it once. But I remember the name because it was like one of the most bleh cheeses I’ve had.

The last place was French, so yeah….not surprising that cheese was a big thing there. I remember the servers always coming by and begging for cheese like hungry rats. Each had their favorites. They’d get so excited when you gave them a piece of cheese. Well, they got excited if you gave them anything to eat or munch on, period. 

The cheese platters came with various accompaniments included fruit/nut bread, nuts, brined or dried fruits, quince paste, preserves, and whatever else was available or in the mood for at the time. When I dined there once, it was when cheese platters were served with the cheeses from specified animals. So you were able to choose from goat, sheep, and cow. I got the cow one. It wasn’t the same….munching on cheese while I work vs. sitting down, paying for, and eating the same thing all nicely plated. It just felt….different. It's weird, but I much preferred munching on cheese directly from the walk-in. Sitting down, leisurely being able to enjoy the cheese all nicely plated just seemed too weird.

Friday, January 9, 2015

First post of 2015 (random ramblings)

Hello again! This is my first blog post for 2015. It feels like I have been MIA for a while. December was a hectic month, and I haven’t posted anything since the Thanksgiving post. I am back, fatter and better rested. It feels like the past month alone should have added at least twenty pounds on me since I’ve been eating so much. It’s the cold weather. Cold air does wonders to my appetite (whereas heat waves kill it). I get all sorts of cravings, especially in the middle of the night. But with the bone chilling weather we have had recently (it’s gotten warmer now here but expected to get cold again soon), I have been spending more time indoors, cuddled up, not wanting to even step foot outside (unless really necessary). I have encountered countless nights of being bundled up in bed and having random cravings only to fantasize about going out on food runs at 1-2 in the morning. I lay in bed daydreaming about driving to Ktown for Koreanized pho or KBBQ. Some nights, I get dim sum cravings and fantasize about going to SGV to take care of the late night dim sum fixes. But no, I just try to sleep it off, hoping it will pass. Some nights, it does. Other nights, an hour or two will pass and I just can’t stop having food thoughts running through my head. It’s too hard of a battle to win. I don’t go out of my way for food in the middle of the night, but I just end up making something or going some place down the street. It may or may not be what I was craving, but good enough to get rid of that annoying food urge.

Some of the late night cravings that got the best of me include Chapagetti, Ddukbokki (spicy rice cake), Ramen (I had the Yougaejang cup one), and even Fire Noodles (yeah not always the best to eat at 2 in the morning but I couldn’t resist at the time). Why do these things always taste so good late at night? I suppose it’s because I know it’s a naughty thing to do and I get a kick out of the thrill? I seriously have been eating too much junk in ending the year.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Another Korean American Thanksgiving come and gone

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I have been dying from food coma and  a food baby belly that looks like it’s about to pop any second. Thanksgiving felt like Thanksgiving because it WAS Thanksgiving, but at the same time it didn’t feel like Thanksgiving because was like 90 degrees. Thank God for the long awaited rain we started having.  I hear about people in other parts of the country experiencing blizzards and stuff…and I get jealous. I’d so rather be cold (especially in November) than feel like I should be chillin’ at the beach. And by cold, I mean being in the 50’s or 60’s…yeah, that’s perfect weather that I wish we had all year round.

I can’t even believe how much I ate the past few days, especially on Thanksgiving Day. I made the usual traditional stuff. As much as I also enjoy the “classics” with “a twist,” I need what I am familiar with for it to feel like Thanksgiving. And they are items I normally eat (from the same sitting) just once a year anyways, so it’s not like I’d get sick of eating them year after year.
I started preparing what I could on Monday that week and then did the rest on Thanksgiving Day and the day before. I did all my shopping Monday. The stores weren’t too crazy when I went. But I heard it started getting super crowded later that day.  

While I was shopping for Thanksgiving, I found myself at the frozen food section.

At the time, I was just way too hungry to cook and needed a no hassle/no cook type of food to fuel me to get me going before I proceeded to cook. I ended up getting the steak and potato one. It’s been years since I have had microwavable dinner, but it was not bad, especially while in a behgorage (a term cleverly coined by Faye of Faye's Fork) mode.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Creations from my former coworker

My former coworker, Manny, sends me the most random texts. Last week, this is a picture that he just randomly texted me.


Yeah, he is so ummmm….what’s the word??!! WEIRD. But, I gotta admit that he has some sculpting skills and that it is a bit funny. The picture made me chuckle. At first, I thought it was Vanilla Ice Cream, -which meant it was either done fast before it melted or he did that while the ice cream was softening a little. With places that serve ice cream as part of the dessert menu, one of the pitfalls with ice cream has been that it is frozen rock hard. It’s a battle to get a good scoop since we can barely go past the rock hardness. I sometimes used a spoon to scoop out in increments from the edges. Another method I learned from our former (mine and Manny’s)boss is to torch the ice cream to slightly melt it to make it scoopable. At other places, we take out the ice cream to let it soften a bit then put it back into the freezer. At where I was doing my externship, this was done for each service. That is just the way the freezer seems to be kept at a lot of places. Anyways, back to the masterpiece of Chef Manny. It was, in fact, NOT ice cream, -it was BUTTER.