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Guest Post – Roasted Creamy Tomato Soup

This recipe was provided by one of my best friends here in Korea and who keeps me on my toes by editing my spelling, run-on sentences etc! I’m hoping next time she shares one of her absolutely amazing desserts! Thank you, Becky, for being an amazing friend, editor and, most of all, sharing this recipe and feeding me! It was delicious.  – Maggie @ Spoon in a Saucepan I am honored to be a guest blogger on Spoon in a Saucepan. – Becky If one thing is for sure, I wouldn’t consider myself a cook. A baker, yes (I can whip up some mean cakes and cookies), but not a cook. I often listen with envy as Maggie and other friends describe a delicious and simple meal they have just whipped up with ingredients they had on hand, and “Oh it was super healthy too,” they say. To me, simple means spaghetti with sauce out of a jar, and when I look at the carrot, onion, and green pepper in my fridge I see a carrot, an …

Roasted Vegetables with Pesto Couscous and Fried Eggs

“This is every cook’s opinion – no savory dish without an onion, but lest your kissing should be spoiled your onions must be fully boiled.” Jonathan Swift First off…thank you so much to everyone who follows this blog or likes any of the posts. On Wednesday I reached 51 follows! So, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Also, a huge shout out to the 178 followers on FB – ye rock, too!  Now, on to this week’s recipe:   Generally, the week before I go on vacation I don’t really eat at home. Instead, I will get fried chicken, gimbap, or a sandwich from Paris Baguette. I always figured it made life easier. Well, I go on vacation on Monday for around 10 days and I decided that I would challenge myself to not be lazy and to try to eat in for most of the time during this week. The weekend is a mix of birthdays and farewells so I knew getting time to eat in would be tricky and I …

Fusion Tuna Gimbap (참치김밥)

“A picnic is more than eating a meal, it is a pleasurable sate of mind.” -DeeDee Stovel When I moved to Korea back in May 2012, one of the first foods my brother introduced me to was gimbap. It’s basically a seaweed roll (gim = seaweed, bap = rice) stuffed with tasty ingredients: egg, ham, crab stick, carrot, perilla leaf or spinach, danmuji (yellow pickled radish), and cucumber. Additionally, tuna, bulgogi, or kimchi can be included. You nearly always get a side of danmuji to eat with it. However, danmuji is one of those foods that I hate with a passion, outside of gimbap and bibimbap, so having it as side dish to my gimbap never happens. However, it works really, really well in gimbap, giving texture and bite to the seaweed roll. My favourite kind is the chamchi or tuna gimbap and I’ve been known to eat two chamchi (tuna) sangak gimbap (triangle gimbap) at a go! These gimbap are in the shape of small triangles and usually are filled only with rice and tuna …

Tomato, Bean and Avocado Salad

Black beans and soy beans are the cornerstones of longevity diets around the world. -Bobby Darin This last week was the second week of camp for me and it’s been a busy one. Teaching camp is a lot more work than normal day-to-day as I have to prepare a lot more material and put a different “teaching cap” on to make sure the kids have a lot of fun. I know my 3rd graders are having a blast but I’m not so sure about some of the older kids! Anyway, I’ve had to bring a lot more work home with me so I haven’t had much time to prepare food for dinner and lunches. Luckily, I came up with an amazing little salad that has been a lifesaver this week; it’s healthy, tasty, and best of all, assists with lowering cholesterol and improving digestion. Yay for legumes! The idea for this salad was thanks to a trip to Costco where I picked up a large jar of oil-packed, oven-dried organic Roma tomatoes and some avocados. …

Tomato, Orange and Lentil Soup

Soup is the song of the hearth…and the home. -Louis P. De Gouy Christmas is here! I am so excited! After all, December is one of my favourite months—Christmas and my birthday rolled into one glorious wintry month! So, in honour of both those great events I have dedicated this month to Christmas inspired food. First up, things have been insane lately: before Thanksgiving even hit Korea, I had been sick almost a week. Now, it’s over two weeks later and this cold is hanging on with its icy toes. It doesn’t help that the weather has completely changed over the last week or so. Before Thanksgiving, the weather was a bit cold, but mostly decent and you could do things like go for an 8k walk. Since the 1st December, though, snow has hit on average 5 days out of 7. It’s much colder and this hasn’t helped me to recover at all—despite mostly staying inside, wrapped in a blanket, with the ondol (floor heating) and space heater on full blast. To top it all off, …