Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I’ve tried yet another thing in my slow cooker! This time I attempted the pot roast. This dish is not something my mum ever made for us, so it’s not a dish common in our household. I tried it once or twice at a restaurant, and I did attempt it a few years ago on the stovetop, but those experience didn’t leave me all hyped about the pot roast. Yet this one turned out so good. The meat was so moist and tender, and the vegetables tasted good together. My parents agreed, so this will be another slow cooker staple for me! See below on how I made it. You don’t have to stick to the seasonings I did. You can replace garlic powder and oregano with something else. I just used those because those were what I had in my cabinet.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast
1-2 pound beef chuck roast
2-4 potatoes sliced in chunks
1/2 bag of baby carrots
2 small onions sliced in chunks
garlic powder
salt and pepper
ground oregano

1. Put the onions on the bottom of the pot.
2. Season the beef with garlic powder and set it on top of the onions.
3. Place the potatoes around the beef.
4. Sprinkle some pepper and then put the carrots on top of the beef.
5. Sprinkle more pepper and some salt and oregano.
6. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 5-6 hours.

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Dump Cake

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Dump Cake

I never liked raw apples. As a child I never liked it. The after-taste, the tartness — I just never cared much for it. The only time I liked apple was when it was in a pie. Then several years ago, I tried raw apple with peanut butter, and that was a winning combination because the peanut butter toned down the apple’s tartness and its after-taste. Unfortunately, though, that discovery led me to uncover my raw tree fruit and nut oral allergy. With the exception of raw citric fruit, practically any raw tree fruits and nuts makes my inner ear itch like crazy. So basically I can consume them, but then I develop an itch I cannot scratch, which usually last around fifteen minutes. Oddly enough, cooked tree fruits and nuts do not cause the annoying itchiness. Ergo, I decided to try and hunt down an apple-based recipe for my slow cooker.

Several websites introduced me to the concept of “dump cakes”, which basically means you dump the ingredients into one thing and then cook or bake it. I saw recipes using apples, so I decided to give it a try. The dump cake turned out GOOD. It was gooey, warm, and delicious. I omitted the extra sugar most recipes called for, and the combined sweetness from the apples and the cake mix turned out well. Even my mum, who’s not fond of sweet food, liked the dump cake. Next time I make this, I’ll pair the dump cake with some ice cream or whipped cream. This experience proved to me that you can make “cake” in a slow cooker, and I also learned that there are far too many apples. Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Fuji . . . who’d have thought? I just thought apples were apples all this time, haha!

Anyway, this is one slow cooker recipe I’m glad to have discovered, and it’ll be something I’ll make again. My slow cooker is proving to be a good little appliance, and it’s been a good investment so far!

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Dump Cake
Slow cooker liner or non-stick spray
4-6 apples cut into chunks (I used two Gala and two Golden Delicious apples)
16.5 oz box of spice cake mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter

1. Line or spray the slow cooker.
2. Put the apple chunks at the bottom of the pot.
3. Pour and spread the cake mix evenly on top of the apples.
4. Slice the butter and put it on top of the cake mix.
5. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
6. Serve warm with optional ice cream and/or whipped cream!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Coleslaw

My first experiences with a slow cooker were making stews. Two months later, my dad reminded me that we have a slow cooker, and he suggested to look for some recipes online. Since I missed cooking, I decided to oblige him. Last week, I made Asian chicken that came out way too salty. It was good, just too salty! I put the chicken on a bed of lettuce and served it with some steamed veggies-from-a-bag.

Asian Chicken

This week, I decided to try pulled pork with coleslaw on the side, and for the pulled pork, I followed Skinnytaste’s recipe. HOMG. NOM, NOM, NOM. The pulled pork turned out great, and the coleslaw (I kind of improvised it) was a great accompaniment. In fact, I actually liked the coleslaw better than the pulled pork! Daddy and I both enjoyed this meal, and I am really loving this slow cooker! Such a convenient cooking appliance!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Coleslaw

Slow cooker Pulled Pork with Coleslaw
Pulled pork ingredients
2 pounds boneless pork loins trimmed of fat
2 teaspoon vinegar (I used Korean brown rice vinegar)
2 teaspoon liquid Hickory smoke
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup of BBQ sauce
Buns or lettuce or anything to serve the pulled pork

1. Put the pork in the slow cooker and season it with vinegar, liquid smoke, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for 6 hours on HIGH.
2. Remove the pork and save half of the liquid in the pot. Shred the pork with two forks.
3. Add the shredded pork and BBQ sauce into the slow cooker. Mix and cook for 1 hour on HIGH.
4. Serve and enjoy!

Coleslaw ingredients
1/4 cabbage, julienned
1 small carrot, julienned
1/2 onion, julienned
1 garlic, minced
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of rice vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper

1. Mix all the ingredient together in a large bowl.
2. Chill for at least two hours and serve.

FYI, the coleslaw recipe is a guesstimation. I kind of eyeballed the dressing ingredient and taste-tested as I went. Either or, it turned out great. Vinegar-based coleslaw is my new favourite thing! Kind of funny since until today, my dad was used to seeing coleslaw with mayonnaise! Well, turns out we don’t need mayonnaise for this salad! ^_^

My Favourite Things: March 2015

My Favourite Things

Has it been a month since I’ve last posted? Oiiii. I blame work for it, what with me being in charge of organising another photography contest. That really occupied me as I helped the kids to pick photos, printed the photos, delivered it to the place to get them matted, picked them up, displayed them, found the judges, got the prizes, made the video and slideshow, created and printed the programme, hosted the actual event with my 4-H club officers . . . er, yeah. Let’s just say I’m glad that’s over! Now I feel like I can breathe a bit, and I’ve even remembered to do this post! “My Favourite Things” is a blog link-up hosted by the lovely Raisa and Eirene. Like last month, there’s no particular theme, so enjoy my favourites for this month :)

Crosley CR31-WA Companion Retro Radio

This radio is amazing. I requested my bosses to purchase this so I could have it in my lab to show kids what old technology devices look like. This radio looks vintage, but works like a modern device, and I love it. Even better that I found a classical music station — yay for 93.1 FM! But anyway, at work, this is my steadfast companion, and with all the hours I’ve spent with that photography event, this radio kept my sanity. I’m really tempted to get me one for my house now . . .

Speaking of classical music, I bought ticket to go see the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and 7 in April. I cannot wait! I’ve always wanted to hear the seventh symphony (my favourite Beethoven’s symphony) performed live, so this is a great opportunity for me. I only wished the tickets weren’t so expensive. Buuuuut, I’m fairly certain that the performance will be worth the price.

The Biker from the Silence of the Lamb

I’ve grown fond of brunch meals. One of my good elementary/high school buddies is back in Seoul, and he’s a foodie like me, so we’ve been meeting up whenever we can, mostly for brunch. We met up in my area, which has a lot of delicious brunch restaurants. Our first “real” brunch (we’d met multiple times before and ended up doing things not very “brunchy”) occurred at Silence of the Lamb. Despite its gruesome name, I enjoyed their brunch. Good quality food and generous portion sizes at a reasonable price. I got the Biker, which comes with eggs, potato wedges, toast, bratwurst, and bacon. YUM.

English breakfast and mimosa from Phillies

Our second brunch adventure occurred at Phillies. I had the English breakfast and mimosa. Their potatoes were great, and so was their home-made sausage patty.

Holiday Waffles with Bacon from Phillies

My third brunch adventure happened at Phillies again. I got their holiday waffles with bacon. The bacon is inside the pumpkin spice waffles. It came with candied walnuts, pears, and Amaretto whipped cream. OM, NOM, NOM. It was a bizarre combination, but it worked and tasted delicious!

Earl Grey Tea and Carrot Cake at Chloris Tea & Coffee

I discovered a tea cafe called Chloris in Sinchon area that serves tea in English style. They use real China cups and teapots, and their interior design does look like something from the Edwardian era. I love this place! I have a place to relax at now when I have to go Severance Hospital nearby, so this is great. There are two branches in Sinchon, and I went to their first one. My first order consisted of Earl Grey tea and carrot cake.

Royal milk tea at Chloris Tea & Coffee

My second order was royal milk tea . . . which also came in a teapot. I wasn’t expecting that to come in a teapot, to be honest, so I was a bit surprised. I loved it, though! The whole concept was just refreshing for me, and I felt so posh and so . . . Edwardian-like despite not even wearing Edwardian fashion, haha! Definitely my new favourite cafe in Seoul!

Thirty-One Gifts

And my last favourites are what I promised to show from last month — my Thirty-One Gifts stash. The first photo is my Zip-Top Organising Utility in Grey Parisian Pop print. That’s my new work bag because it’s big enough for me to stash my shoes, umbrella, planner, and other junk I need at work. I also love that this thing comes with so many pockets. It definitely helps keep me organised!

Thirty-One Gifts

This here is my new overnight bag, the City Weekender in Brown Woodblock Floral print. This is the bag I got in the flash sale — got this baby for $20 as opposed to something that’s $60+! I got this fully intending to take it on my Japan trip. Unfortunately, it didn’t arrive on time. If anything, it came like the day after I came back from Japan ~_~; Still, though, I love how this is so sturdy! Plus, it comes with a longer shoulder strap. Win-win!

Thirty-One Gifts

Lastly, this is the stash I got recently. I got the Zip-Top Organising Utility in Bubble Bloom print, True Beauty Bag in Bubble Bloom print, and the All About the Benjamins in Putty Snake print for my best friend’s birthday this month.

As for me, I got the Handle-It Cosmetic Bag in Black Parisian Pop, Perfect Cents Wallet in Navy Playful Parade print, and Frog Icon Coin Purse. The wallet and the coin purse are a great combo because I can now separate my American and Korean change! Whee! I love the cosmetic bag because it’s easily wipeable, and it’ll be something I’ll take with me when I travel and can put my shampoo, soap, and other stuff.

All in all, I am glad I got all these stuff at an amazing deal, and I do hope my best friend in Guam loves her new stuff, too! And thus ends my post for this monthly link-up. Until the next one!

Kansai Trip 2015

Incheon Airport

For my 30th birthday, I decided on a trip to Osaka and Kyoto. It all started with my boss and I talking about visiting Japan, with her wanting to go to Universal Studios Japan, and me wanting to go to Tokyo. However, I’d no idea USJ was in Osaka, but once I knew that, I figured visiting Osaka and Kyoto would be a good opportunity and it’d satisfy the Hakuouki/Shinsengumi fan in me, haha! My boss left most of the planning to me, and after much researching, our itinerary consisted of:

January 16: Arrive in Osaka and explore Universal City Walk.
January 17: Go to Kyoto to check out Nishi Hongang-ji, Nishiki Market, Shosei-en Garden, and Pontocho.
January 18: Go to USJ, Animate Tennoji, and Namba area.
January 19: Fly back home.

That was our basic itinerary. The following below was what really happened :D

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