Avocado Chicken Salad

July 16, 2014 @ 6:53 pm (Permalink)

Avocado Chicken Salad

I’ve been wanting to try this particular avocado chicken salad recipe since last year when one of my co-workers suggested the idea of combining avocado and chicken together, but the timing never seemed right. The times when I wanted to make it, we had no avocados, or we’d have avocados, but I wasn’t in the mood to make them. Well, today proved to be the right day — we had avocados, and I wanted to make them. So with my mum’s help, we made this salad, and adsfjkl;adsfjkl; this is so good! Obviously this wouldn’t be good if you don’t like avocados, but if you do . . . NOM NOM NOM. I think next time, though, I’ll add some diced jalapenos or something to give it a kick :D Daddy wouldn’t like the kick, but Mum and I will!

Avocado Chicken Sandwich
5 boneless and skinless tenderloins (or about 2-3 breasts)
2 avocado
1/2 onion diced
1/2 – 1 lime juiced
salt and pepper for taste

1. Boil the chicken, cool, and shred.
2. Mix in the other ingredients.
3. Serve as a sandwich or eat it straight!

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Almond Snowball Cookies

July 14, 2014 @ 6:26 am (Permalink)

Almond Snowball Cookies

Plant, the vegan restaurant/cafe/bakery in Itaewon, sells these gluten-free lemon drop cookies. That inspired me to try making my own. I found this recipe to try, but I ran into a couple problems. I didn’t have any lemon juice or lemon extract. Instead, I had vanilla and almond extract along with sliced almonds . . . so I had the idea to try an almond variation!

It turned out pretty good. I felt like the cookies were underbaked in the centre, but according to the original recipe, it’s supposed to be “moist and soft” . . . so maybe that’s it? Perhaps next time I will try decreasing the temperature and set the cookies to cook longer. But regardless, my parents both liked the cookie, and so did I, so I guess this cookie is a hit. ^^

Almond Snowball Cookies
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 large egg white (beaten)
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 ~ 1/3 cup sliced almonds
confectioner’s sugar

1. Mix the flour and the sugar in a medium-sized bowl.
2. Beat the egg and add the extracts to the egg mixture.
3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until the dough is formed.
4. Add the sliced almonds to the dough and mix.
5. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours, or overnight, in the fridge.
6. Preheat oven at 350F.
7. Roll out the dough into 2-inch balls and place them on a parchment-covered baking sheet.
8. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottom is golden brown.
9. Cool the cookies for 5 minutes and then roll them in powder sugar.

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Banana Avocado Chocolate Pudding

July 13, 2014 @ 6:46 pm (Permalink)

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

A few months ago, I think it was on Buzzfeed, I saw something about how one can make pudding with an avocado of all things. Since then, I’ve been really curious as to how this “avocado pudding” would taste. I finally got my chance to try it today, and I based it off of this recipe. Again, I wasn’t able to make this 100% vegan because I didn’t have almond or soy milk — I had to settle with regular milk. And again, I decided to use agave syrup instead of honey. I also forgot about the salt, but that’s okay! In the end, the pudding tasted good. I really like how I couldn’t taste the avocado, instead I tasted the banana more than anything. My dad found it to be bitter, but perhaps that’s because I didn’t use honey. Perhaps I should cut back on the cocoa powder if I use agave syrup. Either or, I like this pudding. I’ll be making it again in the future!

Banana Avocado Chocolate Pudding
1 ripe avocado (pitted & peeled)
1 overripe banana
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1-2 tbsp sliced almonds (for garnish — optional)

1. In a blender or food processor, combine all the ingredient (except the almonds) and puree the mixture.
2. Serve in a bowl with sliced almonds (or whatever substitute you want, like fruits).

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

July 12, 2014 @ 10:41 pm (Permalink)

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

In Itaewon, there is this vegan bakery I like to check out once in a while call Plant. I’m not vegan, but I am still interested in trying out vegan products and comparing them to the non-vegan products. Anyway, on one of my visits, I decided to try their Mexican hot chocolate snickerdoodles, which was 1,500 won ($1.50 USD) per cookies. I ended up really liking it. The spiciness mixed with chocolate was a great combination for me. However, I couldn’t justify paying that much for a single cookie . . . so I scoured the Internet to find a recipe for me to try. I found this recipe and I decided to give it a whirl.

They turned out great! They aren’t 100% vegan because I didn’t have any non-dairy milk. I also replaced maple syrup with agave syrup . . . but it still turned out great. My mum loves it, and my dad said they’re great, but he’s not too keen on the cayenne pepper. XD Oh, well! At least I saved myself some moola by baking my own!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles
Dry ingredients
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk (regular, soy, or almond)

Sugar coating
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.
3. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl.
4. Slowly mix in the dry mixture to the wet mixture until well mixed.
5. Roll into a 2-3 inch ball (or use a cookie scoop), flatten it, and apply the sugar coating to one side.
6. Lay the cookies sugar-side up on a parchment paper covered baking pan.
7. Bake 12-14 minutes.

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Fourth of July Food Adventures

July 5, 2014 @ 10:18 pm (Permalink)

With this week being a three-day weekend (huzzah for 4th of July!), I worked when I worked, and I met friends when I was off, which was full of food adventures, of which most of it was spent in this one alley near my house.

Eclairs at Eclair by Garuharu

Technically, my adventures started on Saturday, June 28th. This one alley has been slowly opening up new restaurants and drink establishments, but I still consider it 95% residential, so I hardly ever go down there. However, a new pastry shop opened up, and I read about this one Japanese restaurant that I wanted to try, so on last Saturday, I ventured out for a short walk to explore that alley. I found the Japanese restaurant, and I visited “Eclair by Garuharu”, where they sell mostly eclairs, macarons, and chocolate-based drinks. The eclairs were 5,500 won a piece ($5.50 USD), and they were pretty small. They tasted good, but I did not like the price or the size. After “Eclair by Garuharu”, I did a loop around the block to look for this curry place I also heard about, and I found it with every inclinations to visit it another day.

Penguin Popcorn Carrier from Everland

My workplace field trip this week took us to “Everland”, the so-called “Disney Land” of South Korea forty minutes outside of Seoul. It was an okay trip, where I saw an awesome polar bear (the park also has a small zoo) and an adorable baby fennec fox. Really, though, the penguin popcorn carrier was the highlight of this trip. It’s one of the cutest contraption I’ve ever seen, so I had to buy it. It was a bit pricey at 13,500 won ($13.50 USD), but carrier’s reusable, so that made up for the price. I gave that cute little guy to my mum, and she decided to turn into a money bank. XD;;

Tomato and Meatball Curry at Tonic Curry Pad Khee Mao at Taste of Thailand

After work on Thursday, which was pretty much the start of my three-day weekend, I met up with Bunny-unnie. We made plans to tackle the curry and the Japanese restaurant. We decided to have a late lunch at the curry restaurant, a late dinner at the Japanese restaurant, with a stay at a cafe in between. We chose the curry one first because the Japanese restaurant was on a break. We headed to the curry restaurant called “Tonic Curry”. I paid 8,000 won ($8.00 USD) for this tomato and meatball curry. It was really good. I could tell it was home-made, and not some pre-packaged gunk. Bunny-unnie got their chicken curry, which was too spicy for me, but it still tasted good with a kick.

Afterwards, we walked down that alley, I pointed out “Mesiya”, the Japanese restaurant, and we decided to go to this cafe called “by 92″. We stayed there, listening to their collection of opera songs and classical pieces. Our mood soured, though, when we went to “Mesiya”. We got there by 7:45, and we saw that they were closed, and they hadn’t mentioned anything of the sort on their Facebook page. In the end, we decided to get some Thai food at “Taste of Thailand”, where I got a chicken pad khee mao (aka drunken noodles) for 12,000 won ($12.00 USD).

Lunch Nommies at Trevia Pizza di Roma Meal Set at Mesiya

On 4th of July, I met up with my friend C. I recommended that we eat at “Trevia Pizza di Roma”, so we spent 31,000 won ($31.00 USD) for the siciliana and quattro formaggi pizzas, the bread and salami set, and a grapefruitade and orangeade. Everything was great! Then we headed up to Seoul Tower since C. never been there, and we visited Hannam Village since the place will close down this December.

For dinner, C. listened to three of my recommendations, and he picked “Mesiya”. They were opened (thank goodness!). Here, they only sell one set meal for 12,000 won ($12.00 USD). That day’s set was rice with furikake, this fish dish that was candied up with some sweet sauce and came with peanuts and sunflower seeds, daikon, miso soup, fruits, and three different croquettes — potato, curry, and cheesy potato. I really liked this meal — so healthy and filling! Before we left, I told the owner to please update their Facebook page if they are going to be closed.

Green Curry Chicken Set at Eunmilhan Babsang Carrot Cake and Red Velvet Cake at Glamorous Penguin

On Saturday, I met K-unnie. I originally was going to go up to Uijeongbu to visit her, but she told me that the area was too country, so she’d rather come down to Seoul because there are more things to do and see here. I obliged, and we went on base since she hadn’t seen it in a while. We did a pit stop at Starbucks, and then she suggested we go to “Eunmilhan Bapsang”, a Korean-fusion restaurant. There, I got the green curry chicken set for 13,000 won ($13.00). It was delicious! I actually am not fond of green curry, but this green curry tasted super amazing, not as bland as the other green curries I’ve had at the Thai restaurants here.

Afterwards, we walked around Itaewon, went into a couple of accessory stores, and then I took her to “Glamorous Penguin”, this awesome cake shop that I’ve been to once last December. Each slice of cake was 7,000 won a piece ($7.00 USD). By the time we got there, they only had the carrot cake and the red velvet cake left in their display. I chose to get both slices. Both cake tasted great, but the carrot cake was better than the red velvet one. Not long after, we parted, and I bought some beef curry at “Tonic Curry” for my mum to try.

Thus comes to the end of my crazy food adventures amongst all my socialising. Whew! I’m knackered. Time to be a bum on Sunday!

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