Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Hey everyone!

 

I am back with a recipe this week. Now, before we all comment on how stupidly easy this is, I will defend myself by saying that sometimes a girl just wants tasty yet easy pasta dish to enjoy her Netflix or Korean Drama binge watching!

I also like to call this recipe, ‘grown-up noodles and butter’. What? I like noodles and butter! My husband LOVES noodles and butter, will request it on a regular basis so I looked up a few recipes and made this ultimate (for us anyway) version!

Are we ready to get into it or do we need some more rambling?

I think we’re good, let’s go!

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Aglio e Olio

(Serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 250g Spaghetti (about half a box, or you know, the whole box, I ain’t here to judge)
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Butter
  • 4-6 Garlic cloves, minced or crushed (I LOVE garlic, so I go more for 6-7, but that’s up to your tastebuds)
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper of some sort
  • Parsley to taste, if you want
  • Salt & Pepper

 

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How to:

  1. Boil your pasta in super salted water.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, melt the butter and the olive oil.
  3. Add in the garlic, cook until it starts to brown the tiniest bit. Be careful not to burn it.
  4. Add in the crushed peppers and parsley (if you want) 
  5. Before draining the pasta, reserve 1/2 cup of water. Drain the pasta when it’s Al Dente
  6. Add the pasta to the pan with 1/2 cup of cooking water and finish cooking for a couple minutes.
  7. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper
  8. EAT ALL THE NOODLES

 

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You can’t really go more simple than that!

If you want, you can add veggies, or parmesan cheese, or shrimp… Variations are basically infinite! On the other hand, you can also enjoy your grown-up-noodles-and-butter as is!

That’s it for this week!

Until next time,

 

Andreanne

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Endy Mattress Review

Hi everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that we received our Endy mattress!

We have been sleeping on it for about a week now so I figured I’d give you guys a bit of a review!

Please note that this post is NOT sponsored, we bought the mattress with our own money because we needed one and we heard good stuff about the Endy.

Here we go!

First of all, let me just say that our old mattress was A) Very old and uncomfortable, and B) Not a memory foam mattress.

The first 2-3 night were an adjustment, as we weren’t used to memory foam, it was pretty different. Not in a bad way, it was very comfy, we just weren’t used to it.

SHIPPING

The shipping took a little longer than we expected, maybe we’ve been spoiled by Amazon Prime?

It took about 2 weeks.

When we did get it, we were a bit worried because the box was in horrible shape.

That being said, the plastic wrap of the mattress was fine and the cutting tool was in the box so in the end, it was ok.

UNWRAPPING

The unwrapping is pretty easy. Cut the plastic, unroll the mattress, unfold it, let it poof out.

Not much to be said about that really… it did poof and bounce out pretty quickly. We still waited a few hours before actually sleeping on it but we probably could have gone to sleep right then.

The instructions do mention that the mattress reaches optimal comfiness in about a week, to be honest, it feels no different to me than the first day…

COMFORT

It is very comfortable, not sure how it compares to other memory foam mattresses, but once we got used to it, we had a hard time getting out of bed.

Because of the nature of the memory foam, we can’t feel the other (or the dog) moving much at all. That is a HUGE difference from our old spring mattress that basically felt like a bouncy castle… Comfort A+

PRICE

Ah, finally, the price. This bad boy set us back around $980 with taxes. The Queen size mattress runs for $850 and we had a coupon code for $50.

Now, from what I know of mattresses, this is pretty average. For a good mattress, this isn’t overly expensive, but to be clear, it isn’t overly cheap either.

I think we got good quality for the price so I’m okay with it. Plus, with 100 nights warranty, we know that it’s a risk-free purchase.

Overall, this is a great mattress. The online ordering of a mattress can be scary, since you’re not trying it on, but with the 100 nights warranty, it’s a pretty safe bet.

The interactions I had with customer service were quick and very helpful, which I’m always a big fan of. I have been known to recommend companies or services based strictly on their customer service. Endy has passed my customer experience test!

That’s it for this review! I hope you found it helpful!

Let me know if you try it, or if you already have one!

Until next time,

Andreanne

Maple Curry Penne

Hey everyone!

How is everything? Good?

Here is all peachy, the husband and I just bought one of those Endy mattresses, I hope it’ll be delivered today! (Edit: It just got here! So excited!) Have you guys tried them? We only heard good things so we’re super excited! Stay tuned for a review soon!

Onto today’s recipe, Maple Curry Penne. I must admit, that I did not create this recipe. I tried it at a local restaurant! I then attempted to re-create their dish and, while I have no idea if the ingredients are right, I’m super satisfied with my recipe. It’s also like, 1/5 of the price if you make it yourself!

It’s a super easy yet luxurious recipe, and yes, the ingredients do sound weird together, but I assure you, this is delicious!

Let’s get started!

Maple Curry Penne

(Serves 4-ish)

Ingredients

  • 1 box of penne (500g ish)
  • 2-3 cups of cooked chicken (I use both breasts and legs, but it’ll be just as delicious with breasts only)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup of milk or cream
  • 3-4 tbsp of cream cheese
  • 3-5 tbsp of curry powder (may need to add more, you’ll have to test your sauce and adjust)
  • 1/2- 1 cup of pasta cooking water
  • 1 tbsp of butter/oil of your choice (make it somewhat neutral tasting if using oil)
  • Salt & Pepper

How to

  1. Boil water for your penne
  2. Slice the bell peppers and the onions
  3. Add penne to the boiling water
  4. Add butter or oil to a pan and saute the veggies
  5. Add the chicken to the veggies
  6. Add the cream cheese and the curry powder, make sure to use medium heat to melt the cream cheese without burning.
  7. Add the maple syrup and the milk/cream
  8. Scoop up 1/2 of pasta water and add it to the sauce, drain the pasta and reserve. The penne should be almost done but not quite.
  9. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, taste it and adjust the curry powder and maple syrup if needed.
  10. Once your sauce has thickened a little bit, add the penne.
  11. Finish cooking the penne in the sauce, make sure they’re well coated.
  12. EAT ALL THE PENNE!

Voila! Simple yet fabulous, even my husband likes it, and he’s usually a ‘noodles-with-butter’ kinda guy when it comes to pasta.

Note that this is not a low-calorie recipe at all, keep it for a night when you won’t mind indulging a bit. I tried a few recipes where I substituted ingredients to make it less rich, it’s not nearly as good. So, just be aware that this recipe will clock a little over 800 calories per portion with fairly high carbs and fairly high fat. Totally worth it though!

You can replace the chicken by chickpeas for a vegetarian version, I never tried replacing all the dairy for a vegan recipe, so if you try, let me know what you used and how it went!

If you try any version of this recipe at all, let me know in the comments how you liked it!

And on that note, until next time!

Andreanne

Greek Lentil Salad

Hey everyone!

How’s life? Here it’s pretty busy! I started to work on a special project for the blog, hopefully, I’ll be able to make that happen quickly and share it with you guys!

It’s still a little coldish around here, but I decided that it was summer already. So I broke out the dresses, the BBQ, etc. I’ll be cold, but happy.

In this line of thought, I made a salad that goes great with most BBQ recipes, but mostly chicken marinated in yogurt (Find a recipe HERE).

Even better, this protein-packed recipe shall satisfy that vegetarian friend of yours, or your little sister who recently converted (Ya, you Laurence!) 

So here goes:

Greek Lentil Salad

Lentils are probably my favorite legume, they’re not super hard like chickpeas, mild in flavor, super versatile, and full of proteins! And they are CHEAP! My favorite word of all words! This recipe fed 3 as a main meal for less than $3 per portion, I call that a win!

Plus, this is very much a cut and chuck recipe. Cut all the ingredients, chuck in a bowl, add the vinaigrette and done! Fast, cheap, healthy… what more could you possibly want?

 

Greek Lentil Salad

Serves 3-4

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large can (540ml) of cooked lentils
  • 1 container (2-3 cups) of cherry tomatoes (I got the mixed colors cuz they pretty!)
  • 1/2-1 cup of feta cheese in small cubes
  • 1 cup of black olives (I buy the sliced ones because I have no patience to cut olives…)
  • A handful of fresh parsley
  • Your favorite vinaigrette (the one I used was 2 parts olive oil for 1 part lemon juice with a little bit of dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. But you can use a pre-made Greek vinaigrette or Italian would probably be fine as well)

 

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How to

 

  1. Cut the veggies and cheese to be bite-size
  2. Drain and rinse the lentils for a few minutes to get rid of the sticky liquid
  3. Prepare the vinaigrette by mixing 2 parts of olive oil with 1 part of lemon juice, mix with salt, pepper, and a bit of dijon mustard.
  4. Or use a store-bought vinaigrette, it’s your salad, you do you!
  5. Chuck everything in a bowl and mix well.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh parsley
  7. EAT ALL THE SALAD!

 

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Yeah, basically, you don’t even need a real recipe for this, easiest yet most filling salad!

Pictured above was my lunch that I brought to work, do you see those carrot chips?? A revelation! Chips and dips, but healthy! And still satisfying because of the actual crunch! I literally bought them like that but you could just like, slice carrot, with the same effect!

This recipe is also vegetarian, gluten friendly, and will ring you about 600 calories per serving (as a meal, not as a side) according to a website that calculated the calories per serving… not sure quite how accurate it is.

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So there you go,

Now go forth and enjoy BBQ season, and salad season, and no real cooking season!!!

Until next time,

 

Andreanne

Wishtrend box review

Hi everyone!

For those of you following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I ordered a Wishtrend box, curated by one of my favorite YouTubers. Since I loooove everything in there, I figured I could have a bit of a review, just in case you guys are interested in getting one, it will be available for purchase until May 15th, 2019. You still got a few days!

So first of all, who is this Sarah person? Well, Sarah is one half of the couple behind the channel ” 2hearts1seoul ” she is a fellow Canadian from Nova Scotia who moved to Korea a few years back. Her husband, Kyuho, being the other half. They also have the cutest cat, Beemo (don’t tell Cocotte that I praised another cat!)

They are vloggers, meaning they film their day to day life in Korea. Their channel is awesome, and I highly encourage you to check it out HERE

Sarah has really good skin, so when I saw that she personally curated a ‘summer clear skin’ box with Wishtrend, I had to get it. She actually made a whole video about the products and why she chose them, you can watch it HERE

So now, here is what I thought about the products:

Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Facial Toner

Originally, they put the ‘scented’ toner in the box by mistake, so I was sent the ‘unscented’ toner separately in the mail. I actually got it before I got the box, that’s how fast they were.

I really like this toner, it has a thicker consistency than most toner I’ve used, not quite a gel, but slightly gelly-ish water if you will. It doesn’t make my skin feel tight at all, a problem I sometimes have with toners with alcohol in them.

All around, this is a very good first step to my routine!

ByWishtrend Polyphenols in Propolis 15% Ampoule

This one I had to try for a few days before forming a final opinion on it. See, while it does great things for my skin, it also stays a little sticky on my face. Nothing a bit of primer and loose powder can’t fix, mind you, but still.

In the end, how good it works on my skin won me over and I just deal with a bit of stickiness. Be mindful that this is ‘Propolis’, a byproduct of honey, so if you are allergic to honey or bees, you might want to check with your doctor before using this! It’s also inherently non-vegan, if that matters to you at all.

Personally, my skin reacts well to honey products, so it really does work great.

I’m From Vitamin Tree Water Gel

The consistency is so nice! it’s a gel but it’s very hydrating. Perfect for the summer months. If and when it gets actually really warm, I’m thinking I’m gonna store that gel in the fridge, for extra soothingness.

Also, when used with the ampoule, it does stay sticky but used on its own it’s not. So do with that what you will!

It has a slight scent to it but it not overpowering and it’s quite pleasant. If your skin is extra sensitive, do try a small patch beforehand.

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream 30ml

My favorite product in the whole box! This is a night cream, as it is richer than the other ones.

It does such a great job at calming my redness though! I wake up in the morning and my skin is very nice and unified, color wise.

It doesn’t smell like much and while it’s rich, it’s not too much for the summer. It might not be quite enough for the harsher months of winter in Canada, but I might try anyway just because I love it so much!

Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++

As a very fair person, I wear sunscreen literally every day of my life.

This one is not only a high SPF, but it doesn’t leave a white residue at all. It’s also not sticky and did not break me out!

Most sunscreens make me break out for some reason, which sucks since I have to wear it every day if I don’t want to look 80 years old when I reach 35… Which I do not. This one is very nice and cheaper than most sunscreen I can usually use on my face! Talk about a win!

The box retails for $75USD, and the cost of each individual item would add to over $125USD so it’s quite a bit of saving. On top of that, you get 2 packs of those awesome Acne Patches (shown above) and a TON of samples. Including at least 10 samples of the blue calming cream, so… YAY! Need more than that? How about FREE international shipping? That’s right! Shipping is F-R-E-E! Depending on your Country, you may need to pay import taxes, but no shipping fee for you!

The direct link for the box is in the description box of the video, you should definitely check it out because it’s all awesome products and you do save quite a bit of money.

Don’t forget, you have until May 15th to order the box, after that, you’d have to get the items individually.

Alright, that’s it for this week, I hope you give the box a try and that you subscribe to ‘2hearts1seoul’ on YouTube!

Until next time,

Andreanne

Corny Chicken Gnocchi

Hey everybody!

So, remember last week, when I thought it was spring? FOILED AGAIN! We’ll never have warm weather again… Canada has canceled spring and summer…

Because it’s still pretty cold, I want comfort food. But because it’s supposed to be spring already, I still want somewhat fresh summery food. See my dilemma here? Apparently, summer comfort food is like, ribs on the BBQ and stuff… Not happening at the moment. So I decided to create my own spring comfort food.

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Corny! Ah ah ah, get it? Allllright then…

So what inspires spring to me? Veggies. Asparagus and corn specifically. I wanted to add red onion to this recipe but forgot to buy any. If you want to try it, it’s probably delicious. Now, what inspires comfort food to me? Gnocchis and cream cheese! Sold.

Easy peasy, less than 10 ingredients, less than 10 steps, all of the flavor.

Corny Chicken Gnocchi

(Serves 4)

Ingredients

– 1 bag of gnocchi (fresh or “dry”) – 500g

– 3-4 cups of cooked chicken, diced.

– 1 bunch of asparagus

– 1 can of corn (regular, not creamy)

– 1/4 cup of cream cheese

– 1 tbls of summer savoury

– 1/4 cup of salted butter

– salt & pepper

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How to

1. If your chicken is not cooked, cook it using your preferred method.

2. Cut the asparagus in small 1 inch pieces (or bigger, really, you’re the boss)

3. In boiling water, cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface. Reserve 2 cups of cooking water.

4. In a pan, melt the butter.

5. Add in the corn and the chicken. Season with the summer savoury, salt & pepper.

6. Add in the cream cheese, asparagus, and 2 cups of gnocchi water.

7. Drain the gnocchis then add to the pan.

8. Finish cooking for a few minutes for the sauce to coat the gnocchis.

9. EAT ALL THE GNOCCHI

 

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There you go, that’s literally it. Perfect to comfort you on a weeknight between work and re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

No? Just me? Alright then, as usual, the cheese stands alone!

Let me know how it turns out if you make it!

Until next time,

 

Andreanne

Spring 2019 Favorites

Hello everyone!

Ahhh Spring, finally! We’re still having pretty cold days around here but the snow is gone! Related, flood season is upon us, even worse than last year’s… Do you guys have significant flooding where you live?

To get my mind off things, I selected a few of my current favorite things! There’s a bit of everything so I’ll go ahead and divide them into categories, let’s start!

Spring 2019 favorites

Books

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Spring 2019 favorites Book 2

Wizards! Magic! Love! Teenage Angst! This book is everything. You follow Simon Snow (The Mage’s Heir) through his last year at the Watford School for Magicks.

Sound familiar? Yeah, it was originally a fictional world inspired by Harry Potter used in another one of Rainbow Rowell’s books ‘Fangirl’.

Anyway, it is better to read ‘Fangirl’ first, but not necessary.

The sequel ‘Wayward Son’ is scheduled to come out in September 2019 and I can’t wait!

When life gives you demons by Jennifer Honeybourne

Spring 2019 favorites Book 1

Cute, funny and campy. Reminds me a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that way.

Shelby has been training to be an Exorcist, not super common for a high school girl! We follow her in her training and on the job, as well as in her daily school life.

Pretty cool story and a very fast read!

Beauty

Etude House Lip Tints

Spring 2019 favorites Lip tints

First of all, these are beyond cute! They look like popsicles!

Beyond the packaging, the formula is very nice, it leaves a sheer color on the lips that looks almost natural, just better.

You can layer them quite easily and they work great to make that gradient lip that is so popular around Asia.

Pretty cheap too, I got mine on Beautynetkorea and I paid less than $5 a piece.

Body Shop Skin Sponge

Spring 2019 favorites loofah

Sure is a loofah.

But that is the best damn loofah I ever had. Plus, exfoliating with this bad boy first got me the smoothest leg shave ever, that’s enough for me to buy a dozen.

The cherry on top on the sundae, however, is that this little exfoliating wonder is made out of recycled milk cartons. What? Yup! Recycling at it’s very best.

I’m apparently way late on this particular bandwagon too as they seem to have been making those for quite a while. Oh well, better late than never!

Fragrance

Atelier Cologne Stories

Spring 2019 favorites Fragrance

Atelier Cologne is my absolute favorite brand of perfume.

This little package is super neat because you get to try a lot of scents for a much smaller price ($25 at Sephora, just in case you want to check it out)

My personal favorite from this particular set is ‘Orange Sanguine’, my all time favorite from the brand is ‘Figuier Ardent’, but all the scents are so nice!

Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Candle

Spring 2019 favorites Candle

Eucalyptus & Spearmint, not sure if this relieves my stress whatsoever but it smells so very nice.

Fresh but not too much like citrus can sometimes be, you know? No? Just me then…

Major plus too, it’s strong enough to cover the wet dog smell in my house so there’s that.

TV SHOWS

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 1 & 2

Spring 2019 favorites TV show 2

Sabrina the teenage witch got a makeover, and it’s dark.

It’s also feminist, inclusive AF, a little spooky and all around awesome! Do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix. It has about 20 episodes so it’s not a huge commitment.

For those of you unfamiliar with the original, Sabrina is a half-witch, half-mortal. On her 16th birthday, she has to choose which world she’ll be a part of forever. Quite the decision… or is it?

That being said, I think that this is a show that will become cult, like ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ or ‘Charmed’.

Go check it out, Praise Satan!

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Nightmare High

Spring 2019 favorites TV show 1

Yes, it is a Korean TV Show.

BUT, not only is it on Netflix, but it’s only 12 episodes of 15 minutes. You can handle subtitles for 3h I’m sure.

The episodes are so short but the storyline is still super convoluted and compelling. A new homeroom teacher shows up, but somehow, he seems to know an awful lot about the student’s personal lives… There’s also this contract business that has to be signed with blood…

Absolutely check it out, it’s amazing!

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Food

I’ve been craving noodles and spicy food in general, which is not great for my diet…

I had Jjajangmyeon a few times (even got my picky friend Kim to try it and she loved it) It’s just so savory and just comfort food enough for those dark rainy spring days.

You can check out my post about it HERE

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I have also been going out to eat far too often…

My current favorites are Subway (yeah, I know…) and any kind of pizza.

Actually, I’m thinking of having an entire post dedicated to my search for the perfect frozen pizza… Is that a good idea? I mean, it’s probably going to happen either way but, would you like it?

That’s it for today guys, hope you enjoyed these favorites of mine and do let me know in the comments if there’s new stuff I should try. Some favorite of yours maybe?

Until next time,

Andreanne

Spring Salmon Pasta

Hey everyone!

First of all, for some of you who remembered about my kitty who hurt her leg 2 posts ago, you will be happy to hear that she has made a full recovery!

Now for the rest (and most likely majority) that don’t really care about my cat, is it spring yet?? We got tricked here, it was spring then we had a bunch more snow! Rude! Now I think we’re into spring, for real this time (I’m totally jinxing us, sorry!).

I wanted light and fresh food this week, so I whipped up this super nice pasta dish. Even though it IS pasta, it’s pretty light because of the lemon juice, I think anyways…

Here we go!

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Spring Salmon Pasta

(Serves 3-4)

Ingredients

  • 1 full salmon filet
  • 250g of dry Gemelli pasta (half a regular Barilla box)
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of cream cheese
  • 3-4 tbsp tarragon (dried or fresh, whatever)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup of reserved pasta water

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How to:

  1. Preheat the over to 375F
  2. Simultaneously start your water for your pasta, salt a lot, like, until you think it’s enough, then a bit more.
  3. Once the oven is preheated, stick your salmon on foil, salt, pepper, olive oil. Papillotte that bad boy and stick it in the oven for 15 to 20 min.
  4. While you wait for your water to boil, heat up your olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat.
  5. Add to your pan the green onions and the asparagus (I chop my asparagus in 3, but it’s up to you really)
  6. Add the tarragon to the veggies
  7. Your water is probably boiling, put the pasta in.
  8. Add the juice of 1 lemon to the pan as well as about 1 cup of cream cheese.
  9. Add 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup of pasta water. Start with 1/2 cup and add gradually until you get the amount and thickness you enjoy.
  10. Adjust the seasoning (salt, pepper, and tarragon)
  11. Drain the pasta and add them to the sauce
  12. The salmon should be ready now, chunk it with a fork and add it to the pasta
  13. Voila!
  14. EAT ALL THE PASTA!

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There you have it!

As usual, you’re the boss of your own kitchen, feel free to modify this in any way. Goat cheese might be delicious instead of cream cheese. Actually, I wanna try that now… hmmm…

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Let me know if you try this and what you think of it! If you’re a fan of salmon, check out my previous Garlic Salmon & Butternut Squash Noodles recipe HERE and if you wanna keep this fresh springy food trend going, you can check out my Yogurt Chicken recipe HERE.

Also…. let me know what you want to see more of! More of a certain type of recipes? Favorites compilations? Reviews? Lemme know peeps! Speaking of peeps, Happy Easter everyone!

Hope you’re having a great week!

Until next time!

Andreanne

Easy Jjajangmyeon

Hello everyone!

This week I want to share with you my personal recipe for Jjajangmyeon!

It’s not 100% authentic, I modified the recipe a bit for my personal taste. If you want a recipe that’s closer to the classic recipe, I suggest THIS ONE by Maangchi.

First, what is even Jjajangmyeon?

Jjajangmyeon or 짜장면 is a noodle dish with black bean sauce that is really popular in Korea. The dish, while Chinese by origin, is one of the most popular take-out food in Korea (according to my knowledge gathered from Korean Dramas, if you want to know more about those, go HERE)

This post is coming just in time too as it is common for single people to eat this dish on April 14th (Following Valentine’s Day on Feb 14th – girls give boys chocolate, and White Day on March 14th – Boys give chocolate to girls) which is known as ”Singles Day”.

This blog is now actually informative, What? Yeah, I know!

So long story short, I LOVE Jjajangmyeon, if I go to a Korean restaurant, there’s like a 50% chance that I’ll order it. Fair warning, the black bean paste can be a little bitter depending on what kind you buy, we’ll talk about how to get it not too bitter.

Here we go!

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So, your first steps will depend on what kind of paste you buy, if you buy Black Bean Paste or Chunjang 춘장, you’re essentially getting crushed black beans. It’s salty and bitter. Your very first step will be to basically deep fry it and then add sugar. Most likely, you will buy Black Bean Sauce or Jjajang 자장, which has already been fried and had sugar added. Just a thing to be mindful of when you buy the ingredients at the Korean Grocery Store (or you know, Sobeys, where I got my Jjajang)

 

 

 

Easy Jjajangmyeon

(Serves 2-3 people)

 

Ingredients

  • 3 packs of noodles (I like to use Hokkien style stir-fried noodles, but you can use udon noodles or even ramen noodles)
  • 1/2lbs ish of pork (I use any cut that’s on sale really but the best is lean pork belly)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tbsp of Jjajang (like, heaping spoons, close to 1/4 cup really) 
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp hoisin
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp sugar (or maple syrup if ya fellin’ fancy)

 

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How to

  1. If you bought Chunjang, you want to start by frying it in a pan with canola oil, don’t cheap out on the oil either, fry that baby up! Then reserve for later.
  2. Start boiling water in a separate pot for the noodles.
  3. Dice the zucchini and onion
  4. Add the sesame oil to a pan and heat up on high heat for 30 sec- 1 minute then add the pork. Lower the heat to medium-high.
  5. Add the diced onion and garlic, sweat for a few seconds, then add the zucchini to the pan.
  6. Add in the fried Chujang or the Jjajang straight from the jar.
  7. Add the hoisin sauce, sugar, and half the water. Adjust consistency of the sauce by adding more water progressively. Lower the heat to medium.
  8. Cook the noodles during this step.
  9. Drain the noodles and separate them in bowls.
  10. Add the Jjajang pork mixture to the bowls.
  11. Mix well
  12. EAT ALL THE NOODLES!

Fork & Fantasy - Jjajangmyeon 6

Voilà! Again, this is not a traditional Jjajangmyeon, classic recipes also include potatoes and Korean radish… as well as a bunch more steps. This is my EASY version for lazy people!

You can modify this recipe as you wish, obviously, your kitchen = your rules!

If you make it, let me know how it turned out and if you loved it as much as I do! If you’re not feeling these, you might want to try my Udon Pork Stir Fry

This is all for this week peeps!

 

Until next time,

 

Andreanne

 

Got ink?

Hey guys,

So I did a thing last Friday. For those of you who follow me on social media, you’ll know that I was at the Fredericton Tattoo Expo all weekend.

Did I get a tattoo there? Sure did!

Did it hurt? Boy did it ever!

Would I do it again? Hell yeah!

I thought I’d make it this week’s post so get ready to dive with me in pictures!

My artist was Nick Frank from Nova Scotia, you can follow his Instagram:

https://instagram.com/nmtattpiercing?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=epvpotz7y8lv

Disclaimer: Some pics are a little grisly…

* Thanks to my friend Kim and my husband for the pictures and videos! *

Friday, 5:30pm

Stencil is on!

We’re happy with how it looks and the placement, so we’re just waiting for it to dry.

Friday, 6pm ish

Started! No going back, this cat is happening!

Friday, 8pm ish

Outline is all done!

Time for a 10 min break. At this point, the pain was still super bearable and I felt pretty cocky.

Look at me having my first long sitting like a badass!

Friday, 8:30pm ish

We started color! And shading! And everything that you have to tattoo on top of very irritated skin!

At that point, the pain was still bearable but it is more painful.

Friday, 10pm ish

This, is my face when the pain started to be pretty bad…

I could see that we were almost done, and yet still had a lot to do…

Friday, 10:20pm

Break time again before the home stretch.

So very close. I was pretty happy for the break because the pain is making me do faces now…

Friday, 11:10pm ish

Tadaaaa!! All done!

Took about 5h total, turns out, that’s a bit more than I’m comfortable with…

Or maybe I’m just a wimp… either or.

Tuesday Night

As I was healing with Saniderm (Second Skin) I had to keep the bandage on for a few days.

The plasma my body was producing to help healing what is essentially an open wound, was accumulating with the extra ink under the wrap.

Looks kinda gross.

Later Tuesday Night

Time to remove the bandage!

I won’t lie here, removing it hurt. Like, quite a bit. It IS taped on your skin and tattoo so, not pleasant to remove…

This is what it looked like after:

Thursday morning

It’s peeling time!

Also known as “stupidly itchy time”…

And that’s where we’re at now! Follow me on Instagram for updates!

Until next time,

Andreanne