Summer Favourites 2019

Hi everyone!

I am back with my Summer Favourites! If you haven’t checked out my Spring Favourites, or if you loved it and want to read it again, you can do so HERE

Now, summer is almost over, which means Halloween is just around the corner!!! I know, I know, I mentioned it last week as well, but I really love Halloween. It’s my favourite!

Speaking of favourites, let’s just get into summer ones, as it is still summer after all!


The Hazel Woods

By Melissa Albert

Did I already mention that book? I feel like I might have… Well in any case, it’s good enough to talk about again!

The story follows Alice and her mom as they move around to avoid the bad luck that always seems to follow them everywhere. And what does that have to do with Alice’s grandmother and the novel she wrote?

The book is about fairytales, but creepy ones, which are my favourite kind. It’s also wholly original, no re-telling here! Which is great because I’m not a fan of those.

I am waiting for the sequel that’s going to come out later this year!

Do check it out, it’s fantastic!

Kitchen Confidential

By Anthony Bourdain

Chef Bourdain was an inspiration for all cooks. A true one. He did his time in diners, and buffets. He knows about kitchens, all types of them.

Few of you guys might know, but originally, before turning to desk work, I was a cook in the Military. I even went to a culinary institute to study Pastry Making. So I can objectively tell you: Anyone who ever worked in a kitchen will love this book.

I mean, even if you didn’t, it’s an autobiographical type book written by a legend who was gone from this world far too soon.

Enjoy his sarcasm, his cynicism, and his descriptions of food that will make you drool!

Check it out, as well as any other written work by Chef Bourdain, and his TV shows, also amazing!


Missha lip tints

In coral and fuchsia, the coral one is matte.

These guys have some serious staying power. The fuchsia one I don’t even need to re-apply during the day. That good. They’re also pretty buildable if you’re looking for a more intense color.

Now this is the regular swatch, and below is after washing my arm 3 times with soap…

The Matte one doesn’t stain quite as much, but as you can see, the fuchsia one is quite intense still. My arm looks like that now. Probably forever.

You can get those on or probably any other korean cosmetics retailer.

Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel

Listen, I do not know how this thing work, just that it does.

My skin texture and redness improved noticeably since using it.

I also stopped using any kind of physical exfoliator with beads, or any cleansing brush. This peeling gel does the job all by itself while being much softer for my skin.

I got my friend Cheryl to try it as well and she agreed that it makes our skin feel like it’s breathing. Like all of your pores are empty. It’s incredible.

You can get this one on Amazon and you definitely should!


Bath & Body Works 3 wick candles

London (also called sometimes ‘London Calling’)

This smells like tea and lemon. According to my husband, it smells like home. If that’s not the best reason to try it, I don’t know what is!

In all seriousness, it’s my all time favorite candle at Bath & Body Works, and it comes back every year so keep an eye out for it!

French baguette

Did you ever want your house to smell like a sweet bakery without having to, you know, actually bake stuff?

This candle is for you. It smells exactly like fresh bread, it’s uncanny really.

Not to be lit when hungry, just saying… Not that I made that mistake… I’m just assuming…


Maxim Instant Coffee

Mocha Gold

I am usually an espresso drinker but these little pouches of Korean instant coffee are so good and so convenient!

I am slowly converting all of my friends to those.

Not only are they sweet and caffeinated but look how practical?

Just shuck a few of these in your purse and you are good to go!

Just add a bit of boiling water for an instant warm beverage!

You can get them in most asian grocery stores.

Banchan Rice

The lazy way to have bibimbap on the fly!

Check out the recipe HERE

Just a few side dishes with rice and gochujang and voila! Healthy lunch in under 5 minutes!

I usually scramble an egg to put on top too for extra protein but you do you!

Voila! These are my favourite things from the summer so far, the one thing I wish I found was great sunscreen that won’t break me out. I need at least SPF 50 so if you know of a good one, let me know. I’m still on the hunt.

Have a great end if summer guys!

Until next time,



Banchan Rice

Hey everyone!

It’s almost Halloween! Or, as I call it, home decor shopping season! I’m so pumped, Halloween is my absolute favourite!

Alright, alright we’ve got a bit to go still but I’m excited nonetheless!

This week, two recipes in one! I call this Banchan Rice (rice mixed with Korean side dishes), it’s basically a lazy version of Bibimbap that I eat fairly often for lunch. You can make it with virtually anything, but I’ll give you the recipe for one of my favourite banchan that I use all the time for this rice.

Here we go!


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First of all, what is banchan? Banchan, or side dishes, are served with most Korean food. Both in restaurants as well as at home. Personally, I try to have 2 or 3 in the fridge most of the time, but I eat a lot of different food. If you eat mostly Korean food, you might want to shoot for 5ish at least so you don’t get bored.

Now, one of my personal favourite is Kongnamul- Muchim 콩나물무침 which is basically a soybean sprout salad.

There are many ways to make that side dish, every restaurant, and every family probably has their own recipe. This is mine!


Kongnamul- Muchim



  • 1/3lbs (350ish grams) Soybean Sprouts
  • 3-4 green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tbsp of sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of Korean red pepper flakes (Gochugaru – 고추가루)
  • Salt and Pepper

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How to:

  1. Blanch the sprouts in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. I like mine with a crunch so I do about 2 min. If you prefer yours on the tender side, go 3 minutes, maybe even 4 minutes.
  2. Rinse the sprouts in cold water to stop the cooking process and let dry completely. I lay mine on paper towels until dry.
  3. Cut the green onions, I prefer thinly sliced, but you do you.
  4. Mince the garlic.
  5. In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together.
  6. In an airtight container in the fridge, these will last 7-8 days.


Feel free to double up the recipe, I make smaller batches because my husband doesn’t like soybean sprouts.

So, now that you have your side dish, let’s get to the main event!


Banchan Rice

Serves 1


  • 1 cup of cooked rice (I used purple rice but you can use anything)
  • 1/4 cup of Kongnamul- Muchim
  • 1/4 cup of Kimchi
  • 2 tbsp of flaked dried seasoned seaweed
  • 1 tsp of Sesame oil
  • 1-2 tbsp of gochujang or bibimbap sauce (whatever you prefer)


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How to:

  1. Reheat the rice if it was leftover rice
  2. Cut the kimchi and sprouts in bite-size (if you want, this is clearly optional)
  3. Literally, mix everything together in a bowl.


That’s it, can’t go much more simple than that! This is why it’s a pretty regular lunch for me. It’s starchy, satisfying, a little spicy, and it takes 2 minutes to throw together. We all know that this is my kinda recipe ahahah

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You’ll note that there’s no kimchi recipe on this post. I don’t make my own kimchi,  know, dishonor! I just get the store-made stuff and it totally does the trick. I have neither the talent nor the patience for kimchi. If someone has a quick and foolproof recipe through, I’m all ears, or well… eyes I guess.

For now, I’ll stick with the grocery store Kimchi!


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Voila! This is it for this week, as usual, if you make it let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram #forkandfantasy

Can’t wait to see your creations!

Until next time,