This is by no means authentic and was inspired by a number of posts and pins on social media.
Let’s start with the sauce:
2 Tbl brown sugar
3 Tbl tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbl rice vinegar
1 Tbl sriracha
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp perilla oil or sesame
1-2 tsp Korean red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ginger—I used 1/2 tsp powdered
Mix them all up and put aside until needed
For the veg (for about 3-4 servings):
2-3 carrots chopped into cubes (i quartered the thick sections and halved the thinner)
1 onion chopped
8 ounces mushrooms chopped
1 eggplant (I used 1 graffiti eggplant and I think that was perfect)
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 clove garlic
In 1 tsp coconut oil I sautéed the carrot, onion and garlic until the carrot was somewhat soft
After sauté it gets removed from heat
Then in 2-3 TBL olive oil (you could certainly use something more neutral but that’s what I had on hand when I realized the coconut oil I used wouldn’t be enough), sauté the eggplant until the cubes are semi soft then add the mushrooms and walnuts and sauté until mushrooms are cooked and eggplant is fairly soft and add back in the carrot and onion.
Give that a quick mix and stir in the sauce and I turned off the heat and let it sit covered for about 10 minutes so the veg had time to absorb the flavor
On the side I had a cucumber salad, kimchi and soy sauce sprouts. The green beans are blanched and splashed with rice vinegar, lemon juice and a little soy paste.
I have loved Korean saunas since my friend introduced me to one in 2011. It happened to be WiSpa at the edge of KTown on LA. I was hooked. Sadly there are none here in the desert so we have been deprived since moving. In a random recipe search for something else I found Korean Sauna Eggs which apparently are common snack at the cafes in the saunas that I had missed out on.
I started a batch last night using data from all the recipes I found rolled into one. The trick with these guys is that they are pressure cooked for 1, 2, 3, or 4 hours depending on level of brown nutty good ness you want. I had these blue eggs on hand which I put in the instapot for 2 hours on pressure and let the pot naturally release when done and then just through them into the fridge. With the eggs in the instant pot you need two cups of water and 2 tsp salt
If you have never made eggs in your instapot, one of the joys is the ease in peeling.
Yep. These aren’t bad. This is how they turn out. they peel like a dream and have a brown color with nice nutty flavor.
I decided these would turn into deviled eggs that I would flavor based on their heritage.
Korean red pepper flakes (just a dash), some seasoned soy paste (1/2 tsp), and about 1TBl kimchi. Mix it all up.
Fill your eggs and chill. I garnished with a tiny piece of kimchi and a dab of sriracha.
This were so much better than I planned. The nuttiness of the egg and the soy paste marry perfectly.
I started this adventure a week ago as the curtido needs 2 days to ferment so the rest of the time it can hang in the fridge.
A half a head of cabbage, 2 grated carrots, and 2 garlic cloves
I did use 1 tsp of salt and 1/8 tsp of culture…plus about 1 tablespoon of Mexican oregano.
And she got treated to 3 days on the counter at room temp
The sauce starts with three anchos and one California soaking in warm water. Once they soften (retain the water) they are cleaned of seeds and hard stems and added to 1 big Roma and 3 garlic close, a dash of liquid smoke and a quarter of an onion in the blender. Adding soaking water as needed.
The sauce mixture goes on the lowest heat to simmer down by 1/3 volume then adding reserved chili liquid to reach a somewhat runny consistency.
I forgot to soak the beans in advance so they did a cycle in the Instant Pot on pressure cooker. After that I added my home made low sodium no chicken broth—substitute as you will…onion, garlic powder. Simmering slowly to eliminate liquid.
I just mush them in the pan so I have some solid pieces but mostly mashed.
The Pupusas were made with 2 cups masa and 1 1/2 cups water, and a little salt. My Pupusas were small and this recipe yielded 8. You just mix the ingredient and go for a Play Doh texture adding a little more water or a little masa if needed. I filled these with cheese—you can use any melting cheese you want really, but I had a white Mexican cheese.
My dough was rolled into 8 balls. Take a ball and press your thumb in to make a deep indentation. Fill that with about 1 Tbl cheese, close your hole and flatten the pupusa, which next gets fried. you can make this vegetarian by using beans instead of cheese as the filling.
I had a jicama sitting around so I cut that into sticks and sprinkles with tajin and lime.
I’ve made this a few times but haven’t really written it down. I’m sure I have some pics poking around the blog. This is definitely a measure by feeling and throw stuff in dinner but it’s gluten free and meat free.
For the coleslaw….
Super easy. I’m not a huge fan of the heavy creamy slaws so I lean toward vinegar and oil types. This one has:
1/2 head coleslaw, cored and sliced
1 green onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 jalapeño, sliced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbl olive oil
Teaspoon dried onion
Tbl dried shallots
Salt to taste
About a teaspoon black pepper
About a Tbl of sugar
Mix it up and let it sit at room temp a couple hours.
For the jackfruit….
1 can jackfruit with the fleshy part pulled apart and the solids finely chopped
1 Tbl honey
1 Tbl molasses
1 Tbl mustard
2 Tbl olive oil
2 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl Worcestershire
1 Tbl soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos
1 small can tomato paste
I used flatirons dark and smoky pepper blend—like 1/2 teaspoon. You can use and nice yummy smoky pepper to add some depth and smoke.
I sautéed all ingredients except tomato and beans until onion nice and wilted.
Then I stirred in the paste…and it need some liquid to thin it out. I used about 1/2 cup of leftover bean cooking broth.
I’m revising my bean meatball recipe to become a brat seasoned sausage and see where we go…served along some dressed up sauerkraut.
For the beans…This is a bit labor intensive. This time I’m using pintos. Soaked, then boiled until cooked through just so they are finished and creamy inside. I used 16 ounces and boiled with about a teaspoon mustard seed to add a little flavor that will build with the brat seasoning. Next I used:
8 ounces mushrooms sliced small abs sautéed down with the onion
1/2 onion small dice and sautéed with the beans
1/2-3/4 cup almond flour
Teaspoon white pepper
Teaspoon onion powder
1 Teaspoon mustard seed
Mix it all up and roll into sausages and wrap in plastic wrap.
Steam the sausages like 15-20 minutes and then move to freezer. Once frozen, the sausages can be cooked straight from frozen.
For the sauerkraut…This recipe is inspired by a recipe in my great grandmothers recipe box that she learned from her own mother. Using a raw kraut keeps this cold salad as true to original , and preserved the probiotic punch of the sauerkraut. For mine I use:
Raw sauerkraut at the quantity you would like. I generally cook for two so 1 cup is sufficient for us especially since I will be adding other ingredients
Raw carrot, grated, to your taste. Probably 1-2
Grated raw daikon. About 1/4-1/2 cup. I was amazed to find the prevalence of radish in Eastern European cooking.
1 green onions chopped
1/2 stalk celery medium chop
Black pepper to taste
Just about a tablespoon of sugar. I’m not a fan of a lot of sweet so you might want a dash more for yourself
2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoon olive oil (that’s my go to oil)
1-2 garlic cloves (or more if you are me)
Dash of red pepper flakes
Scant teaspoon of salt
Black pepper to taste
Mix all the sauerkraut ingredients and give the flavors time to marry for a few hours.
This is batch 4 of my attempts at cultured beans. The first batch was black beans made with the fermentation liquid from a hot sauce batch plus salt. It was yummy but too salty for my taste. The second batch was creamy creamy white beans that I made with salt and yogurt whey and they were yummy but I must have put a dirty spoon by accident or something because after they were finished and I scooped some, they grey fuzz so I trashed them. Batch three were garbanzos made with buttermilk whey—they were okay but I’m not a fan of the buttermilk whey. So I bought some powdered culture. This batch is cannelini with salt and culture. They taste great going into the jar.
They need the skins busted open. They don’t need to be mashed but they do need the skin broken so the culture can get in. These beans soaked a day then I boiled them with dried garlic and some fresh rosemary.
Smash them up with the culture—about 4 Tablespoons and 1 Tablespoon salt. I used Cutting Edge Culture at 1/8 tsp/4 Tbls water.
Pack into the jar and leave it out 3 days….and fingers crossed that we have some magic.
And finally they are ready for fun! These are super creamy with a nice sour bite and no overwhelming salt flavor.
A while back I made some meatballs using buckeye beans from Ranch Gordo. I was wondering what’s for dinner and I realized I had six of those yummy balls in the freezer and some potatoes and Brussels, so I figured I go meat and potatoes for dinner. The potatoes are smashed and fried with some roasted Brussels and a mushroom gravy.