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Mukbang

I have been resucked into the world of mukbang – broadcasted food eating. For a while I was watching videos on YouTube featuring eaters speaking Korean and even though I didn’t understand what they were saying I still loved watching them. The enjoyment of food needs no translation or explanation. They ate some pretty bad garbage though. American cheese, ramen, fried chicken, fast food burgers. Often enjoyed with kimchee. (That’s what inspired me to make kimchee actually. It’s been a long time since I’ve fermented any vegetables though. I’m still eating my way through a large jar of fermented cabbage.)

Anyway I stopped watching Korean mukbangs for a long time and recently rediscovered it on YouTube when I stumbled on this English-speaking mukbang hosted by MommyTang. She’s a loud-mouthed, opinionated, stay-at-home mother of 4 and I love her. Her children are often featured in her videos, which is entertaining. Oh and she also happens to be vegan and I’ve picked up some good simple vegan recipes. Asian cuisine really lends itself well to being vegan. So I am hooked! Also, true to mukbangs that I’ve seen, she eats kimchee with almost every meal, even Dominoes pizza. It fired up my desire to make kimchee once again. A meal just isn’t complete without some good ol’ kimchee! So that’s what I did last weekend.

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Pink Phone

Pink Flippy is 8 years old and still going strong. It’s done quite well for being 8 and having never been couched in a protective cover. Do they even make Sanyo Katana covers? Well even if they did mine doesn’t need one. Every chipped paint or scratch is a story, or something.

Hot Sauce Mania!

We got a lot of hot sauces as a gift which was just in time for a dinner with some friends (chili night!) so we had a hot sauce tasting evening. 
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Aside from a few others we have already, we tried 2 of these new ones. The Calypso Sauce was the favorite of the evening. It was hot with a hint of mustardiness. It’s almost empty actually.

The Yellowbird is also very good. Not as hot as the calypso so I use it less cautiously.

I’m gonna pop some tags

I’ve always had a weird thing about wearing secondhand clothes from people I don’t know. I don’t mind if it’s a friend’s or a friend of a friend’s or even Kevin Bacon’s, but if it’s anonymous’ clothes, I feel weird. So I’ve gone in and out of many consignment/secondhand clothes stores and never gotten a thing due to my weird heebiejeebies about it.

Then one day, a friend told me that her stepson only buys secondhand to reduce consumerism. She told me she tries to do the same. I guess that was what convinced me to finally try it. I’ve been trying (not always successfully) to cut back on shopping for clothing items and shoes and stuff but eventually my work clothes start to look worn and lately, I’ve felt like I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel in the mornings.

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So yesterday, I started on Craigslist and looked for yardsales and cleaning-out-my-closet type sales. When that didn’t pan out for me (granted I emailed exactly 1 person), I went to the local Goodwill Store. I’ve been to this store before in the past where I walked in and then right back out when my weirdness kicked in. This time, I went through the racks and actually picked out some items and bought 3 tops. They were running a 50% off everything sale too, so I paid a little less than $10 for all three items. I could get used to this thrift store/second-hand shopping!

Everyday-for-the-rest-of-my-life chili!

It’s really just called white chili. Or maybe it’s white bean chili? There’s no tomato sauce or chili powder so it’s not one big pot of spicy hot redness. But it does have a kick to it.

This is so freakin’ easy to make and addictively tasty that I’ve already made 3 batches in the course of 2 weeks. We served it to guests, packed it for lunch, and are now enjoying it for dinner. It’s so flavorful!

The star guests:

  • Great Northern beans (5 15 oz.-cans or roughly 4 cups of dried beans or a little less than 2 lbs, cooked)
  • Garlic – 5 to 6 cloves
  • 2 large onions diced
  • Cooking oil
  • 2 cans of diced green chili
  • Vegetable broth – one box
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp cayenne powder (or more)
  • 2 cups dried TVP (texturized vegetable protein) (or use a package of frozen)
  • 2 chopped Jalapenos (optional)
  • 2 diced tomatoes (optional)

I use cannellini beans because I couldn’t find dry great northern beans. The original recipe calls for great northerns. I used to think they were the same but they are not. Cannelini’s are a little bigger.
IMG_0324-001I soak before cooking beans if I plan ahead. Otherwise I just cook the shit out of it without soaking. This time I did the latter. Stir fry the onions, garlic, and fresh jalapenos until the onions are soft. IMG_0326

Add tomatoes if you want (it won’t turn the chili red). And canned green chilies.
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Add the TVP.
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Basically put everything into the pot.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
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The beans make the chili thick and the vegetable broth and canned green chilies are enough to salt the whole dish.

Serve with nutritional yeast, diced avocados, and corn chips if you want.

If you have a slow cooker, this works really well. After browning the onions, just dump everything into the cooker and leave it all day. My slow cooker is too small to fit everything so I just cook it on the stove.

Happy Pi Day!

The one hour time change this past weekend had me feeling jetlaggy. I couldn’t go to sleep last night and woke up this morning all groggy. Anyway, I like this time setting better.

This post has nothing to do with Pi Day. It just happens to fall on this day.

The Palm & Equinox

Spring is almost here! I finally come out of the metro in some remaining daylight, which is a pleasanter way to end the workday.

A while back, we went out to The Palm for dinner. It’s a nothing-special kinda’ steakhouse. Their vegetable sides were on the greasy/salty side. Meh. Pass. Their wine list was pretty decent though. We shared a really good bottle of Justin Isosceles Red Blend, unfiltered. I’d never heard of them before but hey, they’re local-ish, from CA. I don’t normally pay too much attention to wine because I don’t look for any specific make/model wines when I shop but this one is worth remembering for me.

The other place we dined at was Equinox. They have many plant-based options besides just a plate of sides so that was nice. The portions were on the small side though so I think you’re supposed to order 2 or 3 per person. The food was good, but rather rich/heavy. Their cocktails, again, good, were probably a bit too sweet. I could go back, but no rush.
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This is fried artichokes. Good but a little greasy/salty.

As much as I like staying in, watching TV, and cooking, it’s nice to get out of the house and have other peoples cooking for a change.

Gopher schmopher

The below freezing temps are back! This winter has really been back and forth with unusually warm and then super cold weather. Just when I thought I could put away my winter gear, I find myself packing more clothes on again.

Lent

Gosh Lent rolled around quickly. This year, I want to learn Japanese for 40 days. I started Tuesday on an app called Human Japanese. Reddit recommended it. I’ll just see how far I get in 40 days. To put it in “giving up” terms, I’ll be giving up free time to do this. Whatever. It’s just something fun to do until Spring rolls around.

The Annual Prognostication

This blog is 9 years old.

It looks like we’re having an early Spring! Duh. This year, I didn’t need a groundhog to tell me that Winter is just about done. Besides an odd spell of winter weather, it’s been spring-like the majority of this winter. Before and after Snowzilla, temps have been really mild. 50s to 70s. This weekend, people were out and about in t-shirts and shorts!