Napoleon Dynamite Goes Raw

Anyone remember this Napoleon Dynamite video? Who knew he was making a case for the raw food movement?! Although I wouldn’t suggest drinking raw eggs, I think actually seeing them do so takes raw food to a whole new level and makes me gag a little! It’s up to you to decide if you want to be a part of that level or not…I choose not. However, I do think it’s important to explore raw food.

The raw food diet says that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked. If food is heated it should only be heated to 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit (some food can be heated to a higher temp without destroying its enzymes).

A rice cooker is an ex-pat’s best friend!

Since moving to South Korea I have met many wonderful people and made a lot of great friends, however, none can compare to the friendship I now share with my rice cooker! I realize that may sound like I have a no friends and am just trying to make up for it with a clever post, but I assure you this is not the case!

So, if you are living and working abroad, chances are that you have a very small kitchen with a very small counter and only 1 burner to work with (if you happen to have two, I envy you!). I have been asked on several occasions about how I make this kitchen set up work since I cook most of my food at home. Well, this is why I have come to depend so greatly on my rice cooker. Besides making just rice, which by the way you can increase the nutritional value of simply by using brown rice instead of white, it cooks so many other things! Here is a brief list: rice, lentils, banana bread, bread, pizza crust, oatmeal, and cobbler.

Sweet Treat Upgrade!

I love a sweet treat just as much as the next person, but I hate the way I feel after I have eaten it. So many of us crave heavy, sugary desserts. My personal favorite are pies or tarts. The problem, of course, is that after eating these sweet treats I almost always regret it!

Recently I was playing around in my kitchen and came up with a healthy strawberry and pear tart! It’s raw, easy and delicious! Plus, you won’t regret eating it afterwards!

St-RAW-berry and Pear Tart

For the crust you will need:
1 1/2 cups walnuts
pinch of salt

For the filling:
1 cup strawberries
1/2 Asian pear

Home Cooking: Minestrone Soup

Recipe: Pajeon

Pajeon is my favourite Korean street food. While the pancake itself is great, the thing I love most about eating pajeon is the dipping sauce – a spicy salty mix of soy sauce, sesame seeds and chilli.

Most of the pajeon you get on the street in Korea contains octopus, but for this pajeon I’ve gone for some plump little prawns instead. The rest is mainly just spring onions, flour, water and eggs.

Don’t worry if  it falls apart or anything starts to burn during the cooking process, pajeon tastes best with a couple of charred pieces here and there!


Lijiang Baba Recipe

This recipe comes from an early morning stroll around the town of Lijiang in Yunnan. Sarah and I had risen early (and in my case reluctantly) in order to savour some of the charms of the old town before the crowds hit and try to get some breakfast while we were at it. Whilst out and about, we came across this perfect example of Lijiang street food.

Lijiang baba consists of a soft chewy flat bread, egg and spring onions, sometimes eaten with a couple of tart and spicy chili sauces. It remains one of the most memorable breakfasts I’ve ever eaten, and one I was determined to recreate.

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