Monday, April 17, 2017

Vegan Bean Sprouts & Kimchi Pancakes

I love scallion pancakes from takeout/takeaway but I never know if they add eggs or not so I figured I can reproduce the taste and texture at home. This it my interpretation of crispy edge bean sprout & kimchi pancakes loaded with Korean chives and lots of flavor. Keep in mind, the following recipe is fluid, adjustment to the flour/water ration is needed to account for humidity and elevation to where and when you are cooking.

First make a loose pancake batter - 2 cups flour, 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Mix till it's combined but don't overmix (that would produce dense cakes instead of fluffy and crispy). Add 1/4 cup shopped kimchi and 1/4 cup kimchi juice, 1 cup rinsed bean sprouts and 1/4 cup chopped Korean chives (can be substituted with scallions or your onions), salt & black pepper to taste. If you are oil free, scoop 1/4 portions into a heated heavy bottom pan, lower heat and allow to cook through on each side, approximately 3-4 minutes per side depending on desired crispness. I used a coconut oil spray on a non stick pan to cook mine. Reserve done pancakes on a sheet pan and stash away in a low heat oven to keep warm till all are done. This batch makes 3 hearty portions or several appetizers depending on hunger level.

Serve with Ponzu dipping sauce with toasted sesame and chopped scallions, kimchi and pickled Korean rash for a refreshing combination. These are even great as leftovers, warmed up in the oven to crisp and heat up in case they don't disappear in one sitting.

NOT: If you make them thinned, they can be stuffed with sauted veggies and rolled up for a great lunch or dinner option. You can add lots of different veggies in place of what I used so let your imagination be your guide.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Vegan Kimchi

Kimchi is a Korean staple of fermented and spicy cabbage that is as varied in recipe as potato salad in the US. Regional differences and individual taste preferences from special oyster variety to vegan which doesn't use any animal products. I happen to enjoy the vegan version the most, particularly more fermented kind. With a couple of grocery store versions available but at nearly $6 a 16 oz jar I decided to start making my own. The following recipe is a hybrid of several I've tried in the last year and inspired by Maangchi on YouTube.


  • 4 lb of Napa Cabbage
  • 1/2 cup course sea salt (I used Korean Sea Salt)
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Rice Flour (can be substituted with AP flour)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup Tamari (vegan soy sauce)
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups julienned carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups julienned Korean radish or daikon
  • 1/2 cup garlic chives
  • 1/2 cup scallions

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

First I have to say, this is a Chameleon type of dish in that it can be custom tailored to your particular tastes and dietary requirements. Vegan - check, just follow the recipe below, Vegetarian and eat dairy, swap soy with milk and nutritional yeast with cheese, Carnivore - add beef or chicken. I would recommend making it at least once as instructed and then experiment with swap outs (included in parenthesis below).

Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff 

1 1/2 cups wide noodle (egg or eggless as your preference)
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 cup plant milk (I use soy, swap with bovine milk if not vegan)
3 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast (1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt)
1 tablespoon mushroom powder
1/2 cup mushrooms (in the photo above I used leftovers of roasted porcini)
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Salt & Black pepper to taste

In a sauce pan combine all ingredients above (reserve a bit of parsley for plating), bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and stir occasionally for 6-8 minutes. Turn off and let sit for 2-3 minutes to thicken the sauce. This recipe is a no drain easy lunch or side dish for dinner.

Mushroom powder is available online but can be rather costly, I make my own when I either get a good deal on fresh mushrooms and dehydrate them overnight and then process into powder or purchase dry mushrooms and create the powder from them. Ideally, the broken and less attractive mushrooms are perfect for this pantry item. 

I'd love to hear if you make this what you think, tag me on social media so I can see your tasty meal!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Planner Meetup - Western MA

I spent a wonderful afternoon yesterday with new planner friends in Massachusetts where we shared our favorite planners and supplies. I brought along my adorable Supaclip (40, the smaller size) with a sneak peek at the Emoji refills (shown in the image below).

Those little froning faces are perfect to clip together your bills...that is the pile my husband is allergic to so he'll be forewarned not to touch it,

I promised to share links to some of the products we talked about so what you'll find below are direct Amazon PRIME links for Supaclip starter set, Refills, Adjustable Diary Punch and Desktop Pencil Sharpener, for all those Adult Coloring enthusiasts out there.
 Empire Imports A5 Paper Ream

In case you are looking for a 6-hole punch for A5 size planner, I have a video on how to make that work with minimal effort (I did all the math for you, lol).

The following are some snapshots from the Planner Meetup
A very talented lady, @jesseniascreations made that black & white planner band that was in our swag bag, matching my Erin Condren Life Planner perfectly

Planner Pile Up - well represented by assorted companies - Erin Condren, Happy Planner, Webster's Pages, Michael's Planner, Filofax and several others that I can't recall.

The swag bag was brimming with stickers, clips, washi, planner band and even an adorable mini bottle of essential oil in lavender,

I am so happy to have been able to attend the event, meet so many like minded planner enthusiasts and look forward to the next one.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Easy Homegrown Sprouts

These lovely, crispy and peppery sprouts are a favorite in this house on sandwiches and in salads. After a quick search they can be made at home in 3-5 days. I purchased all the supplies on Amazon (except Ball Mason jars that I already had on hand) and wanted to share the easy and cool process with you.

Soak overnight in a wide mouth mason jar
Rinse and drain at least twice daily (morning and evening) or three times like I did to expedite the growth process

Love seeing something grow and so quickly. It certainly satisfies the nearly instant gratification.

These are wonderful, so refreshing with a little bite and will last for the week of salads and sandwiches. Make sure to store them after rinsing off the hulls and storing them in a air tight container. To get the most water removed, I used a salad spinner and lined the bottom of the container with paper towel to wick away any excess moisture. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Veggie Curry for Meatless Monday

Another option for Meatless Monday - Veggie Curry, we are serving it with Black Bean Spaghetti but it's also delicious over rice
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped yellow squash
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cup cauliflour 
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspons Sambal
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, use with juice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon

The video below shows the simple steps for this one pot meal.