Thursday, April 16, 2015

Samgak Kimbap

Kimbap is sort of the Korean version of sushi - sans raw fish. The trouble with kimbap is you have to eat it fresh or the seaweed starts to get soggy.

Samgak kimbap, triangle shaped rice packet, keeps the seaweed fresh and crispy by wrapping it in plastic. There is a certain way of opening the package to eat it. Perfect for packing in a lunch!

I found a kit at our local Korean grocery store. I snatched up the pink one pretty quick.

We decided try making them for supper one night. After I started the rice cooker I made the mistake of leaving Aaron to fold up the samgak kimbap. I heard a lot of grumbling about why the seaweed wasn't reaching the entire way around and the directions didn't make sense.

I'm not sure what he was griping about though because after one floppy triangle, the rest of his samgak kimbap turned out nice!

Later on, I was looking up samgak kimbap online and found that most of the recipes involved mixing up vinegar, sugar and salt and pouring it into the rice. Some recipes use sesame oil instead of vinegar. I guess I should have researched that BEFORE we made it. I'm curious to see how it changes the flavor the next time we make it. I've never added anything to my rice when I've made kimbap.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Playlist showdown

When we travel to my parents' house we are in for a five to six hour drive. There's a lot of music, podcasts and audio books to pass the time. Before our last trip we had just watched "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" one of my top movies. Nora has fallen for Nick via the mix tapes he makes for his ex girlfriend which find their way to Nora. I was quite the mix tape... ummm... mixer? when I was in high school. It went on to CD burning and now playlists.

I suggested to Aaron that we both make a mix for each other that we would reveal on our ride home from Easter. There weren't any rules and here is what we came up with.

As you can see I am an iTunes devotee. My playlists typically have 15 songs, a fave number of mine, but for some reason this came out to 14. The songs vary from movies we have seen together (I love soundtracks and we JUST watched Begin Again) to songs we have listened to over and over for years (SugarCane), to ones that have a message (like Nice to Be With You). The one thing I did was avoid songs from our wedding playlist... that seemed too easy.

Aaron is an overachiever and his playlist came in at 18. As you can see his music tool of choice is Spotify. Our differences in music tools is a constant topic of jeering, boasting and scoffing. Aaron was quick to point out that Spotify was not playing the songs in the order he wanted and that brought on a bout of scoffing on my part. He is definitely leans toward the Blues and Eddie Vedder which he readily admitted. Note we both had Wishlist on our mixes and Stolen too. A couple wedding songs made it onto his playlist but I can't blame him - they are good ones.

This was a fascinating and entertaining exercise and I think we will repeat it... maybe with different themes. I do love a good theme.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fancy Pizza

The other night we decided to make a "fancy pizza". Somewhere I saw a pizza with eggs on top and wanted to give it a try. When I googled "egg on pizza" I found recipes for "mushroom and egg pizza", "asparagus and egg pizza", "spinach and egg pizzza", and more. I figured, why not add it all?!

We started with Wegman's pre-made pizza dough. I had enough to think about with all the veggies than to worry about the dough. To start, we coated the dough with Wegmans Basting Oil (Grapeseed Oil, Canola Oil, Dried Thyme, Dried Parsley, and Garlic - in case you don't have a Wegmans near you) and a drizzle of truffle oil.

Then I added: steamed spinach (with water squeezed out), tomatoe slices, gouda cheese, mozzerella, mushrooms, and steamed asparagus. This went into the oven at 400 degree for about 7 or 8 minutes. I kept checking it to see how the crust was doing. I slid the pizza out, cracked three eggs onto it and baked it another 3 to 4 minutes.

It was delicious but it drives me crazy that the one egg yolk broke.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Crosman Seeds

Did you know America's oldest seed packet company is in Rochester? East Rochester to be specific. Crossman Seed Corporation.

Crosman's Seeds has been family run since 1838 when it was founded by Charles Frederick Crosman. Crosman Seed sold seeds for a reasonable price to help people out during the depression and donated seeds for local Victory Gardens during World War II.

In East Rochester, where operations is located, there is a store where you can buy seeds.

We visited the store to get seeds for our garden this year.

You can find the seeds at some other independent stores also, like Mayers Hardware.

Our seeds are planted and waiting in the greenhouse. Now we wait.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Walk

I think the pugs feel as cooped up by the long winter as we do. Today was finally warm and we took them for a walk so they could soak up some sunshine.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Alex and Ani: Charmed by Charity for VSAS

Last night Verona Street Animal Society had a Charmed by Charity fundraiser at Alex and Ani Rochester. 15% of the sales went to VSAS. There were even a couple of canine greeters at the door.

I was doing a little gift shopping when one of the girls surprised me with a bag and said my husband had called in an order... a bracelet with this Claddagh charm! He's a sneaky one!