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FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE CEREAL COVERED ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

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Do ice cream sandwiches bring back childhood memories for anyone else too? I remember I used to eat these all the time thanks to my mom... ice cream sandwiches were her favorite so she'd always buy boxes of them! I absolutely love ice cream sandwiches too... they're so yummy. So today, I thought I'd bring a colorful and tasty spin to these ice cream sandwiches by dipping them into white chocolate and then in cereal. I chose two of my favorite cereal flavors, Fruit Loops and Cinnamon Toast Crunch and it was deeeelicious! These are perfect for any event or great to make for fun... so let's get started!

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Ice cream sandwiches (Any brand will do)
  • White chocolate chip morsels OR any type of chocolate
  • Cereal (Any flavor will do)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Wax paper or aluminum foil lined baking pan

HOW TO:

Cut your ice cream sandwiches in half with a knife. 

Stick your popsicle stick or any short wooden stick into the bottom of the sandwich, through the vanilla ice cream part so you can hold the ice cream sandwich upright. Place the ice cream sandwiches in the freezer while you prep the other ingredients! 

Crush the cereals separately in ziploc bags. This will make it easier for you to cover the chocolate dipped ice cream sandwiches later on.  

Melt the white chocolate in a bowl in intervals of 20 seconds. So place it in the microwave for 20 seconds, take it out and stir it, then microwave it for another 20-30 seconds and then stir it again. Keep doing this until your chocolate has melted smoothly. You don't want to overheat the chocolate or else it will clump, so be aware! 

Have all your ingredients ready because now the fun really starts! With the first ice cream sandwich, I directly dipped it into the white chocolate. However, I don't recommend this because I found that it hardened the white chocolate so I just forked the white chocolate mixture onto half of the sandwich. 

The white chocolate mixture on the sandwich doesn't have to be completely smooth because we're going to dip it once more in our cereal crumbles. So don't worry too much about the smoothness of the shell. 

Have a baking pan lined with wax paper or aluminum foil ready. Spill your cereal crumbles onto the waxed paper so that you can directly place the ice cream sandwich onto the cereal crumbles and it will stick. Then take another handful of cereal crumbles and gently press it down on all sides of the white chocolate covered sandwich. TIP: You're going to have to work quickly because the ice cream sandwich can get soft, making it difficult to handle. Place the cereal crumbles on the ice cream sandwich quickly as well because the white chocolate also hardens very fast. 

And voila we're done! Place it back in to the freezer for about 30 minutes - 1 hour so that it can completely harden. This was such a fun food DIY for me and I hope it'll be just as fun for you guys! The cereal crumbles really make these ice scream sandwiches pop and adds a nice little crunch to them. Let me know if you tried these and your thoughts. Until next time, au revoir! 

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Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon

FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE NUTELLA & FRUIT FILLED DUMPLINGS

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I absolutely love making simple desserts and if it includes nutella... I am most definitely in! Today I have these delicious little dumplings recipe for you guys, some of them filled with nutella and fruit and others filled with brown sugar and fruit. Both kinds taste absolutely delicious and these are perfect snacks for anyone including kids! So let's get started!

YOU'LL NEED: 

  • Dumpling wraps (Sold at any asian grocery store)
  • Nutella
  • Brown or white sugar
  • A banana (Chopped)
  • Raspberries or strawberries (Chopped)
  • A little bowl of water
  • A fork

HOW TO:

1.) Defrost your dumpling wraps. 

2.) Spoon a bit of the nutella into the wraps. If you're using sugar, then spoon a bit of your sugar into the wrap. 

3.) Add your desired fruit (I added about 3 chopped raspberries or bananas because I didn't want my dumplings to be too fat). 

4.) Rim the edges with water (Used to glue the ends together). 

5.) Seal your dumpling from one end to another and take a fork and embed it into the edges. Make sure to seal it tightly! 

TIP: Hold your folk towards the bottom so that your fork does not bend in a weird shape from all your force (as pictured above). 

6.) Heat your pan with any kind of oil (I used olive oil). Wait until it gets very hot and then place your dumplings into the pan. 

7.) Let the dumplings stay on each side for about 10-20 seconds. Be careful because these cook very quickly! Cook them until they are golden brown on each side. 

Lastly, you can shower these with some powder sugar! I skipped this step because I instead shaved some white chocolate for some extra sweetness and goodness. VOILA and we're done! You can also just bake these dumplings in the oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven) on 350-380 degrees. 

Above is the brown sugar and fruit option which is equally delicious. Hope you enjoy and let me know how yours turns out! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito

FOOD RECIPES

THE 2 INGREDIENTS PANCAKE (GLUTEN-FREE)

In honor of National Pancakes Day coming up on this Saturday (September 26th), I thought I'd make this 2 ingredients pancake! I had heard about this 2 ingredients pancake for a while now and I first heard about these from my roommate in college who wanted to try them. However, after reading about reviews, a lot of people who had tried this recipe expressed that the pancakes would fall apart in the pan and that it was just a mess. So I decided to add in a little secret ingredient to make these extra sweet, delicious & a success! Let's get started!

YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp - 1 tbsp of honey (OPTIONAL)

HOW TO:

Get a pretty well-ripen banana, peel, and put it in a bowl. 

Mash the bananas until it is smooth and has few chunks. The more you mash it so its smooth, the easier it will be later on when you add the egg (it's harder to get rid of chunks when liquid is added in ). 

Once it is well mashed, crack in your 1 egg. Some recipes call for 2 eggs to 1 banana, but I found that this ratio works the best! Mix it together well. 

SECRET INGREDIENT: honey! Honey will help the mixture stick somewhat together so that when you're flipping it in the pan, it won't all fall apart. It also adds a nice touch of sweetness. 

Oil your pan with oil (I used olive oil) and wait until the pan is heated. Spoon in your mixture into round bite-sized shapes. Wait until the side in the pan is golden brown and well done. 

They key is to flip it when one side is golden brown and you see the side facing up is also starting to cook. TIP: When flipping the pancake try to just lightly place your spatula underneath the pancake and gently flip it over keeping it all close to the pan. 

Voila! You are finished! Top with some berries (its a perfect pairing with blueberries if you like blueberries) and drizzle on a little bit of honey or maple syrup!

The pancake doesn't really taste much like an actual pancake but it tastes like a sweet, banana french toast! I really enjoyed this and it was so filling that I wasn't too hungry for lunch later that day. These are healthy, fruity, and absolutely yummy for anyone to give it a try. Hope you enjoyed! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito

FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLIFIED KALE BIBIMBAP

I love bibimbap. I also love egg rice (계란 밥). So, today I decided to make a simplified bibimbap using kale and an egg as the main ingredients! There's a touch of sweetness to it from a secret ingredient I use to offset the bitterness of the kale. This recipe is easy enough for any college student or any busy mom/dad to make for their child as a snack or simple meal. Here we go! 

YOU'LL NEED:

  • Brown rice or white
  • 1 TBS Korean chilli paste (gochujang or 고추장)
  • 1 tsp - 2 tsp of honey (depending on how sweet you'd like it)
  • Sesame oil
  • A bundle of kale
  • Egg
  • Green onions & sesame seeds (optional)

HOW TO: 

First, make some rice of your choice whether its brown or white. After, add some gochujang and honey into your rice. You can also mix the honey and gochujang in a separate dish, but I just like to add it to my rice to make things easier. 

Next, rip your kale into pieces while you add it into your rice mixture. Add a drizzle of sesame oil and mix all ingredients together. At this point you can add any other veggies you have in the fridge or even some chopped kimchi! 

Fry your egg with a little bit of sesame oil. I like to make sunny side up eggs because the yolk tastes so yummy when mixed in with the rice! TIP: Put your heat on the lowest when frying your egg sunny side up style and with a spoon or fork make sure to spill the uncooked white parts on to the pan so everything is evenly cooked. 

Top your rice mixture with the fried egg. Chop some green onions and top everything with some of that and some sesame seeds! Voila! Enjoy your simplified kale bibimbap. The honey added a sweet twist on this dish and it was so easy to make... hope you enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito





FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE MANGO GUACAMOLE

This is probably one of the easiest yet most delicious recipes I've tried yet! Are any of you guys a fan of sweet and salty? I know I am! This guacamole is so refreshing, especially in the summertime and it's so simple to make. Doesn't even require any baking or cooking... I just used all fresh ingredients so it's extremely healthy as well! As you guys might tell, most of my food recipes are very simple and a mix of all the cultures I love. This recipe is perfect for a potluck/party or even just a nice snack for those of you working men/women out there who don't have lots of time to prepare something elaborate. Oh! And before I forget... SAVE THE PIT OF THE AVOCADO! Below I'll share a fun tip so you can preserve this guacamole overnight. So let's get started! 

YOU'LL NEED:

** This recipe yields 1-2 servings

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 champagne mango (you can use a regular one as well)
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1/2 a garlic, minced (OPTIONAL)
  • 1/2 a tomato (OPTIONAL)
  • 1/2 a jalapeno pepper (OPTIONAL)
  • 1/2 a lime OR lemon
  • salt and pepper

HOW TO:

1.) Cut your avocado in half (lengthwise), pit it, and then cut it in half again.

2.) Peel the avocados and start smushing it in a bowl with a fork. Set aside once it is nicely mashed.

3.) Dice your onion into tiny squares (close to a mince) and put it in the bowl with the avocados and mix.

4.) Season the avocado/onion mix with salt and pepper. Taste, and season accordingly.

5.) At this point you can either dice a bit of tomatoes and jalapenos into the mixture... OPTIONAL.

6.) Dice your mango into small squares.

7.) Fold into the avocado, taste, and VOILA!

And spritz a bit of your lemon or lime after for a nice touch! This recipe is so tasty... I absolutely love the sweetness that comes out from the mangos. Pairs amazingly with the avocado. 

FUN TIP! Have any of you guys ever wanted to take this to a social gathering but wanted to make it the night before? But then the color of the guacamole will change to a gross brown color... here's a solution! 

In the bowl of your freshly made mango guacamole (don't squeeze the lime/lemon in yet!), put the pit right in the middle and cover it with the surrounding guacamole. Then, take saran wrap and tightly/closely wrap the guacamole so that the saran tightly touches all the guacamole. Finally, cover the top of the actual bowl once more with another piece of saran. 

Above is an image of the guacamole the next day... how cool! Hope you enjoyed! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito