Korean Bean Paste Stew

I bought this korean soy bean paste on a whim at the local asian shop, and then looked up some classic recipes to cook using it.

I tried this classic tofu stew, which is mild but very delicious.

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Little M monthly summary: Month 15

I forgot to update last month! Work and home has been a little crazy lately.

Little M is trucking along well though. We are still in quite a golden period with him — he is sleeping well but hasn’t started any of the toddler tantrums yet.

He loves animals, balls, balloons, and has started to use some additional words to identify the things he likes. I think he will have a blast when we visit my family because he gets to have a dog and cat around all the time for two weeks.

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Ice cream sandwiches, Grill and German/Argentina final!

This past Sunday, Germany played Argentina in the World Cup finals, and E and B came over for food and the game.

E and I were talking about making our own ice cream sandwiches a bit, and decided to split up the work — she made the custard (we churned the ice cream here in our place) while M and I made cookies to go with.

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Mapo tofu

Mapo tofu is a classic Sichuan dish that I remember eating as a child. I didn’t know the name of the dish, and it was only recently that my parents told me what I had eaten. They also told me that my dad made mapo tofu from a spice packet and didn’t have a recipe for me. I googled, came up with several recipes, and kind of combined them into something I could be happy with.

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Returned to the pot (twice cooked pork belly)

I have spicy bean paste! Not broad bean (another post about that later), but good enough.

Unfortunately, the deadline for using this bean paste is end of July, which means we are going to be using a lot of this stuff in the next weeks (before I run off for vacation). First up, twice cooked pork belly.

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Beauty this week

As the days get warmer (not too much warmer here, alas, but rainier. boo!), I am reaching for low fuss items in the mornings,

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Rice balls!

In my goal to actually eat better lunches, I have learned a easy trick to make rice balls.

Riceballs have always been challenging for me. I love them, but I have trouble forming the balls. Well, I discovered a simple trick online that works very well.

Warm rice (left over from dinner) is placed on a bit of plastic wrap. Filling is placed on top (i went with spicy chinese pickles) and a bit more rice on top of that. Then gather the plastic wrap and squeeze the rice inside to a ball-like form.

  

roll in a bit of sesame seeds and voila! Rice balls! It would have been better if I had a bit of seaweed to wrap the balls, but it worked out pretty well without.

I also made a few using smoked salmon as a filling. Yummy lunches!

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Getting back to exercise, postpartum body

I have been feeling very good about finally being able to exercise for the last 2 months or so. Jogging is going well (although it is difficult to find time during the week) and I have added some weight training in. However, I encountered a big setback this week.

I discovered that I had some splitting of the recti muscles (or diastasis recti).

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Beauty of the past few months

Ever since we moved, and have a room for Little M, I have been delighted to have access to all of my makeup and clothes! Due to this, I have been skipping around in my collection, without really pulling out a set for the week like I used to do. Still, there were products that I used more often (and sometimes a whole week at a time) because they were no-brainers and quick to use.

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Food, and yet another general update

Ah blog, how I missed thee! Another quick update, although I probably won’t be back to the twice or so a week until we have a more permanent solution to internet woes.

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