Friday, June 28, 2013

Bulgogi Wraps



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Here I go, making more stuff with Bulgogi (aka Korean Beef BBQ) again! It's just that every time my parents come for a visit, they always come bearing lots Korean food, like Bulgogi! And each time, no matter how much we eat, we just can't seem to get through it all, even if we throw a big Bibimbap party!, so I end up freezing it. And let me tell ya, it freezes well. So then after so many times, we start to get creative w/ how we consume our Bulgogi. Usually it's just as a main dish w/ lots of sides or in Bibimbap. Last time it was Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps. NOW, it's just Bulgogi Wraps, aka Bulgoi burrito-style. And oh man, did these come out tasty. It's something I've been meaning to try but it was at the hubby's suggestion that we finally had them last night.

Start out w/ some Bulgogi. The one pictured here is when it's served as a dish in itself. But when we use it IN stuff, I usually try to break it up into smaller pieces while cooking it/reheating it.


The hubby so beautifully chopped up some fresh spinach and roma tomatoes as toppings.

Another delicous touch to this meal was heating the whole wheat flour tortillas (I use Banderito brand) and warmed it up in the pan, after cooking/re-heating the Bulgogi up. The little bit of left over oil/grease made taste oh so soft and moist, very much like the restaurant-style tortillas. Then I layered it with white sticky rice, bulgogi, spinach and tomatoes topped with the nice and kicky Gochujang (Korean Red Pepper Paste which can usually be found at your local Asian Market).


So here's last night's dinner. Bulgogi Burritos with (over) steamed asparagus (oops!) and some fried Korean Dumplings (aka Gun Mandoo). I'll have a post for this eventually, but I keep getting side-tracked from finish up that post. Stay tuned!


 And it's a deja vu lunch today:


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Here's Lunch #4: Kitty Sandwich

Ok, I'm really likin' the "short and sweet and to the point"iness of ....Heeeeeere's lunch! :)


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In this lunch:
  1. Kitty Sandwich with Applegate Ham and Trader Joe's Muenster Cheese on Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat bread made using my CuteZCute cutter (actually just the stamp part)
  2. Perfectly ripened strawberries and cantaloupe
  3. Veggie medley of baby carrots, broccoli and cauliflower with a little container of Ranch Dressing
  4. And for a treat, the delicious Caramel Pretzel Bar
* "Here's Lunch" is a series of lunch posts for those days when I really don't have more to say than "Here's lunch". :)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cat's Bday Pendant Necklace and Bracelet

For I don't know how many years now, I've been making my buddy Cat a necklace for her birthday. Early on, I asked her what color scheme she wanted and I'd make it so, but after so many years of friendship, I felt like we pretty much covered all the bases, so this year I went out on a limb and went on my own judgement. Here's what I came up with. What do you think? :)


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I already happened to have on-hand many of the items necessary to make these, but most of the things I did have to buy, I bought from A.C. Moore. Not the fanciest of bead stores but I usually find what I'm looking for there, and sometimes even something that I just love, like this pendant. It just screamed Cat to me so it had to be hers. :)

Next had to decide on a ribbon. I had a bit of a tough time deciding on which ribbon I liked best, so with the help of my Bento Bloggers and Friends, I ultimately decided on the Satin Loop Edge Ribbon (A) for Cat. This is the picture I posted to ask my online buddies their opinions. Which one would you have chosen? I think I would have gone with D for myself. :)


I wanted this necklace to be about 18" long so I cut the ribbon to about 20" on a slant and "Fray checked" the ends to prevent unraveling. I threaded the pendant w/ the ribbon and went with a "Hook and Eye" clasp to complete the necklace. Oh yeah, I actually got this clasp at a little downtown bead store because I wanted one that was nicer and gold plated, which is usually harder to find at the bigger chain craft stores.

Anyway... To fasten the clasp on, I simply threaded the ribbon through each clasp, tied a tight little knot on each end, pulled the knot towards the crimp as far as it will go and them pressed down hard on the crimp. Then snip the ends of the ribbon close to the knot, Fray Check and let dry. Voila!


Next I planned out my coil bracelet on my Beading Board. Coil bracelets are fun to make because you don't have to mess with clasps and it's kind of a surprise what you end up with even if you plan things out. To make one of these, take a coil bracelet wire (mine came it a pack of like 10, ready to bead, also from AC Moore). Simply twist a few small, tight coils on one end with needle nose pliers as seen in the collage below and start beading. Only thing to be careful of is: keep an eye on the overall pattern that is being created as the wires coil around. I actually had to start this one over after I was almost done because I noticed my largest beads weren't evenly spaced out around the bracelet as a whole. DOH! Bead up to about 3/4" from the end of the wire. Once you're happy with it, just finish off the other end with a few more tight loops using needle nose pliers.

In all my excitement of making the bracelet (I hadn't beaded anything in a while), I finished off the whole thing before I realized that I forgot to include any turquoise beads in the bracelet like I had originally intended, to make it REALLY match the necklace. Another DOH! But this time, I decided NOT to start it over again and left it as is. Luckily, I was still pretty happy with the way it turned out despite.


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Here's just a quick list of tools/materials necessary to make these items:

Tools for both Necklace and Bracelet:
Small needlenose pliers

Necklace:
Ribbon (add a couple inches to the total length necklace you desire)
Clasp set
Pendant
Fray check to seal off the ends if you're using ribbon.

Coil Bracelet:
Coil bracelet wire
Beads of choice

I'm happy to say that my buddy just loved her jewelry set, and though I'm sure she'd never let on otherwise, she seemed pretty enthralled w/ 'em. Yay!

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