Monday, December 2, 2013

post thanksgiving 2013

hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving!
even though it is healthier to have daily thanksgiving reflections, thanksgiving weekend helps you to really appreciate everything good that is around you! in my case, i had a lot that i am especially grateful for, as each and every member in my family had a very significant year this 2013

this thanksgiving was hosted at my house where all but one dish & store-bought desserts were prepared by us
one thing that was different was that i ended up cooking most of the dishes this year because i am now in culinary school (yeah...even though i am only 3-weeks in)! 

i never use cranberry sauce but because it is thanksgiving, i wanted to try making cranberry sauce
even though we weren't going to have a turkey
cranberry orange sauce
this was sooo easy to make yet turned out awesome because it had the right amount of sweetness with tanginess
cranberry orange sauce
more than with meat, i've been enjoying this sauce over my desserts
shrimp ceviche
this is a dish my mom loves & keeps requesting me to make! 
my sister loves stuffing...but we never made our own stuffing from scratch until this year,
when i decided that i am going to make the best stuffing, even though i don't really know how
stuffing tastes like!after looking through many recipes, i decided to go make double bread stuffing
(with homemade corn bread with real corn & french bread) with brown butter, bacon & sage
with some alterations and it turned out really good! which made the long prep-time all worth it~
double bread stuffing with brown butter, bacon & sage
kale with garlic
we love veggies & kale is definitely one of those that we love eating when we eat meat for that slightly bitter taste
roased garlic mashed potatoes
 we roasted garlic in the oven along with the stuffing which we added into the cream for flavor & aroma
before mashing into the potatoes and yumyum! this turned out to be one of my favorite sides of the night! 
green bean casserole with crispy onions
simple recipe that will taste delicious at all times? it must be repeated every time...
cream corn when done!
we make this every year, but i wanted to make this ever since we thoroughly covered "roux" in class
creamed spinach
this...i made using an online recipe and even though i made some alterations after,
ended up being my least favorite dish i created that night
i like to add evoo/cinnamon/honey to my pineapples, especially if they are not as ripe as you had wished them to be
pineapples, besides being delicious, helps aid digestion!
so we like to include this whenever we have a lot of meat
we used to do turkey but honestly, no one really loves that giant bird in our family
so we opt for chicken (mainly drunk sticks) instead! 
prime rib rubbed with oil/garlic/salt/pepper
we had two chunks of pirme rib on thanksgiving 1) medium rare & 2) medium well
this particular one was done by me & it was PERFECTLY MEDIUM RARE, which i was flattered to hear
all of family members complimenting saying it was the best prime rib we had in our family of yet!
 (and we have it twice a year, every year together!) i wish i had taken a picture of the pinkness inside! 
circling from top left corner counterclockwise
jalapenos & pickles (because we are korean)
cranberry-orange sauce
shrimp ceviche (with some colorful multigrain chips)
double bread stuffing with brown butter, bacon & sage
kale with garlic
creamed spinach
grilled pineapples
garlic mashed potatoes
creamed corn
green bean casserole with crispy onions
smoked salmon cream pasta
roasted chicken
prime rib
peach pie from marie callenders
pumpkin pie from marie callenders

few days late, but hope you enjoyed what was cooking in happilyfull's kitchen as well as few tips from me!

i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

[tip] 85c bakery - new locations

most of my friends are carb-monsters who just l-o-v-e bread! 
and all those carb-holics have super-genes where they also don't gain weight...

unfortunately, i am not so blessed in that department as i will gain weight just by drinking water!
but thankfully, i am also not much of a carb-lover (well, just as in the 'big carbs' such as bread & rice) 

...but if there is one place where i do go crazy at, 85c bakery is definitely one of my favorite places where i like to buy my bread!

since this post isn't a review, i won't go too much in detail, but i got an email from school on new locations that are to be opened & wanted to share this great news as soon as possible! 

they already have 4 locations at irvine, hacienda heights, chino hills & west covina

but when i went on their website to get more information for this post, i noticed that there are already 2 more locations that opened just few days ago!

newark: 35201 v newark blvd, newark, ca 94560 --> yes, not in norcal!
gardena: 1386 w artesia blvd, gardena, ca 90248 

seasalt coffee & seasalt jasmine green tea
these are *must-try* at 85c bakery
this is my favorite from 85c which i "need" whenever i am there
squid ink bread is one of my favorites! 

and apprently they will have 3 more locations that will open in december which is just right around the corner!

buena park

i live close to one of these cities & my church is located close to another city, so i am psyched about these new spots & i will have to make my way there to check them out! 

that's it for today-
from "happilyfull-on-life" 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


11-11-2013 was a very special day
 i started *drum-roll* culinary school at le cordon bleu

if you couldn't tell already, i always had passion for food ♥ 
it started out with eating, where i would go check out restaurants from fine dining to taco trucks & stop everyone from eating, so i can take pictures of the food! 
(yes, i am definitely one of those who took pictures of food way before "asians who take pictures of food" or "pictures of asians taking pictures of food" became a norm)
once technology got better and everyone started taking pictures with their phones, my workload also doubled since i would then use both my camera and my phone for pictures!
then, i started writing reviews on yelp, followed by this blog!
and of course...having grown up in a family where mom was not only an excellent cook but also an amazing baker, i always liked cooking...even though it really hasn't been too long since i actually started playing & experimenting in the kitchen for fun!

so...while going through a career change few months ago, i had this big idea where i might consider "what i love" as my future career! although i don't necessarily want to become a chef, i definitely want to work in the culinary industry, doing things i am already doing...but professionally & with a lot more knowledge!
it was a tough decision because school meant i would have a lot of down time (my program is almost 2 years) & i would have to suck it up and do everything i am not used to, from cleaning to starting out as a 'novice' in the industry at my age!
about  two weeks has passed since my first day of school and i already got some 'proud injuries' on my hands & nails from practicing knife cuts and witnessed classmates' crazy wounds from our super-sharp knives!
i am getting used to french terms, having homework everyday & also trying to remember what it was like to use your memorizing skills for my first quizzes!
even though commute is pretty rough & i had to give up on on fashion & beauty five days out of the week, it feels great to be surrounded by people who share the same passion on food & cooking and i am happy that i am getting this chance to learn something i truly love and enjoy! 
so look out for some more interesting posts-to-come!
i won't learn to cook for a while, as we are starting out with basics...but i am sure there will be a lot more cooking in my life from now on~ 

that's it for today-
from "happilyfull-on-life" 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

secret menu from starbucks

are you a coffee lover?
do drink coffee every day?
i love coffee & i for sure need my daily dose of coffee every morning! 

so, when i found out that there is actually a secret menu from starbucks, i was thrilled!

well, because i am a harry potter fanatic, i was especially excited about their hot butterbeer latte & butterbeer frappuccino and have been wanting to stop by at a starbucks since yesterday so got my first cup of their "secret drink" first thing in the morning today!

i ended up going for a tall hot butterbeer latte which was missing some salt and really enjoyed it! but i will have to adjust the sweetness because i am more of a black-coffee-or-espresso-kind-of-a-girl!  

i am also excited to try some of these!
pumpkin pie frappuccino (because pumpkin pie will always be my favorite pie) 

banana split frappuccino (while i am not much of a real banana lover, i love banana-flavored desserts!)

chapple tea latte (this sounds perfect on a cold day!)

pumpkin patch latte (i like pumpkin-anything!) 

peach ring tea (i also love anything with peach flavors & peach rings are my favorite gummies!) 

peach cobbler frappuccino (this sounds like a great dessert-replacement)

ferrero rocher frappuccino (who doesn't love gold-foiled ferrero rocher chocolates!)

raspberry caramel macchiato (espresso & raspberry syrup?) 

the red starburst (because my favorite starburst flavors are pink & red)

sour gummy worm refresher (i am just really curious how this will taste!)

barbie pink frappuccino (i admit! i want to try this because of it's name)

horchata frappuccino (so creative! horchata + frappuccino?)

fruity pebbles frappuccino (one of my favorite cereals in a drink form!)

and of course... on days when you REALLY need something strong, the liquid cocaine

did i mention that these are not even all of their secret drinks?

so, if you are like me and you need at least a cup of coffee every morning to function, 
why not give these a try? 
all you need to do is to show them the recipe! 

i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

healthy soup that will surely get you 'healthy'

temperature is finally dropping in los angeles (it's about time!) & it seems like a lot of people around me are feeling under the weather including myself... i would like to introduce you to a soup that will surely get you healthy again! 

about two months ago for my mom's birthday, i decided to make healthy soup "i've been wanting to try but never got to try yet since i didn't have enough time in korea" called 구복탕 (gu-bok-tang)
this soup is definitely a fancy food that is meant to be a health-food
and even though i haven't tried it yet, the concept was simple -- you just put all the ingredients that are known to be 'healthy' in the soup & the harmony of all the fresh seafood, poultry & herbs should do your body good!

because i wanted to cook something special & healthy for my parents, i decided to give it a go and make something similar even though i had no idea what it tastes like + no internet source had a real recipe for this (sigh...)
actual definition of 구복탕 (gu-bok-tang) is nine-luck-soup or soup with at least nine ingredients that are good for your body
as i said, there is no one recipe & the restaurant that is famous for this soup also seems to use whatever is fresh & available during that season
but the soup seems to contain mix of these: korean silky fowl (오골계), korean chicken (토종닭), abalones (전복), octopus (문어), conch (소라), beef rib (소갈비),  korean black pig (흙돼지 수육), black garlic (흑마늘), ginseng & other herbs (인삼), jujube (대추) and so on...

[prepping all the ingredients]

based on what was fresh from the market that day, i decided to use whole chicken, abalones, mini octopus, giant clams, shrimps, chestnuts, mushrooms, samgyetang package (which is just an easy option to purchase ginseng, jujube and other herbs all-in-one), garlic, radish & green onions

i personally never tried to prep some of the seafood myself until that day, so i did get some help from mom & internet to clean them 

[time to make the soup!]

for the soup, you don't need too much since you will be getting a nice broth out of all your healthy ingredients!

 at first, i kept it simple with the samgyetang package, radish, jujube, garlic, chestnuts and of course, whole chicken to get the soup base...pretty much how you would make samgyetang, except you don't stuff the chicken! so boil...boil...boil.......................
then, i added abalones to the soup before switching pots

[once you have the soup ready, then transfer everything into a nice pot]

i put my shrimps on the bottom, then put the chicken, giant clams, mushrooms, abalones, chetnuts along with the samgyetang with ginseng and chinese herbal medicine broth before adding baby octopus on top! 
from there, all you need to do is to boil it few minutes because everything cooks pretty fast! shrimps will turn orange, clams will open up and baby octopus will change colors 
which will let you know that it's time to add chopped green onions on top for decoration & ta-da! 

once done, all you need to do is to bring over the pot to your table on top of portable gas stove to keep the soup warm throughout & enjoy!

overall, this took me about 4 hours to make it including prep-time & to make the nice broth but it was so worth it because we thoroughly enjoyed it & literally finished the whole pot!

i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure!