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Lara Bar Review- Carrot Cake March 31, 2013

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Everyone needs a quick healthy snack that they can keep on hand when on the go and I’ve been seeing and hearing about LaraBars everywhere and wanted to give them a try. The company was nice enough to send me a few to review. I wanted to review one of each of their 4 types of bars

LaraBar-carrot cake
Alt- lemon pound cake
Jocalat-chocolate mint
Uber- apple turnover

I picked flavors I knew my husband would like because I will eat almost anything, even if it’s kind of gross, if it’s healthy. So he is a better candidate to review than I am 🙂 and I really like to see what healthy things I can get him to eat.

Larabar carrotcake:

larabar carrot cake

*I really liked it, it was nice and filling and I really liked and was surprised by the pineapple flavor. I also like how simple the ingredients are no weird ingredients, fillers or preservatives. They survived a good amount of banging around in my bag I carried it with me several days before I was hungry enough to eat it which is definitely a good thing I don’t want to have to be forced to eat my emergency calorie dense snack stash just to keep it from crumbling to a mess in my purse.

*My husband said he would eat it again. That’s pretty good considering that he hates nuts. He said he liked it because it was heavy even though it was small and he liked that it was squishy and gooeyish so it was fun to eat. He would have prefered that the nut chunks were smaller but he liked it…win for larabar getting something healthy into my husbands belly.

You can buy them in bulk from amazon for about $1.25 a piece which isn’t too bad for a healhty on the go snack. From the Larabar website itself you can get a variety pack so you can figure out which flavor you like before you commit to 16 of the same bar.

I will be reviewing the remaining bars in the next few weeks but until then find out more about them for yourself maybe you will find a spot for them in your tummy to 🙂 num num. I received this sample of Larabar from the company for free but the good review is just because I found it to be yummy I’ll let you know what me and my husband thought of the other ones and he can be a pretty harsh critic of food so I’m excited to see what he thinks.


Mee yuk gook (Seaweed Soup) March 25, 2013

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seaweed soup

She’s having a baby! Someone near me is having a baby so I’ve decided to bring her what my mom makes for everyone that has recently had a baby to keep up the tradition. Seaweed soup. Yes it sounds gross to most people but it’s really good and I’m not just saying it because I have grown up on it my mother has made this soup for many Americans and they’ve loved it too. Just pretend it’s spinach :). What makes it so good for a new mother? The calcium and minerals that are rich in the seaweed and bone broth are good for replenishing what the mother has lost in childbirth or through breastfeeding. This version is chicken based which makes it also good for someone overcoming a cold so yes my husband got some this week too. This recipe makes a double batch one to eat and one to share 🙂







Mee yuk Gook

1 package dried seaweed (image of the package is below)
1 whole chicken
1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled
1/4 onion sliced
1 carrot, sliced
3 tbs soy sauce (gook gang jang specifically if you can find it but regular soysauce will work also)
3 tbs beef boullion (to be authentic use beef dashi)

Place whole chicken in a crock pot and cover with water (if your chicken came with giblets you can put it in also). Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove chicken from the water and remove meat from the bones. Return bones to the crockpot and continue to cook on low for another 8 hours. Discard chicken skin and refridgerate the meat. Add the peeled garlic, sliced onion and carrot with the cooking bones. After 8 hours remove the bones. Soak the seaweed in water (cover and submerge completely) for about 10 minutes. Remove seaweed from the water and cut with scissors into bite size pieces adding it to the bone broth (save the water). Return the now chilled chicken to the broth with the dashi and soy sauce. Also add the seaweed soaking water. At this point you will divide the concentrated soup. Ladle half of the soup into a seperate soup pot and add water to fill pot. Also add water to the crockpot. Leave the crock pot on low for 2 more hours and cook the divided off batch in the soup pot on medium for 2 hours.

Serve with rice and kimchee if you have it 🙂

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Natural Cold/Flu Soother March 23, 2013

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So husband has like the flu or something gross. He’s not a big fan of home remedies because they usually involve several pills or some form of syrup or drink which means you have to……taste it yuck. A friend from work gifted him a bottle of bourbon. He told him to make a hot toddy out of it since that is what he drinks every time he gets sick. And because it’s a gift from a friend he was willing to try it …yay!

(A brief aside I always found it funny that the korean word for medicine sounds alot like yuck….my mom would always come to me when I was sick and tell me to eat this or that yak and it was always just that, yuck.)

Hot Toddy

1 mugful of hot water
1 black tea bag
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tsp honey
2 oz bourbon (up to 4 oz but he’s not a big fan of alcohol)

Steep the black tea in the hot water for 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon and honey until the honey is dissolved. Pour in the bourbon and enjoy 🙂

This is great for when you are sick. The honey soothes the throat, the lemon juice has vitamin-c, the alcohol helps sleep, and the moist heat does wonders. It’s definitely not a cure but it’s definitely a help. Friends are awesome.


Ginger Beer! March 21, 2013

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My husband has a soda addiction that he has been trying to curb. So I decided to try and make my own lactofermented soda sweetened with stevia for him.

Kumquaty Ginger Beer

2-3 tbs of ginger minced
1 cup 1 tbs sugar
2 cups filtered water + water to fill container
2 lemons rind and juice
1 orange rind and juice
2 tbs ginger powder
2 liter plastic bottle (i chose to use plastic this time since this is my first time making it and I’m a little afraid of the glass bottle exploding)

Start the ginger bug:

In a glass container add 1 cup of water, 2 tsp of minced ginger and 2 tsp of sugar. Stir. Cover with a coffee filter using a rubber band to keep it on. Swirl 1x a day and every other day add another tsp of ginger and sugar until you see a white film. It’s cold in the house since it’s winter so after 2 days I put it in the oven with the light on and by the end of the day I had a nice film on the top.

Make the syrup:

In a small pot add 1 cup of water. 1 cup of sugar. the rest of the minced ginger, ginger powder, lemon and oragne juice and lemon and orange peel. (if your fruit is not organic boil some water with a splash of vinegar and dip the fruits peel on into the water using a slotted spoon. Take out and rub with a dry cloth to get the wax and pesticides off to the degree possible). Let water come to a boil. Stir occasionally to make sugar sugar dissolves. Turn off and let cool to room temperature.

Add the ginger bug and cooled syrup into the 2 liter container. Fill to 1 inch of the top with filtered water. Twist top on tight and put in a non drafty corner. Squeeze bottle every other day to see if the pressure has built up in the bottle from the fermentation.


There’s a gummy shortage! March 17, 2013

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This is a test of the emergency broadcasting system…..if this was a real gummy emergency we would direct you to go to your stoves and follow this gummy recipe. Yes i’m lame ;p but this is what it feels like when we are near a gummy shortage in our house. So I figures out how to make my own. My first gummy experiment was a fail. I tried to make it will frozen strawberry puree and I just didn’t realize how much gelatin you need in proportion to liquid to make a real gummy like texture and ended up with jam instead. But it’s pretty simple. I just need to do cost comparisons to see if this is really cheap enough to make on a regular basis.

Kumquaty Gummy Candy
4 packets of knox gelatin
1/3 cup of juice concentrate or sweetened puree
1 tbs water

Pour ingredients into a cold pot and stir until dissolved. Cook over low heat for 5 mins. Pour into molds or into a small glass loaf pan, no need to grease dish. Let cool and then refrigerate til solid (cooling process takes about an hour). If you poured it into molds then just pop them out and enjoy, if you put it into a glass loaf pan run a clean paring knife around the edge and peel out the gummy sheet and either cut on a cutting board with a sharp knife or use kitchen shears, easy peasy!


Bone Broth Meatball Soup March 15, 2013

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meatball soup

Soup is a great, easy, cheap filling meal that gets veggie in your picky family (or picky self)

Kumquaty Meatball soup

1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp italian spice mix
1 tsp sea salt

2 quarts bone broth
3 carrots sliced
1/2 bag frozen peas
1/2 bag frozen green beans
2 packages beef boullion (i need to figure out how to make this myself)
1 cup homemade tomatoe sauce
4 garlic cloves sliced

Combine meatball ingredients and roll into small balls. Brown on med heat and set aside. Bring bone broth to a boil and add all soup ingredients bring to a simmer. Add meatballs and cook at a simmer for 40 mins until flavors are combined and meatballs are cooked all the way through.


I just opened an Etsy shop *woot* March 13, 2013

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So totally off topic from my normal recipes that I post. I am excited to say that I just opened my own etsy store! It’s my first attempt to sell my paintings to people besides friends and family. Woo-hoo!

Come visit my Kumquaty Etsy Store

and let me know what you think 🙂


Banana Pancake (grain free) March 11, 2013

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banana pancake

I had this one sad little banana on my counter (you know the ones that are barely recognizable because they are completely brown) and just got some local eggs yesterday and I had a sudden urge to try this recipe that I have seen floating around the web recently, 2 ingredient banana pancakes. It sounds good but I have been putting it off since my grain free cottage cheese pancakes were a fail (it does NOT taste like cheesecake I don’t care what anyone says)

Banana Pancakes

1 ripe banana mashed
2 eggs beaten

**So you can really stop there for a true 2 ingredient recipe but I like to add**

pinch sea salt
pinch cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp flaxseed

Just stir everything together. Heat up a skillet grease and fry these babies like regular pancakes. Just wait til the first side sets and you can flip it….easy….cheap…quick…and REALLLY good!

This recipe is all over the web so I don’t know who to thank for the original but the additional ingredient idea came from Skinny Confidential


Best Raw Kale Salad (Ever!) March 9, 2013

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A lady at work introduced me to this AWESOME kale salad from Good Housekeeping magazine. It’s the best way I have ever had kale. It’s healthy and satisfies the sweet and salty cravings which just makes me want to eat more kale! and that can’t be bad. I usually prep everything and toss the kale with the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and keep the “toppings” in a separate container and add right before I eat it. I also usually double the toppings because they are so good!

Good Housekeeping Kale Salad

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 bunch kale, chiffonade

1/2 cup pitted dates chopped
1/3 cup smoked almonds chopped
1/4 cup green olives sliced

Just toss everything together.


It’s BACON! March 7, 2013

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We have had Smithfield, Hormel, Gwaltney, Generic, and from the local farmers markets(I won’t touch Oscar Meyer just because it makes me think of bologna).


But my bacon connoisseur husband’s favorite is Applegate Sunday Bacon (Surprise! I didn’t really expect that). He likes his bacon cooked short of crisp. He says it loses all its flavor if you cook it until it’s completely crisp. And I like to pour the hot dripping into a container to store in the fridge and even the FAT is different from the other brands….it is smooth and silky even when cold…almost enough …..to spread on toast…. if I still ate toast 🙂

Applegate Sunday Bacon