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Kumquaty Immunity-smoothie June 4, 2013

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Not the prettiest picture but yum!…my lymph nodes were swollen so I decided I needed to try to take some preemptive measures…pretty tasty and certain to fry those germs

1 lb strawberries
1 lb ginger peeled
5 lemons squeezed
1 bag washed spinach
Enough water to get a drinkable texture
Honey to taste

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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 🙂

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Mee yuk Gook

1 package dried seaweed (image of the package is below)
1 whole chicken
water
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.