March 29, 2015

Hamburger Steak

Tried out making hamburger steak! It's pretty convenient meal to make if you don't mind eating again on following day because you can have so much leftover. You can use the same burger mix as donut burger I made while back

Hamburger Steak

Hamburger Steak
- 1 box of mushroom, chopped

Sauce:
- 1/2 cup mirin
- 3 tbsp soy sauce or katsu sauce
- 1 tbsp kitchup
- 1 cup water

Burger mix:
 - 2 pound ground beef
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4cup dry bread crumbs/panko
- 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, grated
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper

1. Make burger patty about 3inch wide and 1.5cm thickness. Press down the center of the patty to make the middle thinner than outside so the patty cooks evenly.
*Make many patties as you can. 4 will be used for this recipe, rest can be wrapped and leave them in fridge for next day or freeze them.

2. In a medium sauce pan ( preferably with lid ) with oil coated at med-high heat, lay 4 patties and grill until once side is brown.

3. Flip over the patties, add mushrooms in the pan filling the gap and then pour the sauce.

4. Let the sauce bubble and then reduce the heat to med-low or medium to simmer for 5-8min or until the sauce thickens. Check occasionally. If the sauce is thickening too fast, remove the lid and simmer. 

5. Pull out the hamburgers and place them on a plate. Then pour the sauce and mushroom on top. Serve with your favorite side dish.

Hamburger Steak

March 22, 2015

Ceiling Fans

You can decorate your ceiling fans with a touch of color on the tip. When I turn on the fan, it reminds me of propeller that I tend to be amused by the color and design

dipped

Very simple process, just dip the ends of the fan into bucket of paint. Use a brush to brush off excess paint.
Used green for master bed room and blue for the studio.

dipped

dipped

dipped

March 15, 2015

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

Few month ago, I was looking at a menu at Liberty Noodle in Eaton Center's food court. The dish that caught my eyes was their Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice( with edamame beans and a sriracha-honey drizzle).

Why not try making your own?
There's so many possibility with this recipe based on your preference. Add more bacon if 5 strips isn't enough!

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

- 5 strips of bacon, chopped
- 1 bag of frozen edamame, boiled
- 1 package of oyster mushroom, sliced
- 1-2 pack of your favorite kimchi
- 1.5-2 cups of rice
- 1 cup of cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup of green onion, chopped
- 1-2 eggs, sunny side up
- 1 tbsp, sriracha sauce
- 1 tbsp, honey

1. Cook the rice with rice cooker.
2. In medium pot, boil water with salt following direction from the package of frozen edamame. Leave the beans aside. During boiling process, mix sriracha sauce and honey together in a small bowl and set aside.
3. In large skillet pan, cook the bacon until nice and crispy, set aside. Remove oil if there's too much in the pan. In the same pan, add oyster mushroom and cook it until it's nice and brown.
4. Add edamame beans, bacon, green onion, and kimchi and stir fry until the flavor comes together for 5 min at medium heat.
5. During that time, make sunny side up egg with another small pan.
6. Add rice to the stir fry and mix well together. (Add more kimchi if you want more spice and kimchi flavor.)
7. Pour the fried rice in a bowl, lay egg in the center, drizzle sriracha honey sauce, then garnish with cilantro. 

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

March 8, 2015

Kitchen Shelves

A little idea you can do to decorate your kitchen. I added 2 wall shelves so I can have more space to put away my kitchen supplies.  I've stained the wood to match with my counter and bought shelf brackets at IKEA.

The wall is painted with chalkboard paint that I painted when I first moved here. I found this cute wire frame "YUM" sign at Target that I would love to use it in the kitchen.

Materials:
- White paint- Paint brush
- 4pc, $2 natural wood brackets from IKEA
- 6pc, $1 soft rubber screw hooks from Dollerama
- 2pc, 1x8x4 knotty pine wood from Home Depot
- Minwax Wood Finish - Golden Oak 210B
- 8pc, screws
- 4pc, screws

Kitchen Shelves  

[photo below]
Before: The wall was blank after finished painting with Chalkboard paint. Tim drew out pots, pan, dishes, and cups to make the place more interesting while we were deciding on shelving.

Kitchen Shelves

[photo below]
This sign was bought as black sign, it was on sale at Target for $9 so I spend the time to change the color to white.

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves

[photo below] 
For these brackets, you can actually buy white brackets for $4 to save time but I wanted to use up left over white paint that I didn't want to waste so I purposely bought $2 natural wood brackets(and it was cheaper!).

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves 
 
Kitchen Shelves 
 
Kitchen Shelves

March 1, 2015

Sunday Ice Fishing

Had chilling morning went out to go ice fishing with my fishing buddy. It was my first time ice fishing where didn't have huts, pre-drilled holes or any other equipments provided. The weather was perfect to fish sitting under the sun that kept me warm throughout the day.

The snow you see in the photo are huts and people on the lake. It was fascinating to see snow pressure crack where you can see the ice through the crack. 

It was my first time using auger to drill a hole to fish. Easy to use and fun, it felt like larger scale of sharpening a pencil. It was definitely more fun to bring in your own auger, walk around and pick a spot to drill a hole that you guess where fish will be.

I'm still wondering if buying ice fishing rod is necessary when you can probably make something similar to kite spool to ice fish.  

Sunday Ice Fishing

Sunday Ice Fishing

Sunday Ice Fishing

Sunday Ice Fishing

Sunday Ice Fishing

Sunday Ice Fishing

Sunday Ice Fishing

Sunday Ice Fishing
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