Ever since I moved to New York City from San Francisco I had the mindset of not ever going back home during the holidays.
Well… for 1: the chaotic travel that one would have to endure during a 6 hour flight; traffic, long lines, delayed flights! and 2: the constant hustle and bustle of trying to see every loved one back at home.
But after 4 years of avoiding the horrible holiday journey of going back home… I couldn’t resist my Mom’s request… “It would be nice to have all my children together for Thanksgiving… why don’t you fly out and spend it with us this year?”
So… off to Northern Cali I went!
For Thanksgiving I contributed quiches. My brother & Blair were kind enough to get the ingredients that I needed for both quiches: the Bacon Creme Fraiche & Garden Fare.
Prepping the Garden Variety…
Rolling out the puff pastry for the veggies and cream…
Tadah…. Garden Variety!
Now for the bacon…
Tadah…. Bacon Creme Fraiche!
They were both a hit. But the bacon more so than the veggie.
No wonder there!
KIMCHI FRIED RICE
Tonight’s dinner was quick and easy. Because I always have an ample supply of Kimchi in my fridge and I’m never out of rice, I decided to combine the two Asian staples and make Kimchi Fried Rice!
Kimchi is a popular Korean dish made of fermented vegetables and seasonings. The main vegetable used is the baechu (napa cabbage). Did you know that Kimchi is not only tasty but also pretty healthy for you? I was recently researching on foods that have probiotics and kimchi is listed as one of the top foods that have them. It contains lactic acid bacteria like lactobacillus kimchii. This bacteria helps surpress the growth of dangerous bacteria by promoting the health of our digestive tracts. Kimchi also helps reduce indigestion and gas. Most importantly, it helps you feel less hungry!
Anyhow… I whipped this up in about 20 minutes. I fried the kimchi and rice together. You can add your choice of meat: chicken, beef, pork. For this evening’s dinner I chose bacon! My friend, Jenna, likes hers with SPAM.
Once I finished cooking and mixing everything together, I topped my dinner off with a sunny side up egg. I love breaking into the egg and having that yellow gooeyness drip all over the fried rice!