November 21, 2010

Facebook Hanbok Shop & Game

Hi there ^^
Well, sorry that I haven't been able to update any news on my blog. Cuz I was too busy go to doctor due to my breast fam and menorrhagia. I was so stressed up facing the fact that fam can lead to cancer but no need to worry anymore, the doc said I'll be okay after surgery...hohoho..really~ ♥

I postponed my campuss stuff too, all of it. At first I was getting worried that I'll be fail, But..oh well~ I have only one body so I'll just take a well rest for this week to cure myself from menorrhagia and prepape for fam removal surgery next week.

I eat well, rest well. But sickness comes one after another. I don't undertand = =a

Sooo well~~~ I was getting super bored, that I have to take a bedrest all over the day.
I played this game, it's really cuuuute~~~ ♥ ♥ ♥ hahaha... ( feel like I'm back to childhood times~)
mix & matc clothes, there's hanbok (which I really loved) too, you can choose accessories, make-up, contact lenses, eyeshadow, and even a lipgloss
Here's the link if you want to give it a try ^^

Korean Hanbok Dress Up < click here

I opened my hanbok shop recently too. It named before my blog~ Sparkle Hanbok Kimono Shop on facebook ^^
Here's some of my ready stock hanbok pic:

Oh well, I couln't upload all of them, sorry for spamming you with hanbok pics ^^ 
I think they're really beautiful^^

November 7, 2010

Kimchi Recipe: Kimchi Brings Health & Beautiful Skin

Hi everyone =)
Have you ever tasted famous Korean food kimchi? If you haven't then you should try it, Kimchi has a lot of good benefit both for health and skin beauty.

Recently, Kim Sung-Hoon, who chairs an upcoming Gwangju Kimchi Festival claimed that 'You know why there are so many beautiful women in Korea and Korean women have such smooth skin? It's because they have been grown on kimchi.' 
and 'If you want to age gracefully and have beautiful skin, eat Korean kimchi,' said Mr Kim, a former agriculture minister.

So I began searching for benefit of kimchi and found something that interesting.
The magazine Health named kimchi in its list of top five “World’s Healthiest Foods” for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly reducing cancer growth.

Garlic in kimchi is rich in selenium and acillin This trace mineral is a key ingredient in the process that keeps skin and hair healthy, thereby preventing wrinkles.It also prevents cholesterol platelets from adhering to artery walls.

Kimchi is rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, and iron.

There is basically a lot of way to made a kimchi. Some people prefer to use gochujang (fermented  red pepper paste), or just ordinary crushed red pepper flakes. So here is my recipe =D (learnt it from my umma)

First you must prepare all there ingredients ^^, and let's start the brining process~
1 Napa cabbage / Celery cabbage
a quarter cup of sea salt
a bowl (small) of water
The key of kimchi making is fermentation. and the fermentation will work out if you do proper brining process.

Chopped napa cabbage to bite-size pieces. Mixed a quarter cup of salt with a bowl of water untill all the salt dissolved well. Then pour the brine to freshly chopped napa cabbage. Make sure that all the brine is covering every side of the napa cabbage. Then leave at room temperature for 4-5 hours.
This brining process is important!  and make sure that you add an appropiate amount of salt, too much salt would makes the kimchi becomes so salty.

After wait for 4-5 hours. Wash the brined napa cabbage 3 times with clean water to deprive the salt.
And start to make a kimchi sauce:
1/2 Ripe Apple (peeled)
1/2 Ripe Pear  (peeled)
1/2 Onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic
a quarter cup of anchovy sauce or fish sauce (buy at K-market)
a quarter cup of ko choo kah rhoo (red pepper flakes)
1 tsp of sugar
1 tsp of minced ginger
a scallion

a concoction of apple and pear juice added natural sweetness to kimchi, and this is the secret recipe ^.<~
Put the apple, pear, onion, and  garlic to juicer and juice them well, don't add any water. and you will get something like this:

 Then, pour the red pepper flakes, minced ginger, chopped scallions, and fish sauce to pear and apple juice. Blend them well with a spoon.

You will get a reddish paste by now. Pour it to the brined napa cabbage.

Peoples choose to mix them with gloves, But I prefer to mix it with a spoon only. You can choose whatever you like^^ After all the mixture blended well. the kimchi making is over and you can start to taste it, if it becomes to salty, here is how to help out your kimchi:
Add one radish, finely chopped and blend them well again =)

And Tadaaaaaa~!
freshly homemade kimchi ready to eat ^^ or if you prefer to ferment it first it's ok :
To ferment: Put all your freshly made kimchi to a jar. Glass jar or plastic, or just tupperware is okay =) Be sure to cap the jar. Leave them for one days at room temperature before put it in fridge.
The kimchi will continue to ferment as you leave it in refrigerator. The longer it ferment, the more sour  it would get.

You can add kimchi as a sidedish on everymeal, or make kimchi as main ingredients for other recipe like kimchi-jigae or dokbokki kimchi. All is super delicious and spicy =)