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pork ball soup

I have a Korean friend who is an amazing cook – everything she throws together is delicious! I am constantly inspired by her. Here’s a dish that was partially inspired by a spicy beef dish she shared with Test Subject Bill and I not too long ago.

KKF Spicy Pork Balls with Ginger Garlic Broth

1 lb. ground pork

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 inch piece of ginger, 1 inch minced and 1 inch left whole

1/2 T fish sauce

1/2 T soy sauce

1 1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 package frozen spinach

handful of dried shiitake mushrooms, reconstituted with 1 1/2 c boiling water and sliced (reserve resulting broth)

2 quarts of chicken stock

2 big spoonfuls of Gochujang Hot Pepper Paste

soy sauce to taste

Bring stock to a boil with frozen spinach, 1 inch piece of whole ginger and 2 cloves of garlic. Add sliced shiitakes, gochujang and mushroom water. While stock is simmering, mix the pork, the rest of the minced garlic, minced ginger, fish sauce, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Form little meatballs with a melon baller and drop one by one into simmering stock. After the last one has gone in let it simmer for another 5 minutes or so until pork balls are cooked through. Add soy sauce to taste.

This turned out so well Test Subject Bill ate it until it gave him heartburn. That’s not recommended, but please do enjoy!

*Gochujang is Korean hot chili paste. It’s good for spicing up all kind of dishes and dipping sauces. You can get it at most Asian markets or via my Amazon link if you don’t have a store in your area. If you’re really lucky you have a Korean friend who makes her own and will share with you!

Gochujang Hot Pepper Paste

icecream

Low carbing? Good for you! Not impressed with the chemical crap storm nutritional composition of Atkins bars but still want a treat? Even better! You don’t have to subject yourself to those things to get a sweet fix of dessert! Try this next time – but do plan ahead. It’s best when it’s been in the freezer a few hours.

KKF Low-Carb Mocha Decadence Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream

4 raw egg yolks

2 tsp instant coffee granules

2-3 T cocoa powder (depending on how chocolately you want it)

9 packets powdered stevia

2 T vanilla vodka (AKA home made vanilla extract)*

Whisk the egg yolks until smooth, then add the cream, whisk well. Add the other ingredients slowly and whisk well until it is well combined. Whisk in the vodka. (This adds flavor but mostly keeps it soft enough to scoop when you pull it out of the freezer.) Put it in your ice cream maker (I have this one) and churn til nice and thick – I left mine for about 20 minutes.

FREAKING YUM. And the entire recipe has about 20 carbs. Not that I suggest you sit down and eat the whole thing in a sitting….

* I make this with the empty pods when I use the beans for something else. Once I’ve scraped the pods and used them for whatever else I was making, I stick the empty pods in a pint of vodka, stick it under the bar and forget about it. Works great and I made my vanilla beans pull double duty!

Brisket Insanity

So for all the recipes I try and food that I make at home, you would think that I’d done a brisket before.

Nope.

Not a single brisket had ever graced my freezer, refrigerator or oven…until today. Now all I can think about it how do I get me another one. I emailed my farmer and was like “Hey…yeah…how’s going? Brisket. Thanks for the beef last brisket. You have anything left in your brisket like maybe some brisket? HELP ME!”

I don’t even have a picture because it was gone in like 10 minutes. Moist, tender, savory, falling apart deliciousness. No sugar, too, which is awesome for low carbers! I used Tyler Florence’s recipe here. Only change I made is that I did not use carrots – celery and onion only – and I turned down the heat to about 300. The first time I basted it seemed too hot for me. So 300 for almost 4 hours was perfect.

The veggies were pretty dead by the end of the cooking time, so I just strained them out and chucked them. They were all they could be contributing to the sauce.

So get yourself a grass fed brisket and get on with it already! Don’t deprive yourself for years like I did. Take a lesson from KKF – neglecting brisket is a kung faux pas!!

 

KKF Easiest Pork Stir Fry

This was the simplest stir-fry ever and totally delicious. It’s perfect for two people. Give it a shot!

KKF Easiest Pork Stir Fry

1 T coconut oil
1 t red pepper flakes
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 to 1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
5 – 6 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
~3/4 lb sliced pork (I used loin)
splash of fish sauce
soy sauce to taste

Melt coconut oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Saute the garlic and red pepper flakes for a few minutes, then add the mushrooms. When the mushrooms are about half done, turn up to medium heat and add the pork and ginger. Stir constantly, ensuring that the pork pieces get cooked evenly. When the pork is almost done, add the red bell pepper. Let the pork finish up and then add the splash of fish sauce.

Plate it up and add soy sauce to personal taste.

You could serve rice with this, but if you are low-carbing it is perfectly delicious all on its own.

parmcrisp
Everyone should be making these yummy cheese crisps. I made them with parmesan (I bought it pre-shredded…shhh…) and they are beautiful and delicious. Since I used pre-shredded (that’s actual shredded parmesan, NOT the shelf-stable Krap Kraft pulverized stuff) it took me all of 15 minutes to make and that includes the time I spent savoring the first one.

Simply put, oil a piece of parchment on a baking sheet, take a tablespoon of shredded parmesan and make a little circle (I got 11 rounds on my sheet pan but probably could have gotten away with more since they don’t spread out much), bake them at 350 for about 6-7 minutes. (Recipe says 5-6 but mine took a little longer – just keep an eye on them.)

Unlike potato chips, these crisps are so satisfying you CAN eat just one…and not the whole bag!

Check out the original recipe here.

ppatties
Ah, yes, the commercials tell you eating these will make you think you’re skiing in the Alps, it’s brisk, it’s clean, it’s…corn syrup. Yeah. The ingredients of a York Peppermint Patty according to the Hershey’s website are: SUGAR; CORN SYRUP; SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE ( CHOCOLATE; SUGAR; COCOA; MILK FAT; COCOA BUTTER; SOY LECITHIN; PGPR, EMULSIFIER; VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR) ; INVERT SUGAR; EGG WHITES; OIL OF PEPPERMINT; MI LK

There are worse things, but I’ll pass. Good thing they are easy to make at home!

Hats off to This Chick Cooks for her peppermint patty recipe. Find it here.I followed her recipe to the letter and these are delicious. Only technique I changed a bit was that after putting the chocolate on the top and sides, I stuck them back in the freezer for a few minutes, flipped them and applied the chocolate to the bottom.

These treats are easy, delicious, and filled with the great health benefits of coconut oil. Get the facts here!

Tomato Candy!

Dehydrated Tomato Goodness

Dehydrated Tomato Goodness

For my birthday I finally bought myself something I’d been kicking around for several years but couldn’t bring myself to lay out the cash. A dehydrator. More on that to come in another post, but the giant metal monstrosity arrived and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I looked around my kitchen like a mad scientist thinking “what can I shrink??”

Those plump roma tomatoes caught my eye. Within moments they were sliced about 1/8 inch think and spread out on one of my racks. At 125 degrees and about 6 hours later, we had dehydrated tomatoes.

Test subject Bill was the first one to take a bit. He nodded approvingly and said, “It’s like candy!”

Tomato candy?

I took a bite. Indeed, the sweetness of the tomato had condensed into these slightly chewy little rounds of goodness. And now I know how to turn the world’s undercover fruit into a sweet snack!

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