Friday Family Dinner-Cajun Shrimp and Rice

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After the delicious snack that was the bulgogi kimchi nachos my brothers and mom were asking me what I was going to make next.  I was actually very confused on what I should make, I usually enjoy a lot of Asian foods but my family doesn’t even want to try it so I knew that was out of the question and I didn’t know where to begin looking for a recipe to make.  What I did know however, was that I didn’t want to make anything that my mom makes a lot of. This included things like tacos, soups, and rices. Obviously things didn’t go as planned since I ended up making rice but with a little twist.

Since I usually procrastinate until the last minute I was up on Friday morning looking for some recipes to make and after hours of looking for a recipe (I actually spent more time watching YouTube videos then I did looking for recipes if I’m completely honest) I found a great Cajun Shrimp and Rice recipe to try.  The recipe looked simple enough to make and I already had quite a few of the ingredients at home so I decided to go the easy route and make this instead of something completely new. I also made this since my family really likes seafood and is always ok with food that has shrimp, I mean one of our favorite foods as a family is my dads ceviche we always make a big batch of it and it doesn’t last more than a day.  Anyways back to the rice I wanted to make a side salad with this recipe but decided against it because I knew that once my brothers saw that they wouldn’t even want to have anything else so I made the rice and added some cucumber slices with lemon on top since that’s one of their favorite snacks of all time.

All in all this recipe was super easy to make it only took about half an hour to make this and that was mostly because I get sidetracked easily and spent a lot of time washing my hands after changing the songs on Spotify. The recipe was well written and easy to follow I mean it did come from Food Network after all.  The best part is that I was right my brothers and parents really enjoyed this recipe.  Both of my brothers got seconds and also had some the next day. It says that it was enough for four people and since my mom didn’t eat much the day I made it but ate on the second day there was definitely enough food to go around for us. I think the only thing I would maybe change about this recipe is putting a little less parsley in, I’m not sure if it was because I’m not used to the taste of parsley or if the pieces I put in were too big but the parsley was a little overpowering for me at some points but other than that the food was delicious and I will definitely have this in my recipe book to make sometime soon.

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Friday Family Dinner

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For the past few weeks I’ve been in charge of making some sort of meal for my family on Fridays, mostly my mom, dad, sister and I since my brothers usually eat outside.  I was given this task since my mom gets very stressed out about making the same meals over and over again and my family was getting tired of eating that same things over and over as well.

This all began when the Copa Centenaria was being played and I made  a delicious snack for my family to enjoy.  I honestly didn’t think anyone besides me was going to enjoy the Kimchi Bulgogi Nachos but was pleasantly surprised when my dad and one of my brothers ate a majority of the nachos. My mom doesn’t like Kimchi or sweet sauces like the bulgogi sauce that was used so she didn’t even want to try the food, but seeing my dad and brothers reaction she joked that I should be in charge of cooking on the weekends.  I compromised that I would cook on Fridays since I don’t work on those days and also most weekends we are out at family parties, simple family gatherings, and just plain eating at fast food places or restaurants that my dad likes so I didn’t want to adhere to a three day cooking schedule when most weekends three days wouldn’t even be available.   Since then I’ve been cooking every single Friday a different type of food and so far it seems that it’s going well for me.

I am going to let you know that I am by no means a cook.  If I’m being completely honest this is the first time that I’ve been in the kitchen for more than an hour at a time. I mean I help out my mom when she cooks but only with a few simple tasks like chopping vegetables or making sure things don’t get burned once they’re in the pots and pans while she’s out doing something else but I’ve never been in charge of doing a complete meal until the last few weeks.

Like I said the first meal/snack I made were some Kimchi Bulgogi Nachos from the awesome Closet Cooking website.  When I first saw this recipe I thought it would be a hard recipe since it said to make the bulgogi sauce but at the bottom I saw that you can replace it with a store bought brand and so I decided to do that.  Mostly because I wasn’t sure I could make the bulgogi sauce from scratch and also to save me some time since I really wanted to watch the games with my family. Since I bought the bulgogi sauce and I already had some leftover Kimchi from some Kimchi fried rice before it was a very easy recipe to complete.  All in all I think it took about half an hour to 45 minutes to complete since I took a few shortcuts as I mentioned before.  This recipe was super easy to assemble and delicious to eat.  I highly recommend going through the Closet Cooking website and looking for other recipes.  I spent quite a bit of time going through the website finding other recipes that I want to make for my family later on and already have quite a few saved on my laptop to make later on.

I will keep updating with the new recipes I try out and seeing what works for a total newbie in the kitchen like myself and what really doesn’t.

South Korea

At the end of last year I made a blog post with my bucket list dreams and I’ve decided that having things written out really makes the dream come alive again. So in order to continue with those dreams I’m going to make a new section for the reasons why I want to go visit a certain part of the world.  First up as we can all see is South Korea.

Now I know that South Korea is one of those places that a lot of different people want to visit not only for the beauty of the country but because of the great shopping in areas like Myeongdong and Dongdaemun where they have a lot of shops, or the awesome food like bibimbap or bulgogi, and also obviously the boom of the Hallyu Wave.  Honestly speaking I would love to go for the awesome food and the great photography you would be able to get not only in cities like Seoul or Busan but also in the countryside.

I’ve been interested in visiting South Korea ever since I listened to some kpop back in around 2006/07 and then found that the sense of humor on variety shows was exactly my type o humor.  Due to watching so many variety shows I’ve seen quite a few different parts of South Korea in shows like 1 Night 2 Days and a bit on shows like Cool Kiz on the Block which both can be found on the KBS World Youtube Channel.   Watching these shows and seeing so many different parts of the country already laid out with some of the best available has made South Korea one of my top places I’d love to travel to.

Earlier I mentioned the food right? Don’t even get me started on why I want to go and try the food.  As I live in the United States I’ve been able to get a small sense of what some of the food tastes like, obviously it’s not exactly how it would be in South Korea due to the different ingredients that they would have available and also that fact that when you’re in a new place the food always tastes so much better than whatever you may have tried at home. I’ve often found myself looking up some of the recipes I’ve tasted in restaurants here at home, but have never honestly made it past some Kimchi Fried Rice and bibimbap which are foods that can be made fairly easily and promptly.  I mostly don’t try the more aggressive recipes since I’m not that much of  a cook anyway and I’m scared that I’ll mess up trying to make the food and then it’ll ruin my chances of trying said food again.

One day I’ll be able to go and eat all the food that I want to eat and see some amazing sights.