Jac o' lyn Murphy

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The perfect egg - Korean Home Cooking


My family definitely takes advantage of all of the ethnic cuisines 
that surround us in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We love exploring new foods and learning more about their cultures.
We rarely make Korean food at home, mainly because of a lack of knowledge so I was thrilled to be given an advanced copy of the new Korean Home Cooking cookbook.

It is a beautiful, informative book, full of wonderful recipes.
I had one thing in mind as I first thumbed through my copy however.
I want a foolproof way to make the ultimate soft boiled egg 
to top Asian noodle dishes such as udon and ramen.  
My son and I have always marveled how they are always so perfect in restaurants.
Not too runny because that would be overbearing, not too hard because that wouldn't give the dish the silky, creamy touch that we love so much.
Well... I found the holy grail!

So simple, so pure, so beautiful...

Why does it make me so happy?
This cookbook showed me so many interesting ways not only to use soft boiled eggs, but kimchi and included  techniques and ingredients I was not familiar with but am so excited to try.
It is an amazing culinary excursion without leaving your house.

I suggest a big bowl of noodles topped with an egg as you start your Korean adventure...

The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

Bring a small pot of water to boil.  Gently drop in the eggs and boil for 7 minutes.  Remove the eggs from the pot and cover with cold water, cracking them gently against the side of the pot so that their shells break slightly.  Then get noodles ready, peel eggs and slice to top on ramen or udon.



Thank you to ABRAMS Books for sponsoring this post and for sending me an advanced copy of Korean Home Cooking.  I am party of the ABRAMS Dinner Party so there will be more wonderful recipes to come.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Easy DIY Paper Flowers for a Lucky Day of the Dead

I love what Día de Muertos celebrates.
In the annual Mexican celebration, the Day of the Dead 
is a time when families gather to honor and remember deceased loved ones. 
It is festive and joyful.
When I saw the recent California Lottery Scratcher game I had to laugh.
How did they know that playing the lottery is one of my favorite memories of so many relatives?

So we are focusing our memorial celebration
on lucky tickets and vibrant tissue flowers!


The flowers are so fun and easy to make,
you can have a colorful cluster of them in no time.

Simply stack colorful tissue paper about 8 pieces thick 
and cut through with a scalloped paper punch.
(mine is 3.5" in diameter but you could use any size)


Then gather 5 or 6 of them that you would like for one flower...

Carefully hot glue each layer together in the center and stack on top of each other...
(you could use regular glue also but I like hot glue because it takes very little time to dry,
doesn't bleed and really holds the paper together.

Wait until glue sets and then from the top layer start to crumple the paper inward...

go layer by layer until...

it looks like this...

then fluff the layers out...


Here's to hoping our ancestors can help us win those big bucks...

Imagine what next year's celebration will be like if we win!



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Halloween Stem-ware


It's just not fair.
The big, beautiful orange gourd of the pumpkin gets all the glory.
It is what you notice first, what gets carved and decorated.
But what about the stem?  It is the pumpkin's life line, does all the work helping it grow,
and gets NO respect...
until now!

Introducing Halloween a few taSTEMakers that will stand out at the pumpkin patch...

Give your pumpkin a greeting!
This long, lean, straight stem was begging for a flag to wave in the October air.

Make your pumpkin GOURD-ous!
This perfectly curved stem was crying out for chamomile.
I hot glued them on and she was ready for her close-up.

Happy Halloween

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