Vegan Green Tea “HOMEMADE” Ice Cream

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Ah, work has worn me out.
Despite my full negativity post, I did get hired and it’s been almost 4 months since I started working.
One of many bad things is that I can only eat garbages. There’s no time to cook at home, and I’ve gained a lot.
A diet tip here: eat home cooked food.

So when I finally had some extra time to cook, I decided to make an ice cream because that’s the most sacred, satisfying, and necessary food if I have to choose only one food.

Although I’m not a vegan, I decided to make a vegan ice cream only because it’s so much lower in calories.
Plus, making it one of my favorite flavors green tea helps break down fat while detoxing my body.

As much as I love, adore ice cream, I’ve never made one. Never. At all.
So here’s how my creativity worked, very nicely.

1 can coconut Milk – unlike many other coconut based ice cream recipes, I just used the whole can rather than separating fat part of out milk. Not only it’s less calories than coconut fat ice cream, it’s faster and more convenient! You can just pour the can into the mix! I just walked down to wholefoods and got their store brand coconut milk. It doesn’t contain emulsifier and less fat than other brands.

1/4 cup green tea powder – I used “O’Sulloc Green Tea Powder.” (http://www.osulloc.com/productView.do?seq=84) Now, keep in mind that you need pure green tea powder, not those fake ones with sugar and other added sweets. O’Sulloc brand is not only 100% organic, but also the only tea brand/maker that’s HACCP certified.
I’ve seen a few U.S website that sells this. If not, you can always use other green tea powder but they won’t be as good as this one :b

1/4 cup of melted brown sugar – I was thinking about using agave syrup but I tried to use what I already have at home rather than shopping for ingredients. I melted brown sugar in a small pot with water until it becomes syrup-ish texture. I forgot to let it cool (told ya. It’s my first time making ice cream.) and mistakenly poured into the mixture but it was fine. 🙂

Super simple.
I just mixed all 3 ingredients in a bowl. Due to my super laziness, I didn’t want to pull out a hand mixer so I just whisked with a big spoon. It took a little while to melt green tea powder but worked just fine.
As I don’t have an ice cream machine, (ah, has this been agonizing me. Buy it or not to. That’s the problem.)
I poured the mixture into a rubbermaid plastic container and froze for an hour. (It’s a square, 5.2 cups size. The one you would pack your salad lunch to work)
After an hour, it was still runny a bit but I whisked it anyway. This is to put air into the mixture so it doesn’t freeze like a rock.

I was supposed to repeat this for at least 3 times until it becomes an ice cream texture but I had to go pick up my husband, then came home watched TV show, forgot, etc……

Next morning when I woke up, the first thing in my head was my ice cream.
I ran to the fridge, and it looked and felt like a rock…

I was going to let it sit in a room temperature a little bit, but couldn’t wait to try it.
I scraped it with a fork and it tasted unbelievable fantastic.
While I try to scrape a little more, it soon became softer and I was able to scoop out like a normal ice cream.
So there it is!

Next time, I’m gonna try soy milk based ice cream with chocolate powder. 🙂

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Cannot call my father father. Cannot call my brother brother.

galbi

I’m subscribing a monthly food magazine. I like this one because it explores diverse cuisines and has great columns on food trend, drinks, local spots, etc. It’s much better than other food magazines displaying same old generic recipes.

Last months, when I picked up the magazine from the mailbox, I was happy to find a Korean dish on the cover. It’s called Galbi Jjim which is marinated short rib stew with lots of spices and veggies that are good for the immune system. So it was perfect for their winter issue.
But when I read the article inside, I was disappointed that there’s no single word hinting that it’s a Korean dish or inspired by a Korean dish, especially considering the editor was a popular chef/food editor who’s a Korean-American.

The dish was named Short Rib Stew with Caramelized Kimchi, which translated fine but lacked the credit.

I emailed the magazine directing it to the editor and any other senior editors who finalized and approved the issue.
I got a response in a few weeks from the editor. She said the recipe was indeed Galbi jjim that she grew up eating. But the company often americanizes recipe titles for readers who may not be as knowledgeable or advanced in cooking. And they think that if readers see something familiar, they are more willing to try something new.
I had guessed this reason before emailing her. Yes, using a familiar name would be more comfortable for many readers. But this is not a Martha Stewart recipe magazine. It’s more for a food connoisseurs. They wouldn’t mind reading unfamiliar title of a dish, and trying to cook it. In fact, I’ve seen some recipes with its own name in this magazine.

So I emailed her back challenging more.

Readers have the right to know the origin of dish they cook. All I wished was to see one line that explained the dish is inspired by Korean Galbi Jjim so it actually introduces another great Korean cuisine other than Bulgogi and Bibimbap. While readers might guess it’s an Asian fusion dish because of Kimchi, they won’t necessarily know it’s actually Korean dish, which I think should be one of main points in the article – giving a good introduction of the dish.

When I look at other Asian cuisines, they usually use the name as it’s pronounced in their languages. For example, tom yum goong, Bánh mì, famous kung pao, and of course all Indian dishes, a lot of Japanese dishes Nigiri, Temaki, and even all sorts of sashimi(you don’t call it “cut raw fish,” do you?) ingredients such as maguro, tako, etc.
Although there’s usually an explanation of the dish is written in smaller fonts, notating the name in its original language is the least respect to the dish and great attempt to introduce the dish in the right way, just like all the French restaurants do.
In fact, a lot of French restaurants don’t even put explanatory tag lines!

If I saw a Persian dish in this magazine, for example, I would want to know that what I’m cooking is originally from Persia rather than guessing ‘it’s kind of an arabic food.’ And in a case like this, I recall that I usually saw a short line in an article, “This Arabic inspired dish is….” even if it had an Americanized name.

An old Korean fable similar to Robin Hood. This Korean Robin Hood was a stepson of a noble family and was forbidden to call his father father and call his brother brother. The infamous line “That I cannot call my father father, that I cannot call my brother brother…” is now used almost as a proverb for a unjust, unfair situation.

“That I cannot call Galbi Jjim Galbi Jjim…”