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Korean Beef

MarinatingKoreanBeefMy friend and co-worker Stacy J gave me this Korean Beef recipe.  My family loves this sweet and spicy favourite, so as a treat, I no longer reduce the Brown Sugar/Honey.

Basically it’s 1 part Soy: Sugar: Water with Garlic, grated Onion, lots of Black Pepper and Sesame Seed Oil.

I’ve added Ginger, Cilantro and some heat.  Sometimes a shot of Fish Sauce.  Of course,  I sub out Soya Sauce with either San-J Organic Sodium-Reduced Tamari, Coconut Liquid Aminos or Bragg’s GF All Purpose Liquid Soy Seasoning.

Beef Short Ribs LA Cut You can buy the LA cut of Beef Short Ribs at Asian stores such as H-Mart or TNT Supermarket.  Beautiful marbling ! But if you’re on a budget like us, we use tough ol’ Blade Steak, a whole warehouse pack and use a whole mashed Kiwi.  Throw surplus Kiwi in the freezer for this purpose.   It’s got to be Green because a co-worker of mine used Yellow Kiwis and they’re still chewin’ on it ! No Kiwi on hand try Pineapple…some Koreans use grated Apple or Pear too.

Occasionally, I’ll strain and boil up the marinade, then thicken with Tapioca Starch Slurry.  If you’re not avoiding Corn like me, Cornstarch works better.

 


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Umami Burgers with Pickled Radishes and Miso Mayonnaise

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Tired of the same old, same old hamburger ?  I’ve merged these two recipes to make our Go To Burger, Umami Burgers

Korean BBQ Hamburgers with Pickled Radishes and Miso Mayonnaise (PDF) plus the Shiitake Mushrooms, Cilantro, Chinese Five Spice found in the Gluten-Free Asian Beef Burger with Tomato-Garlic Jam (PDF) then added a bit of heat and a dash of Fish Sauce, UMAMI! Note there is no MSG.  These are great on gfJules Hamburger Buns or Rebecca’s GF  Buttermilk HB Buns.  No time to proof yeast raised buns ?  Try these GF Hamburger-Sandwich Buns

Short Cuts:  I love burgers and have them for lunch whenever there aren’t any leftovers to eat. When I’m in a hurry, I grab a grass-fed beef patty from the freezer, quickly sear then top with some carmelized balsamic onions and sautéed mushrooms.  I split a GF Potato HB Bun (from the Healthy Monkey Cafe) and dress with unsalted butter, Chipotle Dressing*, Miso Mayo* and Dalla Terra Mediterranean Antipasto.  Pop it in the oven until warm and crispy. Place the patty and vegetables on the bun, garnish with sliced avocado and carmelized red pepper.  My version of a Triple-O burger.

*For quick plating, I pour the homemade condiments in a squeeze bottle.  Make small amounts as it gets runny in the fridge.  No time to measure ? just spread Miso Paste sparingly on the bun and squirt some Sriracha on top, mayo and hot dog relish on the other side.


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Sweet and Sour Pork III

1000 folks tried Sweet and Sour Pork III on AllRecipes.com and I agree with their high rating.  There’s quite a few steps but it’s worth the effort.  To healthify it, I only use enough Oil in a PFOA-free pan to sear the Pork.   I add more colourful veggies and replace some of the Sugar with Erythritol and Green Stevia…no one was the wiser.

If you like umami, add a touch of Fish Sauce when seasoning the meat.  For more heat, add minced Jalapeno Pepper.

Serve over Chinese Rice Pilaf, garnish with toasted Sesame Seeds and Cilantro.


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Buttermilk Hamburger Buns

We used to buy our beloved Gluten Free Potato Hamburger Buns  and Bison Burgers from the Healthy Monkey Cafe when we lived on the Coast.  Now the new menu indicates that there are traces of FLOUR in addition to Potato Flour…soooo disappointing, what betrayal.  When my Hubby said a clerk informed him of this…I was in utter disbelief, now it’s in Black and White on their menu.

Bun Rings

Wilton spring form pans, tuna and salmon tins

Well, here’s the Bridesmaid’s choice, Buttermilk HB Buns, that I found in a Gluten Free & More Magazine.  Ginger, Baking Powder on top of lots of Yeast caught my eye.   You need to make Rebecca Reilly’s GF Flour Blend first.  Its a pain pulling out my mix master, so I just activate the yeast and mix by hand instead.

I divide the batter into 6 Wilton mini springform pans and sometimes Tuna or Salmon tins.   They rise well using my oven’s Bread Proofing setting.  Hubby likes to split and toast the buns for his Eggwiches & Hamburgers. It has a biscuit-like texture great for sopping up stew.  For softer buns, try gfJules Hamburger Buns.  No time to proof yeast buns, try Hamburger-Sandwich Buns.

Rebeccas GF HB Buns

 


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Black Bean Chicken

Black Bean Drumsticks

Black Bean Drumsticks

Black Bean Chicken offers a really unique taste from a very simple marinade.   You can find these pungent, fermented Beans at oriental grocers or in the international section of your big chain stores.  Both brands below are under 4 bucks.  A little goes a long way.

Black Beans

Black Bean Drumsticks

You can go with the basics:  Chicken Legs, Black Beans, Tamari, Green Onions, Garlic & Ginger OR go all out and add Sesame Seed Oil, Fish Sauce, Cilantro, Citrus Zest and Heat – Jalapenos or Chili Flakes.

BlackBeanChickenIngredients

BlackBeanChickenIngredients


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Gluten Free Grain Free Pumpkin Pie

GF Pumpkin Pie

GF Pumpkin Pie

Pies are usually time-consuming and tedious.  I hate making pastry.  So I found this recipe intriguing because you can run all the ingredients in the food processor for both the crust and filling.  Plus it’s the only pumpkin dessert recipe that uses fresh grated Ginger.  I saved more time by using Blanched Almond Flour.  My hubby found it too sweet. So for the second try I added Cinnamon to the crust, then replaced the Cane Sugar with less Coconut Sugar and Green Stevia.  Try the original or  my version of A Humble Place’s Gluten Free Grain Free Pumpkin Pie

GF Pumpkin Pie

GF Pumpkin Pie


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Korean BBQ Hamburgers with Pickled Radishes and Miso Mayonnaise

 

Korean BBQ Hamburgers with Pickled Radishes and Miso Mayonnaise

Korean BBQ Hamburgers with Pickled Radishes and Miso Mayonnaise

Tired of the same old, same old hamburger ?  This Korean version has unique flavor combinations with sour pickled veggies and salty-sweet-spicy Miso Mayonnaise. Try this Panning the Globe Cooking Light 2007 recipe link or Korean BBQ Hamburgers with Pickled Radishes and Miso Mayonnaise (PDF)

I love burgers and have them for lunch whenever there aren’t any leftovers to eat. When I’m in a hurry, I grab a grass-fed beef patty from the freezer, quickly sear with some sliced onions and mushrooms.  I split a GF Potato HB Bun (from the Healthy Monkey) and dress with Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Chipotle Dressing*, Miso Mayo* and Dalla Terra Mediterranean Antipasto.  Pop it in the oven until warm and crispy. Place the patty and sauteed vegetables on the bun, garnish with sliced avocado.  My version of a Triple-O burger.

*For quick plating, I pour the homemade condiments in a squeeze bottle.