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Squid Game Lunch Box

Squid Game Lunch Box

Netflix & Chill. This is my absolute favorite thing to do on a weekend especially when you feel drained all week. Just grab your remote and browse what’s new on Netflix. Two weeks ago, I happened to watch a new Korean drama series called Squid Game. 

Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Style

Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Style

Bulgogi (불고기) is a popular dish in South Korea usually made with expensive and tender cuts of beef such as sirloin or rib eye. Since I married a South Korean, my love for this dish just keeps growing.   Let me show you how to make 

Garlic Brazilian Cheese Bread

Garlic Brazilian Cheese Bread

Do you like garlic bread? I’m sure the answer is who doesn’t? I mean very few people will say no. It’s one of those breads that is hard to say no to especially when it’s *winking right in front of you. Am I right?! Serve it fresh from the oven, you’ll be left speechless. 

The best garlic cheese bread minus the gluten. Wait, is that even possible? Umm, Y-E-S! Tapioca flour or cassava flour is going to prove it. This type of flour is naturally gluten-free food that also serves as good source of calcium and iron. It contains zero saturated fat or cholesterol, essential health benefits that are worth mentioning to lower the risk of developing heart disease. 

 

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de queijo) is the most famous bread in Brazil. It’s like talking about pandesal in the Philippines that is eaten regularly for breakfast or snack. The big difference is that Brazilian bread uses tapioca flour (cassava flour) and mozzarella cheese as the main ingredients. It is also a lot quicker to make compared to pandesal that uses wheat flour because you don’t have to spend time waiting for the dough to rise to double its size. Picture below is how Philippines usually think of cassava. Making freshly grated cassava into a sweet dessert simply called cassava cake. 

Adventurous Appetite.

If  you’ve been following my food blogs, you’ll notice that I crave fusion foods that are sure to unlock your adventurous appetite. So, let me take your taste buds to Brazil. I’ve never been but I lived near New York City for quite sometime, that made me feel that I’ve been there. If you’ve been to NYC, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. 

Using a small ice cream scooper is also a good idea! I actually prefer this size. Just a warning, you’ll eat a lot of this in one seating. 

Garlic Brazilian Cheese Bread

Brazil's No.1 Bread with Garlic and Mozzarella.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Brazilian
Keyword: Brazilian Cheese Bread, Garlic bread, Garlic Cheese Bread, Pao de queijo
Servings: 4 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com

Equipment

  • 7 inch round pan

Ingredients

Brazilian Cheese Bread

  • 1 1/2 cup tapioca flour regular cassava flour not fermented
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup mild olive oil avoid extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium beaten egg
  • 1/2 tbsp fine salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded mozzarella avoid fresh mozzarellas

Garlic Spread

  • 3 garlic cloves or more if you like
  • 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tbsp parmigiano
  • fresh parsley eyeball it =)

Instructions

  • Leave butter out of the fridge to soften.
  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F / 200 °C.
  • Line your baking pan of choice with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, using a spatula, combine tapioca flour, milk, and olive oil.
  • This step is crucial. It will be hard at first but keep mixing until crumbly. It should not be too sticky and wet.
  • Add beaten egg and salt. Mix until free of lumps.
  • Add mozzarella. Using your hands, mix until smooth.
  • Grab a large ice cream scooper and start forming it into a large ball.
  • Arrange balls in baking pan.
  • For large bread, bake for 22-25 minutes. Small bread ~ 12-15 minutes.
  • While baking, make garlic spread. Start pressing garlic using a garlic press.
  • Finely chop fresh parsley.
  • Combine softened butter, pressed garlic, parmigiano, and parsley.
  • Mix until well incorporated and spreadable.
  • Spread on top of warm cheese bread.
  • Serve immediately and Enjoy!

Notes

TIPS:
  • I used store bought regular tapioca flour not the brazilian sour fermented tapioca starch (polvihlo azedo) . 
  • Notice that I didn't have to warm my liquids because it turned very wet when I did. Normal temp liquids work for this recipe.  
  • Use mild olive oil instead of extra virgin olive oil because the flavor is too strong. 
  • Use a spatula when mixing tapioca flour, oil, and milk. It will make it a lot easier to combine these ingredients.
  • For beginners, use finely shredded mozzarella. Avoid fresh mozzarellas because it's too moist. 
  • Experiment with different cheeses after your first try with mozzarella. So, you know your base. 
  • For convenience, wear disposable food prep gloves when it's time to mix everything with hands. 
  • Mix with your hands after adding cheese. This technique will ensure you that the cheese is well blended. 
  • You can bake these on a baking sheet and make smaller balls of bread. Please adjust baking time. (~12-15 minutes)
  • Always serve WARM fresh from the oven! It's really good with garlic!

WATCH Garlic Brazilian Cheese Bread Step-By-Step Video Tutorial:

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Cinnamon Onion Chicken Fajitas

Cinnamon Onion Chicken Fajitas

Who added cinnamon to onions for one amazing chicken fajitas? ->🙌<-  We were on vacation in Lauenen (20 minutes from Gstaad, Switzerland) when this idea came to me. We stayed in a superb Airbnb equipped with nice functional kitchen and I was like, that’s it! 

Zucchini Matcha Madeleines (French Style Cookies)

Zucchini Matcha Madeleines (French Style Cookies)

Curious?? I bet. You’re probably wondering if adding fresh veggie in your dessert will work and taste delish?? The answer is simple….it’s a big Y-E-S! It also took me by surprise. Thank God for zucchini’s mild flavor, you can barely feel its presence even though 

Savory Chicken Quinoa Porridge / Lugaw / Congee

Savory Chicken Quinoa Porridge / Lugaw / Congee

Craving for something healthy, hearty, and warm? First thing comes to mind is the traditional rice porridge also known as lugaw in Tagalog or congee in Chinese. I love eating this popular comfort food especially in a dull gloomy day. For this recipe, I used quinoa instead of rice. The result is as just as fabulous! 

Quinoa (left) vs. Rice (right)

I love both. However, there are times that I want to give my body a break from rice so I turn to quinoa which is great healthy alternative. Quinoa is technically a seed but has been popularized as a whole grain that contains beneficial proteins, minerals and fiber. It is gluten free like its competitor, rice. What else? It is higher in fiber content. One cup of quinoa contains 5 grams more fiber than white rice (Say “bye-bye, au revoir, adios, paalam” constipation!). It is also low in carbs and calories. Are these enough to convince you to try quinoa instead of rice, next time you make your favorite porridge? If not, scroll down for more enticing quinoa porridge pics.

GARNISH to IMPRESS!

I love decorating my food with something enticing and appealing. It just makes me happy. So, I’m a fan of using gorgeous microgreens as my garnish. The picture above is called red root sprouts and if you scroll down you’ll see another microgreens, I believe these are mustard sprouts. (I’ll double check the exact name, it just have a generic label “microgreen” on its package). 

Gorgeous Microgreens

In addition to being perfect decoration for your porridge, salad, soups, etc. It is full of nutrients, that can help detoxify the body, improve immune system, and activate normal digestive function. Before, I would only notice these beautiful microgreens in a five star restaurant, but nowadays, I see more and more of these being used by many people especially food vloggers online. I must say it is PRETTY amazing and HEALTHY! Of course! 

Quinoa Porridge | Lugaw | Congee

Try making your favorite porridge with quinoa instead of rice. The result is as just as fabulous!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Filipino
Keyword: Congee, Lugaw, Porridge, Quinoa, Quinoa Porridge
Servings: 4 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com

Ingredients

Quinoa

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2 tsp all natural vegetable bouillon powder
  • 2-3 splashes olive oil

Porridge

  • 1 medium onion
  • thumbsize fresh ginger
  • handful fresh parsley
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp all natural vegetable bouillon powder
  • cooked quinoa
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 4 cups water

Garnish

  • boiled eggs
  • microgreens
  • fried onion
  • black sesame seeds
  • fish sauce

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, add uncooked quinoa and rinse with water.
  • In a glass, add water, veggie bouillon, and olive oil. Mix.
  • Add water mixture into quinoa. Mix.
  • Let it boil.
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Set aside.
  • Chop onion.
  • Chop parsley.
  • Peel ginger and cut into thin strips.
  • Cut chicken into thin strips.
  • Add oil in a cooking pan.
  • Cook onion and let it sweat. Add veggie bouillon. Cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
  • Add ginger. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chicken. Cook until white in color.
  • Add water. Let it boil.
  • Add more veggie bouillon per your liking.
  • Add cooked quinoa. Mix.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add fresh spinach. Stir and DONE!
  • Decorate with your favorite garnish.

Notes

TIPS:
  • To avoid bland, flavorless quinoa, cook with some seasoning and olive oil.
  • If you're not a big fan of biting into chunks of ginger while eating porridge, it is best to cut it big enough that it is visible for your eyes to see, so you can take it out later.  
  • You can use any vegetables you like. (Carrots, celery, etc)
  • Do not overcook spinach. As soon as you see it wilt (soften). It's done. 
  • Don't forget to add fish sauce before eating. It's super tasty!
  • Be galant on your toppings. Boiled eggs, microgreens, fried onion, sesame seeds are highly recommended. Also, fish sauce! =)
  • Finally, if you're a visual person like me, watch the step-by-step video tutorial on youtube.

WATCH The QUINOA PORRIDGE Step-By-Step Video Tutorial:

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Hi and welcome to Gem Framboise!
My name is Dhin. I'm delighted that you are here to join me in cooking delicious food and baking adorable pastries. Working in the kitchen became my therapy when the pandemic struck all of us. Join me on my journey, one bite at a time.

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Turmeric Cheese Almond Flour Crackers

Turmeric Cheese Almond Flour Crackers

Are you craving for the all time favorite snack “cheez it” crackers but with a twist? I have a solution for that! I present to you my delicious and very satisfying crackers that are made of simple ingredients: almond flour, turmeric, cheddar cheese, and salt. 

Hawaiian Butter Mochi with Choco Surprise

Hawaiian Butter Mochi with Choco Surprise

In 2018, Cal and I had the best time in Oahu, HI. Aside from the endless sunshine and beach time, we fell in love with the Hawaiian cuisine especially the yummy butter mochi dessert.  PHOTO: Last day in HI, and we saw this sign on 

KFC HACK – Korean Style Fried Chicken

KFC HACK – Korean Style Fried Chicken

July 13, 2021

Hello everyone and special shoutout to my sore right arm. You ask why? Because, I finally received my second dose of Covid vaccine, 10 hours ago to be exact. I have to say I’m feeling okay but my husband Cal on the other hand had to take (already..tsk..tsk..) some pain/fever reducer medication to ease his discomfort. Me, I’m going to try to power through. I guess, my soreness is still bearable as I can still type and blog about my new and fun recipe for this week: KFC HACK – Korean Style Fried Chicken.

(pausing…feeling fatigued and chills all over my body….will pick up again tomorrow…*sigh)

July 14, 2021

After a full night of being wounded by the vaccine war. I apologize if I sound weird, it’s the vaccine talking. But, in all seriousness, we’re feeling a little better, thanks to paracetamol, we feel like ourselves again and pumped up to reveal the KFC Hack to you. It’s really no brainer. I just used KFC crispy finger lickin’ good hot wings to mirror the famous Korean style fried chicken without dreading to fry the chicken yourself. Plus, you can make your sauce according to your preference. That’s why I love this KFC Hack. I was able to customize the taste of my honey soy garlic and I must say the taste reminds of the popular Korean fried chicken restaurant in NYC. Super proud of it!

I absolutely despise frying food at home. I know it’s still fried after all and some might argue that it’s much healthier frying at home. But, hear me out, this hack is for occasional indulgence and if we’re not eating it so often enough, my logic was to make it easy on myself. Light bulb went off and I decided to do a KFC run with the fam-bam to meet our cravings. We got home with a bucket full of KFC wings and in under 5 minutes we will soon have the famous Korean style fried chicken in our hands.  

Can’t take my eyes off you! 

EASY KFC HACK - Korean Style Fried Chicken in Minutes!

Introducing the *NEW KFC HACK....the delicious sweet and savory KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN with tasty honey soy garlic sauce in 5 minutes. If you're like me who despise frying food at home but still wants an occasional treat of the famous Korean fried chicken. Look no further, I have a solution for that. I used the crispy, finger lickin' good KFC hot wings which cut your time in half when making the traditional korean fried chicken.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Korean
Keyword: KFC, KFC HACK, Korean Fried Chicken
Servings: 2 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com

Ingredients

  • 8-10 pieces KFC Wings
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp roasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp good honey
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp butter not margarine
  • ~5 dashes ginger powder
  • ~5 dashes mirin

Garnish

  • spring onion
  • black and white sesame seeds
  • fresh red chili optional

Instructions

  • Order KFC wings.
  • Prep your sauce starting with mincing the garlic.
  • In a small saucepan, add sesame oil.
  • Once oil is hot, add minced garlic. Cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add soy sauce. Stir.
  • Add honey. Stir well.
  • Add sugar. Cook until it dissolves.
  • Add ginger powder. When bubbles starts to form, lower your heat to avoid burning the sauce.
  • Add butter.
  • Finally, add mirin. Stir until it bubbles again.
  • Taste test.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Count 8-10 pieces of KFC wings and put in a bowl.
  • Pour sauce on top.
  • Gently toss the chicken.
  • Plate as you wish.
  • Garnish with spring onion, black and white sesame seeds, and fresh red chili.

Notes

Tips:
  • Order KFC wings same day you're eating it so it's nice and crispy. 
  • You can definitely use this sauce with other fried chicken
  • When making the sauce, you have to be careful not to burn it. Burnt honey is not appetizing at all. 
  • Use good real honey. Test the quality of your honey by pouring it in a glass of water. If it sinks, that means it's good honey. 
  • Always taste test when cooking so you can make necessary adjustments before serving. 
  • We love it with sushi rice. 
  • Finally, if you're a visual person like me, watch the step-by-step video tutorial on youtube. 

WATCH The KFC HACK Step-By-Step Video Tutorial:

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Hi and welcome to Gem Framboise!
My name is Dhin. I'm delighted that you are here to join me in cooking delicious food and baking adorable pastries. Working in the kitchen became my therapy when the pandemic struck all of us. Join me on my journey, one bite at a time.

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Chickpea Masala

Chickpea Masala

Chickpea Masala with Sushi Rice The most requested dish in our home (*drum roll please*) Chickpea Masala. I love making this for my family. It’s easy and full of health benefits. Starting with super spices, masala, curry and turmeric. I also used plant-based milk to