Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday's Meditation: Vacation and Food

 So technically we aren't on summer vacation yet, buuuuuuuut we do happen to have a nice long weekend and so far it has been fantastic!

We happen to have this lovely 5-day weekend because our schools are camping. That's right, students, teachers, etc... all camping for 3 days.  Can you imagine if we did that in the states? It would be madness! But they do this at least once a year! And it's not just our small island schools either...  last year our schools of 700/800 students did the same thing! Only the Principal, Vice Principal, and the homeroom teachers go.
Can you imagine... being the homeroom teacher? In charge of 30 some students for 3 days! I would kill them... and then myself. I think for the islands it's not so bad because there are under 20 students in each class and they are extremely well behaved. Our schools from last year on the other hand... there were a bunch of issues with drinking, smoking and all that jazz. I just can't imagine parents in the U.S. being ok with that teacher to student ratio.

Anyway, because our schools are off camping, we have some days off. So we've been cookin'!

I've been having fun with a few recipes lately and figured I might as well share the joy and deliciousness.

The first one we tried was a yummy muffin tin quiche/egg bake type thing.

Yes the picture does not make them look appetizing... But I don't know if egg ever looks appealing in photos.

Makes 9 Muffins
-6 eggs, beaten (you can use egg whites, egg beaters... but we aren't that fancy in Korea)
-1/2 a pepper chopped up
-1/2 an onion chopped
-2 cloves garlic minced
-2 Tbsp. Milk
-1/3 shredded cheddar cheese
-some bacon chopped up 

(you can also chop up mushrooms, spinach...basically any veggies you want)

Mix it all together and spoon into greased muffin tins.
Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes.

ENJOY!!! with a side of cinnamon toast and orange juice :)

The second on our cooking list  of greats is some yummy stir fry!

Look at all that color!!!! Gotta love those veggies!
The stir fry is pretty self explanatory... cut up a TON of veggies. In our mix we have....
peas, zucchini, red pepper, garlic, onion, and carrots. We also tend to add in bok choy if we have it or any other veggie that sounds good.

Saute the veggies in some EVOO and then we add in the brown rice

And then comes the sauce... which is the BEST PART!

Lemon/Lime Stir Fry

-1 tsp. flour
-40ml lemon juice/lime juice or both (our usual!)
-30 ml honey
-1 Garlic clove (can you tell we like garlic???)

Mix it all together then stir it in with the rice and veggies... simple and DELISH! We also usually add in some chicken, but tonight we decided to go all veggie much to Jon's chagrin.

I love this stir fry, it's zesty, fresh and just really summery feeling...

And the last on our list of yumminess....
A favorite summertime treat... POPSICLES!!!!!

We found these fun molds at the store for about $1... best dollar spent...EVER.  So now that we had the molds, I had to figure out how to make popsicles and what I should put in them. So here is what I came up with, again really simple but I need to experiment a little bit more.

The first is some refreshing pineapple/strawberry popsicles

Just add some 
-Frozen Strawberries
-Little milk

Blend away!!!! Pour into the molds and freeze! I think Next time I may add a little lemon/lime and maybe some honey or sugar to give it a little something more. But considering all of the scorchingly/humid days we've been having these have been amazing!

And the next was extremely simple
Pudding Pops!

I felt like a kid again :) Sorry for the blurry photo... trying to hold the D90 and get good lighting and taking the picture all at the same time doesn't exactly produce the best photos... but man that was a dang good popsicle :)

So that's what we've been up too. Lounging about, working out, and eating lots of fun things!

What are some of your favorite new recipes? We can ALWAYS use more ideas!!!


Anonymous said...

Those are all awesome recipes. I am for sure going to do the veggie stir fry so what is the 40 ml lemon juice equal to-tablespoons, 1/4 cup what?????? also the 30 ml of honey, you know I am cooking challanged Sara..HELP

Anonymous said...

I for one would like to be one of those home room teachers. Pay-back time! You, chop fire wood! You, pound those stakes in. You, turn those big rocks into little rocks!


The Stainbrooks said...

Eric- I'd have to say that I'm pretty interested to see how family camping trips go once the girls become teenagers :)