With Christmas only a week away, things are getting super busy around here, but in a good way! I’m the kind of person that needs to stay busy otherwise I’ll start going crazy, so I’m really grateful for that. I won’t have much of a social life until the end of this year, but I’m still trying to enjoy the holiday season as much as I can, and to stay present. I have to admit that I’ve never been good at balancing everything in life… but I’m learning. Maybe that will be my new year’s resolution- to be more balanced.
I love baking during this time of the year because I get to make everything look festive and christmassy. Even a little cheezy. The other week I baked this Christmas red velvet cake for Botton Cafe. I made the candy canes out of sugar fondant, instead of using the peppermint candies.
Stopped by High Street Market last week to make a delivery and thought I’d snap a photo of my vegan goods.
Now there’s also delicious gluten-free crackers and raw energy balls, made by Whole*istic, started up by Suzi Que. I finally got to meet her after sending FB messages back and forth, and she is indeed a lovely person and knows how to make delicious, healthy things.
Suzi was really generous and gave me a free package of black sesame-onion-chia crackers and some semi-dried tomato basil and sunflower seed dip to sample. Everything is made from scratch- she even dries her own tomatoes! I shared them at the Christmas party and everyone loved them. The crackers tasted like savory shortbread and it paired so well with the salty, nutty tomato dip. If I had a big tub of that dip, I would spread it on practically everything. :)
Thoroughly enjoyed. I haven’t had anything resembling lasagna is so long~~ and this was a yummy, healthy, vegan version. There were layers of mushrooms, cabbage, carrot and onions sauteed in coconut oil and tofu cream, in between sheets of tinkyada brown rice pasta.
This week, I had to say goodbye to a few friends who are leaving Korea. That’s one thing that sucks about having mostly foreign/English-speaking friends- eventually they all leave. :( I feel like I’m being left behind~~ waaaah. Well I guess I’ll just have to blog them back to Korea. During one of the farewell gatherings I had this hot mug of grapefruit juice. Bitter-sweet, indeed.
Another delicious lunch with some of my favorite people at Garobee buffet in Gangnam. They had a few new dishes that I hadn’t seen there before– all fantastic. *UPDATE March 11, 2014*** GAROBEE has closed. :(:(:(
Gnoa bought me these homemade orange chips at the new Marche that opens every first Saturday of the month by Hyehwa station. Had no idea you could make orange chips, and they were so delicious. They disappeared pretty quick.
Ok folks, that’s all for today. Must get back to work…. :) Stay warm and hug your family today.
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