Recipe: Quinoa – a recipe and a realization

Quinoa. It started popping up all over appetizer and salad menus about 3 years ago. But I first came in contact with it six years ago because a Peruvian doctor at my mother’s practice told her it was a delicious super food. That’s when my mom started making it at home. Of course, my Korean mother pronounced it with a Korean twang, so I was afraid to say the word for a while. (Mom, don’t get mad)

Anyway, now that it’s ubiquitous, I eat it constantly. Being Asian, I also eat a lot of rice. So the idea dawned on me to make Japanese curry and serve it over quinoa instead of rice. I have to tell you, it’s lacking. Rice has a very specific chewy texture that I call the bounce-back factor. It kind of makes it feel like your teeth are bouncing off the rice grains. I know I sound crazy, but it’s a thing.

After that failed quinoa attempt, I didn’t try to substitute quinoa for rice again. Clearly, it was a traumatic experience.

However, I recently came upon some quinoa sushi handrolls at Sushi Samba. The rolls are not wrapped in seaweed, but rather, in soy paper. I don’t love the soy paper, but then again, if you are going to buy a quinoa handroll, you are likely not looking for a classic handroll.

The health nut in me was overjoyed by the opportunity to have a healthier hand roll. Eat rolls, don’t get rolls. I asked my dietician friend Jason Machowsky what he thought, since frankly I didn’t want to give you all a recipe that wasn’t as healthy as I thought.

Well, Jason told me,

“Quinoa is a great grain! It’s has one of the highest protein contents per serving of all the grains. It is a great source of fiber, some B-vitamins and a number of essential minerals. Despite its high nutrient content, quinoa also has a fair number of calories, with about 200 calories per cooked cup (the size of your fist). A little quinoa can go a long way.”

So now I can encourage you to make your own quinoa sushi handrolls and eat them too. If you don’t want to, head to Sushi Samba (yes, I know it was in Sex and the City and people think it’s just a scene. But I was pleasantly surprised. Hopefully, you will be, too.)

Now, as for the cooking, you can find pre-made eel sauce at most Asian markets, but I believe in making it from scratch. That said, if you want some shortcuts, just buy the pre-made eel, already sauced up.

Eel and Avocado Quinoa Hand Roll Recipe
INGREDIENTS:

• 2 slices freshwater eel, cooked (approximately 1.4 oz.)

• 0.2 oz. eel sauce (recipe below)

• 2 slices avocado, ripe/freshly sliced (approximately 0.7 oz.)

• 1.2 oz. red quinoa, cooked

• 1 piece soy paper (half cut)

EEL SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

• 1/2 cup soy sauce

• 1/2 cup white sugar

• 1/2 cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

• 2 tbsp. cornstarch

Heat soy sauce, sugar and mirin in a small saucepan over medium. Stir

until liquid is reduced to about 3/4 cup, add cornstarch until sauce thickens and

stir.

QUINOA INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup red quinoa (100% organic)

• 2 cups water

Heat water with quinoa in a medium sized pan. Cover and keep heat on

high until water is boiling, then turn heat to medium until water is absorbed. Total

boiling time is roughly 15 minutes.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Prepare to cut eel. Defrost the eel in its vacuum pack. Cut the eel in half lengthwise. Cut the cucumber into a piece that measures 1/8 – ¼ inch wide (sushi style).

2. Prepare avocado by cutting in half lengthwise. Twist the two halves until they separate. Cut the half into quarters. Cut off the ends, remove the skin and slice lengthwise into ¼ inch slices. Set the slices aside.

(You can include whatever else you’d like — scallion, carrot, zucchini, radish, magical jumping beans, butterbeer… etc. — to personalize your hand roll.)

3. Tear or cut the soy paper sheets in half. Hold a ½ sheet of soy paper with one side down in the palm of one hand.

4. Press quinoa into soy paper. Moisten your other hand with a little water and ball up the 1.2 oz. of prepared quinoa. Press it into the left side of the soy paper.

5. Lay vegetable filling and eel alongside quinoa. Tightly wrap the opposite right-hand edge around, using a folding and tucking method to create a cone shape with the filling on the inside.

6. Use a dab of quinoa on the corner to secure the inside edge of the soy paper to the outside of the cone.

7. Place on plate & garnish.

Obsessed. Quinoa Sushi Hand Rolls

So, I am obsessed with quinoa. Seriously, it’s like my crack.
It’s so good for you, and your body doesnt process it like it would a grain or starch.
Plus it does things like fight free radicals and supply amino acids.

Well… now Sushi Samba has come out with quinoa hand rolls.

You can pick from:
Sweet Chili Tuna scallion 8.00
Shrimp and Shishito cilantro, spicy mayo, red onion 8.00
Yasai avocado, snow pea shoot, sweet potato tempura, sweet soy 7.00

So obviously I wanted the recipe…
That will be coming soon 🙂

Korilla BBQ Korean galbi and bulgogi tacos FTW!

I did a piece about the Korilla BBQ taco truck for Memorial Day. We grilled up some Korean BBQ tacos in the NYC-classic food truck.

I had the best time putting together this piece, mainly because I ended up eating a ton of Korean/Mexican food. cheese+koreanbbq+kimchi+tortilla cant be beat. yumyumyum

Here’s the link!
Korilla BBQ for Memorial Day

Special thanks to Eddie Song and Paul Lee for doing the piece with me

I miss fashion week

Yes, yes I know that I am always running around and a crazy person during fashion week (and sometimes during not-fashion-week) But this photo by my amazing photographer friend has brought back memories. And now I want to see pretty clothing on the runway and designers yelling at makeup artists and models pretending to eat backstage.

And I’m obviously texting Anna Wintour. Duh.

(hehe)

Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes

First of all… I love that fashion is art and art inspires fashion and fashion and art can hold hands and skip across our world.

These custom-made Christian Louboutin pointe slippers are just gorgeous.

In other news, for mother’s day I bought my mom lunch.
For kicks, my mom and I bought me new Chanel shoes. I think I made out pretty well this mother’s day, despite not being a mom 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day to all! ❤

D-I-Y Finger Knit Pillow

Ok so i have about a ZILLION projects I need to do-myself.
But i love this one because it is just so simple and easy to do, and makes for such a sophisticated pillow!

You can finger knit the strips (or even better, get a bunch of friends/kids to help, bc that part is oh so much fun) then you just sew together into a pillowcase.

Brilliant

For the full tutorial, click here: http://www.designsponge.com/2012/05/diy-project-chunky-finger-knit-pillow.html#more-135627

Hanging out with Walter Baker

Had a great time with one of my fave designers, Walter Baker, last night.
I cover his collection every season during fashion week – and everyone knows his show is always a party – but the clothes are also lovely.
http://thewaltercollection.com/

Anyway, I’m obsessed with the yellow bowler bag in his new handbag line.

How cute is that?

Speaking of making flowers… Calla Lillies!

How flipping cute are these?!
with just some paper, string, and crepe paper you can make these gorgeous little flowers.

Just insert the small sliver of yellow crepe paper, fold the large paper around in lily shape, then as you make more, staple them all together.
finally, add a green leaf, punch a hole through it all, and tie with a ribbon. what a pretty adornment to any given package!

Mother’s Day Gifts!

I shot a segment today with In Touch Weekly’s Noah Levy about some awesome mother’s day gifts.

The best thing is, I got some discount codes out of it – so I am happy to share with you guys who want to save some $

Heres the complete list of all the gifts WITH SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODES
Andaz Hotel and Spa – $65 cucumber melon body scrub. And an extra 10% for the month of May in honor of all mothers. When booking, mention NY1 for the discount. www.andaz.com

Mario Badescu Skincare – $65 Basic European Facial for Mom http://www.mariobadescu.com

Phytomer Skin and Body – Oligomer Well-Being Duo Shower and Body Cream with a 20% savings retailing for $77. Now through mother’s day, if you order $100 or more on www.lespausa.com you’ll receive a FREE silk robe.

Annieglass “Text” Collection Glass Letters – $50 per letter, handmade in California. www.annieglass.com

Harney & Sons – $29 Tea and Cookies for Mom. The SoHo store is located at 433 Broome St. www.harneyandsons.com (212) 933-4853.

Tavalon Tea – $50 Mother’s Day Sampler Gift Set Deluxe includes a Gift Set of 3 teas and a Tea Pot www.tavalon.com

Allison Parris Fashion – $75 Chain Belt with Grosgrain Ribbon. NY1 viewers get 50% off through mother’s day with code “NY1” at check out. http://www.allisonparris.com/

Of A Kind – $80 Gemini Pouches and $98 Catch All Totes http://ofakind.com