5 Favorites from January 2020: Sourdoughnuts, Pocket Coffee, and More

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So many things happened in January 2020. It’s almost enough for half a year’s worth of newsworthy events! Adding all the personal family issues I have been dealing with lately, the old me probably would’ve had a nervous breakdown. But thanks to all the emotional beating I got from 2019, I seem to have toughened up some. Psychologically, I am doing a lot better than I expected. I am not as affected emotionally as I used to be. I am managing to see the silver lining a lot more clearly than I expected as well. But a little boost in endorphins always help in most situations, so this “happy list” of mine is making a return trip to the blog.

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I’ve never been consistent with these favorites lists, but I figured this is a really good way for me to sit down and look back on the food-related things that kept my spirits up the past month. This is kind of like that daily exercise where you write down 3 things that made you happy for that particular day, except it’s a monthly thing so I have some time to sift through my thoughts. (I feel like I would totally fail at the daily thing!) I always think writing this kind of post is nice, because you realize there are more things that make you smile than you initially thought. Anyway, enough with the drama, let’s move on to my favorites for January 2020!

Some Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies to wish you a Merry Christmas

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I’m sure you’ve heard these words uttered so many times already, but I cannot believe another year has sped right past! I also can’t believe I only have these Chewy Molasses Cookies to celebrate the Christmas season with. Or well, actually I CAN believe it, since I didn’t bake anything for Christmas lol. In some ways this year is a bit more productive than 2018, and I suppose I have more behind the scene learnings as well, but I am not satisfied with the small quantity of posts I managed to churn out. Instead of growing my blog, I seem to be shrinking it as the years pass. It makes me a little sad, and also, rather motivated to do better.

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I’ve been more prone to giving in to a sense of laziness this year, brought on by a fatigue that I can’t seem to shake off my bones. Anyway, there has been a bit of an upturn in the last few weeks. I have been on a blog planning rampage for 2020. Hopefully I can keep it up when the actual year hits lol. I’ll talk more about all that in my upcoming year-end wrap-up, so let’s get back to the now. Back to these Chewy Molasses Cookies.

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One of my favourite Korean dishes: Bibim-naengmyeon 비빔냉면

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Since I’ve been writing about Korea lately, it seems like the perfect opportunity to introduce you guys to one of my absolute favorite Korean dishes in the universe: the Bibim-Naengmyeon [비빔냉면]. It’s probably a combination of a love for Asian noodles and spicy things that created this love for bibim-naengmyeon. I honestly never expected to like cold noodles but between this and cold soba and cold ramen, I seem to have no issues with the temperature as long as I’m eating Asian noodles.

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Naengmyeon is actually a popular dish within Korea. It’s so popular that it has a song! A slightly comedic one that became a hit nonetheless. But actually I am not really largely fond of just naengmyeon. I prefer BIBIM-naengmyeon, which is the spicier, less icy brother of the normal naengmyeon.

A sweet Homemade No-Churn Coffee Crumble Ice Cream + Coffee Float [VIDEO]

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So I’m sitting here asking myself why it took me ages to make a No-Churn Coffee Crumble Ice Cream recipe, when it is in fact one of my favorite classic ice cream flavors. Ever since my first no-churn ice cream success, I’ve pretty much been addicted to finding interesting no-churn ice cream recipes to try. Some of them end up being successes, and some of them end up tasting too sweet thanks to the condensed milk.

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Take this particular No-Churn Coffee Crumble Ice Cream recipe for instance. It’s not what I would call the PERFECT recipe by a long shot, even if I very much love the blog I adapted this recipe from. Despite having a nice coffee flavor, the condensed milk was overpowering. It made the ice cream unnecessarily sweet. Most of my add-on’s also sunk to the bottom, but I do appreciate how those cashew bits gave my taste buds a break from all the milky sweetness.

I know it sounds like I’m complaining about this recipe (and partly I am lol), but there’s actually a reason why it ended up on the blog in the end. Obviously I never post about anything I hate or that didn’t work out, even if it’s something I poured a lot of time and effort into making. However, I find this ice cream to have a very unique “talent”: It makes an amazing coffee float. Seriously amazing.

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