Kpoping Cooking; Green Tea Ice Cream

Green Tea Ice Cream is a very popular summer snack in Korea. It might not be the sweetest, but it definitely up in the ranks right next to red bean. Even though it’s beginning to grow cold, today I’ll share with you the recipe on how to make your own Green Tea Ice Cream.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of green tea powder. (matcha)
  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups of half-and-half milk

Instructions with ice cream maker:

  1. Whisk the green tea powder, sugar, and yolk together.
  2. Warm up 1 cup of your half-and-half milk, and slowly add it to the mixture while whisking vigorously.
  3. Heat the entire mixture while slowly pouring the remainder of the half-and-half over a low heat.
  4. When the mixture has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and is beginning to foam, turn off the heat.
  5. Let the mixture cool completely, then let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  6. Churn for about 20 minutes in your ice cream maker (according to manufacture instructions).
  7. Move the ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.

Instructions without ice cream maker:

  1. Whisk the green tea powder, sugar, and yolk together.
  2. Warm up 1 cup of your half-and-half milk, and slowly add it to the mixture while whisking vigorously.
  3. Heat the entire mixture while slowly pouring the remainder of the half-and-half over a low heat.
  4. When the mixture has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and is beginning to foam, turn off the heat.
  5. Let the mixture cool completely, then let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

**Right here is where I add my improv. Basically this is how I make ice cream.

  1. Fill a metal bowl with water and ice. Make sure this bowl is bigger than your bowl of ice cream.
  2. Let your ice cream bowl float inside the ice cold water
  3. Let it sit for 2-3 hours or until the top of the ice cream has white (kind of like a freezing over affect, not really sure how to explain it.).
  4. I just eat it after doing this.

Just in case you’re wondering, this is what green tea powder looks like.

 

So, if it’s in a package similar to this, you’ve probably got the right thing.


Just keep swimming until next time~!

~Ducky V

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Jungle Fish 2; Korean Drama

So recently BTS came out with their song “N.O”, and it reminded me of this absolutely WONDERFUL Korean drama. It’s one of those real life dramas. It’s one of those dramas that get you thinking. It’s “Jungle Fish 2“.

          Usually when I tell you about a drama, I give you a description of each character and this and that. This drama isn’t like the other dramas I’ve reviewed. If you don’t watch any of those others, watch this one. Jungle Fish 2 is the story of a group of teenage friends going through some very real struggles within Korea’s education system. Things only get worse when one of the friends, nicknamed Jungle Fish, jumps off of the school building. Now the friends must come together and figure out the big secret behind why she jumped. That may be the main idea of the drama as a whole, but there are multiple mini stories within it. One of my favorites being Cinderella Man ( starring Lee Joon from MBLAQ ) and also the one about the girl who becomes pregnant ( starring Shin So Yul).  A drama like this, I can’t give too much away without ruining it for you.

Wow, this has to be the shortest drama review I’ve written. Anyway, it’s a series of real-life situations brought to light, and please watch it, just please.

K bai.

Just keep swimming until next time~!

~Ducky V

G-Dragon- Crooked

G-Dragon- Crooked

Click on me to watch the video with English subtitles!~

I’ve always loved G-Dragon and his style of music. It may have changed slightly from his beginnings, but he’s still the same GD. The song “Crooked” has a very fun, upbeat, techno feel, but if look at the lyrics it’s actually pretty sad. GD depicts himself as someone who is emotionally destroyed after the end of a relationship. This character was deeply in love with their partner, but then this person changed and left them. He’s reassuring himself saying it doesn’t matter because he was always “alone anyway”. He believes he “has no one and everything is meaningless.” To him the world consisted of only him and this special person, but now he’s on a lonely island. Since nothing lasts forever and he’s all alone, he’ll just be crooked. By being crooked, he’ll “put on thick eyeliner,” and use “a whole can of hairspray.” He’ll wear leather pants, a leather jacket, and party all night with a frown on his face concealing all of his pent-up emotions. He reveals that he’s scared. That he wants to go back, but he has nowhere to go back to. He wants someone to love, but there’s no one. He wants to take back all his crude words and rough eyes, but he can’t. In the end, even though he’s saying all of these harsh things and saying it doesn’t matter that this person is gone, he still misses them. Even if it’s only as a friend and only for one night, he wants this person back.
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Usually, I would just fangirl over his half-nakedness, but the lyrics of the song are far too meaningful for me to say that and still call myself a true G-Dragon fan. I wanted to review “Coup D’état“, but “Crooked” was definitely a more meaningful choice. STILL CHECK IT OUT THOUGH THAT SONG IS SERIOUSLY THE BOMB. Ahem, excuse my sudden outburst.

Okay, that was REALLY long. Well, I’m done.

Just keep swimming until next time~!
~Ducky V

**Btw, am I the only one who nearly broke down when Jiyong was crying? Oh yeah, if you never knew the reason for GD’s name; Ji = G Yong = Dragon in Korean.

BTS- N.O

BTS- N.O

So BTS came out with their new song, “N.O”. Have I mentioned that I love them? Well, I do. However, I would’ve loved “N.O” even if I’d disliked BTS. Most kpop songs revolve around love. Whether it be revenge, bringing your love back, starving love, or just being oh-so happy in love. The members of BTS are all young adults, which explains why the majority of their songs revolve around being a young adults ( like “No More Dream” and “N.O” ). This song puts out a very strong message. They tell the story of the life of the average Korean student. How parents basically run their lives, and there’s nothing else you can do but to submit. How unhappy it is to live a life in a constant cycle of school and then home or internet cafe. Where you’re studying so much, all you can think to talk about is studying. You either are #1, or you drop out. They say it’s time to say “no” and recapture your dreams and have a happy adolescence. Yes, it’s good to study and whatnot, but don’t live someone else’s dream.

This song reminds me of a very good kdrama that I just came across a while ago, and I’m definitely going to recommend it.

Just keep swimming until next time!~

~Ducky V

**Click on the picture for a link to the song with English subs.

Who Are You; Korean Drama

You guise, I just. I can’t anymore. If you are into things of the supernatural scream “MEEEEE”! I absolutely LOVE things that are supernaturally themed. My favorites would have to be Doctor Who, Ghost Whisperer, and Supernatural. That probably explains why I was so excited to start watching the Korean drama; “Who Are You?”.

So let me give you the rundown. Detective Yang Si On ( So Yi Hyun, left ) suffers a head injury while on the job. The injury results in her being in a coma for 6 years and having no recollection of the incident. ( There is also some hint that the detective shown in the beginning is/was her love interest. Don’t yell at me because if I do give out info, it’s only info from the first episode. -nods- ). When she wakes from her coma, she has the strangest of abilities. Si On can see ghosts. Short after waking, Si On is moved to the Lost and Found Center where she works with Detective Cha Geon Woo ( Ok Taecyeon from 2PM, right ), a former Special Investigation member on suspension for gun use. While working in the Lost and Found Department, Si On is visited by the ghosts who are attached to miscellaneous items in the inventory. With the help of the lost souls, she is able to solve their murders/carry out their last wishes.

Doesn’t that sound awesome? This drama is like the Korean adaptation of “Ghost Whisperer” ( only in concept, but not in plot. ). A woman who sees dead people and helps them get to the other side? That sounds great, totally off from the usual in Kdramas. Now, I’m only five episodes in, but I think there is going to be an epic love triangle between the living and the dead ( *cough cough* dead boyfriend *cough cough* ). Is there any other Kdrama with something like that in it? I’m totally hooked. Plus, both of the main leads are hot ( Ok Taecyeon & Kim Jae Wook ), can I get a double win?!?!

By the way, I know some of you are out there going “OMG. It has ghosts, they’re going to be scary.” No need to worry. I thought that too at first. Even though I like supernatural shows, I’m a big fat wuss. The ghosts aren’t gruesome or scary in the slightest.

**There is this ghost ( you’ll see her in the first episode. ) and I don’t know if it’s just me, but I swear she could be EXO Kai’s sister. I mean, come on. I know you see the resemblance. Oh, you don’t…? Well then, nevermind….

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   Lastly, this show is currently airing. And whenever I get caught up in an on-going drama, I usually go to Viki first. It’s not really a personal bias as much as the fact that my experience with watching Kdramas, Viki has their videos up the fastest.

Now I’m really done. Hasta pronto.

Just Keep swimming until next time!

~Ducky V

**Okay, okay. I lied to you. Today is 9/11, so just a little something for all the people who lost their lives on that eventful day. My sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased.

~Ducky V

Kpoping Cooking; Choco Pie

Hello! I’m back.  WOOOOOOOOT. Anyway, today I shall share with you the recipe to Choco Pie, a Korean snack that looks like this:

I think it’s basically the Korean equivalence to a moon pie. And here is how you can make it!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups graham flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ( 7.5 oz jar ) marshmallow creme ( shown below )
  • 15 oz of chocolate; semi sweet
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Instructions:

1.  Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Combine well.

2.  Cut the butter into cubes and beat with an electric mixer until nice and fluffy.

3.  Add sugar and vanilla extract to the butter and beat until mixed finely.

4.  Add the graham flour and dark brown sugar, then beat until the mixture becomes crumbly.

5.  Add the molasses, then milk until the dough becomes stiff.

6.  Chill the dough for an hour.

7.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

8.  Roll the dough out to a good thickness ( 1/4 or less ) on a lightly dusted surface.

9.  Cut out circles with a cookie cutter ( take any leftover dough, roll it back out, and cut out more circles. ). Make sure you have an even number of circles.

10.  Cook for about 15 minutes, or until edges are slightly brown.

11.  Let cool completely.

12.  Divide your cookie circles into two groups. Pick a group. Cover one side of each of those cookies with your marshmallow creme. Then place the other group on top of those; thus creating a sandwich.

13.  Put the marshmallow cookie sandwiches in the freezer for 30 minutes.

14.  Using a double boiler ( or a metal mixing bowl over a pot of barely simmering water. ) melt the chocolate with the oil while occasionally stirring.

15.  Carefully dip each sandwich in the chocolate until completely covered.

16.  Move the freshly dipped pies to a cooling rack with parchment paper or a tray underneath to catch the drippings.

17.  After 20 minutes move the pies to a pan lined with parchment paper and let them set until the coating is firm. *This may take several hours.

18.  YOU’RE DONE! If you wish to store them, do so in an air tight container.

Playful Kiss; Korean Drama

Playful Kiss is a k-drama classic . I know it’s old, but I gotta put it out there for all the new kpop fans. or old ones who haven’t watched it yet.

Before I get to rambling, Playful Kiss is based on a Japanese drama called Itazura Na Kiss by Tada Kaoru. It is also the third adaptation of the manga, after Taiwanese drama “It Started with a Kiss” and its sequel “They Kiss Again”

-Courtesy of Wikipedia

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Okay. The drama revolved around Baek Seung Jo ( Kim Hyun Joong, top left ) and Oh Ha Ni ( Jung So Min, top right ) two high school seniors attending the same school. Baek Seung Jo is a handsome cold-hearted genius. The kind of student who gets 100% without even touching a workbook. Naturally, he is flocked upon by girls, but he never spares them a single glance. Oh Ha Ni is the complete opposite of Seung Jo. She’s not the brightest crayon in the Crayola box. She’s ranked in the bottom 5 of the school, while Seung Jo remais #1. Ha Ni has crushed on, and basically stalked, Seung Jo from the moment they started high school. Despite his cold exterior, she still silently pursues him. The story all begins with a failed love confession.

I’m going to tell you right now, the beginning of the first episode is incredibly stupid. She’s sitting in this mystical forest, and Seung Jo was a….pony?, and just nonsense. Please please PLEASE just ignore it. I let that that discourage me the first time I started watching it, but now I’ve watched both entire seasons 6-7 times (I can’t even keep track. OTL).

Anyway~, the first season consists of 16 episodes and it also has a special season with 7 episodes. You can watch it on Viki (for multiple language translations) or Dramafever pretty sure it’s on every kdrama site). And the special season on YouTube provided by Viki.

Just keep swimming until next time~!

~Ducky V

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There’s also a Japanese one that was recently put out. You can click. Heh heh