Tuesday, June 19, 2012


It's been a long time since I've posted anything on this blog but don't take that to mean that our lives have become boring.  Quite the opposite.

Because of Heejong's busy schedule, we don't often have the time to cook a nice meal.  But when we do, we do it right.  Today's post is a conglomeration of some of the things that we have been known to cook.

First, we have our breakfast sandwiches.  This was inspired by our visits to Panera Bread not far from our home.  We improved on the recipe somewhat.

These sandwiches are easy to make and taste quite good.  All you need is some good sourdough bread, which you can buy at most markets in the bakery section, an egg for each sandwich, some bacon to taste, and some jack cheese.  The cheese holds everything together once it melts.  First, start cooking your bacon (or use the microwave) and fry the eggs.  Put the fried egg onto the bread, which you have sliced down the middle.  Add bacon and then sprinkle on cheese.  Put another piece of bread on top, and pop it in the oven at 400 F for about ten minutes so the cheese can melt.  These sandwiches go well with coffee or orange juice.  Enjoy.

Another of our favorites is fried pork belly.  It would be better if we were able to cook it over an open flame, the way that it is done in a good Korean restaurant, but this is the best we can do for now.

This is another dish that is simple to make.  Warm up your griddle to 400 F and put the strips of pork belly on it.  Wait until they darken a bit (as above) and turn them over.  After another couple of minutes the strips are ready to be taken up.

The biggest problem with frying pork belly is that it is messy.  Fat gets everywhere.  Our solution has been to place old newspaper around the griddle to keep the fat from getting on the counter.  This makes clean up a cinch.  Also remember to put some newspaper on the kitchen floor.  And always wear an apron.

Serve the pork belly with whatever sides you like.  We usually have rice and fruit.  Heejong likes to wrap pork belly in lettuce leaves and add some soybean paste.  Since pork belly doesn't have a very strong taste on its own (not to me, anyway) it pairs well with most fruits.  Add a beer if you're not going anywhere for a while and you have a nice dinner with little prep and fairly easy clean up.

What else is there?  Steak!

I grew up on steak.  It's in my blood.  So is barbecuing.  Granted, I'm not great at it, but I get better each attempt.

We start with New York cuts.  The first step is to cut off the fat and bones (if any).  This leaves nice pieces of fairly lean meat.  This also saves time on the table since we don't have to cut off anything that we don't want.

Since we don't marinade our steaks, we sprinkle them with garlic salt, a trick I learned from my dad.  This serves to give the meat a bit more flavor without being overpowering.

Some people call this step grilling.  I call it barbecuing.  The point is that you cook the steak over fire.  Real fire.  You get nice grill marks that way.  The length of time that you cook the steaks depends on how rare you like it, how big the piece is, and how thick it is.  I think that these were cooked for something like 4 minutes on a side, but I could be wrong.

And here is the finished product.  Again, fruit is a wonderful addition to a steak meal, as well as good bread (wrapped in the foil).  You can use whatever vegetables you like.  A nice cold beer also hits the spot on a hot summer day.

Something that we haven't made for a while is chicken strips.  These are similar to what you might find in a restaurant, but have the advantage of being home cooked.

What you do is take chicken breasts, cut them into strips, and the apply a breading.  For us, we first dredge the chicken strips in flour, then in a bath of eggs, and then finally in a coating of Bisquick mixed with pepper (because we love black pepper).  The initial flour helps to hold the egg, which holds the Bisquick.  After the strips are breaded, they are placed in a pan with hot oil and fried until golden on one side, then flipped.  The frying doesn't take very long at all.

As usual, add whatever you like as a side dish.  I like to have rice with my chicken, as well as homemade gravy.

Cooking should always be fun.  If it's not then you're doing it wrong.  To help make sure that cooking stays fun, remember to be safe (aprons, pot holders, etc.) and be respectful of each other in the kitchen.  Someday someone will drop something, overcook something, and so on.  Let it go and chalk it up to experience.  Because no one wants to eat when they're in a bad mood.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Margins and Such

I was looking at the blog on Heejong's computer and found, much to my chagrin, that the margins are out of whack.  She's using Internet Explorer, I'm using Safari.  If you are reading this and it looks good (or bad) please leave a comment with what you see and tell me what browser you are using.


J. G.

We Got Married!

About a year ago, actually.

Isn't she cute?  This was taken with a new camera, and I wasn't very good at  using the zoom function yet.

Heejong wore this cute little ensemble in lieu of a dress.  I rather like the boots and the dichotomy of the white sweater and the black skirt.

If anyone were to ask, I got this suit for my best friend's wedding, which took place on December 4th (three days after our wedding).  However, I chose to wear it for our wedding since it looks really sharp and fit much better than my other formal wear.

I'm really happy with the way these photos turned out, except for my hair.  I'm even smiling.  That never happens in photos.

These are our rings (and our hands).

So, why wasn't anyone invited?  Well, there are a couple of reasons.  The first is that we were not able to afford the big wedding that we would both really like to have, so we ended up just having a ceremony at a courthouse in Norwalk.  It was simple enough and served its purpose.  The second reason is that we didn't want anyone to able to say that they were present for the first ceremony and the second.  We want everyone to be able to attend the "real" ceremony without feeling like they missed out.

When are we going to have the real one?  The short answer is when we can.  If you would like to donate and speed the process along... :)

Friday, September 3, 2010


There may be some of you out there who will remark on the title of the blog.

Yes, I know that H comes before J, so the title is not alphabetical, but I made the blog so I got to name it. Ha ha.

Also, even though there are two of us, I chose to call it the Life (singular) because this blog is meant to be an exploration of our combined life, rather than our individual lives. So, using the singular in this case reflects the bond of love between us. Using the plural (lives) would imply a sense of separation.

I hope that clarifies any questions that you might have. Who knew that grammar and semantics could be romantic?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Study in Color and Mood

I never had sisters growing up, so there are a lot of things that I simply don't (or rather, didn't) know about girls. Most of them are surprisingly fun. One of the really fun ones is seeing the different colors of nail polish that Hee Jeong uses to keep things interesting. Here are some examples:

Light pink is probably my favorite color since it is girly and playful. It is also rather subtle which makes it perfect for everyday wear.

Now, this brighter pink borders on magenta, and certainly stands out. I rather enjoy seeing it on her fingers than on her toes. While it is a fun color, it seems to be reserved for special occasions.

And then there was blue. I haven't seen this in a long time, but it was commonplace when we first started dating. It might have something to do with the fact that it doesn't match some of her newer shoes, but what do I know?

There have been a couple of other colors (yellow and black) but I don't have pictures of those. I'm hoping that will change come Halloween.

Oh, and I don't have a thing for feet, I like the colors. If it were on her fingers, I would be using those pictures instead.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Engagement Ring

These pictures were previously posted on her Cyworld page as well as on my Myspace page. However, I'm putting them up again for those of you who haven't seen them yet.

I had a really hard time trying to catch the sparkle of this ring. As my Dad so eloquently put it, "that thing has some fire to it." But you can't see it here.

If there was anything that disappointed me about this ring it was the size of the setting. It seems to stick out just a little too much.

Do you know what I like best about this picture? That's right: the nail polish. So cute! It matches Hee Jeong's personality perfectly: playful yet elegant.

This is probably the best shot of the ring itself. It actually looks to be a decent size in this picture.

To be honest, the ring is a pretty good match for the anniversary / Valentines gift I gave her. It also matches the Earrings I gave her for Christmas, but I don't have pictures of those.

This is Cool

Hee Jeong is so sweet that even her bruises look like hearts. Can you see it?