Sunday, December 18, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

French winter dishes

Lets imagine, it ts a freezing cold winter day and you are in France. How would you heat your day through French delicacy? As France known as country of elegant food, it should not be so difficult right?
Surely not but not like the Korean version of winter food, French winter food can make you become as fat as a polar bear. Now this was the bad news, good news is they are of course delicious!
Multiply a lot of melted cheese goodness with the same amount of salami meat and ham and then now add some potatoes and very few veggies and add a lot of wine plus French bread equal winter Frenchness.
Again the math form:
Melted cheese*salami and hams+some potatoes+few veggies+ a lot of wine+French bread=welcome to France.

One of the dishes people eat in winter is called Raclette. Very simple to imagine indeed. Imagine few kg of cheese standing in front of you with heating and on the table there is same amount of salami and ham with boiled potatoes. So basically you need to serve yourself through the giant melted cheese, potato and meat. There is a Raclette kit for small families where individuals place their piece of cheese into mini pans and it heat the cheese. Yummy but quite heavy.

Fondue, probably originally from Switzerland is one of the fun winter French dish. It can be fondue with chocolate, cheese... Fondue is simply melted things. I have never seen a recipe of fondue in my life as I don't have a fondue pot neither. Nowadays it is very easy to find one of those ceramic pots heated with candles. Well it can be just for chocolate, I am not sure how it function. Back to the topic, it is quite cheesy buy yummy.

All these dished accompany the wine usually.
There are many other dishes like Burgundy beef and coq a la vin. Bourgundy beef is beef cooked in a very long process with wine and veggies, it is a kind of stew. Coq a la vin is Chicken marinated and cooked long time with wine.

I don't own any of these lovely photos they are from the lovely people from Wikipedia.

written, edited by Isil
photo found by Isil

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Culture : Korean's favorite winter foods

What's your favorite season? Do you love winter? 
Yes, I do love winter for some reason! I love cold weather, white snow, scarf..
And most of all, I love winter foods :D
As winter nears, I have estimated Korean's favorite winter snacks.

So here we go, Korean winter foods Best 5 :-)

5. Roasted sweet potato (군고구마)
hot sweet potato
Ho- ho-,
Wait for it to cool down. It's very hot!

4. Hobbang (호빵, Steamed bun )
winter snack, steamed bun
When the cold night grew darker and feel hungy,
Hobbang is the best snack for sure :D
vegetable, meat, curry, pizza....
But the most delicious one is sweet red-bean porridge Hobbang. (Well, at least to me :D)

3. Eomuk (어묵, Fish cake)
fish paste
Fish cakes are delicious. But first, you should have to taste the soup.

2. Hotteok (호떡, Chinese pancake/pancake filled with brown sugar)
hodduk, winter sweet snack
Sweet, Sweet, Sweet. Just watch out the metlen brown sugar could run *-*

1. Bung-a-bbang (붕어빵, Fish bread)
fish bread
Ah, I'm sad that Bung-a-bbang is winter snack.
Dear fish. You should be stay there all the year round (*T-T*) Seriously.
Ps.No real fish inside xD

So what is your favorite winter food? :)

written, edited by Kim
photo found by Kim

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Eating French in Korea, Korean in France

All of us had our favorite national foods. For Europeans cheese and bread, and for Asian exotic fruits, vegetables and rice based products are the things they might missed out when they are not in their countries. With Chinese moving all over the world we can have Chinese supermarkets however they can not supply all the need of Asians. Japanese food is also more available with the fashion with sushi and sashmi. But what about Korean. I have a passion about Korean food. Spicy, hot and aromatic. Hundreds of years of tradition and women spending their time preparing home foods like Kimchi (kind of fermented cabbage with spice). However as someone living in France I might never find my way through a real good kimchi in France.
In Bordeaux there are two Asian supermarkets and few little ones. One of them is quite big however it is focused on Thai and Chinese food. There is only one rayon for Japanese and Korean food which include sushi and sashmi ingredients, Japanese sauces and Kimchi, black bean paste, miso paste and so on. Oh, lets don't forget ready Ramens bath in Korean and Japanese flavors. Well these might be enough for us Europeans who search a little bit of exoticism in our taste buds but what about the Koreans?
Well me and Kim was chatting earlier on and this subjects came into our mind as an experiment. What about I was a Korean starving for my favorite meal in France what would I face? What about Kim was a French girl craving her favorite French meal in Korea, what would she face? How much it would cost?

I guess this is a good experiment for guiding all of the others who want to move their countries.
Once a month we will challenge ourselves with one recipe each and invite you to our adventure.

Follow us for more!

Note I don't own the images, they are from Wikipepedia.

written, edited by Isil
photo found by Isil

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Good design : Business cards

Usually business cards remind me a square of paper.
I think some different thoughts can make a better impact!
Here are some business cards that caught my eyes.

business card
A black mountain?
unique business card
Or a red mountain?
Franco Galigiuri is a fianancial group based in Vancouver, Canada.
Simply you can guess, It's not a mountain!

hair desiner's postcard
This is just a square of paper business card?
business card, be creative
Not anymore when you don't be afraid to be creative.

A decayed tooth
A decayed tooth...
dentist's business card
Well, but I'm still hate going to the dentist :S :D

And the last one is..
lego business card
Lego business card *-* This is so cute!
I'm sure you want to have this one :)

written, edited by Kim
photo found by Kim

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DIY: Lolita mori girl DIY bow ring

handmade mori girl diy bow ring

What you need is:
A ring, hot glue gun, scissor and felt.

Cut a piece of felt 4 cm to 3,5 cm and another piece 1 cm to 4 cm.
Tale your bog piece and form a bow (fold it from the middle).Wrap the small piece around the middle of the big piece and hot glue the back part of it.

Then the last part is glue our felt bow to the ring.
Et voila! you have a bow ring.
Black version is very suitable for gothic lolitas. Pink one for sweet lolitas. For mori girl beige or brown fit perfectly.

black felt bow

scissor, felt, a ring

red felt bow ring
written, edited, photograph by Isil, The ancient muse 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Blog giveaway: To sew with love

Check out this giveaway in To sew with love :)

New designs from the Ancient Muse

fairies deer antler hair comb

I was working like crazy since few weeks. As Christmas comes I am running everywhere. I have come with some new winter ideas. Meet my new hair accessories and Jack the penguin.
For more info about Jack's life visit my shop please....

handmade Jack the penguin brooch
handmade bunny ear hair clip

All rights reserved by The ancient Muse.

written, edited, photograph by Isil, The ancient muse 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Forgotten Galatians

Few years ago I have discovered a Turkish band making Medieval celtic music. Celtic music in Turkey? Does it sound weird? For em not at all. Well I have studied a lot about Anatolian history and the fact that a group pf Celts known as Gauls immigrate Anatolia and establish a group of people called Galatians. They were living at the central part of Anatolia where now the Capital of Turkey, Ankara is. Now lets come back to Turkish Celt music. So normally Galatians were only one page study in Turkish history books. However with the young mind such as a music group called Ensamble Galatia now Turkish youth can discover different cultures they were related to. Ensamble Galatia is a group from Ankara too, so also geographically the group fits very well with Galatians.

written, edited by Isil, The Ancient Muse

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

DIY: Ribbon hair pin tutorial, girl's generation

girl's generation, SNSD yun a
Oh well, The hair pin is little bit unable to see in this picture.
Girl's generation
Yay, I got it :D

So I guess you guys already know what will be my first DIY post.
This ribbon hair pin is *very* easy to make and it's simply cute!

Before get started, we need some supplies.
5mm, 15mm ribbons (colors of your choice), double-sided tape(mine is 5mm),
wire, scissors, 5cm french barrette and hot glue gun.

red ribbons
1. Cut each ribbon 10cm and 13cm long.
2. Put double-side tape on the ends of ribbon.

red ribbons
3. Stick the ribbon together with double-side tape. Make a circle:D

hair pin tutorial
4. Rip off the other side tape and stick to the middle of ribbon
5. Overlap each ribbon together and fold them like 'M'. ↗↘↗↘

red ribbon
6. Fasten the ribbon with a wire.

black finish ribbon
7. Put double-side tape on the black ribbon.
8. Rip off the other side tape and cover the red ribbon with a black ribbon. Almost done!

hot glue gun, be careful
9. Put some hot glue on barrette.
10. Get your ribbon on it and it's finished. 

handmade hair pins
Pretty easy right? :) I hope you enjoy!

written, edited by Kim
Photograph by Kim