Korean Wife Camp: Kkakdugi – Cubed Radish Kimchi

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kkakdugi cubed radish kimchi recipe

Kkakdugi, or Korean radish kimchi, is a common banchan (side dish) served with meals such as galbijjim (korean braised short ribs), gomtang (oxtail soup), or tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet). But it’s delicious with any meal, any day of the week, in my humble opinion! (And it has a delightfully scatalogical-sounding name, which pleases my inner 12-year old endlessly. Pronunciation: cock-dooki. LOL.)

Being a kimchi, it is a salted, fermented, (aka pickled) vegetable – and the result is a tangy, spicy, crispy, salty and a tiny bit sweet, refreshing bite that’s chock full of health benefits such as probiotics, vitamins and fiber. It’s got the umami factor in spades, and it’s easier than easy (and super affordable) to make!

Impress your friends, family, and your own mouth with a scrumptious batch of homemade Kkakdugi!

kkakdugi steps

What you’ll need:
1 lb Korean Radish (aka Mu) – cut into 1″ cubes (choose a heavy radish with smooth skin. the higher the ratio of white skin to green skin, the sweeter the radish will taste.) NOTE: if you can’t find Mu, you can substitute Daikon, which is widely available. But if you can get proper Mu, it’s a bit sweeter and more nuanced in flavor. 
1 Tbs Kosher Salt
1 Tbs Honey (or sweetener of your choice)
3-4 Cloves Garlic – finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger – finely chopped
1/3 cup Gochugaru powder (korean red chili flakes.) There is no substitution for this, but if you can’t find them in your local asian grocery, you can order them on amazon.
2 Tbs Fish Sauce (I love this brand, because it’s just fish, salt, and water – wayyy less additives than others. If you can’t find (or stand) fish sauce, you can use soup soy sauce, or simply plain soy sauce.)


kkakdugi ingredients breakdown

What you do:
1. Toss the cubed radish with the salt and honey, until well coated. Set aside for 45-60 minutes.
2. In a separate container, mix together the garlic, ginger, gochugaru, and fish sauce.
3. Drain the radish, reserving 1/3 cup of the liquid and add both to the spice mix. Toss well to coat.
4. Pack the radish into a lidded container, trying to eliminate any air pockets. Loosely place lid on top. ***Don’t put it on tightly, or the container could explode!
5. Leave the kimchi out at room temperature for 1-3 days, depending on your preference. Taste the kimchi once every 1/2 day, and when you feel it’s done, you can transfer it to the refrigerator for storage. We personally prefer ours best when it’s gently fermented, after about 1 full day, but your mileage may vary.

The kimchi will last in your fridge until, basically, the end of time. It will just get more sour, unctuous, and carbonated as it continues to slowly ferment with time. But honestly, this stuff is so damn tasty it won’t last long at all.

PS: my kkakdugi is much more of a brownish-red color than yours will be, so don’t fret. The gochugaru powder I used is from our family estate in Yeoju, and is much less vibrantly fire-engine red than most commercial brands. So expect your finished product to look like cubes of delicious hellfire, friends! cubed radish kimchi kkakdugi


Getting My Groove Back: Baby Boot Camp

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Welcome back to my fitness journey! It’s a new year, so where’s the new me?! Trust me, I’ve been looking for her, too.

The holidays were such a cliche of a struggle. I was sick for over a week just before Christmas, and then my husband was on vacation from work for the last two weeks of the year. There were so many delicacies to eat, so many lazy, cuddly mornings in bed… and it all led to so much slacking. As the holidays often do, they completely derailed my efforts to be disciplined in my health and fitness.

But, I went to Baby Boot Camp whenever I could. I didn’t give up – so all is not lost! That said, let’s take a moment to focus on what I did lose – like 3 inches from my waist – what what?!? That’s right, even with my holiday dalliances, I’ve still managed to shed a trifecta of inches from my body and that gives me just the hit of inspiration I need to double-down my efforts and approach 2016 with renewed energy. And I know it was all thanks to the exercise I do at Boot Camp, because who’s got 2 thumbs and couldn’t control her diet over the holidays? THIS GIRL. Guilty as charged.

Just in time for a new year and all the self-care resolutions on everyone’s lists… It’s MOLO time! The Baby Boot Camp 2016 Mother Love Wellness Challenge (aka MOLO) is upon us.

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From the Baby Boot Camp – Culver City and Marina del Rey site:

Are you looking to make a lifestyle change through proper fitness and nutrition, but need some extra motivation? The Baby Boot Camp® Mother Love Wellness Challenge (MOLO), held each year from February-April, is our 12-week wellness challenge that focuses on helping moms across America to achieve their health and wellness goals safely and effectively, and to help them make their own health and wellness goals a priority. In addition to fitness and nutrition, we will also be focusing on communication, relationships, self-esteem, and emotional support.

Each MOLO participant will receive the following with their paid registration:

  • A challenge tee
  • ‘Before’ and ‘After’ measurements and photos
  • A week-by-week calendar with 12 weeks full of fitness and wellness challenges
  • Access to private challenge content, including weekly videos, a MOLO newsletter, and a private Facebook group with 1000+ other moms nationwide cheering you onOverall challenge winners will qualify to win national prizes, including a Mountain Buggy® stroller! And to help inspire other girls to get fit, too, Baby Boot Camp Corporate will donate $2 to the charity Girls on the Run® for every 2016 MOLO registration purchased.Gain control of your health and wellness goals safely and effectively by joining our Baby Boot Camp 2016 Mother Love Wellness Challenge!

I love that MOLO isn’t just about fitness or weight loss. It’s about whole-self improvement. Lord knows, self-care is a top priority for new-and-seasoned moms alike! Get in on the fun, and come join me! We’ll motivate each other 🙂 And stay tuned here for updates!

I think I can… I think I can… I think I can…….