C and I decided to take a 5 day trip to Puerto Vallarta to get our sun and beach on. It’s freakin’ beautiful here and we are having an amazing time just basically doing nothing at an all-inclusive resort. It’s so relaxing and the food is pretty awesome as well. I’ll do a photo diary post as soon as I get back.
And of course, since I was a bit too excited about the trip before coming here, I celebrated by cooking up some Mexican flavors. I think this one’s my new favorite!
I’ve only made spare ribs covered in some kind of sauce before this, but I decided to try a dry rub for the first time and whoaaaa, I’ve been missing out. Since the spare ribs are quite fatty already, it didn’t need a wet sauce to make it juicy and tasty. And the chili and lime flavors are just amazing together.
It was fun to switch up the rub and cook these in the oven. I usually use a slow cooker, but I’ve realized that using a slow cooker makes the meat fall off the bone too easily. Some people really like that kind of uber tenderness and I do as well sometimes, but I loved how these were perfectly cooked to me. Just the right amount of tender and juicy while still holding on to the bone and having that perfect level of chew. Did things just get weird with the way I described that? I’m pretty obsessed with these ribs. It’s probably a sign that I gotta end this post. Off I go to get my margarita on!
My favorite fermented food hands-down is kimchi. I grew up eating it, and it goes well with almost everything. Not only that, there are so many amazing health benefits in eating fermented foods like kimchi. They promote digestion because of the healthy bacteria like lactobacilli and probiotics, aid in weight loss, boost immunity, and some studies show that they prevent cancer.
While cabbage kimchi is a more popular and well-known version in America, the traditional process of making it is time consuming with a long wait time for the fermentation. I got no patience for that. With radish kimchi, called kkakdugi in Korean, you need less ingredients, and it can be fermented in a day or 2 so you can enjoy it soon after you make it. I add carrots because I love pickled carrots, but you can use only radishes if you want to go for the more traditional route. I like to switch it up from time to time. This recipe has a small amount of sugar added, but this gets eaten away as the kkadugi gets fermented. You won’t taste the sugar at all at the end.
With its perfect crunch and spiciness, you’ll find it seriously addicting. I eat it almost every day with my meals and I feel like I’m less bloated afterwards. Make fermented, raw foods an everyday part of your diet for optimal health!