Postpartum Soup

You’ll often hear Korean elders preach about the magical power of seaweed. This postpartum soup (consumed on birthdays as well) is traditionally believed to restore the blood loss from childbearing and aid in breastmilk production. The standard version calls for either shellfish or beef, but my friend created an alternative plant-based version using kidney beans. Start with simple, wholesome ingredients.

Organic Vegetable Stock
Wakame Seaweed
Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
Sesame Oil
Garlic Powder
Kidney Beans
Soy Sauce

Preparation
Soak three shiitake mushrooms and a handful of seaweed (varies) in warm water for 15-minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Open package of kidney beans and rinse them until the water runs clear.

For the broth
Heat 2 cups of organic vegetable stock and add one cup of water to the stock. Add the soaked shiitake mushrooms to the stock. Heat on high heat until the stock boils, then turn down the heat to medium-low. Add half of the rinsed kidney beans to the stock.

For the seaweed
In a medium frying pan, heat three tablespoons of sesame oil on low-medium heat. When the sesame oil is hot (you can test this by tilting the pan to see how quickly the oil spreads), add two tablespoons of garlic powder and the soaked seaweed to the oil. Gently coat the seaweed with the oil, then add all the contents into the stock mix.

Add two tablespoons of soy sauce to the soup and stir occasionally. Heat for 30-minutes on low heat. Serve piping hot with kimchi or fermented kraut and brown rice on the side. Enjoy!

The Shop-Up

Babyccino Kids held their 2nd annual SHOP-UP this past weekend at The Springs in DTLA. There were plenty of free kids activities in store so that shopping for adults can be stress-free and enjoyable.

The vendor that immediately caught my eye was Lil’ Bellies, an outdoor-centric lifestyle brand that encourages the inner-explorer of every child. We briefly chat with the owner of Lil’ Bellies, Claudia DiDomenico, a mother of 3 on her brand as she generously offered kid-friendly trail recommendations in the Los Angeles area.

Another one of my favorite vendors included Colorhouse Paint – a company that creates non-toxic, eco-friendly interior paint. They set up a small area where kids can create one of a kind spin art. Definitely, check out their lovely array of pastel colors for children. My favorite is the dove grey, which is so classic and pretty.

The next SHOP-UP events will be in London and New York City. All the events are free admission and there’s even stroller parking to accommodate easier travel. Head over to the Babyccino Kids website to learn more.

Palm Springs

After weeks of planning for our big move across the country, my husband and I deserved a break. We booked a 3-day getaway to Palm Springs and it was a super relaxing way to unwind before the baby’s arrival (guess you could call it a babymoon). A two-hour car ride (fairly short by LA standards), we found ourselves nestled in a bath of sunshine, dry 90-degree weather with one-too-many date shakes consumed.