Locally we call it bangus, it’s milkfish to you dear readers. It’s considered our national fish. The Philippines is one of the best places to buy fresh bangus. There are a hundred ways to cook bangus. The best part of course would be the belly. It contains a healthy fat that is good for our health. We had this for lunch today, three slices of bangus belly. Bear with me, I am practicing on my macro shots on food. I don’t seem to get it right, the focus is not always to my liking. What do you think of this?
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Posted in family life, food, fruits, guilty pleasures, healthy options, life, mangoes, Philippine fruits, photography, tagged food, healthy options, life, Mango smoothie, mangoes, Philippine fruits, photography on April 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Last Sunday, a friend who came over for lunch brought a bagful of green and golden ripe carabao mangoes. We could not consume it in three days so I decided to make some smoothie drinks by simply adding a small can of evaporated milk, a few spoons of sugar and crushed iced. There you go, a sweet and refreshing glass of pure mango.
Most people say that the Philippines has the best sweet and delicious mangoes in the world and I agree. Summer is the best time that you’ll enjoy this fruit. I am planning to make a mango jam out of the remaining ripe ones. You might not believe this but I love green mangoes more. I enjoy eating them fresh, sliced with the skin on and just sprinkled with a pinch of salt. Heaven!
I also baked chewy oatmeal raisin cookies using yellow raisin instead of the dark ones. Yellow raisins have more natural taste, not too sweet and not too dry. Preparing something in the kitchen need not be that elaborate. It’s Holy Week and I suggested to my son that we do away with meat for the whole week and eat sea food and veggies instead.
Have a blessed and meaningful Holy Tuesday!
I knew that I won’t go back to being 100% fit the first time I heard the word “cancer” more than four years ago. I have enough of hospital and doctor visits so I gave up visiting one. A month ago, I felt an excruciating pain on my left knee so I have to look for a doctor near our place and it was my first time to visit a government hospital. Consultation is free of course but there are charges for laboratory tests. Compared to private hospitals, they charge a bit lower than the normal rate. It turned out I have gout and I have to take medications for three months before I go back there again. Visiting doctors and hospitals always reminds me of the ordeal I went through when I was having chemotherapy.
Last Sunday, I underwent Quantum Resonance Magnetic Analysis. The QRMA is a rapid (it only takes a minute), accurate, non-invasive testing method. “The main analysis items are over 30, including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular condition, bone mineral density, trace elements, blood lead, rheumatism, lung and respiratory tract, nephropathy, blood sugar, stomach and intestines, liver and gall, cranial nerves, gynecology, prostate, bone disease, the trace elements of selenium, iron, zinc and calcium, etc.” Suffice to say, I need to have a detox for three days and have to change my diet and eat more fruits and vegetables. I’ve been so careful with my diet since I had surgery for colon cancer so I’ve wondered why there are still so many health risks that need to be addressed. It is so frustrating to know that despite being so careful about it all, the results are not good. Lack of calcium intake when I was a kid contributed to the weak bones that affect me now. I don’t drink milk and I never like its taste and mom used to say that I was completely breastfed as a baby. I could tolerate milk products though as long as it is not pure milk.
The things you do to stay healthy but then how sure are we that the things we eat nowadays are free from chemicals that ravage our bodies? Even fruits and vegetables are not safe unless they are locally grown in your own backyard.
Health is wealth so they say and I agree.
Finally, we’re done trimming the carabao grass. It’s son’s day off so we spent the late afternoon finishing the patch of grass that we left yesterday. It’s summer here now and 4pm is still a bit too hot for gardening. Took time out to take a few shots of our lovable and cuddly dog Kuchi. She’s been with us for more than two years now and she has definitely grown. She has learned to open our screen door at the back . She has grown a little longer with those short legs and fan-like tail to boot. She is so “makulit”, always inching her way to get inside and sleep under our dining table. Lately, this is her favorite spot, a small area in our garden.
I am saving on space so I compressed the photos. A friend is giving us a new male puppy, a mixed breed of Japanese Spitz like this one. Dogs have been constant companions for us since we moved here nineteen years ago. I call our backyard garden “pet sematary”, it is where our previous dogs are buried. Remember Stephen King’s book of the same title?
We did our marketing this morning by going back to Pasig market, an hour trip from our place when there is traffic. As usual, I enjoyed the haggling, I am happy with even just a peso discount on fruits and vegetables. It’s been some sort of ritual for Josef and me to eat breakfast at the nearby Jollibee outlet before going to the market. He would always order hotdog with egg and local sausage (longganisa) for me either with two hot cups of coffee or hot chocolate drink. We would go back there to explore the garden center we saw this morning. I would love to buy a pot each of citronella, rosemary or marigolds. Citronella is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents.
We’re having fun at making simple kitchen recipes again. This morning, Josef prepared lumpiang shanghai made of different veggies which we bought earlier. Then we recycled the left-over spaghetti sauce my making pizza using sliced bread.
One can always experiment on these simple and easy to prepare snacks without making a dent on one’s pockets.
Or you can boil fresh corn or sweet potatoes and they will give you enough fiber and they are healthy.
So much for this, have to catch up on reading Archetype.
Posted in entertainment, family, family life, health, healthy options, life, thoughts, tagged family life, food, guilty pleasures, healthy options, Hilot massage therapy, life, thoughts on January 23, 2014 | 4 Comments »
It seldom happens now because they are always busy at work, yesterday though, Josef and his girlfriend Jovy took me to Mont Albo in Timog Avenue in Quezon City, a spa and massage facility that offers several massage therapies including body scrub. The three of us availed of the Hilot, a Filipino healing method practiced for thousands of years. It is a total body massage characterized by slow deliberate strokes to remove blockages by using virgin coconut oil. It was a very relaxing one hour therapy. The three of us also availed of the additional Bentosa, a therapy used by placing suction glass cups at one’s back to remove energy blockages. Josef practically went to sleep when the therapist did that because we could hear his gentle snore while waiting for ten minutes before they remove the suction glasses and resume massage of the arms and legs. I used to have foot massages before (another way to unwind and relax) in the nearby beauty salon but it has become quite expensive so I only go there when I need to rest and enjoy the quiet times.
We had an early dinner at Papa John’s in Tomas Morato before going home. I told Josef that we used to live in that area back when he wasn’t born yet. The quiet neighborhood in the early eighties has now become a busy avenue of several high-end restaurants and eateries. It was my first time to sample Papa John’s cheese and bacon pizza and its crispy onion rings, better than what we usually order at Burgoo’s. Such a lovely day to spend it with them. I wish that next time we do this, my daughter and son-in-law and of course my darling baby Nate could join us.
The weather here for the past two or three weeks was a good 20 degrees Celsius. It is colder at night and windy in the early morning and late noon. The coldest morning so far in Metro Manila was at 17.5 degrees Celsius early Saturday while Baguio City was at its coldest at 8.1 degrees Celsius last Sunday. Most days it’s cloudy, a perfect time to catch up on gardening and do a little weeding too. It’s a lovely time too to read. I’ve done six books since the start of the year and I planned to read around 50 books till the end of December. I really hope I could do it since I neglected reading last year, read a measly 20 titles, I guess.
I am listening to Richard Clayderman and Ernesto Cortazar while writing this blog. It’s a lovely day :)
Posted in health, healthy options, herbs and spices, tagged health, healthy alternative to softdrinks, healthy drinks, healthy options, life, something to think about, water infusion on January 17, 2014 | 6 Comments »
Last Christmas, my daughter gifted me with a lovely glass infusion bottle and told me I can use it every day for whatever veggies and fruits I would like to use. I’ve been using it ever since.
The first time I encountered the healthy benefits of water infusion was during our visit at Regina RICA in Tanay, Rizal two years ago. The Dominican sisters who manage the place had a big jug of water infused with some herbs which tasted so refreshing. I forgot what it was but that introduced me to an alternative way to drink water instead of just pouring it in a glass. I haven’t actually researched on the health benefits of water infusion but some of my friends say it is healthy. I found this site which featured lemon as its ingredient. Interesting read, lemon is used not just to flavor your drinks but it adds more benefits. I’ve tried combining celery stalks with cucumber and it was great. For some of us who are conscious of our health (not getting any younger) and would love to try an alternative way to stay well, this is it. You can use fresh herbs or fruits like lemon, oranges, lime, mint and other fruits available in the market.
Posted in family life, food, healthy options, Philippines, photography, recipes, what's cooking?, tagged family life, fiddlehead ferns, food, French beans, healthy options, photography, zucchini on November 16, 2013 | 4 Comments »
Two days ago, Josef and I did our twice a month marketing at our wet market here in Cainta. And look what I found inside the stall of my “suki” (favorite vendor), some fresh produce that are old-time favorites. I seldom see these in other stalls in the area, something as fresh as they look.
I love zucchini but they are not regular fares in our household because I seldom see them in the wet market and the ones they sell in supermarkets no longer look fresh. Do you eat fiddlehead fern? We call it locally as paku or pako. And boy, it really tastes good made into salad. Those new slim and long green ones are called French beans,my suki said, and they are now locally grown in the uplands in Baguio. How nice, can’t wait to taste this with a few drops of oyster sauce.
Mom and I had this for lunch today, a yummy dish of tilapia wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in coconut cream. Tilapia or St. Peter’s fish could be cooked in so many different ways. You can have it filleted, deep-fried or our usual way of cooking pangat. I like it cooked in kalamansi (Philippine lime) which I have plenty of in our garden with chopped onions, green pepper and ginger. I was craving for something different so I tried cooking it in gata using two pieces of tomatoes instead of kalamansi. Mom loved it and she asked what the green leaves were. I told her it’s a fresh harvest from the garden,some edible gabi leaves growing alongside my ampalaya plants. When you cook something with coconut cream, it needs to be a little spicy to go with the creamy taste of the gata.
Posted in family life, guilty pleasures, healthy options, Philippine cuisine, photography, recipes, tagged family life, food, healthy options, life, more experiment in the kitchen, Philippine recipes, photography, Tilapia Fillet in Lemon Butter Sauce on March 30, 2013 | 2 Comments »
I asked Josef what he wanted for our main meal yesterday and he said anything would be okay. We’ve been on fish and vegetable diet since the start of the Holy Week, and I mean everyday and every meal. This was one of those recipes featured in the recent PinoyMasterchef episode. Since I didn’t have pestle and mortar to grind the nuts big enough for topping, I just sprinkled them on top before frying. The nutty taste of peanuts and the creamy flavor of butter mixed with the tartness(I substituted kalamansi) of lime made it more flavorful. Try it, it’s yummy.
Posted in family life, food, fruits, guilty pleasures, life, Philippine fruits, photography, recipes, tagged family life, food, guilty pleasures, healthy options, life, photography, plantain recipes, saging na saba recipes on March 1, 2013 | 6 Comments »
I told you, I am now enjoying myself taking a trip to the wet market to buy fruits and veggies. The other day, I bought saging na saba (plantain). It cost P2.00 each and I bought 20 pieces. I thought of cooking it for merienda.
My son love the crunchy maruya which I made from four pieces of banana. I put half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and half a teaspoon of baking powder on the batter before frying. Son said it is better than a burger :) The cinnamon gave it that extra twist. It was so yummy.
I boiled some and used a few pieces for our nilaga, the P40 is really worth it. I also made ginatang saging, kamote and gabi. You can also boil it and add sugar and tapioca pearls. Where could you find something this cheap and enjoy several ways of preparing it? It’s a comfort food and it is nutritious too. According to studies made, eating raw plantain reduces weight.
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