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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The clouds speak
And the flowers dance in glee.
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, home garden, photography, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, home garden, photography on July 28, 2014 | 18 Comments »
It’s not an easy task, gardening I mean. Finally, we’re done trimming the carabao grass which briefly hid the concrete footpath. The grass seems to grow by leaps and bounds now that the rainy season is here. We have to trim it at least every three weeks. Even a tiny garden such as ours needs a lot of care and maintenance.
I also trimmed my gardenia shrub because it was leaning sideways. I hope it won’t be completely uprooted in the next two are three months.
I guess it is time to tackle another area outside our perimeter wall. Who knows, one of these days I’ll be able to plant some leafy greens to use in the kitchen.
Have a happy and blessed Thursday everyone!
My kids are really spoiling me. Josef bought more rubber bands in pastel and assorted colors while Nissa gave me this bracelet organizer to display the things I made. I feel like a child given her new set of toys. Some designs are really challenging to make and it is lots of fun to decide on color combinations.
Sorry, this is a bit too short, just to let you all know I am still alive and kicking and enjoying looming.
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, guilty pleasures, home garden, photography, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, nature, photography, rain lilies on June 4, 2014 | 9 Comments »
You always get that nice smile on your face once you see a lovely surprise in your garden. I love flowers, they have that allure and beauty that are pure delight to the senses. There was a time when I used to document every lovely bloom in my garden and ambitiously thought of researching their growth patterns, what time of the year they usually show their faces but then being busy with everyday life sometimes keep one from doing just what you want to do. It is more of doing what you need to do.
This morning, I was watering the plants when I saw these lovely blooms growing side by side with my cacti plants. It hasn’t rained in our neck of the woods for quite sometime now although every afternoon, you’ll hear thunder when the sky gets dark. Rain lilies usually grow during the summer months when there is an occasional rain. Rain lilies belong to the hybrid Zephyranthes and this particular variety is called Zepherantes Beni Tama, a Japanese rain lily hybrid. The small clumps of bright pink, goblet shaped flowers have prominent yellow stamens at the center. They grow in full sun. I fell in love with these flowers when I saw them at a garden center in a large pot with pink flowers in almost every tip of the slender leaves.
Even my Mokara orchids are blooming non-stop. I saw several buds in different branches early this morning. It makes me remember another quote from Emerson, “Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world”. When life seems a little hard to bear, a garden is an Eden where peace, delight and peace reign.
Posted in arts and crafts, crafts, guilty pleasures, photography, tagged arts and crafts, DIY crafts, family life, guilty pleasures, photography, Rainbow Loom, Rainbow Loom bracelets on May 16, 2014 | 1 Comment »
The box is labeled 8 and up. So I say I am 8 going 50 plus plus.
Josef bought this for me yesterday from Toys Are Us. We saw it when we had lunch on Mother’s Day and I told him, “I wonder if I could make something like that” and he said, “If an eight-year old can do it, why can’t you?” But then it is so pricey for a DIY starter kit. I had fun sorting the colors last night and starting on my first Rainbow Loom bracelet.
I was pleasantly surprised when he came home with this lovely box and he said it is for me. Hey, anyone could start another craft which is, I understand, the craze for the last few months. I told him it looks complicated but when I read the manual, one can visit YouTube and take it from there. We spent the night sorting the different colors included in the kit and attempted my first fishtail bracelet using the enclosed shorter hook. A perfect stress buster if you ask me.
Josef bought an additional plastic pack of rubber bands in purple color. My daughter is a purple girl – she loves everything purple. I showed her what we did last night and she said she is excited to try to make one.
Posted in family life, food, Philippine cuisine, Philippine fruits, photography, tagged Crisostomo - Ayala Fairview Terraces, Crisostomo Restaurant, desserts, food, guilty pleasures, Philippine cuisine, Philippines, photography, watermelon on May 14, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Let us not talk about whether it is a fruit or a vegetable. All I know is that fruits grow on trees and vegetables are harvested on the ground just like pumpkin, cucumber and squash. If it is a fruit, it is a healthy and refreshing one but then you’ll wonder if it is also considered a vegetable.
Yesterday, son and I bought a large watermelon at P100/head. Watermelons are in season now and every summer you could enjoy them served as desserts, mixed with other veggies as salad, refreshing coolers or if you are enterprising enough you can mix them with jellies or you can make them into ice pops. I love them cold and plainly sliced. They are anti-oxidants and so rich in vitamin C.
This reminds me of a recipe I tasted last week when some friends and I dined at Crisostomo Restaurant at Ayala Fairview Terraces. It was my first time to visit this mall and dine at Crisostomo. All branches serve authentic Filipino recipes and all the recipes are named after some characters in Rizal’s book, Noli Me Tangere and some biblical characters too. Crisostomo must be Crisostomo Ibarra. One of the recipes we ordered was called Sinigang ni Eba and I was pleasantly surprised that they mixed it sliced watermelons. Oh boy, it was simply delicious. The blend of the tangy tomatoes and tamarind and the sweetness of the watermelons is just out of this world. Even their Laing (taro leaves cooked in coconut cream) was just as yummy. Would love to explore more of their recipes one of these days. Although, it is a bit pricey to dine there, you have lots of menu to choose from. Good ambience, friendly wait staff. They have a branch at Eastwood which is very near our place.
(note: second pic culled from the official website of crisostomo)
Posted in family, family life, food, guilty pleasures, life, Mother's Day 2014Lugang Cafe - Mega Fashion Mall, photography, recipes, silence speaks, tagged Chinese cuisine, family life, food, guilty pleasures, life, Lugang Cafe- SM Megamall, Mother's Day 2014, photography on May 10, 2014 | 3 Comments »
The family celebrated Mother’s Day today, a day earlier than May 11. We decided to meet at SM Megamall for lunch. Another day worth-remembering. One thing that highlights the day is of course Nate’s presence. The moment he saw us, he let his dad undo the strap of his stroller and let Josef carry him along. There is a special affinity between the “magninong” (that’s a Tagalog word for godparent) even if they don’t see each other often. He can pronounce Nonna clearly now and I was so glad when he took my hand and planted a loud kiss on my face. Nissa said he learned new words in the three weeks that I haven’t seen him.
We opted to dine at the newly opened wing of SM Megamall. The Mega Fashion Hall is the new high-end extension of the mall. It houses several restaurants and other international clothing brands. The set-up is somehow similar to the Ayala Malls. Aside from the more popular Vikings, there is another branch of Lugang Café where we took our lunch. So it’s Chinese food for lunch. I took some shots but mostly of Nate banging a spoon and fork on the table and playing with the plastic green cup which they provided for him along with a green plastic plate and bowl. I had a good time watching him eat what was served on the table. He loved the Fried Beef Noodles and Fried Rice.
He is probably looking forward to going swimming tomorrow with his Dad’s side of the family. Enjoy Nate but be careful with the sun. I know how much you love to paddle your feet and splash water with your hands. Until we see each other again.
(Note: This is my 1,440th post…can’t believe it)
Posted in baking, family life, food, guilty pleasures, photography, tagged baking, Chocolate brownies with truffles, desserts, family life, guilty pleasures, photography, the joy of baking on May 6, 2014 | 5 Comments »
It’s been a while and I felt quite lazy to sit in front of the computer and blog. This afternoon, I experimented on another dessert recipe culled from the net. I was looking for a simple recipe for chocolate brownies, something easy to do with a minimum of preparation and found this. As usual, I tweaked it a bit adding grated Belgian chocolate truffles on top instead of frosting. My son was all praise for it and said it taste more like a chocolate cake than a simple brownie mix. I smiled and said, “the one on top makes it so yummy” plus the unsweetened dark chocolate I used.
Look at how it looked when I finished baking it and topping it with truffles.
Here’s the recipe if you want to try it. You can double the amount of ingredients if you want a thicker slice.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar (since I used unsweetened chocolate, this is just enough)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour an 8-square inch baking pan. (I just greased it).
In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter, remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa powder, salt, 1/2 cup flour and baking powder. You don’t need to use a mixer, a spoon will do. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with grated chocolate truffles while still hot. Slice into squares when it is cool to the touch.