Posted in family life, food, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, I love weekends, tagged Faith, family life, I love Sundays, journeys, thoughts and ramblings on April 23, 2017|
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It seems like it was only yesterday and yet it is Sunday again. Time travels so fast.
I miss reading the Sunday papers, I used to subscribe when dad was alive. Early Sunday mornings would always be a cup of instant coffee and Philippine Star. I don’t subscribe anymore since I always don’t get to read it anyway. Besides, when you eat an early breakfast at Jollibee, the morning paper comes free. For so many Sundays now, we always attend the 6:30 am masses in town. There are always online sites for national dailies if one wants to be updated with the headlines which almost always deals with extra-judicial killings. It’s not really good to be reading those news reports that only make you feel that the present government is doing nothing. I pity my country, in nine months since their president occupied Malacanang, it’s one big ride downwards.
Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day in the Catholic Church. It is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. I will always remember my former boss at the bank, she was the one who initiated that we pray the 3 O’clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy every day. I’ve come to memorize the prayer. This hour of Great Mercy promises tremendous grace in our lives.
So yesterday was a family celebration of Mom’s birthday. It’s one of those day worth-remembering again not so much of the food (though we have plenty of it) but more of the camaraderie and the laughter when our baby Nate is around. I think he will always be the life of a party. I have some food magazines here and Nate pointed at one of the covers and told his dad that he wanted something similar to eat soon. It’s a colorful array of veggies and meat on the side. We laughed while he pointed at the photo. Sometimes kids are taken by colors although they are the first to figure out that a certain taste is not to their liking. I am glad that Nate eat his vegetables more than her daddy does 🙂
Have I told you that I finally changed my Aldiko e-reader to Moonreader? Moonreader seems the better option for my e-books, it is easier to navigate and to follow. Since I started reading e-books a few years ago, it has always been Aldiko but I guess it is no longer that user-friendly on my tab. I wonder sometimes that despite an outer device with a 10 gb to boot, I still get the message, the space it not enough to upgrade apps. The only apps I installed earlier when I didn’t have my computer before was the BPI and WordPress. The tab comes with all those pre-installed apps that you cannot delete but are upgraded from time to time Facebook included. never mind, I only ever use it for reading and for paying household bills online. I want to buy a camera first before changing my tab. One of these days, maybe.
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Posted in blogging, food, gardening, Goodreads, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, Philippine cuisine, photography, tagged blogging, flowers and blooms, food, gardening, home garden, journeys, life, photography on June 28, 2016|
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Oh my, it seems like months since I last posted here. Thank you for those visits even if there is nothing new to read. No valid reason though except the same old one, been busy the past few days. Blogging took a back seat for a while.
Gardening has been a priority of course. It rains almost every day now so those unwanted weeds sprout like crazy too. Every two weeks, I need to trim our carabao grass, a tall order for aching backs and sore muscles. The reward though is more than enough to make me smile. All the Portulaca I planted three weeks ago are blooming now in different colors of yellow, white, orange and pink. They are the most easy to grow annual plants.
Saw this white rain lily in early bloom. Flowers only appear during rainy season but they are nice ground cover.
Yesterday, I attempted to cook my version of Bicol Express for our lunch. It’s that popular dish from the Bicol region where coconut seems to be the main ingredient in lots of their local dishes. And know what, the main ingredient here is not the pork but the sliced green Thai chili peppers that we have plenty of. The dish is really hot and it requires a lot of rice to go with it. I omitted the shrimp paste since Josef is allergic to shrimp, used ordinary rock salt instead. It was yummy.
Some of my friends are urging me to cook another dish in coconut cream which we call Ginataang Santol. I asked my favorite vendor yesterday if they have the Bangkok variety but she told me it is not yet in season. Would love to cook this again when I find those sweet Bangkok santol in the market.
I was able to transfer all the photos I took on my tab at Photobucket and to my hard drive. Better be safe than sorry. One more thing I need to do and it is a hard and dusty undertaking – to clean our book shelves and separate books, the favorites and most important ones from those we just bought on a whim. There are some authors that I have never known before but surprisingly delivers a good piece of a story.
Eight books in advance for my 2016 Reading Challenge in Goodreads. Hooray!
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Posted in family life, food, Philippine cuisine, photography, tagged family life, Filipino Cuisine, food, more experiment in the kitchen, photography, skinless longanisa on March 14, 2016|
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I am afraid I haven’t been as active posting as much as I like this month. All I have are two blog posts. And it’s the middle of March.
It’s been a while since I blogged about our kitchen experiments at home. Lately I found a simple recipe on how to make skinless longanisa, it’s just sausage to you dear readers. Yesterday was market day so I asked Josef if he could help me make it. I didn’t expect it was so yummy and I would like to make some more after Holy Week when we are back to the usual fare having meat in our meals. Next week would be a meatless week for us. Josef did it without my help. Tried it this morning for breakfast.
The good thing about it is that there are no artificial preservatives. Here are the simple ingredients culled from Panlasang Pinoy recipes. You would need the following:
1/2 kl. Pork
12 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix them well, form into 4-inch long sausage. Refrigerate for a while before frying. Makes 16 pieces longanisa.
The garlicky flavor tastes so good.
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Posted in baking, family life, food, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, photography, tagged baking, banana bread, banana bread recipe, fluffy and light banana bread, food, I love Sundays, kitchen adventures, photography, simple joys on September 20, 2015|
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I love Sundays.
I came home from an early morning mass and thought of trying a banana bread recipe which I copied several days ago. I found this site . It’s a Japanese array of cuisines and desserts where I found several recipes using pancake mix. They had me at “sugar-free”. I love it.
You could try this, here’s how.
150 grams Pancake mix
3 ripe bananas
50 ml milk
Use a fork to mash the banana until creamy. Add the egg and mix thoroughly with a wire whisk. Stir in the milk.
Add the pancake mix and roughly mix it with a spatula. Lightly grease the cake pan with a little oil or butter then pour in the batter. Bake for 40 minutes at 180 °C.
That simple, I adjusted the amount of ingredients though using 4 ripe bananas, 200 grams pancake mix and 100 ml evaporated milk. It turned out like this, a yummy sugar-free banana bread.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone!
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Posted in family life, food, life, Philippine cuisine, photography, rainy days, recipes, tagged Comfort food, family life, life, photography, rainy days, silence speaks on July 6, 2015|
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It’s a rainy Monday and PAGASA said we will have these monsoon rains for the next five days. Typhoon Egay hasn’t left yet and there is another one coming but has not yet entered the Philippine area of responsibility. I hope it will divert its course farther from the country.
Josef and I have thought about it even before we reached the market this morning, braving the early morning shower. He asked me what is the best food for merienda (snacks) on a rainy day. I suggested soup with crackers but he didn’t buy it. What about arroz caldo or minatamis na saging? Can you prepare both, he asked. Why not?
Arroz caldo or congee is best prepared with sticky rice and chicken wings with lots of fried garlic while minatamis na saging is the easiest version of cooking saba banana (Philippine plantains) but you can simply boil it or eat it raw, it does not matter. I bought eight pieces and a cup of mini tapioca pearls. We had this for snack this afternoon.
Believe me, it’s yummy and the sweetness is just right .
Perfect for a hot cup of green tea and lemon…
If I am not too lazy tomorrow, I will cook arroz caldo not for merienda but for dinner. Dinner today is fresh bean sprouts topped with crunchy flaked tinapa, another comfort food on rainy days like this.
The sun showed its face for a while so I went out to visit the garden and took a few shots. I love those silver raindrops clinging to the leaves after the rain.
Look at those dark threatening clouds…
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I am excited.
Over a month a go, I blogged about mushroom growing when Nissa brought me an oyster mushroom fruiting bag which was a gift from a relative in Amadeo, Cavite. I waited about two weeks before finally opening the bag and religiously followed the instructions attached there – spraying water three times a day, putting it in a place that has moisture so it won’t dry out and waiting for the pins to come out. She said that they harvested theirs in two weeks while I got so frustrated when three weeks passed and it won’t bear those nice oyster mushrooms that I’ve been waiting for.
I was about to spray it again early this morning when I noticed these small grayish growth at the sides of the bag. Kevin was so specific in his instructions that I stop watering when I see those pins because in two days, they would have grown big enough for harvest. Since I was just excited to see them grow, I looked at the bag again a few minutes ago. Gosh, I was smiling like crazy when I saw these and they are just in one portion of the fruiting bag, there are more small ones at the center and at the other side.
a closer look….
Maybe, I could harvest these over the weekend. Now, my big problem is, how to cook them while still fresh aside of course from experimenting on the mushroom burger which we often order at the Mushroom Burger House In Tagaytay City every time we go there.
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