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This is my second try of recipes in the book Simpol by Tatung Sarthou.It is called Sweet and Sour Pork. It is pretty easy to follow his recipe. One thing though, I didn’t have carrots inside the ref so I substituted two medium-size potato, fried it after frying the pork. It tasted just as good as those I have tasted before. The pineapple chunks balanced the sweetness of the sauce. It’s flavor is just perfect. No garnishings yet, I took the photo direct from the steel wok.I am tempted to try another recipe, it’ll be chicken next time.

(This is crazy, I could see the photo here while I am on edit mode but it does not appear on the blog itself).

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Second to rice, pancit is a Filipino noodle dish which is also a staple on our table. It uses rice sticks mixed with pork, shrimp, chicken and vegetables. We even mix it with sliced hot dogs and chicken liver.

I prepared this for lunch today and followed Chef Tatung’s recipe by adding sliced squid balls to the pork. Veggies are half-cabbage, Baguio beans, carrot, celery and green onion for toppings.

You could eat this as substitute for rice. Yumyum🥢🍜🍷

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I’ve alway been a fan of Chef Tatung Sarthou. I often see him on television with his regular segment in one program of ABS-CBN.

I occasionally catch him on his Facebook page showing those recipes that he cooks. They don’t need elaborate ingredients. They are simple recipes so easy to follow.

Last Sunday I decided to order his first published cookbook last November 2020. Delivery was fast, ordered it through Lazada.

He calls it Simpol which means simple in English. The book is thick, the pages are glossy with picture of every recipe featured in the book. I browsed it and it seems they are so easy to follow. He simplified those elaborate recipes and made the ingredients affordable. One of these days, I will try some of them.

This book is one more treasure to keep.

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Reading was set aside for a while. I could not concentrate reading even at night aside from perusing a few poems by Mary Oliver….again!

There are deliveries almost every day for the three of us (Josef, Jovy  and me) brought about by the Lazada sale last December 12.  They have sales every month like 10-10-20, 11-11-20 etc. And since this is also their Christmas sale for the year, there seems to be many shoppers online. Lazada Philippines consists of several sellers of electronic accessories, appliances, toys, groceries, fashion accessories, home and living, health and beauty accessories too, You name it, they have it, all at a much lower price than in department stores with minimum charges for delivery. I have completed my gifts shopping at Lazada. There is one more item that I am waiting for, an electric kettle I ordered two days ago for our use. Lazada is a very popular online destination in Southeast Asia. “The online shopping group boasts one of the largest catalogues of items in the Philippines, with items from different  reliable brands, and are grouped into categories that are being sold in the website and the app”.

Yesterday, I prepared Embutido, a Pilipino meatloaf which  is also a regular fare for our Noche Buena.  Pair it with pancit or any pasta dish, some favorite sweets and  other desserts  and you’re good to go. I made 16 rolls in all. It can keep for long in the ref  without losing its flavor, just freeze it.

This afternoon, I wrapped all the gifts for the family. Jovy helped me with the bigger item for Nissa and Obet. Good thing SM East Ortigas gave me extra wrappers because half portions of the Christmas wrappers I have here got wet during the flood last month.

Last night was a very inspiring 2nd day celebration of  Simbang Gabi.  Fr. Paul, one of my favorite priests at St. Paul was the mass presider. Looking forward tonight for the 3rd celebration.

Take care guys, Covid is still enjoying its worldwide romping around.

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Nissa sent me some photos which they took last night. I was so happy to see them happy too. So glad she enjoyed her birthday even without us around.

With Nate, the ever-loving son. We had a video chat last night.

 

The loving family. I think Obet is older by 8 years.

 

They ordered Samgyupsal, grilled pork with all those side dishes. It’s a Korean cuisine. Notice the grill pan in the middle.

 

And the birthday cake of course.

I really wished we were there if not for this pandemic….haha 🙂

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More than a week ago, I talked to one of my nieces (wife of my nephew  from a  first cousin). They have also set up a small business aside from their old one. They called it  Breadville. So we talked about  the different breads that they make – cookies, muffins. the latest craze now here called ube pandesal,  banana bread and cakes too. Tina learned baking when she stayed in Ireland for a year. I was surprised this afternoon when she called me up asking for our address because Jeff wanted to send banana bread so I could taste their products. I told them, “baka malugi kayo” because deliveries are definitely costly aside from the bread of course. They were generous enough to send me these two loaves of banana bread…..yummy!

The one we opened have different nuts on top and it is so delicious. Paired it with a new blend of Twinings’ Four Red Fruits and it’s perfect.

What blessings!

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This is fun. Twinings tea in all five flavors. Aside from the Wild Berry and Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin I ordered before, Jovy ordered three more boxes in flavors of Strawberry & Mango, Lemon & Ginger And Four Red Fruits. I’ve tasted Strawberry & Mango before and I loved it.

I thought I was the only tea drinker in the family but I was surprised that Jovy and Josef regularly drink it too lately. He said he is not giving up on coffee but he could drink tea in successive mugs. Ah, the influence of a mum, haha! He usually starts work at 4am until 1pm every day and he needs a morning fix. It is an acquired taste. I love lemon and ginger when I feel I have a sore throat. There is nothing better though than our good old kalamansi. I extracted almost a kilo of it, added sugar and put it in the ref. All you need is either hot or cold water.

This morning, one of our neighbors (she’s about six houses away from us but I don’t even know her name) passed by. I was at the garden uprooting weeds and she stopped outside and told me I must really love gardening. My plants are not so common and ordinary. I remember when we had it landscaped back in 2010, the landscaper asked me if I don’t mind having a green garden, meaning some of the plants he planted don’t actually bear flowers but they are all green. I said yes but over the years I added some in pots and some of them are flowering plants too. Back to my short conversation with our neighbor, she noticed that some of our kalamansi fruits at the top of the two trees have ripened. Yes, I could not reach them even if I use our small ladder but I gave her some fruits. She was so happy. When she saw one of my flowering plants, she again asked if it was easy to grow it. I was about to prune it. It was my Scarlet Bush. I only learned of its name too a couple of months ago. I gave her three stems. Haha, my social life is picking up.

Hmm… Shakey’s Angus Steakhouse Pizza for snack. These two (Jovy and Josef) are spoiling Mom and me. It is so costly for just an afternoon snack. I love it though because it is not oily and has crunchy potato strings and sliced mushrooms on top. Yum!

And the rain is about to fall. It is so dark outside. Happy midweek friends! Strawberry & Mango tea, anyone?

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Been busy the last three days. Ah, just busy reading and watching Josef and Jovy revive their small business.  It is the “in” thing now, online selling to friends, relatives and neighbors. This time though, they partnered with a former classmate of Jovy in their culinary arts class at DLSU-St. Benilde.  He does the cooking and Jovy and  Josef are in-charge of marketing the product.  There is another friend who prepares the brownies and crinkles.

Yesterday, there were so many orders of  baked kani mango sushi, chocolate crinkles, brownies and cookies. For the first time, I tasted baked sushi. Boy, what a heavenly taste. Just love it. It is a little expensive though because the ingredients are complete – Japanese rice, mango, kani, cream cheese, cucumber, Japanese mayonnaise, nori sheets  and some other ingredients I am not familiar with. We had it again for dinner tonight with spaghetti and milk tea. I don’t drink milk tea though because I don’t like milk. It seems like those rolled/sliced California maki are no longer popular here.

The baked sushi are priced differently according to size.

 

Mini red velvet crinkles, choco chips, supreme walnut brownies and fudgy brownies.

 

We had this again for dinner this evening – kani mango sushi bake.

Online food business is really that good. There were more orders today picked up by Grab Food for delivery to different places here in Metro Manila.

 

 

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Early this morning, I went  to the Municipal Hall to pay our land and realty taxes for the year. The clerk there suggested that if we pay by the month of November or December for the following year, there is a 20% discount. I will remember that and will try to settle our 2021 taxes before the year ends. 20% is big enough, don’t you think?

On my way home, I dropped by the Liwasan (our town plaza fronting the Catholic church in our town). I love this idea of Mayor Kit Nieto to invite vendors/sellers from different provinces to sell their produce in our town (from Friday to Sunday) every week. It is cheaper than those sold at the groceries and wet markets. It’s been going on for more than a month now.

I was overjoyed to see different items – veggies, fruits, rice, meat, preserved fruits and veggies, dried fish of different kinds. There was even a vendor selling jars of rice coffee. There was a free taste and it was a nice drink, no caffeine of course. I didn’t buy though cause my shopping bag was already full. I bought white onions, eggplants, a whole squash and dried tilapia. It is Friday today,  every Lent I make it a point to abstain from eating meat on Fridays so we’ll have the dried fish and eggplant fritters or maybe roasted ones with fresh tomatoes for lunch.

Bought this kilo of Guava Java for only P70 pesos. They are fairly large and that jar of roasted peanuts (cooked without oil) is P60 pesos.

Can’t wait to take a bite on those juicy guavas.

 

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It rained yesterday until last night. It’s the first rain we experienced this year. It is still cloudy outside and a bit cold. It’s that kind of drizzle that makes streets slippery. We have to bring two umbrellas in going to the  wet market for our twice-a-month marketing. Surprisingly, vegetables from upland Baguio are cheaper than some veggies that come from nearby provinces here. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, French beans and lettuce are so fresh.  I bought a head of broccoli, gonna mix it with penne pasta, bits of ham and cream of mushroom as sauce.  Try it, it is pretty yummy 🙂

Remember this? It’s the one I made from our left-over Christmas ham more than a year ago.

One thing good about February is the cold weather  here.  We call it hanging amihan ( Northeast monsoon or trade winds). No storms, no low pressure area, just cold weather usually at night and early in the morning. The perfect time to stay in bed a little late.  And sipping a hot cup of coffee or tea makes the morning perfect too. Add that to our famous pandesal. Pandesal is the quintessential bread roll of the Philippines. You can use any kind of spread – peanut butter, cheese, sauteed corned beef, scrambled eggs, margarine, liver spread or even sardines.  Am I making you hungry? 

Josef and I dropped by Jollibee before going home from the market. We had the usual breakfast meals, half cup of fried rice, hotdog, poached egg and hot  choco for him while I ordered my favorite  longganisa  with poached egg and a steaming cup of coffee.  We brought home some breakfast too for Mom and Jovy.

Longganisa breakfast meal at Jollibee.

I love Saturdays. I love weekends. Next Saturday Nissa’s family and our good friend Fr. Aly are coming over for lunch. Looking forward to seeing them again. Thinking of what to cook. I already bought something for adobo, laing and pancit canton. Nissa usually brings roasted chicken or pork barbeque. Gonna buy more veggies on Friday for vegetable salad.

Don’t you just love weekends?

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