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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 taking hot tea the whole day. It is a little cold here and you can hear the thunder in the distance. Before lunch, Jovy went out to buy ingredients for our afternoon snack. We were all craving for those traditional recipes like ginataang mais. (coconut milk rice pudding with sweet corn).

It’s the first time in years that I’ve tasted it again. We used malagkit (sticky rice), coconut cream in pouches, 2 cans of corn kernels and a little sugar to taste. I gave a tub to our neighbor and he said it was yummy. I agree.

I also ordered two boxes of our famous Hopia in two different flavors. Hopia is a Filipino-Chinese pastry with different fillings. It is known in Asia than anywhere else. Here, I took a shot too.

belVita has become a favorite. Perfect with a hot cup of tea. This time, it’s Wild berry. I love experimenting on different fruit tea flavors.

Gosh, I am ashamed. When you are on a lockdown, sometimes all you think is about food. We are again on modified enhanced community quarantine until August 18. So far we have the highest number of days of lockdown period but still, COVID positive individuals are still rising every day. So really sad.

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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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How many times have you ever thought of those people you meet every day even at this time of pandemic? Did you ever smile and exchanged a few words with them? Have you ever thought how they  are coping with this worldwide problem that we have?

Some may probably look happy because all is right in their small world, some are probably thinking what to have for their next meal. Maybe some are  having problems financially but do we ever know?

Since it was only the two of us, Mom and I, I ordered batchoy from one of our neighbors (a resident of our subdivision) for lunch  yesterday since we had snacks from McDo before Jovy, Josef,  Jovy’s grandma and a cousin went back  to Fairview. They stayed here overnight to get more supplies since the two will accompany Jovy’s grandma till Sunday. They carted off their laptops, Oreo’s food supply, a half sack of rice and a few groceries to tide them over.  My favorite pastime nowadays is searching online  and see what our neighbors are selling for the day. There are no fish vendors here, they are not permitted to sell their merchandise to the residents here. I bought these milkfish (6 boneless daing)  to augment our supply of chicken and pork.  The vendor I bought from in  another street gave me free papaya pickles so I could taste it when I want to order. I am getting tired of eating something without fish at all. But who am I to complain? There are more jobless people nowadays who could not even provide enough for their families.

Lucky me, a fish vendor passed by while I was watering the plants and he stopped by our neighbor’s gate. I was able to buy a kilo of fish, no need to make a bargain since I know how hard it is to sell something during these times.

Some thoughts for the day:

There was this prediction from UP that it would reach 40,000 positive cases by the end of June and this spokesperson from the government raised his hand and executed a fist pump while saying that we didn’t reach that number.

YOU ARE REJOICING but we haven’t beaten COVID 19 yet, stats keeps on rising. Why would you be glad that those predictions were not met? We are talking of life here.

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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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Are you familiar with jackfruit? The one I showed you earlier in a photo is now ripe. I gave half of it to two of our neighbors.

There are three more growing big and many buds on the tips of the other tree. Just perfect for guinataang langka (jackfruit cooked in coconut cream with slices of pork or shrimps).

I bought saging na saba, sweet potato, glutinous rice (finely ground) and sweet potato because I am planning to cook guinataang halo-halo this afternoon. It could serve as dessert or afternoon snack. Cooked with coconut cream, a little sugar to taste and the various ingredients mixed together. Served cold  or hot, it’s yummy.

Here how it looks when it’s cooked.This one has Ube and tapioca pearls.

photo courtesy of Kuzina restaurant.

 

 

 

 

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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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Tried one of the ingredients Nissa brought home from Singapore, It’s a Mee Siam Paste. Surprisingly, it tastes good. You just add 200 grams of Pancit bihon, one boiled egg, fried tofu or bean curd topped with green onion. Definitely Asian.

It’s healthy because it is a meatless recipe.  It tastes different from our usual recipe using Bihon

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Maybe, we cook it in different ways but the taste would always be  that delicious, a blend of so many spices and the nutty flavor of coconut cream.

I just cooked chicken curry for lunch. I have so many spices on different Asian and Singaporean recipes that Nissa brought home from their trip in Singapore. This is a yellow curry flavor. We also have the green and the red ones. I’ll partner this with sauteed string beans.

 

 

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Tasty Snack


Yesterday was market day for us and when it is, we are not usually able to prepare a hearty breakfast for the family. We always opt to buy pandesal.  Pandesal is our classic Filipino bread  roll which is usually eaten at breakfast. They say it is a poor man’s meal. Some dip it in a hot cup of coffee, some make use of peanut butter or sweetened coconut cream (we call it matamis na bao in Tagalog). We always have scrambled egg to go with it though. You can buy pandesal in your neighborhood bakery, freshly baked for the morning.

Josef bought P50 worth and that is equivalent to 25 pieces. We weren’t able to consume it all of course so we put the rest in the ref.  Just perfect, perfect for a pizza pandesal. It is the simplest way to consume the leftover bread, making pizza.  All you need is a can of sardines (break it into a smooth paste with the sauce in it), halved pandesal, grated cheese and thinly sliced white onion.  Bake it in the oven for at least ten minutes or until the cheese melts. Voila! You have a tasty snack.

You can use any topping you want, you can even spread pizza sauce on the halved pandesal before your desired ingredients on top. I’ve wished I’ve taken a picture of it but I haven’t uploaded an FB app on my new tab. My other cell phone (an old Samsung S 5) is no longer working).

This is a photo from Panlasang Pinoy

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