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Once in a while, our dog Noki shares the limelight…haha!

He  loves staying in the garden while I am weeding or cutting the grass. You won’t believe this but he watches  too when the television is on. He likes to sleep under our dining table. At night he would stay for a while inside but when it’s time for bed I let him out of the door. He is a half-breed Japanese Spitz and a Labrador Retriever,  a great family pet.

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Childlike faith focuses on our Heavenly Father – not on our fears. 
Viva! Pit Señor, Santo Niño!

Wrote this on my wall today at Facebook.  The Sto. Nino  fiesta is a feast  celebrated in the Philippines every third Sunday of January.

As I’ve said in my previous post,  yesterday was a family day for us. We went to Tondo  to celebrate fiesta with them early.  It was a day full of laughter and sharing. Nate surely knows how to entertain.  He brought out some of his toys. Josef and I enjoyed playing with him and his go-kart and his set of beyblades.  It really feels good to act and play with a child once again.   Sometimes, we need these light moments, allowing ourselves to be young once more, enjoying the same activities of a little boy and  laughing  our hearts out in enjoyment.   We only see each other once a month so every time we do, we make use of the time just being happy.

Nissa prepared  pork sinigang sa bayabas. (soup made with pork and flavored with fresh guavas). Yes, we also use fresh guavas  for our  sinigang.  Mixed with gabi (taro root)  and water spinach, it was a yummy dish. Her mother-in-law cooked embutido and  prepared fruit salad and leche flan  for dessert. We brought along bibingka (rice cake).

It is really such a joy to spend another Saturday with the family.

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We had a great time spending the day with Obet’s family (his parents),  with Nissa and Nate of course. Nate was so happy seeing us this morning.

Tomorrow  is the Feast Day of Sto. Nino, the patron saint of Tondo  but we went there early to celebrate with the family. True enough, when we reached the place, one side of the road going to their house was closed. We had a hard time navigating the place. We were not familiar with those streets before their house so we used the GPS in going there.  So hard to find a parking space even in front of their house.

As always I admired their old decor,  some figurines from long ago  still kept intact by Obet’s mom.  I found two more aside from those I took pictures of two or three years ago. I think the ceramic materials were made of porcelain. They were  quite heavy.

Cute, aren’t they?

 

Grandpa and grandma

 

I love these photos, simple depictions of friendship maybe and some precious moments with the old folks.

We took lots of photos by the way but they are all in Nissa’s camera.  Arrived home after more than two hours of traffic on the road.

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Not so long ago, we discovered an edible fern during our many visits to the wet market. In fact, I blogged about it before here. There are so many ways to prepare such. Blanching is one common way to prepare it or you can cook the young leaves in coconut cream.

Last Saturday, we chanced upon fresh leaves in the market.  I  made it into a  veggie salad by adding julienned  white onions, ginger, tomatoes and  ground pork. I blanched it first with hot water then added the ingredients together with the ground pork later. It tasted so good.

Fiddlehead fern

It is locally known as pako. It is not grown as vegetable but grows in the wild. Not all ferns are edible though so one should be familiar  with it.  It is a perfect side dish for grilled fish or pork.

 

 

 

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Yesterday  I  made a Tuyo Pasta for dinner using a bottle of Gourmet Tuyo which our neighbor gave us  the other  night. Tuyo  is a salted   dried fish (usually herring)  or what we call salinas fish. In the Philippines, tuyo is considered as a poor man’s food because  it is cheaper among the dried fish being sold in the market but it has come a long way since it is now used in several  recipes.  It could be fired plain  or  bottled as a gourmet meal with olive oil and black sliced olives.

Instead of linguine or spaghetti noodles I made use of macaroni pasta, one green  bell pepper and carrots.  Topped with grated cheese it is a yummy dish. You won’t need to add so much salt to the dish since tuyo is salty but it compliments the  macaroni pasta.

Tuyo Pasta

This is actually my first time to make  Gourmet Tuyo pasta since a bottle  is quite expensive. Mom and Josef loved it. I think it even tasted better than the Spanish sardines in oil which I usually use when I don’t want tomato sauce or ground pork/beef  in our pasta dishes.  (more…)

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Woke up to another cold morning and it is raining again.  I wonder when I’ll get to see the sun’s face again in all  its glory. I wonder if we’ll spend Christmas day like this one.

I spent sometime yesterday planning  what to prepare for our Noche Buena.  I have actually cooked two kilos of embutido the other day and  put  it in the freezer. Embutido is our Filipino version of meatloaf which is cooked by steaming.  It consists of ground pork, raisins, sausage, cheese, eggs, pickle relish, carrots and other seasonings. You can freeze it for  more  than just a month and it does not lose its flavor.  Of course, fruit, macaroni or potato salad won’t be left behind since Mom is here.  She loves anything that spells S-A-L-A-D. And  pasta dishes  and sweet delicacies won’t be left behind.   Nissa is on a Keto diet and she does not eat carbohydrates so sometimes I find it hard to prepare something for her. We always have rice in our every meal so it’s a no, no for her.  Aside from attending the Christmas  Eve mass, sharing the Noche Buena feast at midnight, we have the opening of gifts to look forward to and Nate  is the happiest kid around.   He could only clutch his gifts and does a guessing game before he opens them with gusto.

 

Nate at 5.

Nate is quite tall for his age. He just finished his workshop at  Trimedia Int’l. with a fashion show last week  with other kid participants. Got his first trophy at five.  I’m envious  but he deserves it after eight sessions of workshop and that lovely fashion  show in the end.  A proud  Nonna obviously.

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I saw this on my On this Day page  on my Facebook wall  and I kind of remember those early days when Nate was just beginning to appreciate things and experiment.

This was taken three years ago when he was two years old.  He has outgrown playing with the set preferring now to create figures with his transformers and Lego toys.


Look at how focused he was trying  to play  with his drums.  It is his 5th birthday tomorrow and  my daughter  plans to bring free snacks to his teachers and classmates in school.

Way to go Nate, so excited for you. Happy, happy birthday.

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