September Slumber {Part I}

Pabebe wave from our little family to yours!

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Oh yes, we are big fans of AlDub. Maine and Alden are one of the reasons why we are mostly at home on weekends. Franco is still in denial and claims that he is watching only because the lolas are hilarious. I have a picture to prove that he is kinikilig. If we are FB friends, head over to our wall to see the picture.  I posted it  because he posted my kilig picture without permission.

Anyhoo, September, just like most of the months of 2015, was quite uneventful. I could not find a nice photo of myself from our camera phone. Either I was sitting in our living room floor or laying in the bed. Uncombed in my Divisoria daster, take note. The gift of an ordinary day to the highest level. Continue reading

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Pan-Grilled Pork Steak with Truffle Gravy

One of the gastronomic highlights of this summer is our successful pork steak experiment. Whenever we craved for steak, we used to look for meat in the frozen beef section.Thanks to my boss, I learned that groceries also sell a special cut called pork steak.

Franco's Pan-grilled Pork Steak with Truffle Gravy

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…And We Ate Happily Ever After

That is the story of my life for the first quarter of the year.

I worked in the kitchen and enjoyed the fruits of my labor afterwards.I gained only 2 pounds because I ate healthy during weekdays and feasted on weekends.

Same thing on the work-front. I have worked on double shifts for at least 4 times last quarter. On some days, you win. On some days, you learn. I work hard on weekdays but make sure that weekends are for family.

Going back, some of my finished products. How I wish I have time to document how I tweaked the recipes and how easy/intimidating/frustrating/surprising/laborious the cooking process was. Since I don’t have the luxury of time, please refer to the links and modify as needed. Continue reading

South Beach and Okoy

Good morning!  Finally, I was able to force myself to wake up early and blog. So many wonderful things going on. My fear is that if I let this blog laziness to continue, I might totally lose the drive to document.

Last night, I thanked God for the 5 pounds that I dropped in 2 days. You see, I started my South Beach diet last Monday because I have gained 10 pounds since I went back to work last June. The cravings were so strong, I could not stop myself from eating. I was already full but I still kept putting food to my mouth. With South Beach diet, those cravings are eliminated. For the first two weeks, foods that stimulate an increase in insulin which leads to craving later on are prohibited. That does not mean, I allow myself to get hungry. In fact, even if I am not hungry, I still eat snacks because we avoid a drop in sugar levels which could also lead to a desire to eat non-healthy foods. This is my 4th time to go on SB diet. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to lose weight but does not want to feel hungry and sluggish.

Speaking of food, here is one that I have to temporarily give up, OKOY.  If I use whole wheat flour and bake it instead of frying it, maybe I can start eating this again next month.

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Grilled Chicken with Almost Expired Dry Rub Marinade

One of my greatest joys is seeing my boys wolf down a dish that I just “invented” from scratch. On the opposite end of the pole is Ate Doring whose never ending “Anong ulam natin mamaya?” (What do you want to eat later?) drives me crazy. I have not yet finished my meal and she asks me that stressful question. Gone are the days when I had the patience to plan the menu for the week and our weekly grocery shopping list. I have piles of cookbooks and even a taller pile of cooking magazines but deciding on what to eat next is such a challenging endeavor to me. Three out of five times, I answer her with “Ayoko nang mag-isip, Ate! Surprise mo kami” (I don’t want to think. Surprise us!). And with that, I pass the stress to her. Hehe

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Grilled Chicken in 7-Up Marinade

Yup! 7-up is the secret ingredient to this easy peasy recipe. Last Saturday, we woke up to a sweet smell coming from the kitchen. I thought Ate cooked tocino. I went down to tell her to make tocino sinangag. To my surprise, she was grilling chicken quarters for the boys. I asked her where she got her recipe and she said she’s just experimenting. The night before, she soaked the chicken  and some pork tapa slices for me in a marinade of 7-up ( the smallest bottle) and 2 syanse-ful (maybe around 1/4 cup) oyster sauce.  After almost 12 hours of marinating, she grilled the chicken. The meat came out very flavorful and surprisingly very very tender. This will recipe will definitely be part of  our regular menu.

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Makati Cinema Square: What To Do and Where to Eat

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Makati Cinema Square or MCS is our thrifty family’s official weekend tambayan. Aside from the numerous dibidi stores, there are other attractions worth checking.

Booksale. This is on top of my list. The Booksale branch in MCS is the biggest of all branches that I visited. We love this branch so much we had a photoshoot there last year.

Kodanda, Archery Range. Read more about it here.

Bowling!

It takes me more than an hour to scour through the children’s books and home magazines in Booksale. Franco on the other hand, needs only 15 minutes to check out the martial arts magazines and the Marvel comic books. Instead of waiting for me, the boys go to the 3rd floor and people-watch at the Makati Cinema Arena Continue reading

Sloooooooooooooow-Roasted Tomatoes

Sloooooooow…. roasted…. tomatoes…. aaaaaaah…… slightly burnt…semi-juicy….but the flavor is so intense! Laveeet! The one hour wait is sooo worth it.

Cut the tomatoes in half or in quarters. Halves are better so you can catch all the remaining juice.

 

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Place them in a bowl
Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil.
Sprinkle with sugar and mix. I am guilty of adding more sugar than necessary
Place them in a pan or oven-safe dish. Bake at 200 degrees. Take a bath. Read a book. After an hour, your slow roasted tomatoes are ready. Continue reading