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.
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 “…And We Ate Happily Ever After”
If you are looking for an effective diet, look no further. South Beach is the one for you. I swear by my index toe, it really works. From 129 pounds, I was down to 117 lbs with minimal to zero exercise. That is just one pound away from my pre-Aki weight. And it is not expensive as many of you think. If you prepare your own food, the cost is just the same.
Baked tomatoes with honey mustard dressing, oven-roasted squash,my go-to cookbooks, home-made mint pesto (yummmmm!) Continue reading “Chinese-Style Steamed Fish Recipe”
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.
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
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.
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.
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 “Makati Cinema Square: What To Do and Where to Eat”
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.
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 “Sloooooooooooooow-Roasted Tomatoes”
1/2 kilo pork, cubed
oil for frying
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
1-2 tablespoon onion, chopped
1/3 kilo very ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup bagoong (shrimp paste). We always use Barrio Fiesta Sweet Bagoong. Reduce the amount if your bagoong is too salty.
2 kalamansi (local lime)
100 grams chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter, room tempeerature
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar plus more for rolling