Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lollipop for my baby, hey it smells like Christmas!

Did you see malls around you with inviting lights all around. Even feeling the excitement of Christmas soon to come? Well, for me yes and somewhat sad at the same time because my family will not be complete as hubby won't be able to come and visit us here in the Philippines. But anyway, keeping aside that thought, I just wanted to compliment on this candy and snack bar which is inside the mall of Makati City.

See the eyes of my little one tempted to taste what that big lollies are up to? Well, you can't resist sweets at times especially if you have a sweet tooth. Well, these lollies are also great Christmas decors to include but just don't expect that if some sweet tooth monster took it by surprise. Well, I guess it makes kids happy when they see hanging lollies in Christmas tree or any ornament in the house that you would decor for this holiday season. Can you now feel this season of hope and love? Well, hopefully everyday is love day for all of us.

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Me and my little one with the tree of lollipop

Yummy Fresh Lumpiang Sariwa

This is one of the food that I have missed to taste for so long. I really don't know yet how to make fresh lumpiang sariwa as I don't know how to make a perfect crepe for this recipe. I went along with my family to visit Goldilocks where they serve also fresh lumpiang sariwa. I have missed their lumpiang sariwa for so long. So when we had the time to go there, we didn't skip the opportunity to order this delicious meal.

We also ordered pancit guisado (sauteed bean thread noodle) and their kalderetang baka which my mom used to order. Then we had ube-macapuno cake for our dessert. It is just affordable and for us it was really a fun filled day eating out with our loved ones and bonding also of our family.

I also like their rice cakes (puto) but at that time we did not order that. My tummy was happy when we got home. At least, before going back again to India I was able to experience to eat fresh lumpiang sariwa.

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Fresh Lumpiang Sariwa
Pancit Guisado

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Porter Steak Anyone?

Step out of the comfort zone and I was with family for bonding time and was able to relax a bit. To worry is never a good way to our body so spend some time to eat out and dine with the family. We had porter steak and took so long when I happen to taste this again as we don't have this restaurant in India.
I don't happen to see shops selling beef cuts that is good for steak. Yes, there are beef meat stalls in our place but the problem is that they don't cut on portions like where is the softest part of the meat or if you happen to ask for the sirloin, they don't know it too.
Anyway, this streak was just great, not too rubbery although the only thing I can say is that the bottom part was a bit smokey in taste. The rice was sticky and buttery in taste. The gravy was not that great as it was too watery in consistency.
The meat was just well done, although the side dish was not fascinating at all and lacks a lot of inspiration to make it even more colorful contrasting the color of yellow which is obviously the only thing you can easily notice when they handed you the sizzling plate.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I-Cake Anyone?

I thought it was ice cream cake, but anyway the icons itself was there, good for Ipod or Ipad or smart phone people who will really enjoy this kind of cake design. But it was made of mocha and it was good for the taste for a very affordable price too.

What I do like was the freebies given by the cake shop because they have given us enough for the cake topper, some sprinkles and a very tasty sponge cake(mamon) during the time that I purchase the cake for my son's special day.

It was 8x12 in size, mocha flavor and also affordable. It made our family happy as I share it also with my loved ones abroad when they see the cake and the sweet dessert I also bought from the same shop. But I was not happy much about the cathedral gelatin that I bought. It just didn't passed my palate (just my own taste okay), no offense to the shop. It would have been better if they have infused some sweet taste and not too hard on it.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October as Month of Birthday Celebrations..

I was happy that this month is almost over as the birthdays of my niece has come and also for my son's birthday. I was really busy to look for ways to get money so that I can at least give them a happy birthday celebration.

Well, anyway, this is already a bridge over troubled water, I may not think of it at all and just go back to reality and look for other ways now. I do love birthdays and parties and celebrations. I thanked God for another year that He has been faithful to our family as He is the source of everything we have.

I do love to share this delicious pancit (bean-thread noodles) with buko pandan as dessert and ice cream and cake and biko (sweet gluten rice). I was thinking of making some pica-pica but to my dismay, most of the visitors I invited did not come, so I did not bother to prepare it at all. I will just cherish the goodness of God in our family and will not be worrying about those who did not come and celebrate this special occasion with us. May the month of November come with a special way with us all.

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Bulanglang with Fried Milk Fish

How are you today? I just hope that you are just doing fine. For now, I will be updating my food blog since I have the time now to handle it unlike before. Anyway, Bulanglang is a famous recipe of the north, country of Philippines.

If you will see, this is usually vegetable dish sauteed with fried fish too. I do miss eating Bulanglang because we don't have bagoong(salted anchovies) sold in India. So anyway, it is just easy to cook. All you need to include in this recipe are squash, bitter gourd, okra, eggplant, spanish turnip pod and fried fish to saute along with this dish.  Bulanglang will never be bulanglang without bagoong or the salted anchovies.

This is one of the recipes of the Ilokanos (northern part of the Philippines) where my mom's side is. Just like the Pinakbet, this recipe is also with bagoong as most recipes of the north prepare their dishes with this. By the way, all the photos I used in my food blog are mine and is strictly prohibited to be shared without my permission. Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fish Stewed with Vinegar, Garlic and Ginger

I really don't know the exact English of this recipe, but we call it Paksiw na Isda. Paksiw means cooked with vinegar, salt, garlic and ginger while isda means fish. I have missed this recipe because my mom used to prepare this for us. We don't even happen to have that fish she used for cooking. So since our vacation here it is timely that we taste her favorite dish.

You can also include eggplant in this delicious dish. The eggplant will really absorb the taste of the vinegar, garlic and ginger which I really appreciate the taste. But my brother is not a fan of this recipe so he just eat less whenever our mother prepares this food.

Have you also tasted this type of dish? You can try this in any small but tasty fishes. IT is just simple to prepare because the main ingredients will just be vinegar, salt, garlic, ginger, black pepper, lady finger chili, onion and vegetable such as eggplant to include. You can include water but not too much as this is not a soup recipe.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Exotic Foods like Snails and Slugs..Do you Eat?

I guess you will wonder if I tell you if you eat such exotic foods. But people have different palette and tastes so it will just be fine for them to eat slugs or snails. Well, this afternoon, our lunch was snails. It was with coconut milk and lady finger chili and you can see that it was cooked in a very presentable way.

But when you ask me if I have tasted it, yes tasted! But hubby will never want to eat it. He might feel gross or something on eating snails but he likes frogs instead. Have you also tasted something exotic like this? I do believe that whenever you are in the province, you will also have the chance to taste different food offers from various cultures.

I do believe that eating such will not harm the health. Actually, it has a taboo of healing properties with them that nature has to offer. But as I have said, it will all depend on your own taste and guts to eat also such food offer. Have you tasted some snails lately?

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Pizza and Pasta For 2014

I have been away blogging and I do miss to write food blogs again. Well this will be my try for this year 2014 and I will be happy if I can buy my own domain name and transfer everything that I have from this wonderful site that I have started long time back.

Well I just want to share what we had when we went out. It was pizza and pasta from Domino's and since I have been craving for pizza for so long, I really do like to order Barbecue Chicken and Cheese Pizza. I really adore Domino's give away sprinkles (Chili flakes and Oregano). I always do keep them even when we finish our pizza, we used to take these home and I use it as a sprinkle for my other recipes and it makes the food perfect.

I do like pan pizza than crust types and of course pizza will always be enjoyable when hot and fluffy soft. But I don’t have a problem even when it is already cold. For me pizza is my comfort food and I like to take it with any cold beverages like soda, juice and beer of course.

Well about the pasta that we ordered, it was Italian pasta on their list but I was not satisfied on the taste because it was too sour for my taste and pasta with white sauce shouldn't be tasting sour. I told my husband that it looks like they have used sour cream on the pasta instead of just using a plain white creamy sauce for the real Italian pasta. I do know because I have been cooking and preparing white sauce pasta for my family and I just don’t know why on earth the taste was really sour that time we ordered our pasta.

Anyway, I guess this depends on the variations of white sauce pasta to use but I really haven’t heard anything about using sour cream if ever you have to mix it on pasta. By the way what is important is that my tummy was full and we went home with our remaining pizza on the box and we ate it after dinner. I just hope that I will have more chance of sharing some food menu and restaurant experiences I have in here. Have a blessed New Year to all my readers and God bless you.

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