I’m such an irresponsible blogger

Please forgive me. I know you guys deserve a better update than this, but a lot has been going on in my life now. As usual!

I resigned from my job and well, I don’t have a new job yet. I don’t what’s happening with me life!!! CRAAAAAAZY!

We bought a dog!!! A Belgian Malinois named Orion. He’s such a handsome dog! I just want to squish him. Continue reading “I’m such an irresponsible blogger”

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Grill Pan Waffles

You know that feeling when you’re craving for something, and you can’t get it out of your head. 2 weeks ago, I tweeted that I wanted waffles. I still haven’t eaten it since a tweeted it. I’ve seen waffle stalls everywhere, they even have it in Starbucks! But I’ve been too lazy to buy one and sometimes I’m feeling a bit stingy, so I refuse to buy overpriced waffle.

I want you in my mouth. Omnomnomnom (Photo courtesy: witzel.org)
I want you in my mouth. Omnomnomnom (Photo courtesy: witzel.org)

I was feeling a bit down earlier — caused by the lost of DLSU Green Archers to the UE Red Warriors. So, I needed to eat something that would make my mood better; I remembered waffles! Just thinking about it makes me salivate (forgive me for sounding so crude). I really wanted to eat one. I don’t have a waffle iron, but I was thinking of ways how to make waffles without the iron. There has to be a way, Continue reading “Grill Pan Waffles”

Macaroni Salad, Buffalo Chicken Wrap and Peach Float

Aside from waking up late and going to places, another thing I love the most about weekend is that I can cook whatever I want. Even if a dish would take up to three hours to cook, I wouldn’t mind because I’m not in a hurry. I haven’t been cooking recently — ever since I was the officer-in-charge for our business unit. I’ve been super stressed and I feel kind of lost. I honestly just want this to end.

But let’s not talk about my life story, because that’s not supposed to be the topic of this blog post!

Omnomnomnom
Omnomnomnom

“I want a macaroni salad.”

That’s what my dad has been telling me for a couple of weeks now, but I never got a chance to make one, until today.

I'm getting hungry just looking at this!
I’m getting hungry just looking at this!

“Let’s have burrito for dinner!”

My brother’s line while doing grocery shopping.

I want to eat this now!
I want to eat this now!

“I want a refrigerated cake!”

What I was thinking while browsing the net earlier.

I don’t know how I was able to cook/make all those three in 4 hours, but I actually did. And in between cooking; I was able to watch television, check my social media accounts, boss my brother around and eat dinner. Not bad for a lazy person like me. Hahaha

Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad

First, I cooked my dad’s request. I don’t have a recipe for this, so I just scoured through the food sites. But in the end, I didn’t follow any recipe. Haha I just “winged” it.

Buffalo chicken wrap/burito
Buffalo chicken wrap/burrito

I already made this before. You can see the recipe here. This burrito or wrap or whatever you want to call it, is more spicy than the one I made before. I think I put way too much hot sauce, but it actually tasted really good. One buffalo chicken wrap can easily fill your stomach. No need for second helpings, because it’s already packed with carbs and proteins.

Graham refrigerated cake: peach float
Graham refrigerated cake: peach float

After I made this cake, I told my dad that this would just be my birthday cake (my birthday’s this week :D). He just looked at me and said nothing, but me and my brother were laughing. I don’t know what has gotten into me to make this cake. I think this is only the third time I made a refrigerated cake, even if it’s so easy to make. I don’t know how this tastes, because I haven’t tried this. After making this peach float, I just covered it and put it in the chiller. I was super tempted to eat it, but it hasn’t set when I checked it before typing this blog post.

If you’re interested to make your own graham refrigerated cake: peach float, you can check out this link for the recipe.

I think this is a really bad idea; typing a food post in the middle of the night. I can’t wait to eat macaroni salad, the leftover buffalo chicken wrap and my peach float tomorrow.

‘Till my next kitchen (mis)adventure! 🙂

Filipino Food Network and International Adobo Day

Let’s try an experiment! Go out somewhere populous, then randomly ask people what their favorite ulam is and write down their answers. If you get tired, go to your favorite coffee shop, buy your favorite drink and review their answers. Did a lot of people answer adobo?

Photo courtesy: 30aeats.com
Photo courtesy: 30aeats.com

Ask the man on the street, the office employee, the teenaged student, the mother who prepares dinner on a daily basis. The unanimous vote for the favorite Filipino viand is the adobo. Although the word “adobo” itself is Spanish, it actually describes the method of cooking the Spaniards encountered here when they colonized the country. Adobo in Spanish means marinade or seasoning, and is an apt term for the cooking method where meat is first seared to brownness, and then stewed in vinegar.

Yummy!

Simultaneous with the Independence Day last June 12, 2013, Filipino Food Network was officially launched at The Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS) in Subic Bay, Zambales. And what better way to celebrate the launch of Filipino Food Network than to declare Philippine Indepence Day as International Adobo Day?

International Adobo Day
International Adobo Day

There are practically bajillions of ways to cook adobo and each version has a story behind it. And because adobo was the star that day, everyone was treated to different versions of the dish. What a gastronomical treat, no? The 3-hour drive to Subic was definitely worth it!

Turkish Adobo Pizza, Adobo sa Puti, Adobo Crepe, Deviled Adobo, Chinese Adobo
Turkish Adobo Pizza, Adobo sa Puti, Adobo Crepe, Deviled Adobo, Chinese Adobo

Aside from eating (which I totally enjoyed!), there were also cooking demonstrations courtesy of the chefs of Filipino Food Network and the students of CACS. Different Filipino Food Network shows, were also presented.

Chef Mark and Miss Rose of Filipino Food Network
Chef Mark and Miss Rose of Filipino Food Network
The adobo queen, Ms. Nancy Lumen
The adobo queen, Ms. Nancy Lumen
Mr. Jhermaine Fernandez
Mr. Jhermaine Fernandez
Some of the chefs of Filipino Food Network
Some of the chefs of Filipino Food Network
Mr. Ogi Sugatan
Direk Ogi Sugatan

The people behind Filipino Food Network also shared a good news to the audience! According to Mr. Jhermaine Fernandez, they are targeting to have a cable channel before the year ends! I can’t wait! But while waiting for their channel, you can enjoy watching their HD (yes, HIGH DEF videos!) shows, through YouTube.

Don’t forget to check out their site for all the good stuff:

http://filipinofoodnetwork.com/

Subscribe to their YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/FilipinoFoodNetwork

And like their Facebook page for exciting news:

https://www.facebook.com/FilipinoFoodNetwork

PS: There’s an adobo recipe I saw in a food magazine that I want to try. I can’t wait to cook it and share it with you guys! 🙂

International Adobo Day

Are you aware that the Philippines doesn’t have any national dish. Try typing the keyword “Philippine national dish” on Google and it would give you this:

philippine national dish   Google Search
The Philippine national dish, according to Google

Unofficially, adobo has become the national dish of the Philippines. Come to think of it, if you ask any foreigner who has visited the country or has Filipino friends what Filipino dish they have eaten (or would love to eat again), mostly (if not, all) would answer adobo. It’s a simple dish that has captured everyone’s taste buds. There is no particular way of cooking adobo; every province has their version of popular dish, even families have their own version of adobo.

Photo courtesy: 30aeats.com
Chicken Adobo Photo courtesy: 30aeats.com

Despite the adobo‘s popularity, there was never a huge festival for it here in the country. There are different organizations that has organized a festival, but there was no city-wide (or province-wide) festival. We have lechon festival in Balayan, Batangas, longganisa festival in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and bangus festival in Dagupan, Pangasinan; but why don’t we have a festival for adobo?!

Adobong dilaw (reminds of tinola because of its ginger-y taste)
Adobong dilaw from Taal, Batangas

So on June 12, 2013 (Wednesday and Philippine Indepence Day), Filipino Food Network will have an International Adobo Day!

Different kinds of Filipino adobo from not just all over the Philippines, but the world would be featured. Pinoys, everywhere unite and make an Adobo Compact — that is, to COOK, SHARE, AND UPLOAD. COOK your own version of adobo, SHARE it with fellow Pinoys or foreigner friends, take a picture of them sharing it, and then UPLOAD and email it to adoboday@filipinofoodnetwork.com. The most creative photo wins a special prize from Filipino Food Network.

Don’t forget to visit Filipino Food Network’s Facebook page for more info. 🙂

SUBO, MGA KAPATID!

Amatriciana and French Toast

There is a legitimate reason as to why there is a lack of activities here in my blog.

1. Work is a killer lately. I’ve got to do a lot of things, plus I’ve been attending meetings and reports that needs to be done.

2. I went on a short vacation. I was supposed to post something during my vacation, but there was no internet in the province!

Okay, enough excuses.

If you ask me if what dish I can cook confidently, without hesitation I would answer, pasta! I think that’s the first ever dish I’ve “perfected.” But of course, my mom can still cook a better pasta dish than me. My mom has worked in Italy for almost 15 years, so without a doubt she can cook better. Hello, she has probably tasted the best pasta dish in the world!

I was a graduating college student when I first heard and tasted of the pasta dish Amatriciana. A pasta dish that came from the town of Amatrice. What I remember the best about this dish is its spiciness and the bacon!

Fast-forward to 2013, this my version of Amatriciana.

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Ingredients: Continue reading “Amatriciana and French Toast”

Easy chicken and dumplings

I’ve been a really bad blogger. Forgive me for neglecting my blog.

Chicken is always the easiest to cook among beef, pork and fish, and cooking it feels like a no-brainer. But, of course, you need to put a twist to your chicken recipes so that you won’t get tired of eating the same thing over and over.

Found a recipe online, Easy chicken and dumplings. I think, I will try to cook any recipe I find online if it has the word easy or quick attach to it. Haha

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OC tendencies! Created a circle of the dumplings. Hahaha If I remember correctly, there was a dumpling in the center.

This dish was really easy to make, BUT Continue reading “Easy chicken and dumplings”