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img_0649.JPGIf you look at this picture, can you guess? Yup, I gave up rice for Lent. On Sunday mornings we usually have the “typical” Filipino breakfast which consist of the garlic fried rice, eggs and longanisa; however, since I gave up rice, I had slices of cucumber & tomatoes marinated in rice vinegar and seasoned with pepper. Ta Da! And that was my “typical” Filipino breakfast sans the rice. Now it’s 7:11 p.m. and I’m multi-tasking . . . blogging, watching the Oscar’s and doing the last load of the laundry. I might even go upstairs and get some “ube” ice-cream because JP just came down with a big bowl of it and he’s making me jealous. This afternoon, Bruh (CE) and I did our “oriental” food run by going to Seafood City Supermarket where I picked up a 1/2 gallon of Magnolia’s Ube Ice-cream, another fresh package of longanisa, and other stuffs. Our run is not complete with each of us not having the bukan pandan shake at Chow King and a stop at Valerio’s of course. OK, I’m back with two scoops of ube ice-cream, and yes, I took a picture of it and uploaded just now. [I’m telling you . . . this camera of mine is part of me! 🙂 ] Well, I already consumed my ice-cream and the buzzer from the dryer is calling out to me . . . gotta get to them clothes. Hope ya’ll had a great weekend. Arghh, another work week!

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img_0601a.JPG These are them! The ones we picked up at my sis-in-law’s (ER) last Monday. We had ordered 50 of these frozen “bad boys” and I think we’re down to like 15. KV had ordered 50 also and RS had ordered 25. I have to let CE try them so I better set some aside for her. 🙂 AC and JP loves these! One of these days I’m going to “attempt” to make these. I think the only “difficult” part would be the “dough”. . . other than that, it should be easy. Yeah, right!

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img_0627a.JPGToday, the familia decided to go out to eat for a late lunch, but we couldn’t make our minds up if we wanted Japanese at Sushi House or going to the Public Market . . . (JP didn’t have to work today so that was one of the reasons we went out to eat out as a “family”) it was Jeremy’s “suggestion” that we go to The Cheesecake Factory, and so we did. When we got there, the wait was about 45 minutes to an hour so we hung out at the mall until it was time to head back to the restaurant which was around 3:00 p.m. I love love their bread!

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Although we were pretty much stuffed, one cannot “leave” without ordering one of their cheesecakes, so the hubs and I ordered a cheesecake with fresh strawberries. The hubs is not too thrilled about “chocolate” except for the one img_0634a.JPGJane bakes (white chocolate cheescake), as that is the only one he’ll eat and savor. The kiddies didn’t want any desserts, but after seeing the cheesecake in front of them, both of them “dove” into it. It was a nice afternoon having a late lunch with the familia because with JP working here and there, we seldom get to go out to eat “together.”


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mole.JPGThis recipe is very similar to that Filipino dish, “Kare-Kare” although it’s made with chicken and not oxtail. I’ve yet to make “Kare-Kare” . . . that was one of Nanay’s “speciality” (remember, Bro?) 🙂 I like to serve this with “bagoong” – – sauteed with garlic and small dices of tomatoes.

  • 3 lb. fryer chicken, cut up (I used thighs)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. patis (I like to use the Tiparos brand)
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. pechay or Chinese Cabbage (I used baby bok-choy) cut into 2” lengths
  • ½ lb. green beans
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. achuete soaked and squeezed in ½ cup water (this I don’t do, but sometimes I add a little paprika to give it color)
  • 3 tbsp. oil

    1. Brown chicken pieces in hot oil, a few pieces at at time. When all the pieces are done, saute garlic and onions in the remaining oil. Add browned chicken pieces and saute 2 minutes more. Add two cups hot water to the sauteed chicken, patis, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

    2. Squeeze out achuete seeds in water, strain and pour red liquid over chicken. (Or heat 1 tbsp. oil in a skillet and toss achuete seeds in the hot oil until it turns red. Discard seeds and add red oil to chicken) Add peanut butter. Mix well.

    3. Add green beans and pechay or Chinese cabbage to chicken mixture and bring to a boil again. Cook 10 minutes and turn off heat. Stir to combine. Leave alone for a few minutes, then serve.

    Preparation time: 15 minutes / Cooking Time: 45 minutes / Serves: 4

    Recipe courtesy of “Filipino Cooking Here and Abroad

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    Madeleines . . .

     

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    • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ tsp. baking powder
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
    • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    1. First, melt the butter and allow it to cool while you make the batter.
    2. In a small bowl place the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk until well blended.
    3. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar at medium-high speed until the mixture has tripled in volume and forms a thick ribbon when the beaters are lifted (about 5 minutes). Add the vanilla extract and beat to combine.
    4. Sift a small amount of flour over the egg mixture and, using a large rubber spatula, fold the flour mixture into the beaten eggs to lighten it. Sift the rest of the flour over the egg mixture and fold in being sure not to overmix or the batter will deflate.
    5. Whisk a small amount of the egg mixture into the melted butter to lighten it. Then fold in the cooled melted batter into three additions. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or several hours, until slightly firm.
    6. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Generously butter two 12-mold Madeleine pans. Dust the molds with flour and tap out the excess. (Could spray pans with Bakers Joy instead – – this I recommend!) Make sure the pans are well greased or the Madeleines will stick and be hard to remove.
    7. Drop a generous tablespoon of the batter into the center of each prepared mold, leaving the batter mounded in the center. (This will result in the classic “humped” appearance of the Madeleines.)
    8. Bake the Madeleines for 11 to 13 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the centers spring back when lightly touched. Do not overbake these cookies or they will be dry.
    9. Remove the pans from the oven and rap each pan sharply against the countertop to release the Madeleines. Transfer the Madeleines, smooth sides down, to wire racks to cool. When serving, dust with confectioners sugar.

    (Recipe courtesy of Joy of Baking)

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    Monday, being a holiday (President’s Day) was a day I was suppose img_0504a.JPGto “declutter” AC’s and whatever else room(s) but of course that never happened. The hubs had to go to work and JP decided to work a couple of hours so after I had dropped him off, I went to Trader Joe’s where I met up with KV and Miss A. We had plans to go to my sis-in-law’s (ER) house to pick up some empanadas we had ordered from her through one of her co-workers that afternoon so after Trader Joe’s, KV and Miss A went to my house. Since KV has never been to the “new” Farmer Joe’s, I decided to take her. As far as fruits and vimg_0514a.JPGeggies, Farmer Joe’s is definitely the place to go for its quality, price and a good selection of organic goodies. This second location of Farmer Joe’s used to be the old home of Albertson’s . . . so one can imagine the size of this store compared to the original one. This one even has a deli and a bakery! Did I say bakery? 🙂 The day was very sunny and warm so we had our iced-coffee and we had to have “desert” so we each devoured a cinnamon walnut rugelach. . . while in line, KV had picked up a bag of Madeleines. I told her to put the bag down and that I’d bake her some. She said if I wasn’t planning to make it “today” then she’d buy the bag so I told her I’d make them later. . . and I was true to my word! That evening I made some Madeleines and even made chicken mole for dinner.

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    band1.JPGYesterday AC and her class had yet another booksigning but this time there were more people and the venue was “livier” than their first one with music and just the whole atmosphere itself. The booksigning was held at one major “book store” in the area. They even had a local TV crew at the event who did a segment on them for their news last night. Over 500 books have been sold thus far! This time the hubs and JP, Kit-Kat and her beau were able to attend.

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    Pictured with AC is one of New York’s Best Selling Author who helped sponsor the project. Although AC’s class had seen her and have worked with her two years ago while their project was still in the “works,” it was a special treat for the parents to see and talk to her about our son’s/daughter’s accomplishment.

     

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