My first time using gram masala.
My first time using gram masala.
Check out my other blog where I posted an awesome adobo recipe. 🙂
For the next three weeks, I’m going to be on the road, traveling from California to Vancouver. I might not be able to get a proper post in while I’m on the road so you’ll have to forgive me for being quiet. In the meantime, here are some photos of where I’ve been cooking for the last few days…
Whenever my sister asks me what I want to do during my US visit, I say, “Nothing.” Forget all the touristy places, all I really want to do is catch up with family.
In my family, catching up means lingering in the kitchen and exchanging stories over home-made food. Cooking comes second nature to all of us so it is natural that we convene in a place where we are all comfortable in. I find so much joy in watching my siblings prepare their own specialties. I am currently entertained by my brother’s cupcake making skills.
Being in the kitchen is also bittersweet as it makes me wish that my Mom and Dad were here. I can imagine my Mom hovering over everyone’s pot, giving unsolicited culinary advice, while my Dad would pick from all the plates, telling his tall tales. Mom is the original head chef in the family and Dad was always the willing sous chef. I know it made them extremely happy to see everyone gather around food that they’ve made.
So when I’m here, I don’t bother to make plans to go to tourist attractions. Where else can we have the best Filipino food, have the kids run around freely and be as loud as we want to be? The kitchen is all we need to make us feel at home.
I have been bugging my niece to make me her famous red velvet cake and on my birthday, she sent over a wonderful and extremely delicious surprise!
Thank you, Ge for the best birthday cake! I love you.
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I’m a sucker for birthdays and get extremely excited about mine, except I get very anxious when planning my own celebration. So when my boyfriend asked me how I wanted to celebrate, I told him that I didn’t want to do anything. But we all know that when a girl says NOTHING, it translates to – I really want a huge celebration, please! And guess, what? The boyfriend picked up on that.
Mike gave no information on how we were spending my birthday, which actually made me very anxious. I am, after all, a control freak. But much to my delight, he knew exactly what to do to make it a great night. Needless to say, this has been one wonderful birthday!
The success of my birthday celebration was accompanied by a pair of monster hangovers. We woke up this morning with jackhammers in our heads. It’s 5:30PM and Mike is still moaning about how terrible he feels. So being the good and thankful girlfriend that I am, I made his favorite dish and cure-all – kinilaw. He would eat it everyday if he could. And for some reason, eating it really makes him feel better especially after a night out drinking. My theory is that the ginger in the kinilaw helps get rid of the nausea and helps in settling the stomach’s acidity. I prefer pills to natural remedies but between an Advil and kinilaw, the latter seems to be more effective in zapping the hangover headache.
So today, I am extremely grateful for my family and friends who have made me feel constantly loved and supported. But am also extremely grateful for a wonderful boyfriend who knows how to read between the lines. 🙂
The idea of breaking fast excites me. Knowing that I need to eat after holding out for 6-8 hours is enough reason to fuss over a meal. Which is why I don’t understand how some people choose to skip the most important meal of the day. They must be starving by noon! Also, it is a fact that the lack of energy and calories slow down one’s metabolism. So folks, eat your breakfast!
Every weekend, I look forward to making a proper breakfast because I have the luxury of time. Mike and I used to head to the weekend market to get his favorite forest ham sandwich but I soon figured that I could make the same meal for much less. Yes, I take pride in my frugality. I’ve found that The Swiss Deli’s Smoked Farmer’s Ham is quite identical from the one at the market. Once armed with the right kind of ham, all you need is a fresh baguette, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and your choice of condiments. We always put mustard and Mike piles on the horseradish. The result is always a healthy and hearty breakfast.
I’ve also been getting into the habit of making breakfast smoothies. It’s a great way to start the work day and is definitely a full meal in itself. This smoothie keeps me full until lunch, which is great since I’m trying to avoid mid-day snacks. Flavors vary depending on the available fruits but I usually like using bananas, frozen blueberries or strawberries. I add milk, yogurt, some OJ and about 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats to give me my daily dose of fiber. Don’t be afraid of the oatmeal as you really won’t taste it in the smoothie. I used to just have this for dinner and lost a good amount of weight. 🙂
So treat yourself to a great breakfast. You’ll be surprised at how it can make a difference in your day.