• Events,  food,  Friends,  People,  review

    Jackie’s Food Hub

    I’m all support for a dear friend’s business venture. I have seen how she has diligently planned for this to come true. People from the North, let me inform you that Jackie’s Food Hub has opened its first 2 food carts at Howmart Road, Brgy. Apolonio Samson. My friend Yang and her partner had their dreams slowly turn to reality. Jackie’s Food Hub offers Sisig, Lechon Kawali and Nachos for only Php50. Japanese siomai and pork siomai is also available at a very affordable price. Yang also offers her very own, home-made condiments such as shrimp paste, Chili paste, Garlic oil, Ginger oil, Pickled chili, and Pinakurat (Spiced Vinegar). All these…

  • Dessert,  Family,  food,  meme,  Thursday Brownies

    In the Kitchen: Merienda Galore

    What is one best way to spend time with the family? During merienda! Afternoon snacks besides night chats is one part of the day I enjoy spending with my kids. My kids don’t have high levels of appetite (especially my elder daughter) but they have all the thrills and giggles whenever I serve something for them. We call it “Takaw-Tingin” here in the Philippines. It is summer and kids are out for vacation and as we all know, kids nowadays are unstoppable. They make it necessary for us parents to prepare something new for them, be it food, games, toys or unlimited number of activities so as to keep their…

  • In the Kitchen: Beef Kare-Kare
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    In the Kitchen: Beef Kare-Kare

    I have cousins who do really good in terms of cooking. There may not be a chef in our clan but a lot of them (excluding me since I only have the interest but not the skill) really can make delicious dishes. We have been teasing one cousin to put up a catering business – this excites me in all honesty. I just wish she would soon agree and have the guts and capital to start the business. I have been wanting to serve the family something out of the usual dish we have everyday and so I thought of Kare-Kare. Kare-Kare originated from Pampanga, Philippines. Kapampangans use either oxtail, tripe or…

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    In The Kitchen: Bicol Express

      When I was still young, I never want to eat anything that has too much coconut milk in it. I feel like throwing up because of dizziness it causes me – no, I did not have hypertension then or even now. I think it was more of a psychological “kaartehan” or an alibi so I could eat or ask for something yummier for a child. My Mama was from Bicol province where people are known to cook almost all their delicacies with coconut milk and wild chili (local name: siling labuyo).  But when I started to mature, and became interested working in the kitchen, my alibi faded. It came…

  • Dessert,  Events,  food

    Christmas Cake

    With my electric oven, I can’t deny that I’ve been inspired to create and bake goodies for my kids. Aside from being able to make cookies and cupcakes for my elder daughter’s school snack, I also tried making muffins for my toddler. Healthy muffins that is. Something that excites her everytime and wouldn’t mind eating. Last Christmas, my cousins invited us to join their annual Christmas party and exchange gift. Who would say no? Not me! My kids were totally excited! We all love family gatherings and fun parties like this one. Since there were several families attending the event, a potluck was suggested. I was asked to bring something…

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    Tiny Pineapple

    Have you seen a Pineapple this small? I am not even sure what this plant or fruit is called but it does look very similar to a Pineapple. The on work at home jobs ly difference is its size. This is totally a baby! We visited a relative one time and as I look at her plants, I noticed this small Pineapple. At first I thought it isn’t part of the plant and was just a decor but as I touched it, it made me realized its real. I was amazed as I looked at it closely. It is indeed a Pineapple, I wanted to pick it! LOL! Aunt Estel…

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    Welcoming 2012

    I really did not bother prepare bigtime for this year. I guess the excitement was not totally within me. Something strange preoccupied my thoughts and my heart. I wasn’t feeling genuinely happy about a lot of things. I tried my best to shrug it off by taking care of the kids and finding ways to earn from home, so as keeping in touch with friends and relatives. These things and people kept my sanity. I ordered what we call Biko and Palabok from a friend’s sister. I made those cathedral window jellos. The fireworks blasted at the half of this month. We were half an inch away from “the end”,…

  • food,  In the Kitchen,  Recipe

    In The Kitchen: Nilaga

    I’ve been having a hard time deciding on what to serve for lunch and dinner lately. If you are surrounded with picky eaters, I guess this really happens. It’s just so hard to prepare for a meal that will best suite 2 adults, a 4th grader and a toddler. It’s definitely a challenge to come up with something everyone would like, appreciate, and benefit from it too. And as I was much more concerned about the kids, I decided to serve what we call “Nilagang Baboy” or Pork Stew. It’s healthy, and the vegetable ingredients are something that I already have in the fridge, if not, can easily be bought…

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    Birth Anniversaries Galore

    Birthdays are like Fiestas which means Food! Food! Food! November is a month fully loaded with birthdays. Is it because these November babies were “made” during the LOVE month of February? LoL! That’s something for you to think about. A lot of my friends and relatives celebrates their birth anniversaries this month. For the CRUZ clan (relatives from my Father’s side), we have listed 18 (if I’m not mistaken) people. Some have passed away but most of them were able to celebrate with us last Sunday. This gathering was obviously planned since each family had to bring their specialties. I was tasked to bring loot bags for the kids but…