Let’s All Rice to the Challenge!

December’s Lasang Pinoy theme is… “RICE! We have gone through 21 months of Lasang Pinoy and we’ve covered a spectrum of Filipino dishes. Every one of those dishes, if you notice, always paired well with rice. See if you can count how many recipes end with ‘serve over rice’ or ‘serve with lots of steamed rice’. I lost count. Rice is a huge part of Filipino cuisine. So I thought isn’t it time to highlight rice?” JMom says on Lasang Pinoy 22: Rice to the Challenge! Lovely theme ei? Sali na po! Read the full announcement on JMom’s blog. Continue reading Let’s All Rice to the Challenge!


Barbeque in NZ

I have always liked my barbeque Pinoy-style – skewered and marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper. But there are many ways to do it and I am pretty sure they are equally delicious. My friend’s sis pre-cooks pork, that’s boiling the meat in salt and pepper until tender, before setting them on the grill. To your left is just as yummy, prepared by T herself one weekend. Marinated in salt and pepper and grilled until well-seared but juicy, with the kiddos brushing ketchup and soy sauce on their portions.

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I’ll Show You Mine, You Show Me Yours

I’m taking a break from the usual food blogging and surfing to get this tag done – one I got from somebody who has left me a threat on my YM that started with “Oi you’re TAGGED!” then blah-blah-blah (ha-ha!). Truth is OK lang talaga. I have plenty of spare time right now, so busy with not being busy and it just feels so great at the moment. Savoring it while it lasts.

So this is how my desktop looks like. I thought about changing my wallpaper but the guideline says I shouldn’t alter anything the moment I read the tag. Nagmumura ang pagmumukha ng anak ko dito e pero sige na nga I decided to show off his perfect buck-tooth smile. When I get tired working I just look at it and I feel better right away. Bago yan kase may ngipin na sya. Those of you who have seen my old blog theme might remember his toothless laugh. And there goes my sidebar with the gadgets that are helpful and important to me especially the currency one. Also, note that I have two clocks, each with a different time zone; so that I know what time it is back in Beijing. Another gadget is a slideshow of our family photos.

Update! This is my Mac desktop. Nice and clean (almost!).

Who to tag? Ces, Thess, JMom, Zita and Mike!

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Para sa Makulit na Pagsisiyasat ni Toni

I know some of my readers are non-pinoys especially those of you frequenting my site for that killer recipe to impress (or kill) your pinoy partners. My apologies. This post is in Tagalog.

Ika nga ni Toni, break muna! Break muna ako ng dalawang araw. Grabeng trabaho ang ginawa namin nitong mga nakaraang araw. Puyatan kaya pahinga muna kami. Nanood ng Philippine Bayanihan Dance Troupe kahapon. Korek! Dito sa Beijing yan… alay ng embahada ng Pilipinas sa mga Pinoy dito para sa pagdiriwang ng Philippine Independence Day. Pagkatapos nun ay kumain sa isang restaurant para lang makakuha ng libre ng isang partikular na magasin dito para sa mga expats; isyu ng buwan na ito na naglalaman ng mga pagmumukha ng anak ko (O di ba nga naman… bukas o sa makalawa ay i-post ko naman din yun kasama ng pagkain namin). Kasama na din sa aming “pahinga” ay ang paglilinis ng bahay at internet na walang humpay kaya napagtuunan ko ng husto ang makulit na pagsisiyasat ni Toni. (Pagsisiyasat: tagalog ng survey – mula sa impormasyong galing kay Lisa.) Heto ang aking mga kasagutan…

Ano ang iyong almusal kanina?
Kape at donuts na nabili namin kahapon sa Carrefour, ininit sa microwave. Kakaibang donuts ang Chinese donuts kase hindi ito nababalutan ng asukal. Kaya si A may katabing asukal kung saan nya sinasawsaw ito.

Ikaw ay may itlog – nilagang itlog. Paano mo ito kakainin?
Isasawsaw ko lang sa asin at kakainin ng mga tatlo hanggang apat na subuan.

Ano ang paborito mong local na junkfood?

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Mandarin Oranges

Living at the top of a 6-storey apartment in Beijing (inside the 2nd ring road northeast of the Forbidden City) without a lift do has its advantages. Yes, no elevator for 2 to 6 stories and having a penthouse that is literally on the 7th level doesn’t count at all. Aside from the daily and sometimes unwanted exercise, we love the view from our penthouse and watching the marvelous fireworks over Beijing skyline for the 2nd time since Beijing lifted its 12-year ban on it was simply awesome! Xinnian Kuai Le! Gong xi fa cai! Above is a photo of … Continue reading Mandarin Oranges

The Butterfly Effect

I could say I am back to foodblogging after a couple of busy months and now Mita the Unofficial Cook has tagged me for “The Butterfly Effect,” a meme created by Dan over at SaltShaker. It really is quite an interesting meme as it made me reflect on the important roles of certain items, events and people that has affected my foodie life. So here is how it goes.

Dan says on The Butterfly Effect
My thought in this meme is food items or events that changed your foodie life. Not some “oh it’s the first time I didn’t put jelly on a peanut butter sandwich and used bananas instead” sort of change, unless you truly feel that affected you profoundly. That’s the key – it affected you profoundly, in some manner. A moment you can look back at and say “that was a defining moment”. The questions are simple, the answers might be harder – an item, person, event, or place that had that effect on you, and why. They don’t have to be big splashy things – sometimes it’s something very small and simple that changes the way we view the world – the famed “butterfly effect” (and I’m not talking about the Aston Kutcher movie). So, to those who want to participate, copy this and pass it on (and, if you’re so inclined, do a trackback to the originating post). Here are your categories:
1. An ingredient
2. A dish, a recipe
3. A meal (in a restaurant, a home, or elsewhere)
4. A cookbook or other written work
5. A food ‘personality’ (chef, writer, etc.)
6. Another person in your life

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Beijing’s Mooncakes

De ja vu? Maybe just like me you also saw Mike’s mooncake box from Shangri-la Manila.

It’s a week-long vacation here in Beijing and the house is overflowing with mooncakes from Consultants and Suppliers. (Oh no! Not because of the Mooncake festival but it is China’s National Day.) This year the Mooncake Festival or the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 6th of this month when the moon is at its brightest for the entire year. Go here to read its legend.

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