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Friday, December 30

Easiest Way to Make Salsa

I bought a Tortilla chips and cheese dip last time. And I want to add another dip for variety. Lucky me, I found this easy to make salsa recipe at 


  • large tomatoes
  • head garlic
  • jalapenos

  • Directions:

  • Core the tomatoes.
  • Dig the cloves from the head of garlic.
  • Chop the stem off the jalapeños.
  • Throw the cored tomatoes, the cloves of garlic, and the stemless jalapeños into a pot of water. Bring it to a boil, and turn down to medium/high heat.
  • Turn burner off when tomatoes start to peel, usually in 30-40 minutes on the stove.
  • Drain tomatoes, garlic, and jalapeño and let cool.
  • Throw ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulsate until desired consistency.
  • Add salt if desired.

  • Bacon Rollups Recipe



  • 2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese with chives (softened)
  • tablespoon milk or tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 25 slices mixed grain bread (crusts removed & cut in half)
  • 25 slices bacon (cut in half)
  • parsley sprig (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Combine cream cheese and milk (or mayonnaise) stirring until of spreading consistency.
      Spread 1 teaspoon of cheese mixture on each halved bread slice.
      Roll tightly from the smallest end.
      Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpick.
      Place on broiler pan.
      Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
      Turn if necessary.
      Garnish with parsley if desired.

      Note: These may be assembled ahead of time and frozen before cooking. To serve, remove frozen rollups from freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator over night. Then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes.

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    My First Try to Cook Katsu

    Its a fail!

    Not really. It tasted good actually.

    What went wrong was instead of using flour, I used cornstarch because we've ran out of stock. So just imagine how it looks like. You can really see the white because it was so visible. The breadcrumbs were brown already and the fillet was not done yet.

    But nevertheless, my kiddo still loved it. I also made a sweet dip for it.

    I will try again next time. I'm sorry, there's no photo of it. haha!

    Thursday, December 29

    Oh My la Senza

    This was my surprise gift from hubby. 

    I was rushing to be at Active Play last Saturday because I was out with my Kumare for a date. And the family will be having a Christmas dinner at that time. I'm glad I was able to make it before the said dinner. So when I was in the play house already, my SIL handed me the paper bag and told me it was from her Kuya. Wow, so I said thank you. Prior to that, on my way to the venue, I was thinking if hubby ever thought of any surprise for me and for her little girl. But I dismissed the thought, expecting and getting disappointed is kinda painful. haha!

    I never dared ask hubby if its his idea. Or my MIL or SIL's idea, buying these:

    But nevertheless, I love it! And the size is just right! hahaha! I've been wanting to buy a piece from la Senza for ages, but because its too pricey, I wasn't able to! Now, its like a dream come true already!

    The feeling of being surprised?

    A sheer bliss!

    Thank you hubby!

    Wednesday, December 28

    Chicken Katsu Recipe

    Remember my post about the newly opened Japanese Restaurant named Yabu: The House of Katsu at SM Megamall? Well, I found a recipe about their famous japanese katsu just now. It is so simple and affordable. I might as well include it for New Year's eve.


    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
    • 1 cup oil for frying, or as needed


    Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Place the flour, egg and panko crumbs into separate shallow dishes. Coat the chicken breasts in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip them into the egg, and then press into the panko crumbs until well coated on both sides.

    Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the hot oil, and cook 3 or 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

    Pasta Arrabiata Recipe

    I was browsing earlier for easy and affordable recipes to prepare on new year's eve. The last time I dined at Italianni's with a friend we ordered something similar to pasta arrabiata, I am not so sure whether its pasta arrabiata or arrabiato. But sheeessshh, the dish was so delish. You should try it too!

    Anyhoo, here's the recipe I found at


    • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (about 5 cloves)
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
    • (29-ounce) can tomato puree
    • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • (16-ounce) box penne pasta
    • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese blend*
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
    • Garnishes: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shavings, fresh basil sprigs

    1. Sauté garlic in hot oil in a 6-quart saucepan over medium heat 1 minute. Add tomatoes and tomato puree. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Stir in red pepper flakes and next 4 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.
    2. Prepare pasta in a large Dutch oven according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta and reserved cooking liquid to Dutch oven, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
    3. Stir basil into tomato sauce, and pour 3 cups sauce over pasta. Toss to coat. Serve with remaining sauce. Garnish, if desired.
    4. *1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese may be substituted.

    Lunch at Tokyo Cafe

    My kid is a food critic, well that's according to her grandma (my MIL). When we went to Mall of Asia to have lunch during their field trip, this young lady dragged me inside of Tokyo Cafe. Obviously it wasn't her first time there. She's been there couple of times already. And yes, maybe she knows the food at heart.

    Well, what can I do but to surrender to her whim. :)

    I ordered a glass of lemon ice tea for her drink.

    My favorite pasta with mushroom and shrimp. Pardon me, I forgot what it is called. :(

    And she ordered this burger with fries for herself.

    The foods were superb as always. And looking forward to taste all their yummy foods.

    Tuesday, December 27


    I am a heavy packer when it comes to trips. I dunno, I just feel the need of packing extra stuffs for unexpected incidents. My bag or should I say bags were packed one or two days ahead so that gave me enough time to go through my things again in case of if I forget something.

    But this time, when I packed our things for our short vacation, I was surprised that I packed light. Wew! Mind you, both my tot's stuffs and mine were in this bag.

    Congratulate me! Hahaha!

    It is not my kind of bag, really. But I realized, it is more comfortable especially when I bring my tot's with me during trips.

    Now, I'm loving my The North Face bag. :)

    Monday, December 12

    Oatmeal: My Daughter's Almost Everyday Breakfast

    Good thing there are now varieties of oatmeal in the market and there is an instant option too. With the many brands popping out, there is this only brand that me and my kiddo like.

    Waking up sometimes late and preparing for breakfast in a short time, eats our time prepping up for school. That's why I stock foods that can be easily prepared especially when rushing.

    And number one in my list is oatmeal. And another reason to be grateful for oat-lovers is it also has different flavors. That's why my tot loving it too much that it became her daily breakfast meal.

    Oats Nutritional Facts:
    Oats and heart health-
    The Oatmeal and oat bran are rich in dietary fiber, i.e both soluble and insoluble. One of the most important components of the soluble fibre abundantly present in oats is beta-glucans. These beta glucans have been studied to aid in lowering blood cholesterol levels. The benefits are attributed to the fact that when soluble fiber passes through the digestive tract, they break down and form a gel like substance. This gel then traps the cholesterol carrying bile acids and in turn reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream and the adjoining cells. So, the entire process results in entrapping of the bad LDL cholesterol without having any effect on the good HDL cholesterol.
    Oats and grains also contain compounds called tocotrienols, which are basically antioxidants which form vitamin E along with tocopherols. These tocotrienols reduce the free radical damage, inhibit cholesterol synthesis and help to lower blood cholesterol levels. A reduced synthesis and absorption of LDL cholesterol help to reduce the risk to coronary heart diseases. However, the point to be noted is that Oats and other whole grains shall be most effective in improving heart health, when consumed as part of a low-fat, high-fiber diet taken together with regular exercise.
    It is recommended to have at least ½-1 cup (1½-3 ounces) of oats every day, so as to derive its health benefits. The oats may be prepared into hot cereal or porridges. However, there have been instances where excess consumption of oat bran have led to digestive complaints.
    Oats and blood sugar levels-
    The beta glucan present in oats helps to slow down the rise in blood glucose levels after a meal and also helps to delay the absorption into the cells. Here’s how it works. We have already seen that the soluble fiber forms a gel like structure while passing through the digestive tract. This gel increases the viscosity of the contents of the stomach and small intestine, which in turn slows down digestion and prolongs the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This means that drastic fluctuations in the blood sugar levels after eating is avoided and a stable glucose level is maintained. This is desirable, especially for weight loss seekers and diabetics. Similar benefits may be derived by intake of other sources of soluble fiber like whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables.
    Oats and weight control-
    The dietary fiber helps to make you feel full faster and longer. This help to reduce cravings and bingeing tendencies and leads to better chances of losing weight effectively. Oats also help to improve the athletic performance by providing calories for meeting the energy demands of a workout. They tend to improve metabolism, when eaten an hour before work outs.
     Additionally, oats contain phyto chemicals (plant chemicals which have been associated with protection against chronic disease like cancer) and a good balance of essential fatty acids. Oats are also a storehouse of essential vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, biotin and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.
    Wow, there are plenty of reasons to include oats to our meal. Not bad for daily consumption, not at all.

    Disney on Ice at The Big Dome

    Oh my!

    Just reading the title makes me want to withdraw and back out on our upcoming field trip this Friday.

    If only I have known this earlier... tssskkk...

    I've been dreaming for my daughter to go to Disneyland someday. Well, everyone- including white-haired adults, for sure has dreamt of going there. You know, the thrill of seeing those famous Disney characters, who wouldn't like the idea?

    Its like a treat good for life. lol

    I was disappointed and nearly depressed already (kinda exaggerated?NO!!!) and I blame myself for not reading or watching too much news. But then, thanks to Facebook- where it was posted by Smart Parenting.

    Anyhooo, the said show will be crowded with more than 50 Disney friends. Imagine that? It will start on Christmas day at SMART Araneta Coliseum. It is a never-before-seen show, Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate.

    The all-new production will showcase a magical medley of holidays and celebrations that will transform the Big Dome into a colossal party on ice.  Audiences young and old will be delighted as they join Mickey Mouse and friends on a delightful tour of festivities jam-packed with fun surprises, spectacular skating and vibrant costumes. Filipinos will be enthralled as they witness one exciting event after another, including a Valentine's Royal Ball with the newest Disney princess, Tiana; a very Merry UnBirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Jack Skellington's frightfully festive Halloween Party with the Disney Villains; and a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch.
    It will be from December 25, 2011 to January 3, 2012,  call Ticketnet at 911-5555 for purchases and show schedules.

    Saturday, December 10

    YS: Hot Bulalo

    Yaayyy! Looking through my archives when I saw this hot bulalo we have had last time when we're at Baguio. Now I'm craving for this, perfect for the cold weather.

    Friday, December 9

    Mall Rat Gone Shopping for Clothes

    This little lady is undeniably a certified mall rat. I guess it runs in the blood too ;) I am fortunate that she isn't the type who whine a lot while in the mall unlike other kids.

    But this mall rat of mine, sheessshh... she loves it so much.

    She always had fun whenever we go out like last time. She tried on different clothes and shoes. And she chose what we bought.

    I say, she has a fashion sense. She always picked those expensive stuffs. Yaayy!

    Now that's what I call one of the few disadvantage of bringing her to the mall. lol

    Gift Ideas for Kids

    For those who are still thinking what to buy for a gift to your kids, consider the following:

    Mattel Barbie Fashionista Shopping Doll - 2

     Fisher-Price Thomas The Train: Take-n-Play Thomas And The Lion

     Blip Toys Squinkies Palace Surprise

    LEGO Toy Story 3 Jessie's Roundup (5657)

     Girls 12in Bike, Princess


     Mattel Barbie Pink 3-Story Dream Townhouse

    VTech V.Reader Animated E-Book Reader - Pink

    Spicy Chao Fan


    Wednesday, December 7

    Lip Care

    How do you take care of your lips?

    Here are some ways to do that...

    • Drink plenty of water, thoroughly hydrate your skin, including lips.
    • Avoid harsh weather. If this is impossible, make sure you always protect your lips by applying a lip balm.
    • Try using the lip balms regularly. If you wait until you have chapped lips, the recovery will take longer.
    • Try not to lick your lips or remove the skin with your fingers. It irritates the skin, and slows down any efforts we invest in lip care.
    • Make sure you take vitamin supplements. Often, cracks in the corner of the mouth indicate a deficiency of Vitamin B2.
    Start off with a lip scrub recipe:
    • 1 teaspoon of honey
    • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
    • Olive oil
    Mix honey and baking ingredients until the mass resembles a paste.
    Apply the mix on your lips and leave it on for a couple of minutes.
    Gently rub the lips.
    Wash of with lukewarm water
    Let the lips dry out and then apply olive oil. It will help the lips hydrate.


    I don't have much time every morning to prepare a heavy breakfast for me and my tot. Almost always, its only her who have eaten her breakfast before going to school. 

    So at school because its just near the market like maximum of 5 minutes walk, every morning I go there to buy me a breakfast. Or any food I can find that I want to eat.

    Like this boiled cassava. It became my official food. :) There are varieties of food made of cassava I just don't know the names. Haha! I will update you next time.

    Nutrition Facts

    You can use the following information to decide whether or not to include cassava in your diet.
    The cassava is:
    • Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium
    • High in Vitamin C and Manganese
    The nutritional value and health benefits of cassava makes it somewhat suitable for:
    • Gaining weight
    Don't eat too much cassava if you're interested in:
    • Maintaining good general health
    • Losing weight

    Nutritional Values

    The following table outlines the basic nutritional values of cassava.
    PreparationPortionCarbs (g)Fiber (g)Fat (g)Energy (kj)
    Cassava - peeled, boiled100g30.520.5550

    Tuesday, December 6

    Pinatisang Manok

    Hubby would love to try this.... :)

    photo and recipe courtesy of

    1 small white onion, brunoise (julienned then diced further)
    1/4 cup sliced ginger
    6 cloves of garlic, minced
    3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (patis)
    1 kilo chicken thighs
    1 tablespoon black peppercorns
    2 bay leaves
    1/4 cup pork lard
    cilantro leaves for garnish

    How to cook:

     Combine the onion, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, chicken thighs, peppercorns, and bay leaves in a  bowl.

    2  In a heavy frying pan, heat the pork oil over high heat. Sauté the chicken thigh, 4 minutes per side.

    3  Add the marinade and reduce completely over medium heat.

    4  Serve warm and garnish with cilantro leaves.