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Tosilog
Jul 27th, 2012 by niceyfemme

My favorite silog meal. This is β™₯.

There’s a new gasoline station close to where we live and I gas-ed up there once. I notice a silog restaurant (together with a bakery and car parts store that also displays photos of harley davidson parts) and of course that did excite me since I’m a big fan of silog meals. To those who doesn’t know, silog meals consists of SInangag which is fried rice, LOG which is the last syllable of itlog which is egg in english and a viand that could be anything like say TOcino which is sweet cured pork. Put together all those syllables and you have TOSILOG. So I decided to have our car washed there and try the new silog place.

I ordered Tapsilog which comes with Tapa or cured beef even though the place offers so many other silog choices. There’s tosilog but I am usually disappointed with the tocino that these kind of places usually serve. Sometimes there’s too much fat or the tocino doesn’t even taste or look like tocino at all so no I didn’t order that. I wasn’t happy with the meal they served because first of all the fried isn’t even fried. It’s like regular rice with yellow tint. The tapa I can’t even describe. I was so disappointed I had to have a silog meal at home.

This is how tosilog should be. The rice should really be fried, every single grain of it. With garlic the better. It must come with a side dish of fresh tomatoes or atchara. Then the tocino must be sweet and soft and yet cooked through, not overly cooked and burned.

This really is one of the simple pleasures in life and it’s no wonder why most Filipinos love this dish. I just can’t understand why it’s so hard to find a restaurant that serves at least decent if not great tasting silog meals. Oh I know but I’ll zip my lips for now.

Pregnancy Craving: Pancakes with Chicken Sausages
Jul 27th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Recently I’ve been finding myself staying away from plain rice. I am ok with fried rice though. And I’ve been cooking my pancakes pretty frequently like 3-4 times this week.

I’ve been trying to cook my pancakes like how I used to make them in Singapore, I made it perfect even without a recipe, just putting in ingredients by feel, because I made it almost everyday because our housemate’s son Xavian liked it very much. I haven’t been 100% successful at replicating it but I am close.

And now I like my pancakes with butter (of course!), maple syrup and chicken sausages. It’s a really nice combination. I eat this with a glass of my Anmum chocolate flavored milk with lots of ice and eat this in one of our computer carts or in front of the television. Haha I know I shouldn’t be eating in front of the tv but I can’t help it. πŸ™‚ In these days when I find it hard to find contentment in most of the food I eat, it’s a relief to have this. And soon I’ll have the perfect recipe of my pancakes and I’ll try to note it down this time.

Pinatisang Baboy (Pork in Fish Sauce)
Jul 26th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Don’t be deceived by this photo. It doesn’t look like it’s going to rock your world but it did rock mine. πŸ˜‰

This is a dish from Bulacan. I’m half Bulakenya by the way. More than a month ago, I reached a point in my pregnancy where no food satisfied me and I’m one person where satisfaction is a big deal. (This made me realize I am at that point again, no contentment with food grrr.) And it’s as if I’m missing and craving something I can’t put my finger on. Then it hit me. I’m missing the dishes I grew up with, the dishes my Nanay prepared for me and my cousins. Then I set a date to go back there and it’s not near where we live now. Without traffic it will take me around 2 1/2 hours of driving and that is without traffic. So I headed there early in the morning before 6am and wow it was heaven driving in Edsa at that time. In around 30 minutes I was already in NLEX. πŸ™‚ Yes guys that is possible in Edsa even I couldn’t believe it you just got to have extra scorpion motorcycle helmets on hand. πŸ˜‰

Going back, I asked my aunt to show me how to cook this dish and Tinumis which is the Bulacan version of Dinuguan which is pork in blood stew. It sounds yucky but it is at least for me one of the best dishes in the world. I tried my best to document the steps through video and by writing it down but it got a bit confusing since she was cooking these two dishes at the same time. I went home with big containers of Tinumis and Pinatisang Baboy. I froze them after putting them in smaller containers and we had enough supply to lasts us for months. Β It’s amazing how much rice I can eat with gusto with this dish. Now my tummy is quite large now and I shouldn’t be driving to far places so I guess I will have to try to make this dish myself. I truly hope I can make this dish and make it taste like the original version. Fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

 

Cream Puffs (Improvised)
Jul 26th, 2012 by niceyfemme

One time I went to Mommy’s office and her colleagues ordered some cream puffs. I had one then another. It tasted new to my taste and I liked it and made a mental note to try to make it myself. I relied to the internet (I love internet!) with step by step instructions… It’s easy to do I found out…


Freshly baked.

It’s a different kind of dough from the ones I already made before. Why? Because you have to cook the dough stove top then bake it. Then you make the custard filling and let it cool completely before you stuff it in.

I didn’t have the ingredients to make a thin ganache so I just melted some fruit and nut chocolate which we always have since it’s the one I like. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh and it’s a GIRL!
Jul 26th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Yes. The God Almighty has answered so many of my prayers since last year. I prayed for a kind hearted man to marry and I did marry one. I couldn’t be happier with our marriage now. Then I prayed for a baby, any gender will do but I prefer to have a girl first. I have always imagined how I would dress her up and how she’ll look in her papa’s arms. Getting pregnant wasn’t easy for me as I have PCOS so I wasn’t even sure if pregnancy wass even possible. I know it is to some women with PCOS but not to all. So to say that I was happy when I saw those two lines would be an understatement. Then he blessed us with a girl too! Wow.

Let me introduce you guys to my baby girl. This is taken at my ultrasound when I was in my 5th month so she’s definitely bigger now. We’ll be able to meet her in more or less two months. I can’t wait.

Thank you my Lord for the life that I have. I will never get tired of thanking you all my life.

Chicken Balls and Kikiam
Jul 25th, 2012 by niceyfemme

After a long time of craving for these tusok-tusok street foods, I decided to cook those at home.

I made my own sauce too. Yummm!

No dust, no magic sugar used. Just great food. This made my tummy growl. Really. But I’ll settle for my boiled (kamote) sweet potatoes as I already have them cooked beside me right now and the chicken balls and kikiam are still frozen… I love cheap and nutritious food like these. It’s like having someone send flowers under 30 dollars… It’s what you get at minimal cost but still pretty much appreciated. I guess I’m in the right track.

Pregnancy Craving: Sinigang na Baboy
Jul 25th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I feel like I’m naglilihi again. Certain cravings and aversions towards food I felt during my first trimester but that was much worse because I was always hungry but can’t eat. Just thinking about that phase of my pregnancy makes me a bit nervous as that was really difficult for me. Now I can eat… just very picky. It’s hard to find contentment in the food I eat. The usual favorites has let me down so many times. But sinigang na baboy has been good on me. That when I don’t know what to eat, I’ll have this. I have made a post about this dish before, the more complete Sinigang na Baboy year 2011. πŸ™‚

No need to have all the ingredients, just the pork belly, taro root or gabi and kangkong or swamp cabbage and I’m happy na. Or maybe this is an act of desperation. πŸ™‚

Sinigang for 2 pax.

I was forbidden to eat those veggies with too many seeds as that will worsen my fingers and joints pain. I know I should be eating Salmon Sinigang instead and I used to love that dish, but I just can’t stand the taste of salmon since I got pregnant. Read the rest of this entry »

I haven’t met you but I already love you
Jul 25th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Is what I tell the baby inside my tummy. It’s such an overwhelming feeling in many dimensions if that is the word. Every time she moves, it’s like she’s caressing my heart. I feel closer and closer to her. From the moment I learned that I am pregnant I already felt protective over her and even more now.

My favorite past time is watching my tummy move. Haha I can’t describe how she does it. But my tummy starts round in shape then the moment she moves my tummy becomes misshapen… Sometimes it kind of makes me nervous as well. Well this is the first time that something/ someone is moving inside my body and I have no control over her at all. At the same time it is a feeling of relief as her movements assures me that she’s fine and healthy and she’s happy. My OBG said that it’s actually good when she moves a lot it means she’s happy inside my tummy.

Now I’m a week shy of my 8th month and sleeping has become a struggle. I have to pee way too many times at night. Plus her movements wake me up as well. It’s like she’s massaging my insides haha. I love you baby… We can’t wait to meet you. Your papa, mama, daddy and mommy are all very excited to hold you in our arms. I can’t wait to start our lives with you in it.

Unbaked Baked Macaroni
Jul 22nd, 2012 by niceyfemme

I can’t find my words recently. To be honest I don’t know what to call this dish. This is just like Filipino Spaghetti only I used macaroni instead of spaghetti. I was going to bake it but was too hungry to I just went ahead and ate it as is. We Filipinos immediately think of Baked Macaroni when we see macaroni shells in red sauce hence the title I gave this dish slash post.

With toasted garlic bread. Way too much butter but I like to indulge in this stage of my pregnancy. Haha i’m using the pregnancy excuse I should be ashamed… πŸ˜‰ But really cut me some slack people (yes I am talking to myself) this pregnancy caught me off guard in a way that I didn’t expect it to be so hard for me. So indulging is good.. it keeps me sane. πŸ™‚

And with a dish as good as this, we women will not need to be stunningly pretty, we will look gorgeous to the people whom we served this to and will smell good to them like we have pink sugar perfume on even though in reality we smell like roasted garlic haha.

Flooded
Jul 22nd, 2012 by niceyfemme

So many streets in Manila are flooded right now.. There are some cars that float like they’re just a piece of styrofoamΒ tsk tsk… Admittedly that is what I’m scared about. That will be too much hassle for me and I avoid unnecessary hassles in my life like yucky plague. What’s worse is if your house get’s flooded my gosh. Furniture will be a problem to fix and too much cleaning up to do! I just find those young boys swimming in flood waters like it’s a freaking swimming pool. They are not aware of the diseases they’ll get from doing that. It’s like they’re not seeing the dark brown waters and they think it’s some high tech swimming pool with ada pool lift

I truly hope the Philippines will be able to lift itself up pretty soon. I still have some hope left.

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