Nesting

So I’m back to “nesting” in my home. I have been looking around for new things, especially flavors, I can bring into the house.  Reading an article about the benefits of Tumeric, I decided to look up a few recipes and see if I can copy them here at home.  I think I will start with this one from The Kitchn.

Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

Serves 6-8

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
2 medium white onions, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to season
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds), trimmed and cut into florets
4 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or water)
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 cup coconut milk
Freshly-ground black pepper, to season
1/4 cup roasted cashew halves, for garnish (optional, see Recipe Note)
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley, for garnish (optional)
red chile pepper flakes, for garnish (optional)

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat until shimmering. Cook the onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt until onions are soft and transluscent, 8-9 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add garlic and cook for 2 additional minutes. Add cauliflower, vegetable broth, coriander, turmeric, cumin, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer until cauliflower is fork-tender, about 15-17 minutes

Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender until smooth, and then return the soup to the soup pot. (Alternatively, use an immersion blender to purée the soup right in the pot.) Stir in the coconut milk and warm the soup. Taste and add more salt, pepper or spices if you’d like.

To serve, ladle the soup into favorite bowls and garnish with a handful of toasted cashews, a few springs of parsley, sprinkle of red chile flakes and a dash of olive oil to top.

Recipe Notes:

• To Toast the Cashews:  Preheat the oven to 350°F and lay cashews out on a baking sheet in a nice flat layer. Toast for 5-6 minutes, or until fragrant.

You see, my house only has a toaster oven; I haven’t gotten around to buying myself a stove that I can use. I will soon but for now, it makes me get creative on what I can and cannot do in the house. This recipe, though it calls for sauteing, I think I can do, believe it or not!!! I will post about it and I’ll see if I’ve created awesomeness or just a disaster.

I’ve also recently been wary of grocery shopping. There are three great grocery stores near our little townhouse, and even a little market right outside the village gates which we frequent, but it is inevitable that you get caught up in deals and coupons and sales.  I am only human 🙂  One of the things I have decided to do is really try figuring out a budget, so that every two weeks is the only time I go majorly grocery shopping.  The weekly stuff, like for the eggs and salads, I can do in the little market outside the village.  Since I was already at The Kitchn website, I saw these 10 tips, and I will try them all out and see if they work.  There aren’t any couponing here in the Philippines, as hardcore as they have it in the US, so I may forego that one.  All the others though seem completely doable to me. Again, I’ll try and post my results as I go 🙂

And oh my word, who doesn’t love Julia Child and poached eggs? I’m still trying to perfect mine using a microwave. This little video is great for both 🙂 

Are you “nesting” as well? What are your nesting obsessions? Care to share?

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs about home.  And I just remembered: I met these guys in their concert here in Manila earlier this year! They were lovely, but very grumpy old men. The concert was awesome, just FYI 🙂

Quickie

Hi All:

I know it’s already the end of summer in other countries (and BOY has it been brutal!), but here in the Philippines, we are TROPICAL ALL. FREAKING. YEAR. ROUND.

So, there are little bugs every so often. Somehow, this time of year, they should lessen but it seems like mosquitoes like my home. ANYWAY: I saw this online and wondered if any of you have the same problem? Or do you have any other repellent tips?  Post them here 🙂

For now though, check this out: https://www.thesnug.com/keep-bugs-away-with-a-mason-jar-repellent-1215091644.html

And this song has been on me for the last few days. That beat is pretty cool. ENJOY GUYS!

Things around the Net

Thought I’d drop in and share a few things I saw online the last few days.

I’m now in the mood that I’m looking through houses and just loooooove the movies of Nancy Meyers.  After watching “It’s Complicated”, “The Holiday”, and “Something’s Gotta Give”, I’ve come to the conclusion that my dream house that’s in my brain is nearest to the layout of Meryl Streep’s house in “It’s Complicated.”

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My goodness that KITCHEN!  And it has that courtyard in the middle and a vegetable garden in the back. So my thing. SO SO SO MY THING.

So following that, I saw these rest houses. GORGEOUS NOH?

Following my New Year’s resolution of trying to get rid of plastic in my home, there’s THIS READ that seems to have more ideas for me to keep going. The straws have been mostly successful so again, fantastic!

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are two of my favorite actors, mostly because of the Godfather really, but this is a great site to read up on those celebrities without all the other hoopla.  There are some conversations that are awesome, at least a little more serious that the stuff that’s flying about.

Do you want to test yourself with this spectrum test? It seems that I am a tetrachromat. I really don’t like yellow.

Oh and here. I love to travel in trains and I haven’t had the chance to do so in such a long while, but I love the whole romance that goes with it.  These trains are giving me DREAAAAAAAMS. These are insane! I want to sign up for all of them!!

I haven’t been able to try any of these, but I want to.  I’ve only been able to make eggs in the microwave, but I wouldn’t mind trying the others 🙂

If there are any fellow parents out there reading this blog of mine, would you know if this book actually works? Soooo tempted to get it from Amazon. Let me know if you have a review! It will be much appreciated.

And now I will leave you with this mesmerizing video of how they make a cello by hand.

I’ll be back soon! 😉

Nesting :)

Lately, apart from getting all involved in prepping, I’ve been nesting. Been looking into ways on how to make my home, well homier, if there is such a word.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, I have a Pinterest addiction. There is a Pottery Barn literally walking distance from my house and I decided to poke around. I got awesome inspirations, especially for couches, which I have to say is my new obsession. Though I have had a healthy obsession with my bedroom too…

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I don’t LIKE this bedroom per se, but I DO love that pattern on the duvet.

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The rug and bedside table are awesome.

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I’m liking the bedframe in this one; sort of minimalist four poster.

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I love everything about this room, including the greenish hue.

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I imagine being here in a colder season, like autumn and winter… If I lived in a place that had cold weather.

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The sheets look awesome.

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I love the color palette to this room.

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I can’t decide also if I really like that bed frame….

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I love sloping ceilings! And again that bed frame.

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Love the lighting and the trunk!

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Heaven! 🙂

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As you can see, most of my room inspirations are really light and airy. I like having subdued tones, except for that one dark one, which I imagine would be my room if I ever live somewhere with a winter again.

But oh, I do love this couch I saw yesterday in Pottery Barn.

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It’s simple and understated and I doubt my Dorkat will have anything to paw. And since I have a little space downstairs, this can be a little longer, with a rocking chair in the end. Hopefully paired up with this lovely table that I’ve been dreaming about since forever and West Elm finally got it!

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Ah well. I think I’ll do the next best thing and get these made custom 🙂 It will probably come out cheaper and last longer too. I’ll see what I can do. For now, there should be enough space for the punkus to run around with his little scooter. He’ll be mad if he can’t ram it into the wall anymore!

What are your thoughts for your home? Do you have any advice for me on where to get started with these pieces?

Leaving you with some Simon and Garfunkel. Always gets me cosy, this song 🙂

The future is bright

To all those who are reading this and are part of a company, one that you have a personal vested interest in, how do you start thinking of the future?

The future itself is such an awesome thing, isn’t it? So full of possibilities and realised dreams.  Things that aren’t even thought of can become reality and if I’m anything to go by, almost to the other end of the imaginary spectrum from where I started 15 years ago.

These days I’ve been wanting to up my game professionally, and though yes, there are so many resources that are now online and at our fingertips, it is still very hard to try and sift through everything to really see what you need.  Reading and watching everything from Wikipedia to TedTalks and YouTube “how tos” are beginning to say the same thing as the last thing you watched / read / heard.

So I ask myself and those 2 people reading this (ha ha!): where ELSE do you find good advice about how to move forward with your business? How do you take it to the next level? And how do you do it if you’re the only person IN THE COMPANY? It should be easier, shouldn’t it?

I’d appreciate any insights you guys have for me. LATERS!

Always a good tune 🙂

Health is wealth

I’ve been gone for a while and my sincerest apologies for that!  Urg, I have no excuse.  I’m back now, and please know that the time I haven’t spent here writing, I’ve spent on my trying to increase my knowledge on trying to get healthy. Because we live in the times that we do, healthcare has gone a long, LONG way to make us not only better, but to help us better understand ourselves that we may not have to get sick. Or at the very least, I want to learn more about personalized and preventive medicine.

Now yes, this of course comes with a price, but really, I figure that this would be one of the best investments I could buy right?

So ok first: I learned about the Food Intolerance Test, or FIT. I’ve had a gut problem in the last few years, and my tummy has not been my bestie for quite some time now.  That was the main reason why I tried this test out.  I’m currently working with the dudes that distribute this test, Global Medical Technologies, who are the only ones in the Philippines that have this test and make it available to partner clinics all over the metro.

In the process of doing this test, I found out that *SOB!* I am intolerant to cow’s milk and cheese, wheat, egg whites (but weirdly enough, I’m ok with egg YOLKS… I know right?), and white rice.

Now what does it actually MEAN that I’m intolerant? First of all: THIS IS NOT AN ALLERGY.  Intolerance is your IMMUNE SYSTEM’S REACTION TO FOOD, and how it processes the things you eat. In the FIT I took, they test of 220 different kinds of food.  Intolerance talks about the levels of the IgG antibody, or Immunoglobulin G, in your gut.  This “makes up as much as 80 percent of all the antibodies in the blood. IgGis broken into four different subclasses, IgG1 through IgG4. IgG is always available to help ward off infections.” In other words, it is the little brick in your makeup that helps fight off the bad guys that come with feeding yourself.  All it takes is a prick on your finger, a drop of blood, and about 2-3 weeks. GMT says that if a person is suffering from long term migraines, headaches, IBS, bowel problems, depression or anxiety, chronic fatigue even, skin problems, even weight gain, this could possibly be because of the IgG and how they behave in your body.

Now because I’ve done this particular test, I’m more conscious about the way I eat, especially the way I eat cheese because IT IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD AND NOW I CANNOT HAVE IT…. Well, at least for the next few months until my IgG levels are better.  Yes you read that right, I can eventually take some cheese again…. but in total moderation and not beast eat it like I used to.

I could eat it all… ALL I TELL YOU.

HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THAT?! Egad.

But! Health is wealth and for me, especially now with a little punkus, who needs his mama to keep with him and his running around, jumping off stuff, climbing on stuff, and just being a BOY, I need to be in the best shape I can get myself in.  I just see this as me being responsible for myself. I’ve worked so hard in trying to be responsible for the things I do and things that are around me, I thought it was time I should apply that to myself.

In other news, I’ve decided to make The Who my Monday soundtrack because I’m detoxing from the last season of CSI: Las Vegas. Man I LOVED that show. Ah well. Things move on. And I completely forgot how big of a monster Keith Moon is. Damn that guy, whatta drummer! Have a good Monday folks! 🙂

Monday Monday

Ah Monday: everyone’s dreaded day. Meh.

Had a trying day myself, since the utilities here in the Philippines are frankly, shit. The Philippine Long Distance Company, or rather, PLDT is the main internet provider here in this country.  It’s basically trying to make me pay twice for TWO accounts…. sigh. I can’t get into it.

BOO. Seriously, annoying and could potentially destroy my business.

On to happy thoughts!

Been looking for ways to cut down on groceries, slowly but surely.  I can’t wait to try all 13 of these to regrow on my windowsill. 🙂

Everyone seems to have their own version of Mac and Cheese. This looks AMAZIIIING. Do you have your own family recipe? Care to share it with the blog? 🙂

I’m sorry I didn’t write more on this Monday, but I’m also trying not to feel too defeated which is grinding on me. I’ll make it up to you guys!  For now though, here’s the song that’s been in my head for the last 5 days. ENJOY!