Sunday Sloooowing waaay down

Whew what a week it has been! Sorry I’ve left you alone for awhile again but I’m seriously keeping to my promise this time around!

It’s now the beginning of June and the past few weeks have been incredibly crazy for me and my little tribe. The most recent development is me moving back into the corporate world after nearly 3 years of not being in it. Suffice it to say, that it took a LOT for me to move out of freelancing, and my new job gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse. (Yeah, I did the reference there.)


So because I’m spending less time at home (this, by FAR is the biggest drawback and my biggest fear about going back to corporate world), I’ve gone back to doing what I call “package meals.” What do I mean by that?

Well first and foremost, there are 4 heads (and two rambunctious furry ones) that I need to feed in this house. Because we’re still trying to be as frugal as we can be, so we can save up for a rainy day, I’m trying to find the best ways to keep our food natural and less package-y so we all more or less know what goes INTO everyone’s tummy and internal system. Also, we would like to do it without spending a ridiculous amount in these artisinal organic stores, that though are SOOO yummy, are also one of the many reasons why my wallet weeps. So I tend to make stuff myself.

In the past entries I’ve put in here, you probably noticed that I usually cook in vast quantities. Now, this is because as I am out of the house a lot, now more than ever, I need to be able to know that everyone, in their various schedules are still eating. I would rather they eat IN than out, apart from the cost, most times we grab the easiest thing there, and those tend not to be healthy.

For example, as far as Sunday lunches are concerned, I made a healthy one today:

This is my favorite version of the mighty tomato sandwich. Just lightly toasted bread, butter and sliced tomatoes, with mixed salt and pepper on it. In the cup is a roasted vegetable soup I’m still trying to perfect, though the grated ginger adds the kick I want to it. The whole lunch probably cost me about P150. It is still relatively healthy (bread is whole wheat, and the only “packaged” thing I put in that is one bouillon for the soup), and will last us a few days.

The problem with vast quantities is that most times the whole thing doesn’t get eaten, and tends to get rotten… and thus wasting more, rather than letting everyone save instead. So I am about to tweak this mentality a bit. I’ll still buy and cook in quantity, but I will do a specified version of my packaged meal. What do I mean by that? I mean I have been teaching myself to approach this with more strategy, than just wanting to save money. I need to make sure that the HOUSE will also EAT all the damn food in the fridge.

What I realised is that they inevitably, get tired of what is in the fridge, like “OMG wtf, it’s chicken breasts again.” To me, it is a bargain if I buy the chicken breasts in bulk rather than piece by piece (I really need to top my S&R membership again), or porkchops by the pound. Now, what I realised is that I need to be more creative with what I make with this. Example: instead of making 2 big dishes with a kilo of chicken breasts, I should divide that by 3: make one dish I’d like, one that the house would like, and the other pieces should be left to whomever wants to cook them themselves, in whatever way they want to eat it.

In other words, though I’ll still buy more or less in bulk, I will make it so that there is more variety. SO! To get this challenge started, which I will do in the coming weeks, I’ve decided my first mission is the two of the more easier meats: beef and pork. Beef just because it can be made into many things, and pork, well coz the meat is yum.

So here I go. Another mission into the (guerrilla) culinary world. I will record the process every step of the way, and I’ll keep you updated with what’s going on.

What are you budget food tricks you do for your family and friends at home? Any tips you want to share with me (god knows I need it haha)?

Here’s a little slowdown music for your Sunday from a friend of mine ๐Ÿ˜‰


Some things in my inbox

Hello all. Before leaving for Holy Week vacation, I’ve decided to try and clean my inbox. ย Some interesting things found and….. truth be told, I haven’t gone through ALL my email subscriptions but I’m getting there! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a TEENY tiny kitchen and any way that I can make more space would be awesome. Here are some things I would like to try…. SOMEHOW.

I have several junk drawers hehehehe! I’m hoping this will help ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t know about this. Any thought about 70s decor?

I love eggs in the morning. A perfectly scrambled two egg breakfast with cheese is heaven. Checking these recipes out to add on to my repertoire.

Because I need more inspiration for left over night.

And also because I’m in need of some sort of organization in my recipe folders, both online and off.

And this is a great read for those who are like me, still trying to figure out what they want in their homes ๐Ÿ™‚ (Personally, I’d like a different sofa, and a sitting area and a work area for myself….)

Steady sounds for the rest of this Tuesday… and week for that matter ๐Ÿ™‚

The Year Long Challenge of Recipes

This year, more than ever, Iโ€™m trying to eat heathier for my sonโ€™s health as well as my own.ย  As heโ€™s starting to mimic our movements, like when we do exaggerated feedings of ourselves, so as much as possible Iโ€™d like to instill in him the quality of trying things even before disregarding them all together, especially because I love to cook (yes and EAT! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Iโ€™d like to have him at least try the things I make.

So one of the resolutions I have this year is since I have a ton on recipes, in this computer Iโ€™m working on, the hard drive beside it, and the bookshelf holding my cook books and folders. So Iโ€™ve decided to start out making a dent in these recipes and make them for the little one. Also, more than organic and whatnot, I do want to be able to buy local, and be more contentious about where our food comes from and how it is made. The amount of sugar and salt especially that goes into our food, two of the things that could most likely cause disease as my side of the family is prone to diabetes.

The first recipe is that of Jamie Oliverโ€™s that I played around with. Kept the main the ingredients and I just played around with the quantities and measurements. It is his Milk Roast Chicken. Now see, I had a couple of problems: one is that I donโ€™t have a stove and the recipe calls for the whole chicken to be browned first.ย  The second is that my oven toaster is rather small and I only have a roasting pan, so the liquid I put in had to be minimal, which made me scared that the chicken wouldnโ€™t be as juicy as the recipe promised.ย  Also I used tarragon instead of sage just because I couldnโ€™t find any sage in the grocery.

Now I have a whole bunch left.

Now I have a whole bunch left.

Hereโ€™s the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

This is what I ended up with:

The Final Product!

So far so good. Iโ€™m happy with the result and so was the rest of the house! ๐Ÿ™‚ We also have enough left over chicken to last a couple of more days, through sandwiches and maybe a salad or two.

Tomorrow, in an effort to get my not so little punkus to eat more veggies I will try to make zucchini and carrot pancakes ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™ll write about that soon. Meanwhile, Iโ€™ll research on the best pancake batter recipe for this challenge ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been listening to this because I’m helping a friend’s daughter get some gigs and thought this song would be awesome for her to cover. ย Maybe with a beat boxer ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sundays are the best

So this morning I decided to have a rosemary burger for breakfast. With a fried egg on top of that. Yummy yum yum ๐Ÿ˜‰

breakfastIt was as glorious as it looks ๐Ÿ™‚

I found this song again after ages (this may be a clue as to how old I really am…), and I think she is still as beautiful as she was when I first saw this video.

Personally, I love Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials. I love his world full of daemon friends, those who are your guardians and besties all wrapped up into one, sometimes furry, huggable animal. This is a great read for those who like books as much as I do, and a Philip Pullman fan.ย  I never really got into William Blake, but maybe because of this article, I will. I never knew that William Blake inspired Ginsberg’s “Howl”.ย  I should read that too… oh but where to find the time?!

Stuff I would put in my dream home, especially those slides. Those slides are magnificent.

Stuff we should all know about our sheets. I don’t know about you, but I take extra care when picking out my bedsheets. I feel like it’s just the most intimate thing that you have in your home, apart from your undies. And I am always out to get the best sleep I can.

Highly inappropriate clip that made me nervously chuckle. Several times. Ok fine, corpses, made into puppets by muppets.

More hacks for your home.

I so very much want this book! Aren’t those illustrations lovely?

Ok I’ve been told I need to get off my butt and head over to our sunday sale today. Been fun hanging out with you. Hope you had a good weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚


Today I am writing from home, where I’ve been for most of the day.ย  I started out though on a mission to see new places today with J. We saw a total of two, both of which didn’t win us over. Nonetheless, we are not deterred, we know our new home is waiting for us, we will find one perfect for our little tribe.

The rest of the day I spent with my little punk, and researching online, trying to get everything together and in line for when I formally leave my job on Wednesday next week.ย  It’s exciting this new path I’m on.ย  I love my company, my job, my team and even clients, but it is time to shift. And boy, this shift I’ve taken on is going to be a DOOZY. Well, it’s the ballsiest move I’ve ever done professionally, and I’m scared… but I’m equally, if not more, excited for the prospect of what lies ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

To continue, let me give everyone who reads this, some new music:

I love these guys! I get to see them play in one more production / gig I’m putting on. YAY! Check them out on Facebook:ย  They are a bunch of sweethearts too ๐Ÿ™‚

If you, like me, have problems with your gut (I believe it is due to my love for spicy chilies), join me in trying out these three recipes I found.ย  I don’t know what else I can use in place of coriander and fennel seeds as we don’t have those here in Manila, or they are very hard to find. Any advice on this would be welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

And because I love mashed potatoes and recently found the glorious joy of eating sweet potatoes, please fellow potato lover, join me in reading through this post and salivating profusely and with abandon.

Because I’m a bit of an Anglophile, and I love the Brits and their gloomy weather and rich history, I saw THIS, the worst years in their history.ย  And here I thought I was having a bad year!!! Jeebus.

Another little link to history: these woman are pretty badass. Yeah Joan of Arc is there, but there are a couple ofย onna-bugeisha, or Samurai women, that are listed down too. WICKED.

This is just fun. Walt Disney characters using Instagram. I had quite the chuckle, especially with the hashtags.

J and I love orange juice, and the fresh kind of course, but sometimes it is tedious to just keep squeezing oranges. So you tend to reach for the easiest thing which is frozen or boxed juice.ย  I won’t anymore after reading this.

Why you should turn off or at least put your mobile on AIRPLANE mode whilst traveling. It’s just RUDE.

As I mentioned, I’m about to do the single most ballsy thing I’ve ever professionally done.ย  This article I stumbled on has been bookmarked and sent to my email inbox just to have as a constant reminder of the next steps, or foreseeing the inevitable stumbles I will have to go through.ย  Maybe those who are on the same path as I can find some comfort in this reading too. There is this article as well, to help remember the practicality of my dreams ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t know if you will ever venture coming to our beautiful islands, but if you do, there is a growing neighborhood that has little pockets of great food popping up.ย  It’s called Kapitolyo, it is my hood, and I love it.ย  Here are the 8 essential places you should go eat.

I love the Godfather I and II but never liked III.ย  In the place of Godfather III, I always watched Goodfellas, because, “You know, we always called each other good fellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, ‘You’re gonna like this guy. He’s all right. He’s a good fella. He’s one of us.’ You understand? We were good fellas. Wiseguys.” And the car scene with the ending piano track of “Layla”. C’MON MAN.ย  Awesomeness.ย  I saw this from Ray Liotta the dude who played Henry Hill in Good Fellas.ย  Fun little trivia ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, to those who suffer from wanderlust as I do, here are some links to useful little sites and apps to take with you.

Hope you enjoyed some new music and the stuff I stumble upon. I’ll be putting up some DIY things on the net that I’ve tried out in my own home soon. I’m just trying to get the pictures together. Cheers and have a great weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tosser of a Tuesday

Ah Tuesday. This particular one, was a doozy and so now I’m just going to post stuff that made my day bearable.

Today, I was basically looking at a lot of food stuff that I want to do here at home.ย  I like making lots of food for the house, and big batches that we can all just heat up without much fuss, especially as my schedule is still a little crazy, until I leave my present job.ย  Staples in our home are things like ground beef that I make into burger patties, and meatloaf.ย  Well MY idea of a meatloaf, which I put vegetables in it that it is half and half, and one layer at a time.ย  So today, what made me happy was to look through various recipes that I can do for the house, and maybe put my own twist on it.

I love that you can make a bunch of stuff in the rice cooker.ย  There’s this one where you can cook a frittata in there, which is a revelation to me.ย  There’s also risotto, which is my absolute FAVE.

I am trying to get into sweet potatoes after I tasted some sweet potato fries at this burger place named Cue.ย  Anyway, ever since then, there has been a whole world of possibilities, so I looked it up and found these things to try out: the sweet potato spread, and the sweet potato dip.ย  And who knew you could do this many things with zucchini!ย  YUMMY and healthy! ๐Ÿ™‚

And to put the two things I love together, literature and food, like this book has done, just made me super duper happy.

So now, off to bed with dreams of grilled cheese ๐Ÿ™‚ Bon appetit! ๐Ÿ™‚






Stuff I saw from my subscriptions mailbox today

Today being a holiday, I thought I would tackle sifting through my email box and sorting some stuff out, especially in under the “SUBSCRIPTION” folder.

I started at 10am. It is now nearly 7pm. What the hell.

But nonetheless, I’ve found some gems that I wanted to share ๐Ÿ™‚

I love the site The Kitchn. I love to cook (and eat), and this site has always given me interesting ideas to feed people with.ย  Because I’m a full time working mom, I try to keep things simple, healthy, at the very least not processed, and something that can be heated up in 10mins. Let’s be honest: there are A LOT of days that I come home and the last thing I want to do is pretend to be Ina Garten, even if I want to be her, and swish around the kitchen plopping things into a pan I know I will have to clean later anyway. Plus, yeah, the tropical heat.ย  So I love the idea of cooking huge batches of stuff, and sticking it in the freezer.ย  This entry is awesome:

I love steak. I love Vietnamese food. Put the two together and I am a happy bunny:

My hubby loves squid so I think I will make this sometime soon ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been on a sandwich making kick lately and this landed in my mailbox. The basil outside is getting unruly so I think I will make this next week ๐Ÿ™‚

And because this summer seems to be dragging on forever (it just started and I want it to end already), here are some summer recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

I also love SAVEUR. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you click on this link. This recipe is for dolmades, a favorite of mine, just hard to find grape leaves here in Manila ๐Ÿ™‚

If you like eggs as much as I do, check this recipe out. Seems simple enough, right?

This post is just cool. If you haven’t subscribed or looked at the blog BRAIN PICKINGS, I suggest you do, especially if you’re a reader. They have awesome posts like THIS one:

There’s even a reimagined Periodic Table ๐Ÿ™‚

Saw these lovely, but very sad photographs from WIRED, whose online publication I’m subscribed to and love.ย

I love looking at maps. These are pretty cool:

Something to help push the creative juices flowing even in this heat:

If you like art, like I do, check these cheeky buggers out:

And how lovely and a little eerie are these pictures from INSIDE musical instruments, or rather what the artist thought they would look like:

Ok off the computer I go. Need to indulge in some “mommy time” with my books ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’ll leave you with a little Liz Phair of yore. Twas her birthday the other day ๐Ÿ™‚



Monday morning madness

Just wanted to check in real quick and say HELLO FELLOW MONSTERS OUT THERE! ๐Ÿ™‚

Few things: Saw this on Facebook and it is truer than anything I’ve read about motherhood ever.


So so so true.

Also, for those who love breakfast as much as I do, please click through this link and drool with me:

Damn you Buzzfeed! How I love and hate you simultaneously for showing all these things of note!!! *shakes fist at screen*

And lastly, a little music for us all to get the day going. I love this lady, Ms. Badkiss, who is a killer DJ from the Philippines. Check her mix and page in SoundCloud.ย  Here is something to start you off ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers everyone and Happy Monday!!