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.)

OK OK OK ONTO BUSINESS WE GO.

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:
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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 😉

Steady Sunday

So we just came from visiting the new house to put some of our stuff there already. I cannot express how excited I am to move into this home 🙂 It is a townhouse so it’s really like a house already and it’s in a small village. It’s nothing big but it does have space, and it’s always just so exciting to figure out what goes where.

So as I’ve mentioned in an older entry, I’m looking to see what are the new ways we can put some of our stuff.  I’m looking into how to organise in smaller spaces with the help of this link, and of course because I have a wooden pallet obsession, I’ve been measuring and remeasuring everything I’m moving from our apartment to the townhouse.

The wooden pallet obsession has been spurred on by this link, and I want to do that hanging wall they have, but not only for plants, which I’m still trying to figure out WHERE to put it, but also as a headboard. We like having stuff around the bed (I personally have something like 20 books and knick knacks here and there….), and I now have the idea that we can make a wooden pallet headboard! So imagine that picture with plants hanging off them, we can put drinks, and books and stuff. hehehe!

See try imagining this, without plants, maybe shorter and with books and a couple of cups. It’ll do right?

Pallet6Anyway, that’s the idea in my head. I will OF COURSE post everything here 😉

Saw some more links online today that were amazing.

1) How some cities would look without lights. How amazing would San Francisco be with just stars?!

2) Pictures of Frida Kahlo as a child. All the pictures were taken by her father.

3) Because I love Dave Grohl.

4) Because breakfast by far is my favorite meal.  I’m trying to see what else I can do with lemon curd.

And here’s a little song from the 90s that always made me feel a little jauntier than usual. Maybe it will give you a good little boost for this Sunday. Happy weekend! 🙂

Coming back slowly :)

Yes it has been a while. Life caught up with me, and well, I just had to answer.

I’ve now gotten back into the music scene here in Manila; I’m managing a band I used to manage back in 08 (?) til I had formed my own band and I needed to prioritize that. We’re all old friends, so it’s good that I get to hang with them again and I am excited to be part of their journey!

I’ve also started producing little gigs here and there again. Currently in my little excel file, I have *crikey* NINE shows from this month all the way to November4th. Well dang. Here I thought I was being all, “let’s space out the gigs….” But no. I think I went overboard. Ah well. The last prod I had, which was two days ago was a ginormous success so I’m glad to be doing it. Besides, I get to watch the acts I want to watch and hang out with people I like. With beer. Yay! I guess this is my equivalent to mommy time.

Anyway, since I’ve just put my son down to his afternoon nap, I think I have a bit of time to hang out here and catch up with all you lovely folks who are reading this blog.

Ah pasta. I’ve gotten back to freezing my homemade version of pesto (yay for balcony basil!) and I’m starting to get the hang of making tomato sauce from scratch (still trying a few ingredients out), but seeing that you can make pasta in one pan just made my year. Here check out some of the recipes from Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/one-pot-pastas#47wnusn

The enchilada one looks so super yum!

Because seriously, what meat eater doesn’t like steak? And I love this woman. I followed her blog before all the books and shows and loved her love story with her “cowboy” husband. Then she knows how to cook these lovely hearty comforting dishes. YUM ALL THE WAY J http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2012/07/steak-fingers-with-gravy/

Maybe I shouldn’t comment on this topic, but I (as some have it seems) have noticed that there are a lot of self-entitled people out there. I find this to be true especially in the workplace. I work as an account director in an international advertising company and it astounds me that kids that come in looking for work expect that they should do very little of it. They somehow feel like it is owed to them in some way, to get that pay grade, that bonus, without doing a damn thing. Even the work they are supposed to be doing or are duly part of their job description is scoffed at. Being a new mom, I’m scared shitless that my son would lose this motivation to work because really, though most is hard, there is nothing like that feeling of accomplishment, or earned respect and just that feeling of being productive or having achieved something during the day. There is a confidence that comes with it that I personally have no been able to get anywhere else. So this was an interesting read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-kester-doyle-/rude-children-_b_5589057.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

I am a wee bit of a germophobe/OC dork, so I like washing my hands a lot. It’s come to a point that I have had to chill out with the washing as the skin on my fingers are getting cracked and whack (hehe I rhymed!). Anyhoo, for those of you who like to travel like I do, and are a little OC as well, maybe you want to read up on this: http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20140701-what-hotels-wont-tell-you?ocid=twtvl

The points are common sense really…. The bathroom stuff just freaks me out.

Lawd but I do want to live in this space: http://www.domainehome.com/gallery-wall/

Love it all. And that gallery wall is still a damn dream of mine. I have the posters and prints to cover several walls. Urg, I need to get around to framing them all.

Another love of mine is for books. I love this site because they talk about books and authors, and things said in those books by those authors. And they talk about the genius of books in general which DUH, is awesome. For those bookphiles out there, here are some little factoids that are a good read: http://bookriot.com/2014/07/26/critical-linking-july-26-2014/

Whatever has been said about him, I like Richard Branson and love the way he took his destiny into his own hands. Here are some quotes from him to help us get through the week: http://www.businessinsider.com/quotes-from-richard-branson-2014-7?op=1&utm_content=buffer77b93&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#ixzz38tru33IP

Because this has been two of the most trying weeks in my recent history, this list of “13 things to remember when life gets rough”, just about saved my sanity and reminded me I’m not such a bad person after all: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/07/13-things-remember-life-gets-rough.html

And now to the end of this entry. A friend of mine has finally released his album online. I hope you guys give it a listen and download. If you like steady but eclectic electronic music, you will like this: http://dubtemplerecords.bandcamp.com/album/tv-was-my-daddy

Thanks for coming through. I’m planning more entries and I will be trying to post more often. CHEERS!

Sticky Sunday

Hello pals on the internet!

Goodness, it is HOT and freaking HUMID here in the Philippines. The heat is suffocating, and really if there are still non believers of climate change out there, please come through our little archipelago and hang out for the rest of the summer.  Oh and typhoon season is on its way so, that will be an adventure too.  One of the reasons why I miss living abroad is the seasons… here we only have hot and wet. Yup all the jokes have been made, but it is so true.  Though I love the rain and rainy gloomy weather (why I loooooove London), I am frankly scared of what’s coming our way this typhoon season, and for the country who is still reeling over Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan).

Be that as it may, I have news!  Well first, I’m sorry that I haven’t really written here (to the handful that follow this blog?), but it was just my birthday the other week (may 2). Big 36, and the idea of approaching 40 in 4 years is EXCITING me, and I’ve already been imagining what I could do for my 40th birthday 🙂  Apart from that, the little punkus has just turned 6 months old this last 14th (yay) so we’ve been told by the pediatrician that we can start feeding him solids (YAY!).  I’m so excited to have him with us on eating adventures!  I’m so excited to cook for him! 🙂  So today, I made his first foray into solid food: Carrots 🙂  We decided to start him with the “unappetizing” stuff first, like vegetables with the sincere hope that this will give him the palate to actually like vegetables when he grows up like we do.

So today he had his first taste of boiled and smushed carrots which he seemed to like, so YAY!  Just a few spoonfuls but that was fun to see him try and work his mouth around the new food. Here it is!

sabian's first food

 

I tend to keep the bottles of stuff we eat, so these were old jam jars.  I love how the smushed carrots are still so vibrantly orange!  Anyway, if you have any tips on what I can feed him next, I’d appreciate it.  Vegetables first please! 🙂

A bassist friend, turned DJ of mine who spun on my birthday made this playlist.  I hope you guys enjoy 🙂

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A little something to groove to whilst reading the rest of the blog 🙂

So also, on Sundays, we have seen this brunch shindig emerge as of last week.  This is in the V Hotel in old Manila, and actually it is quite tasty.  There are lovely vinyls on sale and at play there, so hubby fit right in.  This week, he was asked to play the Beatles for brunch so he did! 🙂

 

 

hubby singing beatles

He’s so cute 😉

 

I’ve sadly had a bad back the last few days so I had to stay home with the baby, but hopefully next Sunday, we will be able to go and hang out again.  It’ll be fun to see Sabian see his daddy play! 🙂

Anyway, I hope your weekend was NOT as hot or humid as ours was, but hopefully still restful.  Take care and I will write again soon! 🙂