For days I’ve been craving for the dish that you’re going to see on this post. No, it just didn’t come by, it was brought about by a blog post of a fellow blogger and it made me drool to the max. It made me missed this dish all the more, so I knew I had to finally do something about it.
I went ahead and looked for the ingredients for dinengdeng. To the many Pinoys that drop by this blog, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the famous Ilocano vegetable dish.
I was not successful in securing all the ingredients but this was good enough to satisfy my cravings. With ampalaya, malungggay leaves and oyster mushrooms, I was set to go. I topped it with grilled branzino.
I also sauteed bokchoy in garlic and a bit of hoisin sauce.
A good serving of brown rice rounded up this meal
Oh my! It’s that time of the year once again. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about if you happen to have a teen in the house who is going to attend prom this year. I’m sure that at this time, you must have browsed online sites such as tuxedosonline.com just to have an idea of what’s out there in terms of the most appropriate garb for your teen on that special night.
My immediate family has long ‘graduated’ from this kind of preparation because everybody’s now all grown up. It’s hard to believe that the kids grew up so fast, they are now leading their own lives away from the prying eyes of the parents. Not too long from now, they will be facing the same : prepping their own kids for prom night.
I didn’t have to go through the same simply because we weren’t blessed with children. I don’t know if I should be happy or not. But such is life and we make the most of what’s handed to us.
Not too long ago, my husband had an animated conversation with our neighbor while they were at the gym. The neighbor is into all kinds of healthy stuff and he shared his love for an exotic fruit that I for one have been trying to look for but to no avail. My husband was so excited to share the news to me, and I was so glad to find out that I can easily buy that fruit from a nearby fruit and vegetable store not that far from where we live.
It became my mission to go and buy the fruit. I was forewarned that it is not always available but they have it regularly, it’s just a matter of being there at the perfect time.
Lo and behold! It was there that very day that I went.
I’m pretty sure that to those of you who grew up in a tropical country (like the Philippines), you’re able to easily identify the fruit. Here in the US, it’s called soursop – guyabano in my birth country, the Philippines. I had to wait for the fruit to ripen. All it took was three days. My husband who has never had the chance to taste this fruit was so excited when it was ready to be devoured.
I felt like I was reunited to a familiar taste. My husband liked it too but not enough to love it at this time. I’m sure that in time, he will eventually love it just the way he’s so in love now with bittermelon (ampalaya).
I hope I can get it whenever I head down to the fruit and vegetable store. The only drawback is the fact that this fruit is expensive. It is priced at $7 per pound and I paid $19.57 for one fruit. I’m lucky enough that my family brought tons of bags of the tea when they visited us a few months ago and it’s been part of my daily tea time.
Whenever I visit the Philippines, I will really make sure to enjoy this fruit without abandon. Who would have thought a fruit like this one which is not that popular even back home is this expensive? Admittedly, I never liked it that much when I was living in the Philippines. But knowing all the health benefits now, I’m willing to fork out that much money just to have this fruit every once in a while.
On a day when I feel like life is not treating me well, there’s nothing like good Japanese food to banish away my blues. It is almost always a given. I don’t know why but Japanese food does something to my system that in an instant, my worries and cares just dissipate even if it’s only temporary.
My husband always tells me that I should live in Japan to savor the goodness that Japanese cuisine has to offer. That sounds unrealistic because I know for a fact that it is totally impossible.
So in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy what I can source locally and what I can get my hands on in the Big Apple.
I was exposed to good music early on in life. In fact, because my family is musically inclined, I was enrolled in music school before I even went to first grade.
Having said that however, I believe that I still have a lot to learn about music. I’m actually curious to find out what’s a good d40. My brother who admittedly is more knowledgeable than me also has no clue what can be a good one.
This just proves that generally speaking, no matter how knowledgeable you think you are, there’s still more to learn. For as long as we are alive, our quest for more knowledge doesn’t stop. And that is including facts that are music related.
My husband recently discovered Peacefood Cafe, a vegan kitchen and bakery. They serve delicious, innovative, and healthy vegan cuisine prepared with mindfulness, gratitude, and intention to nurture spirit and body. The founders of this cafe believes that a vegan lifestyle can transform not only the lives of farm animals but also the environment and one’s personal health.
With their strategic location in uptown and downtown Manhattan, my husband can easily go to the Union Square location on a good day. Thus, one Friday after work, he came home with these for us to try.
I must say, the food is a must-try if you happen to be in the area. I felt like I was not eating vegetables at all because the Chef for sure knows how to use spices and flavored the food so well.
roasted veggies (japanese pumpkin, eggplant zucchini, cauliflower)
chickpea fries an award winning recipe with a hint of indian spices, served with house dipping sauce
The self-confessed sweet tooth that I am, I have to admit that this chocolate chip cookie sandwich was a big winner. It was decadently sinful, and if I didn’t have self- control, I would have gone for a second serving that same night but I didn’t. It turned out to be a good move because we found ourselves having our second serving the day after.
chocolate chip cookie sandwich with chocolate filling
I grew up in a musically inclined family where playing music and reading musical notes was the norm. My dad was a real big music enthusiast. During his heydays, I remember him wanting to upgrade our stereo system whenever a new brand and model comes out in the market.
Fast forward to today, if he was still with us, I’m sure he’d go for the pioneer xdj-r1. While he may have been shocked to see all the newfangled things and gadgets that sprout in the market every so often, I’m sure he would have been thrilled to try and experiment.
It’s so nice to remember all those good old days when our family was still complete. Our home was always filled with music and laughter. But such is life, the children leave home and we all go on to lead our own lives. I’m sure whenever we, the children get together once again, the air will be filled with the same music and harmony just like the ones we grew up listening to. The only question now is – when?