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Online Cake for Bisa

>> Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bisa said her birthday is near... so Zarelle told her that she will make her a birthday cake... And she did... hahaha... Enjoy the cake and the game below... Lili loves this cake making game so much...

Easy Bake



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HOTDOG BUSH

My then two year old daughter loved playing this game. It's a simulation game, but if one politically considers, this is a mockery to US President Bush--- well, what could it do to a 2 year old? She just wants to play the game she loves to play, simply because she loves hotdogs and burgers...LOL...

here's the game, hope you like it...




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Now that she is 4 years old, she likes Polly Pocket, Barbie and most games at the playhousedisney-asia.com....

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BAKING GAME

Well, what do you know. We can now teach our kids how to bake a cake by simply playing a game on Y8.com... try this, Lili is going gaga over this baking game...

How to Bake an Orange Crunch Cake



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If you wish to teach your kids how to bake other kinds of cake with a game, click this link.

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Sardines & Fried Rice

When I was in high school, I had a classmate who said she does not eat sardines because it is what they feed their dogs... I will not mention who she is but I think she is rather too boastful or too arrogant... Anyway, what I have here is "sardines and fried rice combo", best eaten during the rainy days, with a cup of hot chocolate or hot coffee for some...



Sardines Spicy hot sauted with garlic and onions in its own oil...



Fried Rice (with eggs and spices)


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Mañanita Foodies

Here are the foodies we had after we had our mañanita to the golden girl... We brought some of them.. The fruits were abundant at the house for Auntie Vicky's Soup Kitchen for the patients at the City Hospital...


Apples (Auntie Vicky)


grapes (Auntie Vicky)


Empanada (Auntie Doris)


Banana Cake (Auntie Irma)


Biko (My mom's)


Chocolate Cake (Auntie Nancy)

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Ngil-ngig Foodies---

When we had our first and only song practice for the mañanita for Auntie Vicky's Natal day, we went to the house of our cousin, and since there many of us, we bought food along the way. The only foodies we could find were the ones below:

Chicken Inasal ni San Pedro


Liempo, still from San Pedro



And Isaw, just outside the apartment of our cousin....

Healthwise, they are full of cholesterol and if you ask my father, they contribute mosly to problems pertaining to uric acid and high blood... OMG! But we ate anyway... We got so hungry with all those songs, lol...

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SERENDIPITY CHICKEN...

Serendipity means something discovered along the way... This chicken recipe was not planned. I was supposed to only cook this in my oven toaster, and that's it! But, something delicious happened to it...

Last Tuesday, Lili wanted me to cook chicken. So I made her one. This chicken is cooked using only my handy dandy oven toaster. Here is how I did it:

First, I marinated the chicken with my personal marinade of garlic, calamansi and some spices. The chicken was then placed in the refrigerator for a day. When Lili wanted the chicken, I of course had to thaw it in the oven toaster. When it was thawed, I got the other pan (another pan was used to thaw the chicken, okay---) with the remains of the Slers Longanisa I cooked earlier for breakfast. The oils from the longanisa was the one I used for the chicken. Somehow, it added flavor to my chicken... Cooked it at 15 minutes twice... When it was done, I took the chicken off the pan and tried to cook scrambled egg. I continuously beat the egg in the pan until it became a custard, lol... Funny.. Not knowing what to do about it, I poured the egg custard over the chicken--- and guess what? It was oh so yummy...

This is how I served it to Lili... The cup I placed the egg custard in, was what I used to form the rice mound, so you can see the custard remains on top of the rice here...



Talk about cholesterol? The chicken were mostly meaty, less skin that gave out less chicken fat. The fat in the pan was mostly from the spicy longanisa mixed with a little chicken fat perhaps, scrambled with the egg--- that formed a custard... or maybe because when I scramble my egg, I add a little milk and cheese, that's why, lol... Oh I don't know-- One thing I know, this is a very delicious accident in the kitchen, lol...

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FOODIES AT BUNS & PIZZA

My friend Joy, the police woman, and I had our girls night out last Friday--- Actually, it served as a breather for the two of us. There was no class at the Bukidnon State University because MOGCHS have suspended classes already due to the Influenza A H1N1 pandemic, hence we could not use the school facilities. I was glad I was given the chance to relax and chill with friend Joy who was also needing a breather for her very hectic schedule. It was a good chance to catch up on each other's lives... We went to Divisoria to enjoy the Night Cafe but we do not feel like dining in the open air so we needed to find a place where we could talk and eat that is just right for a mother's budget, and we found Buns and Pizza along Velez St. Below is what we had.




The very cold tea at P 50.00 (about $1 plus)


The garlic bread to match the spaghetti (I forgot to snap the pasta)
About P 60.00 or $ 1.10


French Fries at P 20.oo or less than $1


Pizza Perfect at P 310.00 only or $ 6.90

The Pizza ordered was family size because we were expecting Maryjean and Ella Grace to join us also, but they did not make it so we ended up dividing the remaining foodies for pasalubong to our chikitings...

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KIPING

>> Thursday, July 23, 2009


This is Kiping. A crunchy treat made of cassava flour mix or ground glutenous rice. Making this is similar to the process of making lumpia wrappers, only fried to golden brown perfection. Then caramelized sugar is drizzled all over the kiping for taste... When it dries, it is then packaged for sale... I wanted the kids to know what kiping is so we bought two packs at Divine Mercy... A pack costs P 10.00. Buying them signifies that we are helping the vendor selling them---

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Another Freebie I cannot Claim



No TIMEZONE here in CDO----

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THE BEST FOODIES IN BUTUAN CITY

I grew up with food around me. Hehehe... Such an overstatement, but true. My grandmother, Lola Berta, is most sought after because of "Torta ni Alberta"... But apart from the Torta (large size cup cake), our family in Butuan City, also makes "Biko" and "Bud-bud" (both are derived from "tapol" or glutenous rice).




This is Bud-bud or nilambiran nga suman...


This is BIKO....
All three foodies have made my Lola famous. People around Butuan and even those from other cities in Caragga and even as far as Davao City, would come by the house to order, not just a dozen but more. Every day, she would wake up as early as 3 am to start baking. While she was assisted by Auntie Vangie, Auntie Becky and Auntie Ellen. In the summer, I do my part of helping... I guess that's where I have acquired the love to cook, bake and eat--- hehehe... Unfortunately, when my grandma passed away, the baking of the Torta stopped. Only the BIKO and BUDBUD can be found now, as Auntie Vangie and Uncle Laloy have continued my grandmother's legacy. I miss the Torta. It's actually adapted from Torta Cebuana with a twist. A secret ingredient is added to make it unique and delicious. I will not mention it here because I have plans of reviving my Lola's business. Such good memories whenever I think about it.

Below is Cassava Custard, a new addition to Auntie Vangie's and Uncle Laloy's business. It is creamy and oh so delicious. Do you know that I finished the four pieces? Hehehe...




Anyway, the foodies on photo are the ones they brought with them from Butuan City in their latest visit...

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ILANG-ILANG

>> Sunday, July 19, 2009


This is Ilang-ilang. A bread that can only be bought in Butuan City, and sold only by the New Life Bakery. Our relatives from Butuan came today and brought us some Ilang-ilang bread. It's funny because whenever I would go home to Butuan, I would always buy a dozen or two for the people here in Cagayan de Oro. Unfortunately, it gets frowned upon because it is just bread. But wait till you taste it----


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CLEAN CRAB

>> Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Crabs should be cleaned properly before being cooked. Here is how I do my crab cleaning before I cook them to become a famous Mommy Dharlz treat...

First, I place them in a clean basin. Then I prepare all my other cleaning materials. They are as follows:

a.) used toothbrush
b.) knife
c.) chopping board
d.) running water
e.) forceps

Now we proceed with the "HOW TO"...

1.) Pick one crab at a time using forceps to hold the crab under running water.
2.) Then, forceps on one hand, hold the knife on the other... let the crab rest on the chopping board, then stab the crab in the mid portion and put it under running water again holding with the knife.
3.) Brush the crab using the toothbrush. Make sure that all dirt and grime accumulated in the crab's body is brushed off while running it under running water...
4.) When the crab is cleaned, take off the "butt covering" and cut the crab in half..
5.) Place the clean crab in the marinade (this is how I do it according to my special recipe...)
6.) when all the crabs are all clean and prepared accordingly, they are then prepared for cooking---

And that's just about it... Point is, clean crabs are more delicious than the ones that are strangely dirty... wink..wink..

Oh, and after it is cooked, presentation or plating is another thing that one needs to look into...

But of course, like the photo above, we are not so conscious if we are plating them during ordinary meals... hehehe...

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CAUTION:

>> Thursday, July 9, 2009

Got this from an email sent by Tita Mila.. Sharing here for your information:

In Taiwan, a woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from
her ears, nose, mounth & eyes. After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed death due to arsenic poisoning death. Where did the arsenic come from?

The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation. A medical school professor was invited to come to solve the case. The professor carefully looked at the contents from the deceased's stomach, in less than half an hour, the mystery was solved. The professor said: 'The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was
she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!' Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death? The arsenic is of the U.S. military for carrying rice seedlings H Gao. The professor said: 'The arsenic is produced in the stomach of the deceased.' The deceased used to take 'Vitamin C' everyday, which in itself is not a problem. The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem that's why nothing happened to her family ever though they took the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took 'vitamin C', that is where the problem is! Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States , found through experiments, food such as soft-shell shrimp/prawn contains a much higher concentration of - five potassium arsenic compounds. Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body! However, in taking 'vitamin C', due to the chemical reaction, the original non-toxic - five potassium arsenic (As anhydride, also known as arsenic oxide, the chemical formula for As205) changed to a three potassium toxic arsenic (ADB arsenic anhydride), also known as arsenic trioxide, a chemical formula (As203), which is commonly known as arsenic to the public!

Arsenic poisoning have magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood vessels, "mercapto Jimei"??, inhibits the activity of the liver and fat necrosis change Hepatic Lobules Centre, heart, liver, kidney, intestine congestion, epithelial cell necrosis, telangiectasia. Therefore, a person who dies of arsenic poisoning will shows signs of bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth & eyes.

Therefore; as a precautionary measure, DO NOT not take shrimp/prawn when taking 'vitamin C'.

After reading this; please do not be stingy. Forward to your friends and family!!

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TWO FOOD FREEBIES THAT I COULD NOT (NEVER) CLAIM...

This one is for signing up to sandbox..



And this one here is for joining on this link here:


Photo borrowed from Ria... Do visit her blog...

Both Krispy Kreme Donuts and TGIFridays are not available here in Cagayan de Oro City. I mean, there is no branch over here... So, that explains it...

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TAHO

Manong Taho passes by the house everyday. And we always make it a point to buy from him. Sharing here a picture of our recent treat from him.

So what is taho? It is actually bean curd, with tiny starch balls and boiled native sugar topped with condensed milk...


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