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Not Too Much Feasting

>> Thursday, October 28, 2010



I guess I have finally understood what it meant when people avoid food and feasts. Perhaps, after all the eating and merry making, comes the quest for the best diet regimen, or the best exercise, or food to lose the extra pounds. Not only for aesthetic reasons but for health as well. I have a friend who always as what diet pills really work, and I previously can not tell her anything mainly because at that time, I didn't take any. It is only now that we are avoiding dangerous foods here in the house. And it is only now that I am taking diet pills. Our party foodies are regulated as much as limited. Not too much feasting because they ruin the health..




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How to Dress a Native Chicken



Delicious, isn't it? That is the ever tasty Native Chicken Tinola. All natural flavor, all natural ingredients. Filling, delicious. But of course, one need to know that to derive food from Chicken, the chicken had to be slaughtered. It is quite a pitiful fate for the Chicken. Pitiful because it had to endure all the hardships before it is killed and before it can make a great meal of its very meat..
It starts with starvation for a couple of hours to make  the internal organs manageable enough to clean later on. Then more pain as its neck being is being slit to let blood out into a bowl to keep the blood fresh and clean. 
If there is only one person doing the killing, then the chicken will have to experience being stepped on while its neck is split..
If there are two people doing this task, it is easier as the legs and wings will simply have to be clipped all together for it to not escape. But in the photo here, the legs and wings were stepped on.

Most often, when the chicken is no longer living, its body is tilted for more blood to come out. In the olden times, Filipinos get a little form this bowl of blood and draws a cross with it on a birthday celebrant's forehead. That is somehow connected to our cultural belief that spirits also dwell among the living.

 This bowl of blood can be used as blood for chicken Dinuguan, or in the case of this recipe, was included as one of the parts of the chicken that everyone will appreciate to take off the feathers....
Anyway, when all else is in order, and the chicken is already lifeless, it is then submerged into a basin of  hot water or newly boiled water is poured over the chicken.
 Then the dressing process takes place..

Feathers removed may still be used according to one's creativity.. And washing means, no more feathers as well as unnecessary chicken parts..
This process may be done so many times, then in the end, it will make our chicken meal a very delicious as well as clean and safe dish..
And of course, when there are no more feathers left, it is about time to have the chicken cleaned in the inside and all other matter that's in its outer  covering..

To totally remove the feathers, rub rock salt unto the chicken and continue rubbing until no feathers are left. Rinse the chicken to finalize the cleaning process. When you are already sure that the chicken is really clean already, the it's time to chop the whole chicken into your recipe's desired cut..
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Pests and Pancakes?



Gina's boyfriend is a very good cook. The two of them had been seeing each other for two and a half years and well, they are in deed a really good couple. Perfect. Larry, according to Gina, works at one of the Houston pest control centers and that is actually the reason why they met. See, Gina needed someone to help her with termites and Larry came at the right time, at the right moment. And Gina remembers that on the day they met, Larry even cooked for her some pancakes.

It so happened that Gina panicked after seeing roaches and termites that she dropped all her cooked food on the floor. What do you know? Pancakes and Pests somehow make life wonderful, lol..

BULL'S EYE.. hahaha.. Speaking of  a Houston Pest Control Company, I read earlier about Bulls Eye Pest Control which provides termite control, pest control, fire ant control, flea control, and bee control services to residential and commercial customers.

Who knows? Your Larry might just be there.. hehehe


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To Remove Oil from Fried Food

>> Wednesday, October 27, 2010



There are many ways to remove oil from fried food. One of the many ways is to place the fried dish on a paper towel. In our house, whenever we run out of paper towels, we use tissue paper. Quite expensive compared to paper towels, but it's worth it.

FYI: Before serving the dish, make sure that you have removed it from the paper towel otherwise, it would be useless to have them anyway. After removing the paper towel, you will notice that a huge amount of oil is absorbed by the towel.

When frying Lumpia and Fried Chicken however, we use an oil drainer or a stainless colander where we let the oil drip from the colander to the plate that catches the dripping oil.


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Endoscopy and Sewer Video Inspection



When leaks occur in sewer pipes, it can  sometimes be due to several factors. It could be caused by corrosion due to daily wear and tear or by some broken pipes,  some clogged pipes and  much much more. When these problems occur, believe me, it's not just a Las Vegas water heater that you will need.

Clogged drainage and clogged sewer lines brings huge disasters. Plumbers, even when they are professional plumbers who work for so many years already, had to probe for such clogs blindly. Good thing that the new technology of sewer video inspection is at hand. So even if the plumber is still new in the business, he gets ample assistance and the said clogs can be seen and their causes easily determined. This process is quite similar to the human endoscopy.  Sewer video inspection used in a Las Vegas sewer repair is not only limited to residential houses, not only for oil and gas pipelines but goes beyond a long way, even in the military use for espionage activities because it provides a visual telepresence.

Some people might argue about using a sewer video inspection, but it actually adds to the cost of repairs,which are easily taken off by the quality service provided by the Las Vegas emergency plumber and plumbing services.


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Picky Eater Even at 60..



Carmelo is a picky eater even when he is already sixty years old. He does not eat what is not familiar to him, nor would he ever try out some new delicacy. Well, it is both a good thing as well as a bad thing. Good because he is cautious about what he puts into his mouth, and bad because he has missed so much in experience as well as learning a few things or so. He is always into the safe side. I bet he would even buy epa certified lead test kits if only to keep himself safe. 

Well, should we blame him? Actually, he has probably reached sixty with less complications because of his cautious nature.. 


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White Humba

>> Tuesday, October 26, 2010



I am always in for experimentation as well as creating things. Yesterday was my father's birthday and I cooked WHITE HUMBA. Hmm. You must be thinking I am crazy for doing so. Or for calling it so.But here's a secret, I didn't use vinegar and soy sauce in this recipe. Instead, I substituted vinegar with pineapple juice and calamansi, while salt replaced soy-sauce.. Then I doubled the amount of garlic, onions and bell pepper..

And believe me, it was oh so yummy. 


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ChocoPeanut Butter Sandwich

>> Saturday, October 23, 2010



The marriage of flavors that kids love so much.. Yummy...
To achieve such delicious treat, you must spread chocolate spread on one slice of bread, and peanut butter on the other. Have them kiss, and voila.. A perfect match..
For this sandwich, we used Goya Choco Spread, Germany's pride. The choco spread alone is yummy enough..
 See how creamy this is..
 And of course, home made peanut butter, from Kauswagan, Lanao..
Any other peanut butter match you wanna try?

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Golden Peanuts



The photo you are looking at is not gold nor scrapping from a gold bullion. But they sure look golden and yummy to me. After the burial and nine days wake for my sister's fiance's mom, they came home and brought lots of goodies from Kauswagan, Lanao. The foodie above is similar to peanut brittle, only it was differently done. If you eat it, the peanuts are enveloped with a thin layer of melted sugar or caramelized sugar, unlike the usual peanut brittle, where peanuts are clumped together with caramelized sugar to make them glued as one. In fact, this has a different name, and not called as Peanut Brittle. 



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Dirty Ice Cream

>> Friday, October 22, 2010


Here is the latest look on the all time favorite "dirty ice cream". It used to be scooped into a cone. Do you remember? Manang the peddler told us that it is because of the rainy season that cones are no longer commonly found. And I notice, they come in a cleaner packaging---
By the way, it was never dirty or anything. The reason why it is called dirty ice cream, as I was told, is that, it gets peddled from one point to another, so people have this notion that the traveling has made it dirty with dust and everything.. But lately, if you have been attending kiddie parties, you will find a similar cart during the celebrations..

I was informed that a cart may cost P 1800 to P 2000, depending on flavor and the gallons of ice cream ordered.. to have this special display for the duration of the party, for everyone who wants to eat it--- Quite cheap, plus, it can actually make lots of children happy---
Before, it is usually men who peddle the dirty ice cream.. But now, look. It's Manang Ice Cream smiling in the background, lol..


No worries. If you indulge in this street fave cooler, you will not necessarily need the most effective diet pills. As my friends would say, they are NOT quite harmful.. hehehe


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Packing Longanisa

>> Thursday, October 21, 2010



For those of you who want to sell Home Made Longanisa, here is a ten step process on how to keep your Lonagnisa well packed.

1. Of course, to be able to have a longanisa to make, you must have the longanisa ingredients ready--- I will not share any recipe on this post as this is only limited to packing the longanisa.

2. See that small glass in the photo above? That is actually what is used to measure the exact content for every piece of longanisa. Some people use the scale to weigh each piece, but if you do not have it in your kitchen, a small glass is more convenient and practical..

3. Do this by batch or you can also do them all at once if you have the right number of trays to have each of them sit as you roll and wrap each piece.

4. Of course, when they are ready, you can now get each and roll them on a clean plastic that will serve as your container..

5. Make sure that each piece is properly rolled--
6. Make sure that each piece is properly wrapped..
7. Make sure that each piece is properly secured at both ends..

8. Again do this process by batch as again, this will save you time and energy..

9. When you have enough to pack, place them inside a clean plastic..

10. Lastly, to secure freshness, vacuum seal and lock each packet..

Amazing procedure, right? You can apply that at home or in your home business..


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Another Food Investment?

>> Wednesday, October 20, 2010



Over lunch today, as were having golden roasted chicken from Senyor San Pedro, my father was talking about investing in another food business. In my mind, I was thinking of Gold from the United States Gold Bureau. Well, I have read so much about gold investments and I am convinced that it is indeed better to invest in Gold than in all other investments. One reason, it will never stale nor depreciate in value. Food business offers lots of liabilities. I tried telling my father that but I decided to listen to what he had to say instead.

When I read about gold bullion, gold nuggets or gold coins or even gold jewelries for investments, I never disagree on the fact that it does not have any downside, except of course if your gold source is not that secured enough..


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Soon To Be Feast..



We usually celebrate my father's birthday with a feast. Lechon or the Philippine's roasted pig is never absent in all our celebrations, except when budget is not enough, which is seldom because my father's belief is that celebrations should be grand as it is often an expression of thanksgiving for the years that passed. For good health and good intentions. Of course, we have not come to a point where we needed fast weight loss pills after the feasting. But this year, I do not know if Tatay will still have his usual feast as pork is being minimized in our home consumption. Last fiesta, we did have Lechon and it was too bad we had to consume the left overs  for days.. That is not what we want, that is why we are suggesting that we should simply eat out--- But, we'll never know what the plans will be until they are executed..


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Soup No. 5 or known as "Remember Me"



Are you taking herbal male enhancement for a proactive sex life? Well, if you ask Chinese medicine men, they will give herbal medicines of course. But for Filipinos, if you say that you are having trouble in the sexual department, then you will be served with Soup No. 5 or typically known as "Remember Me". That is actually soup that is made from a cow's testicles.  By the way, the photo above is borrowed online, as we no longer have source to where we can buy Remember Me. In some regions however, testicles of goat are also used. 

I have tasted this dish and well, it's actually very hot and spicy, but yummy. If you get drunk, this soup will help take away drunkenness. And if you have colds, this soup is also good as good and effective as chicken soup..  But I have not felt anything that could be connected with sexual desire or anything--- maybe because I am a woman.. I do not know with men..


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Dinner at Mooon Cafe

>> Saturday, October 16, 2010



We were craving for pizza and since we were still at the Robinson's Mall due to heavy rains and no ride to go home, we decided to eat since it was actually late already.  We ordered just the small size Karnes Pizza, and some bottomless iced tea..

 Looking further at the menu, we decided to eat a full dinner..
I had Tuna Belly and my sister Sweet had Mooon Steak..  This Tuna Belly is just right, although, this isn't the Tuna Belly that I was graving for.. I like my Tuna Belly grilled and have some special flavorings.. But like what I said, this was just right. It didn't flunk so it is okay, lol..

Sweet's taste buds told her to ask for more so she asked for some condiments to help her enjoy her steak more, as she finds it a little bland to her taste. After that, she enjoyed her meal.. Of course, the Mooon Steak was quite huge for her so she shared it with me, lol..
For the record, we only ate a piece each of the pizza and took it home instead.. We were so full..


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