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Beans Do The Trick

>> Saturday, April 28, 2012




Do you know that this ordinary looking bowl of beans can actually help increase testosterone levels? Well, it's not just Mongo Beans, but all other kinds of beans can do so too. You see, beans are rich sources of zinc. Zinc increases testosterone levels and sperm production, that's according to a magazine I have read, which somehow got it's source from a US study. The said vitamin, Zinc,  is vital to health because it strengthens the immune system, and helps build new cells too. It also promotes mental alertness and growth. While Zinc plays a key role in the health of the male and female reproductive systems by giving a testosterone boost, there are also other kinds of food that do the same. On the contrary, if beans is not allowed in your diet, there are alternative sources of zinc.


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SLERS Chorizo

>> Wednesday, April 25, 2012




I am a Tapa, Longanisa, Tocino and Chorizo addict. I have favorites and I have tasted not so good ones too. Though I always make it a point not to remember the bad ones, and only reminisce of the yummy ones, I can't help but remember not to buy them Anyway, I was taught that in cooking any of them, you have to have water first before oil.. Except for the ready to fry kind where oil is the only thing you cook them in. 
 In cooking the SLERS Chorizo we bought at SaveMore, of course I also used water...
But if there was one thing different from all other cooking process, I remembered what the SLERS attendant told me as he handed me my packet of Chorizo. He told me, and I listened, that as soon as the water would boil, I should put oil...

After putting oil, of course it continued cooking the SLERS Chorizo when the water evaporated. The oil browned the SLERS Chorizo, and that added to the yummy looking treat on our table during breakfast... 

Most people, including myself, love a healthy treat and this SLERS Chorizo is actually one that I can rank among the healthy indulgences of life. See, the reason why oil is needed to is that, the chorizo is made of solid meat. I saw with my own eyes that there isn't any trace of pork fat in it. If you use a healthier kind of oil, it will be wiser too. 

This SLERS Chorizo is available for only P 36.00/10 pieces. That's actually quite affordable..


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Choco Turon

>> Monday, April 23, 2012





For those who have a sweet tooth like us, here's what we had yesterday, on a humid Sunday... It was just easy to buy the Turon from Monterey Market Express near Corpus Christi, and served them with Crumpy chocolate which melts unto the hot Turon.. And when it was time to eat it, my oh my... It was really good. 

By the way, this Turon from Monterey Market Express is really yummy, even without the chocolate topping.. And it's clean too. I should know, I know the people who prepared them... 

Simple and yummy.. 






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Auntie Doris' Recipe for Black Sambo

>> Sunday, April 22, 2012



On our last night with my aunt's family, we enjoyed the dessert that she and my sister made the previous night. We actually had dinner at my other aunt's place and when we got home, we couldn't resist the yummy dessert that my aunt wanted us to try since day one of our vacation. 


Black Sambo entails having two different recipes of gelatin infused treats. One being milk flavored, while the other is chocolate. Here is the recipe:

White (Milk) Layer:
1 cup water
2 unflavored knox gelatin sachets
1 big condensed milk
2 Nestle cream
Black (Chocolate) Layer:
1 cup water
2 unflavored knox gelatin sachets
1 big evaporated milk
1/2 chocolate Hershey’s cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
Process:
For both white and black layers (do them separately):
1. Boil the knox gelatin on water.
2. Mix all the other ingredients with the dissolved knox gelatin.
2. Let it cool down.
3. When first layer is cool, do the next layer (1).
4. Enjoy your Black Sambo.

We really enjoyed the Black Sambo.. Thanks to my Aunt Doris for sharing her recipe Black Sambo...


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Common Food in Masao Beach



Last Sunday, we went to Masao (Mazaua) Beach to cool ourselves at the beach due to the recurring brown out in the city of Butuan. It was unplanned hence, we didn't bring so much food nor prepared for said beach activity. What we took, however, was what we prepared for lunch, which supposedly we ate at my aunt's house. But the heat due to the lack of electricity was unbearable that we had to leave for the beach.. 


A peddler of green Mangoes passed by so we bought two bags from her. A little later, the food ordered by my uncle arrived at our hut. 


There was Kinilaw, which was prepared quite well by the Manang at the stall... As to the kind of fish to use for Kinilaw, or Ceviche, it's all up to the customer.. 


Then Fish Head soup.. It's actually your choice whether you will opt to have soup or simply have the whole fish, body and head broiled to perfection. Or you may choose another fish for that recipe.


The Sinugbang Isda, of which, the body of the fish was broiled along-side squids that were tastefully served on a banana leaf.. The stalls are just along the road, which are actually just near the cottage where we rented...
They actually sell different kinds of fish. Sea water fishes as well as milk fishes from the nearby pond owned by the Aguilars..  The ponds you will pass by as you enter the beach.. This is what will catch your eye before looking at the Mazaua Shrine.... After which, you will see the stalls selling the fishes, ready to be cooked to your desired recipe.. While food is being cooked, you can either take a pose at the beach, at the cottage or at the shrine.. 
Do watch out for other vendors for if you get lucky, you will be able to get some bargain when you buy souvenirs and what-nots...
As for us, we had yummy seedless grapes for dessert, as I haggled with the vendor who gave it at a huge discount and added bunches for my loot... hahaha... Anyway, aside from the food above, there are also Lechon Manok, Lechon Baboy and all others sold nearby. There is even ice cream, if you so desire.... 


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Hmm..

>> Monday, April 16, 2012



Oh boy. We found a really good teacher for Saxophone here in Butuan, and I am quite excited to meet his mom too. I saw the  etude alto Saxophone and how he played it so smoothly. Word has it that his mom is also a musician, and a music coach too. The mother and son tandem had been playing in many events in the US before they decided to move back here and opened their hearts to teaching and training people for some musicality. If only we are not going home tomorrow or the next day, I could enroll the two kids under their tutelege.

Thinking about this makes me hungry.. let me just go grab a bite before I get back to this blog. In the mean time, do enjoy what you are reading..

 Craving for  My Cake Store's Banana Bread..

 
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Krispy Kreme’s Flowery Treat for Moms





This Mother’s Day, show your mom how much you care by getting her a box of Krispy Kreme’s flower-shaped doughnuts.

That’s right! On its 75th birthday, Krispy Kreme honors every mom by releasing its first-ever flower-shaped doughnuts.  Made especially for all mothers out there, these melt-in-your-mouth treats come in three fun and festive colors that are sure to bring a smile on everyone’s face—pink, yellow and white.

Krispy Kreme’s flower-shaped Mother’s Day doughnuts are only available from April 13 to May 31, 2012. So hurry and go to a store near you. Grab a bouquet before they wither away.

 
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Yummy Cassava Roll at Gold N' Pearl - Butuan City



My sister and I went to my aunt's office two days ago and we three decided to have a break and walked a few steps away from their office to have snacks at Gold N' Pearl. With all the different choices, we got to taste some goodies, including this slice of Cassava Roll. It resembles a huge Peanut Cassava Roll, only it had cheese as topping and not crushed peanuts. Nevertheless, it was good. I will definitely recommend this Cassava Roll should you chance upon Gold N' Pearl.

My sister also liked their Cinnamon bread, and it was good too. Soft bread with yummy cinnamon on top. 
I also tried their Sylvannas, but it was not what I expected a Sylvannas to be, so I wouldn't really recommend that.. 

Their Chocolate Roll is not  as rich as others we have tasted, but melted chocolate chips make up for it.. It's worth a try. 


Lastly, the Custard Cake was good, although, it would have been a better fair if the custard is a little thicker..

Now, if we compare their prices with other bakeries, they are of course very affordable. Most of the cakes and rolls are priced at P 16 per slice, while bread is only at P 7.. Their food price, your savings can go a long long way...

 
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Green Mangoes.. OMG!




Weeks ago, we bought Indian Mangoes from a stand in Plaza Divisoria, and when we reached home, peeled them and enjoyed every piece with Boyong's Bagoong.. YUM! The mangoes were crunchy and just right. Not too sour, and we all enjoyed them..


Yesterday, at the beach, a beach peddler sold me two bags of peeled mangoes and I didn't like the bagoong she offered with it, so I simply chose salt.. Unfortunately, we all didn't like the mangoes. It had crunch alright, but not the right sourness.. It was too much.. We should have bought only one bag..
 
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Liempo King




My sister and I went to eat lunch at this small food shop near her former school, with her wearing her scrub tops, after her weekly rounds at the place where she works. It's actually just beside The Barn, and eating at this new joint is actually a good experience for us. The staff  were nice, and the food arrived on time.

Their approach to cooking Liempo is quite different from the usual fair. Although there have been many Liempo places which sells Liempo in a Lechon-like manner, Liempo King offers a different experience as one takes a bite of the bits and pieces of sliced Liempo. From the size when it was cut, marinated and broilled, Liempo King Liempo looks totally like a whole new face of Liempo. The taste is commendable as it is cooked just right. What's more, the crispiness of Lechon skin can be crunched upon evey Liempo King liempo skin.. I wouldn't say it's better than lechon though, but, it is better than other Lechon-Liempo products that's around Cagayan de Oro City.. 


Lookie... it is yummy inside and out.. Crunchy skin, tasty meat that imagining it while doing this post makes me salivate... hahahaha

 
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Yummy Seedless Grapes




Some peddler sold us this yummy seedless grapes at P 230 a kilo. Actually, they priced it at P 270 a kilo but we haggled and ended  at the lowest price they can give..

I had fun taking photos of my sister and the grapes.. Crazy huh?
But really, we enjoyed every bit and piece of seedless grape that we ate.. Healthy choice for snacking at the beach.. Good source of vitamin C for the kiddies who have colds..

 
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That 2 Kilo Crab..



Yesterday after swimming at Masao, we went to buy Shrimps and Crabs. We didn't bother changing from the beach because it was a rainy afternoon anyway. We could all get wet if the rain came again. From sleet, it stopped and so we enjoyed our ride at the back. Still, our legs and feet had sand all over, so we really needed to wash them off. Good thing that the area had a water pump. At least we were able to clean ourselves while our uncle and aunt went to the dealers for the seafoods. After we washed up, some people came with buckets and pails. So it must be a community owned water pump. Since it is near the seafoods dealers' shops, customers who may want to wash can directly go there and pump water out..

Now, enough with the water pump. What really amazed me there was the crab that weighed  2 kilos..
 (Photo to be inserted here)


 
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Holy Week Food Challenge: Easter Sunday

>> Wednesday, April 11, 2012



So Easter arrived and it was also the time Malanang celebrated its Fiesta with their patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer. Because it is my parent's alternative home after Sendong, we found an excuse to celebrate too. But unlike the previous feasts, we only had simple food served as budget is tight. 

We had the following:


Fruit Salad with Cherries on top.. Lili's favorite... This was what I prepared on a Black Saturday.. Boy, this was so creamy because of the milk and cream used..

My father's yummy Humba...Soft meat that falls off the bone, delicious sauce to match.. 


My father's Patatim. This took hours to cook inside the presure cooker outisde the house, on a low burning charcoal cooker. I tell you, the pork leg is to die for. My father's been cooking this recipe for years and the taste remains the same. 

This is Suman given by my mother's offciemate who happens to live in the same village. My mom gave her a bottle of Macaroni Salad in exchange, lol..

I prepared meat balls, and I forgot to snap them when they were served, lol. The photo above was when I was yet cooking them, deep fried in vegetable oil. 

My mother's Chicken Tanghon, or what's left of  it..


The Macaroni Salad I also prepared the day before the fiesta. I used elbow macaroni for the pasta, cheddar cheese, raisins, pineapples and Best Foods Mayo Magic all purpose dressing. And I wouldn't recommend any other mayonnaise.

We also had Fried Chicken and some fish recipe, but I totally forgot to snap them. Anyway, the food may just be few and the selections are quite ordinary, but because the food served were prepared with love, they all were expectedly delicious..

 
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