Showing posts from February, 2011

KAOS: When Las Vegas meets Broadway

My dad is celebrating his ...ty-seven birthday on March 1st and so we've decided to celebrate at Resorts World last weekend. Luckily, the show KAOS is still running (it is on a 6-month run since December of last year) and we booked 23 of us in the family. Too bad that they don't allow babies inside the theater so my barely 2y/o neice (and hence the mom & dad) were unable to join us (but are set to watch next week but without the baby).

The show started promptly at 3pm, with ushers politely guiding guests to their seats in the Newport Performing Arts Theater (at the 3rd floor of Maxim's). Most of the viewers were families with kids and families with balikbayan relatives and foreigner friends. M and I were seated at the middle-front row of the Balcony area while the elders (mom, dad, lola and our balikbayan tito and tita) were at the Deluxe. The kids and my bro and sisses were at the far back of the Balcony area.

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The story of Kaos revolves around the quest of Prin…

EDSA 25th Anniversary Events

Received this email from my high school alumni association egroups. A bit too late but may still be of interest to all of you ---

EDSA 25th Anniversary Events
For your information for EDSA 25th Anniversary Events.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

It has been a habit for me to surf channels upon turning on the tv before I finally settle with one show. Just weeks ago, I chanced upon a tv plug of "Chuck's Day-Off" - a show by Chuck Hughes being aired at the Asian Food Channel(AFC). There was a moment during the plug where Chuck was placing a dollop of cream over red luscious cupcakes --- that gave me this lightbulb moment. =)

While AFC posts the recipes featured in all their shows in their website, (to which I managed to find Chuck's recipe for "THE CUPCAKE" I was craving for) I still used the power of Google and found alternate versions.
I have decided to use the recipe from McCormick simply because I felt the ingredients required were easier to find compared to the others. 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes (McCormick's recipe)

2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups sugar

Angry Birds

After this video was successively posted in Facebook by some friends, I couldn't help myself --- got to share this too!

It's so cool to have parents make uber special cakes for their kids. With a fun, fun game like Angry Birds (I do have one in my phone) translated into something edible --- it's gonna be one fun and crazeh birthday party!

Strawberry-Cream Pie

While I love just about anything sweet, I still enjoy 'tart n' sweet' more. So I'd usually go for the frozen yogurt instead of the usual chocolate ice cream or I'd mix my melted chocolate with sweet-sour fruits like mango and strawberries.

I've been craving for some pies the past few days but I can't get M go to Banapple to buy me banoffee pie. Luckily, my sister gave me a pack of strawberries as a pasalubong from Baguio, which I intended to make into a smoothie (for some quick fix). I later on decided to make a pie after seeing a pack of crushed graham cookies in my cupboard.

I am writing the recipe in sequence and just highlighted the ingredients in between. Saves some effort. haha.
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I took 1cup of crushed graham cookies and put it in a mixing bowl together with 1/2cup of white sugar and 1/4cup of melted butter to make the pie crust. Mixing everything well until I got it nice and moist, I then pressed it evenly on a 9" pie pan and placed in t…

My 2011 Birthday Wishlist

Since April is fast approaching, I am now making my birthday wishlist! 
Here goes:

>>>A new laptop. I'm still mourning over my 'dying' laptop. I need one badly.
Either I get myself an Apple Macbook Pro or Toshiba Satellite A665 (hopefully the 3D one).

>>>A sturdy baking gadget. I feel bad that my hand-mixer broke down just weeks ago while I was making muffins. Now I am back to the tedious manual mixing, and I am worried that I might not be able to create the same quality and texture of the baked goods I used to do without my mixer. I want a Kitchen Aid Stand-Mixer - preferably the lime green one (okay I'll be fine with the red.heehee) I already bought a 3D Stand-Mixer and is now sitting pretty on my kitchen counter. =)
>>>New books to read. Those who've been to my house must have seen my bookshelf. Heehee. (Will post a picture next time). M would probably disapprove, as I am already filling all the empty spaces there.  I've been eyeing thes…

The Balladeers on Valentines Day

M and I were fortunate enough to have a generous dad, who gave us 2 tickets to "The Balladeers on Valentines Day" show held last February 14. Free Vday date!

Held at the Manila Fiesta Pavillion of the Manila Hotel, the show is a benefit concert as the proceeds will be for the construction of the San Roque Church in Agmanic Santa Fe, Romblon.
We arrived early (7pm) but the show started about 9pm. Dinner was served promptly after we were seated. --- Our ticket included a dinner, though I believe they also sold 'show-only' tickets as there were seats lined up at the far end of the pavillion;

Welcome to My New Blog

Since we moved to our new home last November, I have been in total control of my own kitchen. I make meal plans, do the grocery and whip the simplest to the most complicated recipes I ever had. There are times when I savor every moment that I am in the kitchen. I cook and bake almost everyday when I am in the mood. But there are also times when I have other chores to do, work or simply just not feeling well - that I have to think of the easiest but the tastiest meals I could do.
I am no chef and have no formal culinary education. My love for cooking started when I was still a kid, watching and helping my lola prepare our meals. I learned cooking the Pinoy staples like sinigang and adobo without a recipe in hand - but by using my discerning tastebuds.
I am happy that despite having a picky-eater husband and son, I still satisfy their appetite and that I am able to feed them with enough nutrients that we actually need. Hopefully, I'll be conscientious enough now to share and post my recipes …


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