Sunday, March 31, 2013

New header (again?) and own domain

Happy Easter Sunday, everyone!

Just a quick update to tell you that I’ve tweaked my blog header again, OMG...for the nth time haha.  But the really huge news that I am so eager to tell you is that I finally decided to have a domain.

Weee…I’m just so happy that I have my own now!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Take your grilling FLAVOR to the next level!

After the exclusive family dinner for my graduates last Friday,  my kumares and some  neighbors were asking for a treat to celebrate my kids graduation. I was really ashamed of not inviting them, I think explaining to them that the dinner was solely a family matter will not help, I could sound I give in. Thus, earlier today,  on Palm Sunday...they came over for a lunch treat!

I prepared for them a grilled meat dish – a beef bulgogi! Since my kumares and neighbors are Korean tele-novela followers, I ought to treat them for a Korean dish.

It’s really a simple dish, I bought two kilo of  beef loin. I give my meat vendor a hard time because I told him to slice the beef ala sukiyaki style (very, very thin cut to quickly grilled the beef), ha-ha! I  cut the beef into squares, washed and marinated the beef  overnight - in ½ cup of soy sauce, 4 tablespoon of honey, 1 whole grated white onion, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 3 gloves grated garlic, 1 teaspoon black pepper and lastly 5 tablespoon of sesame oil.

Then  today,  close to lunch time, we enjoyed and made fun of grilling and eating the bulgogi! I partnered the bulgogi with a lettuce salad. I used two small head of iceberg lettuce, five pieces of tomatoes, two pieces of salted eggs, and a simple dressing - a mix of  five calamansi juice and four tablespoon of olive oil.

On top of chit-chatting, my kumares and neighbors ate ravenously, ha-ha! We had a feast and we really had fun! But, I have one thing to confess, please don’t tell this to my kumares and neighbors. I am not pleased with my bulgogi. I told them that it was an authentic Korean dish, like the dish they saw in Korean tele-novelas. But I lied. There is something  missing with the flavor...a  genuine bulgogi flavor!

Hah, I think I should take my grilling flavor to the next level. I should have used this Korean BBQ Seasoning Mix by McCormick. Each pack of McCormick Korean BBQ Seasoning Mix gives a wonderful blend of authentic McCormick herbs and spices.

The famous Korean dish Bulgogi, which means “fine beef”, is now readily available to savor with your grilled beef, pork and chicken with McCormick Korean BBQ Seasoning Mix.  It has the right mix of bulgogi marinade of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and other spices to easily provide you an appetizing Korean meal

Oh, I am so dead, I should have known this!

And looking through McCormick FB page, I have found out a worthy event that I think should need to attend.

McCormick will hold an event which highlights their Grill Mates line.  Dubbed as the McCormick Grill Nation, the event will feature McCormick's different seasoning mixes through serving grilled meats that all attendees can enjoy!  Let us be part of  this event on April 7, 2013, 4pm, at Bonifacio High Street, Lane O cor. 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

I shouldn't miss this event if I want to take my grilling flavor to the next level! I’m sure I will learn a lot in this event to fix my grilling lapses ha-ha! Next time that I will invite my kumares and neighbors for a lunch, I am more confident for a grilling session!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Double Celebration

This week will be a busy week for me because on the 22nd of March will be my eldest and youngest graduation rites, high school and grades school respectively, and both will graduate with honors! Isn't it great? And this calls a double celebration! I am so happy and I am an extremely, extremely a proud mommy to my two kids.

I am very excited with this double celebration; it’s been a couple of weeks that I have been preparing for this big event, ha-ha!

I have bought my little girl with a simple dress. I choose a pale purple dress with an accented bow on the waist. I also bought her accessories, a pretty purple hair band and bracelet.

My eldest son said that he just needs a new shirt. So, I bought him a white shirt also a new pair of shoes that he will also use in college by June.

I did not buy a new dress for me. I think my pastel dress that I seldom wear will do for the occasion. Even my hubby declined for buying him for a new shirt or pants. Good thing, we are on the thrift mode ha-ha! You know, saving for my eldest college tuition fees.

I am done preparing the menu for the dinner party after the graduation ceremony, oh it’s just a simple bash composed  of my mom and my siblings, my sisters and brother in-law, nieces, nephews and some close friends. On my menu are again easy to cook dishes such as baked fish (maybe a salmon or a trevally will do or what is available if I do the marketing this coming Thursday); lemon grass stuffed roast chicken with an accompaniment of a simple green salad, I will just throw those two in the oven ha-ha! Of course, kare-kare, a requested viand of my siblings and in-laws, I can tenderize beforehand and keep the meat on the ref; and for dessert – cake and a mango sorbet, because mangoes are cheap right now. What do you think of my menu?

The next to be done are buff the house and put in order the dinner ware set and flatware starting today until Wednesday, buy cake and do the marketing on Thursday and cook the dishes on Friday. Oh my goodness…by just listing these chores I’m feeling exhausted already, ha-ha!

Happy Graduation to K and K!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Squid Sisig

Please absolve me of posting another Sisig recipe, I have really been cooking quick and healthy meals lately to save gas and more time for myself,  hahaha. And I found out that this Squid Sisig is really quick to cook.

Here’s what I and my hubby eat greedily the other day. Squid Sisig.

Squid Sisig
  1. Clean the squids thoroughly - remove the transparent backbone and the black inc sac.  
  2. Cut into rings.
  3. Prepare the calamansi-toyo mixture: 6 pieces calamansi juice and two tablespoon soy sauce.  Set aside for later use.
  4. Sauté a little piece of ginger, onion and garlic and include three pieces siling labuyo. Yes, I like it super hot! 
  5. Add squid. Toss for a minute or two. Why a minute or two? Because overcooking, the squid will become tough. 
  6. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Then put the sautéed squid in a strainer to drip.
  7. Heat the sizzling plate and quickly put the sautéed squid and put in the calamansi-toyo mixture. Sprinkle dahon ng sibuyas.
  8. And serve the Squid Sisig while it sizzles.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Legs up the wall

How do you deal your stress?
Eat a lot?
Or let it pass?

In my case, I know if I am stressed – my head aches, unable to sleep, eat less and has a short temper. If one of these signs show up, I know I am having a bad day! The good thing that whenever stress attacks on me, the house members are out – kids in school and hubby at work. I don’t want my kids and hubby sees me stressed because I transform into an evil woman hahaha.

What causes my stress? I really don’t know. Sometimes it happens abruptly, such as things that hassle me or I feel frustrated quickly. I know stress isn’t always bad, it helps me accomplish task under pressure and motivates me to do my best. But I really hate myself when I am stressed!

Being on the lookout of what I feel or how I behave, it helped me to manage my stress. My solution is just to relax. Yes, R E L A X – rest, have a break or chillax!

And what I do to relax is just put my legs up the wall. Whut?
Yes, legs up the wall! Like this.

Legs up the wall is actually a yoga pose. I do this every day.
I just lie; lift my legs off the floor. And stay there for 20 minutes or more. This restorative pose really quiets my mind.
Try it.