Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stir-fried Bitter Gourd

Or what we call back home in the Philippines as "ginisang ampalaya" is one of my favorite breakfasts ever. It is not only healthy and delicious, it is so easy to prepare too. I just have to saute garlic, onion and tomatoes then add the bitter gourd then add eggs. Season with salt and pepper and voila! Breakfast is served.

I have to grab some of this again at the Asian store soon. I don't buy in bulk because I want them fresh. If only we had vegetable vendors here in the U.S. like what we had back home who bring us fresh vegetables every day, then I don't have to worry about going to the Asian store. Wishful thinking. (",)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Though the Words are New, They Bring Back Old Memories

Stumbling upom braided sleeving - was such an eye-opener. With all honestly, I never thought there is such a thing as braided sleeving. When I hear or read the word braid, what comes to my mind is definitely hair. Braided hair which my mom and older sister used to do to my hair when I was little. Now that brings back memories. Sigh.

Without a doubt, it definitely pays to browse and read all the time. The power of the World Wide Web. Simply amazing!

Now let me continue browsing and stop my musing. But I will continue my musing though once I find me another new word to add to my vocab. I can't resist when something like that happens. I have to share it because I am hoping somebody out there somewhere would benefit from it too.

Filipino Breakfast is Served

Thank God for Asian stores, I am able to grab some "Longganisa" or Filipino Pork Sausage. Longganisa is one of my favorite breakfasts back home and although they have sausages here in the U.S. too, it is totally different from the sausage that I was accustomed to. The taste is totally different. So imagine my glee when I saw one at the Asian store.

And like how I always had it back home, I paired it with hard boiled eggs and steamed rice. I could have also paired it with "sinangag" or fried rice but I was already so hungry I can't wait to just eat it with plain rice. It was still delicious and very satisfying.

I will grab me another pack of the Filipino Pork Sausages again at the Asian store soon.

My favorite Filipino breakfast. Yum!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

'Twas a Special Weekend Enjoyed by All

How was your three-day Labor Day weekend? Ours was hectic. Why? Because it was also my birthday weekend. So although it was hectic, we had a blast.

It was also one of those weekends that I didn't think of any cleaning in the house or cooking or doing any household chores because it was my time to be pampered. But it's not that the husband was the one who did the chores, okay? If I had asked him, maybe he would or he would have called raleigh house cleaning for some reinforcements.

No, all of us didn't think of anything of that sort. What we did was enjoy the three-day holiday weekend to the fullest and not just because it was my birthday weekend but we always make it a point to enjoy a holiday. My birthday just made it all the more special. For the details, I went shopping, we went to an apple orchard and we had my birthday dinner at an Italian restaurant. But I will talk more about it later. So until then...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Portobello & Basil Cheese Tortellini

My husband loves pasta. I love pasta too but I think not as much as him. There are pastas that doesn't appeal to my palate maybe because they aren't sweet. I like them a little sweet.

But when my friend offered to share a pasta recipe that she found online and tried, I didn't have second thoughts at all. I love mushrooms so the name certainly sounded delicious to me. And when I showed the recipe to the husband, he was more than excited to shop for the ingredients. We both haven't tried the dish yet and we are always willing to try new dishes. That's how adventurous we are when it comes to food.

The husband chose the flavor of the Tortellini which was the tomato and basil. He also chose to be colorful and chose the ones that had color. Look how colorful it is in the photo.

And tell you what. Without a doubt, it was so delicious both the husband and I were happy campers. The little one who can be picky at times also liked it but wasn't crazy about it like us.

Have you tried this dish before? If not yet, go check some recipes online. If you want the recipe that I used, just let me know and I'll be glad to share it with you.