Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pistachio Cake

When hubby and I were in the US a few years ago we had a chance to have had several hands-on cooking lessons from relatives living there. Ate Anding showed us how to make hers and Lola Titay's beef empanada (an heirloom recipe!) while Tita Agnes shared her famous pistachio cake recipe.

I wish Tita Agnes were here....she would be proud!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

chicken experiment

This is what happens when you mix olive oil, garlic, stewed tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, balsamic vinegar, olives, thyme and chicken.

Not bad.

bote dyaryo

If I could have it my way and if only we had the storage space our bodega would be filled by what most people would consider as trash. However, since storage space is something you can never have enough of, I try to limit my heap to only a manageable few. Imagine the disturbed look in hubby's face when he saw several empty Campbell's cream of mushroom cans stashed inside our closet. I've been obsessed with the Campbell's logo since forever. I even made a super-sized version out of an empty drum (used to store water back in the day when Paranaque had perennial water shortage) and used it as an outdoor table (will search old albums for pictures to show as proof)

These empty baby food bottles are also too cute to discard!

Monday, June 27, 2011

a cat formerly known as "lulu"

Our cat, Cat-y, gave birth to 5 kittens last week. I am reminded of the time when my then 7 year-old niece adopted a stray cat and called her "Lulu". Before leaving for school she asked the maid to make sure to give Lulu some milk and to give her a bath. The maid happens to be bisaya and kept wondering the whole morning why on earth she would have to give "Lolo" (grandfather) a bath! Later that day it was decied to change Lulu's name to Cat-y.

This photo was taken in October 12, 2008, a couple of days after Cat-y was adopted.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Singkamas, papaya and green mango salad with cilantro dressing

My husband and I had been on a cooking spree this weekend. we made zucchini, peppers and onion fritatas for breakfast. For lunch hubby had been busy grilling liempo while I made singkamas, papaya and green mango salad with cilantro dressing. light and refreshing. Yummy!