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Ms. Hazel, with her post, Exam season, on her blog: In the Big Chili.

Yum Yum Yum! Perfect treat for someone who has been working 9hrs per day for the past couple of days...right, Ms. Hazel? :) Click on the shot to know more about Ms. Hazel's lovely post!
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Something really simple for today:  My "Pumped Up" Cereals.


Ingredients:

  • Cereals of your choice (I used Nestle's Fitnesse Clusters {Almond Nut})
  • Milk (I used Almond Breeze {AlmondMilk and CoconutMilk blend})
  • Chia seeds (preferably left to soak in the milk/liquid first till it "blooms" to a gel-like consistency similar to tapioca)
  • Cacao nibs (mine was coated in coconut sugar)
Procedure:
Mix chia seeds and milk. Once the seeds have bloomed (mine took about ten minutes), add in the cereals and cacao nibs. Enjoy! :)

My shot shows chia seeds that have not bloomed yet. Had to wait for a bit, and by the time the seeds were ready, my cereal flakes were already soggy! lol. Lesson learned. Still, it was delicious!

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Ms. Winnie, with her post, "Chocolate Mousse Cake on Hazelnut Crust - Gluten Free", on her site: Something Sweet (Winnie's Blog).

Doesn't that look tempting! Expect to be greeted with yummy treats when you visit Ms. Winnie's blog! Click on the shot above and be transported to cake heaven!
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A light snack for this week's food post: Avocado Spread on Cheesy Toast.


Ingredients

  • Bread of your choice (I had baguette, which I sliced)
  • Avocado (ripe and mushy)
  • Cheese (your choice, or whatever you have)
  • salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil
  • calamansi/lemon juice
  • coconut sugar/ honey (optional)



Procedure:
Put salt, pepper, and cheese on bread slices, then toast. Go easy on the salt (usually cheese is salty enough).
While the bread is toasting, mash the mushy avocado together with about a teaspoon of calamansi/lemon juice and a sprinkling of coconut sugar (totally optional; you can use honey {raw and organic preferred}, if you want).
Once done, add on toast.
Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil, pepper and salt.
Devour, paired with your favorite drink.


I finished everything on that plate! Yes, I did. Honestly. :)

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Haven't really been updating this blog as much as I want to ... thankfully, it's summer time now. Was thinking I'd have more time to dabble with this blog, but then our helper had to leave. Meaning, I will be doing the household chores that she used to do: washing (clothes), cleaning the floors, etcetera. One thing that I won't be doing, though: iron the clothes. lol.

I think it's fine. That means I have to move around (instead of just sitting on the couch and watch tv! lol) and get all sweaty. LOL. I am trying to eliminate some of the harmful chemicals that she wanted to use (floor cleaners have now been replaced by just a vinegar and water solution), and I tell you, it feels good!

Been reading up on some natural remedies, household cleaners, food (etc...) and even if the ingredients mentioned aren't readily available in our local wet markets, I still want to try them. Some I buy online (from local suppliers), while some I buy from Healthy Options (I wish we have more similarly oriented stores). So far results are great. Loving the "super foods" (spirulina, camu camu, etc). That's for another post, though. lol.

Household chores are beckoning me. :P

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This week's Featured Food Friday player is ...

Ms. Sumee, with her post "Roasted Brussel Sprouts", on her blog: Sumee's Culinary Bites.

I love eating vegetables, and this is one veggie that I'd love to try! Ms. Sumee's recipe is so simple, it's no wonder it became such a hit with her family! Want to know how she prepared them? Do click on the shot!
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White Squash with Sardines (In Tomato Sauce), that's what I cooked last night. First time I have ever served that veggie here at home, and am so glad my kids liked it. I liked it, too. :)


Ingredients

  • White Squash
  • Canned sardines in tomato sauce
  • moringa leaves
  • coconut oil
  • onion, garlic, black pepper, salt
  • calamansi juice
  • soy sauce (optional)



Procedure:

  • Skin the white squash then cut and remove the seeds. Dice and set aside.
  • Place coconut oil (use your favorite oil) on pan and saute the onions and garlic for a few minutes. Dump in the diced white squash and mix. Add salt and pepper. Continue cooking till it gets tender (half-cooked), which was roughly around five minutes in my case. 
  • Add the canned sardines, then let it simmer for another five to seven minutes.
  • A few dashes of soy sauce was added at this point. Mix and adjust seasoning.
  • Turn off heat and add in a handful of moringa leaves.
  • Wait for around two minutes, squeeze some calamansi (to get the juice),  then serve.
  • Loved it with rice and some crispy fried squid.



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Mr. Nicholas, with his post "Quinoa Tabouli", on his site: Intelliblog

I bought a pack of red quinoa a couple of weeks back, but had no idea what to do with it! This recipe looks like something that I'd love to try! Click on the shot to check it out!
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My post for this week: Pancit Bihon

I know, I didn't cook it. Our neighbor have nothing but praises for this eatery/restaurant, so we decided to buy one small bilao (originally a winnowing basket for removing rice chaff {source}) of pancit bihon earlier today. Their smallest bilao was actually good for 8-11 persons.


There was a line when we arrived, and we had to wait again after ordering (they cook your order only after payment). Waiting wasn't really that long (we waited for more or less around 10-15mins, depends largely on the number of people ahead of you), and their waiting area was air-conditioned and separate from the dining area.

I liked their pancit, even though I must admit it tasted a bit bland. I would love to add cilantro, or maybe some more veggies into the noodles; my youngest loved it (he ate more than a plateful, and he kept asking for more!).

Would we buy from them again? Oh yes. Definitely. :)

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Not Much



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Haven't been updating this blog as much as I'd love to ...
There just seems to be too many things to do the past couple of weeks. :/

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Mr. Nicholas, with his post, "Pasteli" on his site: Intelliblog.

Who would have thought that you'd only need three ingredients to make this healthy treat?! Yes, only three (but you can add more, if you want). Click on the shot to find out!
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I decided to pass by the wet market earlier today, and was quite happy to find shrimps that were still alive! Of course, I just had to buy half a kilo, which became my post for today: Spaghetti with Shrimp and Basil.


Ingredients:

  • Fresh Shrimps
  • Spaghetti (cooked accdg. to package directions)
  • Basil cubes (I used only around six cubes)
  • garlic powder, salt, pepper



Procedure:

  • Clean the shrimps (meaning, just cut off the sharp rostrum tip and pull the pair of antennule; we seldom remove the shells and devein them before cooking - the taste is somewhere in those shells! lol)
  • Place in pan, with about half a cup of water, and lots of cracked pepper. Add around half a teaspoon of salt, and a few dashes of garlic powder.
  • Cover the pan, or else the shrimps will go jumping away!
  • Cook until it turns reddish-orange, then add in the frozen basil cubes (made them here). Turn off heat.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Add to the cooked spaghetti.
  • You may add chili flakes, if you want.
  • Devour.



I added the basil cubes only after the shrimps were cooked since I didn't want to cook the basil so much. I loved it! So easy, and fast! :)

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