I found a pretty teapot

So yesterday, Marga and I were talking about Machiko Skye’s upcoming second birthday party.  She said, to be cute and girly about it, we should just host a tea party!  And I couldn’t agree with her more.

While walking around S&R, we were already taking mental notes which baked goods we’re planning to serve on that fateful day.  It actually got me soooo excited that I took out our trusty teapot!

Honestly, in all our years living in the south, I do not ever recall ever ever ever EVER taking out this pretty little thing for some tea.  It wasn’t until my father’s heart problems during the past couple of years did we start to explore the benefits of tea.


Isn’t she so pretty.  I bet Marga will go nuts about this teapot once she sees this.  And because I was in the mood, I cleaned up this lady and started brewing tea.

Yes, I convinced everyone to have tea today.  Hahahaha.  But it was a hot afternoon, so I took that into consideration as well.

And then when the tea was done, I poured them perfectly!

WHAT?!  How did that happen!?

Hahahahaha.  A good friend gave me his milk tea recipe in exchange for silence so this is me not talking about it.  I think this would match that tea party, don’t you?

Pretty little teapot. :)

P.S.:  We were all too lazy to retrieve the camera from the car so I took these photos using the phone.  Excuse the grain! :)

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Pinterest Day: Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Anyone who is on Pinterest can attest to the desire to make or create at least one of the things we pin to our board.  But then, no one ever really gets around them.  Since my glitter heel venture, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and try another Pinterest venture, this time in the kitchen.

I found this stove-top macaroni and cheese recipe from Evil Shenanigans, and well, it turned out pretty okay.

Here are your ingredients:

8oz macaroni, or any smallish tube shaped pasta
1 tablespoon butter
6 oz evaporated milk
6 oz freshly grated cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
Hot sauce, to taste
Salt and pepper

I’m pretty much guilty about not measuring stuff.  I’m more like, “That looks like 8 ounces!” or “I think that’s about a tablespoon”, so I’m quite lucky that it turned out pretty well.


Cook the pasta as directed, but deduct one minute from actual cooking time.  You’re going to need that one minute to prevent it from getting soggy.  Drain the pasta and put in back in the saucepan.  On medium heat, melt the butter well.

Mix together the egg, milk, mustard and red pepper, then pour it over the pasta.  It’ll thicken in about four minutes.  Remove pasta from the heat and slowly stir in the cheese.

No, I didn’t measure the cheese.  You can never have too much cheese.  Ask my niece Chuchi.

My finished product:


I know it’s nowhere close to the one from Pinterest, and I believe it’s mainly because I used too little milk.  The mac and cheese turned out quite “webby” with the cheese absolutely visible when pulled apart. What I liked about it though is the fact that I substituted ½ teaspoon of red pepper for the hot sauce.  It was like mac and cheese with a kick.

What I was trying to recreate:

Photo from Evil Shenanigans

Next time I do this, it would be best to measure everything right?  Hahaha.  I find that funny because I know I’ll approximate yet again.  And dump more milk and cheese.  And more spicy stuff.  Oh well.

This dish goes best with meat.  It’s also a good afternoon snack.  Kids will go crazy for this.

Till the next Pinterest day!

Cookie Turns 7

Philip and Marge is just one of our many couple friends.  I’ve known them since Dylan and I started dating.

We all went out — with Uncle Bong, JD, Chico (I wonder if I ever got a shot of him) in tow — to celebrate Cookie’s 7th birthday.  The little princess received lovebirds from Philip and Marge, and a book on caring for them from Uncle Bong.  We beered and dined at Barrio Fiesta, so yes, prepare yourself for food.

Everything was divine, and to be honest, I missed how good Filipino food can be.  I wonder where we stand on standardizing its taste and recipe.  We could so pass for international cuisine. :)

 

I almost forgot how fun it is to hang out with this family.  I should definitely not wait more than a year to see them again.

Kulasas at Mogu

It’s been a while since I last saw these lovely ladies, so when Tina suggested we do something normal — have dinner, desserts and coffee — instead of the usual late night party, I immediately bit the bullet.

We were supposed to meet at 7 in Mogu, Serendra, but only three of us were on time.  As usual, with every addition is a slight move down from the dining table.  I have to admit it is one of our more prudent spending for a long time.  Hahaha.  It was a fun dinner, with Jackie’s hunger prompting her to binge and then go on a sugar rush, Vaughn’s barter day and lots lots more.  I wonder if that Laiya thing will push through.

Let’s do this dinner thing again girls! :)

 

Healthy is expensive.

I was supposed to do my weeklong detox this week, but because of an event midweek, I had to postpone it.  I mean, I can’t be invited to an event and not eat.  Come on.  That’s just rude.  Hehehe.

So this week, I decided to just prepare for it.  Controlled eating and healthier meals would make the detox easier to transition into.  So for today, I had a good breakfast, and salad for lunch.  I had light snacks in between — nothing too white — but what I realized is this:  eating healthy is expensive.

This is the salad I ordered from Wendy’s.  I already ate about one or two forkfuls and already, it looked like this:

It’s their “Big” Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and bacon bits.  The dressing was not tossed in the salad, which is good.  I can just have the dressing that can still consider this salad healthy.  Can you imagine that this salad cost me P160?!

It’s not a new thing.  Everyone knows that when Jollibee comes up with 39-peso meals, it’s pretty hard to resist that offer.  They’re tasty and as they say, sulit.  You can have two of those meals and still save money!  My salad, although satisfying (?), would have afforded me FOUR of those meals.  Gehd.

I wish they will make healthy food more affordable so more people will find it easier to eat healthy.  I kind of like the fact that SM Supermarkets have set up fruit and salad bars.  It allowed people to mix and match their salads (but if you go there almost at the end of the day, the fruit and salad bar will already look like a warzone if not a hamlet of sorts) to their liking, and customers just have to pay according to its weight.  I believe 1kg of mixed anything is P158, still cheaper than my nowhere-near-1kg salad.

I’m just complaining because I don’t want to fail my easing-into-detox week by succumbing to cheaper, more processed, most probably synthetic options.  Not only is it sometimes hard to eat, it could also easily burn a hole in the pocket.

Pray for me? :)