Archive | April, 2011

Easter treats

28 Apr

Holy Week = no meat

I don’t really think not eating meat during this time of the year is such a great sacrifice coz seafood trumps meat anytime in my opinion!

Here’s some of the meals that we had during this season..

chili garlic crab


baked mussels


prawn sinigang


easter cuppies

and who can forget the chocolate eggs?!

easter eggs

I always use this time to cook seafood as hubs is a big meat-eater (he’s slowly getting into seafood though… guess whispering it on his ear while he sleeps does work!).

And I feel like I need to say this.. so here goes.. Easter is not just getting days off or going on a seafood eating spree it’s also a time to reflect and thank God for His ultimate sacrifice. Let us not forget that and not be sucked in the “commercialism” that’s slowly taking over all our Christian holidays.

Sansrival

25 Apr

Decadence…

That is Kulinarya’s theme for the month! And all I could think of is chocolate (ahhh chocolate!) but I can’t think of any Filipino chocolate dish apart from Champorado – which unfortunately, I don’t really like! So to get some inspiration I went and checked my pantry to see what I can whip up with the ingredients on hand and lo and behold.. seems like I have all the ingredients for Sansrival!

Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture and it’s colourful cuisine.  Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes.  By sharing these recipes we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino food as we do.

I remember eating sansrival after class from the Minute Burger joint near our school. Everyone will be eating burgers or hotdogs and I’ll be munching on my frozen sansrival slice while waiting for our service (school bus) to arrive – erhmmm okay so I would have sansrival after my burger but those are really minor details that we shouldn’t bother with =)

Again, I consulted my trusty copy of “Let’s Cook With Nora” to aid me in my entry. So here’s the recipe courtesy of Nora Daza :

6 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup cashew nuts, chopped finely
1 tsp vanilla

Filling :
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
6 egg yolks
1/2 lb butter
2 tbsp rum

Grease and flour heavily 3 inverted 18″ x 15″ cookie sheets. Set aside. Beat egg whites until soft peaks are formed. Gradually add the sugar, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until egg whites are very stiff. Fold in cashew nuts and vanilla. Spread thinly in prepared pans. Bake at 300F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut wafers in the center if desired. Loosen and slide wafers to a flat surface. Cool. Prepare filling.

Boil sugar and water until it spins a thread. Meanwhile, beat egg yolks until thick. Pour syrup to egg yolks in thin streams while beating. Cool. Cream butter. Blend in egg yolk mixture and rum. Fill and cover wafers with filling. Sprinkle top with chopped cashew nuts. Serve chilled.


Also, there were two things that I changed with the recipe… first : I omitted rum as I didn’t have any plus as I don’t drink and don’t think I’ll be using it as an ingredient anytime soon – I didn’t buy any. Second : I didn’t use cashews (gasp!) but used almonds from my pantry instead. It still tasted good and if I remember correctly, I’ve eaten one from the Philippines that used pistachio nuts, so I think any nut would suit (except coconut of course.. hehe! bad joke!)

As you can see I went a little nut crazy! And because I had too much frosting I thought I could be a bit artistic and spruce it up a little.. hmm.. not sure if that was a great idea! Needs more practice decorating-wise I think!!! Here’s another snapshot of the cake when sliced :

Pink…

5 Apr

I didn’t like her before..

But she is really classy and cute.. and the kids are so adorable!

Reese Witherspoon just got married and…

She’s wearing a pink gown!!! Madly googling for more photos now!

Jones the Grocer and Theobroma Chocolate Lounge

2 Apr

My daughter and I went for a walk the other day..(well it’s more me walking and her sleeping in her pram) I thought I could get some exercise and do some shopping along the way so we headed to Chadstone.  I told hubs to pick us up on his way home and maybe we can grab a bite to save me from cooking dinner (grand idea! hehe!).  We never really eat at our local area (except for his birthday when we decided to go Afghan – apparently the best one is within walking distance from our house) so we thought we’d explore outside the foodcourt this time.

We decided to go to Jones the Grocer as the place has enough space for our pram.. Hubs had  the burger (which he described as “cute”) and I had the rockling fillet with chips.

 

I was happy with my choice… hubs was too (with my choice!) haha! As I’ve said he described his burger as cute. If you love food like me, you’ll love that you’re surrounded by amazing ingredients (like pasta sauces, tea, cheese etc..). I read reviews about the place and sadly I have to agree as one waitress was particularly surly.. =(

We went to the next shop for dessert – Theobrobrama Chocolate Lounge where I had iced milk chocolate and hubs had the affogato.

I haven’t had chocolate for a long time and it was heaven! So yum in fact that my little princess couldn’t help herself..

Cheeky!

April Fools!!!

1 Apr

Happy April Fools Day!

Well.. That depends on whether you like practical jokes or not. In my case, I eeeer we are celebrating our 8th year of coupledom! Uh-huh! Eight years ago I played a practical joke on him and he still hasn’t caught on.. Hehe!

Have a good day playing tricks and enjoy receiving them!