Year: 2011

Pregnancy Scare

Entering our 6th week I experienced an on and off pain in my lower left pelvic. The sudden pain when I move would last about a minute then goes away. I’m naturally a worrier especially after giving birth to V and the worry-some me has doubled and emotions have heightened with this pregnancy. One afternoon the pain was back – a sudden stabbing pain and it lingered till late night. Immediately I sent a message to my OB and describe the pain. Her reply was “We should be worried. Please go to the City Hospital and have a scan. It could be an ectopic pregnancy” wikipedia – An ectopic pregnancy, or eccysis , is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo implants outside the uterine cavity. If this is the case the only option was to terminate the pregnancy as it could also cause harm to the mother. I cried myself to sleep. C kept re-assuring me that everything will be alright. The next day we headed to my OB’s clinic to have a scan. I tried my best to not …

Kare-Kare Recipe

Kare-Kare

I had a chance to cook for my mother-in-law and when your husband speaks highly of his parent’s cooking it would be hard for a new member of the family to get that seal of yummy approval. There I was a new wife standing in our kitchen with a couple of printed recipe on how to prepare my MIL’s ultimate favorite food which is kare-kare. It doesn’t help that this is my first time to prepare the dish by myself.  I read through each recipe and took note of the procedure and ingredients that was familiar to me. My MIL’s eyes lit up when she saw that we had kare-kare for lunch and immediately asked who cooked the dish. My husband proudly replied “Si Gail. Sino pa ba.”  which I think has a hidden message that would translate to – Don’t worry Ma, I’ve found a wife who can cook good food for me. “hehehe” C’s parents enjoyed the lunch we prepared for them with much gusto and though I haven’t got a chance to prepare a …

Expecting a plus 1

It has been weeks that I’ve been craving for salty food. I’m such a lazy Mama this week. The only thing that I manage to do with a smile is to eat and sleep and eat and sleep. Then I had a feeling that something is just not quite normal. A good change.   A positive result – we are pregnant!  We are on the early stage of pregnancy, 5 weeks to be exact. I’d like to ask you to say a little prayer for our safety.

ohh lovely Tuyo, why you so smelly?

  I’ve been craving for tuyo for a week now and all I have is a picture. V and I absolutely love tuyo (a Filipino word that means dried) paired with garlic rice, tomato onion salad and vinegar (spicy for me). We can enjoy this salty dried fish  for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our whole family enjoy this Filipino delicacy with much gusto – foot up on the chair armed with our hands we dip and drench this stinky, crunchy, yummy  salted dried fish on a spicy vinegar mix and ate endless tuyo with tomato and rice. As you can see it really is not that lovely to look at with the fish staring back at you. The smell oh men it just lingers for days specially when you are living in a condo. It’s not a healthy dish as well, I mean it really is just salt and more salt absorb by the fish and then it’s fried. Yet it endures migration. Endless household in the country have some kind of tuyo stash in …

Happy 4th Birthday Vierte!

How time flies, 4 years back Mister God surprised C and I with a special gift our little man. Last October 17 he turned 4 years and all he wanted was McDonalds Nuggets with toy and Dragon Cake. When I asked him what cake he wanted for his birthday, V reached for my 50 Easy Party Cakes by Debbie Brown book and pointed on the green Dragon Cake but requested his dragon to be red “It’s my favorite color Mama.” Teacher asked us to be at the school by 9:30 am so the kids would have some time to enjoy the food and cake. But the traffic lights had a different plan and we arrived late about 9:45 am the kids were about to start eating snack. We didn’t have enough time to put the dragon eggs and take pictures with the cake plus C’s camera went bonkers on us and just wouldn’t allow us to take good photos. The kid’s reaction when they saw the cake was just priceless. V kept telling his classmates …

Ube Macapuno Cake Recipe for FIA’s Cake-a-Thon

My fun family of UAE food bloggers celebrated its 1st birthday at Tea Junction with a Cake-A-Thon party! FIA had a sugar high birthday celebration with not just 1 cake but more than 15 cakes! Imagine a full spread of cakes in front of you, just by looking at the yummy goodies you are off  to sugar la..la..land. When I wrote this birthday post last July, there was 56 of us and after 3 months we have grown to 70 foodies. I can’t put into words how blessed and happy I am to be part of this family. Arva announced that we are going to celebrate FIA birthday with cakes I initially planned to bring V’s favorite Moist Chocolate Cake then as I was checking if I had the ingredients C suggested to bring Ube Macapuno Cake (his favorite) since he was sure that there would be atleast 2 chocolate cake on the event. You can read more FIA birthday post from FooDee, GingerAndScotch, MyCustardPie, and IriniSavva. (I may be missing some posts, will edit list if …

Pork Kaldereta for Kulinarya Cooking Club

For this month’s Kulinarya challenge our host’s Oggie of I can do that, Chef Teodore of Chef by Day, Boyet of Real and Grill and Ray of Wok with Ray asked the group to prepare something patriotic – use the colors of our Philippine Flag. Blue! I for the love of Pinoy food can’t think of anything blue. I’ve been meaning to cook Kaldereta using pork, you can also use Chicken, Beef or Lamb. So while cutting the veggies I realized that I had all the colors required for the challenge except for blue. Little V approached me and ask if he can help me cook, I told him to help mama look for something blue that we can eat…he gave me his blue fork. I told V that we can’t eat fork he just replied – “Mama, fork help us eat” Yellow- Potato; Red/Green- Bell Pepper; White- Rice; Blue- Fork Ingredients Pork Spareribs Potato, cut in wedges Carrots, cut in wedges Red Bell Pepper, cut in wedges Green Bell Pepper, cut in wedges Onion, …