Archive for December, 2013

Sometimes it is just magical to meet up with good friends and talk. About anything and everything over really good food.


She happens to be one of those really good friends that I can spend an entire day with and we won’t run out of topics to talk about.

Well, it probably helps that we are both chatty but still. It’s hard to find someone you can spend more than 5hours with and still feel that there wasn’t enough time.

And it’s an added bonus that we are both adventurous when it comes to food. I am so blessed that I was able to spend this afternoon (until early evening) with her as we are usually too busy with work and our everyday lives.

Pumpkin Soup, Mozzarella sticks, and Vongole Oglio from Mama Lou’s.



Not Possible

Posted: December 30, 2013 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: List what you’ve eaten for the past week.

Seriously? I mean, really?

It’s Christmas season and I’m a Filipino. It’s the biggest holiday ever for my country so believe me when I say that it is not possible to list down everything I ate for the past week.

And, to top it off, I am about to get my monthly visit. TMI, I know, but I also happen to consume a lot when it’s the time of the month.

So, no. I am not going to tire myself out in trying to achieve an almost impossible feat.

Write and Cook. Love.

Posted: December 29, 2013 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: What are your top three wishes?

I already expressed my deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of this blog. Ok, maybe darkest is too strong a word but a woman needs to exaggerate once in a while.

Anyway, like I said, I’ve already exposed myself and told my secrets to everyone who ever bothered to read this blog so what’s the harm in doing it again. And again. And again.

Well, here goes nothing.

I recently realized that my dream to become a writer someday never died. The fire might have fizzled down a bit but the embers are still there. And that is exactly what I am trying to revive with this blog.

In addition to me being a writer, I also realized that I want to be a cook of some sorts. But, right now, I just want to start small. I want to see if I can sell my cookies and muffins. 🙂

That’s two wishes down.

But the question asked for three wishes so my third wish is that one wish that most single women out there has. LOVE. I want to finally meet the one person that God intended for me, if He did intend someone for me.

Write. Cook. Love.

Those are my top three wishes that I hope would be fulfilled somehow.

So, does anyone know a genie? 😉

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Posted: December 29, 2013 in passion
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For my third try in baking cookies I decided to try an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe I found online.



I followed the recipe almost to the letter.  Used the same amount of ingredients.  Prepped everything as suggested.

I only made changes of my own during baking.  These I based on observations I had during the first three times I baked.  Instead of using the typical non-stick baking sheet, I used aluminum sheets I found earlier today in the hopes of avoiding burnt bottom.  I also decided to turn the pan around midway through baking to ensure uniform cook on all cookies.

These resulted to a more uniformly, burnt-bottom-free cookies.  Yay! 🙂

Oh and thank you, Smitten Kitchen, because now I know how to judge if cookies are ready to be taken out of the oven.

Snuggle Down

Posted: December 28, 2013 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: Snuggle down or go out and play.

I am, most definitely, a homebody. So, I would love to snuggle down more than go out and play.

Again, don’t get me wrong. I do play once in a while especially if it’s with friends I haven’t seen in a long time. But I’m just not the party girl type. I would rather spend most of my free time watching my favorite shows or doing something in the kitchen.

Boring, huh? But, that’s me and I’m damn proud of who I am. 🙂

Question of the Day: When was the last time you felt at peace?

That would be really easy to answer.

December 24th. Christmas eve. The last day I was able to spend time in the kitchen.

Our kitchen is really small and not equipped with the best appliances but I make do with what I have and I recently realized that the kitchen is my haven.

Whenever I feel down, being productive in the kitchen helps lift my spirits up. And I just remembered a conversation I had with a friend.

I told her that I just realized that I’m at my happiest when I’m in the kitchen.

Her reply?

“You’re just realizing that now?”


Posted: December 26, 2013 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: On a scale of one to ten, how spontaneous were you today?

I am normally a very boring person. Boring in the sense that I don’t like it when my plans get derailed.  So, basically, the opposite of spontaneous.

But, for the past few days, I have been acting mostly on impulse.

I kind of got off work relatively early today so I asked my father to meet up with so we could go apartment hunting, something that wasn’t in my scheduled activities for the day.

But, I did it so I’d give myself a 7. Just because I did something I did not plan. However, it wasn’t the fun type of spontaneity so maybe the 7 is too high?