Archive for January, 2014

Mother. Cook/Baker. Writer

Posted: January 31, 2014 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: Who do you want to be?

As I posted a couple of months ago, I have several dream jobs that I would like to fulfill.

I want to be a mother. A good mother.

I used to want to be a good cook but now I also want to be a good pastry chef (?). I want to be good enough to bake for a living. Nothing extravagant. Just cookies and brownies. But sweet enough to poison you if you eat too much. 😉

And, of course, I want to write. I want to be able to give voice to the voices in my head. And I hope to have enough audience so that I can also do this for a living.

All these are just dreams for now but I hope that they will soon become my reality.

This Question

Posted: January 30, 2014 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: What do you want to forget?

I am a firm believer that you are who you are now because of what you did and experienced in your past.

Your past molds your present. And your present your future. After all, your present will be part of your future’s past.

So, for someone who likes the way she is right now I’d say I’d like to forget this nonsense question. There is nothing in my past that I’d like to forget. Because everything I did and that happened to me either helped me become who I am now or taught me certain things.

And these lessons in life are some of my greatest treasures.

Surrealism

Posted: January 27, 2014 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: Which art movement best describes you today? (Surrealism?  Modernism?  Dada?)

Hmmm…

I’d say surrealism because of only one thing. Two more people were interested to buy cookies from me. 🙂

I already baked the batch for my coworker and I will bring it tomorrow. I hope she likes them.

As for my friend, I have yet to schedule it as I want to be able to deliver the cookies to her as fresh as possible.

It just felt surreal that people actually want to buy cookies from me.

I really hope this is the start of something amazing for me.

Time

Posted: January 26, 2014 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: Today you needed more __________.

Time.

The weekend is just waaaaay too short. Specially if you only have one day for it. Sunday. Like I do.

When I wake up on Sunday mornings, I feel so good because I’ll be able to putter around my little kitchen for a couple of hours. But, then, time seems to fly by when you’re relaxing or having fun. That’s what happens when I’m in the kitchen.

So, before I know it it’s Sunday afternoon and pretty soon it’ll get dark. Then, Monday morning comes. The bane of my existence.

Oh well.

We have to feed our tummy and our addictions sometimes. I just hope that I can find a way to turn my addictions lucrative.

White Chocolate Brownies

Posted: January 26, 2014 in baking, passion
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As I was lying in bed last night trying to create sleep, it suddenly dawned on me to look for a brownie recipe that uses white chocolate instead of the usual semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolates.

And, what do you know, there are several recipes online. So, this morning, I followed one of the recipes I found.

White Chocolate Brownies

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I followed it to the letter. But I did use baking paper instead of just greasing my pan.

Turned out really good. But I might try to also use brown sugar next time to make it hold better. It’s a bit crumbly.

I also noticed that the top cooked really fast despite the fact that I used only the bottom heater. Maybe I shouldn’t have used the top heater when I preheated the oven. Hmmm…

My Interests and Beliefs

Posted: January 25, 2014 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: What makes “you” you?

I believe any one person is unique because of the varying interests, beliefs, and whatnots that make up one’s personality.  And this can never be duplicated in another human being. Even identical twins will never have the same personality.

So, yes. My quirks make “me” me.

I am a licensed chemical engineer here in the Philippines. I work as a sales engineer. I am good in the kitchen (but would love to become a goddess in it). And I’d like to believe that I’m also a pretty good writer.

I love to read. And I especially like books that can take me to a whole new world, universe even. So, yup. Fantasy or urban fantasy is my cup of tea.

I also love to watch shows. I follow more than a handful and the genre varies from cop shows to sitcoms to sci-fi to fantasy.

I am Roman Catholic. I may not be devout but I am religious. I believe that God has plans for each of us and our purpose is to ascertain the path He has forged for us.

Now, tell me. Do you know of someone who has the exact same interests and beliefs as I do? 🙂

Oh and, yes. I can be quite sarcastic sometimes.

I haven’t been feeling well since yesterday.

Who wouldn’t feel bad when your blood pressure drops to 80/50 and refuses to go higher than 90/60?  Sure, I am used to 90/70 or 100/70 but that is just too low.

So, I took the afternoon off yesterday and the whole day today.

But, late this afternoon I was already feeling a bit better so I decided to spend a little time in my favorite place on earth, my little kitchen.

I have been thinking of making peanut butter cookies for a while now and decided to try the recipe by Martha Stewart that I found online.  Allow me to mention that I just love the internet and all the treasures it holds for me, specially since I am teaching myself to bake and all that. 🙂

Anyway, tried dear, old Martha’s recipe, with a few adjustment, and it turned out ok.  Although the cookies are very peanut-buttery and I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite amongst all the cookies I’ve made thus far but still tasted good.

Peanut Butter Cookies

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To those interested, the adjustments I made are the following:

1. Used only 1/3 cup granulated sugar to reduce the sweetness.

2. Added 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch as I wanted the cookies to be a bit thicker.

3. Did not add nuts as my father doesn’t like nuts but added mocha droplets, instead.

4. Chilled the dough for almost 2 hours, again as I wanted thicker cookies and for them not to run so much.

This was an experimental batch as I wanted to see if my research paid off.  Well, guess it was a success because I did produce thicker cookies.  Thicker, softer, and chewier cookies

So, watch out for better-looking cookies next time. 😉