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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cream Cheese Cookies


Lady Lyn thanks so much on this recipe, it was really really good. I surely make another batch this week, it's so yummy and creamy and when you start popping it in your mouth, you sure can't stop. My husband love it so much, he almost ate it all eating like a pop corn. Yummy when it's a little brown and crisp.
Recipe:

½ cup cream cheese, soft
½ cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
1 egg
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
1 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese. Gradually beat in sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and salt.
Whisk together baking powder and flour in a small bowl and, mixing by hand or at low speed, add to cream cheese mixture.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, until the bottom edge just barely turns brown.
Makes about 3 dozen.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lost Philippine Cuisine


If you are familiar with "No reservations" by Anthony Bourdain a travel channel show, he had a series of show featuring his travel to Asia but just like most of his Filipino fans I was surprised when he skipped Philippines. So he listen to his Filipino fan and do it, it was aired last night 10 pm ET. I anxiously waited for it and my husband joined me on watching the show.
I admit like the guy that asked him to go to Philippines, I myself is also lost in translation about Filipino cuisine, culture and identity. One of his guide a Restaurateur said "when you buy a cookbook about Asian cuisine you cannot find Filipino cuisine on it, because they set us behind", which is true.
Bourdain was amazed about Filipino cuisine but then he asked "why Filipino Cuisine is like a blank page?" Maybe because we have different regions in the Philippines and every region offers different cuisine and like our famous and well known "Adobo" dish that every region has their own version of it.
Philippines are a well diverse country and each region has their own values, traditions and identity. There is no Filipino identity but if you see it as a whole, the Filipino identity is the sum of its variety.
Lechon Rank BEST: (Roast whole pork) Source Anthony Bourdain's Travel channel BLOG
#1 Philippines
#2 Bali
#3 Puerto Rico

Thanks Tony for giving chance to the Philippines to be on the spotlight and to show the world its beauty and its unique culinary that varies from regions. A very well executed show.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Eating Rituals of Vietnamese Food


My husband was so kind this weekend, he allowed me to skip the weekend cooking and treat me to have a Vietnamese Dinner. Not so fancy though just a regular Vietnamese diner. He had Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Bowl) and I had my favorite "lemongrass chicken". When we are eating the diner owner made her rounds as usual and asked if we're fine, then she thought me how to eat the dish I ordered. It has chopped lettuce, few julienned carrots, sliced cucumber, the lemongrass chicken and rice arrange neatly in one plate. I ate it like the usual picking one piece of each at a time with chopsticks. She said the way they eat it is mix the lemongrass chicken on the rice, then with a fork or chopstick get pieces of lettuce with the rice and chicken and ate it. I appreciate her help of teaching me their culture but at the back of my mind I said "just leave me the way I want to eat it", but she is right the lettuce help boost the delicate lemongrass flavor, it's even more delicious. I am glad and she is so kind on sharing their culture to me.

Friday, February 13, 2009

NO Flowers Pls!

Every Valentines day I get a huge bouquet of roses from my sweet hubby but after I get my roses last year I told him that would be the last one, "I don't want flowers next Valentines". He always gave me more than a dozen free arrange roses on vases. But I really don't like flowers because the meaning of valentines withered along with the flowers and all I have are photos of it lol. I want to spend a meaningful Valentines with my husband though he can give me something that will last forever which is the same price as the flowers, anyway, as long as we are together and happy then that's it I'm good.

Heaven's Gate

One of my favorite subject to snap a shot is "rays of light". It really fascinates me and makes me feel the presence of our Almighty. Sunset's and Rays of light are so wonderful to watch on.
Maybe I just have nothing to do or I run out of subjects for snap shots hahaha.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Gardening

Oh I can smell spring around the corner but I wanted to skip Hawaiian summer though, it's hot and muggy but better than Nevada summer. I harvested my cabbage today and ready my garden for spring. Though the seasons here in Hawaii does not really give any damage to my garden except for the summer where I really need to water my veggies every day. Most of my herbs and veggies do not need too much affection, I pick veggies that can be planted all year round and can sustain the tropical weather. Love eating my fresh cabbage, I made a simple salad, freshly pick taste really good.

Anniversary?

Yesterday was our Wedding anniversary and counting. Actually we do not really celebrate occasion fabulously we just love it simple but meaningful. The husband tease me that he will treat me to dinner on Friday at McDonald lol, whatever I do not care at all as long as we are happy and healthy and we can make through our everyday life. I joke on him saying "oh this is it, its like 21 years of marriage and counting its like there's no more trill, I'm wondering how much more if we reach the 30th mark?" He said I'll show you how and he roll his eyes as if no more affection at all hahaha silly husband.
The funny and gross thing was, I ate something that makes me explode nasty lumpy gasses on air and he cannot stand it and told me that he will sleep at the couch away from me. I hug him saying "oh no you cant you have signed a contract that said "till death do us FART", he really crack up laughing. Sorry if I gross out my readers lol.

Tornado in Hawaii?

You might though that tornado only happens at tornado alley in mainland US. But this afternoon there are few tornado touchdowns at Leeward side of Oahu though it is not in the Fujita scale but it sent one victim to hospital. The man was said to be a golfer and it happen at Kapolei Golf course, he was thrown 10 feet away and was slam at a glass door and was rush to the hospital on a serious condition. They claimed that it was so fast, it touchdown so fast and was gone right away, some trees where damage. Some witnesses said that they feel like they are in Kansas. We are glad that the tornado did not leave a very serious damage to our island. I attached the photos of the Tornado that touchdown this afternoon.

photo from kgmb9.com

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