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Recipe: Bistek (Pinoy Version of Beef Steak)

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Recipe of the Day: Bistek

 

Bistek is the Pinoy version of beef steak. It’s a different recipe from the “known” beef steak recipes from other countries. The Pinoy version of “beef steak” has more sauce (soy sauce) with either lemon or calamansi.

 

This is one of my favorite viands. Actually it’s my TOP favorite. A week won’t pass without it on our menu. A very easy but flavorful dish which is best serve with rice. LOTS of rice!

 

Ingredients

1/2 kilo beef (sirloin), sliced thinly

1 pc red onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup calamansi juice

1/2 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp oyster sauce

ground pepper

cooking oil

caramelized onion rings (white onion), 1/4-inch thickness

 

Procedure

  • Marinate the beef in soy sauce, calamansi juice and ground pepper for AT LEAST an hour.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a pan.
  • Fry the marinated beef (save the marinade for later).
  • Add and sauté the chopped garlic and red onions.
  • Add the marinade and oyster sauce. Bring to a boil.
  • Transfer to a serving plate top with caramelized onion rings. And as mentioned earlier, this is BEST served with LOTS of rice. Haha!

 

Get a printable copy of the recipe here: bistek-recipe

 

Let me know if you have tried it. 🙂

 

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Recipe of the Day: Lumpiang Shanghai

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Lumpiang Shanghai

 

Lumpiang shanghai or spring roll is one of the easiest recipe to do and is a HIT dish in most of the Filipino gatherings. Aside from it’s being easy to prepare, the ingredients are not expensive and you can make a LOT for a very cheap price. So, it’s really one of the recommended viands to offer to your visitors.

 

Ingredients

1 kl ground pork (or beef)

1 onion, minced

1 head garlic, minced

2 carrots, grated

parsley, chopped

1 tbsp garlic powder

2 eggs

2 tbsp flour

salt and pepper to taste

spring roll wrappers

 

Procedure

  • Separate each spring roll wrapper carefully and avoid tearing. Set aside.
  • Prepare all ingredients and put them in a large bowl or basin.

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  • Mix them all until well-blended.

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  • Some gets a portion of the mixture and fry it to know if they still need to adjust the taste before wrapping. In my case, I just bring the mixture very close to my nose and smell it. If it smells good, it’s good to go. Weird eh? Do you have your own way to try your mixture? Share it with us.
  • To start wrapping, lay a piece of spring roll wrapper and scoop a tablespoon of the mixture, spread it horizontally about an inch above the bottom of the wrapper.
  • Get the bottom of the wrapper and flip it over the mixture.
  • Fold both sides toward the center, then roll it up.
  • To seal the wrapper, you can either brush it with beaten egg, cornstarch mixture or even just plain water.

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  • Repeat the procedure until you finish all the mixture.

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That’s it! Deep-fry it and serve right away. You can also store it in plastic containers and put them in your freezer for future consumption. This can be stored for a week.

 

It is one of the best make-ahead dishes for your family or even as “baon” of your kids at school. It’s best served with sweet and sour sauce or sweet and chili sauce… or just with plain ketchup! 🙂

 

Do you have any other variations of this recipe? Let us know and comment below.

 

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Just In: Ronnie Nathanielsz dies at 81

Ronnie Nathanielsz
Ronnie Nathanielsz

This veteran, sports writer-analyst, Ronnie Nathanielsz, passed away Friday morning in San Francisco (11 Nov 2016) at the age of 81 after suffering heart attack a week ago, as confirmed by Dyan Castillejo from her social media accounts.

As Dyan posted from her Instagram account:

“Ronnie was always fun and full of passion in all our coverages . His credibility integrity and drive to get good accurate details of the news first even at the age of 80 always inspired me . Thank you thank you thank you and gosh will miss you sooooooooooooooooo much . Lord Jesus give Ronnie a big hug for me”

It’s reported that he was rushed to the hospital on his way to witness Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Jessie Vargas last week in Las Vegas.

His family will have the funeral in San Francisco and later on, will transfer his remains to the Philippines.

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Obama’s Message after the US Presidential Election 2016

Donal Trump won the presidency during the US Presidential Election 2016.

Source: https://www.google.com/elections
Source: https://www.google.com/elections

A lot of comments/feedbacks followed, positive and negative. Well, mostly negative. And in Twitter, the #TrumpProtest has been trending.

Here are some parts of Obama’s message to the people after the 2016 election.

“I had the chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night, about 3:30 in the morning, I think it was, to congratulate him on winning the election and I had a chance to invite him to come to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.

A lot of our fellow Americans are exultant today. A lot of Americans are less so. But that’s the nature of campaigns. That’s the nature of democracy. It is hard. And sometimes contentious and noisy. And it’s not always inspiring. Sometimes you lose an argument. Sometimes you lose an election. You know the path that this country’s taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back. And that’s okay. I’ve lost elections before. Joe hasn’t. But, you know… (jokes and laughs) That’s the way politics works sometimes. We try really hard to persuade people that we’re right. And then people vote. And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena. We go at it. We try even harder the next time. The point, though, is that we all go forward with the presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far. And that’s why I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on, as Americans, will go on. And I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to make sure that the next president is successful in that. I’ve said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner. You take the baton, you run your best race, and hopefully, by the time you hand it off, you’re a little further ahead. You’ve made a little progress. And I can say we’ve done that, and I want to make sure that hand-off is well-executed, because ultimately we’re all on the same team.”

His message to everyone is to have faith in democracy, even if you disagree with the election’s outcome. This is what true leaders should sound like–with poise, honor and maturity. He’s an epitome of how a president should portray himself.

Watch his full speech here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/f0e7d0d8-a6a8-11e6-ba46-53db57f0e351

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#Recipe: Embutido

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Embutido

Embutido is a Pinoy-style meatloaf. It is one of the popular Filipino dishes served during holidays, fiestas and parties (like birthdays).

Last month, we served this dish during my youngest son’s 4th birthday party. It was a hit! Let me share with you the recipe for a special embutido.

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Ingredients:

1 kilo ground pork

1 ½ bread crumbs

1 cup carrots, ground

1 cup ham, chopped

1 cup onion, grated/minced

1 clove onion, grated/minced

1 cup red bell pepper, chopped

½ cup pickles, relish

¼ cup raisins

4 eggs

1 tbsp cornstarch

hard boiled eggs, sliced

chicken hotdogs, sliced

salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. Prepare the steamer and set aside.
  2. In a big bowl or small basin, mix all the ingredients.
  3. Scoop the mixture with a small cup and flatten it in a foil.
  4. Put some slices of hard boiled egg and chicken hotdog at the center of the flattened mixture.
  5. Roll the until the stuffing covers the egg and hotdog. Then roll the aluminum foil tightly and seal both ends.
  6. Repeat the procedure with the rest of the mixture.
  7. Place the prepared embutido in the steamer carefully.
  8. Steam it for 1 hour.
  9. Let it cool and then refrigerate it for some time.
  10. Slice them and serve with ketchup. (You have an option to fry it after slicing or serve as it is.)

Now, you’re ready to impress your friends! 🙂

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Signs that You are Stressed

There are some things that we don’t have control. Problems and trials come constantly. And sometimes, we find them overwhelming.

Here are some signs that you are really stressed…

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Stress affects our health. It also makes us feel really tired, over-burdened, and very depressed. And when we experience this, it’s either we over eat or we lose appetite. Hence, makes us feel sick and uneasy.

Yes, we may not be able to control stress, but let’s try to help ourselves to manage it. After all, we just wanted to be happy and have a peaceful life.

I’m not an expert at this but here are some tips that could possibly help you manage stress.

  1. Take some time to relax. Watch a good movie, have a massage, enroll in a yoga class, or travel! Things that would really make you feel relaxed and release that feeling of stress and anxiety.
  2. Connect with people. Share how you feel with people close to you (family or closest friend maybe). Seek some advice on your situation. Let someone know what is happening and how you feel about your situation.
  3. Keep a positive and realistic attitude towards your problems. Make an effort to maintain positive thoughts instead of being too depressed, angry or negative about it. Instead of dwelling being “down”, try to clear your mind and think of something that you could “somehow” do over it or try to find good books or readings online that may help you. Bible is of great help.
  4. Welcome humor. Laughter is always the best medicine! It also helps your mind to relax and to avoid over-thinking.
  5. Sleep and get enough rest. If you are stressed, your body needs extra time to rest and your mind to relax and be at peace. And when you wake up, you’ll feel more refreshed, body and mind, to think of what to do next and act positively.

Life is so short. Let’s all aim to be happy…ALWAYS.

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The Best Farm Adventure and Discoveries at Paradizoo

I would like to reminisce and share with you my “field trip” to Paradizoo. It is located in Mendez, Cavite, Philippines. This place is like a paradise with various farm animals and abundant flower farm. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll surely long to visit this place.

with Ms. Grace of Zoomanity and my co-bloggers
with Ms. Grace of Zoomanity and my co-bloggers

We traveled about an hour and half from Makati to Paradizoo. It was a sunny day when we visited the place but the cool breeze won’t make you sweat or feel hot at all.

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The first thing that caught my attention when we arrived is their love for our environment. They recycled and reused things that most of us considered as trash. They put creativity out from simple raw materials. Take a look at these amazing ideas that you could also do at home…

The tour guide at Paradizoo is very nice and really knowledgeable in giving information on how to take care and feed the farm animals found there. She’s able to answer all the questions from our group.

What do I love about our tour? It’s our close encounter with those farm animals! Take a look…

The tour guide told us that some of the animals are bought from different countries and some are gifts. An example is the race horse that we found there, we were informed that a retired racer owned it and gave it to the owner of Paradizoo as a gift. And now, allow me to photo blog the animals I saw. Btw, you can also feed them (available but you have to pay for some amount) and take photos.

Another most unforgettable experience was milking the goat. It’s my first time! The tour guide had a demo first and then I volunteered to try. Tada!

Awesome! 🙂

Afterwards, we went to the beautiful flower farm…

And hey, they also have vegetable plants! According to the tour guide, they use these veggies at their restaurant, assuring everything’s fresh!

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There’s also a short zip line but I didn’t try it because I have this phobia of heights. 🙂

Then, we head off to the butterflies and bees area…

And, they also have a pet cemetery. If you want your beloved pet who departed to be buried there, it costs from 3,500 pesos (around $72 USD) depending on the size of your pet.

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Ooops, before I forgot, I also passed by some HUGE eggs (ostrich’s eggs).

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It was a tiring, but super fun experience! I’ll go back in the near future with my kiddos. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it, too!

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#Recipe: Budin (Cassava Cake) 

Cassava cake is one of the most popular delicacies/kakanin here in the Philippines. In Lucena, a city in Quezon Province, we call it as BUDIN

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cassava, grated

2/3 cup condensed milk

2 eggs,  beaten

1/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp butter,  melted

cheddar cheese,  grated (optional for toppings) 

*Follow the above ratio when adding more servings. 

Procedure
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1. Prepare your steamer (pre-heat/start boiling the water). 

2. In a large bowl,  combine all ingredients. Mix evenly. 

3. Pour the batter in a buttered baking pan and steam/cook for about 40mins to 1hr.

4. When it’s already cooked, remove from steamer and let it cool for some time. Then, spread grated cheddar cheese on top. 
Now,  try it and impress your family! 

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A Short Trip to S.E.A. Aquarium Sentosa, Singapore

If you love marine animals, you’ll definitely enjoy the tour in this HUGE aquarium. S.E.A. Aquarium is open whole week, Sunday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm.

Here’s another photo blog. It’s my short trip to S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa, Singapore. I don’t have much photos because the place is dark to take photos and using flash is not allowed. But I hope you’ll enjoy and get interested somehow. 🙂

At the back of our last photo is a gigantic aquarium wherein there are divers inside feeding the marine animals inside. There are some seats in front of it so you can sit back and relax while watching them feeding the animals.

And here’s a short video of random fishes…

There are a lot of marine animals found at S.E.A. Aquarium like sharks, jelly fish, crabs, octopus, and a lot more! Here’s a map I got from their website which may help you:

http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/SEAAquarium
http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/SEAAquarium

 

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