How To Cook “Saging Con Yelo”

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Every summer, one of the ideal desserts to try here in the Philippines aside from the classic “Halo-Halo” is the so-called “Saging Con Yelo” (also known as Saba Con Yelo). It is a very simple and easy to prepare dessert but this time we added some twist as we included sweet potato (kamoteng dilaw in partiicular). Here are the ingredients you need.

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 10 pieces of plantains (saging na saba) sliced. This amount is good for 10-15 servings and ideal for bigger occasions.
  • 1/2 kilo of Brown Sugar
  • 5-6 cups of water
  • 1 kilo of Kamoteng Dilaw (sweet potato) cubed
  • 1/4 langka (Jackfruit). Sliced and Caramelized
  • 1 cup sago
  • 1 Can evaporated Milk
  • Crushed Ice

P4180535Procedure:

  1. Simply mix all the ingredients in a huge pot including the sliced bananas, cubed kamote, water, all the sugar together.
  2. Set the stove in low heat and let them boil. Wait until the the saba and the camote cooked and the sugar to caramelized.
  3. Stir the pot from time to time to prevent the sugar from being burned.
  4. Once the caramel is staring to get thick, placed the langka slices and sago and stir.
  5. If you already achieved the desired thick of the caramel. Turn off the stove and leave the sweetened plantain for few minutes.
  6. Now to serve, put an adequate amount of the sweetened plantain and camote in a small bowl. Topped it with crushed ice and pour a right amount of milk.

 


How To Cook Bacalao (Bacalhau)

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Bacalao or Bacalhau is a popular dish that is often being served during the Lenten Season of most Roman Catholics in the city of Cavite. This dish that is originally came from Portugal is often included in Caviteños special menu during the Lent season because this is the time that the Church forbade eating meat so they used Bacalao meat instead.  There are different ways to cook Bacalao but  the recipe I am going to share below came from my grandma’s very own version of Bacalao.

Ingredients

  • 1 Kilo  Daing na Bacalao (salted cod fish) or Daing na Labahita (salted surgeonfish)
  • 1/2 Kilo Potatoes (pared and quartered)
  • 1 whole Cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 cans of Garbanzos
  • Atsuete seeds with Lye Water (lihiya)
  • Garlic (half bulb minced)
  • 1 Large Onion (chopped)
  • 2 pcs Tomato (minced)
  • 3 Bell peppers

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Procedure:

  1. Soak the Salted fish on a warm water and leave it overnight. On the day of cooking, drain, shred and debone the fish and set it aside.
  2. Fry the potato cubes on the pan until it’s golden brown and set it aside.
  3. Saute the onion, garlic and tomato.
  4. Put a cup of water and add the extract from the Atsuete See with Lye
  5. Let it boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the shredded salted cod fish or labahita, the garbanzos, bell pepper and shredded cabbage.
  7. Stir and add the potato.
  8. Simmer it again for another 15-20 minutes. Stir it from time to time.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste. (although the fish will already provide a natural salty taste to it)

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How to Choose the Perfect Hat for the Shape of Your Face

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headHats are more than just a garment that is used to protect us from the heat of the sun but it is also now considered as a fashion statement that can be matched perfectly with our outfits. However, just like sunglasses, hats should be chosen perfectly. Not all hats will look good to you and it will vary depending on the shape of your head. We have different shapes of head and they can be classified as oblong, oval, round, triangular, square, diamond and heart shaped. Listed below are some useful ideas I have found online to know which kind of hat is suited for the shape of your face.

Oblong Face – This kind of face is described as long, narrow face with wide hairline and jaw like a rectangle. People with such shape is encouraged to choose a hat style with wide brim and flat crown to establish a great balance.

Round Face – This kind of face is wide and the widest part of it is somewhere around the cheeks. It is said that hats with high crown and small brim will make your face look much slimmer.

Square Shaped Face – Described as face with wide and flat hairline and jaw. The face is similar with width and length. Hats with upturned brims and asymmetrical silhouettes is very ideal for such face.

Heart Face – This head is wider at the top, tapering down and prominent cheekbones. You can compliment it with hats with tilted style.

 Oval Shape – This face is longer with forehead and jaw slightly narrower. Luckily, Oval Shaped face is considered as the most versatile shape as it can go on with any style

The style will also vary depending on the type of occasion or event you are going to attend with. Now that you now the kind of hats that are suited for your face shape, then you can confidently shop hats at wholesale or retail stores without worrying if it will either look good or bad on you. Cheers!


Google Doodles the 180th Birthday of John Venn

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Google Doodle commemorates with the 180th birthday of John Venn. Venn is an English Logician and philosopher who is best known for his Venn Diagram which is now being used in many fields like set theory, probability , logic, statistics and computer science. Venn Diagram is basically a diagram that shows all possible logical relations between a finite collection of sets. Google has created an interactive Doodle. In the doodle, the user is allowed to pick one category from each circle and then they will overlap to show you the result. Shown below are the complete sets of results from this fun interactive doodle.
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Mom’s Special Day

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P5110064It was Mother’s Day a week ago and I’m sure you guys made your mom extremely special on that day. My brother and I decided to give my mom a very special treat for mother’s day. After she went to the church, all of us woke up early to prepare our gifts. We gave her a huge bouquet of roses and a cake and greet her a Happy Mother’s Day. A day after, we took her in her favorite salon and give her a nice makeover as well. Mother’s Day is not just about giving gifts. It is not just about the material you give and its value. It is all about your effort and time you offer. As their kids, we are responsible for bringing back the courtesy of all the things they’ve done for us.

This coming May 20, my mom and my dad will be celebrating their 25th anniversary and this is really something special. We’re planning to bring them both in a restaurant and gave them some nice treats and gifts. I found a magnetic bracelet online last night and I think my mom will definitely love this. As for my dad, i think i will buy him a new wallet. Well, we’re hoping to give them a blast!


Chow Pao

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Ever tried the Chowking Special Sausage? This special meal offered by Chowking (fast food restaurant)  is being offered in a very affordable price and if you are a frugal guy like me, having this meal is definitely a must but allow me to give my honest review about their so called “Chow Pao”. The meal is basically worth Php30 which is not bad at all but you might wish to have those add on veggies to make it more appetizing. Honestly , Chinese Sausage Special is not that special at all. It’s more like a combination of “Longganisa” and hotdog. Most of my Malaysian friends noted that it doesn’t look like a Chinese Sausage at all. Perhaps, Chowking is trying to change it in a more Filipino way. What i love about this meal is the soft bun with a cute CK logo on top
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I went over to their site and discovered that apart from the Chinese Sausage Chow Pao, they are also offering Chunky Beef Chow Pao, and Braised Chicken Chow Pao.


Treats for my Dog

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Time is really running too fast and it seems like it was just yesterday when a cute little puppy was given to us (February 4, 2014 in particular). Technically, she is two months and seven days old since we took her and named her Chubby. She is really growing too fast and she can’t fit to her old bed before. We had to give her enough space outside so she can play freely.
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Chubby is just a mutt or we used to call it as aspins or askals here in my country. Despite of having no breed, these dogs are still trainable. They can make good sports dog due to their good endurance and agility. On top of that, they are less maintaining compare to some breed dogs like shihtzu and more. They are also notable for having good temper which makes them really suitable for kids. Chubby is a playful dog and she always made my day every time i got home from work. She is taking all my stress away and of course, i give her some cool treats in return. I used to bring her some Crazy Dog Train Me treats as a prize for her. It is also interesting to find out that there are some other great treats to be given for our dogs as listed in http://www.entirelypets.com/top10treats.html and it’s nice to see that her all-time fab Crazy Dog Train Me treat is included with the list. I might consider trying out the rest and see how much she will like them.


How To Make an Ice Candy

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You know what’s best to refresh yourself this freaking hot summer without spending much of your money? Well, you might consider preparing your very own Ice Candy!. Yes, we often see this sweet and refreshing treat being sold by different vendors roaming around the town or from a nearby sari sari store. Preparing creamy and yummy tasting Ice Candy is actually very easy and you can even prepare it with the help of your kids.
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All you need is to pick the flavor you desired. In this picture we decided to make a cheese flavor. To make these delightful treat, simply prepare one whole box of cheese, all purpose milk, sugar, and vanilla. Simply use a mixer or blender to mix the mashed or cubed cheese and the all purpose milk (you can use evaporated milk too) and sugar. Mix them all well and you might add some food color to make it more cheesy flavor put some salt too (it is a trick used to make your ice candy’s texture more like an ice cream). You can prepare fifty or more ice candy from this recipe. Put them in the fridge and tadah! you can now have an inexpensive yet delightful summer treat.


When Music and Technology Collides

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downloadDon’t you think that we should be very grateful that we have modern equipment nowadays that make things easier? In music, for example, we have lots of wonderful ways on how to share our masterpieces. We have the internet to share our works publicly and gain more attention and establish a solid fan base instantly. Some websites like YouTube, SoundCloud and more serve as a stepping stone in  most artists today.  We also have several handy apps that can be used using our mobile devices. The alesis io dock for example is a very cool device that allows you to combine all those apps together. This device allows you to use or connect all your audio gear to any of the related iPad Apps. These devices includes microphone, speakers, MIDI controllers and other instruments. It is a very interactive device indeed that most music enthusiasts will enjoy and I am eager to have one too.


My Own Healthy Sandwich

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One of my New Year’s Resolution this year is to lose some weight and I am pretty serious about it. I am not getting any younger and I better start establishing a healthy life style and I should start it by establishing a healthy diet. In fact, my meal for today is something that is guilt free. I tried making my own healthy salad and surprisingly I find it truly delightful.
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It is very simply and easy to prepare. I got a pair of Gardenia’s Wheat bread, lettuce, cucumber, onion, tomato, and a ham and some dressing. I’m trying this no rice diet recently and I think i have to replace it something heavy yet healthy like this sandwich. It is full of fiber-rich food too that’s why it is so healthy for your digestion. Well, this is a good start for me so wish me luck!