When I was so active updating my other blogs, I remember having this annual blogging contest called “Blog Idol”. It is a music related contest in which I invite 12 bloggers to participate in a weekly competition. One or two bloggers will be eliminated each week based on their performances through voting system. It was a fun event with real prizes to receive. All of them will receive prizes and consolations and two of my favorite giveaways are the personalized mug and blog idol tees. I remember reaching out a printing shop to give them the details I want for my giveaways. I gave them the designs including the blog idol logos and they asked me for what kind of mug and Tshirt I want my designs to be applied.
After giving them all the details, I was able to get the item a day after! It was a quick service and I am very satisfied with it. I do not have any plans to bring this contest back which ended since 2012 but I am pretty much excited exploring the printing business and how exactly it works and what kind of benefits I could get from it in return if ever I started one for my own. It is not really a bad idea at all and upon surfing the web, it is one of the most in demand business today in my country. I also searched how much capital I need and I was very surprised that it is smaller than I thought it would be.
A printing system is worth more or less 17,000 and it includes Heat press, Mug press and some consumables. It also includes training and some business planning too. The only challenge is where exactly you will be getting the consumables including the tshirts, the mugs and of course the ink. If you are going to establish a tshirt printing business, having an Epson L110 is ideal enough to start. However, make sure that it has Built-in CISS Continuous ink system. As for the ink, you can always rely on the internet sites like www.inksystem.pl where you can find high quality epson l110 tusze (epson L110 inks) in highly competitive price. They even offer free delivery when you buy more than 200. They also got Loyalty programs which could be very beneficial for their beloved customers and more. Well, that makes me so eager to start a printing business and you might consider this business too in the future.
Ukoy or Okoy is a classic Filipino “merienda” snack which can be eaten alone with vinegar dip or can be eaten with rice. It is more like the Filipino version of Shrimp Fritter. Today, I’ll show you my mom’s very own version of Ukoy / Okoy. There are several versions of Okoy. Some uses squash, others make use of shredded papaya while some mix it with cubed tofu.Ingredients:
1 Cup of Small Shrimp (cleaned and unpeeled)
1 Cup Cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
1-2 cups of mung bean sprouts (“Toge”)
3/4 cup water
2 Eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup sweet potato or kamote (pre cooked and diced)
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
cooking oil for frying
4-5 pieces Tofu (diced)
1/4 cup vinegar (for dipping sauce)
3 cloves of garlic (crashed)
1 onion (chopped)
2 pieces red chili
Mix all the ingredients together including the cornstarch, flour, water, eggs, salt and pepper until they are diluted.
Add the bean sprouts, the pre cooked sweet potato and the tofu and stir to distribute.
Heat the oil in the frying pan.
Start dropping 2 to 3 tablespoon of the mixture and fry over medium heat
Remove the deep-friend Okoy and place them into paper towel to absorb oil.
Prepare the dipping sauce by mixing the vinegar, garlic, onion and add a little bit of salt and pepper.
Viola! Your Okoy is ready to serve!
(The dipping sauce made from vinegar, garlic, onion and chili)
Ube Halaya is one of the traditional Filipino dessert that is often served in many special occasions including Fiesta, Christmas Eve, Weddings, and Birthdays. It is also one of the main ingredients of Halo-halo. Ube Halaya is a soft dessert or jam made from boiled, grated and mashed purple yam. Preparing this dessert isn’t too complicated but it could be very demanding specially when it comes to mixing. To start, here are the ingredients you need. The one we’ll prepare is good for 20 to 30 servings but you are free to add or to minimize the amount based on your needs.
3 Kilo of Ube (purple yam) root
3 Cans of Evaporated Milk (370 ml cans)
3 Cans of Condensed Milk (300 ml cans)
3/4 Kilo Brown Sugar
2 12oz bottle of Macapuno (optional)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
Food color (purple)
1. If the Ube Yam is too big, you can simply cut it into pieces in a size that is good enough to place inside a casserole.
2. In a casserole, put the unpeeled purple yam into boil and simmer them for 30 to 45 minutes or until they are soft enough.3. Let the yam be cooled and then start to peel them out.(the peeled Purple yams)4. Finely grate the Ube Yam (Grated Ube Yam)5. In a wok, mix the grated Ube with 3 cans of evaporated milk (turning the stove on in a medium heat)6. Then pour all the 3 cans of condensed milk
7. Mix them all thoroughly 8. Adjust the heat to low then put the 3/4 kilo sugar and add the 1 tablespoon of Vanilla extract. 9. To make your Ube Jam more special, you can also add macapuno strings to add a distinct taste. You can add all the two bottles of Macapuno when the Ube is starting to thicken. You can also add food color to make your Jam more
9. Mix the Ube Jam until you get the right stiffness. You might spend 45 to even one hour of mixing here especially if you want your Ube to become more chewy.10. Put the Jam on a separate platter but you must spread a melted butter or margarine on their bases. You can also spread margarine on top to make it look smoother and presentable.
Don’t worry these aren’t literally made from cow ears but they just look like them. Cow’s Ear Biscuits are delicious snacks that are notable for their sweet and salty taste.
These are certified classic “merienda snacks” that are still available today yet hard to find. I remember me and my grandma used to love these treats which we referred as “Tainga”, a Tagalog term for Ears and I don’t think i should explain it much further. I recently learned that it is more commonly known as Cow’s Ear Biscuits or Snackers which is very popular in HongKong, Malaysia and other parts of Asia.
Menudo is one of the popular traditional dish from the Philippines. Even though it shares the same name with another popular dish from Mexico, Philippines’ Menudo is cooked and done in a very different manner. Menudo is basically a kind of stew that is usually made of diced pork and liver (usually from pigs) along with other ingredients. This time, we’re going to make a twist that instead of using diced pork, we will used chicken strips. This is actually my mom’s recipe so enjoy! This dish is good for 10 to 12 servings! Ingredients:
1 kilo of Chicken Strips (Marinated on Soy sauce, Onion, Pepper and garlic)
3/4 Kilo pork liver (cubed/ diced)
1/2 kilo potatoes (diced)
1 kilo hotdog (sliced)
1 can of Garbanzo beans (chickpea)
4 cloves of garlic
1 pc onion (diced)
1 pc bell pepper
1 cup raisins
Atsuete (achiote seeds) soaked in 1 cup hot water
Tomato Sauce or tomato powder
Pork liver 1. Fry the diced potatoes on a pan until golden brown and set them aside first. 2. Using the same pan, saute garlic and onion until they are golden brown.3.Put the marinated chicken strips and saute until they are all golden brown. 4. Add the hotdog slices and the pre-cooked potatoes and mix5. Add the garbanzo seeds and the bell pepper.6. You can now add the Tomato sauce or the tomato powder. My mom prefers the LuckyMe NamNam. 7. Add the pork liver. The liver is added last because if you heated it too much it tends to become rubbery and hard to eat. 8. Took out the atsuete seeds from the water and pour the colored water on the Menudo. This will act as a natural food coloring for the dish. You can also add the sauce from the marinated chicken strips to make it even tastier. Then put salt or pepper to taste! Once everything is mixed evenly for 10-15 minutes,it’s done. Viola! The Chicken Menudo! It is very ideal for Fiesta and other relevant celebrations or even just a normal day!
It’s Throwback time. Do you still remember Iced Gem Biscuits? I remember I used to have this as my “baon” in school. We used to have it on our school tray as well. For me, the best way to eat this is to take off the icing on top and eat them separately. I used to sort them by colors too. Ice Gem Biscuits is a classic Filipino favorite snack and is also a product of Ritz Food along with other classic products like Fiesta Assorted Biscuits and Butter Stick. Ice Gem Biscuits is still available today in a 30g pack but I also saw some stores selling the biscuits in huge amount. How about you what’s your favorite snack?
Nothing can be more fascinating than learning how to speak French. Learning how to speak English fluently is impressive but learning to speak French is even more captivating and it does make you so much cooler! But who would have thought that learning French is more beneficial than you could ever thought it would be? Last night, I was searching a job portal online when I came across their dashboard filled with a lot of job vacancy. To my surprise, they are looking for some fluent French speakers and translators and guess what, they are offering a very high compensation for this job. How I wish I could apply for this vacant position but I barely know how to speak French.
Interestingly, I learned that there are so many sites today that allows you to take some french language courses in a very competitive price. Isn’t fascinating to get in touch with your French tutor online and learn those things that are way far beyond your knowledge? Learning how to speak French is very beneficial in so many ways. Aside from some wonderful job opportunities you can find, you can also visit other local French restaurants and you can give them your orders not by pointing what’s in the menu list but by pronouncing their actual name confidently. So how about a yummy
Escargots à la Bourguignonne for appetizer, Pot-au-Feu for main dish and sweet Croquembouche for dessert!
See, learning French is cooler than what you think. It also allows you to broadened your knowledge and explore other things. Once you master it, you can also try other languages too like Spanish, Japanese or Chinese.
Halloween Is here and it is very ideal to organize a Halloween Party. Last Night, I was able to attend a Halloween Parade and It was such a blast. They wore a lot of creepy costumes and you can really see how much efforts they gave just to come up with some highly realistic prosthetics and more. Interestingly, before the Halloween Parade, my neighbor organized a small Halloween Party. It has been a tradition for them to organize such event every Halloween. Aside from their creepy props and costumes, one thing that took my attention are the Halloween finger party foods on the table. These are Halloween-inspired treats. They use hotdogs for these finger-like foods, they prepare gelatin, fruits, and other nicely-decorated items on the table.
My blood sugar went too high last week. Surprisingly, it went up to 248 compare to it’s normal value which ranges from 60 to 110. It was really depressing to find out but I just have to bare with it. The doctor asked me to take Metformin three times a day and I have to establish a healthy lifestyle. My work is taking so much of my time that I never had enough to exercise or to sleep well. But then, it is too late for me to realized it and now I have to face the consequences. Thanks God, i had my Fasting Blood Sugar test earlier today and it went down to 152. Still high indeed but not compare to my first readings. So now that I am trying to set things right, I have to start taking meals that are very ideal for me. I lessened my rice intake and took out 3/4 of its value. So today I start making my own sandwiches! An easy peasy dish that everyone can make..
White Onion (Sliced)
I don’t think you need any explanation here. Just put all the ingredients together, pile them inside the bread and that’s it!
There’s definitely a MiniStop branch near you. Their almost everywhere with hundreds of outlets nationwide, it is not really surprising. Anyway, one of their products that I patronize the most is their ‘Toppers”. For a rice meal lover like me, I just can’t help but to try out all their Topper dishes. It is an ideal student meal which could be avail for as low as Php29.00 (The Burger Steak in particular). Gravy Pork is one of my favorite and I used to order it every night since my job requires me to work overnight, I need something to keep me going and good thing there’s a Ministop branch near us. The Gravy Pork Topper is available at Php50.00 and it is really worth it. It is actually enough to satisfy your hungry tummy. I am not a picky eater so I don’t really want to compare their meat to those typical meat dishes you can find in restaurants. It’s a fast food after all! Although, I must say that the Gravy itself is somehow inconsistent (I’m referring specifically to the Ministop branch near my place). Sometimes it gets too thick (the way i like it) while sometimes it gets too watery. You can ask for additional gravy by the way for Php4.00