After a couple of weeks, I did cook again! This time I tried Beef Salpicao, which is one of M’s favorite beef recipes. But he’s not here anyway so he quite missed my first trial of his favorite dish, and maybe that’s a good thing in a way. 😀
And since I’m well aware that my cooking skills still need serious honing, I know better to always start with the simpler versions of every recipe I choose. Click here for the recipe. 🙂
That decorative leaf there is a bitter gourd/ampalaya (in Filipino) leaf. I actually didn’t plan a plate presentation for this but something funny and stupid happened.
I was rummaging through the price-tagged packs of basil leaves looking for the cheapest since I needed only 15 grams. I found one priced 12 pesos, and after a quick check on the leaves which seemed good enough to my poor cooking standards, I tossed the cheap pack into my grocery basket. Then, after having gathered all the ingredients for Chicken Pesto Cream (which was supposedly the recipe for tonight), and as I was about to bend the first leaf off a stem, I realized it didn’t look anything like a basil leaf! My brains went, “Oh nononononono…!” Well, yes, I got the wrong pack of leaves. The tag said: AMPALAYA LEAVES. Bitter gourd. Suddenly I had to realize that I haven’t known how bitter gourd leaves look like, not until now. 😦
When I was done searing and tossing my rich-colored flavorful beef sirloin strips, I thought the serving still looked uninteresting. So I sprinkled some sesame seeds. Better, but not much. I decided I should boil half a dozen quail eggs; they should do for a more extravagant decoration. Yet still, my recipe needed one more final touch. And I though, “Let’s make use of those useless leaves.” I really wished I had parsley at least, but tsadaaa…one bitter gourd leaf should do! 😀
HURRAY, my judges said it was, “Okay!”, plus a little compliment. At least I didn’t get poker faces! HAHAHA 😀
Yesterday was long and tiring but in the middle of it, I found something of my interest. I had lunch at this small town restaurant called “Wa Nam sa Bukid” with my workmates. I honestly don’t know what “wa nam” means, but surely “sa bukid” means “in the mountains”. What mattered was the really good food, made even better by the fact that we all had them as a treat. 🙂
Then I saw these frames hanging on the restaurant walls; they’re too beautiful to stay unnoticed. Unfortunately, they were hanging too high for me to read the signature. Up to now I’m still wondering if these frames were entirely painted or they were half painted, half photographed. Although I couldn’t imagine yet how the latter could have been done.
I wish I had a closer look at these frames so I could have figured what they really were – paintings or digitally manipulated photographs. Anyway, one way or the other, I adore these artworks and I’m now wishing I can also make at least one. 🙂
Above is the Wa Nam sa Bukid restaurant in Batangas City, which serves really good Filipino dishes plus unlimited vegetable side dish. 🙂
I’d say, apart from the church visit, Sundays are best spent with good food. Really good food!
Thanks AGAIN to my sister and my soon-to-be brother-in-law for such awesome dinner: home-made Italian pasta and Mexican tacos.
I wonder what combination is next? 😉
It was Valentine’s Day this year when M and I first dined out at Arla Diner. A dinner date, of course! He was so handsome in his red polo shirt, “HiHiHi!” And now, I’m praying he won’t find this post. 😀
Oh, this is a foodie post. So…
I ordered Lime-baked Fish Fillet. And M had…
Pork Tenderloin Steak.
Amen to these diet-cheater platters! Aren’t they gorgeous? And because there’s certainly more to their plate presentations, it’s hard to resist another serving of rice. They are heavenly delicious, they make you sinful meals, hahaha! So in case you want to try these platters, make sure it’s your cheat day!
Oh, and these photos were taken during our second visit to Arla Diner. Yeah, same generous platters! 😀