Sunday Brekky @ Breakfast in Bed

This is the cutest stall in our neighborhood, right downstairs of our condo. It’s called Breakfast in Bed. And because I find the place really pretty and cozy, I finally took my chance to photograph some of their stuff including the food. 🙂

BB_01A cozy chair with round cushions piled up on it, looking like macaroons. 🙂

BB_02Locally called “Champorado”, made of rice cooked in choco-cocoa and then added with evaporated milk. Best with fried sun-dried fish!

BB_03Some pretty old-school trinkets over at the corner adding to the “country-ish, shabby chic-ky” feel of the resto. I could imagine how they were once copper and rusty before they bathed in white paint.:)

BB_04I thought I fell in love with this lavender and white stripes placemat. Modern and dainty!

BB_05That’s my hat! Even lovelier with all the colors happening around.

BB_06And these chairs made for comfort, you wouldn’t want to stand up anytime soon. 😀

I think that’s all for a quick tour around a tiny pretty nook. 🙂

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Sunday Brekky @ Breakfast in Bed

Hurray to my Chicken Pesto Cream!

pesto_02I got another five-star remark from brother, and I’m “deeeyyyymmm” proud! 😀

And by the way, I really didn’t intend this to be a foodie blog, but since my brother had challenged my cooking skills, I’d rather post photos of my kitchen outputs. HEHEHE!

And I’d love M to try this because he loves pesto! 🙂

 

Hurray to my Chicken Pesto Cream!

Beef Salpicao My-Style

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. 🙂

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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 😀

 

Beef Salpicao My-Style