ChiChi’s Photoshoot

Hi! Meet ChiChi, the guardian of Ferrero Rocher. πŸ˜€

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ChiChi’s Photoshoot

My Sunday Playtime

Spending my one-day weekend alone ain’t that bad after all. Got me books here, blooms there, my birdie stuffed toy, Chi-Chi, and that feel-good mood for taking pictures.

Got a few pics here from my own photography sesh. Check’em out! πŸ™‚

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Sure hope you like my shots. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, folks! πŸ™‚

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My Sunday Playtime

A Pretty Prize

3 bracelets aynaM’s little sister turned seven last Sunday and she had a Lalaloopsy party with select friends. Only on the very day, by the time M’s mom arrived from the grocery and the cake stores was I told about my role in the kiddie party. Of course I knew I would have to help in setting up the table, preparing the prizes, blowing balloons, and all other party preliminaries. What I didn’t know was that I was to host the party games! πŸ˜€

Thanks a whole lot to my boyfriend for volunteering meΒ (actually). HAHAHA He’s craaazzzyyy!Β But I had to admit I actually had fun with the little lalaloopsy-crazed ladies. I felt much younger at least for two hours. So, it’s true – the older you get, the more you miss your childhood. πŸ™‚

I wouldn’t have wished for any form of pay for hosting, a thank-you would’ve been enough, but why should I refuse a pretty little prize? HeHeHe! So I got a prize from M’s mom, a bracelet slash bangle! And I swear I love it. Yeyyy, thanks Tita! πŸ™‚

 

A Pretty Prize

Hurray to my Chicken Pesto Cream!

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

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! πŸ™‚

 

Hurray to my Chicken Pesto Cream!

Beef Salpicao My-Style

After a couple of weeks, I did cook again! This time I triedΒ 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. πŸ˜€

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. ClickΒ hereΒ for the recipe. πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ˜€

HURRAY, my judges said it was, “Okay!”, plus a little compliment. At least I didn’t get poker faces! HAHAHA πŸ˜€

 

Beef Salpicao My-Style