Sep 27, 2020

Ampalaya con Carne

 



Not everybody wants ampalaya or bitter melon. Some hate its bitter taste. But I do love eating ampalaya. I know the taste is not that appealing but I love eating veggies. Besides, this is very healthy. It has a lot of good benefits for the body. It helps regulate blood sugar, lowers cholesterol level, good for skin and hair, etc.

One of my favorite ampalaya dish is ampalaya con carne. I find it very delicious and very easy to prepare. I just sauteed the garlic, onion and tomato. Then I added the ground meat (can be pork, chicken or beef). When it's almost cooked, I added the chopped ampalaya. I seasoned it with salt and pepper. Sometimes, I add oyster sauce. And voila! It's done. 

If you don't like it to better very bitter you can soak the chopped ampalay in a water with salt. 

Sep 19, 2020

Fresh Mushrooms

It has been raining these past few days here in Metro Manila and I remember when my father was still alive, he used to harvest fresh mushrooms around the banana trees. He also used to grow mushrooms when we were young that's why he has good knowledge on which edible mushrooms he should pick. I was able to take a picture of his last harvested mushrooms.


They were so fresh and I immediately cooked them. As an Ilocano, the very first thing that came to my mind was to cook 'Dinengdeng' since mushrooms are also a good ingredient for this Ilocano dish. 



I just mixed it with unripe papaya and saluyot. It was so good and delicious. I will always remember my father everytime I see that type of mushroom. 😢

Sep 6, 2020

Papa's 8th Year Death Anniversary


Today is the death anniversary of our father. How time flies that it's already 8 years have passed since my father left. I still think about the moment when he was still here and I wished he didn't left so soon. So we always remember him not just on his death anniversary but also on his birthday, all souls' day and even if there's no special occasion. We also visit him in the cemetery whenever we have the time. 

To be honest, it's hard when a parent died. I always think about it and sometimes I couldn't help but just cry about the loss of my father. It's really different when someone so dear to us has died. :(

Sep 1, 2020

Hello September

It's been 6 months since I just stayed at home waiting for my life to become normal again and I guess it wouldn't be anytime soon. But my hopes are still high that this shall end. We just don't know when or how soon it is. I'm sure it is as I believe that nothings is permanent/forever in this world. So I hope that the first -ber month will give me surprise. That my dreams are also there and it's on process already (fingers crossed.)

Well, I'm just spending my time for something productive like finding a home based job and reading something so that my quarantine days wouldn't go to waste. 

I hope everyone's hanging on just like me. Life is not really easy in times like these but always know that we'll all get through this. 

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