Thursday Thirteen: Movie Marathon

13 movies and my rating

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone *****
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets *****
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban *****
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire *****
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix *****
  6. Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince *****
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 *****

    I've heard so much of the Harry Potter movies and I have 3 of those movies in our movie collection and yet I didn't find it interesting enough to watch. Until last month. I feel that I am the only one among my friends who hasn't seen a single Harry Potter movie. And so in 3 days time, I watched all 7 movies! And I loved it. I even bought the last book so I'll know what the ending would be.

  8. Red ****
  9. From Paris with Love ***
  10. Private Valentine Blonde Dangerous **
  11. Nancy Drew ***
  12. Public Enemies ***
  13. Eat Pray Love *

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Beef Tongue [Lengua] in Mushroom Sauce

My newly found recipe. This has been one of my favorite dish since I was a kid. But I have never attempted to cook one since I don't know how to clean the tongue. Last December though, after checking some videos online on how to clean the tongue, I finally decided to try it, and it turned out quite well. I serve it over Christmas dinner and everybody loves it. Everybody that eat tongue that is.

1 ox tongue (about 1.1 kilos)
2 tbsp. of vinegar
1 whole garlic
1 whole onion
6 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1/2 carrot
a few stalks of leek
1 can condensed mushroom soup
1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. of butter
1 onion, chopped
1/2 k. of potatoes
1/2 c. of milk
salt and pepper
1 tsp. of finely chopped fresh parsley
1 onion, sliced
4 button mushrooms, chopped

Clean the tongue by scraping the knife under running water. Place in a glass bowl and cover with water. Add 2 tbsp. of vinegar. With your hands, "wash" the tongue in the warer-vinegar solution. Rinse well. Place the ox tongue in a casserole and cover with water. Pierce garlic in several places with a sharp pointed knife. Add garlic, onion, carrot, leeks, peppercorns and bay leaf to the tongue. Set over medium heat and bring to a soft boil, removing scum as it rises. Lower heat, cover and simmer until tender, about 3-4 hours.

When the tongue is tender, transfer it to a plate and cool completely. Remove the skin and slice crosswise into 1/4″ thick slices. Set aside. Strain the broth.

Over medium-high heat, melt 1 tbsp. of butter in a skillet. Brown the chopped onion. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Increase heat to high and melt the remaining butter in the skillet. Add the sliced lengua and brown them in batches, removing them as they brown and adding more butter if necessary. Saute the sliced onion in the skillet. Add the chopped mushrooms. Dilute the mushroom soup with the meat broth. Use equal parts of soup and broth for a regular sauce; reduce the amount of broth by half for a thicker sauce. Pour diluted soup into the skillet. Lower heat to medium and bring to a soft boil, stirring to make sure that no lumps remain. Return the tongue slices to the skillet and heat through.


No consideration at all

My husband's friend, B, from the Philippines is supposed to come here last Sunday. B knows all of hubby's contact information and he also know that hubby plans to meet him at the airport on his arrival day. Everything has been set.

B's arrival was at 12 noon. Hubby and the kids didn't even had lunch yet when they went to the airport at 12:15 pm. They waited till 2:30 pm. Luckily, I got off at work at 1:30 pm and took the kids for a quick lunch at the food court. But hubby never left the waiting area.

Hubby waited for 2.5 hours at the airport, he thought he might be delayed at the immigration. But he never showed up. Either he missed his flight or got deported due to lack of documentation or he didn't even bother to look for hubby and left the airport on his own.

My daughter was supposed to go to a party that day at 2pm, and totally missed it because of this. Poor daughter, she was really looking forward to the party.

Up to now, there's no word on B if he made it here or not. Well, that's really rude on my part. A simple email saying "I made it here" will suffice. But nothing so far!

Island Life

Do you think island life would be the life for you? ~ From That's My Answer. ~

Isolated island, NO... But a developed island with facilities, YES! Hahaha...

I remember watching Tom Hanks movie "Cast Away", and I told my husband that I would not have survived in that island that long... nor would I even have the courage to sail out to the sea and take the chance of being found. :-( You see, I don't know how to swim, and water scares the hell out of me.

What about you???

Self Portrait

Reposting: These were drawn by my daughter... a self-portrait and a couple of horses... she really has the talent to draw and I wish I could find a drawing school for her soon...

Fresh Flowers

Since I can never grow any plants around the house, except for my Chinese Bamboo Tree, I am in the habit of buying fresh flowers every now and then. Especially when it's on sale already. And every time I have guests over.

Patrick turns 14!

Tomorrow, my son turns 14! We had a pre-celebration today with 3 families. And am thankful for my guests for coming despite the cold and bad winter condition we had today.

I didn't plan on any games or loot bags for the kids since he's already a teenager. My son gets to play Wii with his friends and sister. And they also played DSi and watch movies.

Happy, happy birthday Patrick!!! We love you very, very much!


Our new year's eve dinner... food is great! Company's great! Tons of fun and laughter... Cheers to 2011!

Relenong Manok... Paella Valenciana... Kare-kare... Chicken Alexander...
Sushi... Spring rolls... Pancit molo...

and Goldilock's Sans Rival and Brazo de Mercedes... and mini brownies...