Button Mushrooms with Oyster Sauce

This one is a good side dish. And it's quite simple too.

Sprinkle button mushrooms with paprika, pepper and olive oil [1 tablespoon].
Marinate for 20 minutes.
Stir fry chopped garlic. Add mushrooms.
Add 1 tablespoon of liquid seasoning and oyster sauce.


Another new found recipe... never thought it would be this easy...

Puto are steamed rice cake prepared practically all over the Philippines and eaten alone, with butter or butter substitute and/or grated fresh coconut or as accompaniment to a number of savory dishes... Properly prepared puto is fluffy, light, soft, chewy, moist... It should be neither sticky nor dry and crumbly.

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
6 eggs
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups water
2 1/4 cups Edam cheese, shredded

  • Grease small cake, puto molds, or ramekins for use in a steamer. Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl. In a separate, large bowl, scramble the eggs with the evaporated milk and water. Fold the dry mixture into the eggs until evenly blended.
  • Fill the prepared molds 2/3 of the way up with the batter.
  • Fill a wok or a sauce pan that will hold a steamer basket with a few inches of water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Place the molds into a steamer basket and place over the boiling water and cover.
  • Steam for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Top with cheese slices or grated coconut slices or salted eggs.
With my adventure for finding new recipe to cook, I just may need to find the top diet pills for women to help me keep my weight in check. I don't want to lose all my time working out and just gain them all back.

Remembering Haydee and her family

Haydee and I met in the 80s. Her family together with my cousins from Manila and Cebu went to Baguio City. We had a great bonding time during our one week stay in Baguio City.

Our next meeting would be a few years later, when I went to Cebu to visit my grandmother and relatives. She took the time to meet up with us and my other cousin, Je. She's really a darling.

After that, it was just constant mail, Birthdays/Christmas card exchanges and updates. We never made it to each others' wedding. And never met in person after that. But somehow, Friendsters and Facebook brought us together. And we would pour out our problems to one another.

One night last April, I got a call from my cousin in Taiwan, Je, she was crying so much I honestly couldn't understand what she was saying. After calming her down, I realized that it was news about Haydee and her family. Je and Haydee were really close. She was even the godmother of one of her child. She said that they have been planning to meet for a long time but timing just isn't on their side. We talked about going to Cotabato one day to pay a visit at their grave.

What happened to Haydee and her family was truly tragic! Johnson Wee [42], Haydee [35], Kim Patricia [8] and Enzo [6] died when a fire broke into their home/office in Cotabato City. I can't even explain my feelings at that time.

What made write this article today is that despite her being gone, her Facebook wall still have, todate, postings and well wishes from her family and friends who missed and loved her.

Thailand, 2008 [Taken from her Facebook]

4 die in Cotabato City predawn fire
abs-cbnNEWS.com Posted at 02/24/2010 2:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Four people, including 2 children, died in a fire that gutted a Philippine Air Lines ticketing office in Cotabato City before dawn Wednesday.

Police identified the fatalities as Johnson Wee, 42; Haydee Wee, 35; Kim Patricia Wee, 8; and Enzo Wee, 6.

Senior Superintendent Willie Dangane, Cotabato City police, said the victims died of suffocation. He said the victims were trapped inside the PAL Ticketing Travel Tours inside the Hadji Datu Usman Mampen Building on Sinsuat Avenue.

Dangane said that base on initial investigations by the Cotabato City Bureau of Fire Protection, the fire was caused by an unattended lighted candle.

He said the fire broke out while the city was experiencing brownout around 4:12 a.m.. The fire was put out around 4:30 a.m.. -- Report from Noel Alamar, radio dzMM -- SOURCE...

Today is their 1 year death anniversary... Miss you so much Haydee! I will always treasure our little time together and you will always be remembered. God Bless.


This was my first try... so forgive the sloppy look of it... but the taste isn't bad. You can use different food coloring as well but these are the most popular ones.

Steam the first layer for about 5 minutes... add the second layer and steam for another 5 minutes... then add the last layer and steam for another 8 minutes. Let cool and flip it to your serving plate.

And this is what you get...

Sapin-sapin is a layered glutinous rice and coconut dessert in Filipino cuisine. It is made from rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, water, and coloring with coconut flakes sprinkled on top. Sapin-sapin means "layers" and the dessert is recognizable for its layers, each colored separately.

If you google this, you will see a much nicer outcome of this recipe. And if you want to try this, just google it.

Thirsday Thirteen: Life Lessons [from FB Status]

  1. Life is like a book. Each day is a new page. May your book be a bestseller with adventures to tell, lessons to learn and tales of good deeds to remember.
  2. Life an be hard sometimes and look uncompromising but GOD doesn't give you more than you can handle and everything works out as it should for a reason.
  3. The universe doesn't care about your problems, only you do. Remember life won't wait for you, so suck it up, hold your head high, and move on with life.
  4. Any one can stay true to your face, it's the people who stay true behind your back that really count.
  5. Life's hard but you always gotta keep your head up, keep going, stay strong, and when life gets tough, you always have people who love you to keep you going.
  6. Life gets hard and you want to give up, remember that life is full of ups and downs, and without the downs, the ups would mean nothing.
  7. Know your doing something right in life when it's making other people jealous!
  8. Be careful how you treat others because the ones you are waving good bye to on your way up just might be the ones you are waving hello to on your way back down.
  9. Ignorance is bliss. Stupidity will teach you a lot. Gut feelings should never be ignored.
  10. The past is like using your rear-view mirror in the car, its good to glance back and know what's there, but stare too long and you;ll miss what's in front of you.
  11. One of the worst feelings in the world is when someone you really care about starts treating you differently just because of one little mistake you made!
  12. Life is too short to be caught up in other people's drama. Share you life with those that really care for you... not the fake people who don't.
  13. Things that leave a scar are just going to make you even stronger.

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Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Picture from the internet

I will never be your first kiss, first love,
first valentine, first fight or first date...
but I'm not in this to be your first anything,
I just want to be your last!

Thursday Thirteen: Movie Marathon

// Social Network // The Other guys // The Town // Heartbreaker // Easy A //
// Date Night // Company Men // The Joneses //
// Expendables //Salt // Sex and the City 2 // The Fighter // Ticking Clock //

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Tax Season

is here once again... I am quite excited for this year since I will be doing some Corporate Tax Return for the very first time. I do hope I don't get the really complicated ones yet... I know it will take me awhile to get familiarize in doing Corporate Returns. And with this, my commission should be much better than the past few years. Wish me good luck!

To all Canadians: Deadline for RRSP is February 28 and deadline to file your taxes is April 30. Please do not procrastinate! Do your taxes as soon as you got all your documents. And it is better to file taxes together with your spouse or common-law partner to get the maximum credit/refund.

I do hope I can still squeeze in going to the gym on a regular basis. I still need to lose some weight or at least not gain any more weight.

Tabasco Chicken

This post brought to you by TABASCO® Original Red. All opinions are 100% mine.

My family seems to love anything with Tabasco, especially on their pizza.  They would call it their Pizza Perfected recipe.   Yes, my kids love the kitchen and is interested in learning how to make their favorite dishes.  Of course, we had to purchase the pizza dough and they will put on their favorite toppings.   15-20 minutes later, they would enjoy their home made pizza. 

Do check out the Game-Day Party Menu for more ideas on recipes that everyone will surely love! 

Did you know that TABASCO® Original Red is a simple combination of salt, red pepper, and vinegar are perfected in a 3-year aging process that produces a hot sauce with the uncanny ability to bring the most out of your food?  That's why we used it a lot in our meals especially if it's chicken wings or chili or pizza. 

Anyway, let me share with you one of our favorite dish.   And it's so easy to make too.  This one is an Atkins Nutritional diet approach recipe and is perfect for those who are health conscious or on a diet. 

Simply wash and dry pieces of chicken and place them in a baking dish.  Next, combined 1 tsp seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp paprika, 2 Tbsp lime juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp abasco sauce.   Pour Tabasco mixture over chicken and marinate in fridge for at least 2 hours or more.    Bring to room temperature before baking at 350F for 45 minutes, turning it once half way.   Then set to broil for another 3-5 minutes.   And your dinner is ready.
  Care to share your own recipes?

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It's the year of the Rabbit

I believe that this is the first time that I hosted a Chinese New Year party at home. Even though all my guests are not Chinese, they are still in it to party.

Total headcount was 23 and I'm just glad that they can all fit into our small townhouse. And we got tons of food... no more cooking for me for the next 3 days since there's also tons of leftovers.

Stewed pork knuckles with buns, Siomai with Tikoy, Shanghai noodles
Fish with coconut extract, Kare-kare, Adobong Pusit [Squid], Stuffed chicken
We also have Beef with broccoli, onion rings and fruit platter

Tarts, Kutchinta, Puto, Fortune cookies, Almonds with lychee and Ginataan
We also have a cake since one of our friend is celebrating his birthday today.


I just thought it would be good to party now before I start to get busy with the tax season. I expect to be busy starting the 3rd week of February and by then I wouldn't be able to party with my friends until May.

I got another party to go to on Saturday, and Sunday, I am hosting a bridal shower party here again. After that, it will all be work, work, work for me! Booo!

Thursday Thirteen: Highlights of 2010

Highlights of 2010...

  1. January: We made it to our first ice festival in Lake Louise. It was awesome despite the cold temperature.
  2. February: Skiing time.
  3. March: My 9-year old daughter had her first sleepover at a friends' house and my 13-year old son tried commuting home for the very first time. They are growing up so fast.
  4. April: Due to health reason, I started on my diet...
  5. May: Perfect reflection!... Got lucky enough to take these photos. I loved them.
  6. June: Trip to Philippines to attend my dearest cousin's wedding in Boracay.
  7. June: My son was able to swim with the dolphins at Ocean Adventure in Subay Bay... and also drove an ATV for the very first time!
  8. July and August: Road trips and picnics almost every weekend! What a great summer!
  9. August: As a birthday gift to my daughter, I personally repainted her room to the colors of her choice.
  10. September: My daughter and I went to a cake decorating class at Michael's and these are our first few cake.
  11. October: Hubby and I celebrated our 10th year wedding anniversary!
  12. November: I decided to buy membership to a gym to keep me healthy.
  13. December: Finally developed our basement.

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Pata Tim [Stewed Pork Knuckle]

I am in the mood of trying out new recipes these days... This isn't as good as what my mom used to cook, but it will do... I didn't add black mushrooms since we don't like them. It's my first try and it turned out to be very yummy.

  1. Place pata/pork leg [preferably the front part of the leg] into deep pan with half-filled water. Add 2 pieces star anise and 1 onion cut into cubes, boil in low fire until the pork is tender for about 1.5 hours or more.
  2. Mix 1 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp MSG [optional], peppercorns and 1/4 cup flour into separate bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a frying pan sautee minced garlic and 1 onion cut in cubes, 1 medium size carrots [cut] then pour into pork together with the soy sauce mixture. Boil until the sauce becomes thickened. Another 30 minutes.
  4. Then add 1/2 cup black mushroom and the cabbage or any vegetable you like. Serve hot.