Monday, April 29, 2013

Sebastian

If ever I would be blessed with a baby boy, I will name him Sebastian. The name has plenty of meanings: revered, majestic, venerable, joy, a town in asia minor, a name of a saint and the like. Besides exuding a traditional/classic flavor, it also sounds so handsome and masculine.

Oh, and I have the biggest celebrity crush on Sebastian Valmont (Cruel Intentions) and Sebastian Kydd (The Carrie Diaries). I have replayed Cruel Intentions a million times in my entire existence and watching the latter is my current guilty pleasure. I guess I'll never be too old for celebrity crushes.




























Need I say more? I hope there'll be a Season 2 for The Carrie Diaries.

Happy Monday!

{Image 1 Listal, Image 2 Tumblr}

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Beef Stroganoff

I make a mean beef stroganoff. It's one of my husband's favorite dishes. He likes beef. I patterned my recipe from Jack's Loft. Although it sounds gourmet. it's actually easy enough to make any day of the week.























Ingredients:
  • 1/4 kg sirloin strips
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce or Maggi Savor
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 small/medium onion (minced)
  • 1 small red bell pepper (thinly-sliced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 -5 Tbsp of all-purpose cream
  •  1/2 can of button mushrooms
  • salt and pepper
I have seasoned the beef strips with a dash of salt and pepper. Then in a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the onions. Next, cook the beef and let it brown from each side. Add the button mushrooms and half a cup of water. Let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Add the cream and red bell pepper strips. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve over egg noodles or hot rice.

What's your version  of beef stroganoff?


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kung Pao Chicken

I'm sharing one of my favorite chicken recipes today. It's quick, tasty and bursting with flavor. It originated from the Szechuan province of China. Thanks to Asian Home Gourmet for making it a lot easier for me to prepare this. My love affair with this dish began when I first ordered California Pizza Kitchen's kung pao spaghetti.

Ingredients:
  • 3 pieces chicken breast fillets cut into bite size pieces
  • vegetable oil
  • cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of cashew nuts
  • 1 packet of Asian Home Gourmet Spice Paste



Directions:
  • Slice the chicken breast fillet into bite size pieces (I used the one without skin, better if free-range)
  • Coat each bite size piece with cornstarch
  • Heat oil in a medium non-stick skillet on medium heat
  • Stir fry the chicken pieces for 5-7 minutes
  • Combine the Asian Home Gourmet Spice Paste in to the chicken pieces 
  • Add the cashew nuts
  • Serve over hot rice



















































You have the option to add green onions and garlic but I didn't because I'm already using a ready-made spice paste and may alter the flavor. I will try making this recipe next time from scratch. However, this one didn't disappoint. It disappeared in a flash!

Makes 4 servings.

Monday, April 15, 2013

It's Always Good to Have a Little Reminder...

Things have been shaping up for me lately. Like everybody else, I live a busy life but I try my very best to meditate and maintain a regular yoga practice. Doing these things calms my mind and soothes my soul.




























Since it's Monday which also happens to be the deadline of filing our income taxes, I started the week with an early morning flow video. It felt great to share positive energy out there in the universe. I have noticed some improvement on my balancing poses too! Yay! 

I remember my teacher Abby who explained to me a few months ago while I was struggling on my Tree Pose and my Dancer's Pose that sometimes we may be experiencing something in life that makes us un-balanced and when we overcome whatever that may be, it restores the balance. 

Being an OCD, I still tend to be a little judgemental of myself. But, I am working on it big time. =)




























































































I hope you'll have a happy Monday and may we all live the life we imagined!

Namaste!

{Image via Pinterest}

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Missing Chillie!

Just sold our car last Thursday to replace it with a more fuel efficient one. We call her Chillie because she is red and quite long similar to a chili pepper.

I remember the first day it arrived at my sister's place. My dad couldn't stop gushing like a school girl because the 1998 Toyota Camry was his car crush that time until the day Mike bought it from my sister in 2009 and Chillie became ours.

This car was very well-maintained. Even if it's a 1998 model, it's still super shiny like it was fresh from the showroom.


Thank you for the years of service Chillie! You have served our family well. I hope your new owner takes good care of you too!

We <3 You!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tea Time

Happy Hump Day Everyone! As I am typing this post, I hear voices outside applauding someone. Yes, we live beside a golf course and a golfer probably had a hole in one. A lot of good things came my way this April. I have accepted a new role in the International Development community plus I do a little consulting business on the side. That's what kept me from blogging these past two weeks.

This life's little changes is a reason to celebrate. I am planning to invite some friends over for tea this weekend if the time permits. I got inspired over this idea. And I know that you all may be fully aware that I'm very addicted to Pinterest 

Tea is liquid wisdom and it would be a nice change from our regular cold-coffee drinking sprees. I can't wait to try and learn make Real Simple's Flourless Chocolate Cake but using Market Man's version.

Ooops, time's up. Back in the daily grind. Toodles for now!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Green Life

I know getting on the path to a sustainable way of life may be quite the challenge and may take a lot of effort to get used to. It's a good thing that local citizens are starting to become more conscious about the green movement.

Before, it is difficult to look for certified organic stuff in one place. But now, I'm happy that we have Echostore. I'd like to call it the local Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

Took this photo at their branch in Eton Centris
ECHO stands for Environment, Community, Hope, Organization.

Echomarket - Offers fresh organic produce and prepared foods grown by local farmers and producers.
Echostore - A social enterprise and retail store carrying green, fair trade products created by marginalized community groups from all over the country.
Echocafe - Offers healthier meals that have fresh ingredients either organically grown or are sourced from community groups all over the country.

What's I like best about them:
  • They support sustainable businesses in our community
  • They give people a choice between traditional and organic stuff
  • They can vouch for the traceability of the products offered at the store
  • They work with a lot of marginalized communities, NGOs, cooperatives and help them find market access in the city.
  • They support family farms.
  • They seem to have everything the environmentally conscious consumer could want. 
On a daily basis, I try my best to live a green life. I do my share of re-use, reduce, recycle. I make sure to purchase local products which can lower the carbon footprint of getting the product to me. Reading the label is a good practice too!

Live clean, live green and live healthy.
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