Monday, March 24, 2014

Herbology 101

Have your ever experienced buying herbs and not being able to consume everything until they wilt, expire and then go to waste? This situation is a dilemma of mine. Fresh herbs can be expensive and sometimes scarce hence an extra trip to a specialty store instead of making a one stop shop at your local grocer. So, I started a small organic herb bar. I often use basil and cilantro in most of my home cooking so I bought a pot of each at a weekend market. As you can see, some of the basil leaves on the left photo below looks crumpled it's because the weather began to get hot and humid these days. But no need to worry, I have transferred them to a cooler location. It's also time to move my cilantro to a bigger pot.


I planted coriander seeds (aka cilantro) too. They sprouted after one and a half weeks and now they are on their fourth week. Alas, progress!


I got this pot of mint as a wedding favor. Perfect for making iced teas on a hot summer day in the city.


I plan to get a pot of rosemary, sage, thyme, chives and flat leaf parsley soon. Nothing beats dressing up your home cooking with freshly picked herbs. Walking by my small organic herb bar soothes me, their scents are a delight to the senses. It works like aromatherapy. It saves money too!

Would you like to grow an herb garden too?

Photos taken using iPhone5 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Indian Chicken Curry


Do you like curry? I do. I'm starting to be a big fan of Indian cuisine. It's very simple to make when you have sachets of Asian Home Gourmet  spice pastes and sauces readily available. While I was cooking this dish earlier, the aroma of curry and other spices wafted through the entire house. My pot of coriander/cilantro leaves came in handy. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 Sachet of Asian Home Gourmet Indian Chicken Curry paste (Madras Curry)
  • 3 skinless chicken breast fillets chopped into pieces about 350 g
  • 1 small onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 8 baby potatoes halved
  • fresh cilantro leaves chopped
Directions:
  1. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Saute the onions and the spice paste for half a minute.
  2. Add the chicken and baby potatoes and stir fry for about 3 minutes. Lower the heat and add the coconut milk and yogurt.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves.
Serves 2 -3 depending on one's appetite. My husband says this is awesome. I'm one happy wife.

Photo taken using iPhone5

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pi Breakfast and Pies

Here's another brilliant breakfast place to include in your must try's when you are in Metro Manila. This is our second time to visit Pi Breakfast and Pies. We were in awe the first time we ate here, therefore we came back after a week's interval. This is located in Malingap Street, Teacher's Village in Quezon City. I'm glad it's close to home.



I'm totally smitten with the restaurant's creative interiors. The chairs from the 1950's, wire whisk-inspired lamps, the combination of smooth concrete and white bricks for the walls each blend perfectly together to exude a homey, artisanal bakery atmosphere.  




Ahhh, the aroma of baked goods...



Mike wanted to bring his dad to let him taste our new favorite dish: Kitayama Wagyu Beef Sirloin Tapa served with kimchi fried rice, five-minute egg and atchara (pickled papaya) and the Gruyere Apple Pie. Just typing the name of the dish, description and dessert makes me hungry all over again. The price is reasonable too!





The genius behind Pi Breakfast and Pies is Chef Edward Bugia who is also behind Pino Resto Bar, Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino, BRGR: The Burger Project, Brgy. Bagnet, Bulalo Boy and Daily Squeeze.

On my next visit, I will try the Caramelized Spam and Dark Chocolate Champorado. Gotta love breakfast and brunch!

Pi Breakfast and Pies
39 Malingap Street, Teacher's Village Q.C
Store Hours: 7AM - 10 PM, daily

Photos taken using iPhone5 and some info from Life After Breakfast and Inquirer Lifestyle

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Myeongdong...

Two more weeks till our next travel adventure, I'm so excited! But first, I would like to share photos that have long been overdue in posting. This is part of our Seoul trip last November: a day spent in Seoul's primary shopping district named Myeongdong. Mike and I don't do a lot of shopping during overseas trips (except in Hong Kong and the United States) unless we find an excellent deal or something distinct. 

The first thing I saw when we arrived  in Myeongdong was the humongous shop of Nature Republic. It was literally shouting in front of my face. Lol. But we didn't go inside, our first stop was a Nike store. 



Checking out stuff here is like shopping in SM Mall of Asia except that some brands are not yet present in Manila. My co-workers gave me a list of their makeup requests from Etude House. This brand have several branches in Manila but it is way cheaper here. After getting all their "bilins" and procuring some "pasalubong" for family and friends, we stopped for a hearty lunch at a resto which I couldn't even read the name since it is written in Korean. Our decision to eat there was based on the photos and the prices displayed outside.




We explored Lotte Department Store floor by floor and I ended up taking photos of my favorite KPOP girl group, Girls Generation on the topmost floor. Ooops, I forgot to take a photo of Yuri. I'm so sorry! Anyway, among the nine girls, my favorite is Hyoyeon also known as the dancing queen.


WiFi is everywhere in Seoul so I kept getting messages in Viber from my best friend. She said that I should try Angel in Us Coffee. Their coffee is OK but I still prefer my brand. If you've been following my blog, you know what it is. *wink* Even if it was very cold outside, I still ordered cold coffee.


Even their takeout coffee cups have collaborations with either local, Japanese or European designers.


This is Myeongdong at 10 PM on a cold winter night.


CBTL! 


Then we chose to have Japanese dinner that night. Again, I couldn't read the resto's name since it is in Korean. But everything was delicious.


So, that's it for a day in Myeongdong. I'm looking forward to explore more of Seoul this year, this time with my girlfriends. =)

Photos taken using iPhone5
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