Super Drink!

I had a craving for my super drink 2 weeks ago. I usually get this from Healthy Options.

 

Ginger Tea! with lemon and Honey, Php 120. Cold or room temp, it’s awesome!

 
I’ll have this over any Starbucks drink anytime. 

Last week, I made my own since the ingredients are simple.

2 inches of ginger, peeled and sliced thinly (others dice it)

1 cup water

Juice of 1/4 of a lemon

3 tsps honey (I used mandarin honey)

I boiled the ginger for about 5 minutes then turned of the heat. I let it sit for 30 minutes. Then I put the lemon juice and stirred in the honey. Et voila!

 

Ginger Tea aka Salabat ala me!

 
As the nurse at Sr. Regina’s clinic said, and in the Ginger Soother bottle, ginger tea helps you calm your tummy, helps you with your fever but warms your body. I need more heat kasi. My feet are more often than not cold.

I love ginger tea!

Almond Milk Panna Cotta

So after I made this, I realize I’m not craving sweets but something salty! 

Anyway, I made this from scratch. Works for me! It’s in small portion since I just tried it.

Almond Milk Panna Cotta with Coco Sugar Syrup

Panna cotta

40ml water

160ml almond milk

1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin (mine is sweetened and it’s just right)

1 tsp vanilla extract 

Syrup

1 tsp coco sugar syrup (sorry daya!)

20ml water

Procedure

On low heat, boil the water and add the unflavored gelatin. Add the almond milk and stir until they’ve mixed well. Put on ramekin or because I’m a hipster, I put mine on a mason jar heehee set aside and let cool in the fridge. I chilled mine overnight but 3 hours can do it.

For the syrup, put the water on low heat and put the coco sugar syrup in until they mix well. Let it cool then add to the panna cotta.

Yahooo!!! It hit the spot for me.

 

Almond Milk Panna Cotta

Almond Milk Panna Cotta, I didn’t pop the bubles but it’s okay

 
 
Almond Milk Panna Cotta

Almond Milk Panna Cotta, it kinda looks like taho haha

 
 
Almond Milk Panna Cotta

Almond Milk Panna Cotta, seriously it’s NOT taho haha that’s the coco sugar syrup

 
I’m really taking very small servings so W can taste it. He’s still outside making calls!

Agico Dinner and a Few More Vegan Stuff, PS: I’m not Vegan. YET.

I haven’t been eating well ever since my food restrictions. From super dairy lover to no more dairy — I cannot! But no, sorry, I can actually haha drama aside, I’ve tried vegan food several times, and to those who haven’t had vegan recently, the game has changed since our moms’, yayas’ and lolas’ cooking. So many vegan dishes don’t taste vegan anymore, they taste super delicious like they’re not vegan!

My go to vegan food before was My high school batchmate Alessa’s Pipino Vegetarian. It’s just a little too far and too much traffic, and delivery from Two Anyone is too expensive. When I was working in BGC, I frequently got Juicesabel lunch delivery. Good prices, awesome vegan dishes but oh my goodness, they’re super slow motion all the time! Even if I walked to their store and ordered take out, packing my lunch was just too.slow.in.Juicesabel!

Last night was drizzly. But I’ve been eyeing Agico Vegetarian Cafe in 8 Missouri for the longest time. We often passed by their Araullo branch when I was working. But we were worried about parking so we decided to go to 8 Missouri instead.

We ordered Tokoyaki for starters, but it was 15 mins cook time so it came in last (which was not an issue at all). I had the Pinoy Best Burger, W had Wakame Burger because he said we’ve been having  too much ramen and noodles recently. And he was telling me that he’s scared because he might be hungry already by the time we walk to the car coz we’re eating vegan. Haha wrong mistake!! We already walked around the mall and saw some friends, chit chatted and we were still full! Until I got home, I was still full. So full, the 2 vegan cupcakes I got to go for dessert had to wait til the next morning! I got the apple walnut and chocolate chip cupcakes. Oh noms.

 

Agico Tokoyaki

Agico Tokoyaki

  
Agico Pinoy Best Burger, Samurai Wakame Burger

Agico Pinoy Best Burger, Samurai Wakame Burger

 
I wish Agico would use Food Panda soon. Two Anyone’s just too chaotic to use.

Tomorrow, I’m planning to order deli stuff from Edgy Veggy. Man, food hasn’t been this good and guilt free. Thank you innovative vegans of Manila!

Ah, forgot to mention I got mad vegan kitchen essentials last week from Healthy Options! Cream cheese and soy free vegan butter!

 

Healthier Options

My healthier options from Healthy Options

 
Let’s all eat right! Start the week right!

PreoccupiedΒ 

I have been busy! And I left my ipad charger at my Mom’s and she keeps forgetting to bring it for over a week now so yeah. No ipad, no WordPress!

Hmm what have I been up to?

1) Acupuncture 

I have been seeing Sister Regina Liu for infertility acupuncture. She’s quite popular and she has quite a following due to her success rate. Although I know now what’s wrong with me, I’m just being a good daughter in law, obeying what my new family thinks might help me. So yes, Tradition Chinese Medicine for me! Acupuncture’s been helping me a lot. Less stress, as in I sleep very well now. Less waking up in the middle of the night with light noises. And when I had my period, I wasn’t constipated, and it hurt much less. So I’m hopeful. I pray, I hope and I don’t worry as in St. Pio’s words!

Sister Regina has quite a list for me to avoid when it comes to food and bevs. This is the tough part but I think I’m doing well!

  • No dairy! Dairy! Me! No dairy!!! Why!!!
  • No cold drink or food
  • No fresh and raw veg. Must be steamed.
  • No coffee or any caffeinated bevs
  • Less sweets. Noooo. I’m not me.
  • No sushi. No raw anything. Goodbye uni. Goodbye.

So I’ve lost weight. From 104lbs I am down to 98 lbs again from my lst check up 2 days ago. Sad. I’ve been seeing results from my workouts and it’s sad it’s getting tougher and tougher to gain weight. But I’ll live.

2) Balikbayans!

So my bff was here for a while and we shared and airbnb with her family for a weekend. Always fun having your best friends over. She has the most adorable kids. We went to Mind Museum and around BGC. It was awesome that the neighborhood we got had everything in walking distance. Salon, bank, atm, Starbucks, restos, grocery, shopping stores, etc! 

I ordered Amber’s spaghetti, chicken, lumpia, bbq and of course pichi pichi. Too bad they were out of chicken lollipops. That would have a been an awesome hit too. I’m happy she liked the pichi, enough to recommend it to her mom and her mom ordered some too.

I’ve known her since high school and we’ve kept in touch through the evolution of communication despite the different continents and time zones. We’ve grown but not apart. Sometimes I think we’ve grown better than those that are here in Manila and those I see more often. Some things just don’t change noh? But I think she’ll say I’ve changed. As In, I’m bingi na haha

3) Appendectomy 

My bro had an appendectomy. He’s the person who doesn’t really like seeing doctors or going to hospitals. So I felt really bad when my Mom texted me that he was brought to the ER because he has severe abdominal pain. He was later discharged but he was brought back to the hospital the next day. He was operated on last Sunday. He was discharged Tuesday afternoon. I spent as much time as I can with him. I wanted to make him laugh coz I know he’s scared but duh laughing would hurt him much more. After his surgery, he was still groggy all day. I just slept on his feet until he woke up and got so bored. We watched tv and he tried to get up and walk. He’s such a fighter. My baby bro is no longer a baby. He did very well. And of course his surgeon was Ninong Rollie so he wasn’t scared as much.

4) Hash Browns!

I made hash browns from scratch yesterday. I had an awesome breakfast for lunch plate but W was so hungry he didn’t take one minute to see the aesthetics! Not to mention the huge egg! It was the biggest egg I’ve ever seen. Anyway, here are a few cooking photos:

  
  
So yes, I have been busy! But not busy enough to appreciate everything and everyone given to me. Homily yesterday hehe

My Non-Dairy French Toast

Because yesterday was a fail! No loaf bread haha but that was my 1st order of business yesterday after gym: BUY LOAF BREAD!

1 large egg (so apparently, my auntie gave me double yolks heehee)

1/4 cup almond milk, I used Silk today, I’m out of Pacific

Dash of cinnamon

3 tsp raw sugar

4 slices of loaf bread

I beat the eggs, added the almond milk, then the cinnamon, then the sugar. I’ve heated my pan a lil earlier since I have an electric stove ugh… Anyway, i dipped one slice of bread and turned it over, just enough for the mixture to seep through. Fried it up to crispy sides, et voila!

No photo because I ate it all up. Well no, saved 2 slices for W.

I had a great workout yesterday, 10 min cardio, triceps and back. Cool down abs. Then I did the hot jacuzzi for 15 minutes. Awesome. I’m preparing for something today. I just know it’s gonna be a good day! Woot woot!!
PS: dont worry, 3 tsps raw sugar isn’t sweet at all for this recipe πŸ˜‰

Good Mood

I’m up early today. Woke up before 6 but I’m still on zombie mode. Helped W with a few things and sent him off to work.I had a good week last week. 2 out of towns trips with good company. Gathering with family last Sunday.

Yesterday, the Fire Bureau priest said mass and it was nice. I picked up a few things. But what I like most is when he said our physical and emotional weaknesses and sicknesses are signs that we are one with Jesus in his suffering. Sounds legit. Embrace it, and get better in his grace!

I’m in the mood for non-dairy french toast for breakfast. Let’s do it! — ok I’m apparently out of loaf bread haha so it’s broas and almond milk then! 

 

Hotteok – Korean Stuffed Pancakes ala me!

Hi! I made hotteok this afternoon! 😊

Hotteok (pronounced ‘hoh-duck’ but I say hote-okay hehe) is Korean stuffed pancake. If I’m not mistaken, the stuffing is cinnamon sugar and bits of peanuts. There are other flavors if I remember correctly. It’s one of the awesome street food we tried in Seoul.

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this was in Gangnam, if I’m not mistaken. One cold night waiting for matagal na tao haha πŸ˜‰

This isn’t the first time I bought an instant hotteok pack and made it. I made a batch a few years back, and it was awesome. I remember Ama had some and she enjoyed it. I love it when she eats a lot of what I cook. Syempre, that’s Ama! Equivalent to royalty status!

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This is the new package I got. No English translation. Bahala na!

Ok, so I was lazy to download Google Goggles to translate and jahe to ask Dianne to translate. I searched and my assumptions are correct. Just dissolve the yeast contents in 240ml of 40-45 deg celsius water. I mixed it with the pancake mix and made a dough. I got small pieces and made them into balls, flattened them and stuffed half a teaspoon of the sugar mix. Half a teaspoon! It’s difficult to overstuff because the hotteoks will leak while frying! Some did but it’s ok. It’s still good haha so because I only used a little sugar mix, I was left with a lot so I sprinkled it on the hotteok after 😍

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Frying them … I flattened them too but not as much.

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Cooling these crispy on the outside, soft and syrupy inside hotteok.

Gah. I had more than 5 pieces a little before dinner. I was so full. But I still had to eat dinner. Kahit konti. I don’t want to skip meals. Why? I’m blessed that I can have these meals while others can’t. So don’t waste your food ok?

W and I really wanna go back to South Korea. There’s still so much places to visit, since we had some issues with itinerary when we got there. We joke around that we need to go back when it’s getting cold so we can make sulit our winter attire πŸ˜‰β„οΈ

So there. My hotteok! CMF calls it Pattieok 😘