Tuesday, February 10, 2009

fully domesticated

last night, i talked with shaina for a long time. it made me realize how much i missed her company and our endless dinner and coffee dates when we used to be co-teachers. she is still teaching but me on the other hand, because of health reasons decided to be a homemaker for a while. i left my teaching post last september and i joined gil, here in baltimore, last november 22. i have to admit that the whole thing is totally new to me, but i am enjoying it. for one, i get to cook and prepare treats and food for gil's baon consistently except whenever i have my bouts with dysmenorrhea which can last for days.

here are some pics of the food i get to prepare for my baby:

this one is called brussel sprouts with bacon. the recipe of which i got from my beloved Williams-Sonoma's Essentials of Slow Cooking - but instead of using a slow cooker, this one i made on top of a stove. i think i overcooked the brussel sprouts but it still turned out delicious and the cream really took some of the bitterness away.





this one is just a simple beef and broccolli stir fry. i just sauted some onions, garlic and ginger before adding the beef. then i added the broccolli. i seasoned it with kikkoman and added cornstarch mixed in water plus a little sugar and pepper. it's done when the meat is already tender. this was a crowd pleaser!






this is my fave dessert contribution: leche flan

i love it's creamy consistency and the smell of vanilla in milk is so heavenly. i vowed though to try making this dessert using fresh milk and cream. and also to try baking it for a change and not steam it. hmmmm....
this one, inspite of the fact that it was steamed and made entirely from canned milk made everyone swoon. proof: it was gone in less than a day.

in my conversation with shai, she asked me what kept me busy when everyone's out. well, it's mostly cooking. and she said, "oh my goodness,rhea! domesticated ka na talaga!" amen, i say... just for how long i can't tell. but for now, i am savoring it, one day at a time.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

we were "taken" last saturday!


Taken is a movie that I think all fathers can relate to. Given the same situation as Liam's character, any father would indeed go out of his way to save his kid even at the cost of his life.










I love this film coz' you see, I can imagine my Dad doing exactly the same thing for me and my 2 sisters.

poster taken from: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/98/Taken-poster-0.jpg