Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Birthday With The Seniors

My senior friends, Tita Butchie, Tita Tess, PD, Tita Mita and Tita Josie were my guests for my birthday lunch today.

 

I prepared a carefully selected menu.  Some do not like garlic, nuts nor anything with coconut.

The all time favorite of the seniors is my Turbo Lechon Kawali.

 

I could hear the crunch everytime they bite the crispy skin.

My new experiment, Pechay Salad,  which I learned from the cooking demo last Thursday by Sabrina Artadi.  I made my own Honeymansi vinaigrette.

Pechay Salad

 

500 grams pechay, julienned, stalks included
1 C. White Onions, chopped
1 C. Tomatoes, chopped
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

Honeymansi Vinaigrette

1/4 C. Olive oil
2 Tbsp. Honey
2 Tbsp. Calamansi juice
1 tsp. Thai patis

Mix all the vegetables in the salad bowl. Top with sliced eggs.
Whip the vinaigrette with a fork until it emulsifies and pour over the salad.

Fried Lumpiang Ubod

 

Galantina

 

Shrimps with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

 

My senior friends and I always give party favors whenever we celebrate our birthdays.  I got them a tin pill box.

 

My presents from my friends!

 

We have been having lunch for several years now!  Everybody looks forward to it every month.  Different stories of each senior. 

Today, it was Tita Josie's turn to tell us her love story, how she met her husband and so on.

And of course, we talked about people they know in common, from the time they were in High School up to the present.

It is always a delight to be in the company of my friends who have experienced so much in life!

 

I treasure all the lessons they share with me.  

Thank you my senior friends for celebrating my upcoming birthday with me!




Monday, August 22, 2016

Birthday Dinner With My Neighbors

I celebrated my birthday with my Bel-Air 3 neighbors tonight.

 

Vinnie, FGM Cindy, Wina and Tita Menchit.

When I told FGM about the Baked Camembert Loaf I baked last week, she said she wanted to try it.  

So I changed my menu from Thai to what I cooked tonight.  I owe Ate Vi, our nickname for Vinnie, Pad Thai! 

Hehehehe Sorry! We forgot to inform of you of the changes! She was expecting a Thai dinner.

Baked Camembert Loaf

 

Salad with apples, dried mangoes and butter toffee cashews.

 

All time favorite Galantina

 

Baked Shrimps

 

White Pasta with Trufle oil.  I found an easy recipe online.  

 

250 grams spaghetti noodles, cooked for 10 minutes only.  Hahahaha! I made sure it was al dente! I know my guests do not like mushy noodles.

1/4 C. Elle & Vire butter, salted

1 C. Magnolia all purpose cream

1 Tbsp. White trufle oil. (Corry let me get from her can of white trufle oil from Italy!)

1/2 t. Salt

1/2 Knorr Chicken cube

2 Tbsp. Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Parsley to garnish.

Melt butter in a pan.  

Add the cream and the truffle oil.  

When it starts to simmer, add the salt and chicken cube.

Then sprinkle the parmesan cheese.

Add the cooked noodles and transfer into a serving platter.

Garnish with chopped parsley.

It was so easy! Sophia liked it.  I texted her to get food from my house, especially the pasta.  She is a white sauce kind of person.

Wina gave me chocolates!

 

Tita Menchit brought Arce ice cream.

 

Assorted cakes and pastries from Vinnie.

 

My birthday cake from FGM!

 

Dear neighbors, thank you so much for celebrating my birthday with me!

 

I hope you enjoyed the food I cooked for you!

Happy Birthday Everyday Lia!

 



Saturday, August 20, 2016

Diner Theme Birthday Lunch

My birthday celebration with my family had a Diner theme today.

 

It is quite hard to think of what to cook for my birthday parties.  I want my guests to enjoy the food and for me to get excited, as well.

My hamburger patties were made from scratch.

 

Mini Hamburger Patties

1/2 K. Monterey ground round
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 t. Pepper
1/2 t. Onion powder
1/4 C. White onion, chopped

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.  Do not overmix or the patties will be tough.  Handle lightly and with care.

Divide into 8 portions weighing 75 grams each.

Pan fry and let it rest for a few minutes before putting it in the hamburger bun.

Johnsonville's Beddar Cheddar Sandwich

 

Condiments and fries

 

Fried Chicken

 

Boiled corn

 

Chili con Carne for the hotdog sandwiches

 

"Corn dog" was the favorite of everybody!

 

Goodness! I did not realize it was so hard to cook it.  As hard as tempura! I used the Maya Hotcake mix and reduced the amount of water from 3/4 C. to 1/2 C.  

 

I'm just not patient enough for it.  I could only fry six at a time and I think it took about 10 minutes per batch!

 

Ohhhh but my nephew, Renzo, loved it!

I even cooked it again tonight.  I ate 4 and gave him 3.

 

Rootbeer Float

 

Thank you, Maio for lending me your jars for the drinks!

 

Ate bought me Chocolate Sans Rival from Kitchen's Best.

 

Happy Birthday Everyday Lia!












"Lia, Why So Quiet?"

Lisa emailed me and asked, "Lia, why so quiet?"

Then I started sending her pictures of what I have been doing lately.

Last night, my friends ordered my favorite Swiss Chocolate Cake from Becky's.

 

 

Dra. Cristina was not feeling well but still found the energy to put some decorations for my Birthday Cake party. Thank you so much!

 

 

We had coffee and dessert in their house after attending a dinner celebration at Max's.

 

It was the 1st death anniversary of Sarah's Dad.

There was a mass at Sacred Heart Church.

I noticed something new but my eyes were failing me a bit.  

I thought there was a new canteen at Sacred Heart grounds so I asked Pinky to read to me the menu.

 

"Lia! Those are not plates of food but the 12 promises of the Sacred Heart!"

But.....if you look at it from afar, it looked like a menu of a small eatery!

Earlier in the day, I accompanied Jing at Makati Med for her check up.... Well... I accompanied her for lunch at Pancake House, Makati Med branch.

 

 

Butter Pecan ice cream from Lulubelle's

 

The day before, I ate at the newly opened Pancake House in Rockwell!

 

I can do that, you know.  Eat at the same place over and over.

I've been so busy this week preparing  for my birthday celebrations this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Sometimes, I would even fall asleep in the car from Landmark to my house.

It can be so tiring but knowing my beloved friends and family enjoyed the food I prepared for them, it's worth it.  

I will just rest on September 1 because all the remaining days of August are spoken for.

So, if I seem quiet at times, I am just preparing for upcoming food related activities! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Billy's Birthday 2016

Happy Birthday, Billy!

 

FGM invited me to Billy's birthday party yesterday.  I was with Pinky.

 

Photo op with Cha Cha!

 

I was so excited to  attend because my "best friend" was also at the party!

 

 

Creamy lengua. 

 

I just wanted a thin slice but could not find any.  I got a very generous slice.  It was so tender and very creamy! I normally do not eat lengua in white sauce because most people use Campbell soup which I do not like but last night, it was just butter, cream and mushrooms!

Steamed Shrimps 

 

Pancit sotanghon

 

Lumpiang Shanghai

 

Grilled Fish

 

Baked Norwegian Salmon which was moist and delicious!

 

Leche Flan

 

Birthday cakes!!!

 

 

Will pray for Billy's good health so we can have a party every year!

Thank you for letting  us join the celebration.

Happy birthday, Billy!