In the kitchen: Why cook at home?

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Healthy but pricey hot pot and shrewd cabbage in Saboten, Glorietta
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Pancakes + tocino breakfast buffet at Mt. Makiling Recreation Center

I love home cooked meals over food served in restaurants because I know the ingredients are fresh and I have full control in terms of serving size. The downside is that we tend to stick to the usual menu. I really struggle in creating a meal plan that is why I usually give this task to our househelp. I also bring food in my workplace in order to skip the stress of thinking about what to eat.

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eggs + veggies
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I have nothing against eating a dish a couple of times in a week (but prepared individually of course). It’s just that after making the decision of trying to eat clean made me realize that I have not tried adding a couple of fresh ingredients in our cooking list. This includes the use of herbs, powders, other vegetables like red cabbage, sesame leaves and rocket, root crops such as lotus and taro, brown, black and red rice and a lot more. Also, I wanted to add variety in our meals partly because my other sister is a bit choosy. Having to try new recipes together can create a positive environment for her to learn eating new stuff.

This decision prodded me to be more active in buying the ingredients in the wet market again. I used to go with our househelp but because I don’t want to over commit my Saturday mornings so I decided to forego wet market visits. After noticing that the food served is being mechanical, I stepped in hoping to change this habit for the better.

I must say that I am always a fresh market enthusiast not just for the sake of making sure that what we are eating is of good quality but also because it gives me a happy feeling. Looking at those live crabs, clams, fresh green leaves make me feel more alive. I just feel so good! I hope you can try going to the wet market as well.

I will be sharing the different wet markets I’ve gone to in the succeeding posts.

Stay healthy and inspired,

Jannel

 

 

 

Field Trip: Paradise Dynasty

Last week I met up with my uncle who came all the way from Bicol. He was here in Manila in preparation for kn’s schooling together with my aunt mentioned in my previous post. We decided to meet up in the newly constructed mall beside Conrad Hotel in SM Mall of Asia.

I suggested that we try Paradise Dynasty. It is located in S Maison Mall and specializes in xiao long bao (XLB). The XLB basket looks pretty interesting. It comes with different flavors that should be eaten in proper order–original, ginseng, foie grass, black truffle, cheese, crab roe, garlic and szechuan. The waiter gave us a sheet of paper as a guide but in order not to be confused, you just have to eat starting from the middle clockwise. We are asked to eat in that order because the XLBs are also arranged from mild to strong flavor.

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I created this cartoon of xiao long bao basket in Clip 2 Comic app.

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When I entered in the restaurant, it is as if I am in Hong Kong. There were lanterns every where. I also like the interior design. However the space is a bit limited. We were also given a service tea upon entering. I like the little dimsum hanging at the tip of the tea cup.

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We ordered lotus buns, sweet and sour pork, wanton noodle soup, grilled shrimp, pork wraps and yang chow rice.

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Here is a colorful collage that I made with a whoopie pie taken from the photo shoot I did for my friend’s school thesis. I also wore the polka dots long sleeves for work.

Happy week end!

Stay posi,

Jannel

In the kitchen: Banana + eggs pancakes

Hi! Today I’m sharing the link of 100% natural pancakes recipe that I’ve tried from Cassey Ho’sĀ blog. It was my first time to cook this type of pancake since I am accustomed with the instant one. I had a hard time flipping the pancakes since they are a bit soft compared to those with flour mixture. I suggest that you make bite sized pancakes since they are easier to cook. Thank you Cassey for sharing this recipe in Blogilates! I always wanted to minimize consumption of ready to eat meals since I started to be more conscious of the food I eat. Here are the photos that I’ve taken while cooking and the final product. I used my ipad mini for the prep/ cooking photos while Sony slr for the final product.

 

From L-R clockwise (1) Beaten eggs and mashed banana (2) pancakes in the pan (3) First few pancakes that rolled (4) pancakes with berries

I ate these over breakfast with salmon and orange. Did I have too much? Anyway, you might find that the strawberries are still frozen because I was rushing. After the shoot, the berries cooled off a bit. I also added one tablespoon of Manuka honey on top.

I already included this as one of my go-to snacks. What do you eat over snack breaks?

Stay posi,

Jannel