Sunday, April 19, 2015

Zucchini-Spinach Veggie Pizza

A few days before the Holy Week last month, I bought two packs of pizza dough, anticipating that my family, being pizza lovers, would go for a movie marathon at home during the four-day break. So here's what I did.

Ingredients:
1 piece Bambi Premium pizza dough
1/3 cup Del Monte Filipino Style tomato sauce
1/2 cup Mozarella cheese, grated
1/2 small zucchini, sliced thinly
1 large tomato, sliced thinly
1/4 red bell pepper, sliced
1/4 green bell pepper, sliced
2 tbsps button mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch spinach leaves
1/4 cup bacon, fried and diced
1 medium white onion, sliced thinly into rings
Quickmelt cheese, sliced thinly




Steps:
  1. Spread tomato sauce over the pizza dough.
  2. Sprinkle grated Mozarella cheese over the tomato sauce.
  3. Arrange slices of zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, mushroom, spinach leaves, bacon and onion rings on top of the cheese.
  4. Sprinkle mozarella cheese and top with quickmelt cheese slices.

         5. Bake in oven at 180 degrees C for 15-20 minutes until cheese melts.
         6. Serve with your favorite drink.

Here is what came out.






Now back to the movie marathon. 
Oh, wait, I made another one, but added more cheese. Here it is--- NO MEAT this time, just fully loaded with cheese!!!!


Hhmmm... yum, yum, yum! 
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Pan de Amerikana: the Upside Down Resto in Marikina City

Telling a person that he or she has turned one's life upside down gives a romantic undertone. But in this post, I use the expression in its literal sense. Take a look at this photo to get a clear picture of what I mean. 


Credits to The Woman and Her Exiguous Aspirations for this photo.

Now, see what I mean?  I wasn't able to take a view of the whole facade as shown above when we stopped over for breakfast in this place. I just had enough time to take a portion of the whole view. Look at the photo below.


This is Pan de Amerikana Bakery and (Upside Down) Restaurant located at 92 Ordonez Street, Marikina City where you can enjoy pan de sal and various breakfast menus anytime of the day. 

Map from Google
 This is what the place looks like up-close. 

The entrance

I know, I know, I'm not good at taking photos, but do you notice the unique design at the entrance door.




Come on in! 

Photo by Grace Kayanan

Near the counter, here's Mr. Chef with his information board featuring the holiday schedule of the restaurant.


For a change after so many years in the history of our hospital, the organizers of our summer team building this year proposed a unique and bright idea of enjoying a "Tour D' Art" escapade, to which a majority agreed. Our itinerary was set for us to have breakfast at Pan de Amerikana at 7:00 am. The whole team was very particular that we reach our first destination on time so each one was asked to place breakfast orders days ahead so that the restaurant staff could serve us all, more or less 30 people, on time. 


We were offered a variety of choices for both rice meal or sandwiches for breakfast. For the rice meal--- beef tapa, tocino, Ilocano longganisa, daing na bangus, corned beef and mushroom and cheese omelet. They also serve pan de sal sandwiches. Two pieces of large pan de sal for a single order! 

This is just one of the two pieces of pan de sal with tuna and hot coffee served to my seatmate.
Rice meal or two-piece pandesal sandwich plus coffee or hot chocolate or juice for P 100.00! 
Don't you think it's very affordable?

This was what I had for breakfast.
Mushroom and cheese omelet with rice and hot chocolate. 
While waiting for the food to be served, one could never fail to notice this nook where framed photos of selected veteran movie actors and actresses of different era are displayed.


Looking up, this design is seen underneath the roof where floral decorative vines are suspended.

These pieces of furnitures mounted on the ceiling are noticeably amazing!

A piano on the ceiling??!!
And a dining set, too!
No, no, no, you're not seeing any magic here. See the photo on the left below. That's me reaching for the table hanging on the roof.

Now, look at the photo on the right. Oh, yes, you're right, that's still me, turned upside down. Don't you think it's cool? 

While waiting for the others to finish their meal, there was enough time to survey the area. I didn't feel the need to use the rest room but I managed to take some shots outside. 

That's me standing just outside the rest room which was rated 3/5 by one of my colleagues. Furnished with mirror and bidet, with the wash area located just outside the comfort room.


A couple of sink with adequate supply of water and liquid soap.

There were other displays to view around the area. 



Well, it was a nice experience we had in this place. One-of-a-kind exteriors. Unique interiors. Good ambiance. Scrumptious food at an affordable price. Clean rest rooms. 

Hey, look what I found! 


Here's a screen shot of their page featuring our group having fun during breakfast.

You are welcome to LIKE their page. Click here to view.

Time to leave now to have more fun in our next destination, the Pinto Museum in Antipolo, Rizal. See you there!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

What's in His Blood for You and Me?



    My family came home from the Good Friday Service in our church tonight. The choir rendered a number of songs, in between preaching and reflections on the Seven Last Words of the Lord Jesus Christ, as they have always done every year. They didn't sing this one in particular but the lyrics of the song have been reverberating in my ears for days now. 
       
    "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
    Sin had left a crimson stain,
    He washed it white as snow...
    I'll wash my garments white 
    in the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb."

    The verse below would make a perfect sequel to the lyrics above.

     "...And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)

    The power to cleanse, indeed, is in His blood. "In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Hebrews 9: 22)

    Such power in the blood that was shed on the Cross of Calvary! Have you allowed the blood of Jesus Christ to make a difference in your life? See this... a perfect illustration of the cleansing power of His blood. I am so blessed to have found this animation from google.

    The blood of Jesus
    1. Are you washed in His blood? 

    Saturday, February 21, 2015

    Of Dragons and Lions: The Taoist Temple of Cebu City

    Enjoyed an extra rest day this week, Thursday, having been a holiday in celebration of the Chinese New Year. I've been seeing greetings all over. Kung Hei Fat Choi. Gong Xi Fa Cai. Gong Hey Fat Choi. Whether or not they mean the same, I really couldn't tell. My great maternal grandfather is pure Chinese, making me 1/8 Chinese. Sad to say, I haven't learned any Chinese word since birth although when I was a kid, my parents slightly entertained the idea of putting me in a Chinese school. 

    Since last week, I've seen Chinese dishes featured on TV. Chinese New Year preparations--- noodles, rice cakes, or anything sticky. Dragon and lion dances, too! 

    All these brought to mind the Taoist Temple my husband and I visited in Cebu City, one of the oldest cities in my very own country, the Philippines. Located in Beverly Hills, this temple was built in 1972 by the Chinese community in Cebu. Sincethen, this temple, a center of worship for Taoism, has fast become a famous top attraction among tourists, with its very expressive bright red and green color scheme and pagoda-style rooftop. 


    From afar the temple looks like a replica of the Great Wall of China. It was just a pity that I wasn't able to capture that image.


    At the entrance, tourists are welcomed by this large post


    and by this dragon.


    I am neither a devotee of Taoism (a religion that follows the teachings of Lao Tze) nor of Lao Tze (the famous ancient Chinese philosopher) but the climb up the 99 steps of the 300-meter high temple that is open to non-worshipers somehow gave me a glimpse of how Taoist devotees conduct their worship inside. 

    That's my husband going ahead of me. He walks fast, while I sidetrip to get some photos.


    He who walks ahead gets the first pose on cam!

    Oopppsss... this warning must have made me subconsciously over-cautious that I missed taking photos of the other beautiful views around...



    ... such as the panoramic view of the city from the balcony of the temple, I was just able to catch this. Not a very good angle eh?


    Just outside the temple sanctuary, this information board oriented me on the Taoist ritual.


    First, they wash their hands as sign of cleanliness. Barefoot, they light joss sticks, kneel with joss sticks on both hands and pray for guidance and enlightenment. Then they hold a pair of wooden blocks, one in each hand, flat side up. Before asking the question, problem or wish, they have to request permission if God is ready to accept the question in mind by dropping the wooden blocks on the floor. They ask the question, problem or wish, one at a time. The answer to the question will be according to the position of the blocks: 


    If the blocks of wood show a YES, one could make a wish or ask a question. If not, then it's either NO or MAYBE. NO means one has to come back another day and ask again. MAYBE means that the question, problem or wish is not very clear so one has to simplify the question and ask again. If the answer is NO or MAYBE, one can also consult the monks in the temple. 

    After the question, problem or wish has been granted, one has to kneel and express thanks to God for granting His blessings and graces in life.

    Up on the roof of the temple, dragons are on guard in every corner. 
    Just staring at the colors so amazed me!


    Oh, wait, I was also able to get this view of a lion sitting at the entrance of the temple hall, unceasingly watching the two dragons. It took me several attempts before I finally succeeded at it. 


    Dragons in Chinese mythology and folklore are legendary creatures that take several animal forms such as turtles, fish and other imaginary creatures, but more commonly depicted as four-legged snake. While the dragon symbolizes power, strength and good fortune, the lion, a relentless fighter is known as the King of Beasts and is a symbol of strength, superiority and leadership. 

    I don't know why but I just love looking at the photo above. Maybe because while I took the shots I had in mind this verse that says:

    "... Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed..."
    - Revelations 5:5

    Happy weekend, everyone! 


    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Ensaladang Mustasa

    It's back to work today, after five days of rest, something I've been looking forward to. As if the  long Christmas holiday vacation was not enough :) Well, days just seem to fly so fast! Thanks to the additional non-working holidays brought about by the Pope's visit to my country, the Philippines. I had time to relax, stay at home, bond with family and yes, sort picture files in my computer. In between social networking, of course, I cooked for my family. With my husband home, there has to be fish and vegetables on the dining table. There was a bunch of mustasa (mustard) leaves left in the vegetable bin. What could be a better and perfect partner to fried fish than Ensaladang Mustasa (Mustard Salad)?



    Very simple and easy, here's how I did it.

    Ingredients:
    1 bunch of mustasa leaves
    Rock salt
    2 medium-sized tomatoes, sliced
    1 small onion, sliced thinly
    3 tbsps vinegar
    Iodized salt, ground pepper and sugar to taste

    Steps:
    1. Cut mustasa leaves into one-inch strips, wash and drain.
    2. Squeeze mustasa leaves lightly with a little rock salt.
    3. Mix together mustasa, tomato and onion slices.
    4. Add vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar according to taste. Mix all ingredients together.
    5. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving with fried fish and hot rice.


    See, I told you, it's that easy and simple. Enjoy this salad as appetizer!