Sunday, May 17, 2015

Simply Mixed: French Beans with Zucchini and Chinese Cabbage

Saturday morning. Late breakfast... again! Not in the mood to go marketing but my hubby asks for fish for lunch. So to the market I must go! I really did.

I was fortunate to buy my favorites--- tuna, salmon belly and white pampano. 

Next stop, the veggie stall. But wait, my favorite veggie vendor is gone! Her stall is closed! Sad! That meant I really had no other choice but to visit the next stall. Looking at the vegetable display while thinking of a dish to prepare for lunch, a different kind of string beans caught my attention. The lady vendor said it's French beans (haricot vert or filet beans, ooopppsss, the veggie vendor didn't tell me that. I google searched for the term :))

Definitely not green (Baguio) beans. This type is longer, thinner and crisp. They look skinny and shorter than the regular long string beans (sitaw) commonly seen in the market, I was intrigued all the more when the lady said it's best for salads, though she gave me another idea--- sauteed. 

Excitedly, I went home to try my new dish.

1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 large tomato, sliced
shrimps, peeled
1 bunch french beans, ends removed
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1tbsp leeks
3-5 tbsps water
1/2 small zucchini, sliced thinly
1 small eggplant, sliced
salt and ground pepper to taste
2 small bunches of bok choy (Chinese cabbage), end of stem removed


  1. Place oil in pan.
  2. Sautee onion, tomatoes and shrimps.
  3. Add french beans, oyster sauce and leeks. Add water. Allow to simmer for one minute.
  4. Add zucchini and eggplant slices. 
  5. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
  6. Add cabbage. 
Look at this! I was able to hit the perfect crunch! Hmmm... I just love it!

Fried fish is an ideal match! Oh, I regret having bought only 100 grams of the French beans. They must be good with butter, garlic and herbs, too!

Happy weekend!
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Confessions of a 90-year-old Mother's Daughter

Everytime I read and receive greetings about mothers and Mother's Day, I couldn't help but feel awkward and embarrassed. Firstly because I am far from being the godly woman described in Proverbs 31: 10-31. Secondly, because I have been guilty of defying God's command in Ephesians 6:1. 

Last Sunday, as it has always been every Mother's Day in the past years, our church honored all mothers present during the service. I felt my heart crushing as I joined the other ladies who were called to occupy the first few rows of pews. Yes, I managed to smile and greet back all who greeted me, though deep within my heart was crumbling in humiliation. 

Surprisingly, our Pastor didn't preach about the Proverbs 31 woman. Instead, he expounded on the first nine verses of Proverbs 31. These verses talk about King Lemuel's lessons of chastity and temperance, lessons he learned from his own mother.

I confess I haven't been a good daughter during my childhood and teenage years. I am no exception to delayed obedience and other antics or offenses children commit against their mothers (parents). I would make studying or doing my homework a good excuse for not doing household chores. I would miss meals if not allowed to attend parties during and after graduating from high school. Today, human that I am, I lose my patience with my 90-year old mother's forgetfulness, especially when she asks the same questions over and over again, everytime she misses her medicines. It irates me when she confuses night with day, when she would repeatedly ask where we've been or where we are going and when she gets up from bed several times at night to take a look if everybody has arrived home.

How I hate myself for losing my patience and reacting negatively to all these changes my mother is normally going through. Praises to God for His own patience, forgiveness and saving work of grace in my life through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, without which all my sins would unceasingly haunt me to death. 

Here is a photo of my mother in her early years.

Well, my mother was literally my first teacher. Not only did she teach me my ABC in first grade, she also taught me how to read musical notes, do mathematical operations using decimals, run a sewing machine and dress a chicken even before my other teachers in grade school did. Best of all, she inspired me to fall in love with a classic and special craft that has caused me to constantly chase the rainbow. Click this link to read why. Oh, but don't forget to get back here to claim your Mother's Day treat! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Kilawing Labanos (Sauteed Radish): A legacy from my mother-in-law

Today, while reviewing some old posts in my dashboard, I came upon this article I posted almost three years ago. Click this link A Legacy from my Mother-in-Law to read. The post features a recipe book owned by my husband's mother that he (Billy, my husband) gave me after we got married. Tomorrow, being Mother's Day, I thought of making a sequel to it by featuring a dish I learned from this book. That is to honor its owner, the woman whom God used to bring to life my husband, even if I never came to see or know her in person. 

So here, I'm featuring the original recipe of one of Billy's favorite dishes found in Aling Charing's recipe book. Oh, here's my disclaimer for you who might also own this recipe book. I took effort at translating the recipe because almost the whole book is written in Filipino.

Kilawing Labanos

8 medium-sized radish, sliced thinly
1/4 kilo librillo at lapay ng baka (may substitute shrimps or pork)
1 onion
3 tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
miso (soy paste)
fish sauce according to taste
1/2 cup water
ground pepper


  1. Wash librillo and lapay. Boil until tender while preparing other ingredients, then cut into chunks.
  2. Sautee garlic, onion and tomatoes in oil. 
  3. Add librillo and lapay
  4. Add soy paste. Season with fish sauce. 
  5. Add 1/2 cup water. Allow to simmer.
  6. Add vinegar and ground pepper just before the radish is cooked. Do not mix until the water has boiled. 
During our first few years of marriage, I tried this recipe using pork chunks and pork liver instead of librillo and lapay and without miso. But since Billy recovered from mild stroke several years ago until now, I have learned to substitute pork with fresh tuna chunks which he would still mistake as pork. 

Have you tried this dish before? If you still haven't, you're  simply missing so much in your dinner table!

Happy Mother's Day to you, and you, and you!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Simple and Easy Crocheted Friendship Necklace

Inspired by Oombawka Design, I attempted to make my own version using almost the same color but different shapes for the bead frame and the beads. This is what came out.

I wanted to send a gift to an old friend but I've been going home late from work. I didn't have much time to go out and buy something so I browsed through my Pinterest board, Crochet Patterns I Like. The goal was to look for a pattern that I could do in one sitting because the kind lady who offered to bring the gift was leaving the following day. I had to finish it before my eyelids drop for the night.

Oombawka Design's pattern for the Simply Easy Crochet Necklace was exactly what I was looking for. Simple and easy to make, indeed, it was! Instead of the usual friendship bracelet as souvenir, a friendship necklace it has become. Symbolizing a long-lasting relationship, I thought the circular bead frame I found from my stocks was just perfect! Not only that, the chain around the neck could be adjusted to make it longer or shorter. Nice color, too! I enjoyed crocheting this because the pattern was very easy to follow. 

Oh, by the way, I received these from my friend. 

Letters and pastries from Rena

Then a few days after I sent her this letter with necklace enclosed, she sent me a PM, saying that she received and liked the gift. 

Look, here are photos of her wearing the necklace. Isn't that cute? Perfect on her white blouse!

Thank you, Rena, for sending these photos to me :)  :0  :))

Thank you, Rhondda, for sharing your pattern! Looking forward to making another project with you.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sauteed Corned Beef with String Beans: Fast Food Meal

This is one of those days when I would prefer to just spend more time in bed but I'm left with no other choice but force myself to get up to fulfil some domestic duties. One, prepare food. Two, the garbage. 

Opening the cupboard oftentimes offers a speedy solution. I see a can of corned beef grinning down at me. The veggie bin also has more to offer. There are string beans. So after frying three eggs for a late breakfast for my two daughters and myself, I use the same pan to cook the corned beef. Presto! Lunch is ready!

1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 can corned beef
1 bunch of string beans, cut into 2 inches long
salt to taste

  1. Spray oil on pan.
  2. Sautee onion and tomato slices. 
  3. Add corned beef. 
  4. Add string beans. Allow to simmer until string beans are tender.
  5. Add salt according to taste. 

This is one such good idea if you are looking for a simple and easy dish. Exactly what busy moms and beginning cooks need.

Oh, yes, I was just right on time in bringing the garbage bag out for the garbage truck to pick up. So now, I jump back to bed for some social networking. May yours be a relaxing weekend, as well.
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