Saturday, February 23, 2013

Shrimp Stew in Unripe Mango (Sinigang na Hipon sa Mangga)

"A delectably new welcome," Billy, my husband, said as he sipped the soup from my newly discovered dish, Sinigang na Hipon sa Mangga (Shrimp Stew). 
I cooked this for dinner. I saw the recipe from the September 2012 issue of Yummy Magazine this morning before I went out for my usual Saturday routine. The original recipe calls for pork ribs but it was too late for me to find one of good quality from my favorite meat vendor as it was already late in the morning, so I bought shrimps instead. (I was too lazy to rise up early today. Not feeling well for the past days. Called in sick the other day after having trouble sleeping due to my allergic cough. Same thing happened last night that I woke up feeling so weak this morning. Good my husband went to attend the Men's Fellowship in our church and wasn't home 'til 9:30 am.) I've been coughing on and off and the itchy throat caused me to crave for something sour. This dish is just perfect!

This was the first time I ever tasted any sinigang dish using unripe mango instead of the usual fresh tamarind, guava or kamias (bilimbi) or tamarind-based seasoning powder or bouillon cube. 

2 tbsps cooking oil
1/2 k pork ribs, cut into large cubes (which I substituted with 1/2 k shrimps)
1 L water
1 pc onion, quartered
2 pcs tomatoes, quartered
1 pc unripe mango, sliced
2 pc Knorr Pork Cubes
1 pc green chili
1 bundle green beans
1/2 pc cabbage, cut into wedges
  1. Saute ribs in oil, add water, onion, tomatoes and mango and bring to boil.
  2. Add Knorr Cubes, reduce heat to simmer and add chili.
  3. Once pork is fork tender, add beans and cabbage and simmer until cooked.
As I mentioned earlier, I used shrimps instead of pork, so I used Knorr Shrimp instead of Pork Cube. I added a pinch of salt because I just used 1/2 Knorr Shrimp Cube. 

Now, can you think of another variation out of this recipe? How about giving it a try and sharing your own version? I would love to hear that!

The Crochet Dynamite

Looking for an explosive? in crochet bloggerdom, I mean? Search the net, if you will and find there's only one... that's Jaime Maraia. I'm a follower of her blog site, Crochet Dynamite.

Last month, she featured her Recycled Rose Necklace which has caught my attention. As I was looking for a gift for an old friend, I just found the necklace very enticing! Who wouldn't be? Look at this!
Photo of Jaime Maraia, the Crochet Dynamite
For my work, I also used yellow and pink yarn because I really love the one Jaime was wearing!
 But I didn't recycle the yarn... promise! Look, I still have plenty in my stash...
And I didn't have an old necklace string so I decided to use silver and gold elastic bands which I just tied at the ends.
 Thanks to your post, Jaime, a product of your explosive mind. I really love this! I just hope I'd see Gerald (short for Geraldine) wearing this one of these days. She said she will look for a perfect match so she could wear it. Gerald has a very fashionable taste, that's why.

Happy weekend to you all!

 Linking to Creative Design

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Hug to Inspire!

I've been a follower of Fiber Flux... Adventures in Stitching by Jennifer Dickerson. I find her patterns for neckwarmers, scarves and cowls simple and very easy to follow. The very first crochet project I did using her pattern was the Butternut Squash Neckwarmer that I gave away as a gift to an officemate who left the country to work in the U.S. last year. 

Just recently, I came across her post entitled, "Crochet Yourself a Hug! 10 Crochet Neck Lovelies Just for You". This features 10 scarves of different patterns and colors. Among these, the Fiona Button Scarf caught my attention. Oh, I so love the royalty of purple!
The Fiona Button Scarf by Jennifer Dickerson
The pattern gives instructions for two scarves, one for a 45-inch and another for a 60-inch long scarf. I made a 45-inch long scarf and it made another perfect gift for a friend.

Here's the Fiona Scarf I made using variegated yarn. 
I gave away the scarf without fastening the buttons as I found myself caught in so many activities for the past several weeks! Sorry, Ma'am Volet :(

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Falling in Love at First Sight

A very timely post for this month's lovers' day celebration. For this post, I am featuring the Pink Meringue Cowl by Jennifer Dickerson. When I saw this cowl, I fell in love with it in an instant. I simply love its color! 
Pink Meringue Cowl
Reading through the blog led me to the Free Crochet Pattern... Meringue Cowl, another blog which features the pattern Jennifer Dickerson used for the Pink Meringue Cowl.  
Free Crochet Pattern... Meringue Cowl

The pattern is easy to understand and the steps very simple, one could finish it in jiffy! But wait... I don't have that very same color as the pink meringue cowl in my stash :(( I would have wanted to make exactly one like that but I had no choice but to make do with the best variegated yarn available from the nearest craft store. The rainbow color, I thought, would match any shade of tops.

Well, I had to start working as time was running short... My, my, my, time indeed has run fast... so fast that I was left with only a few more days to meet my deadline. I had to give this cowl to an old friend during our  homecoming. That explains the near-panic mode I was in! But uhmmmm... that shouldn't be! 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Crochet, as my way of relaxing, has led me into a new discovery. Well, I just learned that one can crochet and, at the same time, think about the recipient of the crochet project and this creates a peculiar feeling. It evokes fond memories of the past... bringing into remembrance happy moments spent with the person... thinking about pleasant memories, thereby increasing one's endorphin levels, keeping you happy and healthy. See, there's a very strong fiber connecting crochet, love and health! 

But wait, I discovered that my friend doesn't like wearing cowls! Oh no! Not even on winter?!! So I told her to give the cowl to anybody who might like to wear it. Instead, I gave her one of these rosebuds which she immediately tied on her bag.

For these rosebuds, I used the pattern I featured in two of my previous posts--- Rosebuds as Identifiers and Rose GardenI'm quite sure many of you received red roses last week. I also did!  Such a nice feeling! :)) So how about keeping the sweet smell of red roses in the air the whole year through?!!! Go grab your crochet needle and yarn to make rows and rows of roses!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Spanish Dance

Hello there! Couldn't allow this weekend to pass without posting anything. Let me, however, veer away from the usual food and craft posts. This time I'm featuring my first ever original abanico (fan), pair of castanets and key holder --- all from Spain. Yes, Virgilio, my husband, just arrived after attending a week-long conference in Spain and brought me these stuff (actually, there are still others not included here). 

Hmmm... I'm excited to use my new Spanish fan :)) and the castanets! I remember wearing them when we performed a Spanish Dance number in grade school. Look at me (with Alice, my classmate) in our costume (mine was pink and Alice's was green) just before the performance! Would you believe that this photo was taken 46 years ago, when I was 6 years old?!! Old but don't you think it's cute?

Well, this picture simply reminded me of the Spanish Dance. The tune still reverberates in my ears. Click to watch video and dance to the tune.


Now, would you like to learn how to wear and use the castanets? Click here to read instructions. Then, watch this.
I just learned this myself only now since we just used a pair of improvised castanets when we danced. Now, I'm going back to my castanets to have some more practice.

Have a great week ahead!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Julie Ackerman Link's Just Enough

In today's (February 4, 2013) Our Daily Bread Devotional, Julie Ackerman Link's "Just Enough" reads:

I love writing for Our Daily Bread. I confess, however, that sometimes I whine to my friends about how difficult it is to communicate everything I would like to say in a short devotional. If only I could use more than 220 words.

This year when I came to the book of Matthew in my Bible-reading schedule, I noticed something for the first time. As I was reading about the temptation of Christ (Matt. 4:1-11), I noticed how short it was. Matthew used fewer than 250 words to write his account of one of the most pivotal events in all of Scripture. Then I thought of other short yet powerful passages: the 23rd Psalm (117 words) and the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 (66 words).

Clearly, I don’t need more words, I just need to use them well. This also applies to other areas of life—time, money, space. Scripture affirms that God meets the needs of those who seek His kingdom and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). The psalmist David encourages us, “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Ps. 34:10).

If today you’re thinking, “I need just a little bit more” of something, consider instead the possibility that God has given you “just enough.”
Photo from Google
Well, how's that? She just perfectly expressed the sentiment of anyone who has so much to share in just one article! And I could only concur with her in saying that she doesn't need more words but just needs to use them well. Great principle to apply for every writer!

Thank you, Ms. Ackerman Link, all the more, for the reminder that God has given us "just enough" for He, being the most powerful Almighty God, knows our every bit of need and has and never will ever commit the mistake of giving us anything less.

Have a great day, friends and rejoice in the thought that God knows what we need even before we could utter the words to ask of Him. :))