Change

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I used to not care at  all. Way back 2012 I was  living a very comfortable life, I have a successful career, i am earning  enough that I could afford the things I want, We  have travelled out of the country once, We can afford out-of-town vacations for our small family. Back then I couldn’t care less about the political environment of our country because I believe that for  as long as I and my husband  work hard we could provide for our family and have a little excess for leisure here and there. But accidents happen, and it is something we cannot really foresee and avoid , and yes, after that very unfortunate experience I am still alive to see things unfold in my country and in my own backyard. And it has changed my views entirely. I have become more practical, prudent, resourceful, vocal and super emotional. I have become in touch with the reality of the government’s role in each and every lives of Filipinos  specially those living in the poverty line.God has bestowed me with a generous family and with that we have managed to continue living comfortably, although it is still  a struggle, it is not as difficult as compared to others who really  can’t even afford to eat twice in a day. That is why I am very passionate and vocal about the support I give our current government because, honestly, I have seen real and dramatic change already, only those who are blinded cant see  that,  rather refuse to see that.I have been thinking of ways on how I could help even in my own little way, help our country, help our fellow Filipinos. believe it or not I cry at every indignation i encounter even just on social media.just this morning I shed a tear and my heart bled on the story of the 2 old T’boli farmer Renato and Amiya who escaped the cruelty of Hacienda Luisita.

tboliThese farmers left Mindanao on the promise of a good wage in return for working at Hacienda Luisita. But unfortunately nothing of that sort happened, they were not fed, they were overworked, they were not even compensated. I was so angry hearing their story that I wanted to smash Kris and NoyNoy’s face together until they bleed, isama mo na si Bambini.

Back to my previous thought of thinking of ways to help our country. Well, about a month ago I launched our small business Kali’s Kitchen, no this is not a plugging. I have always thought of having a business and it always gravitated towards food, retail and service, because its something I’m good at (self-proclaimed) haha. I actually wanted my own cafe and believe it or not I have all the plans, idea, concept, all that, ang wala lang ako ay pera. But I know in my heart mangyayari yun, hindi man ngayon, maybe in 10 years? 15 years? basta, bago ako mamatay mangyayari yun. So since, nag iipon pa ko ng pera for my cafe I will focus on making Kali’s Kitchen successful.And in my own little way I know that I am contributing to my country by patronizing fresh produce of our kababayan farmers .We buy from the market the vegetables i use for my products and the tuyo as well of our beloved fisherfolks. At least kahit sa maliit na paraan nakakatulong sa kanila. I mean I could go back to selling imported goods  (bags,perfume) which I used to do since its also easier to do and has a higher profit .Honestly, making bottled tuyo and atchara is a really tiring thing to do, specially with one hand , at the end of the day I am left with a sore  shoulder and an aching back  but all of those things seemed trivial when I receive positive feedback from those who have tried the products.Actually, I have sold  a lot already but
I have yet to see any profit since I’m selling it at  a very modest price.Sometimes I’m thinking itutuloy ko pa ba? (sorry, this is the pms talking). Pero talaga this early naiisip ko yun.

But when I think about the impending school year keber na lang sa pagod at puyat. tuloy natin to.I cant give up this early parang tanga ko naman. haay nawala na yung train of thought ko shet, I cant even relate my post dun sa title na nilagay ko enebeyen. Pasensya na po, at 1:27pm hindi pa nag breakfast sabaw pa ang utak at ayan inaantay ako ng ginagawa ko.

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Ayan I remembered it na, After experiencing something really dramatic you get in touch with your humanity that really, when you think-  you think not only for yourself but you think of others as well. would you believe it? I have become patriotic that even listening to Lupang Hinirang makes my eyes water, I know drama right?

Change has indeed come upon me.and I will not top saying whats in my mind and in my heart marindi man kayo sakin.So please yung mga sumusubok idestabilize ang gobyernong ito makakarma kayo! ‘itaga nyo yan sa bato! Tutubuan ng kulani buong katwan nyo mga leche kayo!Hindi ako makakasama sa rally pero hindi ako titigil murahin kayo at isumpa mga pinaggagagawa nyo! Yun lang! Bye!

 

 

 

 

Give it a try

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One thing I have learned from testing recipes is that: you wouldn’t know until you try.I have never made atchara in my life. Yesterday was my first attempt to try making one, and although it tasted ok, I wasn’t satisfied so I had to make a new batch with a few tweaks here and there. I was also hesitant to try tasting the brine solution just because its brine for crying out loud, but how can I know if it’s the right mix if I won’t taste it right? So I went ahead and tasted the brine, and I was glad I did. You see, We all do things the first time, all of us, first time to ride a bike, first time to color our hair, first time to travel alone , first time to dive into a relationship. And whatever the outcome of those firsts, at least you  have some kind of benchmark to refer back to. Just imagine if you didn’t try you wouldn’t even know that ash brown is really not your colour or that heartache is indeed a part of loving someone and that travelling alone is such a liberating experience.

As with my case, if I didn’t try making atchara I wouldn’t be able to realize that I could give those popular brands a run for their money. char.

 

 

Gourmet Tuyo

Necessity is the mother of invention. Just like how the Wright brothers successfully invented the first airplane in 1903.they werent satisfied with just a glider . they wanted something more powerful so they worked on the propulsion system  and as they say, the rest is history. So what does an airplane got to do with tuyo ? Well, first I think that out of necessity gourmet tuyo came about because of course we know that tuyo doesn’t really smell as nice as it taste, and it doesnt sit well with a lot of people. Secondly, it’s not easy to transport something that literally stinks, of course people doesn’t want to be embarrassed getting held up in the immigration office of an airport in a far away country you wanted to bring that dried fish to. And lastly, not all people have the diligence to get up extra early in the morning just to fry a stinky fish  and have the house smell so bad. And so the birth of gourmet tuyo. Today I’m making a batch for my brother-in-law who’s going back to Riyadh tomorrow. I have already achieved the taste I wanted for my gourmet tuyo after numerous testing and  sampling. I wanted something that is salty, aromatic, a little sweet and has a little tanginess so i don’t need to dip it in vinegar. Guys, I really worked hard for this kaya bumili kayo ha hehe. I also used only the best ingredients . unlike some gourmet tuyo in the market which substitutes corn oil for evoo, i only use pure extra virgin olive oil and for now im still using smoked paprika from Trader Joe’s o di ba soshal? hehe, ngayon lng muna inuubos ko lng, next time baka Mc Cormick na lng which is ok pa din nman. To those waiting for the availability of my gourmet tuyo, konting tiis na lng malapit na promise. may pa antay pang ganap hehe. marketing strategy lam nyo na

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Kali’s Kitchen

I have decided to make good use of my time and help Lay (the hubby) with finances by putting up a small home-based business(that i hope you will all support). At this stage I am actually testing recipes first to make sure that hindi ako mapapahiya sa inyo. Yesterday I made Gourmet Tuyo in would you believe it? extra virgin olive oil, soshal di ba? oh well, wala kaseng regular olive oil so I made use of that for the meantime. We will be able to taste the sample by Saturday pa cause according to instruction it needs to sit for at least 5 days to incorporate all the flavors.Aside from Gourmet Tuyo there are other goods we plan to make, and with the help of a genetous aunt we are able to buy a big oven for this endeavor, thanks auntie! So far, here’s the list:

SAVOURY:

Gourmet Tuyo

Atchara

Chili Garlic Oil

Bangus  Sardines, Spanish Style

SWEETS:

Food for the Gods

Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Bread

Carrot Bread

Cream Puff

I am so proud of myself cause I was able to make our own logo, yun nga lang may watermark  :]

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Now Back to Regular Programming

Now back to regular programming…
I have read from a Facebook post that there’s going to be a Maginhawa Food Festival on the 11th of October in celebration of Quezon City’s 75th Anniversary. We have been frequenting this area so many times in the past. The first resto I’ve tried here is Pino and how I loved their Iced Tea, well actually Pino is in Malingap St. close enough to Maginhawa. . it was more than 3 years ago I think so the details are kind of hazy. But the sisig taco and the Bagnet kare kare was something vivid that even if 3 years have already passed the memory of the oiliness and crunch of the bagnet is still vividly imprinted in my palate.
After a year, we heard about the “make your own” burger concept resto and we were excited to try it out it was The Burger Project. The burger is great, concept was nice too. And the fact that you can name your creation was something awesome. But for the 5 times we went here. I never got the chance to name my burger creation and I was always getting the same ingredients – Pesto sauce for me, BBQ for Lay, bacon, mushroom, gruyere cheese, tomatoes, and mozzarella. So what does this translate to? Yes, I know I’m boring. I like the same things over and over and I never get tired eating the same stuff all the time. Just don’t give me adobo twice in a week. , except perhaps for the adobo Lay makes. Which according to our bolero son is the “best ulam” ever.
We’ve heard of a Mexican concept joint in Maginhawa from a friend so off we went and God I was so happy. I finally got to eat Chimichangas again. Since Mexicali closed in SM Fairview I miss eating their Chimichangas. I don’t know with you but I associate food with people and memories. Eating Chimichangas brings back our college days in UST when we would frequent Miggy’s in Dapitan. I remember Renee, Derrick, Ces and Rachel. I also recall going to the billiards place we usually hang out to to while away traffic which was near Miggy’s.
Actually that’s just an introduction. I am actually writing about a food find we (Lay and I) chanced upon three weeks ago. I am a carnivore. Bow. I will never be a vegetarian. I eat my veggies but I cannot for the love of God be on an all-vegetable diet. So when we bought this burger with vegetable patty. I thought to myself – I could have a change of heart. If all vegetable could taste like this I’m willing to give up my meat.
GburgerGood Burgers is a simple burger joint beside Mexican Express. The place lacks frills and frou frous but I don’t think it’s even needed. The taste of the product will transcend all lack of design this place has. menuEven the menu is simple. You have a choice between veggie and chicken patty. I find the chicken patty a tad too salty. For the three times we ate here I got the same BLT – I told you I’m not very fond of variety and changes. If I have found “the one” I don’t go looking out for another.
The place has a table inside and two tables outside for those who smoke. I just realized now why did I even brought up the food festival when for sure if we do go back to Maginhawa we would find ourselves staring at either the menu of Mexican Express or Good Burger.