What’s Cooking: Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Notes:

  • Recipe from here.
  • You can technically roast any vegetable but you need to group together those that are cooked almost at the same time to avoid over-cooking.
  • I made the mistake of scrimping on olive oil for the first batch, hence resulting to a semi dry roasted vegetables. I put more oil on the second batch and they turned out better. Eh kasi mahal ang olive oil kaya tinitipid-tipid ko pa nung una hahaha!
  • I roasted sweet potatoes, carrots and squash together. I roasted the bell pepper separately. I overcooked it. Must shorten roasting time.
  • I did not have fresh herbs as required by the recipe so I replaced them with dried ones. It’s still flavorful. I’ll try the fresh ones next time if available.

My version:

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Despite the hiccups in cooking, I enjoyed eating these. It’s filling. I usually just have this for lunch and most of the time, I only get hungry after 4-5 hours.

What are you cooking?

Mylene

What’s Cooking: Chicken and Beans Pesto

I have recently decided to try preparing my own food and not rely too much on fastfood/restaurants/cafeteria food every time I go hungry.

I am not a good cook but it’s a necessity to at least know the basics so here’s me embracing an adventure in the kitchen.

I will not be sharing my own recipes. I’ll just share where I got them and some lessons learned when I tried it hehe.

So, last weekend, I labored in the kitchen to cook this week’s meals, mostly for lunch and dinner. One of them is the Chicken and Beans Pesto.

Notes:

  • Recipe source from here.
  • I always wondered why cherry tomatoes are expensive so I never bought them. Now I know. They taste so good!!!! The recipe is simple but adding cherry tomatoes made it more yummy!
  • I saw another version from here. Her version of not mixing everything with pesto is also a good idea because you get varying tastes in one meal. I’ll try that when I cook this again.
  • I need to be more careful next time not to overcook the veggies.
  • I cut the beans shorter so that it’s easier to eat.
  • Next time, I’ll cut the chicken into smaller cubes and lessen it too. I’ll just add more beans.

And here’s my version.

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Meals on repeat? No problem! Just eat.

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Meal at the work station. Ooops, I was halfway through when I remembered to take a picture.

Note to self: look for a beautiful place mat or table cloth to use as background for food pictures hehe.

What are you cooking?

Mylene

2017 Week 33: Weekend Cooking | Virtual Jamming

August 7-13, 2017

The BF is singing in the background as I type this. I was surprised when he called maybe an hour ago. I was saying hello but he was not replying. After a few seconds, he was singing. Looks like he’s out with friends and they are jamming. Ok, so this is our way of “jamming” together too hahaha. I also sing along if I know the song.

His second song was a song I told him to sing for an occasion in the future. Looks like he still remembers. Very good. Plus pogi points hahahaha. And while he was singing that, I was just smiling and shaking my head at the same time and I had to stop what I was doing for a while eh kashe kinilig ako ng slight besh  😛  😛  😛 . Pagbigyan na.

The vegetables are still roasting in the oven. I still have one batch to go. Since I don’t want to eat pork this month, I decided to prepare some of my meals. While I love chicken, I don’t want to eat it everyday hehehe. Plus, I want some vegetables in my meals. It’s tiring. But at least I now have food for the whole week hehehehe. And I am able to road test the Hanabishi electric oven that I bought last week. So far, so good. I have not busted it yet due to ignorance in operating it hahaha!

I need to prepare a month’s worth of menu. This will surely be tough. I haven’t tasted anything that I cooked yet. Saka na if naka-schedule ko nang kainin hahahaha. It’s edible but I’m not sure if it’s palatable of other people’s taste buds. Cooking doesn’t really love me but now that I’m making the effort, hopefully maging friends man lang kami hahahaha. Dear future husband, don’t say I didn’t warn you, ok? I already did so many times hihihihi.

I also want to bake. This is what I want to do more than cook viand. But sugar, sugar, sugar. Hay. I’ll look for low sugar / low calorie recipes first, if there is such a thing. But then again, just thinking about the frosting, that’s a lot of cream already hehehehe. And it will be a sad-looking cake or cup cake without the frosting. That’s my dilemma hihihi. Any suggestions for a diet-friendly cakes and pastries? Thank you in advance!

We had a very long day at work last Friday. The team is getting bigger. We are now more than 30. Hence, the leaders need to re-strategize the team’s management. But first, we had to align our understanding on what each post is supposed to be doing. It was a long discussion but it was all worth it because we accomplished our goal. Plus, we had free snacks and dinner courtesy of the office hehehe. Nadaan na naman sa pagkain hahaha!

Friday Goodies

Pa-ration last Friday ni Mayora aka boss hehehe! Thanks, boss.

I went to my friend’s place again last Tuesday because the Palawan friend was here for a seminar so a get-together is a must.

I don’t have any other interesting stories except that the BF’s phone went bonkers 30 minutes ago, hence cutting our jamming. And I’m not yet done with the roasting. And there are still a lot of utensils to wash. And it’s already Monday again hahaha!

Thank you for all your blessings, dear Lord.

Have a great and blessed week ahead, everyone. Cheers!

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 32: Saturday Work | Oven Shopping 

July 31 – August 6, 2017

Some of us had to go to work on Saturday because we are a bit delayed with the project. There are too many findings but I’d like to already deploy the system so that it’s out of our plates. Crossing my fingers for lesser bugs this week.

Weekend

My vacationing OFW niece came to Manila for some errand. Thanks to TNVS, I didn’t need to fetch her at the terminal. I just had to book and monitor to make sure that the route is towards the apartment and not somewhere else.

After mass on Sunday, we went to the mall to check out convection ovens. I just want to try to homecook my food and have some variety in food preparation. I’d like to have roasted chicken and vegetables, bake some cookies, cup cakes and baked mac and lasagna! I was with my friend and she let me promise her to make sure that I use the oven often hahahaha. Opo inay hahaha. I bought the Hanabishi 40L.

Hanabishi

My new kitchen appliance which I MUST maximize its use hehehe.

And let me just say that I am really a noob when it comes to baking hahahha. I don’t even know which basic pans and other baking stuff I need to buy hahahaha. My friend and niece helped me put together. So I also bought a mixing bowl, muffin pan, measuring cups, and lasagna and pie glassware from Pyrex. The items from Pyrex were bundled and on sale at 30% off. I’m planning to get the other glassware from Pyrex the next time they are on sale.

We also went to Dad’s for merienda. Since I am on a no-pork this month, I had limited options of what to eat. However, I was still full by the time we were done hehehe. Ang hirap magdiet talaga.

The end.

Have a blessed week ahead.

Peace,

Mylene

August 2017 Challenge 

I have 2 challenges for myself this month.

  • NO pork for the whole month. Only chicken, beef or fish. Given this, I need more options for food as the office cafeteria may not always serve chicken or beef or fish.
  • NO clothes shopping. This one, I am thinking until end of this year unless there is an item I need that’s not in my possession right now. I want to save my shopping budget so that I can go on a shopping spree maybe next year hahahaha.

It’s just the 4th of the month so let’s see how things will work out.

Peace,

Mylene

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