2017 Week 35: Resting When I Can | Unstable Food Budget

August 21-27, 2017

Last Monday, August 21 was a holiday. I spent some hours cooking the vegetables I bought in Baguio. The rest of the day was spent just relaxing aka surfing the net.

Last Wednesday, I went to the grocery to pick up some items aka more kitchen appliances and kitchenware (steamer and Pyrex baking dish and mixing bowl because these were on sale) and roasted chicken for my packed lunch and dinner this week.

This is another long weekend but I just spent it in the apartment. I did some domestic chores on Saturday. The rest of the day was spent watching movies in Netflix. I’m taking advantage of the one month free access teehee.

After mass on Sunday, I dropped by the grocery store to buy some groceries again for next week’s packed lunch and dinner. I was able to steam the fish and vegetables. I have marinated the chicken and I’ll bake it tomorrow. In between cooking, I was also manning the washing machine. Talk about multi-tasking haha! It worked because I was done with both chores after 4 hours whew. The rest of the day was spent watching 2 movies again haha.

I was consistent in bringing packed lunch and dinner in the past two weeks, and I plan to do so as long as I can. However, I am always shocked every time I pay my groceries. It’s so expensive to buy everything in the supermarket. I wish there’s a nearer wet market in my place but there’s none. Therefore, I need to review and adjust my budget. I know I need to reallocate more for groceries now. I don’t know how much yet. Oh, I have an idea. I think it will help me if I record all I groceries for my meals every week. This will give me an average of how much I spend each week. Ok, yes, I’ll do that. This is also a practice for me in preparing a family budget in the future haha.

Steamer

↑ My new kitchen appliance. I’ve used it earlier to steam fish and okra.

Pyrex set 2

↑ This Pyrex set (baking dish and mixing bowl) was on sale at 30% off. I paid less than Php 1,300.00 for these 2 pieces.

Pyrex set 1

↑ Another Pyrex set (loaf dish and pie plate) on sale at 30% off. I paid less than Php 1,200.00 for these 2 pieces. I bought this two weeks ago, together with the oven.

DreamStove

↑ This is the gas range that I want. It’s stainless so no rusting as per sales agent. It’s expensive though. And all gas. I’m not sure if I should instead buy the model where it’s a combination of electric and gas. Which should I get? Need to research more.

Anyway, that’s it. Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

2017 Week 34: Weekend in Baguio 

August 14-20, 2017

I went home to Baguio last weekend for some family time.

I went out on Saturday with some of my nieces for some errands which I was not able to do in Manila.

We dropped by the grocery to buy some food.

We also dropped by Ace Hardware to check out their paints. I am planning to repaint my room but I can’t decide which color is best for the long term. I’m leaning towards blue/grey/bluish grey. There are many shades. I don’t know which shade I want.

I made the mistake of painting my room with several shades of blue and green. But the multicolored room is turning out to be not the best especially for small rooms. It just feels so “busy”. I want something that has a calming effect, hence the repainting plans. Plus, it looks dirty because of the sealer they’ve used before with cracked walls. I talked to my brother about it and fortunately, he learned something from a carpenter and there’s a remedy to conceal all those unsightly patches. Whew.

It was my grandchildren’s christening last Sunday and I was one of the sponsors. It was good to be home again after more than a month. The uncles and aunties were not complete but at least other cousins still joined us.

I made a quick trip to the hangar market to buy some vegetables – Baguio beans, potatoes, zucchini, broccoli. I wanted to buy more because it’s cheaper there but it was too heavy.

The BF and I had a short “we time” aka dinner before my trip back to Manila. I opted to return earlier even though it was a holiday on Monday to get some rest.

Enjoying her ride.

Someone’s enjoying the ride. Php 35.00 for around 3 minutes.

We time

Spending some quality time at Don Henrico’s.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

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:

RoastedVegetables1

RoastedVegetables2

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.

ChickenBeansPesto1

Meals on repeat? No problem! Just eat.

ChickenBeansPesto2

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

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