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January Recap

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I have gotten a lot of blog ideas listed in my cutesy little notepad but the some circumstances do not allow them to materialise. Major culprit? My laptop. I have to recover first my blog files in my external hard drive because apparently it isn’t MAC compatible. Well, that’s my problem and I’m going to get it done in the next two weeks.

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I actually don’t believe in signs or apparitions but the early weeks of January hit me real hard that made me think “Oh man… 2016’s gonna be an unfortunate year for me.” Let me share the unimportant news that I spent New Year’s Eve in my room while watching Scandal and blowing my stuffy nose as if my it’s part of the firework mess happening at that moment. To make things more interesting, I was all alone in the house. Apparently, the family went to the grandparent’s abode and I have zero energy to come.

I was sick and nearly dead for two weeks. The mucus coming out from my nose and mouth (because I was coughing really hard too) was really unusual in colour, sometimes with blood. I was so close to checking with the doctor but my condition got better along the way.

A week immediately after going back to 100%, I decided not to be a “lolo” and join some friends for a night out. I got drunk, drove the motorcycle home, and went home with blood in my arms, knees, and chin. As of the moment, my wounds have finally healed but these big scars will forever be chiseled in my skin.

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I always find time to go out with the family every time I have my rest days and there’s no better way to catch up over good food. This month’s yummy finds were Santouka’s ramen and katsu set and fresh pasta dishes from a pasta place in Solenad 3. Lol, I’ll have to work on my memory but that place is pretty on point.

On the other food news, I have an intense craving for cereals. The past week, I have been eating it with soy milk or almond milk for breakfast.

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I had my first consumption using my own salary. I finally bought a Macbook after doing research online and asking friends for recommendations. I was contemplating on getting one since my work do not require an extra personal computer because the company has provided us our own station PCs. But most of the time, I have to do some personal work (including blog work) and some other things that I can’t do in my phone feel better if  I use a laptop like…

  • Netflix
  • Torrent
  • iTunes and Spotify
  • Reading fics

Did you get my logic? Me too, I don’t get it.

Lately, I have been watching on Netflix, mostly food documentaries. As much as I want to spazz over NetflixPH, I guess they still have to up their catalogue. For now, I gotta Torrent and Chill. lol

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I bought my dog some fancy collar. *u*

Adieu January. To February. :)

Food, Recipe

Summary of Vegan Recipes (+ Bonus Short Courses)

In the course of my 30-Day Vegan Challenge, I am able to create & recreate, copy & modify, and experiment on recipes that would fit the “diet” I’m in. I have said this a million times already but I really don’t consider veganism a diet but more of a lifestyle. Anyway, I have shared in this blog over 5 recipes that cater to the prerequisites of a vegan dish. I’m making our lives a bit easier now because I’m curating all of them in this post plus a couple of bonus short courses  that are also vegan friendly.

HUMMUSHummus is arguably the best gift of Levantine cuisine to humanity. It may also be the strongest proof that the tastiest things don’t require complex processes to achieve. With chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and garlic, this dish can be rustled up in a food processor and be ready in under 10 minutes.

Get the recipe here.

CORNSOUPCorn Soup (Gulay/Ginulay na mais) may be a tedious work with shredding the corn kernels from the cob itself but it definitely doesn’t fail in flavor. Suam Mais as called by the Kampapampangans, it’s often cooked with a variety of vegetables such as eggplants, okra, and squash blossoms. This dish also appeared on Erwan Heussaff’s instagram page.

Get the recipe here.

CURRYThis Vegetable Curry uses regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower which makes it an absolute carb loader. Make it protein packed by switching your vegetables to broccoli or brussels sprouts. Although best served with hot rice, this Indian dish would still taste as good on its own.

Get the recipe here.

PAPAYAThe secret to a flavorful Papaya Stir Fry is the freshness of the papaya fruit itself. The flavor profile of the papaya will speak for the dish but often complimented by spices like spanish paprika.

Get the recipe here.

CHOCOBANANAThis Chocolate Banana Cake is the culinary amalgamation of banana bread and caramel bars. It’s moist and dense which makes it a good pair with hot chocolate or tea in the morning. Also, it’s twice as tasty when chilled for a few hours.

Get the recipe here.

PANCAKEVegan Pancakes with Chocolate Glaze is one breakfast food I’d love to make again. Maybe the second time around, I’ll do away with chocolates and go with berry compote and vanilla crème fraîche instead.

Get the recipe here.

GRILLEDBURRITO This Grilled Vegetables Burrito is straight Mexican cuisine flavor profile. With the touch of cumin and chili powder, these summer vegetables remove your desire for meat-filled burritos. Bonus? Served with fresh salsa and guacamole.

Get the recipe here.

 

 Bonus: Short & Quick Vegan Courses

1 Brown rice macaroni pasta (from Healthy Options) tossed in homemade marinara and thick cut potatoes double fried in canola. Served with tomato ketchup.

Tweak option: Shake fries with vegan parmesan (roasted cashew nuts + nutritional yeast + salt) cheese before serving.

4Coarsely chopped cauliflower sautéed in olive oil, seasoned with salt & pepper, spanish paprika, and mustard powder, and served with rice corn (RiCo as branded by SM Supermarket). Rice corn is cooked like a normal rice.

3Whole wheat tortilla pizza in two kinds. First, olive oil based, topped with minced garlic, tomatoes, and basil. Second, marinara based, topped with grilled eggplants and caramelized onions.

22Linguine in garlic, fresh tomatoes, and capers in vinegar. Sprikled with chili pepper flakes and chopped basil. This is my personal favorite because it’s really quick and easy to toss in everything.

 

I can’t believe I underestimated the food options of veganism lifestyle. As this post shows, vegan dishes are not confined with vegetables alone. Yes, vegetables do comprise the majority of ingredient choices to cook a vegan food but let us not forget that there are all kinds of grains, hard pasta that comes in different shapes, and even mock meats (not tofu) that could make your plate as exciting as a non-vegan meal.

 

Food, Recipe

Vegan Pancakes with Chocolate Glaze

I love and like pancakes. Well, who doesn’t? They may or may not be my most favorite thing/food right now. I just woke up one sunless morning looking for pancakes (less bacon, lol) in my kitchen. What I basically know about pancakes is that there are store bought ready-made mixes where you just add water and egg to create the batter that you would carelessly pour on your griddle. Yes there’s egg, so that automatically cuts short of the vegan rule.

I tried making pancakes before and they ended up like soggy pieces of crepe. I remember that they resemble much of the “hotcakes” sold in the neighborhood where they smother a piece with margarine and a lot of sugar. Don’t get me wrong but those hotcakes are equally devouring as well. But hey, my tummy is screaming fluffy pancakes, not those. I thought I’d figure out what makes “just add water and egg” mixes fluffy. The culprit? Baking powder. I was right. Continue Reading