Monthly Archives: September 2006

my new “toys”

#1son, usually stoic and strong, felt ill on Monday morning while getting ready for school. we had to insist that he stay home to nurse his fever and headache, and after a couple of long naps and lots of liquid to drink he felt better around noontime. “can you bake me something Ma?” i was going to play with my new toys anyway but his “lambing” (Tagalog word, hard to translate, roughly meaning “seeking/exhibiting signs of affection”) made it all the more compelling…

white chocolate raspberry cupcakes

white chocolate raspberry muffins, baked in my new jumbo (1 cup) muffin pan

chocolate rum babas

chocolate rum babas, in mini bundt pan

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pitong kanta(lang?!) (7 songs tag)

i’ll be back with some new food. we HAD to have some more pancit molo dumpling soup, perhaps due to the changing season–rain, winds, leaves starting to fall. or perhaps there’s something in the combination of flavors? whatever it is, my kids are requesting some more. while i roll out more dumplings here’s a little musical break.
i tagged myself as one of the immortal goddesses (only in my mind) from Atinna‘s 7 favorite songs. and webNinang thess has a truly amazing story to tell in her songlist, so i got to thinking of putting one together here.
“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal/blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.” i snuck in one more.

1. Regine-Rejhzeeeen-Velasquez….i have been on such a Regine jag lately, can’t get enough of watching her sing live and watch how her love for her craft shines through. “love is stronger far than we”originally Chuck Mangione and Esther Satterfield…Regine and a guitar and a flute, live.(songs i used to despise, i now enjoy, like words get in the way,”orig. of Gloria Estefan, because of Regine’s renditions).

2. noong unang panahon, originally heard from Leah Navarro, from “Tales of the Manuvu” musical play, here performed by Kuh Ledesma. more complete here! (updated 28 Sept. 2007)

“Bathala, gumising!
tuyuin ang luha! ng nananawagan,
at nagpapaawa…”

(“Divine Being, awake!
dry these tears
of those who call for your aid
and plead for mercy…”)

3. Esther Satterfield and Chuck Mangione, “Soft.” a sweet lullabye.

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4. Joe Jackson and his amazing piano, breaking us in two and “will you be my number 2?” will you be my number two? me and number one are through…”

[audio:http://e-writings.com/babyrambutan/audio/2.mp3]

5. Hot Chocolate, “i believe in miracles…”you sexy thing!”

6. Clazziquai Project,She Is lyrics are in Korean but this song is stuck in our brains, even husband is whistling it while he works…hehehe. from the “My Name is Kim Sam Soon” soundtrack.

7. Jose Feliciano, I wanna be where you are

😆 am so old, really. :grandma: i need a place to hideaway…. :fryingpan

(links are italicized & emboldened… :yes: )

i’m tagging grumpy, dopey, happy, sneezy, bashful , sleepy, and doc.

a friendly email meme

“Participate with me on this. I only sent this to folks whose answers are bound to be clever! This is what you are supposed to do, and try not to be LAME and spoil the fun! Just give in and do it. Copy, not forward, this entire e-mail and paste it into new email. Change all the answers so that they apply to you then send this to a whole bunch of people you know *including* the person who sent it to you. Put your name in the subject. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known facts about your friends. It is fun and easy … questions to answer.” Continue reading

just like Granma’s

pancit molo

pancit molo

i have never done it this way before, which explains why i never got the same results as i remember from Granma (ma’s ma).

i’m back after what seems like such a long break.

we’ve started out first full week of school, and the kiddies have sort of adjusted, somewhat. waking up at the crack of dawn. lunch boxes and backpacks set up near the door. (i don’t have to go up and down the stairs as often, checking in to see if they’ve really shaken off their dream states).

i find myself in a strange situation: three kids in school full day….ho hum what to do what to do (twiddling thumbs). i couldn’t sit still even! but i’ve caught up with some of my neglected housekeeping duties at least :grandma:
i tried to sign up for a free 1-hour “introduction to Word” at the public library. i walked in, and whoa! stopped in my tracks. standing room only, and it was a roomful of er, retirees. you know, greyhaired like moi…but they were even more so. (sigh, it must be part of the hard times for everyone. 70-somethings looking for work? i hope they’re just trying out new things to learn). i bowed out and went to the cook book section instead.

i’d been cooking comfort food almost daily, trying to shrug off fatigue, sniffles, allergies, KSP-itis (ayan para huwag maintindihan ni waswit, nyuknyuk), headaches, the blahs…
it’s also getting prematurely chilly, let’s make soup! everyone is sneezy and sniffly from ragweed pollen and from the sudden temperature changes.

i borrowed Gerry G. Gelle’s book, Filipino Cuisine,–first time i ever saw it on the shelf! it was always out–(hehe you know who you are! thanks for letting me have a turn tita C-heehee!) and looked through his recipe for pancit molo (dumpling soup) and decided i’ve got to see if this is how Granma did hers. with some modifications. i did not add in finely chopped water chestnuts or jicama–i don’t like to have crunchies in the dumplings and used less salt and fish sauce.
i remember Granma’s broth was light and clear with just a tiny bit of oil. at parties she’d serve them up piping hot in her fanciest china cups, and her granddaughters (we were more takaw than the boys eh) had a fine time juggling our plates and cutlery and finding a comfy place to eat. a lot!).
pancit molo filling:

1 pound ground pork

1/2 pound shredded cooked chicken (i used the meat from the bones i used for the broth)

5 shelled deveined shrimps (my kids don’t like it too much)

2 tbsps. finely chopped scallions
1 tbsp. finely chopped garlic

1 small white onion, finely diced

soy sauce, salt, pepper

1 egg

square wonton wrappers (i used PF brand “shanghai style”)
chicken broth

fish sauce

scallions for garnish

early in day prepare your favorite chicken broth. i used 2 meaty chicken carcasses (sold in my Chinese grocery in bags of three for $1.20. you can use other cuts like skinned chicken leg quarters, or breasts if you must, just make sure there’s bones). i added 2 shallots, 1 garlic clove and whole peppercorns. season with salt and ground pepper.

mix all the ground pork, shredded chicken meat, finely chopped shrimp, scallions, garlic, onions, egg, soy sauce, salt and pepper. set aside at least one half cup of filling for finishing the broth. wrap up the bulk of the filling in the won ton wrappers by spoonfuls into the middle of the wrapper, moistening edges with water then folding over in a triangle. press edges to seal thoroughly. cover finished dumplings with moist paper towel or clean cloth as you work to keep them from drying out.

if you have extra wrappers snip them up into thick flat noodle shapes–this i learned from celiaK’s Lasang Pinoy launching post, “yellow confetti pancit molo”. wonderful touch because my youngest just loves them noodles!

for the broth:

saute 1 tbsp. finely chopped garlic and 1 thinly sliced white onion until garlic is golden brown and fragrant and onions are transparent. add the reserved filling and cook until browned and shrimps are cooked.

pour in about 10 cups of chicken broth, season to taste with salt or fish sauce, and bring up to a boil. add the dumplings, bring back up to a boil, stirring very gently so as not to break them up. cover and let cook about 12 minutes (depending on their size).

garnish with finely sliced scallions. serve hot.

result: yes, this is it. sopas ni Granma. i had always skipped the sauteeing part in my desire to cut down on our sumptuous oil consumption. i used just the minimum i could get away with and it turned out tasty and satisfying and…brought me back to Granma’s house.
lunge hot cups of molo soup, Singalong, MNL…