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Litratong Pinoy #57: when it was over…nang matapos na…

this week’s theme for Litratong Pinoy is the ending. at the risk of being makulit (repetitively annoyingly redundant?) i’ve decided to spotlight the one post that seems to bring the most number of accidental visitors to baby rambutan…the mango mousse cake i baked when we were done watching the Korean telenovela, My Name is Kim Sam Soon.
this is the delicious multilayered cake that got her hired by the hotel owner Jin Hoon, by her very unorthodox audition of throwing it into his face.
my two younger kids and i were regretful when the somewhat wacky series ended, so the cake was a sweet reminder.
mango mousse cake redux

bilang pagbibigay ng parangal sa isang pahina ng blog na ito, na siyang dahilan nang karamihan ng mambabasa ay napapadpad o natatapilok papunta rito, kaya ko naisipang itampok na muli ang cake na ito…
ang katapusan, paksang #57 ng linggong ito ng litratong pinoy, ng isang katawa-tawa at katuwa-tuwang palabas ng yumaong Asian TV channel (wala na kaming paraang mapanood ang channel na ito eh) ang My Name is Kim Sam Soon kaya ako’y naudyok na magluto ng mango mousse cake ng mala-Bridget Jones na babaeng chef na ginampanan ni Kim Sun Ah. ito yung ipinalpal niya sa mukha ni Jin Hoon.
nabitin kami nung natapos ang teleserye, kaya parang nagbigay ng ginhawa ang paggawa ng cake na ito.

sana maulit muli na ipalabas ang teleseryeng ito, at sana makaluto ako ulit nito.
mango mousse cake revisited
ito ang larawan sa pangunahing post…
mango mousse cake 2
from the original post.

Litratong Pinoy#56: simula pa lamang (just the beginning)

this week’s theme for the weekly Pinoy photoblogging event is just the beginningtama ba ang translation ko mga katokayo?.
(another tough one, madam admin, you’re good at making us think!)
i chose this soup that husband and i had today at a new seafood restaurant serving food from the Fu Chou region of China. just starting out…
he and i are very wary of trying new restaurants. we just feel gypped each time that we try out a newly opened establishment, with no reviews to rely on, and then be presented with atrocious or measly servings.
yesterday he surprised me with a precious day off! we always try to sneak away to lunch if possible. pho? dimsum? cheeseburgers at that pub?
we settled, with some trepidation, on Ming’s Seafood Restaurant, Newport Avenue, corner Block Street, Quincy, right across from the Wollaston Station.
eel in ginger and wine broth
eel in red wine broth with ginger and wolfberries
right away we were struck when we read the first menu they gave us (there were three!). no English translation.
hmmm.
i asked for one, the server gave us two–one regular, one all seafood.
it was overwhelming. and much of the cuisine was unfamiliar to husband who is of Cantonese origin–he knows mostly Hong Kong-style cooking.
though we only sampled two dishes (fried rice noodles with seafood, and eel with red wine and ginger broth, both perfectly cooked and sauced and seasoned)–we are now determined to try out as many items on the menu as we can–razor clams, frogs’ legs, goose intestines, sea prawns, fried shrimps with tea leaves…they got us intrigued. that’s when we had a whiff of something great in store…we sensed the presence of a master chef on the premises.
simply the start of some grand adventures in eating.
you just have to open that door.

(maya maya na ang Tagalog po…)
tuwing may nagbubukas na bagong kainan di ba nakakaengganyong subukan at tikman, sabay nakaka-kaba rin, baka masayang ang pera at pagod nang pagdayo? ang ating oras at araw ay mahalaga, kaya nung ginulat ako ng aking kabiyak na siya’y hindi papasok nung Miyerkoles, nagpasya kaming kumain sa bagong gusaling malapit sa amin.
kami’y nahirapang mamili sa kanilang menu, para sa akin dahil walang Inggles, at para sa asawa kong pinanganak sa Kowloon, kung saan ang salita nila’y Toisanese at Cantonese (mula sa dating Canton at ngayo’y Guangdong) hindi niya kilala ang mga ulam na galing sa Fu Chou at, sa kanyang pandinig, ang salita ng mga maninilbi ay Fookien (hindi kami tiyak, pero ang alam namin ang nakararaming mga Chinoy sa Pilipinas ay katutubong Fookien din).
sa mga unang tikim ng mga hiniling naming dalawang putaheng pancit at sabaw kami’y namangha sa kagalingan ng tagaluto…malamang siya’y isang bihasang chef na natuto sa China, tunay na tunay: ang pancit ay hindi mamantika pero malutong at napakasarap ng mga lahok at salsa nito. ang sabaw ay tamang tama ang timpla, ang isda ay sapat sa pagkaluto. bukod tangi ang pagkain sa kakaibahan.
bukod sa mga pagkaing dagat–hipon, scallops, pusit, lobster,sea cucumbers, razor clams, tahong, talaba, iba’t ibang isda– meron ding palaka, bituka ng ganza, dila ng pato , atbp.

pihadong kami ay babalik balik sa lugar na ito upang tikman ang iba’t ibang ulam. ito ay tiyak na simula pa lamang ng mga bagong karanasan sa pagkain ng lutong Fu Chou. ka-akit-akit ang posibilidad na marami pang matututunan ukol sa lutong-Chino.

LP 8: ihip ng hanging malumanay: gentle wind

ang isa sa pinakapaborito kong tunog sa buong mundo, ay ang bulong ng hangin sa mga sanga ng kawayan.
hindi ko na ito naririnig dito sa aking tinitirahan ngayon.
pero ngayong medyo mainit-init na nang konti ang panahon at nakakapagbukas na kami ng (konting) bintana, muli ko nang naririnig ang mga bulong ng mga dahon sa mga matatanda’t matatangkad na punong kahoy na elm, maple, at oak sa tabi ng aming driveway.
ang aking mga anak ay madalas nang nakakahilata sa kanilang swing, palagi ko silang nakikitang nakatitig sa mga puno at dahon.
palagay ko nagiging mapayapa at malualhati rin ang kanilang pakiramdam, sa pakikinig ng tunog ng hanging malumanay.

mga iba’t ibang paniniwala sa pagkadyos o dyosa ng hangin.

humihingi ako ng paumanhin…
matagal na kong “absent” at di nakakasali sa Litratong Pinoy, dahil nga sa kakulangan ng oras sa isang araw. ako’y hiyang hiya rin dahil hindi ko nakayang dalawin ang lahat ng mga nagsisali’t nag-iiwan ng mga masasaya at mabubuting salita sa “comments”…salamat na lang at nakausap ko ang Bossing este Moderator ng LP, at sinabing sikapin kong sumali kahit di masyadong nakakapag ikot, alang alang sa samahan at kasiyahang naidudulot nitong lingguhang blog fiesta na ito…

one of the sounds i really miss hearing is the whisper of a gentle breeze swaying the bamboo trees, it is truly a peaceful and relaxing sound, the hush of the leaves and creak of the bamboo poles. it used to be my favorite lullaby on many a childhood summer day’s nap.

lately with the weather starting to warm up we’ve been able to open a few windows and my kids have started to hang out in the porch swing. many afternoons i see them just chilling, staring at the trees and daydreaming.

this is a photo of a terra cotta “wind god” i bought for our deck when we first bought the house convinced the bank to lend us a home-loan, twelve years ago. i thought at first it was a sun god but when i hung it up on the wall i saw that with its pursed lips and cloud-like curls….well at least it seems to be gently blowing a sweet kiss of a breeze, and not a roaring gale.

Litratong Pinoy 4: hugis ay pahaba (rectangle, oblong, elongated)

sorry, please forgive me, for not being able to do the rounds and return the visits, but i really do appreciate all the support for my silly little entries to Litratong Pinoy. i know it takes so much time but you all made such a great effort while i just could not manage to return the favor. thank you thank you. :wave:

ipagpaumanhin po! patawad po! hindi ako nakapag ikot ikot o sagot man lamang sa mga dumalaw dito nitong mga nakaraang Litratong Pinoy. maraming salamat sa pag-ukol nyo ng panahon dito sa bugnuting kusinerang t.h..

heto na lang, ang hirap mag isip,
sana nga eh isang buong pirasong HILAW na liempo
pero baka may magkasakit 😆 :fryingpan :stirthepot

pangpatawa, heto ang buntot ng aming kuting na pagkalikot likot at napakaharot.

Litratong Pinoy: apat na kanto (square)


bigla kasi akong ginutom at ang pinanggigilan ko ay adobong baboy, liempo sa katunayan…

yung talagang tabain at may balat pang mangangatngat? paraisong parisukat? bawal na pag-ibig ko?
paano na lang ang buhay, kung bawal itong pagkasarap sarap na barbeque at adobo at sinigang at….haaaaay.

hala bilis inom ng gamot na pangpababa ng cholesterol….

this is my entry for Litratong Pinoy #3…a square/a cube of fatty pork belly, which i will put into my adobo pot along with some chicken thighs.

tatsulok (triangle)

ang ganda ng salitang tatsulok…pinaigsing tatlong sulok. hindi nga naman puwedeng trianggulo dahil bukod sa Kastila yon, paputok pa sa Bagong Taon.

this is my entry for Litratong Pinoy 2, with “triangle” as its theme.




ta’s yung isa nanganak…
which is the regular size? is there a jumbo or a mini?

bilog-bilog, bola-bola

paw! paw! ampaw!
ampaw
natuwa lang ako nung nakita ko tong mga bilog-bilog na ampaw. alam ko nang masarap pero dati kasi mga hugis baton, noon ko lang nakitang bilog-bilog.
kaya nung binulong sa akin ng ginangThesserie ng Olandya :pug: na ang unang kabanata ng Litratong Pinoy ay “ako ay bilog,” ipapaskel ko sana mukha ko pero inabot naman ako ng hiya

ito na lang ampaw :bouncy .

sali kayo! ang daming mga nakakatuwang larawan…

this is my first entry for Litratong Pinoy, with its maiden/debut/premiere theme of “i am round”.
it is a round puffed-rice cake from Japan.
we call it ampaw (am-POW, rhymes with sow, & cow :glasses-slip: ).
check out all the other enticing entries at Litratong Pinoy. join in the fun!