Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chef Mom's Instagram Cookbook

Cherry Moriones Doromal

I just thought of compiling  and sharing  some of my Instagram food posts for homemakers out there. For this first batch, let me take you to our own kitchen. These are what we have:
Here's my #signature #pasta -- my #original #recipeusing "binagoongan bangus" in olive oil (#milkfishsauted in #shrimppaste) , garlic, black olives, chili pepper seeds or flakes, #secret #herbs and #basil, topped with #parmesan cheese. It's easy to prepare and I can #eat this regularly without #flavor #fatigue.#Yum

I wish I could share with you a taste of this. It's really good. I have other versions of this-- "gourmet tuyo" (dried herring in olive oil) pasta and spicy prawn anchovies pasta , also in olive oil, and my mussels,crab aligue and garlic pasta.

Today's #dish is a #classic in this #house : #Grilled#pesto #chicken breast #fillet with #cream #dip#lunch by #chefmom #bloggermom #cherrydoromal

Hubby to me: " Why is it that your cooking, no matter how simple, tastes like I'm in a 5- star hotel?" 

(Awww! Every good thing that comes from the heart yields positive results. I always have my family's health and enjoyment whenever I prepare dishes, no matter how simple)

My version--Chicken breast strips inspired by Filipino "bistek" (beefsteak) * Beef substituted by chicken breast strips* Try this: Marinate the chicken strips in soysauce, a pinch of cayenne and calamansi (or lime/lemon) for 5-10 minutes.Fry potato slices. Set aside. In a pan, saute garlic. Just after it starts to brown, add the chicken strips and stir fry. When half cooked, add onion rings, green beans, young corn (carrots: optional) and continue stir frying till it sizzles. Sauce: In separate bowl, mix soysauce water, a pinch of salt, half to a teaspoon of brown sugar, black pepper and flour. Add the mixture to the pan where the chicken and veggies are being stir fried. Wait till the sauce thickens and you're ready to go.Add fresh onion rings and fried potatoes on top. Serve with white rice. 

Tiger Prawns and mixed vegetables-- squash, string beans,bittermelon, eggplant, ladies' fingers,bell pepper --in cocomilk and green chili ...and yes, I cooked it! 


Lamb  Shank Caldereta #stew 

#Delicately #wrapped in a #paper #towel. "This is for you, Mom! I made it in #school." #Yummiest #Oreo #chocolatechip #cookie by my 8-year old #Zecheriah #internationalschool #class #demo for #chocolatemaking in  #ipc at  #mgis #internationalprimarycurriculum #choco #sweetlife #culminating #activity


Been craving for my own version of potato-egg salad for days... Finally, I found time to do this today (plus beet salad and grilled rosemary chicken breast).

Boneless chicken breast fillet adobo in turmeric, cocomilk and lots of cayenne for lunch (big fan of spicy food!) Kids' version has diced squash and less spices. Ooops, did I say I cooked it? 

#Exotic#food--They call it #limontud in  #Marinduque It was served to us  cooked in #coconut #milk by some #native #fishermen as #welcome #dish during our recent #visit to the #island. I never realized it's #endangered; though, it's abundant in the island where we went.  I'm  not sure if it's #leather #mushroom #coral. Anyone who can help me identify this #seafood?  #coralisland #mushroomcoral

My version of Super Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

Quick Affogato at Home-- I love my former school's Arabica blend. Using that, I brewed my own espresso and topped a scoop of vanilla gelato with it to come up with a perfect tasting affogato.  #coffee #affogato#vanilla #coffeeathome #coffeetime

I hope you liked this. Wait for the next Volume of my Instagram Cookbook. Follow me on IG:earthwideconcepts

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mommy Anecdotes from my Facebook Wall

Cherry Moriones Doromal

I was going over my previous blogs when I realized that my blog pages have been missing a lot of interesting stories which my friends and followers liked a lot; and  that out of convenience,  I posted those stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and never been transformed in a real blog. 

From September of every year to my birthday in January after New Year, my calendar days are normally blocked off, almost all in red, due to social engagements and special occasions in the family. Last November 11th, hubby and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. The series of celebration extended to our son Zecheriah's (Strong) birthday on November 20th.

Not only that we have the longest Christmas in the Philippines, we also have the longest birthday or anniversary celebration. Believe it or not, we had been booked to five more parties over the last  two weeks with our family, friends and loved ones in celebration of our wedding anniversary and Zecheriah's 9th birthday.

Anyway, for my personal record, and whether you like it or not, hahah, let me share with you this poem-letter I posted for my husband on Facebook:

(14th Anniversary Edition 2014)
Dearest Hubby Wilson,
For pampering me like a princess each day
For the trust and support you’ve given me all the way
For fearlessly choosing to be honest,
That you humbly share with me your deepest secrets
For your faithfulness and loyalty despite life’s most extreme tests 

For considering my happiness above all else
For giving me the kind of respect as promised since before
For being mindful of me in every major decision you make
For your constant sensitivity to understand how I feel
For teaching me to settle marital issues without fighting
For strengthening me in times of weakness or exhaustion
For being my ultimate best friend whom I can always rely on
For assuring me that I am your forever “adobo”
And that you won’t ever need “kare-kare” on the side
For your silly proposal to post “I LOVE MY WIFE “ sticker on your car windshield
On the condition that I also post "I LOVE MY HUSBAND" on mine (epic!)
For being naturally funny that you make everything so light
Most importantly, for giving me my two loving adorable sons,
And for completing my life …

I’m so blessed to have you as my lifetime partner. And we have every reason to celebrate another year together. Congratulations to us on our 14th wedding anniversary. Praise and glory to the Lord our God for all his favor.

In addition to  my personal journal,here are some Mommy stories I wrote on my Facebook status this month:
DEALING WITH TEENAGERS: My 13-year old son Zekie and I were in the mall yesterday to meet
with a client in a coffee shop. While walking,I didn't notice that I was holding him by the hand as if he’s a little kid being guided by the parent. Hence, my son called my attention and whispered to me: “Mom, you don’t need to hold my hand. You see, I’m now a teenager. I mean, I know where to go. I’ll just follow you.” At the first glance, he might have sounded right. And if fact, he was right. However, as parent, I wanted to show him another perspective where I said: “Yes, you don’t need my hand anymore to guide you; but, I need your hand now to ensure I don’t trip, fall, or slip. I’m wearing heels and my vision is blurry, too.” He looked like he was thinking. Then I added: “What a nice gesture it is for gentlemen to practice escorting the ladies and the elderly, or opening the door for them.” Without pressure... and voluntarily on his part, from then on that day, my young man escorted me everywhere I went.
LEARNING FROM THE KIDDO. I was checking on Zecheriah's lunchbox and saw some leftover cookies; unopened, though.These are the extra packs I send him everyday. ME: "Strong, you're growing up and you need to learn to organize and clean up your things."

 And so, he grabbed the lunchbox, collected and placed the chocolates and cookies in a plastic bag. 
ME: "So, where are you throwing all those?" STRONG: "Mom, these are clean food and unopened. I'm saving them for the poor." He left the scene, carried on with his computer games, without realizing that his innocent utterance of "I'm saving them for the poor" had been a remarkable lesson for the mom. 
DECLARING A HOLIDAY FOR FAMILY BONDING. Late Spa and Dinner on our 14th Anniversary--Zecheriah: Is it holiday on Tuesday Mom? ME: No. Why? STRONG: Because it's your anniversary, remember? ME: Ah okay. Then, let's declare a family holiday on Tuesday, 
My boys at Sunday Night Service--Why only in flip flops? Because they just had pedicure!
As per Pastor Ed Lapiz' message last night: " So what's wrong about having your hair curled  or finding yourself in a beauty salon when end times come? Life must go on. Don't fear the future. Fear God, keep His commandments and entrust the future to Him."
Thanks for reading. Let's celebrate life and be grateful for all things!

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