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10 December 2011

Chicken Aloha Pasta



Pasta, one of my favorite dishes. Chicken - a great ingredient for a lot of dishes. Mix them together and there's something new brewing in the kitchen.

What you need:

1K pasta (cooked according to package instructions)
1 medium onion finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of basil leaves (finely chopped)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1K chicken breast fillet (diced) or 1/2K ground chicken
1 small pouch of pineapple tidbits
1 pouch of tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
grated cheese

What to do:

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then saute garlic and onions. When the onions are caramelized, add the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked, add tomato sauce - simmer for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on how thick you want the sauce to be). Add the pineapple (with the syrup) and basil - simmer again for another 5 minutes.

Serve on top of cooked pasta and top it with grated cheese

Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.


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02 December 2011

Burger in Olive Oil and Butter Sauce

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I've been looking for a good option to just frying those cute little delicious burger patties. Last week was experiment day and I was able to come up with this.

What you'll need

10 burger patties
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lite butter
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 teaspoon mayonnaise lite
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Sear the burger patties in olive oil and butter
Once the burgers are half done, add water, milk and basil - simmer
After 5 minutes add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper - simmer for another 5 minutes
Serve over hot steamed rice

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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30 November 2011

Natural Light Food Photography

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What's the best lighting when it comes to food photography?

Many photographers have different opinions when it comes to photographing food. Some would say that the best way to do it is by using a studio set up, combining different lights to create a great looking food photograph. There are those who would say that in order to make your photos look a little more natural, you can go ahead and place your food near the window to make use of natural lighting.

What do I have to say about it?

Hmmm, I'm not a professional food photographer, but I'm trying to learn the ropes. My personal favorite when it comes to taking food photos would be natural lighting. 

What do I do to get some appetizing photos?

I experiment with where I put my food. There are times that I place it on the counter, near the window. There are times that I choose to bring it near the stove where there is a lot of natural light. Then there are times that I would take the food to a spot in the house where there is a contrast of light and shadows.

What's the answer then?

If you love natural light, try and take advantage of all that it could bring to your photographs. Experiment with the placement of your plate, near the window, far from natural light or somewhere in between. Once you place your plate in a location, take photos from different angles, different sides then transfer to another location with a different lighting situation, take more photos then transfer again.

Once you feel like you have more than enough shots, transfer it to your PC and then look at them closely. Choose the one that looks more natural, colors, lighting, sharpness and everything else that you look for in a photo. And like what I always say, do not overdo the processing. Correct the white balance, contrast and sharpen it a bit. 

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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18 November 2011

Healthy Options at Kenny Rogers



When I embarked on this road to wellness I promised myself that I would not deprive my taste buds of good meals from different restaurants. The only glitch - I had to look for healthier options.

I wasn't disappointed when I went to Kenny Rogers because they serve great food which are healthy and are honestly quite affordable.

The top photo is hubby's meal. I tried the cheesy garlic potatoes and all I can say is YUM!

My plate which was called The Healthy Plate included the following:

1 Chicken Classic
All Veggie Salad - Solo
A Muffin
Fresh Fruits 
Regular sized Lite Ice Tea

all of which for only Php185. Great deal! How about the taste? Yummy! Healthy!

My verdict: Affordable healthy meals, great service and a bunch of choices for their healthy plate meals, I wouldn't hesitate to go back and try their other offerings.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.


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12 November 2011

Veggie-Corned Beef Twist


I get tired of eating corned beef the way that we normally cook them, sauteed in garlic and onions with some potatoes. Here's what I did to give this canned, processed meat a healthier twist.

What you'll need:

3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 small can of corned beef
1K squash, diced
1 can of young corn (drained) or 1/2K fresh young corn
1 small can of mushrooms (water drained, if whole, cut into quarters)
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves or 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil
1 pouch of tomato sauce
1 whole head of garlic, finely chopped (3/4 fried in olive oil)
1 medium onion finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Saute the remaining garlic (1/4 of a head) and onions in olive oil
Once the onion has caramelized, add the corned beef
When the corned beef is cooked, add the squash and cook it to your preference (we like ours half done)
Then add the young corn and mushrooms.
Put the tomato sauce in when the veggies are almost cooked, simmer for 5 minutes
Serve while warm and top it with the toasted garlic.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.


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10 November 2011

Quick Healthy Meals for People on the Go!

Today, I'm posting an article sent by Carolyn Knight from Blog Content Guild. Here's what she has to say

Leading a healthy life usually means eating right. However, eating healthy can be a challenge for some. With busy schedules and grueling work hours, people just don’t have time for food preparation. But you don’t have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen to eat healthy. Additionally, a healthy meal can be just as delicious as junk food. With a little bit of creativity and innovation, you can whip up some yummy, quick healthy meals! You never know, you may that perfect ingredient spices up your healthy, yet boring, recipe. Here are some ways to eat healthy, without disappointing your taste-buds.

Balance your Meals

It is important for you to make an effort to serve well-balanced meals when you cook up something in the kitchen. Every meal should include a wide variety of foods, such as veggies, fruits, dairy, protein, and grains.

Know your Portions

Always keep in mind that just because you are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle does not necessarily mean that you have to give up the good stuff, such as cakes and takeout food! The secret to maintaining a healthy weight, while satisfying your sweet tooth, is in portion control. Instead of taking a whole slice of pizza, for example, take half of it. This way, you are able to satisfy your yearning and, at the same time, cut your calorie intake in half!

Get in the Kitchen




Preparing a meal at home has a number of advantages. For example, when preparing a meal at home, you have full control of your portions. You can also guarantee that the food you are about to chow down is not loaded with oil, butter, and other unhealthy, fatty preservatives. It is good to eat out and grab some hamburgers once in a while, but nothing beats a warm, home-cooked meal! Maybe it’s a good starting point when you want to watch on your diet to minimize eating out and practice eating at home. If you don’t have much confidence in your culinary prowess, you can always search the internet for some new ideas and recipes to spice up your old favorite dishes. Try to be bold once in a while by experimenting with food that varies in color or by using exotic spices. A colorful dish is usually full of nutritional value. Purple and blue fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, resveratrol, and zeaxanthin. When you want something that contains Vitamin C and beta-carotene, go for yellow fruits and vegetables. These scrumptious fruits and vegetables can substitute for your typical starch. Rather than going out and ordering lasagna, why not prepare for a sumptuous eggplant parmigiana. Don’t be fooled, this recipe is really very easy to prepare!


Brightest Blessings!

Halie



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04 November 2011

Stir Fried Vegetables in Rice Wine



I always loved my vegetables when ever I go to restaurants and here's one of my favorites - stir fried veggies with a Japanese flair.

What you need:

1 small head of cabbage - coarsely chopped
1 medium onion - julienned
1 medium carrot - coarsely chopped
1/2 kilo of toge (mung bean sprouts)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of lite butter
3 tablespoons of Sake (rice wine)
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Heat a pan with olive oil, once the olive oil is hot put the butter
Put in the carrots until half done, then add the mung bean sprouts, cabbage and onion
Once the vegetables are half done, add the rice wine and season the the vegetables to taste
Simmer for 3 minutes
Serve as a side dish or eat as a full meal without rice

Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.



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28 October 2011

Appetite Restaurant Festival 2011, Last Part

I have cut this post into three parts and this would be the last installment of photos from the said event.

In alphabetical order, here are the other participants:

Cafe Provencal
Serves French Cuisine
2/F Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 631 8046

Appetite Menu Php 500.00

French Onion Gratinee
Grilled Chicken Provencal
Apple Tart Tartin

The dishes were great and I won't think twice to return to this restaurant.



Claw Daddy
Serves American Cuisine
Located at the 6/F The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 636 5679

Appetite Menu Php 699

Buffalo Wings
Choice of: Smoked BBQ Chicken Quarter and BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Dirty Rice or BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Fish and Chips
Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bar

The pieces were quite big during the launch (American sized proportion).


Cravings 
Serves International Cuisine
Located at the 5th Floor Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 635 6087

Appetite Menu Php500

Caesar Salad and Mushroom Soup
Chicken Ala Pobre
Baked Fish in Olive Oil
Mango Creme Crepe

Good salad for those who are conscious about what they eat. Quite a healthy platter for those who are on a diet.


Cyma
Serves Mediterranean Cuisine
Located at the 6th Floor, Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 637 3090

Appetite Menu Php620

Zucchini and eggplant, Zucchini flowers or Kalamarakia (served with Tzatziki)
Chicken Souvlaki served with parsley salad and pita
Moussaka served with roasted potatoes
Yiaourti Me Meli

The Moussaka was great. Can't wait to check out their restaurant even after the festival!

Green Tomato
Serves Italian Cuisine
Located at the 6th floor, Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 633 5348

Appetite Menu Php 600

Spinach Dumpling
Sausage and Shrimp Pasta
Four Cheese Pizza
Tiramisu

Another restaurant for my dining pleasure this coming November!

Pages Deli
Serves International Cuisine
Located at the G/F Streetscape, Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 477 4718

Appetite Menu Between Php500 and Php700

Set A Php500

Crunchy chicken breast with Mango and Papaya
Chocolate Mousse

Set B Php500

Mushroom or Tomato Soup
The New York Times Bestseller Sandwich (signature triple decker)
1 cup Chocolate Mousse
1 cup Coffee

Set C Php500

Turkey Greens (salad)
Journey to the center of the Earth (6" sausage sandwich)
Classic Cheesecake

Set D Php700

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast with Tomato Vinaigrette (salad)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Grilled Fish Fillet with 1 Cup Rice or Mashed Potato)
Bolognese Pasta
Apple Pie

Set E Php700

Onion Soup
Turkey Greens (salad)
Much Ado About Nothing (Quarter Chicken with 1 cup Rice or Mashed Potato)
Classic Cheesecake

Set F Php700

1 cup Mushroom Soup
Taming of the Shrew (Roast Beef with 1 cup Rice or Mashed Potato)
Belgian Chocolate Cake



Pho Hoa
Serves Vietnamese Cuisine
Located at 6th Floor Shangri-La Plaza
(there are other locations for Pho Hoa)

Appetite Menu Php500

Fresh Spring Rolls
Com Thit Nuong Cha Guio (Grilled Pork and Fried Spring Rolls with Rice)
Mango Crepe with Ice Cream


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Secret Recipe
Serves International Cuisine
Located at the 5th Floor Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 637 0367

Appetite Menu Php500

Minestrone Soup
Tom Yum Spaghetti
Grilled Black Pepper Chicken
Chocolate Indulgence

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Sing Hainanese
Serves Chinese Cuisine
Located at 6th Floor Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 577 7406

Appetite Menu Php500

Green Vegetables with Oyster Sauce
Fish Cakes
Hainanese Chicken
Coco Pandan

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Pepper Lunch (no photos, sorry)
Serves Japanese Cuisine
Located at Garden Court Level, Shangri-La Plaza
(02) 634 3231

Appetite Menu Php500

Miso Soup
Cut Steak and Burger (served on one hot plate with mixed pepper rice)
Koromitsu Ice Cream



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Brightest Blessings!
Halie






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24 October 2011

Weekend Eating at Lemongrass

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After the Appetite Magazine Restaurant Festival Launch, I made up my mind to visit some of the restaurants that participated in the said event.

Last Saturday, hubby and I did just that. I was able to taste the Appetite Sampler Menu from most if not all the restaurants at the event so I recommended that hubby order the sampler and for myself I had the Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich.

It was quite good, but it could definitely use a little more umph to it. 

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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21 October 2011

Appetite Restaurant Festival 2011, Part 2

Last week I shared some of the images from the launch of the Appetite Restaurant Festival 2011. Today, I'll be sharing the first three restaurants that I had the pleasure of tasting the food from. Without any further delays, here they are:

C2
Serves Filipino dishes
Location: 6/F Shangri-La Plaza
Contact Number: (02) 636 1510

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Appetite Menu Php500

> Ensaladang Prutas at Lato

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> Seared Tilapia with Coconut Emulsion

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> Pork Humba

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> Durian Brulee (no photo available)

The plates were near this participating restaurant so my friend Jenn and I decided to start our foodie tour with food from C2.

As we were getting our food, I asked the server to just put the tilapia on my plate. I can say that I enjoyed it and I wouldn't hesitate to go to this restaurant to try their other dishes. As for the pork and the brulee, I am avoiding fatty red meat and since I saw that there were chunks of fat on the meat I decided not to even taste it. Durian is something that I don't eat too much of. I can eat one piece of the candy but not all the time so I decided to not try it as well.

Crustasia
Serves Asian Cuisine
Location: Level 6 The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City
Contact Number: (02) 9104096

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Appetite Menu Php798

> Steamed Fish Fillets with Black Bean Tapenade (no photo)

> Hunan Cumin Ribs (no photo)

> The Grand Javanese Sampler

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> Indonesian Banana and Caramel Crepes

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When I got to Crustasia, I asked the server to put one piece of rib, a slice of the fish and one Javanese sampler. 

My thoughts

> The rib was good.
> The Javanese sampler that I got was a little oily.
> The fish fillet was spicy and definitely my favorite!

Lemongrass
Serves Asian
Location: G/F Shangri-La Mall
Contact Number: (02) 633 8481

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Appetite Menu Php500

> California Maki, Pork BBQ in skewers, Thai Tago with Water Chesnut (pictured in photo below far left)

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> Lemon Chicken Fillet with Tangy Sauce served with Garlic Rice

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The food from Lemongrass was superb! I was able to try the California Maki and the lemon chicken. You can actually eat the Maki even without the condiment/dip. The chicken wasn't dry and you can actually taste the lemon in the sauce.

As for dessert, I only tasted it from Jenn's serving and it was quite good. Maybe I should try going to Lemongrass during my diet cheat day so I can eat more of that gooey and yummy dessert. 

From these three restaurants I'd say that Lemongrass was love at first bite. I might visit their restaurant either tomorrow or Sunday.

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I was able to sample the food from 11 different restaurants at the event. I'll be posting the others in the next weeks.

The Appetite Menu from these restaurants is available until the 30th of November. I suggest that you try the food from any of the participating restaurants.

Disclaimer:

As fortunate as I was to be invited to the event which happened last October 13 all the opinions on this article are solely the author's and is no way influenced or asked by Appetite Magazine, Shangri-La Plaza, Mastercard or any of the restaurants which participated in the said event.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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