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31 August 2011

My Very First Giveaway!

I'm excited to announce my very first giveaway!

If you're the type who enjoys being creative, this giveaway is perfect for you. This giveaway is sponsored by My Memories Suite, a digital scrapbooking software.

What you need to do:

1. Join the Back to Basics Meme for all the Saturdays of September (This coming Saturday, the theme is Heads in the Street, instructions can be found HERE.) and follow my blog.
2. Like My Memories Suite on Facebook
3. Follow them on Twitter
4. Leave me a comment every Saturday that you are joining.


What's in store for the top entries?

1. The top winner for the month of September (voted as the best SOOC) gets a copy of the My Memories Suite absolutely FREE!
2. The second winner gets a $10.00 discount coupon for the My Memories Suite and another $10.00 discount coupon for downloads. A total of $20.00 discount! By the way, the coupon code that you will get is free to share with your friends and family.

My entry for ABC Wednesday

Brightest Blessings!

Halie



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30 August 2011

Weekend Feast | For the Love of Food and Everything That Is Holy!!!

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     Foodie Memories



Have you ever had something quite nice, yet when you try to find it you end up getting frustrated?

Here's the low down on this simple yet quite tasty snack. Hubby and I adore it, we can go through a bag in one day but after the first time I bought it, I had a hard time finding it again in the grocery. Why? Because the first time I saw it, I didn't read the label, I assumed that it was spelled correctly. Lo and Behold! When we went to the grocery, I found out that the reason for me not seeing at once is because it was spelled using "Text Lingo"!

For the love of food and everything that is holy, why can't they spell this thing right? I know that marketing strategists would say that it's all part of selling the product, to make it more memorable. I gotta say this though, if not for the packaging, I wouldn't even remotely think that this was the same snack that hubby and I bought the first time.

And now people are wondering why kids can't spell right or even construct a decent simple English sentence these days....

...tsk...tsk.

I miss those days when all you have to do is go to the grocery and everything is easy to find just because you can read and spell.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie




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22 August 2011

Weekend Feast | Tuna Omelet

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If there's one thing I love doing in the kitchen aside from experimenting on different dishes is preparing something easy which still tastes good.

Last Saturday I was able to do just that.

For the omelet

2 whisked eggs
1 small can of spicy tuna

Fry the eggs in one tablespoon of oil. Once the egg is cooked on one side, place the tuna in the middle of the omelet and fold the egg in half.

Top with some of the remaining tuna and serve with warm toast.

For the toast 

Half a loaf of bread
Spread butter thinly on the bread
Then toast to your liking


Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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17 August 2011

Disappointed and Disgusted

This blog has been in existence for about a year and today when I checked some of my posts I noticed that this blog has been toyed with. 

Two posts of mine had two photos changed into an icon of someone whom I don't know and when I checked on my badges, I noticed that one of them was changed as well into something that I would never even think of putting up. 

For that someone to take time to change the contents on this blog only means one thing, that person cannot write anything decent, take decent photos and even take time to put up a blog. Should you be reading this post, I hope that you do realize that destroying someone's intellectual property is a very low blow, it is disappointing and definitely disgusting.

I ask that you not destroy other people's hard work. Try respecting others, it works.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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15 August 2011

Weekend Feast | Yema Tart and a Slice of Cake

I wasn't able to join Weekend Eating last week, so in order to complete my 52 week food project, here I am again posting two weekend's worth of food.

Last week:

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August 7th hubby and I went to the grocery. I love the sweets from Sitsirya and one of my definite favorites is the yema tart. What I love about it, it's not too sweet and even if the yema is placed in tart cups you can still taste the milk of the custard.

This past weekend:

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Was hubby's birthday. To celebrate his birthday I cooked some pancit and we had some Capuccino cake from Goldilocks. Again, the cake was not too sweet and the mocha with the chocolate glaze made his birthday a little more special.



Brightest Blessings!

Halie



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14 August 2011

Food Photography Tip | Enhancing Your Photo

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If there's one golden rule that we all have to remember when it comes to taking photos is knowing our cameras. It doesn't matter if you're using a point and shoot camera, a bridge camera (point and shoot with manual settings) or a DSLR with a good lens, if you don't know how to use your tools properly then the plating, lighting and presentation of the food would not matter at all because at the end of the day we wouldn't be able to capture the food in a manner that would make it look really delicious and appetizing.

Now that we know our cameras a little better, let's talk about enhancing your food photos. When dining out at a restaurant we can easily take photos of the food because they are all plated and presented well. How about if you're at home and you want to take a photo of your food so that you could post it on your blog or website? 

The answer to the dilemma is enhancing your photos. Oh, no, we're not talking about taking your photo to your favorite editing software and edit it to your heart's content. Here are a few tips that you can follow to make sure that you get the best photo of what ever it is that you have prepared.

Presentation. To enhance your food photos you must present your food in a manner that would appeal to your viewers and readers. The basics of presentation would be, color, height and texture. For color, if you have ingredients in your food with multiple colors try grouping or arranging them in a sense that they would compliment each other instead of clashing with one another. Height, try to give your food some height, stick something edible on your rice vertically to draw the eyes of your viewers to other parts of your photo. Give your food some texture by arranging elements that have the same texture on one side and then another texture on the other side - give it contrast.

Once that you have these elements on your plate, enhance what you have by let's say brushing some olive oil on your fried food to make it glisten a little more. Let's talk more about how to enhance your presentation next week! 

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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05 August 2011

Cream Dory with Mayo Garlic Dip

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FTFBadge          

After tasting this fish for the first time, I said to myself, I'll look for other ways to cook this fish and make my own menu from it. So far, I have gotten around to at least three recipes and they were all edible. =)

For this dish you will need:

4 pieces of cream dory fillet
1 garlic head, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of unsalted peanuts, grounded
1 medium lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon each of thyme, basil and coriander or cilantro finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
About 5 tablespoons of Olive oil

For the dip:

1 cup of light/lite mayonnaise
1 garlic head crushed
1 tablespoon of coriander or cilantro
1/2 teaspoon of honey mustard sauce
salt and pepper to taste

To prepare:

> Marinate the fish in lemon, herbs, salt and pepper.
> While marinating the fish, heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan and toast the garlic along with the peanuts.
> Once the garlic is done, remove from the pan and set aside.
> Sear the fish on both sides first using high heat. Once both sides of the fish is seared, turn the heat down and continue cooking the fish until it is well cooked.
> Place the fish on paper towels to drain excess oil.

For the Dip:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

To serve:

You can serve the fish with freshly steamed rice, topped with the sauce and some toasted garlic with peanuts. Enjoy it while it's warm.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie





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02 August 2011

Memories with Thermos

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Foodie Memories


Today I'm not going to talk about food. Indulge me as I walk down memory lane with something else, although still connected with food.

I have said in my previous post that I, together with my husband attended the event that Thermos Brand hosted in cooperation with Shangri-La Plaza. When I got there I was surprised at all the new products of Thermos.

My memories start with having two Thermos jugs when I was in Pre-School. My mom used to pack two drinks for me in two separate Thermos flasks. The first flask contained Hot Milo because I always wake up late and I don't eat breakfast, she packs something with substance for me. The other one would be a flask with some cold juice or even water so that I don't get thirsty during my stay in school. This "tradition" so to speak continued until I was in 4th grade. After which, my mom would then let me choose my drinks and pack it in my bag, still using my Thermos flask. One thing that I can safely say, my flasks lasted for a long time.

Other things that I remember, at home, we always have a big Thermos flask to keep our hot water in and those flasks really kept the water warm until I arrive home from school. Mom would usually make me those instant oatmeal snacks using the water from the flask at home.

I can't speak for my husband, but we have talked about the brand and he has told me that he also had the same experiences as I did.  By the way, he fell in love with one of the new flasks which were on display during the Thermos event and his request, he wants one as either a birthday present or a Christmas gift. The only thing that worries me, it wouldn't be a surprise anymore, since I have to ask him which one he prefers, or if there's a new product out by then, he may want the new product as his gift. =)

Some may say that the products are quite pricey. This is my only rebuttal, if a product is quite pricey, but it lasts for a long time, then I prefer the pricey one. The reason, the costs of replacing something that breaks down within a short period of time would be a lot higher over time than buying something that is pricey but would last a long time.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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01 August 2011

Weekend Eating | Fried Chicken

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We woke up a bit late last Friday and while we were hurrying to cook lunch and my hubby's packed food, I remembered the chicken in the fridge and decided to make fried chicken.

To make it a little tasty, you know, avoiding the blah-bland and dried up chicken, I decided to boil it first in water with a little basil, salt, pepper and thyme. After boiling it, I rolled it in those store bought spicy chicken fry mix and deep fried it in oil.

For the dip, I decided to make a simple mayo and ketchup dip, adding some parmesian vinaigrette to it, that was it!

A simple meal that allowed us to enjoy lunch without making the hubby late for work.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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