Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Daddy's Girl Through and Through


After being separated for almost 1 year, my dad and I are finally reunited!

My day started super early today. I barely slept last night. The weirdest thing happened during lunch time yesterday. We were in the middle of the meal when I started having a weird feeling and I started having goosebumps in my arm. When I looked up the clock in front of me I realized it was just in time for Dad's arrival in Manila, Philippines. I called him and he told he was doing good, despite travelling alone and he would call me when he landed in Qatar. That was supposed to be at 9PM last night, but I never got the call. I tried to call him, but the calls wouldn't push through. I figured that there was something wrong with the Roaming Service of his cellphone carrier, but my husband told me he had taken care of that. Turns out, the Roaming Service was never activated.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Good News, Finally!!!

After months of getting bad news, my luck has finally turned around. It all started with the wonderful news I received through mail the other day about my job exam, which I passed with flying colors. I am waiting to receive a mail for my next exam which is a Language and Informatics Evaluation.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Quick Fried Rice

I'm home alone tonight! DO and TH are invited for dinner at a friend's house and the kids are out with their friends. I have the house all to myself, but most importantly, the kitchen all to my lonesome self! It doesn't take me long to decide what I want to cook for myself tonight. Why My Quick Fried Rice? Because I wanted to use soy sauce and fish sauce - both with a very strong smell and best handled with when no one else is at home. You can bet I had the windows and doors open to air out the kitchen after cooking!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Red Beets Salad

It's funny how one can change. Growing up, I remember how I hated HATED red beets! My dad doesn't really like red beets, but from time to time he would make some for me to try. I don't know why, but I hated it. When we moved to the Philippines, I was red beets-free because we couldn't find any. A couple of weeks ago, I finally got to meet again my enemy. LU has planted some in her garden and likes to give us some occasionally. I've eaten them several times now and honestly I love LOVE red beets! Served with a simple vinaigrette, this is probably one of my favorite salads right now!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Steamed Potato and Cauliflower with a Creamy Shallot Sauce

My stay at my sister's house has been very beneficial to me. Not only do I get to stay with my family, but I've also gained a lot culinary-wise. DO has shared with me her family dishes. One of these is actually a side dish that she likes to make a lot when she serves steaks.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I passed the first exam!

Today is a good day. For the past week, I've been waiting for the postman to pass by every day. I've been waiting for my exam results. I went to the mailbox this afternoon, exactly one week after I took my exam, and peered through the peep hole. A small white enveloppe. Uh-oh, I thought to myself, I've been expecting a big white enveloppe - I most probably didn't pass the exam. I quickly open the letter with my trembling hands. Immediately, the first words my eyes see is "...You have successfully passed..." Yes! Yes! Yes! The news spreads like wildfire and I get congratulations the rest of the day. It isn't a job yet, but the first obstacle has been passed. It leaves me with the Language and Informatics Exams. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that. I've had little luck since I got here, that just for now I don't want to get anxious for the next step yet. We'll see.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Raspberry Mascarpone Mousse

My inspiration for this recipe was a dessert DO made for us a week ago. Her dessert was a Raspberry Layered Tiramisu. It was made with a layer of whipped mascaporne and a layer of raspberries. We still had some leftover mascarpone in the refrigerator and I thought I would make something tonight. If I didn't, that mascarpone would have most probaby ended up in the trash and I didn't want that!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Day with the Job Exam

About a month ago, I was invited to a group meeting for a company that was recruited a big number of persons in the Metz area. I attended, listened to the job description and its benefits, and signed up for the next step. The next step took place today.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Whoever said life was easy was dead-wrong!

I woke up this morning and saw that my family in the Philippines tried to call me several times. Afraid of getting bad news, I immediately called back. Dad was happy to share that he got his plane ticket for France and he would be leaving at the end of the month. I could tell he was excited. I was too, but also stressed by the fact that he would be travelling alone. For a trip that would take almost 24 hours! For a 79 year old man, he is doing pretty good health-wise, but I can't help being worried. I know how it is it to travel alone. I did the trip by myself and it wasn't easy! But I'm praying everything will go smoothly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baked Zucchini with Tuna and Tomato Sauce

The past few days have been like a rollercoaster ride in the house. A few weeks ago, my niece took the Bac, which is a French exam for students who are done with the Lycee and want to pursue their education to the Fac or Université. It's a system which I am not quite familiar with as the Philippines follows more or less the American schooling system. Anyways, this was MO's second time to take the exam as she failed last year and had to take another year at the Lycee. When the first results came out on July 6, 2012 we found out she had failed and had to go to the Rattrapage to try her second chance with 30 points to catch up. We were devastated but kept our hopes up. A student can go to the Rattrapage if she/he lacks less than 80 points, I believe. Yesterday was Rattrapage Day. At 10AM, the results were posted in the internet and I am happy to announce the good news, she got it! What a relief!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Zucchini / Courgette

Now that the period of the Girolles Mushrooms has passed, it is now time for the appearance of Zucchinis / Courgettes. I realized that when this morning I had 4 pieces of medium zucchinis / courgettes on the kitchen worktable - two from our own garden, the other two from AN's garden.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pick-Up: T'Chitcho Pizza & Snack in Morhange, France

My niece, MO, and I are in the house alone tonight. She was supposed to go out with friends, but she just found she didn't get her Bac at the first round. So she will try for a second chance on Monday. This meant that she would be spending this weekend at home, studying. I had no plans this weekend, but also didn't felt like cooking tonight since we were home alone. We decided we would order something at T'Chitcho in Morhange for pick-up.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Nature Isle Tropical Gourmet

I like to browse through the internet to look at new recipes I can try out at home. We eat a lot of meat at home, but I’ve also noticed a lot of vegan recipes. I’ve always had the misguided thought that vegan dishes meant unappetizing dishes, but boy was I wrong ! It turns out a lot of the vegan dishes I stumbled upon were interesting despite not having meat or meat products. One of the recipes led me back to a website dedicated to vegan and gluten free products and recipes. A website which promoted all natural, fruit-based, vegan and gluten-free. I clicked and clicked on the website and I found myself immersed on sauces and several recipes. One particularly caught my eye which was vegan salad dressings ! Furthermore, this website had an online store and the opportunity to join The Gourmet Club. I was reading recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, vegan, and desserts. And I could also order sauces, chutneys, mustards, salad dressings, and seasoning. In fact, there is an ongoing offer where you can have a free shipping on these products if you order for a minimum of 19.99 US Dollars. Talk about a great deal ! So whether you are a vegan person or not, try to check out this website. Who knows, you might come across something you would like to buy or find a creative recipe like I did !

Monday, July 2, 2012

DO's 50th Birthday

My half-sister turns 50 today! 5-0! I can hardly believe it and I can't believe my dad has a 50 year old daughter! She is my half-sister because we share the same father, but not the same mother. Although she is twice older than me, well almost anyways (I'm turning 27 at the end of the year, she has always been my big sister. A little like a mother too, in fact twice she has been mistaken as my mother-in-law. We laugh at the hilarity. LOL just thinking about it! The divorce between our father and her mother was amicable and when they both remarried and had new lovers and in my dad's case, another daughter, we took the time to know each other and hang out. Unlike most family divorce cases, ours was good. And then in 1994, my parents decided to move to the Philippines permanently. Our way of communication was merely through phone and letters. And when I mentioned to her last year that I wanted to come back to France, she immediately offered that I stay with them until I established myself here. I can't be thankful enough! Her generosity is admirable and I'm so glad that I get to celebrate with her the day she turns fifty!

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