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Friday, August 31, 2012

Beef with Soy Sauce, Red Bell Pepper, and Mushroom


Here comes another recipe I probably wouldn't make with the full house. First because I used soy sauce and second because of the red bell peppers. Dad doesn't like red bell peppers, but he knows how much I love them and he was willing to set them aside in his plate. I don't know if the others would have done that too. I once read that red bell peppers have twice the amount of vitamin C than in an orange. Correct me if I am wrong. But I am a big fan of red bell peppers! As well as fresh mushroom which I decided to add to this dish.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Seafood Dinner - Whelks / Shrimps / Scallops


So my dad and I went on our first home visit. After looking online, I saw a house that suited most to our taste and requirements. We drove 30 kilometers this afternoon to our fixed rendez-vous with the real estate agent and we arrived at the house a couple of minutes in advance. At first glance, the house did not disappoint from the outside. We were guided inside the house and took a turn room after room. Everything looked great. It is a little on the small size, especially for a family of 3 adults and 1 child. But after almost a year separation, I don't think I'd mind being glued to them. LOL. There are several factors to think over though and I reckon we should visit more houses, but houses that fit our requirements are getting harder and harder to find. This is just another obstacle we have to go through, in due time everything should be in place.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Buffet-Style: Le Nouveau Siecle Restaurant in Nancy, France


My sister, brother-in-law, and niece left early this morning for a 6 day vacation in the south of France. An ex-colleague of DO's is celebrating her 60th birthday and invited them over. DO was really looking forward to this trip as she cancelled her vacation trip this year. Although I will miss them, I am also looking forward to being alone with my dad. I love my sister and I love staying with her, but I am also itching to have my own place soon!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rice and Crab Salad


I have good memories with Rice Salad. Great memories. To my recall, this is one of the first dish I ever ventured making. I was about 5 or 6 years old at the time. It didn't turn out as delicious as I'd seen in the cookbook, but I'll always feel the love and support my parents showed me that day. I can't describe my dad's face as he forced himself to eat the undercooked bowl of rice with my mother just so I wouldn't feel bad. LOL.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

JO's 18th Birthday!


My nephew, JO, turned 18 years old today! This is a special date for us because aside from being JO's birthday, it reminds us of when we left France 18 years ago to live in the Philippines. In 1994, we visited my sister right after she gave birth and weeks later we were in an airplane off to dreamland. Eighteen years later, my dad and I are back in France, back at my sister's and celebrating  JO's birthday with the family. It is amazing how time flies fast and how years pass by just like that. My dad has been away for so long, never really gotten the chance to know his grandchildren here, so I know how happy he was to be here to celebrate his grandson's day with him!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Libramont-Chevigny in Belgium


My niece MO and I took off for a 2 day trip to Libramont-Chevigny in Belgium. In September, MO will be starting classes in her new school in Libramont-Chevigny. This month was dedicated to settling her there. Her parents have found an apartment, it is furnished, and all that it's missing is her moving definitely there for her studies. From our small French village, Libramont-Chevigny isn't exactly near - 189 kilometers for one way! By passing the highway, it takes one about 2 hours to arrive. Not too bad, I say. It's far enough for her to have her independence, but also close enough to come home at least once a month. It also helps that Libramont-Chevigny has a train station.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Restaurant du Stade in Libramont, Belgium


Finally, I got to try the Belgian restaurant everyone has been talking about in the family! And yes, I am a fan as well. After finding out that they were open for lunch today MO and I quickly finished our morning errands to prepare for lunch.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Quick - Quality Burger Restaurant in Recogne, Belgium


Our plans for tonight did not exactly go as we scheduled. My niece, MO, was excited to show me her favorite restaurant in Libramont, Belgium but when we passed by the restaurant this afternoon we found out it was closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Plus, it is August 15 today and a holiday. But don't feel too sorry for us - we found a way to enjoy our night. Although it was a holiday, we saw several restaurants open tonight as well as the movie house since we wanted to watch a movie.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Potatoes from the Garden


The Potatoes are our latest treasures from the garden. We spent the morning in the garden, each with our own role. My niece was in charge of digging and my sister and I were in charge of getting the bad weeds and collecting the potatoes. We then laid them on newspapers in the grass, picking out of the bad potatoes from the good and arranging them by size. The potatoes will stay like this for a day or two (in condition there is no rain) before stocking them in the underground stockroom.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nectarine Tatin


Since moving here, I've been baking a lot more than I've ever had. In the past months, I've made Tarte Tatin the traditional way with apples and once a Mango Tatin as an experiment. Today I felt like making a dessert and when I saw the Nectarines on the kitchen counter I thought to myself - why not a Nectarine Tatin?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nids D'Abeilles


Can you believe it's almost been 2 weeks since my dad arrived?! I can't! Sometimes I wake up, not sure if this is a dream or what. But it's real - he's really here which means my husband and daughter are to arrive soon! Yeah!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lunch at Picnics in Metz, France


I swore that I would try Picnics ' Fruit Smoothies and I finally did today! I was in Metz this noon for the second phase of my job recruitment. Today was my Language Evaluation Exams. I don't know yet if I am employed, but I know I did both good and bad in the evaluation. But then again, I was preoccupied - very stressed in fact- today. I crashed my car on the house gate yesterday and it looks like I'm gonna have to pay for the repairs. Trust me, it's gonna hurt the wallet! I tried to cry, but the tears just won't fall out. I guess some of us are just very unlucky! So here I was today taking the train, instead of the car as planned, alone (Dad was supposed to come with me if we took the car), and stressed. That's why I thought I would try to pick myself up with a lunch at Picnics and finally indulge on something I've had in my mind for a while.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bon Voyage Mama!

The doors of Heaven have opened for another Angel. May you rest in peace, Mama Maruja!

My Mother-in-Law has left us today. Physically yes, but emotionally I know she's always gonna be there. After losing my mother 10 years ago, I know that this is true. As the days and years pass, you start forgetting their laugh, their smile, their voice, but the memories stay close to the heart.

My Mother-in-Law was a fine woman. Disciplinarian. Fine Cook. Decision-Maker. Strong Personality. The Heart and Center of the family. She was tough on her children, but sweet as candy with her grandchildren. And I was proud to be her daughter-in-law.

I have many many memories with my Mother-in-Law. I dated her son for 7 years before marrying him 3 years ago - so that's a lot of years and memories! But what I will always appreciate is the way she accepted me. I am more of the free-spirited type of gal and I was brought up to have a liberated view of life. My Mother-in-Law was more of a traditional Filipina woman, but she never ever made me feel bad for my choices in life. She was a fine person and a woman I can definitely look up to!

And because this is a food blog, I'll be thinking of her specialties as I go to sleep tonight - Nilatang Baka with and without pork and beans, Utan Bisaya, Tinolang Isda, Filipino Spaghetti, Pancit Molo, Patatim, Lechon Paksiw, and Escabecheng Isda. Bon voyage, Mama - continue to make delicious dishes! I love and miss you!



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Class'Croute in Aerogare 2 CDG - Paris, France

Dad and I had our first meal together at Class'Croute. It has several branches in Europe, but the one we ate at was located in the Charles de Gaulle Train Station in Paris. Class'Croute's name comes from the term casse-croute, which in slang means sandwich.

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