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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pork Afritada


SO stayed at my sister's / her aunt's house last night. She just loves spending time with her cousin, MO. The 16 year age difference does not stop them from playing and having fun together at all. They even went to the movies together today and watched Despicable Me 2 or Moi Moche et Mechant 2. With SO away, it gave me the opportunity to clean her room properly. And break my back in the process! Can toys get any smaller?! Now I know what my own mother was complaining about when she used to pick up from the floor my Polly Pocket collections! After several days of grey skies and rain, finally a day with a beautiful sun. I was able to run 2 machines full of clothes and bed linens and hang it out. There's nothing like drying wet clothes outside. Because the weather is dry and zero-humidity here, it only takes an hour or two for the clothes to dry. I also prepared lunch and I decided I would make something Filipino today - Pork Afritada. This is one of my favorite Filipino dish, mostly because of the bell peppers. I am a huge bell peppers fan - raw or cooked! Unfortunately, I didn't have rice at home. But when I saw the box of couscous on my food shelf, I thought why not, it could work and it did! Think Tajine or Couscous Royal. Almost the same thing, except for the spices.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

La Fete du Village in Virming, France


DO and I try to get together at least once a week if possible. So after having lunch at our house on Monday, she invited us to come over tonight. Thing is, she forgot that she had already plans to go to La Fete du Village / The Feast of the Village in Virming. She asked us if we would interested to go with them, I said, "why not?". We're always in for whatever event is happening around us and it would give us the chance to see the village of Virming.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Beef with Onion



We took advantage of SO being in school to go grocery shopping again today. I thought we already had everything we needed the last time we went shopping, but apparently we were missing stuff here and there. I'm pretty sure after hitting 2 different stores today that we are set for the month. With or without SO, it pretty much is the same thing. I have to admit that we are pretty lucky with her. Ever since, she has never threw a fit in public when we didn't buy her something she wanted. Of course, like any child, she'll point at sweets and toys when we pass by the aisle they are in and she will mention that she wants something. Sometimes I do get it, but other times when I tell I can't, she just lets it go. I've seen children in stores kicking and screaming and honestly, I wouldn't know how to act if she did that. I certainly would not tolerate that kind of attitude!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Zucchini Tian


Dad had a check-up with his cardiologist yesterday. MR, SO, and I came along. It was really quick. We had an appointment at 11:00AM and by 11:30AM, we were out of the office. The doctor and we agreed that Dad would go in the hospital from July 17 to 19 for a quick heart intervention. Everything is alright, according to the cardiologist. Because they said that today was the only sunny day of the week, we decided to go downtown. The summer sales started today and I was itching to go shopping a little. I love sales in France, or Les Soldes. We're not talking about 10% or 20% off; it's more like 50% to 70% off! I bought a Longchamp bag half-off, as well as my favorite lip gloss for almost nothing! I also found a beautiful silk scarf for DO, which I will gift her for her coming birthday. It was a very good day. We were shopping at Gallerie Lafayette and we discovered that there was a restaurant on the top floor. A cafeteria-type, but classier, with good food. If only I didn't leave my camera back at home, I could have blogged about it! Instead, I will write about the meal I prepared for our dinner today. I don't usually cook meat for dinner, but I had pork chops thawed for lunch and I couldn't put them back in. With the pork chops, I decided to make a Zucchini Tian. A simple dish of baked zucchini and tomatoes, but which wowed me by its presentation. This is something I would totally make with company over.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chicken Fajitas


I'm not a Mexican food connoisseur, but what I've tried (Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, Fajitas....) I've really loved. The flavors are a good change from our usual Asian and French home cooking. How true it is to the original Mexican cuisine, I'm not certain however. I learned to make Fajitas from my sister, DO. But because she doesn't like spices, she buys the tortilla wraps separately and makes her own simple tomato sauce with just a can of diced tomatoes. I've been seeing these Old El Paso Fajitas kits in the grocery store for some time and I've always wondered about it. There were several choices available, but I thought I'd pick the mildly spiced with no chili one to start with.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tomates Farcies / French Stuffed Tomatoes


I'm no stranger to Tomates Farcies. I'm a big fan. In fact, I've already blogged about it once. Click here for the post. That was back when I was living at my sister's. This is one dish where I don't need any recipe index card or notes to guide me; I've memorized it like the back of my hand. Dad taught me and he taught me well. So while the tomatoes were slowly baking in the oven, I went to pick up SO from school for her lunch break. Her school is a 5 minute walk away, but I asked Dad to look over the oven just in case. You never know. SO is on her last days of school for this school year. I wonder if they do anything reproductive in school these days, or just spend the day playing. She amuses herself (and us) with bringing home cut-out photos of toys for sale that she pastes on bond paper. She knows her birthday is coming up, so maybe this may be a ruse to motivate us to get her something she really loves. She certainly is dropping heavy hints! When we got back home, I couldn't help but gush about how good the kitchen smelled!

Time to eat, I said, c'est l'heure de manger!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette


My sister, DO, and her daughter, MO, were on a week-long vacation in the island of Crete in Greece. They called me a couple of days ago to tell me that everything was great, they were doing good, and would be arriving home today. We live 5 minutes away from the regional airport, so I invited them to have lunch with us. I wanted to hear all the details of their holiday - the food, the people, the hotel, and most especially, the beach! It's been almost 2 years since I was at the beach and I miss it immensely. I wish I could take off to the beach like the gals did, but I can't. DO and SO arrived an hour before lunch and regaled us with their holiday stories. They also brought us some mementos and souvenirs from their trip which was really thoughtful of them! I listened to them while I prepared us some Chicken Fricasee, which did not turn out good enough for me to blog about. On the other hand the dessert was a marvelous surprise. It turned out even better than I imagined. When I prepared it, I was originally thinking of making a double-crusted pie, but one of the store-bought crust smelled weird and I threw it away. Then I thought of making a crumble topping, but I wanted something easier to make while stirring the Chicken Fricasee. Finally, after I poured the strawberry-rhubarb mixture to the crust, I thought what about just folding over the edge of the crust and bake it that way. It turned out to be amazing.  I especially loved the combination of the tartness of the rhubarb and the sweetness of the strawberries. And I later found out that there was a name to this dessert - Galette.

Hit That Replay Button: Ca Ira by Joyce Jonathan



On the 21st of June, France celebrated La Fete de la Musique, or the Feast of Music. On that day, we also received our brand new kick-ass television, so we decided to stay home and celebrate in front of our television instead of going out. We watched the annual fete celebrated in Marseille this year. At one point, Joyce Jonathan came on screen to sing her new single, Ca Ira, (she was also invited to sing in Plus Belle La Vie earlier that day).

Fun gossip fact: Joyce Jonathan is currently dating the son of the president of France. :) 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Baked Daurade with Tomatoes and Lemons


Not much going on today. I'm still recovering from the 300+ Euros bill I paid at the grocery store yesterday! Granted I did have a full grocery cart and it looked like we bought half of the store, but still. Food is freaking expensive nowadays. It's no wonder it takes a huge chunk of our monthly budget. I still can't get over it! I don't think I've ever paid that much for food at once. I didn't get anything expensive, if you're trying to guess what I got, just what we need for hopefully the next 2-3 weeks. Of all the stuff I bought, I bought a whole fresh Daurade fish, also known as Sea Bream. Dad has not too many fish recipes and I decided to make one of them today.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tarte aux Pommes


Oh it was raining again today. Thankfully, it wasn't raining too hard. Unfortunately some parts of France have been greatly affected by the hard rains. Lourdes, for example. I was very sad to hear in the news about the enormous damage the rains have caused in the area of Lourdes, in the south of France. I saw bridges, walls, and roads completely broken in the news. Not to mention, all the tourist places, hotels, restaurants, and stores that had to be forcefully closed. It's really really sad. To even out the bad, I have some pretty great news. SO brought home her school bulletin for this school year. She has done really good and is accepted to the next level. I was so worried for her on her first day in school in France, but I guess I didn't need to. Next school year, she will be in the Grande Maternelle section. I can't help it - I get teary-eyed thinking of how big my daughter is now. *sniff* 

My Kitchen: Wok by Thomas


I finally bought my dream Wok today - the one I've wanted for so long - and I am beyond happy! Back in the Philippines, I had a Tefal wok that I loved cooking with. I was sad to part with it, but I promised myself I would get one again someday. A couple of months I bought one at an Asian store. It was an authentic Chinese wok, but unfortunately I didn't really know how to manipulate it. It had a rounder bottom than what I was used to and I wondered if I needed a special kind of stove-top. After a couple of uses, it started to rust and MR didn't want me to use it anymore. The nearest grocery store to our house is a Carrefour Market. It is a rather small store, but it has the basic necessities. Don't worry, we won't be starving from hunger anytime soon. LOL. Once in a while, Carrefour likes to have promos for their clients. This time, they were offering 60% off of some Thomas by Rosenthal Group pots and pans. And one was a Wok that looked a lot like the one I had back home.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tuna Noodle Bake


Today is the first official day of summer. It has kinda felt like summer for the past couple of days, though, because the heat is definitely on! SO still has two more weeks of school left, then she'll be on her summer break. I'm thinking of buying her a small pool to put in the garden to beat the sun. After school today, she asked me if she could spend some time at her friend's house. Her friend's parents are friends and neighbors of ours so I agreed. This gave me the time to prepare our dinner peacefully. I know I said I would stay away from the oven come summer, but I was thinking of this Tuna Noodle Bake dish I used to make back in the Philippines and had an instant craving. I don't have the recipe anymore so I made this from scratch and it turned out even better!

Hit That Replay Button: Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell

  Source: YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7inO9u18KWQ

Hailed as The Song of the Summer 2013, this song is a definite hit! I wished I was a hardcore feminist and hate this song, but I can't. I find myself moving to the beat every time it's on the radio. YouTube banned the naughty version of the video, but I'm sure you can easily find it online! ;p

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Potato and Bacon Bits Salad


For the last day of Spring, it is super hot. That's good, I guess. It means summer is coming. After the horrible past months of cold and rain, I was afraid the sun was gonna be shy and decide to stay away. But this right here means change once again. Come tomorrow, I am going to pack away all of our long sleeves shirts, several jackets, sweaters, jeans and bring out our summer shorts, sleeveless shirts, summer dresses, sandals and slippers. Our usual Philippines outfits. Yey!!! I dressed SO in one of her old but in perfect condition halter dresses today. It felt weird to see her so uncovered at first. This also means changes in the kitchen. No more stews, soups, and I'm gonna have to limit baking in the oven too! I'm so excited that I couldn't wait one  more day to start making salads again. Not when I have a really delicious recipe for a Potato and Bacon Bits Salad. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rouget a la Provencale


A couple of days ago, I had a job interview for a new company. Since arriving in France, I've had my share of job interviews, but I still feel as nervous as my first time. It's embarrassing really, but when I'm nervous I've developed this habit where I tend to talk and talk, well babble really. And say more than I should, or not saying enough of what's most important. At least I don't have any physical thing - no sweaty palms, no cold hands, no sweating profusely. I just talk. Anyways, I think it went pretty well, but I can't really tell anything at this point. I just have to wait for news beginning July. I'm not quitting my present job, but I'm crossing my fingers. If I do get it, it will be a great opportunity with me and honestly, I think it might be it for me. Of course, I haven't started working there yet, so who knows, but on paper it's totally perfect. For the past weeks, there's been speculations that my next door neighbor might be the company's boss, and if everything goes right, my potential boss. At first, it was hard for it to sink in. I mean, I don't really know how I feel about having my "boss" as my next-door neighbor. But the speculations have been confirmed, she is definitely the boss! I don't know her well personally, although we've had little chats here and there. But from what I've seen, she seems like a really nice person and smiles all the time! I've described her as a ray of sunshine when DO asked me about her. She's one of those people that when they smile, their whole face lights up, and you can't help smiling along. I'm really hoping everything will be great. Of course, you'll be reading all about it here!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lunch in the Garden - The Day Our Neighbor Got Robbed!


OMG, let me share with you the day we had! It was unbelievable. Okay, so it started pretty normal, just like a regular day. I checked the weather today, saw that it would be super hot, and thought it'd be great to have lunch in our garden. A lunch of Baked Cordon Bleu and a Green Beans Salad. Lunch went well and at 1:30PM, MR and I walked SO back to her school. On the way there, I saw a young man walking on our front neighbor's grass and I thought, "I guess PA has company." We went back home and I settled into my work papers. And that's when it started.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sinigang na Tilapia


The Asian store I regularly frequent in Metz has unfortunately only one Filipino product : Sinigang sa Sampalok Mix. I bought a pack a while back, but never had the chance to use it. Sadly, I am sorely missing Filipino vegetables and fruits here. I thought there was no point in making Sinigang if all I had in my broth was the meat/fish and onion. But a trip to the supermarket 2 days ago proved me lucky as I found Chinese cabbage and green beans. This was it - my chance to make Sinigang! Summer was coming up, it was heating up, and I wouldn't be able to make a soup anymore. It was now or never (well, not really but at least 6 months from now!).

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Shopping Bag: Paris Brest



The French dessert Paris-Brest is my Dad's all-time favorite dessert. Since he insisted to buy me my favorite dessert for Mother's Day, I thought I'd do the same thing for him. The Paris-Brest is a popular French dessert. It is in the form a a crown / circle made by a pate a choux, which is stuffed by a praline cream, then topped with almond slivers and icing sugar.

Father's Day 2013



Bonne Fete Papa! Happy Father's Day, Papa!

Today is the fifth Father's Day we're celebrating together. The fifth!!! We can hardly believe how time flies fast. Early this morning, SO hopped in our bed and showed her papa the card and gift she made him. As I looked at them laughing and playing together, I had no words to express what I felt. I've always felt so lucky to have a wonderful boyfriend / husband; MR isn't perfect, but he is perfect for me. I thought that I was already head over heels in love with him, but when I saw him assume his father role, I found myself falling even harder. The way he is with SO is amazing and I am so proud to know that my daughter is lucky to have a father like the one she has.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Kermesse in Verny, France


A Kermesse, in France, is a fair / festival that is usually associated with school and children. It is also otherwise known as a "school fete". When I saw the road sign that said that there was a Kermesse in Verny,  I thought it would be a great idea for us to go. SO's school wasn't having any Kermesse this year,so this was the perfect opportunity to go to her first Kermesse. A day filled of games, sweets, and fun!

Asian Mangoes


For 16 Euros a kilo, these did not come cheap, but when I saw them, I just knew I couldn't home without some. I first asked the lady for two pieces thought, "oh no if I eat them tonight I won't have anymore tomorrow", then asked for another one, and when I saw there was only one more left in the basket, I asked her to just give me everything. She laughed and said, "you must really like mangoes!". I laughed back - don't you know it!!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sauteed Bokchoy


So we went to Luxembourg 2 days ago. It might be a whole other country, but it really isn't as far as it seems. In just a matter of a few kilometers (about 90 kilometers). I love Luxembourg. To me, it feels like a melting pot of different nationalities. Walking in the streets, you hear various languages spoken and see people of all races. It really is pretty cool. Another thing I love about Luxembourg are the people and their work ethic. We had a taste of it with a very friendly and effective parking security man. What would otherwise be an unfortunate incident was turned into a story I won't hesitate to share to friends about the wonderful hardworking people of Luxembourg!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Baked Eggplant Lasagna


This dish is four-folds: precooking the eggplant, making the meat sauce, preparing the bechamel / white sauce, and assembling the lot. So before anything, I just want to warn you that this dish takes a while to make. If you're thinking of making this when you are time-stricken - don't! If you've ever made regular lasagna, then you know what I mean. I started at 10AM and we ate at noon. This dish always reminds me of my late Mother-in-Law. I can still hear her voice in my mind suggesting I make this dish, that I experiment and replace the traditional lasagna pasta by eggplant. It's been a personal favorite since then, but also makes me miss my Mother-in-Law immensely!

Hit That Replay Button: Pride by Syntax


One of my favorite French police television show is back - Alice Nevers, Le Juge Est Une Femme every Thursday nights. I spent most weekends last year catching up on the old episodes and I think I pretty much watched every episode already. The new episodes this year are really great with the brewing romance between Alice Nevers and Fred Marquand. Will they finally get together or will they not?! Anyways, this is the song that plays at the end of the new episodes; I never get tired of hearing this song! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Restaurant La Fontaine in Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg


As we walked away from Asia Market (click here), it was close to noon time and we began to see the restaurants on the streets filling up with diners. Many of these restaurants opened their terrace space because the sun was out and the temperatures were rising up. There was a lot to choose from. We battled between going to a Moroccan restaurant but they didn't have a terrace, a Spanish restaurant but no one was dining inside (bad sign when everything else was full), and then Restaurant La Fontaine specialized in local cuisine and had a pretty nice terrace.

Asia Market in Luxembourg


My bottle of Filipino soy sauce was coming to an end, which told me that now was the time to take a trip to Luxembourg. Refill my Filipino products. I love where we are currently living, but one thing missing is a store selling Filipino products. We've pretty much done the round of the Asian stores in town and within 50 kilometers and no Pinoy stuff are available. A trip to Luxembourg was inevitable, although I didn't really mind. It might sound fancy, going to another country to go shopping, but going to Luxembourg really just takes an hour and a half. We decided to make a day of it - shopping, eating, sightseeing, and more shopping. MR has only seen Luxembourg in Winter, it was time for him to see it in Spring.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Spring 2013: Fruits We Enjoyed


Due to the crappy weather we had, there was a limited choice of fruits for this Spring season. Whatever we found and thought was good, I made sure to get extra to enjoy even more. Spring and Summer fruits are my absolute favorite!!!

Hit That Replay Button: Tombe Sous Le Charme by Christophe Mae

  Source: YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvszHgz_Kgg

Our Spring road trip song, cranking it up on high whenever it's on the radio. Oh ouais, definitely, je suis tombe sous le charme de Christophe Mae! <3 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sauteed Okra and Squid


The last time I shopped at the Asian store, Ly Kim Thanh, I picked up a pack of Okra. These were precooked, packed sous-vide / vacuum-packed, and then frozen. My first thought was to make Utan Bisaya. A year and a half is a long time to go without Utan Bisaya! But unfortunately, Okra was just one of the many ingredients I needed. I guess I'll just have to wait some more for my favorite Utan Bisaya. Hahayyy. This is one of those times when I wished I could go back to Cebu. Instead, I decided to prepare the Okra for myself today. I say for myself because I'm the only one who eats Okra and really loves it. MR is not a picky eater at all, but like a lot of people he cannot get used to its slimy texture. I don't know why I love it so much, I just do. And while I can eat it just steamed with a vinegar-soy sauce dipping mixture, I thought I'd give this recipe a try.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Shopping Bag: Petite Mousse


While the Boeuf Carottes (click here for the post) was stewing away, I told Dad to watch over it from time to time because there was something important I had to do. That something important thing was of course picking up dessert. While I do want to cut back on our calorie intake, today is Sunday, a weekend, and we always have a dessert with our weekend meals. It's usually something I will make from scratch though, but while making lunch today I totally forgot about making a dessert! Seeing as there wasn't any time left, I decided to go to the next town and buy something, crossing my fingers that there was still something left to buy at noon time.

Boeuf Carottes / Beef and Carrots


Aside from being a popular French dish, Boeuf Carottes also has an equally popular second meaning. Les Boeuf Carottes are what you call La Police des Polices or l'IGS (Inspection Generale des Services). La Police des Polices - The Police of the Polices. The big boss, I guess, making sure that there is no mischief happening inside the system. I'm sure the term "Boeuf Carottes" is slang, because otherwise it would be funny to be called that. Imagine a safety officer being called "Coq au Vin" or a head nurse a "Sole Meuniere". Funny thoughts. How the slang term came about I have no clue, but I do remember hearing and learning about it for the first time while watching the French movie, Les Ripoux.  Which is a really nice movie, by the way.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Creamy Avocado Pasta


Creamy Avocado Pasta. I bookmarked this recipe a while ago wondering how this would turn out. I've never ever had avocado with pasta before so I was totally clueless. Avocado plus pasta?! Hmmm...I was hesitant, but I knew I'd regret it if I never tried. I'm always on the lookout for new things to try in hope to find a gem. But truthfully after making this, I doubt I will ever prepare this again. Surprisingly, this turned out very much like Pesto. An Avocado Pesto. But a creamy kind of Pesto, which just didn't click with me. I guess the combination of raw garlic, basil, olive oil, and avocado didn't do wonders for my taste buds. Or maybe I was hoping for something else. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Le Repas des Voisins 2013


Our Repas des Voisins / Dinner with the Neighbors finally through pushed tonight. If you read my post about a week ago, I mentioned that our dinner was cancelled and postponed to a more weather-suitable date. Today's temperatures were up by 10 degrees (compared to last week's) during the day, but by the evening it cooled down quickly and we had to bring out our jackets. So the concept of this activity is for the townspeople to bring their own food, share, and eat together. I thought I'd share my love for Asian food by bringing Empanadas and Fried Lumpia. Truthfully, I was slightly nervous at first, not sure if it would click with the people, if they would be willing to try my food, but turns out, I was worrying for nothing. The moment I put down the food on the buffet table and heard a guy say, "Ooh Asian. Yum. Now I know where I'm hanging out for the night!" I knew I did good. Within 10 minutes, there was nothing left on my two trays and I kept getting compliments all night long.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Salmon and Leeks Quiche


My niece, MO, came over for lunch today. She's taking a break from her annual exams. She took her minor subjects this week, but next week are all the major subjects and she's freaking out! Because of the long weekend, she thought she'd come home to unwind a bit before attacking again her study books. Anyways, we bought a garden dining table and chairs. I actually was looking to buy a small outdoor table, but when I saw the prices of the garden table and chairs, I changed my mind. The car was full yesterday though with Dad, his wheelchair, SO, and her car seat, so after bringing SO to school this morning, MR and I went to pick them up. MR arranged them in the garden as soon as we got home - and it looked perfect! We're finally having the sun - it's about time too! It is a lil bit too much for my taste though, but I can tell the heat changes people's moods. They are friendlier, smile more, and stop to chat!

Hit That Replay Button: Against All Odds by Phil Collins



This song popped in my head out of the blue and I've been humming it endlessly for the past couple of days. It's not even a favorite song of mine (although it is a good song), but it just won't leave my head!!!

It's amazing how music has the power to bring you back to the past. There was a time in my life when I was in love with my guy best friend. The feelings were not reciprocated. I smile about it now, but my 15 year old self was miserable. I watched him fall in love with someone else while I suffered and cried silently. We eventually parted ways, but I don't think I'll ever forget my first real heartbreak.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Le Marche a Morhange, France


Like I mentioned yesterday, I used to love going to the Marche / Market in Morhange, France and how I miss it! As fate would have it, I had to bring Dad to Morhange for his regular monthly check-up this morning. I had forgotten that today was a Wednesday (the first Wednesday of the month too!) until I saw that the Marche was taking place in the heart of the town when I wanted to turn right to the doctor's office. I worried about finding a parking space at first, but I quickly got over it when I realized I would be shopping. Yay! :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pho Bo


Today was not a good day. From morning to evening, I've been disappointed. The only thing that managed to cheer me up a bit was the Pho Bo I prepared for dinner. But other than that, everything else was a bust. I woke up this morning excited to hit the farmer's market I looked up on the internet. Back when I lived at my sister's, I used to love going to the Wednesday farmer's market in Morhange. I wasn't sure of any nearby markets, so I looked it up and turns out there is one every Tuesday in Marly. Unfortunately, when MR and I got there this morning, I was disappointed. None of my favorite stands were there - no fruit stand, no farm eggs, and no food stand! Then SO brought her new toy to school today and lost it! I normally wouldn't get this upset, but this was a special and not-so-cheap toy that I had recently given her. I've repeatedly told SO that she isn't allowed to bring toys to school so I was also upset that she disobeyed me. She waited for me to pack her school snacks in her bag to hide the toy in it! I hate to make her upset, but yes she was talked to and punished. And finally, my mother's wool shawl was wrongly washed and is ruined. This shawl was the only thing on my back when I arrived in France a year ago and I love wearing it while eating my breakfast during Winter. It's so warm and comfy and I hate to say goodbye to it! :'(

Monday, June 3, 2013

Rhubarb Crumble


Rhubarb. It's a funny thing that rhubarb is pretty much inedible when raw, but delicious when cooked. While cleaning and slicing the bundle of Rhubarb I just bought MR came over and I dared him to try a piece. I saw him take a bite, hunch over, and cough for several minutes. When he was over his coughing fit, he mentioned that the raw Rhubarb tasted a lot like the Filipino fruit, Iba or Averrhoa Bilimbi. And like the Iba, it is quite sour! But when the rhubarb it is prepared in a crumble like this, the sourness becomes manageable and quite delicious.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mango-Strawberry Popsicle


FINALLY! A hot day! Well, not too hot, but hot enough to make some good homemade Popsicle. And it looks like it will be hotter in the coming days too and most importantly, no rain! Sometimes, it feels like the weather is on a roller coaster ride, not really sure where to go. I feel bad for MR because I've been going on and on about how I love Spring and Autumn, but so far he hasn't seen much of Spring. I hope he has better luck with Autumn! Hehe. Anyways, as I was going through our freezer for my shopping list, I noticed that there was mango ice cream left. I remembered I bought that ice cream in January, so I had to get rid of it asap (I don't like stocking things for a long time). In preparation for summer, I bought a 6-Popsicle mold and I was excited to use it. If no one was going to finish the mango ice cream then I thought what about mixing some other kind of fruit with it and freezing it to make home Popsicle.

Hit That Replay Button: Where Do I Begin by Shirley Bassey


Today is my Mom's birthday. We would have celebrated her 61st birthday. The last birthday we celebrated together was her 50th. I was 15 years old then and I remembered it was a huge family gathering. Unlimited food, Roasted Lechon / Filipino pig waiting to be carved, a beautiful cake, and a happy dancing celebrant. Through the years, images of my mom have faded in my mind, but her smile that day still remains intact. Another memory I have of her are the special moments we spent in her bed during electrical black-outs we used to have in the Philippines. When they happened, she and I would lie down in her bed, side by side, and start singing some of her favorite songs. We sang at the top of our lungs not caring if anyone heard us. It was a free concert of sort. LOL. So today and since it's my mom's birthday, I thought I'd share with you one of the songs we used to sing. It's an old popular song, but one I've never heard on the radio yet. On days where mom starts to fade in my mind, I like to hum this to myself and I see her smile.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Le Feu de La Saint Jean in Verny, France



I was surprised to see that the town of Verny was celebrating Le Feu de la Saint Jean on the first of June. To the best of my knowledge, I know that Le Feu de la Saint Jean is celebrated more towards the end of the month of June. Somewhere close to June 23. But I thought it would be nice for us to go, considering how little we've been able to go out lately because of the bad weather. It's still slightly cold, but at least the rain has stopped. Dad decided to stay home, but MR and SO were eager to go out!

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