February 16, 2011 § 14 Comments
February 6, 2011 § 40 Comments
I love ube. I love it so much that in the past I’ve requested ube cake for my birthday and whenever I see anything ube flavored I will buy it. Going to the Philippines a few weeks ago, I was in heaven. I didn’t bring back any souvenirs for myself, other than a couple food items that can be hard to find here in the states. One item was a container of ube jam that I picked up from Good Shepherd Convent. We were visiting the beautiful city of Tagaytay, and knowing of my affinity for this purple tuber my cousin navigated us to the convent, which is known for their ube jam.
|In Tagaytay with Taal Volcano in the background|
I have a couple things in mind I’d like to make with the jam, but this weekend I was craving some pancakes and thought it would be interesting to experiment and see how ube pancakes would turn out. My initial thought was to make something similar to a sweet potato pancake, or even a pumpkin pancake, but after I thought about it some more I realized that the texture was just like peanut butter. I found a peanut butter pancake recipe that was perfect – I could easily swap out the peanut butter with the jam. I also switched out the milk with coconut milk to capture the essence of macapuno, which is also a popular ingredient in filipino sweets. I was really really happy with the results. The pancakes were light, fluffy, moist, and the flavor of the ube really shined through. If you are able to get some ube jam I would definitely recommend that you try them!
December 20, 2010 § 40 Comments
(Click photos to enlarge)
This weekend was historic in terms of snow fall – this is the snowiest December since 1969 with 8.5 feet to 12.5 feet of snowfall (depending on where on the mountain you are) in the past few days. The snow just kept falling falling falling – and is expected to continue doing so over the upcoming days. I feel lucky to have experienced it first hand as I know that this weekend will stand out among the others for a very long time. Most others wouldn’t agree but to me this weekend was pure bliss.
It was still early when we got in line – everyone else in town was probably still in bed. Even with only one lift running, a beginner lift at that, we knew we were in for a good one. I felt giddy with excitement as I strapped in, like a child waking up to celebrate her birthday at Disneyland – thinking back on it now, I still get butterflies of excitement. We loaded the chair and as we ascended above the ground we started pointing and cracking up. We couldn’t believe our eyes. There was so so so much new snow that there were people stuck everywhere. We made it down without too much trouble, and went up for a second go. This time, in addition to people being stuck in the snow there were groups of people unstrapping and hiking back down.
December 15, 2010 § 31 Comments
|Downtown LA traffic – It’s been really bad lately|
I remember one class where a lady became upset with me because I had put my mat too close to hers. She began to argue with me – I began to get confused, knowing that it was a class that always filled up. The teacher noticed and stepped in, and the lady ended up picking up her mat and leaving. After class when I thanked the teacher for stepping in, she said she didn’t want that kind of energy in her class anyways. It made me feel better and it was at that instant I truly learned how important it is to share and be selfless in class.
December 9, 2010 § 22 Comments
I got the idea from one of my friends. Last year, he didn’t know what to get me for my birthday so he got Nala a bag full of toys and treats. I remember how excited I was over this gift, and thought about how pet owners enjoy receiving gifts for their pets more than they do to receive gifts for themselves. This year, I wanted to be a little creative for Christmas gifts, so I baked up two batches of dog treats to give to my friends. My friends were all excited to receive these treats, and I think I can say that the dogs were too? Look how good they are though, patiently waiting for the go ahead to eat their biscuits.
[[On a side note, I wanted to mention the one moment of clear calmness I felt on the drive over to dinner – I switched over to KDAY and Wu-Tang’s C.R.E.A.M. followed by Method Man’s What the Bloodclot began to play. I know, not peaceful songs in the least, nor are they a very “me” songs, but it brought me back to high school and I found myself completely at ease. It’s amazing how a bit of nostalgia – no matter how random – can be so comforting, yes?]]