My boyfriend JM @jquibs devoured the aforementioned non-authentic baba ganoush in less than five minutes! Haha success! :D Served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and bread :)
Non-authentic baba ganoush! Thanks Stef @taguan for the idea :)
Cook eggplant til soft, peel away skin. Mash eggplant with cider vinegar, lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, whatever you like actually. Ingredient measurements depend on your taste! I like lots of lemon in mine. I also added crushed garlic but might skip that next time, it was a bit too spicy for me. Goes well with sour cream and Parmesan cheese as shown in the photo. :) Nice to papak by itself but also nice as a spread on bread (baba ganoush traditionally eaten with pita bread). I think it will also be nice with things like mushrooms, tomatoes, buttered rice…
Last weekend, our genius super “yaya” Ate Shirley singlehandedly planned, budgeted, and prepared a family lunch at our house for twelve people (seven adults and five kids). She only had some help from her assistant, Ate Elsa, during the actual cooking and serving.
We feasted on:
- Native Chicken BBQ *
- Native Chicken Tinola *
- Ginataang Manok (native chicken in coconut milk and spices) *
- Pork Dinuguan (pork blood stew — dear non-Pinoys, trust me this is delicious!) and Puto
- Large Shrimp in Butter, Garlic, and Lemon
- White Rice; of course, this is a Pinoy meal, and I’m the only one in my family who eats brown rice
- Fresh Buko Juice
- Pandan Water (place a pandan leaf in the pitcher)
- Homemade Turon
- Arce Dairy Cheese Ice Cream
* The only thing we didn’t have to buy was the native chicken and malunggay, which we already had.
Sorry I have no pictures of the feast, I was too busy feasting! Anyway, even though she regularly whips up this kind of gastronomic miracle for our family gatherings— I’m still amazed, every time, at how she manages to produce that amount of wonderful, delicious Filipino food, with that budget! I was still eating leftover tinola and shrimp for the next few days (leftovers are awesome with fried rice!). Ate Shirley’s shopping list looked something like this:
- Pork for dinuguan
- Kangkong & petsay
- Cooking oil
- Dahon ng sibuyas
- Sili, green
- Saging saba
- Turon paper
- Buko, P300
- Ice cream, P410
- Butter, P90
TOTAL = P2,300
The most expensive items were the shrimp, pork, and ice cream. Lesson learned: if we eat Filipino foods with local ingredients, with a high veggies-to-meat ratio, and less processed foods, then we can eat sustainably and also affordably! :) Healthy eating definitely doesn’t have to be costly. (And even when it is, it will still cost less than healthcare bills in the long run.) Also, we are super lucky to have someone like Ate Shirley who is not only an awesome chef and trusted “mayordoma” of our household, but also occasionally our chauffeur! :))
Red rice from previous day’s meal = fried rice with egg, butter, garlic, kangkong, petsay :D
Meatless Monday post-workout meal! Very simple & tasty petsay with garlic & soy sauce + red rice.
While I’m not a vegetarian (I believe in eating meat!), I do want to have more veggies in my diet because I believe in the value of “eating low” on the food chain. Meatless Monday is an easy way for me to reflect on the period in human history when meat was a scarce & precious resource because it was harder to hunt than to forage.
I love that this meal uses only very simple local ingredients, and the red rice makes it pretty filling :) and of course I have fresh papaya + buko on the side.
that I need less sugar and more water.
Hearty fresh soup containing petsay, malunggay, okra, kalabasa, shrimp, fish, and flavored with ginger. ♥
Served with fresh grapes, papaya, and buko.
This yummy soup is based on the “laswa” (that’s really what it’s called!) soup of Café Via Mare, which is one of the very very rare restaurants that actually serves real healthy food, with fresh local ingredients.
In all honesty it’s been really difficult to stay fit lately, and I have a sore throat today because I think I’ve been eating too many sweets. But I’ll be back in artist hermit mode next week and I’ll be back to my seafood-veggie soup + peak 8 workout routine :D
My skin’s been great though, no more zits! Ever since I started using the organic soap line by my Tita Lala and Tita Lian. More on that soon. :) I’m still super sensitive to mosquito bites though, not even citronella works :( and the bites get so red and itchy and stay that way for several days! So most days I just dress super conservatively and cover up as much skin as I can… otherwise I have to use physical force to keep the little pests away. (By physical force I mean wind or cold temperature.)
My punishment for eating chocolates and drinking milk :(
Anyway, I’ve been eating pretty badly lately. I know because I got menstrual cramps again— the first time in a long time that I needed to take a painkiller. I don’t get menstrual cramps when I eat healthy (more veggies, less processed foods, less dairy sugar carbs)
I have to be stricter about my diet. Malunggay menu everyday!
Also, I’ve noticed that August really seems to be my acne-prone month. Why is this? Is it really hungry ghost month + mercury in retrograde = stress = stress eating = acne?
Tonight I will eat veggies and tomorrow I will refrain from eating chocolates.
Yoda said: “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Maybe tomorrow or Thursday I can eat grains again.
I can still eat: meat fish veggies fruits nuts
(See my post regarding the unhealthiness of grain.)
My post-workout breakfast consisted of “sinigang” malunggay soup, avocado, and papaya. (Broke the no-fruits-2-hrs-after-workout rule!)