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Secret Recipe

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275528773503_0_bg.jpgI discovered these spices from Tita Babot Joseph as she was grilling burgers for us.  I recently found two out of the four at Rustan’s Supermarket – Meditteranean Sea Salt P 328.75 and the Tellicherry Black Peppercorns at P 363.25 which is sourced from India’s Malabar Coast because they are larger in size and known for their robust flavor. Both grinders are disposable and the bottom half is recyclable. 


Tita Babot also shared with me a healthy burger recipe which uses old fashioned oats as a binder. She puts a lot of chopped garlic, chopped white onions, chopped carrots and celery leaves sliced finely. Saute them in olive oil until soft then add to the lean ground beef.  Add lots of oats. Then put salt and pepper and some A1 steak sauce for flavor.  Shape into burger patties. The “secret spices” come in when you are grilling or cooking the burgers :-).

Other varieties which I bought and like are available as well at Rustan’s:  Lemon and Tellicherry Pepper and Roasted Garlic and Meditteranean Sea Salt.  I yet have to find the other two – the Garlic Salt by Mc Cormick and Grill Masters Montreal Steak.   



June Mothers Club

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My Sister in law, Dina Campos, has been inviting me to Mothers Club since forever, and finally I was able to attend. Mimie de Ocampo is the host & I admire her for keeping the club going for many years. Because of Mimie, many mothers continously learn so much and develop their skills. She had Milet Lorenzo then Bettina Benitez then Stella Aguila as her partners but now she does it on her own as they have either migrated or moved to a farther subdivision. Mothers Club is held every 3rd or 4th thursday of the month.

We were around 20 mothers. I was surprised to see my preschool teacher in Early Learning Child ( ELC ), Maricar de Ocampo. She was the guest speaker for the day. I learned a lot and enjoyed her talk as i could relate to everything she was saying. No one can be more credible than a mother who is experienced with children and she had many stories to share. I could go on and on listening to her talk about children because these are valuable inputs that will help me as a mother.

After her talk was cooking lessons by Pia Lim-Castillo on South East Asian Cooking. Cooking lessons is a regular activity and attendees share in the expenses for the ingredients. Past chefs were Gaita Fores, Beth Romualdez, Malu Fores and many more. The best part…..the eating part! We got to taste everything Pia taught us. Delicious!!!

All these 3 women – Mimie, Maricar and Pia – I admire because whenever they do what they do – they provide value and make a difference in someone else’s life. Thank you for taking time out for all of us.

I think i will be a regular attendee of Mother’s Club from now on. Thanks to Dina for introducing me to a wonderful experience.



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695769773503_0_bg.jpgAbout a year ago, we bought our first panini maker.  It is such a great machine because it is so easy to just pop in any sandwich inside and make it into a panini. 

We even prepared a panini buffet lunch in one of our Sunday family lunches that we hosted. It is easy to prepare plus everyone gets to make their own panini. 

Our panini station had:

Vegetables:  lettuce, mushroom, salad tomato, grilled red and green peppers

Spreads:  reduced fat mayonnaise, regular mayonnaise, pesto, garlic anchovy butter, garlic parmesan butter, butter, olive oil, Nutella

Deli:  bacon, pastrami, turkey breast ham, chicken ham, country ham, prosciutto, Jamon de Cagayan, Swiss bacon ham

Cheeses:  Gruyere, Fontina, Provolone, Mozzarella, cheddar and quesong puti

Bread choices:  whole wheat slice bread, plain slice bread,  foccacia, pandesal, ciabatta 

Other fillings:  tuna flakes, corned beef, adobo flakes

potato chips or french fries for sidings

I was not able to take photos of my buffet but my sister in law, Tina, also had her own version of the panini buffet and these are her photos.

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Skies the limit what you would like to offer in your panini buffet.

I scouted around also for Ciabatta bread and these are my finds: Le Couer – P 25.00 each, Deli France -P 125.00 for a pack of 5, S & R has it for around P 70.00 for a pack of 5 and in Salcedo market, a bread vendor sells it for around P 70.00 also for a pack of 5.    I recently discovered in French Baker mini ciabattas ( P 54.00 for 16 pcs. )  which is perfect for me because I like my sandwiches small.  They even have it in whole wheat ( P 60.00 for 16 pcs. ) .  Their regular ciabatas are square in shape and not rectangular like the others.

I also pirated a panini recipe from my cousin, Ria.  She made for us this Pesto Panini which had pesto, pecan nuts and gruyere cheese.  So simple to make and so yummy. My pesto version – chopped fresh basil then add olive oil, parmesan cheese and salt. Spread a lot of it on the bread, add the pecan nuts ( a few pieces scattered ) and then add the gruyere cheese.  I particularly prefer gruyere as suggested by Ria.  TRY IT!


Healthier Italian Cooking

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Michele introduced Vincenzo Paini, an Italian Chef, to her friends and family by sampling around 12 healthy Italian dishes at her beautiful home. Everything was delicious!! There will be a series of cooking and wine tasting classes conducted by Vincenzo with the help of Michele. Thanks to Michele for making Vincenzo feel at home in our country and for helping him kickstart his cooking classes.

Wagyu Tapa rice

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Another yummy tapa is Wagyu tapa which is very similar to the sweet tapa i buy from Tapas de Gracia. One of my best friends, Rina Silang Reyes, is always a gracious hostess. I get a lot of good advice from her when it comes to home organization and other household tips. She is definitely my friend because she buys most of her beautiful things at Rustan’s, both supermarket & department store   Rina invented this rice recipe which I find very creative yet simple to make…… and is always a popular dish in her buffet:

Prepare and chop the following: Carrots, mongetout beans ( or baguio beans). Saute with olive oil and add the wagyu beef – sliced thinly or chopped in bits. Add cooked plain rice to mix.  Add dash of salt & pepper to taste. Add soya sauce (optional). Garnish with chopped spring onions.


All Silverware are from Rustan’s department store. 

Wagyu tapa: Viger Trading Tel. #: 816-1034 Regular: P 175.00 per 1/2 kilo pack and Special top Sirloin: P 250.00 per 1/2 kilo.