Thank You Lord…

Thank You Lord for…

Being my strength

My refuge

My stronghold

My Father

My friend

My healer

My Lord

and thank You also for

My life

My son David

My son Daniel

My husband Lyndon

My family, relatives and friends

All the blessings in life

All the little and big miracles

All the joy

All the lessons

All experiences

All the chances

All wisdom and knowledge

All the talents

But most of all Thank You

For dying for me and my loved ones

Thank You for being my savior

Thank You for being my God

I give You all the glory and highest Honor…  Amen!

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Dining and Cooking – Pasta Alla Puttanesca

Italian Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Alla Puttanesca is a spicy, tangy, somewhat salty Italian pasta dish invented in the mid-20th century. The ingredients are typical of Southern Italian cuisine.

This is another dish I servved at my son David’s Birthday last week.  Puttanesca is a main deal when we talk about Italian Pasta Dish.  I wanted to share my own rendition to my blog readers and hopefully you can prepare it and enjoy as well.

Pasta Alla Puttanesca

Sauce Ingredients:

2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup of peeled finely chopped Garlic

1 tin can of Anchovy Fillets

1/2 cup of finely chopped Onions

1 cup of chopped Olives

1/2 cup of Capers

1/2 cup of chopped Sun Dried Tomatoes

1 tbsp of Chili Flakes

1 can of 32 oz Roasted Tomato Chunk

1/2 tbsp of Italian Seasoning

1/2 cup Basil leaves

1/2 cup of grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano

Salt and fresh ground Pepper to taste

Pasta Ingredients:

1 box of any type of Pasta you prefer will do cooked in boiling water with olive oil and salt according to the package direction.

Directions:

Prepare the boiling water with oil and salt to cook the pasta simultaneously with the Puttanesca Sauce. 

In a skillet, saute onion and garlic in olive oil.  Add in anchovy fillets until it melts into the olive oil.  Add in the chili flakes to infuse more flavor in the oil.  Saute everything until onion caramelized and garlic  is tender.  Add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives and capers, make sure to drain all the brine beforehand.  Add in the chunky tomatoes, basil and the italian seasoning.  Simmer to bubble on medium heat.  When the sauce is simmering hot, add in the grated Parmigiano cheese and salt and fresh ground pepper to taste and stir before putting off the stove.

You can have the Puttanesca sauce poured over your al dente drained pasta or can toss in the pasta to the Puttanesca sauce in the skillet.

Note:  Best serve with a side of toasted garlic bread!

Serve and don’t forget to sprinkle some more freshly grated Parmigiano and decorate with a leaf of basil.

Bon Appetit!

Dining and Cooking – Kadoks Tilapia Sisig

Tilapia Sisig by: Kadoks Restaurant in Daly City

This is highly recommended to try.  It’s a brilliant and healthy idea for Kadoks Restaurant to use Tilapia for their Sisig.  Tilapia meat is flavorful type of fish with the mixins of spices they added in, you’re in heaven!  You definitely should try it when you visit Daly City.  This will make you eat more rice unfortunately!

They are famous for their Mami-Siopao and all other Pinoy food.  Don’t fail to try their Pancit Malabon too!  For your house party they also serve food by the tray.  Ideal for time quenched party preparation.   Kadoks house of Mami-Siopao Restaurant can be located in:

 57 St Francis Square
Daly City, CA 94015

For Tray Orders:

Please call 650-755-5738

But make sure to say hello to Ricky Kadok or his lovely wife, Pam.  This beautiful couple makes good food together!

Bon Appetit!

Note:

Check them out at YELP

http://www.yelp.com/biz/kadoks-house-of-mami-siopao-daly-city

Dining and Cooking – Baked Dinner Chops

The picture can’t give justice how good this Baked Dinner Chop is since I served it at an outdoor dinner by the candle light for a Bon Voyage occasion for my friend Jenny when she was leaving ahead in our French Trip last year.  I’ve tried it in different types of chops and so far the best is to use Ribeyes or Calf Chops.  But for budget purposes, chicken breast or pork chops will be good as well.  This is a very intimate dish to serve as main dish for special dinner but not to hard to even prepare…

BAKED DINNER CHOPS

Ingredients:

6 slices 8 – 12 Oz. Bone-in Meat Chops (Any kind of Bone-in Ribeye Steak, Pork Chops, Calf Chops, Veal Chops or Chicken Breast)  Bone-in meat keeps the meat moist and warm.

1 pack of Fresh Bacon slices (in this picture, I used freshly sliced bacon from a French Deli in France)

1 can of Cream of Mushroom

1/2 cup of chopped Onion

1/2 cup of minced Garlic

1 cup coarsely chopped Portobello Mushroom

1/4 cup Fresh Rosemary Herb

1/2 cup of Freshly Grated Cheese

1/2 cup of Soy Sauce

1/2 cup of Brown Sugar

1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Season the chops evenly all over with salt and fresh ground pepper and lay it in a  14.5 x 12.5 in roasting pan.  Sprinkle chopped onion, garlic and mushroom.  Drizzle with soy sauce, olive oil and sprinkle brown sugar.  Spread the cream of mushroom on top evenly.  Line all the ingredients with slices of bacon.  You can chop the bacon if you prefer to as well.  Cover with a layer of grated cheese and sprinkle with rosemary.  From the side give each chop a lift to let the ingredients slide in under the chops.  (This is a technique so that your chops will be  coated both sides without having to flip it while layering it with ingredients.

Toss  it in the oven for 45 minutes if you use 8 oz chops or 1 hour if you use 12 oz chops.

Serve hot on a warm plate and with a side of buttered mixed veggies and mashed potato is highly recommended…

Note:  Save up some left over sauce from the roasting pan and stir in  a cup of corn starch in water to thicken the sauce for a great tasting gravy on plain mashed potato…

 

Bon Appetit!

 

 

Dining and Cooking – Caprese Ensalata

Caprese Ensalata

 

I recently served this Caprese Ensalata to my son David’s Birthday and usually, if you serve any veggie salad to a party, people don’t really mind it much and goes to the main dish right away…  But with this one being colorful and refreshing.  Looks festive and I can even see it as a great Christmas Salad since the red, green and white color combination theme are great for the season… 

Caprese Ensalata 

Salad Ingredients: 

1 Bag of Spring Mix Greens or Baby Spinach (Any greens will do) 

1 Pack of Ripe Cherry Tomatoes 

1 Cup of Drained Bocconcini (Smallest Fresh Mozzarella Balls that’s a size of a mini marshmallows) 

1 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Fresh Basil Leaves 

(Keep all these ingredients freshly chilled) 

Dressing Ingredients: 

1 Clove of Crushed Garlic 

1/4 Cup of Homemade  Pesto (You can always prepare this earlier if you want it homemade just blend basil, garlic, pine nuts and extra virgin olive oil add salt and pepper to taste) 

1/4 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese (Freshly grated Parmigiano or Grana Padano is the best!) 

1/2 Cup of Balsamic Vinegar 

1/2 Cup of Olive oil 

A pinch of Salt and Pepper to taste… 

Procedure: 

Prepare the Salad Dressing first.  In a blender or food processor, combine all Salad Dressing ingredients and give it a quick spin so the dressing will be even and smooth.  Pour is in a salad dressing bottle server or in a small bowl and chill for 30 minutes. 

In a chilled salad bowl, assemble Spring Mix Salad Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Bocconcini (Mozzarella Balls), Chopped Basil, make sure all ingredients are evenly spread around for presentation.  Drizzle some Salad Dressing  prepared earlier, remember not to overwhelm it so keep salad greens  from withering and to show the colorful combinations of all ingredients.  Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese and season with fresh ground pepper.  Set the dressing beside the salad bowl for people to add their own salad dressing. 

Individual serving

You can serve it individually by setting it in individual salad plate and follow the same procedure. 

Note:  Using fresh ground pepper and fresh grated cheese will always give you the best flavor and aroma 

Bon Appetit!

Just thought of sharing this regarding the recent Manila Hostage Tragedy

 

I have to say…

Totally I felt this was irresponsibly mishandled by the PNP, SWAT Team, Media and Crowd By Standers. They are not prepared in this kind of incidents or they are just incapable at all and the Uzisero Crowd, this is not a shooting of a Philippine movie… 

First, what got Mendoza resulting into a hostage in a bus filled with people is something that should be looked into, was it a valid reason why he had this much disappointment to feel the fiery decision to put justice into his hands or just to even get the public’s attention of what had happened in his case that he got dismissed in his duty as a police officer?  They definitely have to review this case which may mean that from this point it was already irresponsibly mishandled just by the justice system.  It’s better to free 10 guilty men than to pin down 1 innocent man as what most lawyers would claim right?  What if he’s not really guilty of the charges that was accused of him that got him dismissed from his service?

Second, when he set the hostage situation, check how the media and the crowd were handled?  The media should have freedom to give the news to the public which is Fredom of Speech but, there should have been a set  guidelines on responsible media coverage specially when they became aware that Mendoza had access on this live coverages through a television inside the bus.  They should be bridging the communication of the hostage taker and the Authorities.  They should have been sensitive on how any person could feel when their family is being harassed and hurt.  They just went fiesta over covering live the whole pick up drama of Mendoza’s brother.  This is not another soap opera with dramatic effects on the side!   The person who’s leading the whole rescue strategy should have ordered to a news black out this part of live coverage if they knew this is something that they should have anticipated that will affect the calmness of the hostage taker into negotiating successfully.  No one can be happy to see their family member being treated that way.  Obviously, insensitive on human instinct itself,  I was watching the coverage and I’ve already foreseen that if I am in the shoes of Mendoza, with the right or wrong mind setting, I will definitely get mad to see that my family is being harrassed.

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Third, instead of pinning down Mendoza’s brother too, why didn’t they just use him to seek help to communicate to his brother, if there’s any qualified mediator to communicate with Mendoza, it should have been this guy.  But they have not briefed him properly as well that he would negotiate or even mediate to communicate with Mendoza into persuade him to come out alive by surrendering and giving up the hostage unharmed and should not say anything that would jeopardize the whole mediation.  The brother itself, participated in the whole drama and have not used his common sense properly.  First of, bringing in a gun with him, he’s not on duty at that time, second, he’s not the hostage taker, so when he got confronted about carrying a firearm and his gun got confiscated, he should know better  unless he’s had much awareness that he’s really an accessory to this crime situation.  The police had the right in confronting him and confiscating his gun but, he should have just been reprimanded instead and focused on the hostage situation.  And when Mendoza asked the brother if his gun was already returned to him, he should have told Mendoza that he didn’t really need to get it right now and that he should have recognized the fact that he’s not suppose to carry it around in that situation, instead he said no they didn’t return it yet and that the PNP came out lying.  Adding the fire on a fiery brother, was he expecting for his brother to come out of the bus to get his gun back to him for saying that?  What is it really important here?  His brother surrendering alive or igniting him to be more fierce?  A mere stupid drama have taken lives of innocent people and not just that, but have caused shame to our country and fellowmen

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Third, the strategy and moves of the PNP and SWAT Team, watching the whole coverage on the approach to the bus was obviously done stupidly.  Sorry for the french but they are bunch of BoboCops!  They should first think of valuing 15 innocent people over 1 outraged man, there were a lot of open shots earlier seeing his pictures and videos out in the open that could have been taken by the SWAT Team to do a Delta or Charlie shot, in english, just take him down in the legs or arms!   There were pictures of Mendoza not even holding his M-16 in position to fire back when he was standing at the bus door.  Aren’t they even watching hostage movies to get a shot strategy?  What more, they should have the training why they are even called SWAT and PNP.  I have a professional sports shooter friend who conducted an invitational gun training for the PNP and mind you, I remembered him freaking out that these people doesn’t even know how to handle a gun and shoot sharply.  Well I know, we’ll all reason out that the government didn’t have enough funds to train them and buy proper ammunitions and equipments.  Well, I guess not?!  At one point I covered a press release corruption case on over pricing government bidding on ammunition and weaponry.  Sad but the money goes in the pocket and not in the proper equipments. 

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Moving on, did you see how they attacked the bus to open it?  First, there should have been media black out when they made that delicate approach because they already knew that Mendoza is watching them on TV.  Second, they should have done it as quick and as quiet possible.  I was super astonished to see how they did it, they used big hammers, knocking down the windows as if they were demolishing a building instead why didn’t they just call the usual carpenters to do the work instead.  They got a ladder that is not tall enough and eventually a smaller truck drove in when they couldn’t reach the tall bus window.  They tied a rope and brought in another service truck to pull out the door.  Unfortunately the rope broke!  Bunch of stupid!  Sorry can’t help to speak french recalling it.  In the first place while will you even have an approach when 15 innocent people were at stake?!  There should have been a precised strategy.  For God’s sake!  And how can you even conduct that kind of approach, what are they thinking?  Are they movie stars shooting a movie to say, “Take 1, Cut not good enough, take 2?  There were no second chances in handling this!  The lives of the hostages were not just in the hands of Mendoza but definitely with them as well. OMG!  watching how they first went then, oops, can’t reach the window the bus is too high, get a ladder, not tall enough, call a truck so we can step on it, the door can’t open, get a rope, get a truck to pull it, ay! naputol!  (hay! kakunsume!) I just had to say some things in tagalog because there’s no way to properly react on it!

When the driver escaped and told everyone they were all dead, don’t we have any night vision weapons to verify it?  Oh I forgot, we don’t have them, the government didn’t have a chance to buy them because of budget problems.  They should have borrowed the Ampatuan’s weaponry! And instead of tear gas and flash bombs, why not sleeping gas to doze off the people inside?

Even when they had Mendoza down, who have control on the Uzisero crowds from approaching the bus?  There was no crowd control at all that’s why there was even one guy who was hit by a stray bullet earlier in shorts and flip-flops, obviously he’s not a man in uniform nor from the media either.  There was no crowd control of a dangerous rescue operation.  I even saw bunch of girls in school uniform taking pictures with the Hostaged Bus as their back view!  What the heck!  For Facebook and Twitter purposes?!  This is not a carnival of soap operas and movie shootings.  If Mendoza came out alive, they could have asked a picture with him I bet you!  For their Facebook or Twitter profile picture… Sikat! Haaaayyyy!  Too nossy and too insensitive people!

And yesterday, this was an article claiming that all bullets that killed the victims are just merely from Mendoza’s M-16. 

“MANILA, Philippines—Initial investigation findings indicate that none of the hostages during Monday’s bloody hostage-taking were killed by “friendly fire,” or bullets from the guns of the police assault team, police officials said Thursday.”

Source:  http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100827-289003/Fatal-bullets-came-from-Mendozas-M-16

Baloney!   Can you even blieve that?  They are now cleaning up their mess!  Covering up instead of admitting and learning from this tragedy?  They also claimed the person who headed the rescue strategy was trained in Australia?!  Well obviously, he was trained!  He even told Ted Failon, when the PMNP and SWAT made the approach, he went down already because he can’t seem to witness it at all.  Hello?!  They should have thrown you inside the bus too!  Anyway, I hope they open their eyes and shut their mouth with all the excuses their giving.

We’ve lost 9 innocent lives to this tragedy, we also lost a very fragile trust from other nations…  PNP and SWAT, stop the pogi points campaign and cut the crap!  We made it shameful for every Filipino in and out of our country… 

God bless the family of the victims that there will be peace in their heart right now.  May forgiveness eventually reign in their lives…

GOD BLESS PILIPINAS!

Written by:

Rose Wenceslao-Flores

Aug. 27, 2010

Dining and Cooking Exploration….

Cooking is always a passion for me…  I love to cook for my family and friends (given the chance and time to…)  I know, I know, I should do it more often…

 Dining is also an adventure as well.  As much as I love cooking, I love dining out too…  Dining experience is usually a school zone for me not just enjoying to try new kinds of food but also to learn new ways of preparing food…  You get some tricks and tips believe me!  Cooking and Dining out always comes together, as what my cousin Ate Babe does, she’s dissecting it so she can try and prepare it at home!

It runs in the blood starting from my grandma with her “Oh so deadly pork adobo!!!”  You’ll have a heart attack but it’s all worth it!

My mommy Chachi’s 5 minutes flash instant dishes (pansit, friend rice, menudo and all her different inventions!)  If Rachel Ray does it in 30 minutes, my mommy, she just looks at what’s in your fridge and then in a few minutes she’ll come up with something right away when you’re hungry in the middle of the night or on a surprise visits…  everyone comes to the house to check out what she just cooked…  when she visited us here in the States, my husband felt like he’s back home in the Philippines to have piping hot Pinoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack…  My mom is notorious with midnight snacks!  My father in law even got spoiled by it too!

My brother Rvin with his Nilagang Bulalo (Boiled beef knuckles), Sinigang (Sour soup) and KareKare (Ox tail and tripe in Peanut sauce), in which my husband is just more than willing  to cholesterol load  (By the way, good luck in your upcoming catering venture Rvin!!!) not to mention, my hubby made Bulalo an excuse when he was pursuing me… (I know, he won’t admit it!) And, I’m so sorry brother, I have not tried your head over hills Leche Flan for a very looooonnnnnggg time!!!  This is to die for, you’ll fall in love with my brother over and over again when you get to try his melt in your mouth oh so good leche flan…  He cooks it with love and patience!  When I mean patience, I really mean more than 2 hours patience…  Not a single bubble, but just purely creamy milky decadence….  (is this good enough Vin to sell you out I mean your Leche Flan?)

 … and my youngest brother Bob who just loves to cook in the middle of the night!  He makes instant pansit canton at its finest…  Eggs, veggies, left over adobo or whatever he can just perk it up with…  no more hungry nights when you’re with him.  (Bad as it can be eating late at night…)

Oh, before I even forget, my Daddy Ambet!  (RIP) From his Prawns ala king, the sauce itself with rice, you’re already in heaven…  and his Sputnik!  His miniature version of morcon…  you’ll forget you name!  Hey, maybe I should try and cook Sputnik one of these days when I get better!  Or maybe for a good occasion  I wonder what’s coming up…  The labor of doing it is too demanding!!!  Short cuts, well then it’s not a sputnik anymore!  We’ll see, you’ll know in my blog when I made them, I’m gonna post some pictures and faces of people trying them!

My little David have shown interest in cooking at a young age already, he started baking cupcakes when he was 4 years old…  He had suki (avid buyers) who wants to order a dozen of them but he’s limited for being a little man!  ;p

My Daniel and my husband, they just love what ever food we all cook!  The taste testers!  My Daniel (Mr. I wanna try) keeps eating David’s cupcakes that upsets him because Daniel doesn’t pay for his cupcakes that he’s selling!  My husband who does my final taste test most of the time and will always say, “you really got what I thought you!” :p But, I heard my husband makes great Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich… hmmmm although I know he makes Dollar size scrambled eggs that my David and Daniel loves, although it can’t beat Mommy’s Bestest Scrambled Eggs, right David?!

Not to mention tons of my relatives who ventured in all types of food businesses!!!

The ultimate satisfaction why I love cooking is seeing the face of my loved ones and friends enjoying and loving the food I cooked…  I usually can’t even eat what I just cooked!  But, watching them finish off the pans and the bowls and plates of my labor of love is more than just enough to keep me full…  I just wish they leave some left overs because I got to get in the mood to eat too!

Anyway folks, this is just the intro of my blog on cooking and recipes…  and as of writing this blog, I’m actually preparing some comfort Pinoy food!  Fried Pinakurat Marinated Boneless Daing na Bangus (Milk Fish) with a side of salted eggs and tomatoes over garlic rice!  Heaven!  Lord promise me You’ll have them there too ok! ;p

Alright, alright, this is just about it for now… I’ll need to eat and be inspired first!

God bless and happy cooking and dining!!!

Peace!

Rose :p

Oh by the way, if you scroll up and click on my picture in this blog, this will bring you to my French Food Trip Album!!!

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