Oh I guess it is finally the time of the year wherein people get excited over things and of course the events. December means it is the start of Christmas Season at least for other countries. But in the Philippines, we start our season once September comes (“-Ber” months).
This year, my Christmas season is different. I am in Australia. I am with no family and just friends I barely know until now. It’ll be my first Christmas away from home, thus, my family L . Whenever people ask me what I want for Christmas, I couldn’t think of anything. I always tell people that I have everything that I wanted, materially speaking though. Haha. Most girls are said to be materialistic, but I think I am different. Yeah I want some things, but most of the time I always pray for good health, happiness, wisdom and peace of mind. These are the intangible things that I want.
I have been walking to work these days and I realized that I merely see the beauty of my surroundings. I started to notice the flowers, trees, birds and the sun rising. I feel more inspired as I walk my way to work. Even the cold summer breeze during the night inspires me. I seldom feel good and relax nowadays. But the breeze made me remember a lot of memories; my childhood, my friends, my family and even my ex – boyfriend.
I think most people feel sentimental during December or Christmas Season, the time of the year that is most celebrated but come to think of it, some people, including me, find it lonely. It was December of 2009, my father is bed ridden and we have to spend Christmas in the hospital. I was so sad that night. While everyone is sleeping, I can’t help but wonder how life would be without my father. L Another memory I always remember was back in 2003 or 2004. My family is having financial problems that time so it was our first Christmas which is not that festive. My mom even gave us inexpensive gifts despite our situation.
For last Christmas, my mom tried her best to make it so happy and festive. We have my Aunt’s family for Christmas and we did have the best time. My mom wanted me to experience happy Christmas since she knows I’ll be spending it alone this year.
Anyway, all is well nowadays. I have to update you people about what is happening to me. ASAP.
The month of October just started and come to think of it, I haven’t posted a lot of food related entries here. The fact that I can post anything about it anytime because I majored in Culinary Arts, I worked as a cook in the Philippines and now I am a Chef Intern here in Australia.
Upon coming here in a foreign country, I became independent especially on cooking my food. I noticed that since I came here, I begun cooking more creatively. I started to try out new recipes and even invent my own. So now, I decided to create a topic here on my blog about my home cooked recipes. There are lots of recipe variations all over the internet but I just wanted to share how I prepared and cooked mine.
I love spices and flavours. So I asked my mom’s friend if she wanted to have Enchilada for Lunch.
Chicken and Vegetable Enchilada
1pc Chicken Breast/ Thigh Fillet, sliced into strips
1pc Zucchini, thinly sliced
1pc Eggplant, thinly sliced
150-200g Tomato Paste
1pc small Onion, chopped
2-3 cloves Garlic, Minced
2-3pc medium Tomato, seeded and cubed
*Red Kidney Beans (Optional)
*1-3tsp Ground Cumin
*2-3tsp Coriander paste (or fresh)
*1-2 tsp Cloves
*1/2 to 1tsp Chili Paste (or fresh chilli/chilli flakes/chilli powder)
*Salt and Pepper, to taste
*Cheese, grated (quickmelt / cheddar is best used)
* add/ lessen to your liking
1. Preheat oven to 150C. Line a baking tray
2. In a saucepan, sautee Onion, garlic and tomato in a little oil. Then add tomato paste, water (to thin out the sauce). Add Vinegar, Coriander, cumin, cloves and chilli to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. Stir. Set aside.
3. Pan fry chicken in a separate pan. Set aside.
4. Assemble: (Vegetable) Soft Taco, Spread sauce evenly, layer Zucchini and Eggplant topped with sauce and cheese. Then close taco.
(Chicken) Soft Taco, Spread sauce evenly, put chicken strips, top sauce and cheese. Then close taco.
(Chicken and Veg) Soft taco, Spread sauce evenly, layer Zucchini, eggplant and chicken with sauce and cheese.
5. Bake for 15minutes or until cooked. Serve with Sourcream (Sourcream + Coriander) or Guacamole (Avocado, Onion, Tomato, Coriander, s&p) on the side.
Leave a comment or anything here. Tell me how yours tasted and your suggestions.
I am starting this “The Butterfly Effect” in my blog today. This is looking through different angles of life wherein your actions and decisions in life affects or has an effect on others.
I haven’t really blogged or vlogged lately. Maybe because things seem to be going against my way. People seem to be unreachable these days. I mean I am not blaming them for doing things their way, but if somehow they still care things would be better.
You cannot really tell what will happen in the future. People just come and go.
I. There are those people whom you don’t expect to come. You willingly accept them in your doorstep, feed them and even let them stay. But what happens if this stranger becomes too comfortable staying at your place? Yeah you’re getting annoyed. But hey you, it was your decision to let him in. Nonetheless, you can decide to either let him stay or ask him to leave. What happens after he leaves? You both go your separate ways. It is your choice if you still want him to come back though. But what if he never comes back? Is it his lose or your lose?
II. Someone ,whom you became almost close to family, plans to leave. Should you ask him to stay? You know for a fact the he has a valid reason. It is for his own good. Yeah own selfish act most of the time. Because of this plan of leaving, he then disregards things or people whom he’ll leave. What will you do? What will you say to him? He decided his own fate, so just move on and stop whining about him leaving.
III. What if it is I who should decide whether to stay or go? What will I do? other people’s advice won’t matter still. It is I who needs to decide on what to do. It is a life long decision that most people experience. It may be as simple as staying or leaving your house to go to work or to the mall. One decision can change your entire life and others as well.
What will happen when you realize that you cannot do anything on any of these scenarios? Will you just go with the flow or will you still go against it? Will you be able to cope up with the changes that will occur? Think of it that at least your paths crossed whether anyone decides to stay or go.
There comes a time that I just need to keep quiet instead of blurting out my feelings. It didn’t occur to me that I am not the only one who over thinks at times. I mean working at a small kitchen, in a suburb with a few people in the community seems to be a peaceful workplace ei. I get to be close with my co workers and even be familiar of the people in the community. But it doesn’t seem to fascinate me that I am not in a bigger city. Can you imagine this environment to be less stressful?
What really bothers me nowadays is not my work. I have a personal life you know. I am a quiet type of person when I’m around a crowd, if three is a crowd. XD Maybe it’s just me being quiet outside. They said that quiet persons are the ones who think loudly. I have a big noise inside my head right now. A lot of thoughts, confusion a and sorts. I’m not sure if these things are necessary to think about in the first place. All I know is that, I need a peace of mind. At least a full body and mind rest for a while. I’m just hoping to meet someone along the way to help me sort out myself again.
I haven’t blogged for a long time now. I mean I was busy last June. I’m not sure what July might bring. I am happy at my work now, coped up with a lot of things and still learning a lot.
I was looking some photos from the last few weeks and days before coming here in Australia and it seems to me that I am a different person now. You know that the only permanent thing in the world is change right. My Chefs told me that I lack enthusiasm and passion and work. Since then, I strived hard to prove them wrong, that I am passionate with what I’m doing and is willing to learn. After weeks and months here, my chefs finally begin to notice my improvement. I may sometimes still seem careless and stupid at some things but heck I am better at what I am doing now. My chef said that he was glad that instead of being grumpy and just let their judgement pass, I made a move to improve. Of course I am here to learn and not make “dabog” or “magmaarte” on what I do. Hehe
Anyway, a month had passed since the breakup. My friend said that I look and sound okay nowadays. He also said that this maybe because of my work. He meant was because I’m too busy and tired at work that I can’t bother thinking or feeling down of the break up. “Bilis ko daw mag move on.” Sure as noh! Ever since naman I want to be the best in my career. “Darating nalang ulit yang time for love.”
July is time to start other new things. Focus and strive more at work. And restart my Yoga.
oh BTW, if you’re from Bunbury (WA) or Australia, come and visit our Silos Restaurant and Bar. We just started our Winter Menu. a lot of new, delicious and fun food on the menu now.