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Soul Searching: My Antisocial days

October 8, 2013 Leave a comment

These past few months, I’ve been all over the place. I mean I feel like I made a mess out of myself. It didn’t occur to me that I am losing myself, my old good self.

This post might be self – absorbed but please just read and bear with me.

People say that it is better to “Be yourself” at all times. But what if you are losing yourself in the process of finding it? The search into finding myself here in a foreign country is too tough. I told myself that this experience is like “Soul Searching” for me. I just realized that here I am again in the same situation of losing myself. The change was too abrupt that I didn’t realized, not until now, that it made me such a mess. I began to worry and stress more over simple things. Yes I do over think most of the time, but it’s my nature.

I have no family or relatives here. I just developed friendship with some people and others still acquaintance. Living alone here put a big impact on my well-being. I did some things differently and even did new odd things. I am easily influenced by my surroundings. I wasn’t like this before. I am doing wrong and unimaginable things these days.

After some realization, I begun telling myself that I need to be antisocial for a while and detach myself to people and to things here. I need to find out what’s wrong and bring out the goodness in me. I made a “Note to self” post on my planner to remind me of what I should do.


I don’t know how long this would last but I hope it would turn out well for me.

P.S. I won’t stop posting or blogging though. This is one of my outlet so I’ll continue. 🙂




Cooking at home : Chicken and Vegetable Enchilada

October 2, 2013 1 comment

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

Chicken and Vegetable Enchilada

Serves 3-6


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)

1tsp Vinegar


*Salt and Pepper, to taste

Soft Taco

*Cheese, grated (quickmelt / cheddar is best used)

*Sourcream (optional)

*Guacamole (optional)

* 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.