Food Blog!

Hello my lovely readers!

I know I haven’t posted on this blog in a while, but I assure you that I have plenty of thoughts and ideas that have been piling up in my ‘drafts’ section waiting to be published – so please look out for those! On another note, I have also recently started a food blog and would really appreciate it if you all took a look at it and perhaps even follow it! There I will be posting up all food-related things such as reviews, recipes, and my own culinary adventures.

Here is the link: http://nombetweenthelines.wordpress.com/ Oh, and major thanks to my best friend, Shai’a for helping me think of the site url. You guys have no idea how long it took me to get my food blog started simply because I had no idea what to name it! Nevertheless, I am extremely excited to get more content up on there.

I hope you guys will like what you read and see there. I’m really looking forward to updating both these blogs more frequently and just interacting more with the WordPress community. 😀

Wishing you all a lovely beginning of March,

P

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Thanksgiving!

Wow, long time no post, dear readers! My sincerest apologies for that two month hiatus. School, work and life was just kicking me to the curb, and I honestly have had no time to really gather my thoughts and be able to express them here on my blog. However, I finally have the time to post a quick blog about a bit of my life these past two months.

Today marks Thanksgiving Day in Canada and I took it upon myself to finally let my parents sit back and relax and plan and cook Thanksgiving dinner all on my own. Surprisingly enough, I managed to cook everything really well and I got some major kudos on my cooking! Thankfully I didn’t burn the chicken (turkey is my next challenge), and the rest of my dishes turned out great. I am definitely more confident in my culinary skills and cannot wait to cook more often for my family. 🙂

 

Here are a few snap shots of the food I served my family and closest and dearest friends today:

My kale and baby spinach salad, roast chicken, and home made mashed potatoes with all the fixings.
My Filipino Spaghetti – first time making this on my own and it turned out great!
D & I all semi-fancy for Thanksgiving dinner.
My “brother” of 13 years, Kyle and I.
Look at how proud I am of myself!
Ohana.

As I was prepping and cooking everything, I found myself to be in very deep thought about my life and where I am now. School has been really tough on me, adjusting to the whole new experience of being at UBC, as well as just trying to get into my niche there. Work has been busy and tiring, but very fruitful. As for my personal life, I have been all over the place. These past two months have taught me to be more solitary and enjoy my independence and truly appreciate the friends who are still in my life and make a conscious effort of being in it. Thanksgiving has allowed me to realize that every single aspect of life should be shown gratefulness, and I truly do appreciate not only the good times in my life, but also the challenges and difficult times that I encounter.

God’s truly blessed me with an amazing support group that I cannot even begin to explain how grateful I am for them. With that being said, I still have been through many losses in terms of old friendships as of late, and  for a while, I have been feeling that weight of loss bear heavily on my shoulders. However, each day, I am slowly learning to let go of friendships that are no longer there, and make room for those that are still left and those that are coming in to blossom and flourish. I am so, so thankful for all these little blessings and more, and I do my best to remember to show that gratefulness whenever I can.

Thanksgiving was a really great experience this year, and cooking everything myself (with help from my trusty sous-chef D), I finally truly appreciated all the hard work my parents and family members put into providing good food on the table. I am so blessed to have been able to share this time with some of my nearest and dearest, and although I am pretty worn out from it all, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I hope all of my Canadian readers have had a very blessed and fruitful Thanksgiving! Remember to show your appreciation not only one day a year, but every single day of the year. May you all stay well and happy despite all the tribulations life throws at you.

Filled with an full stomach and ready to succumb to a food coma,

P

My Trials in Food – Simple Spinach Salad & Blooey Smoothie

Hi everyone!

It is another beautiful scorching day here in Vancouver, and I decided to go grocery shopping today for a small pot luck I am hosting for my girlfriends tomorrow at my house. Luckily for me, D drove me to our local Safeway and helped me carry my bags of goodies back home. Thanks, boo! 🙂

Today, I made a simply yummy salad that is perfect for summer. I have a feeling I will be eating it quite often and it can definitely transition well into the colder months by adding some heartier veggies or even some grilled chicken!

Simple Baby Spinach Salad:

  • 2 servings of organic baby spinach (can be non-organic if you wish)
  • A handful of organic baby carrots (again, can be non-organic)
  • A handful of pine nuts
  • A handful of dried cranberries
  • As much greek feta cheese as you want
  • Salad dressing of your choice
A simple baby spinach salad I threw together that is perfect for summer!

I just quickly threw all of these ingredients into a bowl and tossed them together. For the dressing, I used a simple vinaigrette to lightly coat the salad and that was pretty much it. Next time, I think I might add in some roasted or baked chicken to give it some more weight, and toast the pine nuts in a pan before throwing them in. Otherwise, it is a pretty solid meal on its own, and I was full from eating it as a snack!

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I have been addicted (no seriously, I think I am going to need an intervention soon) to the magic bullet kept at home and have been using it 2-3 times a day. Today at Safeway, I grabbed some Vanilla Greek Yogurt and decided to add it into my smoothie and oohh man, is it ever good.

Paula’s Blooey Smoothie:

  • 1/3 cup of organic blueberries (again, you can use non-organic)
  • 1/4 cup of Vanilla greek yogurt 
  • A handful of baby carrots 
  • 1/2 banana 
  • 1/2 cup of milk (used skim milk for this)
  • 1/4 cup of ice
A yummy refreshing smoothie that is sure to tickle your taste buds!

I put all of these ingredients into my beloved magic bullet and let it do its magic. I was pleasantly surprised that blueberries weren’t overpowering the smoothie at all, considering it was the most used ingredient in this drink. It blended perfectly with the yogurt and the banana. So I can say once again that another smoothie turned out to be successful!

I am pretty excited to host my little potluck together with the girls – I haven’t seen them in almost two months! It will be nice catching up and just enjoying good food and good company. Hopefully they enjoy the treats I will be making them tomorrow. 🙂

Let me know if any of you try out these simple recipes and if you find them delicious and feel free to suggest other recipes in the comments below!

Love,
P

My Trials in Food – Organic Spaghetti and Yummy Healthy Smoothie

Hello beautiful people!

This little series of blog entries will consist of my little blurbs here and there about my trials (good and bad) of food I have made myself, or with a little help from others. I am no Nigella Lawson, but I am very much interested in learning a few culinary skills that will hopefully help me out in the future! Besides, I need to feed myself and my future family somehow. 😛

Without further ado, here are the things I have made today at home! Enjoy and let me know what you guys think.

For a late lunch today, there was literally nothing for me to eat as is in the fridge, so I managed to put together a spaghetti dish that turned out quite well.

This is my home made organic spaghetti meal I threw together and my home made organic garlic bread my sister helped me out with.

When I was throwing this together, I was honestly just hoping for the best. I put in random things in my fridge and just kept tasting my sauce every once in a while, and surprisingly, this turned out to be a hit! I am definitely making it again. Here are the list of ingredients that I put together to make this yumm-o creation:

Random Spaghetti:

  • 1/2 pack of organic spaghetti (or any spaghetti you like)
  • 1/2 bag of Filipino UFC tomato sauce (this sauce is quite sweet and typical of Filipino spaghetti)
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • some pieces of jarred cooked artichokes
  • 1 diced hotdog
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of white or brown sugar

I basically just put all of the ingredients sans the spaghetti into a pot and let that cook for 20-30 minutes. Then I just threw in the cooked spaghetti straight out of the pot and voila! Bon appetite.

Now my smoothie. Lately, I have been addicted to the magic bullet we keep at home and have been using it almost every day, whipping up yummy smoothies. Here, I have made a yummy and nutritious smoothie which I have named the Pooey Smoothie. Here are the ingredients:

Paula’s Pooey Smoothie:

  • banana
  • 4 ice cubes
  • a handful of organic baby spinach
  • a handful of baby carrots
  • a handful of organic blue berries
  • 1 cup of milk (I used skimmed milk for this)
I threw in together some yummy and nutritious fruits and veggies and it turned out quite well!

I threw in those ingredients into the magic bullet and turned that bad boy on. To be honest, I was kind of scared of the results, and was even more wary after seeing what colour the smoothie turned out to be. Even my father told me it looked like poo. 😛 But hey, even putting together nutritious things can taste delicious! Plus, this smoothie is a great way to get your recommended fresh and raw veggies and fruits into your diet.

I threw in together some yummy and nutritious fruits and veggies and it turned out quite well!

So my first day of putting together some healthy things to eat turned out to be quite a success. I give myself a pat on the back and now have more faith in myself that I can cook for my future family and won’t have them starved, haha.

If you guys try out my random recipes, please let me know what you think of them! Again, I think I was just really lucky and the culinary gods decided to lend me some skills for today. Hopefully they will be even more generous and aid me in my future endeavours in the complicated area of cuisine. Wish me luck!

Happy cooking!
P