Cooking with Guava

Cooking with Guava

“Only the pure of heart can make good soup.” – Beethoven

Most of the world has been exposed to a Filipino dish called Sinigang (Tamarind Soup).  Lesser known is a similar dish made with guava instead of  tamarind called Sinigang sa Bayabas (Guava Soup).

Ripe Guava

Chili Leaves

Talakitok or Trevally

The name is actually a misnomer since it is more of a main dish than a soup. It is best eaten with steamed rice and a dipping sauce of soy sauce, lemon and chilies.

Some tips to cooking a really good guava soup:

  1. The best fish to use is Talakitok, also known as Big Eyed Jack or Trevally.
  2. The fish has to be lightly fried first to get maximum flavor.
  3. The most hassle free way to process the ripe guavas is to use a juicer.
  4. The best vegetables to use are eggplants, okra and talbos ng sili (chili leaves).

Ingedients:

Trevally, lightly fried

Juice of six (6) fresh medium sized ripe guava

Some okra, eggplant and chili leaves

Salt, sugar and ground black pepper to taste

 

Procedure:

Boil the guava juice in some water, be careful not to put a lot or you will lose the guava taste. Put eggplant and fish in once it starts boiling, followed by okra and chili leaves.  Add salt, sugar and ground black pepper to taste.

It is that easy. If you are a good cook, you will know how the taste is okay once the sugar, salt and guava combine together.

Best served with steamed rice and soy sauce dip on a rainy or cold day.

Happy eating!

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

Email us at MsEmilyIsMe@gmail.com .

 

 

Donations are welcome to keep us going. 

Ads can be placed as well for reasonable prices.

Lea Salonga – High Quality Singing

Today, I’m not gonna cook however, I’m going to tell you a story about my most recent experience of having the privilege of watching a very very talented Filipino Singer perform at the Sydney Opera house. This is the most iconic venues in Sydney and let me tell you, she slayed it. Lea Salonga has a concert over the weekend and sang all the classic show tunes she’s known for.
I suppose for those of you who don’t know her, here’s a brief summary of who she is why she’s so looked up to by most Filipinos here and overseas. Her story started when she was cast as Kim in Miss Saigon. It was a great success in London and they brought the show to broadway. Then she won the Tonys, was  the singing voice for Jasmin and Mulan, and the rest is history. I didnt really want this to be a wiki of her. In short, she’s amazing and talented, and us filipinos have little things to be proud of, and when we can grasp at a small spark like this, well we hold on to it.

 

leaMiss

Now, I do admire her, but living overseas kind of gets you disconnected with what’s happening in the country. And since she’s not really known internationally, well, what I’m getting at is, it has been a while since I saw her perform live. I completely forgot the sensation, and how amazing her voice is. I think It was back when I was still in Highschool when I last saw her  live. And that was not even a concert, i think it was a play.

That brings us back to 2017, where me and my friends saw her perform with the Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra with in the Sydney Opera house. It was nothing short of EPIC. Really. It’s also cute that her brother is the musical director of the entire show. And given that the venue was a really big deal, she did sing some of her greatest performances such as On My Own and a nice little tune from Hamilton. They even made a One Direction song sound good.

It was no surprise that me and my friends were just utterly mesmerised by her.  And I would like to quote what one of my friends said, “It’s a dream come true, but it was a dream i didnt even have.” We laughed, but it did ring true. Going into the concert, I certainly did not expect to be overwhelmingly happy and enthralled by her vocal prowess. It’s angelic.

If you can catch her town, it’s totally worth it.

The Power of the Written Word

“A diary means yes indeed.” – Gertrude Stein

 

When I was a young girl, I kept a diary.

The diary was an ordinary silly pink thing that I bought from the only stationery shop in town. I would stay up late in my big, dank room in the basement, alone with my thoughts save for the stark electric light, my dresser, garden table and chair, and queen bed, careful to keep the bathroom door closed so as not to spook myself.

WRITE01

On this bed and way into the wee hours of the morning, I would alternately bury my head in a book or scribble some thoughts in the diary when the mood caught me.

I wrote the life goals that seemed important at the time — what I wanted to do with my life, my wishes, my heart’s desires.

Fast forward 10 years. Time passed, the diary forgotten until rediscovered one day.

It was an important day, a day when I learned an important life lesson that stayed with me forever. It took time, but yes, everything I wrote in that diary came to pass.

WRITE02

EVERYTHING I wrote in that notebook HAPPENED. It totally blew me, I was amazed, a classic Eureka! moment, it hit me like a slap in the face. That’s when I realized that words have power, and I, we, have the power to make things happen.

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

Email us at MsEmilyIsMe@gmail.com .

 

 

Donations are welcome to keep us going.

Ads can be placed as well for reasonable prices.

The Caulbearer

 

“Virtue has a veil.” Victor Hugo

My daughter was born with a caul, or a hood, or a veil over her face.  She is what is correctly termed a   Caulbearer, or the one “born behind the veil.”

It is estimated that only one out of 80,000 babies are born with a caul – delivered at birth with some amnion membrane covering the face.2017-04-18_10-38-23

In many cultures, a Caulbearer is believed to be blessed, destined for greatness or to have a special destiny, to possess psychic abilities and be a bringer of good luck. They are said to be able to predict changes in weather patterns, find underground water supplies and are natural healers.

The caul itself is purported to be a talisman against drowning, a personal protection against the evil-eye and an object that brings good luck in business.

For the longest time, I didn’t know about the existence of Caulbearers, stumbling upon this topic only recently, but perhaps not accidentally.

It is fascinating to know that there are such beings among us.

CB01

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

Email us at MsEmilyIsMe@gmail.com .

 

 

Donations are welcome to keep us going. 

Ads can be placed as well for reasonable prices.

 

Matcha HAS Caffeine

 

Okay this is not really a recipe type of blog, but take this as a sort of Advice from me to you.

Well, I am writing this now, in the middle of the night fully awake, fully aware of my state of mine.

And I blame the large glass of Matcha float that I drank a while ago.

Let me paint you a picture of the predicament that I am in, I have a deadline, basically a work deadline that I knew that 8 hours normal worktime will surely not be enough. I tried to focus on the task at hand, cancelled about 2 meetings I was keen on attending, and yet, a las, it was 6pm and I was not even halfway through. And in the typical Australian workplace, most of my colleagues were packing up and saying their farewells. It’s the easter weekend so some of us are starting their weekend early and are even going to fly overseas for some well-deserved break. Anyway, back to me, so the panic is prickling, and the fatigue is creeping up, by 7pm I was the only person in the office. I decided to go out for dinner in a nearby ramen joint, after a nice bowl of hot slurpy goodness, I had the sudden urge for Green Tea or Matcha.

Sidenote: this happens to me often, craving for Matcha.

phpo_esh__resized

Anyway, my feet where were already dragging me to where I can get my fix. Before I was even aware of it, I was telling the nice Japanese Lady, “1 Match float” please. I didnt have to look at the menu, I was a regular at this place and I knew what I wanted. In a couple of minutes, I had in my hand my precious MATCHA float, about a size of a Starbucks Grande. And it had Matcha soft serve on top. So, I happily sipped away while i skipped away into the rain, back to my cold crummy office.

Powered by the caffeine, i managed to blast off all the tasks i needed to finish for tomorrow. I look at the clock and it’s 11PM, and yes I’m still at work. I could barely feel the tiredness, the only reason why I know that I’m fatigued is that my hands are feeling tired from scrolling the mouse and me typing. The problem is, i feel like I had just sniffed cocaine, because I’m so very much AWAKE. I really dont know why, i dont know much caffeine Matcha has,but I’m not sleepy at all. It’s now 12:24AM and I’m trying to may be feel tired from writing this.

I am happy about completing the work, and I’m so stressed about not being able to sleep tonight. Tomorrow we’re going to a really long road trip after work, and I really really need to rest.

So this is my advice to whoever is reading this, dont drink Matcha at night.

It has a substantial amount of caffeine, that is keeping me up past midnight.

True Dreams

 

 

“No, there was nothing unusual in any of these dreams as dreams. They were merely displaced in Time.”

― J.W. Dunne, An Experiment with Time

 

I have vague memories as a young girl. I only started remembering life, clearly as it happens, when I turned 12. It was also when I started having true dreams.

 

The one that I remember most vividly is a vision of myself in an airport check-in counter, looking my usual Type A self, with two children in tow – one was a boy and the other was a curly –haired girl. I knew it was a boy because he was playing with a car, and the curly-haired girl was towing in turn a rag doll.

 

So was the truth revealed to me when I was still in my teens. I, who never wanted to have children, will have two. The first one will be a boy and the next one, a girl with curls. And that eventually, I will be working and living abroad.

 

When I was pregnant with my first child, I was beautifully radiant – even I was amazed at how good I looked. Everybody was complimenting me on my looks, my OB-GYNE wanted me to join a pregnant ladies beauty contest which for me was a truly, truly amusing idea. Everybody was saying that my child will be a girl because I was so pretty.

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 11.33.03 pm

When the time came for the ultrasound, everyone was equally astounded that it was a boy. But of course, I was not. When it was my daughter’s turn, she did not disappoint – she had curls like Shirley Temple.

 

Dream done and dusted.

 

From experience, the truest dreams and premonitions come in the wee hours of the morning, that time before dawn, just before waking.

 

Dream and remember.

 

 

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

Email us at MsEmilyIsMe@gmail.com .

 

 

Donations are welcome to keep us going.

Ads can be placed as well for reasonable prices.

 

 

 

Induction Changed My Life

 

I can kind of vaguely remember the first time I had to buy my first induction cooktop when I started to cook for myself. I am a firm advocate of eating and enjoying home cooked meals. I will have a separate article about that in the future. For now, let’s talk about man’s gift to home cooks everywhere: the amazing and unassuming induction cooktop. I first bought a portable one when I was living in Dubai. I once had a electrical cooktop, but it got busted after a couple of years of overuse. And I really do overuse it. So I wanted to get another good product and I saw this was on sale.fagor1

When I got it home and started unboxing it, I was giddy with excitement. Kitchen gadgets tod this to me, probably in the same way my brother gets excited when a new PlayStation game he likes comes out. So there I was, setting up my new cooktop, and was ready to boil water. Clearly, I was only going to make pasta. I crouched down my chaotic cupboards and looked for my best pot and filled it up with water whilst humming Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera. I turned on the cooktop, and it beeped, and beeped, and beeped and after a couple of seconds, it turned off. I mean, mother of pearls! What was going on? I tried it again, and still it would just turn off. I began to wonder if I once again got a defective product. I say once again, because at that time I just bought a really nice food processor and I didn’t know that to make it work you need to cover it up so that the safety switch will be turned off.  I brought it back to the store only for the sales person to give me a “how ignorant” look. I honestly do not want that to happen again, and so I had to fish through the trash the user manual. What is wrong with this stupid induction cooktop! And well, the manual wasn’t really much of a help. Luckily though, since the bloody thing was on sale, the  appliance store threw in a pot with it. It was a hideous looking pot that I was planning to throw out. Then, I double backed, may be… what if… so I filled in this pot with water and there you have it the cooktop was boiling my water in a matter of seconds.

At this point, I decided to go to the internet, and you’re probably thinking, what the hell took you so long? I had no patience look through user reviews on kitchen wares and stuff like that. I started googling about induction compatible pots or whatever. And there you have it, apparently, not all pots are induction ready and you will actually need to look at the label specifically. Unfortunately, most of my Tefal pots and pans were not! Now I have to search for new pots and pans that would be induction friendly, I would say. A good indication is if the pot has a kind of coil icon.

 

Luckily, they were easy enough to find, and I found a lot from IKEA. and boy, was my life changed! This is even better than a stove with fire cause of the precision of the temperature. I can boil water really quickly. I can set the timer. I can cook and watch Netflix at the same time. I was so happy about it that I bought a set for my mum at home.

Seriously, get one!