Homemade Pizza!!!

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I was just taking my time off yesterday strolling around town when I decided to bake pizza for dinner. I suddenly had this crave for pizza so I went to look for a readily-made dough at a local bakery store. Luckily, I found it somewhere nearby and it was very affordable-1 pack with 4 pieces of dough costs 22 pesos or half a dollar.

I then headed straight into the grocery to buy some stuff  for the pizza toppings when I realized that it was already dark. So, I rushed home and surprised Kurty and Ryan that our dinner would be pizza. As expected, they both complained why the heck only pizza for dinner. Well, I was already expecting that kind of reaction from them–the hungry boys need something more than pizza. Oh Well, I only ate pizza for dinner while the boys ate rice and ham, and of course, the pizza.

We had satisfied our hungry palates as we devoured every slice of it. I was absolutely full and I was overly pleased with how my boys enjoyed the pizza I baked.

 

Congratulate Me! I cooked Lapu-Lapu sweet and sour and guess what, it’s my first time…woot!

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I guess the title sounds a bit exaggerated–as if I won the lottery or something. Oh well, yesterday morning, Ryan returned home with a plastic bag on his hand. He proudly showed me two medium-sized Lapu-Lapu, and told me that we are going to cook it for dinner. In my mind, I thought we are just going to fry it, hah! too easy, but he suggested that we should make a sweet and sour dish, which is ideal for Lapu-Lapu.

photo credits: marketmanila.com

“How the heck do you cook Lapu-Lapu sweet and sour?” I told myself. Then, Ryan looked at me and asked, “Do you know how to cook sweet and sour?” and so I said that it’s easy. I told him that I’ll just browse through the internet to get  instructions on how to cook sweet and sour.

It’s definitely too easy to get instructions on the web–just ask Google. Okay, too easy, but I was worried what the outcome would be like. Is it going to taste like a sweet and sour dish or something else?

I’m not really a kitchen-person. I guess I just don’t have that passion for cooking or you may also say the I lack the talent for preparing dishes. Okay, I admit. I hate slicing, mincing, chopping, and all that stuff  you do in the kitchen…hmmm, probably not all the time . Of course, there are times when I am in the mood for messing up our kitchen like a chef wannabe trying to experiment new dishes, but only to realize that I’m far from wearing a toque. A toque is chef’s hat, by the way.

It was past 6 in the evening and time to prepare for dinner–‘Lapu-Lapu sweet and sour’. I bought all the ingredients (not really) listed on the website where I visited, however, I failed to include cornstarch in my list, but I guess it was okay.

Ryan did the frying while I assigned myself to take charge of the rest. First, I sliced and minced the garlic, onion, tomato, ginger, and carrots (for ginger and carrots, I sliced them into tiny matchsticks…that’s what it says in the instruction anyway) For the sauce, I bought a small pack of tomato sauce and ketchup (I was not sure about the ketchup, but I included it in my grocery list), the rest of the ingredients like salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar were readily available in the kitchen.

At first, I thought that making this kind of dish could be quite complicated, but it was fairly easy. All I had to do was saute the garlic, onion, tomato, ginger, and carrots in a hot frying pan with at least 3-5 tablespoons of oil. Then, I poured the tomato sauce and also the ketchup to make the sauce a bit thicker, I dropped some small amount of vinegar and soy sauce, and a pinch of salt to taste. Then, I left it to boil for a minute, and right after that, I added 3 teaspoons of sugar and gave it a nice stir. Instead of pouring the sauce on the platter on top of the fried Lapu-Lapu, I placed the fish into the boiling sauce and I let it simmer for less than 2 minutes before I took it out from the fire. And Kaboom! A finish product.

Lapu-Lapu Sweet and Sour; photo credits: zamboanga.net

Unfortunately, I was not able to take a picture of my ‘Lapu-Lapu sweet and sour’ as we were already hungry to think of taking some snap shots.

Anyway, I just wanted to illustrate through this photo which I took from zamboanga.net. No offense to the one who prepared this dish but I think my presentation was better than this photo…hahaha…gosh! I’m too proud of myself to say that!

And the best part of it all, and to my surprise, it tastes good–like a real Lapu-Lapu sweet and sour.

Blind Item: Daughter and Mother got late in an event, ordered food worth 10k

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According to a blind item published in pinoyparazzi, former actress and her mother were invited in a special event. However, they arrived late and only few remaining dishes were left. So, the two decided to order some food. But, it’s already not part of the event organizer’s responsibility to pay for the food they ordered because the foods they ordered were not listed in the menu which the organizers have chosen to serve to its guests. Accordingly, the mother-daughter team ordered some expensive dishes.

When the waiter approached them with the bill, the actress and her mother refused to pay for the food they ordered saying that they were invited as guests in the said event. The waiter explained to both of them that the food and drinks they ordered were not part of the event’s free food and drinks being served to guests in that event. The worst part is—they were charged around 10 thousand pesos for the food and drinks they ate and drank.

Suddenly, they spotted a rich friend who happened to also be one of the guests in that event. Accordingly, the mother and daughter tandem jokingly told their friend about the food they ordered and the amount they were charged to pay. Upon hearing this, the rich friend told them that he/she didn’t bring any cash, (some sort of an alibi) and besides, the rich man was not also willing to pay for the bill.

And so, the mother and daughter team were left with no choice but to pay the said amount worth ten thousand pesos, the total amount of food and drinks they ordered.

It’s a lesson learned for both of them—never come late when invited in a special event and make sure to order food within their means.