Balut Gastronomy

In the Philippines, touring out the night streets you will find vendors selling “balut”. This is actually a boiled fertilized duck egg. Filipinos consider this as a delicious treat. When you’re in the Philippines don’t miss out eating this because you’re in for an intense gastronomy. Not only that is delicious, it is also packed with calories and nutrients like; protein, vitamin A, B-complex, D, folate, calcium, phosphorus, niacin, magnesium, zinc and iron. Long before Viagra, it has been a belief of Filipinos to use this to improve sex drive.

Natives eat balut by first cracking the hollow part. Remove the cracked shell and make a hole. Sip the broth out then slowly remove the shell and bite, you eat it slowly or you can remove most of its shell and gobble it up one time. It is partnered eating by adding a pinch of salt and vinegar with chili to make it tastier.

Treat Yourself With A Chocolate

It’s not just having a sweet tooth that makes us love chocolate so much. It tops the lists of comfort food. Whether you are heartbroken, having a bad day or you just simply want to indulge in its exquisite flavor, you can count on it. It comes in variety of types and flavors. From bar, ice creams, cakes to confectioners, chocolate had gone a long way.

Chocolates have different types. And one of my favorite is white chocolate, which contains vanilla, cocoa butter, sugar, milk, and emulsifier. It has fewer cocoa solids content that’s why it is white. Another favorite of mine is the milk chocolate which contains about 10-20% of cocoa solids, cocoa butter and milk solids. Another type would be the dark chocolate which contains more cocoa solids and a little milk or no milk at all. Dark chocolates are good anti-oxidant, and help lower blood cholesterol. Then there’s the semi-sweet, sweet-dark chocolates and unsweetened chocolates that are used for baking and other recipes. You can choose from these types, dark, white milky or sweet, chocolates can adjust to your palate.

The Sauce In Shawarma

Whenever I go to a mall, or when I get hungry after a few hours of window shopping, I always go for the quick and easy snack and shawarma is definitely on the list. I mean it’s really one of the best comfort foods for me. I really love it and now my mouth salivates, just writing about it. How could I resist this food? It’s such a healthy snack, shreds of beef, strips of cucumber and tomato and a bit of onion wrapped with pita bread. And you know what really makes this treat so appetizing? It’s the sauce!

Yes, the sauce is the one that makes this delectable treat amazing. It makes me wonder how you make the sauce; every time I eat it makes me wonder the distinct flavor of the sauce. I Google for an answer and found out that there’s a lot of variations. And I found these ingredients best suits the flavor I tasted. The ingredients are; plain yogurt, peeled cucumber, two tablespoon olive oil, half juiced lemon, 3 gloves garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh dill and salt and pepper to taste. You have to mix all of these in a food processor and refrigerate it to bring out the best flavor. The sauce is so good I even put that on my vegetable salad.

Gooey-Yummy Mochi Balls

When I was nine, I desperately wanted some changes in my daily activities. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do, but I knew for certain that I was passionate about watching my sister prepare gourmet dishes. She cooks the best food ever! Her cooking abilities fueled my passion for cooking. I began preparing dishes for my family, and I found the process fascinating.

I’ve always had this love for desserts. So I will share how to make Choco-Berry Mochi Balls (chilled rice balls). Work on the filling first. Roll 6 tablespoons of strawberry jam into 6 balls. Wrap each with chocolate spread. Roll again then chill for 20 minutes. On to the Mochi now. In a microwaveable bowl, mix water, sugar, and glutinous rice flour. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring mixture every 30 seconds. Remove mochi from bowl and divide into 6 pieces. Dust a flat pan with sweet potato starch and flatten each piece of mochi. Wrap mochi around the chocolate-strawberry balls. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Getting a Classic Electric Guitars for my Boys

My son is into rock and roll. He has his own drums which I gave two years ago on his birthday. Now he’s trying to learn how to play the ibanez jet king. I wanted to surprise him by giving 2 classic martin acoustic electric guitars. You may ask me why it had to be two, but it is actually for my husband when they want to play acoustic sounds together.

I had no regrets buying two guitars for the men in my life. In fact, I find this a great musical instrument to bond with everyone. My husband gets to teach him old songs which should reminisce old days. My son too gets to play the guitar while his younger sister demands Justin Bieber songs.