Archives for February 2014

Pinoy Dish: The Pinakbet

I love vegetables and I love eating Pinakbet.Pinakbet is a Filipino dish popularize by the Ilocanos. You’ll need a variety of vegetables pork meat and the main ingredient would be the bagoong sauce; made in fermented fish with salt, it can also be a fermented shrimp with salt. There are some people who don’t like putting bagoong in their Pinakbet but for me, I wouldn’t call that dish Pinakbet if it lacks bagoong because that’s the main ingredient there, that makes the dish tasty.


Now when you are out grocery shopping for the needed ingredient to make this dish, it is better to jot it down in a piece of paper because there so many, you might forget something. What you really need is some squash, eggplant, bitter melon, okra, string beans, green chili pepper, pork meat, and the bagoong sauce.

To cook the Pinakbet you must first sautee the spices; garlic, tomato, onion and ginger, then put the pork meatand let it simmer for two minutes before putting the bagoong, stir it then add two cups of water, let it simmer until it boils then you can put the vegetables. Remember the vegetable varies on how long it cooks. First put the squash then the eggplant, followed by the string beans and okra, the bitter melon (ampalaya) and green chili pepper comes last.

This dish is perfect for people who like garden vegetables; you might want to prepare some extra rice because you might eat a lot and a soda to rid the after taste of the bagoong sauce.

The Cheapest Of Them All

My girlfriend gave me a Seymour Duncan pedal last year for my birthday. She saved up for it, so I treasure that pedal more than anything I ever owned. Besides, it was a great effects pedal. During one of our gigs last January, the Seymour got stolen, never to be seen again. Of course, I was terrified that my girlfriend would find out, so I decided to buy one just like it.

Most of the Seymour that I saw were much expensive than the original price my girlfriend bought it for. Since I was on I tight budget, I was afraid I would not afford it. It was a good thing that I was able to save on seymour-duncan effects at musicians friend. I bought the pedal immediately, and my girlfriend never knew any better.

Party Foods That Your Kids Will Surely Love

When throwing a kid’s birthday party it would be better will you will serve foods that are both eye catching and tasty as well. Here are a few tips on what to serve on that very special day.

I think that in every party especially if it’s a kid’s party there should always be spaghetti. Or maybe it’s just here from where I come from. But I know that kids and adults love it and therefore this dish should always be included in the menu. Another food that should be part of the menu is finger foods. This includes treats such as chicken lollipop; hotdogs with marshmallows on stick, pizza slices etc. And since you are throwing a kid’s party never forget the dessert. Bite size cupcakes, mallows, candies are a big hit at parties.

It’s necessary to take consideration the kind of food you’ll be serving at parties. But the most important thing is to make sure that the kids have fun while at the party.

The Search For A Replacement

Our company’s laser welder broke because of old age. It has been used for many years, so we were not surprised when it suddenly gave up without a fight. My boss gave me the task of buying a new one and even gave me a very specific budget for it, so I had no other choice but to canvass my way to a new welder.

Our operation is largely dependent on machineries, so I was quite pressured to find a new welder fast because we were losing hundreds of dollars by the hour without it. Thankfully, after a couple of days, I was able to find the laser that would meet our company’s specification and asking price. Just like that, the search for the replacement was over.

Native Green Mangoes

I’ve always been a fan of green mangoes. When I was still in grade school, I always look forward to mango season. Having our own mango tree, I managed to eat green mangoes for free. Every afternoon, after school, my cousins and I gather together, and then assign tasks to each other: someone to climb the tree and pick some green mangoes, someone to bring fish sauce with vinegar, and someone to slice the mangoes. All of us will then eat together, while talking about anything, about anyone and about the day. Sometimes, we even have a second batch to climb the tree when the first batch of green mangoes is not enough to fill our stomachs. The funny part is, I was always the one to excuse myself from the group because of the different effect of mangoes on my tummy.

I have not eaten green mangoes these days. I am now living in the city because of my work. Still, I look forward to every mango session with my cousins. Not only that I miss eating green mangoes, but more importantly, I miss every bonding moments with them, which is made more special by eating sour green mangoes.