Donburi Series: Oyako Donburi with Shimeji Mushrooms

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A second of my donburi series!
I tried to make this recipe by using products that are available anywhere, whatever country you are in.  It turned out ok, so...

Here's what you need:
chicken breast
spring onions
shimeji mushrooms
2 eggs
1/4 cup of white wine
1/2 cup of soy sauce
1/4 cup of water
2 tbsp of sugar

Put cut chicken on a pan. 
Yep, I'm not using any oil here.

Put in and sauté with the spring onions, and just pour in all the liquids then simmer.
Add sugar, then put the mushrooms, then simmer again.

Pour in beated eggs and cover pan until eggs are cooked.

Put in a bowl together with rice and sprinkle powdered chilli if preferred.

Easy-Peasy for the Lazy! Heheh.

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Chicken Cream Stew Recipe

Monday, April 28, 2014

Today, I'm sharing a dish that again, is using my recent white sauce recipe.
Which you can find here
I am so loving that recipe, I am using it every time I can!

Here's what you need:
chicken breast
2 1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp flour
2 cups water
consomme or chicken broth
salt and pepper

Cut all ingredients into bite-size. (What do you call this kind of cut in english?)
Put salt on chicken and set aside.

Saute them all together in butter, then pour in water and consommé/chicken broth.
Simmer until cooked.

Add in the milk mixture of my white sauce recipe.

Wait for it to thicken, then add salt and pepper to taste.

And done!

Garnish with parsley for colour!

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I Am My Own Wedding Planner

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Organizing events is one of my forte. I may sound boastful but that's true. Given the ample budget and instructions, I know I would ace the event. 

Actually being a wedding planner/organizer is still one of my dream jobs. I dream of organizing my own wedding too. And I hope someday I would be able to put up a business like that because the rush and all excite me.

Maybe I was also inspired by my cousin's wedding a few years back.

Let me walk you through my dream wedding...

COLOR PALETTE. Since I wasn't able to have something memorable for my 18th birthday, I want my wedding to be the perfect fit of my dreams.Tones of peach, pink and gold as my wedding palette is my top pick for a sophisticated yet sweet look.

THEME. Something romantic with ethereal accents. I want my choice of subtle colors complement the theme.

VENUE. I want my wedding intimate and be be celebrated at Paco Park, Manila. I realized how beautiful this place is for a wedding when I was about to graduate in the university. 

SETUP. Since I want my reception to be at the same venue as the church, a garden setup would best fit my preference. I don't want something extravagant. 

I hope I could transfer it to something like an enchanted kingdom with a see through tent like the one below.

CAKE. I want a 3 tier cake with cupcake tower incorporated in it.

FLOWERS. I want a biedermeier bouquet of red, pink and coral Carnation for my wedding. But infusing pink Roses to the Carnation would do the trick too. For my girls, I want kissing balls of white Carnation or pink Roses.

 MUSIC. I want a softer and a girl-rendition of All of Me by John Legend. An instrumental of Yiruma is okay too. I hope one of my girls, Anne, would do the honor of singing when I walk down the aisle.

WEDDING FAVOR. Believe it or not, I believe in luck. My previous boss told me that my lucky animals are horse and rabbit. So if given a chance, I'll give this little gold horse paperweight as my favor.

BRIDESMAIDS. I want all my girls to wear this dainty dress with light metallic pink shade.

MY LOOK. The overall look is something that look like the image below. The gown's very much soft in texture but is also sexy at the same time. In spite the tradition of white gown, I want mine to be ivory in color. It reminds me the color of real pearls. It looks more chic than pure white.

Someday... this dream wedding will turn into reality.

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My Tonkatsu (Breaded Pork) Recipe

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Who says making Tonkatsu is hard? Try this recipe and you'll surely love it!
This is a Japanese housewives' way of making Tonkatsu. ;)

Here's what you need:
Pork Tenderloin
1 egg
2 tbsp flour
salt and pepper
cooking oil

Put salt and pepper to meat and set aside.

Mix the egg and flour then put in the meat then marinate for a couple of minutes.

Prepare the breadcrumbs in a tray and put in the marinated meat.
Press breadcrumbs to the meat nicely and evenly!

Then deep fry until golden brown.

There you go!

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Read Me!

Curious about what your face means? I have read a lot of meanings of different face types and I have come across this article which discusses an in-depth meaning of face.


Hair, according to this article, shows our physical resiliency. Having this coarse hair with thick strands means a strong physical drive and quick recuperative powers. Who would have thought that it would partly be true?

The forehead, on the other hand, is related to intelligence. I guess I don’t have much of a high forehead so I’ll consider mine flat which means forward-thinking. Most of the time I am like that but probably it’s normal to be like that.

As to my low-set eyebrows, it means I am likely to experience periods of self-doubt. I guess those are moments when I am feeling down and unsure.

My oblong face shape means practicality, reliance on methods and deliberate but overwork tendencies.

The eyes as they say are the windows to our soul. According to Chinese, it also show our true nature. I guess mine is medium-sized and based on what I read, it means balanced intelligence. I guess this relates to me being an extrovert and a quiet type sometimes. I remembered my former boss telling me that I have a tendency to shut off.

The meaning of nose is what intrigued me the most because it relates to our grasp on money. For an Asian, I believe mine is well-shaped which indicates that money will be no stranger to me. I hope in the near future it does!

My rounded-shaped ears mean I’m trustworthy, friendly and a social star which is overall true. My strength is becoming socially active and taking part in every endeavors.

My rosy pink lips means that I have a warm personality, so warm that it will melt all the ice in you.

This next is about the cheeks which I found negative in my part. According to it, the cheeks inform us and others of how we achieve our goals and whether we do it with grace or sheer ruthlessness. Since I have a high cheekbone, which is very prominent, it means power-hunger. Maybe in the corporate world, I am? Or tempted to be one? Pretty sure it depends on how I handle the power vested upon me.

The last facial part is chin which relates to stamina and determination. My protruding chin means I am strongly independent and determined individual. This I could be proud of because I know for a fact that I am one fearless girl who will climb her way up to success.

Want to read yours? Click here to know more.

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Basic Baking + Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake Recipe

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pound Cakes are the most easiest cake to bake for me since all you have to do is mix all the ingredients, put it in the pan, then bake. 
Aside from that, using hotcake mixes for baking makes it a whole lot more easier.

A pound cake apparently are those made with a pound of each ingredients so that's a 1:1 ratio. I am not very familiar with pounds since in Japan, we use grams/ml, a tbsp or a cup for measurement.

I am no pro, but on this post, I am also sharing what I learned about ingredients ratio.

The basic ingredients for baking as you all know are eggs, hotcake mix/flour + baking powder, butter, milk or water and sugar.

For one pound cake mold, you'll need 1 cup of flour. For a cup of flour (or hotcake mix), you'll need 80g to 20g of butter.

Butter adds flavor. The more butter you use, the more your cake will become moist and heavy. You could also use oil if you prefer it light and rough.

More eggs will give you a fluffier texture. I usually add milk or water depending on the thickness of the mixture I made.

Milk gives you a rich taste and I use water if I ran out of milk.

The amount of sugar I put are usually equal to the amount of butter I used. I just adjust it when I add other flavors (like chocolate) so the cake wouldn't be too sweet.

And now, I am sharing my Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake Recipe

Here's what you need: 
1 cup (100g) flour, 
1 tsp (5g) baking powder
1 egg 
100g yogurt
50g honey
3 tbsp sugar 
2 tbsp lemon juice
lemon zest (optional)
1 tbsp of oil

Mix together egg, sugar and honey.

Then add yogurt.

Add flour and baking powder. 
You could sift the flour if you want but I am a lazy girl and I don't sift my flour when baking pound cakes. 

Fold them all together.

Pour in the mixture to baking pan.

Bake on preheated oven on 190℃ for about 40 minutes.

Yogurt here works the same job as the butter, so we just used a small amount of oil. 
Since lemon and honey are liquids, there's no need for milk or water. 
Just used 3 tbsp of sugar since honey is also sweet. 
Adjust all the ingredients to make the perfect texture of the mixture.
I just learned to measure somehow by my eyes as time went.  

I think I put a little too much of yogurt this time because I didn't use the measuring cup, but oh well. Still yummy. Hehe.

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Carrot and Egg Salad Recipe

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today I'm sharing my most favourite salad recipe!
Did I say I'm a mustard addict these days? Oh well, anyway...

Here's what you need:
1 carrot
2 large eggs
about half a cup of mayonnaise
1-2 tablespoons of mustard
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
salt to taste

1.boil the eggs.
2.microwave or steam the whole carrot until cooked. 
(the carrot tastes sweeter when microwaved or steamed)
3. cut the carrots and eggs into bite size.
4. mix all the ingredients together.

Ta-dah! Easy as 1-2-3 (and 4)! 

Notice that our dinner is my Mustard Chicken Steak!  Only, baked this time! 

We all know this is good. So try it!

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Happy Easter Sunday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Easter Sunday Celebration started with me cooking Lasagna.
My first try was a fail, because the white sauce was also a fail that time.
Now thanks to my super easy white sauce recipe, my 2nd try was a success! I just added 2 tablespoons of cream cheese to the original recipe. 

I made my meat sauce the night before, so all I did was the white sauce, cook the pasta, and put them all in the dish and bake!

Then we went to hear Mass at the St. Mary's Cathedral in Tamatsukuri. There were a lot people since it is Easter Sunday. I also loved that I knew all the songs that was sang. I remember my high school choir days. :)

This is actually the church that the husband and I went to when we're still dating.
Oh well, those we're the days. LOL. Kidding aside, I really love it here.
Just too bad it is so far from our house now.

The main cathedral will apparently be on construction starting next month for one whole year.

We all went to Namba afterwards, then I finally found a bag that fits my criteria perfectly! (Well almost - I was looking for a medium sized bag that fits a bottled water, lunch if necessary, my wallet and a B5 file that is either in colour yellow, ivory, or bicolour, with a ribbon or tassel, and preferable 2 or 3 way) This is a 2 way bag. It could be a long shoulder bag or a back-pack, it fits what I mostly need and is in colour ivory. Good enough and cheap enough so I bought it right away! Hehee.

Ended the day with a hot bath and chillax with my sweetie pie! 

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