11.27.2010

Freelance Photographers



The husband and I decided to make some money out of our passions, photography. So we have recently launched ourselves as freelance photographers. Yes. It is official, we are photographers. We are now offering photo coverage services for only 3,000 if within Marikina City and only 3,500 if within metro manila. It is super affordable and worth it since for that price, the clients will be getting the services of 2 photographers! It is sort of a 2 photographers for the price of one kinda deal...

Hope venture becomes a success!

Hey, for inquiries, contact (02) 2905711 or 09152868944 =)


visit our site: www.bkpixels.com

11.22.2010

Tablea Chocolate Oatmeal Chip Cookies


Last weekend, I decided to bake chocolate chip cookies. This is definitely a comfort food for me, I am not much of a cake person, but I am definitely a cookie person! When I looked at our cupboard, no cocoa powder was in sight so I used tablea chocolate instead. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup cubed butter
1 ¼ brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 pcs tablea chocolate, melted
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped cashews

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F and grease two baking trays

In a mixing bowl, cream butter then slowly add brown sugar. Beat until fluffy.

Add egg, vanilla and chocolate mixture and beat until soft.

Combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the batter and mix until blended well.

Fold in the rolled oats, chocolate chips and cashews. It is better to use rolled oats rather than quick cooking oats for better texture and more digestion-friendly fiber.

Drop by tablespoons on the greased baking trays and they put in the oven. Bake for about 15-20 minutes.

The edges would be lightly brown by then. Cool and then store.


Thankfully the whole family loved it! My husband even asked for seconds... and thirds! hahaha!

11.09.2010

Learn the Common Wine Terminologies


We drink our wine and describe the taste as either sweet or sour. Did you know that describing a wine as sour is actually bad and insulting? Saying a wine is sour is saying that the wine is spoiled. How else can we describe the distinct taste? My husband and I are no experts. Here are some of the terminologies wine makers and wine lovers use to describe the aromas, flavors and characteristics of the wines:

Body- may be light to heavy or full. This is the weight and tactile impression of the wine to the palate.

Clean – used to describe wine without disagreeable aromas and taste.

Dry – means there is no sugar or sweetness in the taste.

Acidity – natural fruity acids that gives a tart, crisp taste to the wine.

Fruity – expresses the obvious fruit aromas and flavors.

Bouquet – the aroma from winemaking, aging and bottle age.

As easy it is to get lost in the complicated vocabulary used by wine experts, we should always remember that the wine experience is subjective. The best wine we can ever taste is not necessarily the most expensive one, it can easily be the cheap wine, drank at the picnic while surrounded by people you love. Go ahead and enjoy the wine of your choice, and don’t let any snooty expert dictate your opinion.

11.07.2010

How to Make Moist Brownies


Are you a beginner baker like me? One of the basic baked goodies you need to learn is the moist and yummy brownie. Everybody loves brownies. They are very easy to make and wonderfully delicious to eat. Here’s the way to make them:

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped milk chocolate
1/3 cup butter
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
A few drops of vanilla extract
½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or grease an 8x8 square pan

Melt chocolate together with the butter in a saucepan.

Remove from heat. Add the sugar, egg and vanilla into the mixture. Beat until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. It’s better to use a hand mixer if one is available.

Add flour and nuts. Mix really well.

Carefully pour into the prepared aluminum pans and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Be careful not to open the oven too often, you’ll let the heat out causing the brownies to underbake. Use a toothpick and prick the brownies, if it comes out clean, they’re cooked. Do not overbake.

Cut into squares and set aside to cool.

Happy baking!





11.06.2010

How to Make Basic Pulvoron

Pulvoron, made of toasted cake flour, powdered milk, melted butter and sugar, is one of the tastiest Filipino goodies loved by everyone. They are very easy to make and can become an easy business venture by just about anyone interested. Here is the recipe for good old homemade pulvoron:

Ingredients:
4 cups of toasted cake flour
2 cups powdered full cream milk or buttermilk
1 cup sugar
1 bar butter, melted

Directions:
On a non-stick pan, toast the cake flour until brown in color. Stir constantly to make sure toasting of the flour is even. Be careful not to burn.

Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine all the other ingredients. It is better to use a hand mixer to ensure that everything is mixed properly and that the butter is properly distributed among the mixture.

Shape using a pulvoron mold. There are different shapes available like heart, circle, rectangular and the most common oval. Make sure to press the mixture well so that there will be no loose spaces, this will make the pulvoron crumbly.

Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the butter to set. Then wrap in colorful paper or plastic wrapper.





11.02.2010

A Midnight Trip to the Hospital

A couple of days ago, hubby complained of a toothache. He tried his best to endure the pain however, a few days after, the pain became too much to bear. He took mefenamic acid medicine only to have temporary relief. A few minutes later, the pain was back. It came to a point when the ache was just too much he was literally writhing in agony. Tears formed in his eyes as his face contorted in pain. We tried several homemade remedy like gargling in warm water and rubbing the infected gums with garlic, to no avail. I suggested we go to the emergency room, just so he can be given something to ease the pain, he agreed immediately. This is so not like him. I know he’d rather stay out of the hospital, and for him to agree to go so easily, it must really hurt! Already in our night clothes, we hopped on the car and drove to the nearest intellicare-accredited hospital: the Garcia Hospital , Marikina .

When we arrived there was another patient, a little baby crying his lungs out. Everybody was busy with him. A nurse finally noticed us and asked my husband to lie down on the next bed. Sadly, the said bed was in a miserable state, with blood stains (!) on the sheets. Hubby, who was still in so much pain had to other choice but lie down, but just before his head touched the pillow, he was able to turn it on the side. Hopefully the previous patient’s head didn’t touch that surface.

I tried to explain to the nurse that he was in a lot of pain, and that I am concerned because of his hypertension. They measured his blood pressure, 140/90, pretty high considering he has just taken his hypertension meds. It took us a couple more minutes before they finally gave him a shot of pain reliever. It was just frustrating because I could see the doctors and nurses just milling around, not even pretending to hurry to address the patients complaint. Not even hubby’s thrashin body can push them to move faster.

After what seemed ages, hubby’s face started to relax. At last, the meds are working. The doctor approached us to give us a prescription: antibiotic (3 times a day for 7 days) and pain medication (as needed).

Hubby was still groggy from the shot they gave him so he had to drive slowly. We stopped by the nearby drugstore to buy the prescribed medicines. Then we went home.

My husband is a big, strong man, and it seems ironic that a toothache can reduce him to tears. He is still taking his medications. He is scheduled to go to the dentist next week. The tooth is still aching; hopefully the antibiotic eases the infection and eventually the pain. Thankfully, he hasn’t cried about his tooth since that fateful night.
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