Archive for January 2011
It’s no secret we love cute baby videos on our blog. Here’s one cautioning inexperienced palates against grapefruit.
Inspired by your recent baking efforts, I thought I’d get my hands a little dirty as well.
Enter a family favorite… bread pudding (with that sauce that has a kick, of course). It’s really easy to make and you don’t need to fumble with electric mixers of any kind.
Here’s how it went.
You need to chop up the bread – in this case, whole wheat sliced bread. And let it have a nice long swim in milk.
While that’s soaking, mix together all these ingredients…
… in a separate bowl. The consistency will be granular. Apparently, that’s ok.
When that’s done, grease a bowl (giant ramekin) with melted butter.
Hopefully by this time, your bread-milk mixture us a homogenized mush. If it isn’t and you’re impatient as I was, get a a fork or your fingers and mash away.
So you should have three bowls now.
Pour the granular mixture into the bread mush. Mix well. Then pour all of that into the greased bowl. Mix well so the butter gets incorporated into the mixture.
And that’s pretty much it!!
Pop that sucker in oven for about 2 hours – until set and golden brown on the outside.
Now for ze sauce…
Beat eggs till lemon yellow in color then slowly add in the sugar.
Don’t dump it in all at once. You’re going for sprinkle-beat-sprinkle-beat till all the sugar’s used up and it looks like this:
Then add in some piping hot butter but do NOT beat. Mix slowly. (Don’t ask me why, that’s what the index card said hahaha). Here’s the sauce with the butter. See the streaks of yellow?
Now’s the fun part. Bring in a good friend.
You need at least 4 tablespoons for that kick
And when all is said and done – indulge!
Clap, clap, clap. It turned out beautifully. Just the way it’s supposed to taste.
Stuck in traffic, in the midst of dangerously frigid weather while visiting clients, Little Twin Officemate and I strolled down 1980′s sitcom lane and had a blast singing the TV themes that shaped our (and your) childhood. Do you remember…
Larry and Balky?
Tony and Sam?
That joint you go where everybody knows your name ?
The Greatest American Hero?
And who can forget Alex, Mallory and the other kid?
There is somebody roaming aimlessly around the East Village today with a very big car problem. When I woke up this morning, it was 6 F. Thats only about -15 C. Brrrrrr!
I’m not sure if I told you but our last retriever, Bailey, went to doggy heaven a few weeks ago.
And LittleTwinDad made the usual declarations he makes whenever one of our canines passes on.
Dad: We shouldn’t have dogs anymore. It’s just too sad when they die – so no more dogs for us.
Rocio: Why lolo? What if a dog wants a human? Does the dog think about if the human will die??
He got a huge animal picture book over the holidays. So one of his favorite things to do is to go through the book and be asked what’s this and what’s that and he’ll name them all.
We came across this:
Lala: And what’s this?
Mikel: Down know.
Lala: Yes, you do… It’s a zee…
Good thing he’s a handsome boy…
So there’s a new brunch place in town. This one is a little closer to our hearts as it Filipino.
It’s a pop-up in the East Village that serves brunch platters of our traditional Filipino grub. Of course the ubiquitous sisig is served as well as pan de sal and quesong puti. All served by creatively fusing contemporary and exotic ingredients. I have yet to try this place dishes and I cannot wait because their menu is making my mouth water and homesick. Check out the menu here. Yummy!
Oh and did I mention that Maharlika is the baby of Enzo Lim?
By now you can tell that I have an incurable obsession for chocolate. Can’t get enough of them so I thought I’d make classic brownies this time.
Here’s what you need.
2 sticks unsalted butter
10 ounces bitter sweet chocolate – I use 70% cocoa solid
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
9 x 13 x 2 pan lined with buttered parchment paper
I first melt the butter in a saucepan until it sizzles after its melted.
Add the chocolate, make sure its submerged in the butter. Turn the heat off and set aside.
Then I combined the brown sugar, flour and salt in the bowl of my mixer and beat on the lowest speed until its all mixed together.
I added 2 eggs to the mixture and beat them until its fully absorbed. Then I added the remaining 2 eggs.
After, I stirred in the vanilla.
Then, I got my butter chocolate mixture and whisked it.
And combined both mixtures so that I end up with this rich, chocolate batter.
After this batter is mixed thoroughly, I poured it into the pan and popped it in the oven (pre-heated to 350 F) for about 30 minutes….
But wait, we’re not yet done. After I cooled the pan, I removed the brownies and double wrapped it in plastic wrap and stored it in the refrigerator overnight before cutting.
The next day, this is what I ended up with. I’m so proud of the texture and the gooey consistency in the middle.
I then packed them and took them with me to the office for my poor guinea pigs.
Personally, I think i could have used more chocolate because it wasn’t chocolatey enough. However, I am very happy with the texture of these goodies. I’ll try it again with more cocoa solids next time.
Our taxis here are as ubiquitous and hazardous as the jeepneys there. If you have this
We have this.
In 2007, the city launched a contest amongst car manufacturers and designers to design New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow. This year, the winners of this competition will be announced. They released the top 3 contenders. Here is what Karsan came up with. A compact car…
With a lot of legroom for luggage and well, long legs…
Nest contender is Nissan. Nothing impressive jumps out here.
The other contender is Ford and this is their TransitConnect.
Personally, I prefer the Karsan and the Ford. However I’m not sure if any of these taxis are equipped with special passenger friendly features so it’s difficult to judge with just the appearance.
There were many proposals submitted and you can check them out here. Some are really funny but you gotta give them props for thinking way out of the box. Sakay na!