They say having a pet is the best thing to soothe an anxious [or insert any similar adjective here] heart, and while it may be a pain to take care of them sometimes, I believe that pets can only be good for people. Even though you'll have moments when you need to find a vet in the middle of the night, spend money on medication like posatex, or put up with your pet's inanities, at the end of the day, they're comforting.
Thai food is one of those things that always sound good to me, and when my friend invited me for a dinner at Celadon at Powerplant Mall, I was rather excited to try a new place - new at least for me.
Located at Unit 145 R1 Lopez Drive, Rockwell (same side as Barcino), the restaurant has an outside dining area, which is perfect for a nice breezy summer night. And even if it's stinking hot, like it has been all summer, their ceiling fans are powerful enough to make al fresco diners feel comfortable.
I've always loved trying out new dishes in the kitchen, and while I like having cookbooks around, I've discovered a "new" product that has become a staple in the pantry: Asian Home Gourmet ready-made spice pastes.
Pasta is our go-to meal, and I make sure we never run out of the ingredients needed even for the most basic of pasta dishes. But I at some point in the week, I'll find myself craving Thai or Indian food. It's just the way it is. The stupid thing is, I never seem to be able to make a really good curry from scratch.
Every time you make plans, every time you see a little glimmer of hope, thinking things are finally going your way, the universe cackles like a witch brewing a potion that would backfire on whoever used it.
I've always loved to cook, but I've never been one to do well following recipes. I suppose it comes from what I learned from my dad - throw in a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and BAM!, Emeril style.
That being said, I have a repertoire of dishes that I know how to make well. The thing is, it's quite a small repertoire, and sometimes, I find myself looking for something new to make.
Enter the Wholesome Beef Stew recipe from "Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids", a cookbook specially made for moms who want to serve their kids healthier food without too much of a hassle. Technically there are no kids in my house, but sometimes it feels like...
Since we love caldereta - the Filipino version of beef stew - I decided to give this recipe a try.
The ingredients seemed simple enough, so I made a list and headed off to the supermarket to get things together.
The tough gets going...and I suppose that adage is meant to motivate, empower, strengthen, or something along those lines.
But what if you find out that when the going does truly get tough - and I mean shoe sole steak tough, expired beef jerky tough - you're not tough enough to get going? What if you find yourself semi-paralyzed?
I wish I had the answer. Even the hint of an answer would do.
I've been doing a lot of reading before going to bed lately - well, I fall asleep in the middle of a chapter most of the time - and I'm in need of new books to read. I've just finished all books the Wheel of Time - a huge chunk of my life over. I also finished the Dragonlance Chronicles - I like it so much I think a reread later this year is in order.
I've obviously been spending a lot of time on YouTube. Trying to immerse myself in a different world? Maybe.
This video of Rolling Stone's Top 10 Guitarists of All Time is rather interesting, though, and while many of my favorite guitarists are not included, you can't really argue with the list.
I'm not such a geek when it comes to the instruments they use, so it makes one wonder which brands/models they all prefer - yamaha electric guitars? Fenders? I'm sure Google will serve up the answer in an instant...see you later!