Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Violet Glutenous Rice

Lookie lookie. I found this violet glutenous rice (locally known as pirurutong) at the supermarket today, very very rare. I almost thought that pirurutong was a myth and thought that no one's growing them anymore (you can't see it in the picture but the label says that the pirurutong is grown locally!). It's what traditional Puto Bumbong is made of, not the regular glutenous rice dyed purple to mimic the original.

If they only sold the Puto Bumbong steamer with it and a copy of the recipe on the package, people would be lining up to buy them. I would be one of them. Hubby loves Puto Bumbong (pictured below), almost as much as he does me. He he he :-)

Purple Glutenous Rice available at Shopwise for P177.75 for a pack of 2 kilos.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Fast Food, No Cook

Jolly jeep dinner of Igado with a healthy dose of mixed salad with light honey mustard dressing and fruit bought from a nearby supermarket.

A solution to a day filled only with a few moments to prepare and eat dinner.

Busy Busy weekend

Wow our weekend was packed. After picking up my aunts from the airport Friday midnight, we drove them straight to my mom’s condo for a night (morning?) or conversation, kesong puti and asado rolls.

A few hours later, my nephew Jay-jay has a family fun day event at his school. His team won in one of the relay games. I came in late but I did still see some of the kids in action. Mostly, playing in the playground and gobbling plates of spaghetti.

After a hot morning under the sun, hubby treated me to a Japanese Lunch at Rai-Rai Ken in the newly built Pergola Plaza in BF Homes. We both ordered bento boxes since both of use were starving. A bento box is a wooden (or plastic nowadays) box, divided into several compartments. In Japan, the bento box is used for storing small portions of different dishes that compromise a full meal, usually lunch. A Japanese lunch box, if you will.

For this particular lunch, I got the Rai-Rai Ken Bento (P255). A meal consisting of miso soup, chicken lollipop, fried pot stickers, sautéed bean sprouts, beef teriyaki, 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and rice. Quite filling but highly unsatisfying. The tempura tasted like it was rolled in kropek bits and then fried. The chicken and pot stickers were much too dry yet oily, the dipping sauce was even worse. The beef teriyaki was good though.

Hubby ordered the 3 Kinds Bento (P270). His meal consisted of miso soup, a seafood stir fry, sautéed bean sprouts, beef teriyaki, 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and rice. Needless to say (but I’m gonna say it anyway), hubby wasn’t very pleased with how his meal tasted. Even the futomaki that he ordered on the side, failed to impress him.

The most anticipated on weekends of course is the Sunday lunch at LP. Since it’s a welcoming party for our aunts and an uncle (who flew all the way from Canada, Las Vegas and China respectively), we had crabs and some staple Filipino food: Sinigang, a pork dish stewed in a tamarind broth (not photogenic, hence the absence of a photo), Daing na Bangus (milkfish marinated in tons of calamansi juice, soy sauce, garlic, whole pepper corns and some vinegar then deep fried in oil). For dessert we had Brazo de Mercedes ( a meringue roll with a sweet and creamy egg yolk filling), yummy! It’s a light dessert if you forego the yellow stuff in the middle but then, why should you? It’s the best part of the Brazo.


Daing na Bangus

Brazo de Mercedes slice

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