Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Someone was thinking of me when they made this list --

I've written about this before, my love for stationery and office supplies and how I take time when I am traveling to visit stores that sell stationery and office supplies.

It used to be a practice for my siblings to bring home a blank notebook for me whenever they were out of the country as well.

I found this post on Facebook (through my husband's account) -- and the notebooks are all so awesome! >_< Spot.Ph 50 Cute Notebooks to Give Away this Christmas

Sunday, November 21, 2010

All set for 2011! --

I've been thinking about which 2011 planner to get. I was tempted to get a Moleskine because I am currently enjoying my Book Journal --

But I wanted a bit of color for the coming year so I ended up getting the 2011 Cath Kidston one.


It wasn't until it arrived (ordered it from The Book Depository) that I stumbled upon this one by Kate Spade.

Maybe for 2012? ^_^

Sunday lunch: Nigella's Chicken and Chorizo --

Nigella cooked this in one of her shows and I was intrigued by the dish. It seemed simple enough and I liked that it was a one-pot (pan) dish.

I bought all the ingredients when I did the grocery for the week and I asked our cook to prepare it for lunch today.


We used 2 kinds of "chorizo" (longganisa) -- a local one by Jester's and the Virginia Cebu longganisa.


We followed Nigella's instructions and cooked it for 1 hour. (We did tweak it a bit: We didn't squeeze in the juice of 1 orange and we pre-boiled our chicken before baking them. Plus, we didn't have enough red onions so we added some white onions.)

The whole thing looked so amazing! My sister and I were very excited to dig in.


The chicken was so tender and the potatoes were yummy -- a bit of crunch and char and then mush.


I love how the chorizo colored the chicken and everything else.

I could just imagine this recipe using Alaminos longganisa. That would probably taste amazing. ^_^

Nigella's Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes

What I remember from the show is that Nigella had leftovers and she used the leftovers for a quesadilla -- she shredded the chicken and chopped up the chorizo and mushed up the potatoes and added some cheese.

(Our cook was so pleased with this recipe also. Not a lot of prep and very easy to remember.)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Colors! --

Found this from J's blog --

Color Palette Generator

You choose a photograph and upload it on the website -- and it will generate a color palette based on that photo.



... I think I need to dress Seth up in brighter colors.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The start of something new --

It's almost the end of the year and I'm already gearing up for the yearly round-up of "bests" in my life --

To my eternal shame, I've discovered that I could not recall most of the books that I've read this year!

I realized that I've been treating books as a "disposable" commodity that I go through and then forget afterwards.

So I bought myself one of these:

And I've promised myself that I would jot down a thought or two about each book that I've finished reading.


This is my first book journal so I'm not familiar with the layout of other brands -- I'm pretty happy with the Moleskine one -- I love the star rating system at the bottom of the page.

What I don't like is the "telephone book" style of organizing titles alphabetically -- but Johann pointed out that it makes it easier to locate a book title. (I would prefer one that would just allow me to arrange titles chronologically.)

Friday, November 05, 2010

Why I love Iloilo Supermarket-Atrium --

Found these:



Johann wanted me to get the Dr. Pepper one --