May 02, 2011

Amazing Inventions!!

Portable machine that converts plastic into oil!

A car that runs on water!

April 19, 2011

Wishing my thumb will turn green.

My love of nature never before translated into me being a gardener.  I've bought numerous house plants that always seemed to wilt & die a few months later. Gardening seems simple because after all plants need water, sunlight and air.  I didn't realize there was so much more to it than that, which explains why  I had trouble keeping a robust plant like mint that grows like a weed in the garden to stay alive. But, despite my failed attempts I am determined to relive my childhood memories of being at my uncle's house lying on their hammock munching at fresh peas & blackberries.  So I watch to learn.

Through random youtube clicking I found Alys Fowler's Edible Garden. In the above clip, Alys goes through the plan of her entirely edible suburban garden that she hopes will provide for her for the entire year so she won't have to do any grocery shopping! What a dream! I only managed to find only a couple episodes, so I don't know if she had succeeded or not, but she is nonetheless an inspiration to me. So this summer I'm undertaking a gardening adventure in my backyard, hopefully I'll have something edible...*fingers crossed

And although, this doesn't directly affect me, I wanted to share a really simple yet wonderful idea. This is exactly what I want to be doing with my life. Go ahead watch watch!


March 25, 2011

Souvenirs

My absence here is because I've been travelling, online that is, and here are some of the things I've brought back.

A reminder that a university degree is more than a piece of paper.

A look at the Shortness of Life.

50 things everyone should know, is more of a 47 things I never knew, wow list.
And, the blog from where its from is one of my new favourite reads.

A behind the scenes of designing Bonnie's toys for Toy Story 3. I love the artist's work.

Goodbye to all the times I've ever spilled something

And hello Korean Pop. The upbeat rhythm, the lights, the dance moves...awesome.

Then, I bursted out laughing when I realized what I was even listening to.


February 19, 2011

When Girl's Kick Butt..

They do so with swords, guns, and explosions, not to mention looking so darn cute to boot. Ex, Sucker Punch

The movie is about a desperate young woman named Babydoll (Emily Browning), who, thanks to her evil stepfather, is locked up in a grim mental hospital with a lascivious guard (Oscar Isaac) and a soon-to-arrive lobotomy specialist (Jon Hamm).
But Babydoll and four fellow inmates (Jena MaloneVanessa HudgensJamie Chung andAbbie Cornish) fight for their freedom in startling fantasy battle zones, among them one inspired by feudal Japan and another evoking World War I trenches.
I love the styling of the film as it blends video games, comic books and anime all into a live-action series. And, I'm loving the way Emily Browning from the Series of Unfortunate Events movie is looking like a kick-ass Alice (in Wonderland).

And since we're on the topic of action films...

Amazing, right?

February 08, 2011

Living In...

A Kate Spade commercial.


The youth. The whimsy. The retro-vibe. Love it.

February 06, 2011

Woot Woot, it's a party!

I've recently celebrated my 21st birthday! On the actual day, a trip down to Toronto to take part in Steven & Chris, where I was gifted with Canadian Living Magazine & SwissTec Eye Make-up remover (I haven't uploaded the pictures yet).

Then, yesterday I invited some of my closet friends for dinner. Since, my friend Clinton's birthday was comming up we teamed up and shared the cake.
So, as a thank you to my friends I was ambitious and decided to cook Julia Child's Beef Bourguinon. Inspired by the movie, Julie & Julia, I spent all afternoon in the kitchen! I followed the recipe from, Tablespoon.com, which ended up being more than enough for 10 people.


But due to availability & time-restraints, I used regular bacon, instead of lardon; omitted the bouquet garni & small onions, and skipped the whole part about cleaning the dutch oven after the 3-4 hrs. Not pictured, but I cooked the mushrooms dumped it in, and served. And, after all the hard-work I'm not sure if it was all worth it... it tasted ok. It is hard to make a judgement on the recipe, since I made some alterations, but unless I've got help in the kitchen or someone else is making it for me, then I'll give it another try.

The dinner was potluck style, so the other dishes included shanghai spring rolls, meat balls, pizza, and Martin & Ryan's contribution... salted cod.
When Ryan and I were shopping for ingredients for the beef bourguinon, he found salted cod, which looks a lot like the fish that I brought back for him from the Philippines the last time I went. I forgot the name, but it's some sort of preserved fish that you toss in a pan then serve. Once we brought it home, we did a quick google search, and this is what we found.
Doesn't it look delicious!?! So Martin & Ryan got started on that, here's what happened...
They became pancakes rather than fritters :)

And here's the rest of the pictures from the night...

My sous chefs hard at work. The cake, btw is Pioneer Woman's Chocolate Sheet cake topped with a chocolate ganache. The cake was done by me. The icing was done by Ryan & Martin, who read the recipe and asked if it was Hindu because they read it as Ganesh (the Hindu diety, shaped like an elephant). Then, decorated by Justine & Janelle. My brother and his girlfriend, Kristel were the managers, so they stood and watched.


After the food was eaten and the candles blown, we decided to play a game of pictionary, and Pooh took it to the "Xtreme"...






Cooking Chicken & Pie

I've fallen behind on the blogging, opps.

So for a while my aunt from the Philippines lived with us for a few months in order to do attain her license in pharmacy. You see when she wasn't studying, she'd be cooking, and it was oh so very nice to come home with food on the table. We're the family that often eats out. Now, one time, I came home to find this awesome chicken! It was moist & crunchy, and it went so well with the gravy. Eager for more, I asked for the recipe, and lo and behold it's a package! I try to steer away from the packaged foods, but this one was just so good. 

Then for dessert, French Apple Pie from the back of a Bisquick box.

Filing
3 large sliced peeled apples
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup bisquick mix
1/2 granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp butter/margarine
2 eggs

Streusel
1/2 cup bisquick mix
1/4 chopped nuts
1/4 brown sugar
2 tbsp firm butter/margarine
Oven at 325F. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Mix and place apples, cinnamon & nutmeg into pie plate.In a medium bowl stir remaining filling ingredients until well blended and pour into pie plate. In another bowl, mix all streusel ingredients until crumbly and sprinkle over filling. Bake for 40-45min, until knife inserted comes out clean.

And, to help me with chopping the nuts, I used the "handy-dandy" Slap Chop! I was so mesmerized by the infomercial  that I was so dead set on buying one last year, but thankfully Pooh stopped me because my mother was gifted one on her birthday. And, I am so glad it was a gift because it lessened the blow when I found out that  - it's doo doo. With chopping nuts it had some difficulty cutting through and kept getting stuck in between the blades. BOO!! I've also tried chopping carrots & cabbage, and it's just so much better to whip out a knife and cutting board.