Every Christmas season many people are busy preparing different stuff for Christmas. Aside from it, there are a lot of food stalls in the street that offers Philippine desserts. One of the most popular foods during Christmas season is Bibingka, also known as rice cake.
Bibingka is made of galapong (glutinos rice), coconut milk, margarine and sugar. It is usually served in a trimmed banana leaf. The banana leaf gives the Bibingka an aroma that the rice cake absorbs.
Preparing Bibingka is quite too long because it is traditionally cooked in terra cotta (paso in Filipino term) using pre-heated coals. Kapeng Barako is a perfect match for Bibingka. The taste of Bibingka is slightly sweet with a little bit of salt, and its spongy texture is what makes it different from other Philippine delicacies.
There is no certain proof where bibingka came from. But according to some studies the term Bibingka is mostly similar in an Indian desert called “bebinca”. On the other hand the word “bi” in Chinese is a term for rice.
To make bibingka more exciting, different toppings can be added. Most of the time shredded coconut, salted duck eggs and grated cheese are the usual toppings of Bibingka. It is always accompanied by the puto bumbong (another type of kakanin that has a purple color).
Today, there are food stalls in different malls that sell this famous kakanin. Christmas season will never be the same without bibingka. It is already part of Philippine tradition to sell and eat bibingka during Christmas season.
Balut is one of the exotic delicacies of the Philippines and it is also considered as a famous street food. In the Philippines Balut is everywhere. Balut vendors pass every corner of the street to sell Balut.
Balut is an incubated fertilized egg of a duck or chicken. It is boiled when the embryo of the egg reached 16 to 18 days old. Beyond 18 days the chick of the egg will become too large for leisurely consumption.
According to some studies balut is known as an aphrodisiac and hearty snack. Balut is known to be found in Pateros, a small municipality of Metro Manila. Balut making in Pateros is considered as the major tourist attraction in Pateros. Twenty three percent of the whole Pateros is industries are balut makers especially in Barangay Aguho.
The best balut is called as “balut sa puti” as far as I know it has a small chick not like the regular balut. Some people who love to drink beer always choose balut as a pair for it. But for others, eating balut is such a challenge especially for those tourists who came here in the Philippines.
I think for other foreign people eating Balut is such a nightmare, that’s why I admire those foreigners who can afford to eat this food. For me trying different things is exciting and eating exotic food is cool.
Personally, I enjoyed eating balut especially if there is a vinegar and salt. To those who still don’t know the taste of balut, I encourage you to try it. Remember, there is no harm on trying
According to some studies, a street vendor named Tomekechi Endo is the one who invented this food way back in 1935. The takoyaki became popular in different parts of Japan, and takoyaki is usually found in a food stalls. The term “yaki” is derived from the word “yaku” which means “to fry or grill”. Frying or Grilling is one of the cooking methods in Japanese cuisine.
The ingredients for takoyaki are cake flour, ice water, eggs, dashi soup, salt, soy sauce and dashi stock granules. Takoyaki is a ball shaped Japanese snack that usually cooked in a special pan. The takoyaki pan is made of cast iron metal that has 20 spherical molds.
Takoyaki is a fried or grilled octopus that has a sauce that is similar to mayonnaise and Worcestershire. The sauce of takoyaki is made up of bonito flakes, pickled red ginger, mayonnaise and powdered aonori, but mayonnaise alone also can do. Other people prefer to use barbeque sauce or sweet chili sauce for takoyaki.
In Osaka Japan there are 500 shops of Takoyaki and each shop has their own version of it, and served different taste of Takoyaki. Here in the Philippines Takoyaki is usually found in supermarkets and food stalls. Takoyaki is already known in different countries and many branded stores across the world sells takoyaki. Unlike other Japanese food, takoyaki is not expensive and as far as I know for only twenty five pesos (here in the Philippines) you can buy takoyaki.
Takoyaki is now a standard dish in Osaka that mostly served in buffet hotels. Takoyaki is a simple Japanese food that became popular all over the world. The time that I tried to eat takoyaki, at that moment I understand why the dish became popular.
One of the most famous food desserts in Catering Services today is Banana Split. Manypeople craving for this food even in a cold weather. The person who created the banana split is the 23-year-old druggist apprentice David Strickler. It was believed that he split the banana from stem to stern, he laid it on a dish and he put three scoops of ice cream, and it happens during the summer season of 1904. Until now there is no proper way of serving a banana split.
The traditional banana split is composed of single banana that was cut lengthwise and was placed on opposing sides of the plate. The three scoops of ice cream (it can be a chocolate, strawberry or vanilla flavor) were place between the banana slices.
There is another version of banana split, and it was called as “Boston Banana Split”. Instead of three scoops of ice cream the Boston banana split has only two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Cherries were placed on top and crushed wall nuts were also spread on the top of ice cream. Years passed, other learned to put chocolate syrup or strawberry syrup on the top of vanilla ice cream.
Since June 1997, people in states celebrate the Banana Split festival, and last 2004 they celebrated the Banana Split Bash and the celebration was held in a park. Like other food, the history of Banana Split is confusing.But The Soda Fountain Magazine wrote an article declaring that the banana split was first made in the ice cream convention in Boston.
Banana Split is a perfect dessert to prepare for Catering Services. It is one of the perfect choices for desserts in every occasion.
Henri Bergson stated that “Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us becoming cranks.” Sometimes through laughter we temporarily forget our worries and problems. Laughter makes life seems so easy. Personally, I like people who make me laugh because I find them cool. Aside from that, they also have a positive outlook in life. I’ve noticed that most people who have sense of humor become successful in their chosen field and the best example for that are comedians. Below are the five benefits of laughter.
1. Joy and Laughter gives you enough courage to go on. – When you learn to laugh despite all the trials, it will give you a hope for unknown future. In our Life Group in church, we study before about joy and laughter. Joy is healthy and attractive. Instead of being sad, choose to be happy.
2. Joy and Laughter can ease the pain. – It is true that pain is inevitable but we should do something to stop the feeling. Other people get depressed because of pain that leads them to commit suicide. If you feel that you’re already in pain, it is advisable to mingle with funny people and let yourself become happy instead of mourning.
3. Joy and Laughter regains energy. -When you laugh, the tendency is to increase your energy. Happy people can accomplish more because they are energetic. Most of the time happy people are focused in what they are doing.
4. Joy and Laughter can reduce stress. – According to some studies laugh can makes you feel good. When you are sad, laugh makes you feel better. You don’t feel anxious when you laugh.
5. Joy and Laughter unites people. – A positive and a good bond were created when you laugh with one another. Laughter prevents disagreements and debates. When other people saw that you are filled with joy, you become more attractive. Happy people gain a lot of friends.
It is an old adage but it’s true that “laughter is the best medicine.” From now on, choose to be happy because you deserve to Laugh and smile.
Some food historians considered Adobo as a National Dish of the Philippines. Adobo is a marinated and stewed cut of meat. It can be pork, beef, fish or other types of meat. Others prefer to fry the meat to have a crispy one. Usually adobo marinates in soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves and black pepper to have a flavorful and tender meat. The vinegar and the high salt content of soy sauce give adobo a delicious flavor.
There are various types of Adobo, and one unique type of Adobo is White Adobo (Adobong Puti in Tagalog). White Adobo doesn’t have a soy sauce and this is what makes it unique. The white adobo is marinated only in vinegar and garlic.
Kapampangan (people who live in the province of Pampanga) and other visaya (people who live in Visayas region) usually prefer to have a white adobo than the typical one that has a soy sauce. White Adobo is so simple to cook, after you marinate the meat you just need to place it in a slow simmer to become tender.
I have a nephew that has an allergy in soy sauce and White Adobo gives him a chance to taste our quintessential Philippine dish. Adobo dish is considered as quintessential because it is found in every home in the Philippines. Every region in the Philippines has their own version of Adobo and they have their own style of cooking this dish. But as long as the meat is marinated and stewed it can be called as Adobo.
Most of the foreigners who came here in the Philippines also fall in love with Adobo dish. We are known as a country that serve and cook a delectable Adobo. Today, there are some restaurants that were established because of being fascinated in this dish.
One of the most popular alcoholic drinks is beer, and beer is made up of water, malted barley, hops and yeast. In a corporate cocktail party, beer is one of the alcoholic drinks that are usually served for men. There are hundreds of different types of beer and it has three categories.
1. Ale – this is the kind of beer that is brewed by rapid fermentation. Ale usually has a high alcoholic content. Examples of ale are barley wine, pale ale and Scottish ale. The barley wine is a kind of ale that has alcohol content that is equal to other wines. Barley wine can be stored in a long period of time. There are two types of pale ale: the American and Indian ale. The Pale Indian Ale usually has stronger alcohol content than the American Pale Ale. On the other hand, the taste of Scottish ale is nearly close to American Pale Ale.
2. Lager – a German type of beer that is light in color and has a small amount of hops. Example of lager are pilsner, bock and dunkel. The pilsner is the very first light colored beer and most popular style of beer that originated in Plzen, Czechoslovakia. The bock beer has enough amount of bitterness unlike the other kinds of beer. The dunkel is usually known as a German dark beer. The bitterness of this beer is the result of the roasted barley.
3. Specialty beers – a type of beer that contains other ingredients. It is either ale or lager that has additional ingredients. Examples of specialty beers are fruit or vegetable beer, smoked beer and herb or spiced beer. Smoked beer is very popular in Germany. The fruit or vegetable beer started in America. It is a kind of beer that has fruit extracts or syrups. Herb and spice beer is very similar to a fruit beer that is considered a new trend in America.
Catering Services companies can give a wide variety of beef recipes, one of them is Beef tenderloin and vegetable in white sauce. It’s creamy, tasty and very healthy. Let me share you the simple recipe of the dish that was created out of passion for cooking. Below are the ingredients and procedures.
1. 1/2 beef tenderloin
2. 1/2 potato (cut into strips)
3. 1/4 carrots (cut into strips)
4. 1/4 beans (cut into strips)
5. 2 white onions
6. 1 whole butter
7. 1 cup of all purpose cream
8. 1 evaporated milk (large)
9. 1 powdered mushroom soup
10. salt and pepper to taste
Step 1. Prepare the beef and vegetables.
1. Marinate the beef in soy sauce, pepper and calamansi ahead of time, much better if overnight.
2. Saute the beans, carrots and onions.
3. Fry the potatoes.
4. Fry the beef in butter. Use the half of butter in frying the beef.
5. Set aside all the vegetables and beef once you are done.
Step 2. Prepare the white sauce.
1. In a sauce pan, mix and cook the evaporated milk, all purpose cream, your excess butter and powdered mushroom soup in a low heat fire.
2. Stir until the butter melts and become sticky then set aside.
Step 3. Presentation of the dish.
1. Slice into strips the cooked tenderloin beef.
2. Put the sliced beef in a tray or bowl, then layer it with potatoes, Baguio beans, carrots and onions.
3. Once you are done in layering all the ingredients, put the white sauce on top of it
Tomato is known as a vegetable. But in reality tomato belongs to a citrus fruit. French considered tomato as “pommes d’amour” meaning “love apples”. The English word tomato comes from the Spanish word “tomate” that derived from the Aztec language “Nahuati”. Did you know that tomato contains O grams of fat, and it is also a good source of vitamin C. Aside from that, tomatoes can be use in three different ways.
1. Tomato as a raw food. – Tomato is always used in salad and sandwiches. A vegetable salad is not complete without a tomato. In every kind of sandwiches, tomato is used as one of the toppings. It is also a Filipino tradition that tomato is a perfect partner of a salted egg. Most of the time, tomato is also used as a side dish or a part of presentation of a certain dish.
2. Tomato as ingredients. – Because of wonderful sweetness of tomato, it is usually used as part of ingredients in different dishes. Tomato was always sauté with onions and garlic that served as spices. Once tomato is chopped and cooked you cannot almost see it on a dish but the sweet taste of it remains.
3. Tomato as a juice. – People who are health conscious drink tomato juice. The tomato juice helps our body to improve our digestion. The lycopene of tomato help us to prevent cancer. Because tomato is also an antioxidant protection, it helps us to have a better skin and a healthy hair. The tomato juice also helps the body to detoxify to remain in a healthy state.
Tomato is a kind of food that is healthy and useful. Either it is cooked or not, a lot of people eat this vegetable. It is also great for us to drink its juice because it can give us good benefits for our body.
Another famous Filipino dessert is buko pandan. Its one of the best seller desserts in Catering Services events. It is a perfect partner of leche flan.. Buko Pandan Salad is very easy to prepare, you just need to follow some instructions to have a delicious one. Let me share you the procedures on how to make buko pandan.
1. 3 pcs. coconut (shaved)
2. 1 Gulaman powder (pandan flavor)
3. 1 large can of corn
4. 1 large can of condensed milk
5. 2 all purpose cream
Step 1. Cook the gelatin in three minutes. Dissolve it in five cups of water. Make sure that you dissolve it well.
Step 2. Set aside the gelatin after you cook it, wait until it’s set.
Step 3. Once it’s set, slice the gelatin depends on the size that you want.
Step 4. In a big bowl put the gelatin altogether with the shave coconut, corn, condensed milk and all purpose cream.
Step 5. Mix all the ingredients and put it on a refrigerator.
Step 6. Once the buco pandan is chilled you can now serve it to your family and friends.
Remember, it is important that the gelatin is well cooked. Don’t forget to put the buco pandan right away on the refrigerator or else, it might spoil. Just follow the above procedures for a successful buko pandan. Good thing about preparing a buko pandan is the idea that it is not complicated. Anyone can make it as long as there is a procedure.
The reason why other Filipinos like sisig especially those beer drinkers, is because of the unusual combination of various chili peppers. The term “sisig” came from the old Tagalog word “sisigan” which means “to make it sour”. Sisig also means fatty and spicy dish. Originally, the main ingredient of sisig is the parts of a pig’s head. Years passed, others learned to use pork liempo instead of the parts of a pig’s head. Sisig originated from the province of Pampanga. Below are the ingredients and procedures of cooking sisig.
1. 1 kilo of pork liempo
2. 1 small size of ginger
3. 4 pcs. of onions.
4. 1 whole ox brains
5. 10 pcs. of green chili pepper
6. 3 pcs. of red chili pepper
7. pepper to taste
8. salt to taste
10. 10 pcs. of calamansi
Step1. Clean the ox brain and the pork liempo in running water.
Step 2. Put the ox brain in a clean plastic then after that cook it in 5 minutes. Once it is cooked, clean it again in running water.
Step 3. Boil the pork liempo with pepper, vetsin and salt, then wait until it becomes tender.
Step 4. Fried the pork liempo then slice it depends on the size that you want. It can be in cubes or strips.
Step 5. In a clean bowl, marinate the chopped pork liempo with pepper, calamansi juice, salt, ginger and MSG. Once you get your desired taste put the ox brains. Make sure that you mix it well.
Step 6. Slice the red chili pepper in a small size then mix it with the other ingredients.
Step 7. Slice the green chili pepper into strips and make sure that you remove the seed. Put the slice green chili pepper at the top of sisig.
Another most requested dish in Catering Services is kare-kare. Other people believe that this Filipino dish was originated in Pampanga, also known as the Culinary Center of the Philippines. Traditionally, Kare-kare is made up of beef, oxtail, peanut sauce, and vegetables like eggplant, pechay, heart of banana and green beans. The perfect partner of kare-kare is the shrimp paste (also known as bagoong).
Some studies claimed that kare-kare was acquired from the Indian word “curry” and the dish was first introduced by Indians many years ago. There is also another study about where kare-kare came from. The study stated that kare-kare was started since Spanish era and kare-kare is usually served as a special dish for the Moro elite. But there is a contradicting story about that.
In other study they emphasize that Japanese are the one who brought the kare-kare in the Philippines during pre-colonial era. For Americans kare-kare is not a dish because of the oxtail ingredients. Most of the time people don’t like to eat the oxtail because of its unpleasing appearance. But some Filipinos prefer to use oxtail and other unusual part of beef as main ingredients of kare-kare.
The kare-kare dish is also popular menu in a feast, especially if it is served with a delicious shrimp paste. What makes kare-kare a unique dish is the idea that the soup of it is made of peanut.
Sometimes, the food that we didn’t expect to become popular is the one that will eventually become famous and most requested. Other foreign people might not be good in eating kare-kare because of its other ingredients and appearance, but whatever it is kare-kare is for Filipinos, no matter where it came from.
Fish is brain food. Like vegetables it is very nutritious but some people don’t like the idea of eating fish. Most of the time, a meat lover person don’t eat fish. Nutritionists recommend fish as part of a meal at least twice a week. Eating fish is good for someone’s appetite. Below are the three reasons why we need to eat fish.
1. Fish is a good source of omega 3. – Fish is rich in omega 3 that helps our body to prevent heart disease. Salmon, tuna, sardines mackerel and blue fish are some kinds of fish that are all high in omega 3 fatty acids. Some studies showed that people who eat fish has less chance of having heart disease. Fish is also helpful in other health problems such as cancers like colon and skin cancer.
2. Fish can sharpen your mind. – Eating fish helps someone to reduce his age-related decline intelligence at least 10% to 13%. Eating fish makes you feel young because of the ability to think well despite of old age. Scientists believe that those people who do not eat fish at least twice a week have an intelligence decline. If you don’t like the taste of fresh water fish you can try the farmed fish. It also has an omega 3 and low calories and fat.
3. Fish is good to eat. – Aside from the fact that fish is a healthy food, it is also cheaper than other food like meat and seafood. Fish is a perfect partner for vegetable dishes. Today, we need to be very careful of eating food and we have to be balanced in eating different kinds of food. It is not healthy for someone to eat a lot of meat.
Most clients of catering services prefer to have chicken in their menu. One of the famous chicken dishes in catering services is the “buffalo wings”. The buffalo wings are deep fried chicken that are served with a sauce. The usual combination of buffalo wings’ sauce are melted butter, cayenne pepper and hot sauce.
In 1977, the former buffalo mayor Stan Makowski declared July 29 as a National Chicken Wing Day. Until now food historians don’t know where buffalo wings originated. There are a lot of stories which came out about buffalo wings. Some historians stated that buffalo wings started in Buffalo, New York and were first served in Anchor Bar.
The owners of the bar are Teresa and Frank Bellisimo Way back in 1980, Frank told to the New Yorker that buffalo wings were invented accidentally but his son Dominic has a different version of the story. On the other hand, a man named John Young claimed that he is the one who invented buffalo wings. John Young created a spicy sauce and he called it as “mambo sauce”.
These two theories begins in the midst of 1960s. As I research, I found out the difference of the two buffalo wings. The Bellisimo’s buffalo wings are chopped in half while the Young’s buffalo wings are breaded in whole. Like other dishes buffalo wings became popular and some culinarians started to use the sauce of buffalo wings in other food like pizza.
Buffalo wings dish is also cool to prepare in a super bowl event or barbecue outing. The true story behind the buffalo wings is still questionable to everybody. But no matter how questionable it is, buffalo wings have what it takes to make you smile
We can’t deny the fact that kids really love ice cream. Today, the Italian version of ice cream called “gelato” is becoming popular. The gelato has less butterfat and other food critics stated that gelato is flavorful than other ice cream. The gelato and ice cream have the same ingredients like frozen milk and cream. The only difference is that gelato is more dense than the ordinary ice cream. Basically ice cream can be stored until -20°F while gelato is usually stored only at 0° to 10°F.
In Florence, Italy, there are two popular men that are considered as fathers of gelato. Ruggeri is a poultry-seller and a part time chef who joined in a best chef competition that was held by the ruling Medici Family. He prepared a “dolcetto gelato” that made him a winner in the said competition. Like Ruggeri, a man named Bountalenti has also his own story why he became as one of the fathers of gelato. Bountalenti is an architect, sculptor and chemist that was fortunately assigned to arrange a feast for the Spanish guests of the Duke of Tuscany.
He also included gelato in his menu that made the feast successful and Spaniards spread it into different countries of Europe. According to some food historians, the first gelato carts were founded in the street of Ancient Rome where the roads were filled with “thermopholia” which means gelato carts. There is also a belief that Marco Polo is the one who brought the gelato in Italy but like other theories there is no enough evidence to prove it.
When I tried gelato, I proved that this Italian version of ice cream has a lot of milk than cream that’s why it is flavorful. Usually gelato flavors are from fresh fruits, chocolate and cheese. Years passed, gelato turns into different flavors. Some gelato are made in yogurt and gelato also has a nut and coffee flavor. Gelato has a soft texture and it is not easy to melt. I think these are the reasons why some people nowadays prefers gelato than the usual ice cream.
French toast can also be called as American toast, Spanish toast or German toast. In France it is known as “pain purdue” which means “a lost bread”. It is a popular breakfast offerings because it is very easy to prepare. Basically, French toast is topped with powdered sugar and syrup. But people nowadays keep looking for something new that’s why we created a new version of it. Below are the ingredients and procedures in making a French toast.
1. Butter (for frying)
2. Big Condensed milk
3. 2 Eggs
4. Loaf Bread (it can be trimmed or not)
6. Grated Cheese
1. Cook the ham and set aside.
2. Beat the eggs together with milk. If you want something that is somehow sweet, put a little bit of sugar.
3. Slice the loaf diagonally
1. Soak the loaf in the egg that has milk. After that, remove it carefully.
2. Fry it in a frying pan that has butter. See to it that you check it frequently, so you will be sure that it will not be burned.
1. Once you’re done frying all your loaves, put the cooked ham on the top of the bread and sprinkle the grated cheese. Cover it with loaf.
2. Arrange it to a plate and share it with your family and friends.
In every catering services event, different kinds of salad are regularly included in the menu. Usually, salads were serves as an appetizer. The Macaroni salad is one of the most popular salad in the Philippines.
Good thing about Macaroni salad is that you can serve it both hot and cold. Aside from that, Macaroni salad is one of the most affordable and easy to prepare because it does not require too much ingredients
Basically, the ingredients of macaroni salad are elbow macaroni pasta, mayonnaise, celery, onion and hard boiled eggs. Others also use shredded chicken or ham as part of the ingredients. Here in our country
Filipinos use pineapple chunks and cheese as additional ingredients of Macaroni salad to become more tasteful. Because Macaroni salad is easy to prepare and not complicated dish it is a common food for picnic and in catering services.
Many people also prefer to have this salad as a snack. In Hawaii they call Macaroni salad as “Mac sal”, Hawaiians prefer to serve this as part of their lunch meals. According to some studies, the Macaroni salad recipe was first published in 1962. In this recipe, the readers were instructed to cook the elbow macaroni pasta like how the traditional potato salad was cooked.
In other version of macaroni salad, they used corned tuna as a main ingredients instead the boiled egg or shredded chicken. Some people are resourceful in making macaroni salad; they used the leftover food that can be possibly used to make one.
In preparing macaroni salad, you can be creative as long as you want. But remember that the most important ingredients for macaroni salad are the elbow macaroni pasta and the mayonnaise. These are the two important ingredients of this salad because without these two, it can’t be called as Macaroni salad.
One kind of food that defines the Philippines is lechon. Lechon is a roasted pig or piglet that is cooked over charcoal or wood. The word “Lechon” is a Spanish term which means a suckling pig that is roasted. Filipinos usually called lechon as “litsong baboy”.
This pork dish has been part of the long Filipino history. You can see lechons in almost every special events. It is very popular in Catering Services. In the province of Balayan Batangas, they celebrate the parade of lechon every 24th of June.
In every feast or special occasion like birthday party, weddings, graduation and Christmas parties, the lechon is the highlight of the event. Traditionally, the lechon was decorated with an apple in its mouth. The pork dish lechon is also popular in other countries such as Spain, Puerto Rico and even in Cuba.
In the Caribbean country like Cuba, the roasted pig or lechon is usually eaten with black beans and rice. The left over lechon can be recycled, it can be cooked into another dish like litsong paksiw or be part of the main ingredients of pansit. Other people of some provinces in the Philippines used to brush lechon with oil while cooking to make the skin crunchy.
They used banana leaves that are tied to a long wooden stick as a brush. Even if lechon is quite costly, many people always prefer to have this in special event. Here in the Philippines, preparing lechon in every special event is already part of our culture and tradition.
But like other food, too much lechon is not good to someone’s health especially for those who have heart ailments. We have to remember that we should be responsible in taking care of ourselves. Food was created for us to enjoy it, but we need to put in our mind that we have to establish self discipline.
“Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” The chocolate truffle was created by the French culinary giant Auguste Escoffier way back in 1920s. Originally chocolate truffles are made of ganache, chocolate, cream and rolled in cocoa. As time goes by, food becomes more creative.
Chocolate Truffles can also be coated in sweet curry and paprika. Nowadays, people make chocolate truffles as a gift or a present to a friend or to someone special. Chocolate truffles are very affordable compare to other chocolate candies.
The word “truffles” means any filled chocolates. The history of chocolate truffles is quite confusing because in some studies it was stated that chocolate truffles was invented in Chambery, France M. Defour in 1985 and the Europeans learned about chocolate truffles in 1900’s.
Let me share you the recipe in making chocolate truffles.
How to Make Chocolate Truffles
Ingredients for 20-25 pcs.
1. 450 grams of unsweetened or dark chocolate bar
2. 1/4 cup of thick cream that was chilled for 24 hours.
3. I table spoon of butter
4. 1 table spoon of vanilla
5. Oats or sprinkles
1. In a small pan, melt the butter together with the chocolate bar for at least two minutes in a low set of fire.
2. Set aside until it was chilled
3. Mold the cooked chocolate into a circle. You can also put a marshmallow inside the molded chocolate.
4. Coated it with oats or sprinkles
5. Arrange it into a box and share it with your family and friends
One of the best pasta in Catering Services menu is Baked Lasagna. Its creamy tasty and nutritious. Europeans, Americans and even some Asians prefer to have pasta for lunch/dinner as well as during special occasions. The traditional lasagna ingredients are layered pasta that resembled with hamburger or sausage together with tomato sauce. Because of creativity, the traditional lasagna has two other versions, the seafood lasagna and the vegetarian lasagna.
Today, lasagna can be in a white sauce or a red sauce. Lasagna is a food that also recommended for a healthy diet because it is a good source of complex carbohydrate. The complex carbohydrate gives the body energy. There are so many theories about lasagna. According to some studies, it was originated from the Ancient Greece. The word lasagna comes from the Greek word “lasanon” which means “chamber pot” but others claimed that it was the Ancient Rome.
Last 2007, The Daily Telegraph in London published a write up about the origin of lasagna. The article stated that lasagna was first prepared by chefs of King Richard II. There is also a theory that lasagna was started in 14th century in the English recipe “loseyn” that introduced a recipe of layering pasta.
People who are health conscious used red sauce instead white sauce for lasagna. The red sauce is rich in lycopene and vitamin C unlike the white sauce; it contains a lot of fat. Years passed, the lasagna also become popular in Africa. Here in our country, many restaurants and fast food offer lasagna.
In catering services, lasagna is always a special request. Lasagna is always included in the list of menu. In every occasion here in the Philippines, pasta is a substitute for rice. Other Filipinos like me prefer to eat pasta instead of rice. Lasagna is a very popular pasta dish not only in Europe and America but also in Asia.
Every girl’s dream is to marry a man that she loves and also vice versa. Today, many couple decided to have a romantic beach wedding. The white sand, the crystal sea, the blue sky and the perfect sunset makes the beach wedding a bang. Philippines’ is so blessed to have a lot of beautiful beaches and aside from that, it is a tropical country. We have a weather that can be perfectly fit for a beach wedding and that is the summer season.
Three Good Things about Beach Wedding
- You don’t need to be so formal.Traditionally, in a wedding ceremony you are obliged to wear something formal. In a beach wedding you can be a little bit casual since your event place is on the sea shore. But it is advisable for the couple and other part of the wedding entourage to use a light and non clingy fabric for their attire. Remember the more formal your event, the more expensive and costly.
- Your guests will surely enjoy the place.Since majority of people love beach especially in summer days, your guest will surely enjoy your wedding day. Aside from attending to your big day, you’re giving also your guests a chance to relax and have a vacation at least for a while. Think something cool that will make your guests find your wedding day a memorable one.
- You have a romantic and unique wedding. -For me beach wedding is romantic because of the sweet atmosphere of the beach plus it becomes sweeter because of the sunset. Every time I watch a beach wedding video it always comes to my mind that it is easy to have a unique wedding on a beach. Maybe because of the place you chose you can easily come up with ideas that will surely make your wedding day unique.
Wedding is a once in a life time experience so if you want it to be indelible you really need to plan it well. You have to remember that if you are planning to have a beach wedding you also need to have a backup plan. We cannot be 100% sure of the weather on your chosen day. You need a wedding planner that will help you to arrange the details of your wedding and catering services that will prepare a food for your guests. If you a have a limited budget for your wedding, you have to be practical and wise enough in planning it.
Chorizo is made up of flavored pork which is usually spicy or sweet. Chorizo can also be spelled as “chourizo” which means type of pork sausages. One of the most common uses of Chorizo is making it as special ingridients in cooking some of the best seller spanish menus in catering services such as morcons, chicken parmigian, tacos and other mexican foods
The two common types of chorizo are Spanish chorizo and Mexican chorizo. The Spanish chorizo has a special ingredient called “pimenton”. This paprika gives the Spanish chorizo a deep color of red and a good smoky flavor. On the other hand, Mexican chorizo is made up of spicy red pepper and usually the meat is ground unlike the Spanish chorizo that is only chopped.
Most of the time chorizo is used as a part of ingredient of pizza, tacos, pasta and can also be cooked with rice. As a food lover, I tried to taste pasta y chorizo in one of the Spanish restaurants in Eastwood. This pasta is olive oil based and the main ingredient of it is chorizo. The sweet and smoky taste of chorizo gives the pasta a taste that you cannot easily forget.
Aside from pasta, chorizo is also a good toppings for pizza. Some studies claimed that chorizo was originated in Spain until other Mexican and Latin Americans adopt this kind of food. In Galicia, Spain every February of the year they celebrate their chorizo festival and they call it as the “Exaltation of the Sausage”.
Chorizo can be considered as one of the special ingredients in Latin American and South American cuisines. They always used this kind of food as an ingredient. Chorizo can easily be found in many markets and aside from that we cannot deny the fact that you can make your own chorizo and have a different version of it.
Pneumonia is defined as a lung infection where the air sacks of the lungs are filled with fluid and this is the reason why someone with this disease is having difficulty in breathing. Most of the time a person gets pneumonia when he breathes germs into his lungs or he interacts with someone who has this illness. Pneumonia is an illness that is really life threatening.
Some symptoms of pneumonia are fever, having phlegm, chills, fast heartbeat, and being weak physically. The person experiences those symptoms because of viruses and bacteria on his body. Aside from vaccine, below are three ways on how to prevent pneumonia.
1. Good hygiene – One of the best things you can do to avoid pneumonia and other illnesses is to practice having a good hygiene. Always wash your hands and avoid exposing yourself to a dirty and polluted place. It is advisable to always put alcohol or sanitizer on your hands because it can protect you from bacteria and germs that you might get from other people and some places you have been.
2. Be Fit – Eat healthy food and take vitamins for you to have a healthy body. It is also a good thing if you will sleep on time and have a daily exercise. Find time to take a rest and do not stress yourself about the things that you think are not worth stressing over.
3. Don’t Smoke – Smoking is one of the major reasons why other people are prone to having pneumonia. Once you smoke your lungs will be damaged. The moment your lungs has been damaged it will no longer have the capacity to filter out all the germs and bacteria. Smoking can really harm your health so better stop it right away and also other vices.
Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves because of some circumstances. Others are too busy with their jobs and think that doing vices can take away their stress. We have to remember that we need to discipline ourselves to avoid illnesses. Life is too short so you better take care of it. I always do believe that we can still enjoy life even if we don’t do vices. There are so many ways for us to enjoy ourselves and make the most of our life.
Buko pie is a Filipino pastry that is made from a young coconut which is usually served in a corporate cocktail party by Catering Services. Other culinarians define buko pie as a custard dessert that is similar to a coconut cream pie because they have similar taste. The difference between the two is that buko pie has a top crust and the coconut cream pie has a whipped cream on top.
The usual ingredients of buko pie are pie crust, fresh buko slices, sugar, buko juice, coconut milk and cornstarch. These are the important ingredients when you want to make a buko pie. The young coconut gives the buko pie a rich and unique flavor that can everyone really enjoy. Using young coconut makes buko pie closely to a cream pie. In addition, others use condensed milk instead of sugar to give the pie a richer flavor.
Condensed milk is an additional ingredient to make a buko pie sweeter and flavorful. Buko pie is also similar to macapuno pie, because macapuno is commonly used in ice cream and cakes because of its jelly-like texture. Aside from Laguna province you can also buy buko pie in some areas of Batangas and Tagaytay. There are many vendors of buco pie in these three provinces.
We all know that majority of people love to eat sweet food and sometimes, sweet food is our stress reliever. Buco pie is just only one example of our sweet delicacies. Other Filipino sweet delicacies such as espasol, yema, puto, kutsinta, ube halaya and etc. are the reasons why other foreigners keep coming back here in the Philippines.
Bulalo is one of the best Filipino dishes. Bulalo is a Philippine soup dish that is made of leg bones and marrow of beef that are boiled for so many hours. This soup contains a lot of fat and oil of leg bones. Batanguenos called bulalo before as “ulalo” which means “pagkaing pambata” or a kind of food that will make you young.
Bulalo is a kind of food that everyone will surely like but because it is a fatty type of Philippine soup dish, most of the time other people are hesitant to try this food especially those who are health conscious. Doctors don’t allow people who have heart ailment or have a high blood pressure to eat bulalo.
The fat of bulalo is thrice of a fatty burger. Too much bulalo is not good to our health. Because of the fact that it is fatty, this food can trigger a heart attack to someone. You need to be responsible for eating bulalo because if not, it will definitely harm your health. I tried bulalo in different Filipino restaurants and I have proven that Filipinos are really good at cooking it.
If you want to create your own version of bulalo, the best place to buy a leg beef is in Tagaytay because it is cheaper than in other markets plus you can be sure that the meat is still fresh. Bulalo originated from Tagaytay because people who live there always want something hot due to the cold temperature. The last time I went there I noticed that most of the restaurants in Tagaytay offer bulalo.
I am such a fan of all Philippine soup dishes and for me bulalo is one of the best soup that we have. Other people from foreign lands sometimes don’t understand the qualities of our cuisine and I think it makes our cuisine more unique and authentic. Our cuisine is based on the culture that we have that was influenced by many countries.
Most of the time pansit is served iby Catering Services companies on special occasions such as Weddings, Debut and Corporate Evnets. Pansit was introduced by Chinese people until it became part of our culture. Usually pansit is made of vegetables, pork or beef, pansit, shrimp then soy sauce for additional taste. Years passed, different regions in the Philippines had their own version of pansit. One of the most known versions of pansit is pansit habhab. It is a kind of pansit that most Filipinos prefer to eat.
The pansit habhab or pansit lucban is one of the famous versions of pansit that originated in Quezon province. Pancit habhab is a dried flour noodles also known as miki lucban. Pansit lucban has a softer texture and that what makes it different to other pansit. One of the things that make pansit habhab unique is putting a vinegar to the pansit after cooking it.
In Quezon province, pansit habhab is traditionally put in a square banana leaf unlike here in Manila which is put on a plate. I discovered that “habhab” means hungry or someone who eats a lot using his bare hands. Other Filipinos believe that pansit is a food that can prolong one’s life or in tagalog “pampahaba ng buhay” that’s why it has been a tradition to cook pansit especially in birthday parties.
Pansit is a good food to eat and I think it is the reason why many people love this food. It is easy to prepare and aside from that it is part of being a Filipino to eat pansit. Here in our country, pansit is a kind of food that you can find in all Chinese, Filipino and Japanese restaurants and nowadays we can buy pansit even in a small karinderya.
A muffin looks like a cupcake that is sweet and tasteful. It is usually made from butter and dough. It is also a popular pastry. Someone I know came up with a different recipe of muffin. She use one kind of vegetables as a main ingredient of it. This is her way to encourage children to eat vegetables. We all know that kids love to eat sweets and at the same time they are having a hard time to eat vegetables. We cannot force them to eat vegetables but we can encourage them. Below are the ingredients and procedures for 12-15 pieces of carrot muffin.
1. 5 pieces of medium-size carrots
2. 1whole butter
3. 2 cups of white sugar
4. 1 can of pineapple, crushed
5. 3 eggs
6. 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
7. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
8.1 teaspoon of cinnamon
9.Salt to taste.
3. Put all-purpose flour and baking powder.
3. After you mix the butter, sugar, eggs, all-purpose flour and baking powder, put the grated carrots and crushed pineapple then add the cinnamon and a little bit of salt to taste.
1. Mix well all the ingredients and bake it for 20-25 minutes.
You have to remember that baking is quite complicated. The measure and procedures should be exact, unless it will turn out into an unsuccessful muffin. It is not like cooking a dish that you can keep on adding and removing ingredients until you get your desired taste. In baking, you need to be sure on the ingredients and procedure.
Some people love to eat chips. One of the most booming kinds of chips is nachos. This food originated from Mexico. Nachos consist of chips that are cut into triangles and covered with cheese and meat. I know someone who knows how to make delicious nachos.
According to her, one of her inspirations in cooking is knowing that she can make people happy in her simple way of cooking. I am blessed that she allowed me to use her ingredients and procedures on how to make delicious nachos. Below are the ingredients and procedures of making nachos.
1. 1/2 Nachos Chips
2. White onions
5. 1/4 Ground beef or pork
6. Tomato Sauce
7. Evaporated milk
10. Salt and Pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a frying pan and add evaporated milk and grated cheese. Cook it in 3 minutes.
1. Slice the white onions and tomato in small bits and cabbage into strips then set aside.
2. Saute ground beef or pork into red onions and put a little bit of tomato sauce then add salt and pepper to taste.
3. After you prepare everything for your nachos arrange it in a container and better use a Tupperware.
If you just have a certain budget for your nachos, I suggest using ground pork instead of ground beef. Remember that it is up to you how many nachos and ground pork you will going to use. You can also use both kinds of meat if you want to blend the different taste of pork and beef. Nachos is a food that is good to eat while having a bonding with your friends. It is easy to prepare and cool to eat.
Liqueur is a kind of alcoholic beverages that has been flavored. It can be flavored by fruits, flowers, herbs, nuts and sometimes even cream. Do not be confused between liquor and liqueur because liquor is a strong alcoholic drink that has been distilled in order to increase the amount of alcohol. Based on studies, liqueur is a historical descendant of herbal medicines. It has lower alcohol content than other alcoholic beverages. Because of its right amount of alcohol content, it is used as a filling for chocolate and other jams to preserve the products longer.
In corporate events, liqueur is usually included as part of beverages and served after desserts. It is mixed with ice and considered as ladies drink while others considered liqueur as an important ingredient in cocktails. European Union spirit regulations states that, “All an alcoholic drink made for human consumption needs in order to call itself a liqueur” because in the world of spirits, liqueur is special due to its color and smell. People nowadays keep on experimenting and exploring; others add coffee and other ingredients in liqueur to create extra ordinary cocktails. You have to remember that you also need to be careful of drinking liqueur. Yes it has small content of alcohol but there is still a tendency that you will get drunk once you drink it too much. The smooth and good taste of it can tempt you to drink it well. I am not saying that liqueur is not good, but we need to set limitations on consuming it.
Do not abuse things and do not abuse your body. Liqueur is a useful thing if we will use it right. It was created to be part of ingredients and help to preserve food. Liqueur also symbolizes as a formal drink in corporate events.
Some studies showed that, Japanese food was greatly influenced by the Koreans and Chinese people. Like other varieties of food, Japanese cuisine also represents their beliefs and culture. Here in the Philippines, I observed that Japanese restaurants are booming and for the past years, many restaurants had been established. One of the most popular Japanese food is sushi, and also one of the best food offered by Catering Services.
Originally, sushi was made of salted fish, wrapped with fermented rice to preserve the fresh taste of the food. According to Naomichi Ishige, there are hundreds of different types of sushi all over Japan and the word “sushi” means “sour tasting”. The general types of sushi are: “nigiri-zushi” which means “hand shape sushi”, “chirashi-zushi” commonly known as “scattered sushi”, “oshi-zushi or “pressed sushi” and etc.
The two main ingredients of sushi are shari and neta. Shari is a type of rice that has vinegar and neta refers to other ingredients. Years passed, Asian had been creative on how to make sushi. Today, there are many ingredients that have been added to this food. The common ingredients of sushi are Nori (a square sheet that made of seaweed, rice (it is suggested to use the short grain rice), sushi vinegar, avocado, (others also using mango as substitute), and crab stick. Eating sushi is more exciting if it has a sauce. The usual sauce for sushi is wasabi. This sauce is a combination of wasabi paste, soy sauce and calamansi which gives sushi an additional flavor and spice.
Most of the time, other people think that maki and sushi are the same, but do not be confused about it. Maki is a light version of sushi and one version of maki that is popular in the United States is the California maki. If you will going to ask me what I like about sushi, well I like the taste of nori that blends with the rice.
The human brain is the most important part of the body because it collects information for us to act on it. As I go along reading science books, I found out that 80% of our brain is made of water. The color of our brain is pinkish-beige but once we died it will turn to grey. The time we reached adulthood our brain developed million neutral pathways to process the information quickly. I came up to this article because there is someone I know that has an Alzheimers and there is a point she can’t remember anything. She can’t remember the things that she have done and she don’t even know the people around her. Even if you don’t want to feel pity on her, there will come a time that you will feel it.
According to Stanford University’s Memory Laboratory, “A certain degree of forgetting is completely normal.” One of the main reasons why we forget things is due to the trouble with regaining items in our memory. It is ordinary to forget things but forgetting details that you have to remember is not usual. It is not normal for someone to forget even her name. Aside from exercise and eating healthy food, below are three other ways to have a healthy memory:
1. Sleep on time – Based on my experience, having a lack of sleep hinders us to think well. There are times that you will notice that you are having a hard time to do things because your brain cannot process well. If you don’t have important things to do in the middle of the night, better to sleep early. But if you are someone who can’t easily sleep at night, consult your doctor to help you in your problem in sleeping.
3. Read books – For me reading books is the best way to improve our memory. It is one way to exercise our brain because through reading our brain thinks and gives us a chance to imagine things aside from gaining knowledge from it. You have to remember that wisdom is one of your treasures that no one can steal from you.
3. Be happy – Stay away from stress and pain, both physically and mentally. Stress and pain are not healthy for you. Problem is already part of life so you just have to learn how to deal with it. Do not dwell on your problem rather pray and solve it. Enjoy your life with your family and friends, and see to it that you are having a quality time with them. Daniel Goleman a psychologist, states in his Emotional Intelligence book that “laughter… seems to help people think more broadly and associate more freely.”
Nine out of ten people love to eat chocolate and 75% of it are kids. Many people enjoy eating chocolate and most of the time, this food gives comfort and satisfaction. Others believe that chocolate can remove nervousness and can boost confidence to someone who will eat this. I, myself loves to eat chocolates especially the dark ones at age of twenty two. I am still like a kid who keeps on loving chocolate. Either for a drink or for food, I prefer to choose this exciting food.
Chocolate is made from cacao beans that were fermented and grinded to be a chocolate drink or a chocolate food. According to Sandra Boynton, chocolate can prevent cognitive decline because it is a good source for antioxidant. In addition, based on a scientist of Harvard Medical School, drinking chocolate can make the brain healthy. Chocolates, especially the dark ones can help you have a good heart because it contains high vitamins and minerals. However, despite of good qualities about chocolate, it also have a negative side of it.
Some people can’t help but to eat this food, they can’t control themselves. Too much chocolate can gain too much weight that may lead to obesity. Chocolate contains sugar and saturated fat that can also cause heart diseases. It can also be the reason for tooth decay and diabetes. Chocolate is an antioxidant but at the same time it have a caffeine that makes the heart beat fast.
I remember in Jose Rizal’s novel, “Noli me Tangere” (Touch Me Not). There are two kinds of chocolate that can be served: the first one is “chocolate eh” which means “eh-espreso” or thick chocolate that served for elite people, the second one is “chocolate ah” which means “ah-aguado” or watered chocolate that served for people who belong in low profile society. Ever since chocolate is a popular drink and as time goes by, chocolate was used into different kind of beverages and food.
I have never been to Ilocos but I was able to try one of their delicacies, the Ilocos empanada. The first time I experienced it is in Ortigas. I remember I was walking that time when I saw a small cart with the name “Empanada ng Ilocos”. Out of curiosity I stop there and bought one to taste it. I was surprised when I found out that the empanada I ate has an egg and at the same time I never forget the unique taste of it because of the black vinegar.
Wikipedia states that, the word “empanada” is derived from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb “empanar” which means to wrap or coat in bread. It is a kind of food that is made by folding dough which usually consists of variety of meat. In Brazil, “empanada” is called “pastel”. Here in the Philippines Ilocanos have their own version of empanada.
There are two kinds of Ilocos empanada: the Vigan empanada in Ilocos Sur and Batac or Laog empanada in Ilocos Norte. The ingredients of the two varieties are the same but they have different thickness of crust. The Vigan empanada has thinner crust and most of the time this is what people preferred.
The basic ingredients of Ilocos empanada are rice flour egg, mongo sprout or parboiled mango, green papaya, and it can also have a longanisa. Chayote can be a substitute for green papaya. It is better to make the rice flour for the dough of empanada a day before cooking it and this dough has an atsuete, salt and oil. Black vinegar should be always included as part of the ingredients and it is usually put in empanada after it was cooked.
According to my friends who have been in Vigan, venture in that place will never be complete without trying their prominent empanada. Aside from exploring that place, tourists from different places come over there just to experience their empanada. In Manila, it is rare to find Ilocos empanada. There are only few stalls here unlike in Ilocos, all markets and plazas have stalls of that food. Many people told me that Vigan is really a nice place and it is also my aim to visit that place. I hope you can also taste the unique Ilocos empanada even if you have never been in Vigan.
Because of too much heat of summer, many people today get sick. Early of this year, one of our family friends died because of heart attack. At the age of thirty eight, he already left his family. Heart attack is a serious condition where the coronary artery becomes tight and the flow of the oxygen in the blood is blocked. Based on studies, heart attack is the outcome of coronary heart disease (CHD) also known as coronary artery disease.
Ways to prevent heart attack:
1. Exercise Daily – One of the best things to do to have a healthy body is to have discipline in exercise. Being fit will give you less chance of having a disease like heart attack.
2. Eat healthy food – If you know that you are not getting younger, you have to be conscious of what you are eating. Avoid fatty foods and make eating fruits and vegetables a habit. This will help you to gain enough nutrients that your body needs.
3. Have a quarter checkup– Not because you feel well, it means that your body is always in good condition. Most of the time illness gets worst because of late diagnosis. Don’t let things be too late for you.
4. Quit your Vices – Vices don’t have any good result on your body. If you want to prolong your life, better stop your vices as early as now.
5. Do not abuse your body – Always find a time to take a rest. Some people had a heart attack not because they have vices but due to lack of enough rest.
Some people experienced heart attack because of vices and unhealthy body. Smoking and drinking too much alcohol are some of the reasons why other people had a heart attack. People who are prone to this disease are people who have high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetic and someone who don’t do physical activities. Health is wealth, so you better take care of it.
Teenagers nowadays always want to be in, and at the same time they want to be unique. I observed they constantly experiment their fashion which is something that other people can’t understand. Girls’ teenage life wouldn’t be exciting without celebrating their eighteenth birthday.
Most teenage girls prefer to have a debut party but not the traditional one. In order to attain a blast, it is advisable to plan it months ahead. I remember one of my classmates during college days started to plan her debut party a year ahead just to make sure that it would be organized the way she wanted. Here are some ideas that will help you to decide what will be the theme of your party.
1. Classic ball – This kind of theme is suggested to those who want to have a simple yet classy debut party. Concepts are based on the traditional debut party. Good thing about this is you can always add and remove other ideas on the program.
2. Hawaiian – If your birthday is during summer season, having a Hawaiian theme will be fit for you. Many people want to go on beaches because of the summer heat. You can also do it on a pool side atmosphere.
3. Masquerade Ball – This is one of the famous themes ever. If you are a type of person that loves a sophisticated but classic ball choose this kind of theme. You have to remember that you need to be strict on your dress code; your guess should wear gowns, tuxedos with their masquerade masks.
4. Cosplay – If you are an anime lover, I suggest you choose this kind of theme. Let your guess wear their favorite cartoon or anime character.
5. Rock and Roll – Most teenagers are music lover so if you want a party that is something crazy. Rock and roll will be applicable to you.
Aside from your caterer, the theme on your party is also important. Your chosen theme is a reflection of your personality. Today, celebrants usually prefer not to include cotillion as part of the program. Teenagers today like to have an after party than to have a traditional cotillion. Most of the time they always think something that will make their party diverse.
For example, a girl that is close to my heart really loves Mickey Mouse so when her debut party came she included “18 Mickey” on her program. Another example we know that young people like to hear “pickup lines” and there you go other debutant have “18 pickup lines” on their debut party. Sometimes being different is cool and that what makes your party more exciting.
I really love and I enjoy eating Fettuccine Carbonara. There is something about this food that makes me feel comfy. In short, pasta is my comfort food. One of my favorite pasta dishes is fettuccine carbonara. In culinary art, “fettuccine” is an Italian word which means “small ribbons”. It is a type of pasta that is shaped like long flat ribbon, while carbonara is an Italian dish that is traditionally made with spaghetti. Until years passed, most culinarians learned to use fettuccine instead of spaghetti as pasta in carbonara. On the other hand, regatoni or bucatoni pasta can also be used in carbonara.
The usual ingredients of fettuccine carbonara are bacon (guanciale or pancetta), ham, egg, cream, cheese (pecorino or parmigiano-regiano) and black pepper. According to some experts, cream is not a common Italian recipe but at the present time most cooks used it. This dish was created in the middle of the 20th century. In 1954 carbonara is included as one of the recipe of Elizabeth David’s Itallian Food – an english language cookbook published in Great Britain. There are so many theories who about started the carbonara dish, but still the origin of this dish is still enigmatic. The recipe of carbonara was not really documented, and it is the reason why until now nobody knows who really started this dish.
This kind of pasta dish is really savory, and aside from that it is easy to prepare. Every time I go to Italian restaurant I always look for fettuccine carbonara. I have proven that in the culinary world you can always add and remove ingredients for experiment and to make your dish unique. Their passion for cooking makes their food classy. Different Italian restaurants have different styles on how they cook fettuccine carbonara.
Many people love seafood – maybe because most of it has an appetizing taste. Aside from that, seafood has also a high level of numerous important nutrients that cannot be found in other food. Seafood is comestible marine fish and shellfish that are good sources of protein, vitamins and minerals. It is also a nutrient-dense food, and others consider it as the best source of fat-soluble vitamins A and D, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Shellfish like lobster, crayfish, shrimps and crabs are more nutritious than fish. Oily fish like sardines and anchovies are more nutritious than other fish but these kinds of fishes are prone to toxicity and have a small sustainability. Recent study has shown that marine omega 3 can help to protect eyesight especially for those who suffer from age related macular degeneration. Epidemiological studies states that eating seafood can lower the frequency of depression because of its nutrients that we get from it. In addition, seafood is also good for pregnant women because it helps in the good fetal development (fetus growth) and neurological development. Nevertheless, crab is good for those who have arthritis because of its high omega 3. If you are a person who undergoes balanced diet, seafood is good food to eat because it contributes to good nutritional status.
However, other people are not allowed to eat seafood because of their allergies and some other illness. After reading some information about seafood, I discovered that it is healthy, but we just have to eat it properly. The main problem of most of us is being abusive. We abuse our health by too much eating. Remember that anything that is too much is bad. We have to put in our mind that food is created for us to enjoy it. We just need to be responsible of dealing with it.
One of the good attributes of the Philippines is being a tropical country. Different people from different lands come here because of its awesome weather. A lot of foreigners love to stay here especially during summer season. Aside from beautiful islands that they can see, they can also discover a lot of an “oh so cool desserts” that are really tempting to taste.
Summer heat provokes people to have a vacation in a relaxing place and it is also the reason why people crave cold desserts. During summer season, there are a lot of stores offering different kinds of cool desserts in different places in the Philippines. In so many years, halo-halo(mix-mix) is considered as our iconic cooler. Halo-halo (mix-mix) is made of sugar, mungo beans, boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, pinipig, gulaman, nata de coco, kaong, macapuno, caramelized plantains, jackfruit and topped with shaved ices with leche flan and ube halaya.
No one really knows who, where, and when our iconic summer cooler halo-halo (mix-mix) started. Historical record showed that it was introduced 100 years ago by the Japanese women called karayukisan-san—a group of prostitutes. While others claimed that it was the Chinese traders who spread it to our country. Halo-halo (mix-mix) is popular all over the world and it has been the favorite of the Filipinos for a long time. Fast food and other restaurants create their unique version of it. They put additional ingredients like wafers, ice cream, grahams and etc. Other neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore also have their own version of halo-halo (mix-mix).
For me, it’s not important who, where, and when this cold dessert started. Remember that we had been colonized by different countries for so long. It is not new that most of our tradition and beliefs were influenced by different races. It is proven that we Filipinos love to embrace things that were introduced to us. This is the reason why people from foreign lands considered us very hospitable people.
Many people nowadays prefer to hire catering services to arrange their special events. Others believed that catering is an excellent option for events because it is now in demand to the market. It is easier to organize an event if there will be a caterer that will help you. Here are the five reasons why Executive Gourmet Catering Services is worth it to choose as your caterer:
1. Flexible and Creative
In Executive Gourmet Catering Services, you can assure that we can handle any kind of situation. We are open to new ideas and changes that you want to push through. Clients’ suggestions are important to us.
2. Stylish Presentation
Our catering services will help you have a well-organized event through our stylish presentation. We are here to help you in planning and providing some necessary stuff for your event.
3. High Quality Services
Executive Gourmet Catering Services has well-trained and well-equipped staff and crew. They are passionate to serve you and willing to provide your needs. They will assist you in your special event.
4. Delectable Food
We are proud to say that our chefs were trained from the most known culinary schools. Food is the highlight of catering world and this is the reason why we offer different kinds of cuisine. Executive Gourmet Catering Services guarantees you appetizing food.
5. Reasonable Price
We all know that in every event there is an allotted budget. Executive Gourmet Catering Services offers different options that are fit for your budget. We considered some adjustment to help you in your event.
In our catering services, we will bring your special events into life. We will fulfill our mission to bring unforgettable experience because you will be satisfied to our cuisine services, presentation and decors. So choose Executive Gourmet Catering Services in your next special event.
Not all people like the idea of eating vegetables. Others simply don’t like it, especially kids nowadays. But I must say that vegetables are kind of food that we need to eat. Many studies showed that vegetables are rich in nutrients. Aside from being affordable, it is also a good source of vitamins. According to a dietitian, we must eat leafy vegetables at least 75- 100 grams a day.
As a country that one of the main sources of living is agriculture, it is already a part of our tradition to cook different kinds of vegetable dishes. Many Filipinos love to create their own version of some popular dishes. One of the most Filipino popular vegetable dish is pinakbet also known before as “pinakebbet” which means “shrunk” or “shriveled”.
Pinakbet is an Ilocano dish from the northern region of the Philippines. It is a dish that is a mix of different kinds of vegetables. The usual ingredients of pinakbet are bitter melon, eggplant, tomato, ginger, okra, lima beans, chili peppers, parda, winged beans, squash, pork and bagoong isda or bagoong alamang. Others don’t like the taste of bitter melon, and usually they don’t include it as part of the ingredients. Before, our ancestors cooked pinakbet in earthen pots because they believed that it is the best way to cook it. In order to maintain the good quality of vegetables, it is advisable not to use a ladle to mix them.
As a veggie lover, I always want to eat pinakbet, especially if it is cooked by my mother. The unusual taste of pinakbet is what I really love. Years passed, some people also used it as a flavor in pizza. This popular Ilocano dish had a great influence to Filipinos. Aside from the fact that it is one of our authentic food, this dish represents the quality of being plain of Filipinos.
Wine is already considered as an old evolution since 5th century B.C. in Greece. It is a drink of elite ancient people in the said country. Wine is a fermented juice where sugar was transformed into wine through fermentation. Most wines are made from grapes but they can also be from fermented herbs and flowers. There are three colors of wines;: red, pink and white. Red grapes can also be used in making a white wines by removing the outer skin of the fruit, but white grapes cannot be used in producing a red wines. The color of wine is a result of how long the skin remains in the fermented juice.
Like other alcoholic beverages, wines can also be used as ingredients in cooking dishes. Cooks love to use wine because it gives an extra flavor to the food. You can use all kinds of wines in cooking, so no need for expensive one. In the cooking industry, wines have three main uses. First, it is used as a marinade ingredient. Second, it serves as a cooking liquid and the third one as an additional flavor in a finish dish.
Always remember that wines can be “fortified” (wine that have brandy), “sparkling” (like champagne), and “table or still wine”. Both table and sparkling wines have small amount of alcohol unlike fortified wines. You need to be smart in choosing wine as your additional ingredient. You have to remember that once you don’t like the taste of the wine as a beverage, probably you will feel the same way as an ingredient.
Be careful in putting wine on your dish, better that you do it gradually than to put a big amount of it right away. Too much wine will not be good in your dish. It is important to have a right amount of wine in food. Make sure that the wine will be absorbed in the food, or sauce, to increase the flavor of the dish. Once it is added late it could spoil the taste of your food.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This famous saying about apples was known for so long and it comes from an old English adage. Apple is considered as one of healthiest food becauseapples are excellent source of antioxidants that fight against free radicals that damage some substances in the body. Some studies found out that antioxidant of apples might prolong one’s life and this fruit is also fat, sodium, and cholesterol free. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica,the apple is a pome (fleshy) fruit, in which the ripened ovary and surrounding tissue both become fleshy and edible.Apples provide vitamins A and C, which means it’s high in carbohydrates, and have excellent source of dietary fibre.
As I go along reading and researching about an apple fruit, I discovered that this fruit has amusing history. In Genesis, the fruit of knowledge was represented by an apple that Adam and Eve partook.The “apple of my eye” expression is the words used by Jehovah in the Old Testament of the Bible, to describe as thefavoured people. While inAncient Greek and Roman mythology indicate apples as symbols of love and beauty and apples are the favourite fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans.During first century B.C., Romans brought apple in England when they already conquered the said country. In addition,William Tell was renown because of shooting an apple on his son’s head as a command of the invaders in Switzerland. Apple trees were originated between the Caspian and the Black Sea and it took four to five years to produce their first fruit.
Apple is a very significant fruit. It helps us to have a healthy body and strong mind because of the rich nutrients that we get from it. History itself proves that it was created to symbolize so many things to always produce something new in history. Indeed apple fruits are valuable creations of God that we need to give importance.
Spanish cuisine was started way back 5,000 BC. Like Philippines, Spain is also surrounded by water that makes them blessed with different kinds of seafood. One of the most flavourful dishes of Spanish cuisine is “La paella” or“Paella” which is pronounced as “pa-e-ya” with the “e” as in “let”. It is anauthentic cuisine in Spain which is made in an expansive and shallow plate with sloping sides. This Spanish dish is a combination of unusual mixture of saffron-flavoured rice and various meats.It was originated in the region so-called region of Valencia in eastern Spain.
There are three basic varieties of Paella; they are paella valenciana, paella de marisco and paella vegetarian. Paella valenciana is the traditional paella which is a combination of rabbit, chicken and snails, as well as beans and artichokes.The second one is “paella de marisco” also known as “paella mixta”. It is the most popular version of paella because it is a combination of seafood and chicken. And last is “paella vegetarian” which comprises of white beans, artichokes, eggplant and peppers.This kind of paella is appropriate for people who are quite health conscious.Another version of Spanish classic Dish is “paella madrilena”. Like other paellas, it is usually served in other Spanish restaurants and catering services.
In making paella it is important to use the short grain rice becauseit absorbs the flavoursprecisely. Also, the rice should be soft, moist and each grain needs to be detached. The good thing about this Spanish dish is you can use almost anyflavorful ingredients. Thecommon ingredients of this Spanish dish are lobster, mussels, clams, shrimp, sausages, chicken, ham, and pork. Vegetables such as artichoke hearts, potatoes, peas, tomatoes, onion, and garlic are also important ingredients of this Spanish dish. The key to have a successful paella dish is using the ‘paellera’ or paella pan. This kind of pan was really produced in cooking paella.
“No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.” This famous passage of Plato had established significant impact on others’life especially to those who are already a parent. Parents always want the best for their children. The reason why they work hard is for them to be good providers.
Aside from giving their children a good education, they also want to have their children a party that everyone will surely enjoy. We know that kids are excited to celebrate their special occasion and that is their birthday, and they always look forward tor it. Executive Gourmet Catering Services also arrange kiddie parties. In our services, you can assure that your kiddie party will be organized well. We will support you in any kind of theme that you want, and it would be much better we will involve your kids in making a decision about it.
The party is for kids,so we shouldn’t forget that we need to consider the things that will make them happy. Themes like monster and carnival theme, merry-swimming, games party or just a simple gathering of children are what we usually cater. Rest assured that your venue will be decorated according to your chosen party theme. In addition, we are also here to assist you with necessary stuff for games, cakes and candies, give-aways and many others.
In every event, Executive Gourmet Catering Services provides delectable foods. Our services see to it that all kinds of kiddie parties will be excellent not only on food but also in presentation.They will not stay forever as kids so let them enjoy their party. Parents should always support their children in their special day. It’s not just giving them an impressive party but something that kids will never forget. All things should be done with love and the best way to show it is always giving your best for it.
In my almost two years of experience in corporate world, I already attended a lot of corporate events. I know my experience is not enough to testify what corporate world is all about, but at least somehow I have an idea about it. As a former Project Development Officer who obliges to have endless meetings,I usually have corporate lunch and corporate dinner with different clients. I’ve learned that we need to give our clients an utmost attention for us to be remembered and recognized. Corporate events are way to be acquainted with different people with different positions in various kindsof industries
Most corporate events decide to hire catering services to organize their special occasion. Christmas parties, inauguration, corporate meetings and company anniversaries are some of the most important corporate events. In these kinds of events employees have a chance to take a break in their work place. Some events like staff member’s retirement and staff appreciation are periodic investments that are undoubtedly pay off. Treating your staff with special meals shows that you value their hard work. In Executive Gourmet Catering Services, you can assure that your boss, co-workers and clients will be pleased inour services and what we can offer. We are here to assist you to have a successful corporate event. Your event will be remarkable the way you wanted it to be.
Executive Gourmet Catering Services gives level-headed price in handling corporate gatherings.From food to flatware and glassware, from skirting to tables and chairs and decorations we give it in a very reasonable price. Our goal is to satisfy every attendee of the said event. When it comes to the food, Executive Gourmet Catering Services canprovide high quality of meals for your boss, co-workers and clients. If you will have a business event soon, entrust your corporate event to us.
Some people believed that drinking alcohol is a cure for stress and others find it as a way to feel self-assured and less fearful. It is their own way of coping with their problems somehow. In chemistry, an alcohol is an organic compound where group of Hydroxyl functional compelled to a carbon atom. It is a depressant that will slow down the brain and the central nervous system’s processes. It is something that can also disrupt the balance of chemicals in your brain that will affect your mood.
Alcohol can cause a big problem to our health because the more you drink it, the more your brain will be affected. Yes, it is proven that alcohol can give us positive impact in our mood but it is just temporary. Too much drinking alcohol can affect our mental health for a long term. Studies showed that memory problems are also considered as a result of heavy drinking. The Mental Health Foundation found out that drinking heavily and regularly developed symptoms of depression because it lowers the serotonin which is a neurotransmitter of the brain.
Based on my observation too much drinking of alcohol can ruin one’s life. It affects not only your physical and mental health but also your relationship to other people. An alcoholic person forgets his relationship to his family and friends. It is sad to discern that some people neglect their family and responsibility because of alcohol. Instead of enjoying their time with their family and doing great things in the present for a better future, they let alcohol devastate their life. Some people get frustrated with their performance in their work place and they are fruitless in other aspects of their existence. Some people get involve in troubles because of being drunk while others get caught in accidents which leads them to their untimely death.
One of the characteristics of Filipinos is being a food lover. We love to eat that’s why a lot of restaurants have been established here in our country. Filipinos during pre-Hispanic era prepared food by boiling, steaming and roasting.
Our cuisine was developed because of Spanish and American colonization. Also,countries like Arabs, India and China also have a big part of Filipino cuisine. Other foreign people do not like Filipino dishes because of its combination of sweet, sour and salty flavors. Some critics insist that Filipino dishes are greasy and always have unusual ingredients. Others might not find it nice simply because they have their own varieties of food.
Different countries have different culture and for me, food is part of it. Filipino dishes are for Filipinos. It is rich in history and it evolved because of different influences. Most famous Filipino dishes are adobo, lechon, sinigang, nilaga and bicol express. These dishes are usually served for lunch and rice is always part of our menu. It is part of our daily routine to have breakfast before we go in our working place. Famous Filipino breakfast are champorado, sopas, pansit, lugaw and etc.
Desserts like pastillas de leche, leche flan, halayang ube and buko salad are always present in special occasions. Philippines have 7,107 islands and because of it we are blessed to have so many kinds of seafood. As of today, we often see Filipino restaurants in different places. In my personal point of view, in order for Filipino dishes to be recognized globally, we Filipinos need to be proud it. To patronage other cuisine is not wrong but as Filipinos we should love first our own delicacies.
World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of diseases or infirmities. Fitness means the ability of a person to do physical exertion. A person is considered healthy and fit if he has a strong body, effective mind and well-established social principle. Being physically sick affects your daily work and tasks, so you cannot perform well because of your deficient body.
To be healthy and fit, practice to eat your breakfast daily. It is the first step to start your day right because you will have a source of strength and energy. Always eat healthy food such as vegetables, fresh fruits and fish. Aside from proper eating, you also need to practice drinking a lot of water. It helps you to purify your body by taking out all the toxins.
In addition exercise daily and see to eat that you have at least 8 hours sleep. Having a healthy and fit body will help you to become more productive in your work place. In reality companies do not want to hire unhealthy people, because their target deadlines will be affected. How can a person do legwork if he is not physically fit, if he cannot do small things because of his health, and if he cannot meet deadlines because of unhealthy body?
Aside from being physically fit, it is also important to have a healthy mind and emotion. Suffering from any mental or emotional ailments like depression and stress is unhealthy. You will not enjoy life if you are bombarded with so many things. Relax and do things one at a time. Don’t pressure yourself and don’t let depression eat your system and be a reason not to accomplish things.
Try to develop positive mind and it will help you to become mentally healthy. Being emotionally and mentally sick will not help you to become effective. Learn to deal with problems in every aspect of your life and don’t hide your feelings because unexpressed feelings lead to depression. It is healthy to mingle with other people and explore things while you are young.
Being healthy physically, mentally and emotionally will help you to grow and become matured in everything. Having a healthy life will lead you to success. Proven and tested that many people achieve their goals not only because of their perseverance and dedication but also having a healthy life.
A lot of people are patiently waiting for this event and most of us are excited about this. A wedding is a celebration of two people united in marriage which means being one that is orchestrated by God and His idea. Families are gathered to witness two souls vowed for a lifelong commitment.
It is a tradition associated with the Old Testament blood covenant that intensifies our respect for each wedding ceremony. Each of us wants every detail of our wedding to be solitary. Everyone wants to have a mythical and indelible wedding.
Executive Gourmet Catering Services will help you attain your dream wedding. No need to worry if you will entrust your special event to us. We will help you plan and execute your perfect menu that everyone will delight in your wedding reception.
Our catering services provide well-equipped and efficient staff that gives assurance that you will have an adequately organized wedding. From your desired place to arrangement of tables and decorations, we are here to aid you in experiencing a wedding reception that your guests will never forget.
Some people get frustrated in planning their wedding reception because of their budget, while others are having a hard time to classify their occasion completely by themselves. Executive Gourmet Catering Services is very much willing to assist you in selecting a perfect meal with astonishing time that will still fit in your budget.
We offer different catering methods that are suitable to your blueprint which will lead you to have a final decision for your much awaited event. We are here to help you to lessen the difficulty of handling your event.
Our catering services prepare a wedding celebration that is conceit and stunning. We, the Executive Gourmet Catering Services, are proudly to introduce our wedding planners. They are professional in this field of services and they will definitely guarantee your wedding day. So what are you waiting for! Check out our wedding packages and you might find one that is suitable for you.
Every teenage girl fantasizes about having a stunning debut. In reality not all girls are given a chance to celebrate their debut the way they wanted it to be. As I was researching I found out, that Filipino debut celebration was copied from the Hispanic tradition of Quiceañera which means “15 years”. A young lady rejoices at the age of 15 and it was originated in Spain and Mexico.
In the Philippine’ culture, it is usually celebrated at the age of 18 because of American influence. Lighting and presentation of candles, eighteen roses, father and daughter dance and video presentation now a days were copied from the sweet 16, which was introduced by the Americans during their colonization in the Philippines.
To the entire teenage girls, Executive Gourmet Catering Services will help you to plan and prepare your special event. Mark this moment as the blissful event as you step in the journey of being a lady. Our team will systematically organize your theme and motif; we will cater top quality of cuisine for your special day. Having each detail of your party accurately will have you a blast. In our catering services you will never regret entrusting your event to us.
Executive Gourmet Catering Services serve you not because it’s our duty but also because it is also our passion to help and serve you in your special day. From cooking to precise planning, our staffs are tested on this. We work to develop creative menu because we believe that having a creative menu will make your debut more stunning.
Wearing an astonishing gown in a cozy place with lots of guests is every debutante’s dream. Beautiful invitations and souvenirs are also needed to consider having absolute party. Nevertheless appointing well-founded catering provider is a big part of your event. In Executive Gourmet Catering Services, we will increase the chance of getting your party just the way you wanted it to be.
In every occasion, catering services place an important role to make an event extraordinary and special. Executive Gourmet catering services invokes lavish quality of food and high-class services. We offer aesthetic and indelible cuisine, since food is the highlight of catering world.
Our professional chefs prepare different kinds of cuisine especially our very own Filipino dishes that you will surely enjoy. We cater all kinds of events such as weddings, debuts, corporate lunches, corporate events, barbecues, formal dinners, cocktail receptions, dinner parties, birthdays and other special events in a very reasonable price. In addition, Executive Gourmet Catering Services is also good in stylish presentation and impressive taste.
Our mission is to satisfy and bring people in the event more intimate with unforgettable experiences from our unique cuisines, services, presentations and decors. Wolfgang Pack states “A lot of restaurants serve good food, but they don’t have very good services.” Our aim is to impart balanced quality of food and services. We are very proud to present our delicious and healthy food by our professional chefs that were trained from the well-known culinary schools.
We have high quality ordered series of Standard Main Courses and Elite and Executive Main Courses, we also have various type of Spanish Dishes and Filipino Dishes. Our staff is enthusiastic, prescient and amenable to serve your needs. We can assure you that our staff will meet your expectation in regards of virtuous services.
Executive Gourmet Catering services’ vision is to be known as a world-class catering provider and to have a good rapport in the industry. We can handle any type of situations and demand and our client’s concern is our top priority. We want to established good relationship in every client. In Executive Gourmet Catering Services you can assure that your party will be a lifetime experience and remarkable event.