Friday, October 29, 2010

The One About the Marinated Herbed Cheese

On certain days, a "kitchen impulse" gives my body a good jolt. Today is one of those days. I was supposed to have lunch with a friend of mine but she came down with something and so, not wanting to waste a perfectly good day just watching DVDs and stuffing myself with junk food, I delightfully welcomed the kitchen impulse that jolted in me in the same way that Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat Pray Love) heartily welcomed the idea of "Donde far niente" as she lovingly prepared herself an Italian meal.
Unlike Gilbert, though, I prepared this dish to be shared with Teddy Bird and his family tomorrow as his niece and nephews go trick-or-treating around the village. I got this recipe of Marinated Kesong Puti from a co-teacher who served this dish along with some crusty bread, roasted garlic, and fresh tomato salsa.

First, I roasted some garlic in the oven. Once, they were soft, I peeled the skin off and got a few cloves for the kesong puti. The rest, I placed in a jar and poured olive oil over them.

In a separate container, I put in some Italian seasoning as my co-teacher instructed. However, I had a lot of dried herbs so I also threw in some dried sage, marjoram, basil, and tarragon. I sliced the kesong puti and coated the pieces with dried herbs mixture. I placed a few cloves of the roasted garlic as well as a few sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Then I poured olive oil over the cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Ideally, this should be made a week before serving but I don't do kitchen impulses that way. :)

Here's to kitchen impulses and the delectable treasures that result from them!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The One About the All-Occasion Cupcake Toppers

Played around with some photo editing software and came up with these...

All-occasion cupcake topppers

You can click here to download a copy of the cupcake toppers. Happy crafting! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

The One About the Grilled Rosemary Chicken

A lot of times, everyday meals are cooked to the tune of
"same old, same old." About a week or two ago, I tried adding "oomph" to our chicken meal and it was just convenient that we had fresh rosemary in our fridge.

Grilled rosemary chicken with mint jelly.

Here's how to do it:

1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. If you're like me, I don't put salt in my food as much as possible - a habit I developed when I was living in Cebu (Living on my own, I was too kuripot to buy a pack of salt for myself so I reasoned a low-salt diet is actually healthier. I was never prouder of myself for being kuripot. Now, I love being creative at finding ways to make my meals flavorful without using salt.)

2. In a bowl, mix olive oil and fresh rosemary. Add more rosemary than usual if you're not using salt. Rub the mixture all over the chicken.

3. Get the grill piping hot. Grill the chicken for a few minutes on each side only to keep the chicken moist and tender.

4. Serve with mint jelly. I know mint jelly is perfect with roasted lamb but it works beautifully with any grilled meat in my opinion.

This meal can be made in a jiffy. It's the perfect weeknight meal. As Rachael Ray used to say, "A great meal is never more than thirty minutes away."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The One About the Purple Library Kit

To Dindean Abalahin on her birthday: It has been "Daughn." :)

Notice the book on which the library kit was placed? That is a secondhand copy of a first edition printing of the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. So vintage-y. I so love.

Happy crafting! :)