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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Arroz Con Coliflor Y Brocoli Recipe


1/4 cup olive oil
1 head garlic, crushed
2 medium onions, chopped
2 c California rice
4-5 c soup stock
1/4 kg cauliflower, divided into florets
1/2 c garbanzos, cooked
1-2 tsp curry powder
a pinch of saffron
salt and pepper, to taste
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

For the soup stock

Beef or Pork bones, or a combination
1 carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 large onion, quartered
1/2 tsp peppercorns


1. In a casserole, put all the soup stock ingredients together and add enough water (at least 6 cups) to cover. Simmer over low fire for 2 hours. Strain the broth.

2. In a paellera or a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic and onions. Add the rice and cook until it becomes opaque.

3. Add the soup stock. Arrange the cauliflower, broccoli, and garbanzos on top, sprinkle the curry powder and saffron, and season with salt and pepper. Cook the rice for about 20 minutes. Garnish with the sliced eggs. Makes 5 to 6 portions.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Villa Raphael Resort

     Summer is exciting and enjoy. Most people are planning to have a vacation especially going to beaches and resorts. They are searching for the best place and affordable.

Villa Raphael Resort

     Villa Raphael Resort was a good and relaxing place. It is located in Barangay San Juan, Palauig, Zambales. A 4-5 hours from Manila.

Sunset view

     It is a perfect resort for family vacation, birthday, wedding and other occasions. It is also a gateway to Magalawa Island, a white beach island near in the resort.

How to get there:
     Take any bus from Manila (Cubao) going to Sta. Cruz or Iba, Zambales. If the destination of the bus is to Sta. Cruz, drop off to Palauig, then ride a tricycle going to Villa Raphael Resort. If the bus is going to Iba, ride a jeep from there going to Palauig.

For any inquiries, visit their website
or contact Tita Fely, +639203861746

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cabbage Salad With Tahini and Honey Dressing


1 small head (or half of a large one) green cabbage
1 small head purple cabbage

For the dressing, whisk together--
3 tbsp tahini
1/4 c lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1 clove garlic, pounded to a fine paste
1/2 tsp sea salt


1. Cut the cabbage in half and remove the hard center. Separate the leaves and rinse well under running water. Spin dry or blot with paper towels. Stack the leaves together and slice finely into shreds. Do the same with the purple cabbage.

2. Pour just enough Tahini and Honey dressing to coat the vegetables lightly. Toss and serve immediately.
Serves 6.

Shared from The Philippine Cook-book by Virginia Roces de Guzman and Nina Daza Puyat

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Calamansi Muffins

     If you start the day with hot-from-the-oven, tart and tender muffins, how can you possibly wrong? slathered with soft, sweet butter, maybe a little jam, and, be warned. -- these tiny cakes can be habit forming. Bake an extra batch -- they freeze really well, simply warm up another day.


1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
t tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c butter
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
2 egg yolks
1/3 c calamansi juice (or lemon or lime juice)
1/3 c +1 tbsp evaporated milk


1. Preheat the oven to 350 ⁰F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or squares of baking paper. This recipe will make 8 to 10 muffins, depending on the size of your pan.

2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and creamy. With the mixer running, add the sugar in gradually. Then add the egg and egg yolks one at a time.

4. Combine the calamansi juice and the milk -- it will look curdled, but rest assured that it's alright.

5. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the bowl alternately with the calamansi mixture. Give it another half-minute to make sure the butter is smooth and creamy.

6. Spoon the butter into the prepared muffin pan, filling the wells almost to the top. Bake for 20 mins, until golden. Serve warm.

Shared from Bake Me a Cake by Ginny Roces de Guzman

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur

       Caramoan Islands are located at the tip of Caramoan Peninsula, a group of islands isolated from the rest of Camarines Sur. It is the perfect adventure for island hopping, rock climbing, caving or wading and swimming thru its fine white sand beaches.

       The municipality is situated between east longitude 124°59" and 13°46" north latitude. It covers approximately 27,741 square kilometers with approximately 71 kilometers of irregular coastline surrounded by the vast ocean, bay, seas and swamps. It is approximately 501 kilometers away from Metro Manila; 95 kilometers from the municipality of Pili, where the seat of the provincial government and the Pili Domestic Airport are located; and 110 kilometers away from Naga City, the heart of Bicol. Composed of 49 barangays, the municipality has a total of 134 sitios.

       Caramoan Islands were unknown to commercial tourism because of its remoteness. You will experience a bumpy ride and at least 1.5 hours boating from Sabang beach to Caramoan. Thus, its natural beauty was hidden and only few adventurers were go there. Although in recent years, Caramoan was already being visited by some foreign and locals, it was still not as jammed-packed as the Boracay Island, until “Koh-Lanta Caramoan 2008”, a French version of the reality show “Survivor”, had Caramoan Islands particularly the Gota Beach as their shooting location. That was an opportunity to recognized the Caramoan Islands as a Philippine island destination for foreign and local tourist that gives a high percentage of visitors every year until today.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Grotto of Our Lady of Peace

      Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Mother of Peace Grotto is located at the top of Caglago Mountain in Barangay Tabgon, Caramoan, Camarines Sur. It has 546 steps to the grotto leads to the 26-foot image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

       The construction of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Mother of Peace Grotto began in 1989 under the leadership of St. Dominic of Guzman parish priest Rev. Fr. Felix F. Barella. During its construction, the people of Caramoan had to climb Mt. Caglago to bring the materials. It was completed the following year through foreign and local funding. The grotto opened its door to the public in 20 May 1990 led by Archbishop of Caceres Most Reverend Leonardo Z. Legaspi OP. D.D. 

       Here we go to take the 546 steps, you must bring water to drink and make sure you don't have any heavy bags. 

       At the top, there is a small chapel. The Eucharist is celebrated in the Shrine every first Sunday of the month and other occasions such as the anniversary of the foundation of the image (20th of May), Triduum, and feast of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Mother of Peace (4th of October).

       When you reached on the top, you will see the beautiful views of the islands surrounded by the water. So nice and awesome.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ibon Ebon (Bird Egg) Festival

       Ibon Ebon Festival was celebrated every year, in the month of February in Candaba, Pampanga. Ibon means "bird" and Ebon means "Egg". This festival makes the town a favorite destination for tourist and bird lovers from all over the world. It was started on February 1 and 2 in the year 1998. 

       The festival participated of different schools in Candaba and for those who want to join the events. The events include harvest fest, trade fair and tiangge, jamming with "Ibon" dancers, grand street dancing parade and dragon boat race. 


        The wetlands of Candaba Swamp in Pampanga is known as a sanctuary of nearly 17,000 registered migratory birds. It consists of more than 80 species from different parts of the world. The Candaba Swamp serves as the birds’ home and stop-over point as they migrate from point to point in Asia and other parts of the globe. 

        The town of Candaba makes proud of this festival, as they introduce the migratory birds and own eggs industry. 
Photography: Mr. Allan Borja

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Island Hopping in Honda Bay

      Honda Bay is one of the Philippines' tourist destination in Palawan Island, also known as "The Last Frontier". It is comprised of several islets with shallow reefs bordering wonderful beaches which is the perfect place for swimming, snorkeling and diving destinations for local residents and tourist. It is a blue cool waters are scattered with islands that guarantee one of a pure-pleasure experience. From snorkeling in its clear waters to the more adventurous island hopping within its districts to simply having a picnic in the fine sand of its beach areas, Honda Bay is sure to leave a lasting impression on the visitor.

   You will enjoy the island hopping because you will see the different fishes, and precious corals under the water. We explore the two islands; Snake island, a curvaceous tongue shape like a snake and with a white sand beach noted for large and lovely shells and the Isla Pandan Resort. Before we went there, we experienced snorkelling on what they call the floating house. The corals and fishes are very lovely.

 The island hopping takes whole day, so you will experience to eat lunch in the island. You can take the lunch at the Snake Island.


  The last Island we explore is the Isla Pandan. Up to this island, snorkelling is so fantastic. Fishes and corals are still around.

      We enjoyed swimming and snorkelling on these islands. The adventures were exciting. It can't explain our feelings how our happiness was.