Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chef Mom's Instagram Cookbook

Cherry Moriones Doromal

I just thought of compiling  and sharing  some of my Instagram food posts for homemakers out there. For this first batch, let me take you to our own kitchen. These are what we have:
Here's my #signature #pasta -- my #original #recipeusing "binagoongan bangus" in olive oil (#milkfishsauted in #shrimppaste) , garlic, black olives, chili pepper seeds or flakes, #secret #herbs and #basil, topped with #parmesan cheese. It's easy to prepare and I can #eat this regularly without #flavor #fatigue.#Yum

I wish I could share with you a taste of this. It's really good. I have other versions of this-- "gourmet tuyo" (dried herring in olive oil) pasta and spicy prawn anchovies pasta , also in olive oil, and my mussels,crab aligue and garlic pasta.

Today's #dish is a #classic in this #house : #Grilled#pesto #chicken breast #fillet with #cream #dip#lunch by #chefmom #bloggermom #cherrydoromal

Hubby to me: " Why is it that your cooking, no matter how simple, tastes like I'm in a 5- star hotel?" 

(Awww! Every good thing that comes from the heart yields positive results. I always have my family's health and enjoyment whenever I prepare dishes, no matter how simple)

My version--Chicken breast strips inspired by Filipino "bistek" (beefsteak) * Beef substituted by chicken breast strips* Try this: Marinate the chicken strips in soysauce, a pinch of cayenne and calamansi (or lime/lemon) for 5-10 minutes.Fry potato slices. Set aside. In a pan, saute garlic. Just after it starts to brown, add the chicken strips and stir fry. When half cooked, add onion rings, green beans, young corn (carrots: optional) and continue stir frying till it sizzles. Sauce: In separate bowl, mix soysauce water, a pinch of salt, half to a teaspoon of brown sugar, black pepper and flour. Add the mixture to the pan where the chicken and veggies are being stir fried. Wait till the sauce thickens and you're ready to go.Add fresh onion rings and fried potatoes on top. Serve with white rice. 

Tiger Prawns and mixed vegetables-- squash, string beans,bittermelon, eggplant, ladies' fingers,bell pepper --in cocomilk and green chili ...and yes, I cooked it! 


Lamb  Shank Caldereta #stew 

#Delicately #wrapped in a #paper #towel. "This is for you, Mom! I made it in #school." #Yummiest #Oreo #chocolatechip #cookie by my 8-year old #Zecheriah #internationalschool #class #demo for #chocolatemaking in  #ipc at  #mgis #internationalprimarycurriculum #choco #sweetlife #culminating #activity


Been craving for my own version of potato-egg salad for days... Finally, I found time to do this today (plus beet salad and grilled rosemary chicken breast).

Boneless chicken breast fillet adobo in turmeric, cocomilk and lots of cayenne for lunch (big fan of spicy food!) Kids' version has diced squash and less spices. Ooops, did I say I cooked it? 

#Exotic#food--They call it #limontud in  #Marinduque It was served to us  cooked in #coconut #milk by some #native #fishermen as #welcome #dish during our recent #visit to the #island. I never realized it's #endangered; though, it's abundant in the island where we went.  I'm  not sure if it's #leather #mushroom #coral. Anyone who can help me identify this #seafood?  #coralisland #mushroomcoral

My version of Super Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

Quick Affogato at Home-- I love my former school's Arabica blend. Using that, I brewed my own espresso and topped a scoop of vanilla gelato with it to come up with a perfect tasting affogato.  #coffee #affogato#vanilla #coffeeathome #coffeetime

I hope you liked this. Wait for the next Volume of my Instagram Cookbook. Follow me on IG:earthwideconcepts

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mommy Anecdotes from my Facebook Wall

Cherry Moriones Doromal

I was going over my previous blogs when I realized that my blog pages have been missing a lot of interesting stories which my friends and followers liked a lot; and  that out of convenience,  I posted those stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and never been transformed in a real blog. 

From September of every year to my birthday in January after New Year, my calendar days are normally blocked off, almost all in red, due to social engagements and special occasions in the family. Last November 11th, hubby and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. The series of celebration extended to our son Zecheriah's (Strong) birthday on November 20th.

Not only that we have the longest Christmas in the Philippines, we also have the longest birthday or anniversary celebration. Believe it or not, we had been booked to five more parties over the last  two weeks with our family, friends and loved ones in celebration of our wedding anniversary and Zecheriah's 9th birthday.

Anyway, for my personal record, and whether you like it or not, hahah, let me share with you this poem-letter I posted for my husband on Facebook:

(14th Anniversary Edition 2014)
Dearest Hubby Wilson,
For pampering me like a princess each day
For the trust and support you’ve given me all the way
For fearlessly choosing to be honest,
That you humbly share with me your deepest secrets
For your faithfulness and loyalty despite life’s most extreme tests 

For considering my happiness above all else
For giving me the kind of respect as promised since before
For being mindful of me in every major decision you make
For your constant sensitivity to understand how I feel
For teaching me to settle marital issues without fighting
For strengthening me in times of weakness or exhaustion
For being my ultimate best friend whom I can always rely on
For assuring me that I am your forever “adobo”
And that you won’t ever need “kare-kare” on the side
For your silly proposal to post “I LOVE MY WIFE “ sticker on your car windshield
On the condition that I also post "I LOVE MY HUSBAND" on mine (epic!)
For being naturally funny that you make everything so light
Most importantly, for giving me my two loving adorable sons,
And for completing my life …

I’m so blessed to have you as my lifetime partner. And we have every reason to celebrate another year together. Congratulations to us on our 14th wedding anniversary. Praise and glory to the Lord our God for all his favor.

In addition to  my personal journal,here are some Mommy stories I wrote on my Facebook status this month:
DEALING WITH TEENAGERS: My 13-year old son Zekie and I were in the mall yesterday to meet
with a client in a coffee shop. While walking,I didn't notice that I was holding him by the hand as if he’s a little kid being guided by the parent. Hence, my son called my attention and whispered to me: “Mom, you don’t need to hold my hand. You see, I’m now a teenager. I mean, I know where to go. I’ll just follow you.” At the first glance, he might have sounded right. And if fact, he was right. However, as parent, I wanted to show him another perspective where I said: “Yes, you don’t need my hand anymore to guide you; but, I need your hand now to ensure I don’t trip, fall, or slip. I’m wearing heels and my vision is blurry, too.” He looked like he was thinking. Then I added: “What a nice gesture it is for gentlemen to practice escorting the ladies and the elderly, or opening the door for them.” Without pressure... and voluntarily on his part, from then on that day, my young man escorted me everywhere I went.
LEARNING FROM THE KIDDO. I was checking on Zecheriah's lunchbox and saw some leftover cookies; unopened, though.These are the extra packs I send him everyday. ME: "Strong, you're growing up and you need to learn to organize and clean up your things."

 And so, he grabbed the lunchbox, collected and placed the chocolates and cookies in a plastic bag. 
ME: "So, where are you throwing all those?" STRONG: "Mom, these are clean food and unopened. I'm saving them for the poor." He left the scene, carried on with his computer games, without realizing that his innocent utterance of "I'm saving them for the poor" had been a remarkable lesson for the mom. 
DECLARING A HOLIDAY FOR FAMILY BONDING. Late Spa and Dinner on our 14th Anniversary--Zecheriah: Is it holiday on Tuesday Mom? ME: No. Why? STRONG: Because it's your anniversary, remember? ME: Ah okay. Then, let's declare a family holiday on Tuesday, 
My boys at Sunday Night Service--Why only in flip flops? Because they just had pedicure!
As per Pastor Ed Lapiz' message last night: " So what's wrong about having your hair curled  or finding yourself in a beauty salon when end times come? Life must go on. Don't fear the future. Fear God, keep His commandments and entrust the future to Him."
Thanks for reading. Let's celebrate life and be grateful for all things!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to Basics

By Cherry Moriones Doromal

Hello there! This is Cherry D. speaking

I was invited to speak before a congregation of a small community Christian church in Manila last Sunday. And in my attempt to prepare the message, I was waiting for a perfect internet connection last weekend whereby, for whatever reason, all my internet providers at home failed to give me a stable internet access (not sure if it’s only in the Philippines that we experience it). 

Therefore, I ended up manually outlining my message using a recycled notebook, pen and my Bible --not the electronic one. It was a realization that despite full exposure to modernization, we couldn’t rely on technology all the time; hence, the best thing is to get back to basics. 

Yes, “Back to Basics” had been our topic which I’m simplifying into a blog today.

My hope is that we all learn from the book of Ecclesiastes which was authored by no less than King Solomon, who also wrote the books Proverbs and Song of Songs.

King Solomon, son of King David, as we know, was blessed with unsurpassed wisdom, with bonuses of power and riches, allowing him to rule over Israel for 40 years. He enjoyed life at its fullest-- drinking wine, rejoicing, and having, literally, a thousand wives and mistresses. Many scholars believe that King Solomon died in his 60s, calculating that he began his kingship at about 20 years old or less, and ruled Israel for forty years.

With his stature and wisdom, what else could a King Solomon ask for? In Ecclesiastes 1, we can see that after all his achievements and glory, King Solomon was at a point of consciousness that everything is life is meaningless. Probably, what he was experiencing is comparable to some signs of midlife crisis that people in their late 40s experience today. In verse 3, he said: “What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?” And in Chapter 12, the last chapter of Ecclesiastes, the author clearly emphasized the need for us to remember our Creator in the days of our youth. He ended up saying that ultimately, the whole duty of man is to "fear God and to keep His commandments”, because every work, good or bad, exposed or done in secret will be judged in time.

Back to basics! 

Academically, I finished four courses already, plus one honorary degree, and at present, concurrently taking up another masters and a diploma program. Not to mention that I’m a wife and a mom, too. Busy huh? Having said these, the story of King Solomon allowed me to contemplate on my most important title: “Servant of my Father God”. That is the basic me, which I need to fully assess continually, and while I am still physically strong.

In reality, no matter what we do, what we achieve, and wherever we go, at the end of the day, we will get back to basics. I agree with King Solomon when he opined that he had achieved much, and at the prime of his life, what he sowed would be reaped by others. The thing is that life is a cycle and all our accomplishments will be forgotten in time. 

Have you seen the guests of the recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Aquino? Or are you not stunned by the luxurious outfits celebrities wear on awards night? No matter how sophisticated and expensive the evening wears celebrities put on, at the end of the day, these superstars will go to bed with the simplest and most comfortable outfits, with no makeup on and have only the basic sleeping wears as they retire at night.

Getting back to basics…

Remember what we learned during our Pre-school and Kindergarten years, where we were trained to distinguish the difference of every thing in terms of color, size and number? “Encircle the biggest.” “Which is the tallest?” Things like that. So that, later in life, we will get to be scrupulous in observing our day- to- day experiences and get used to knowing or perceiving which is right or wrong. In the same way, we get to become good writers by applying the basic knowledge of the alphabet and spelling which we learned in elementary years. 

King Solomon knew the basic law in his heart since day one. Before inheriting the throne, his father King David reminded him to always follow God’s decrees and commands (1 Kings 2:3-4). However, along the way, Solomon broke specific commandments God gave to the future kings of Israel such as: “Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away” Deuteronomy 17:17, among others.

None of us is above the law! For instance, one may temporarily fight aging-- which is a law of nature-- through botox, stem cell therapy, cosmetic surgery, etcetera. Those processes may only take effect for a moment, but, in the long run, the law of nature will prevail. Meaning, all signs of physical deterioration will be visible, whether we like it or not. 

Just like Solomon, we are kings of our lives. And due to numerous priorities we are busy at, we tend to forget that we are governed by different laws which we cannot get away from—the law of nature, the law of man, and the law of God. With our fast-paced and high-tech lifestyle today, may we learn to set aside our vanity and decide to get back to basics. 

 If you have time, read the whole book of Ecclesiastes; it’s only 12 chapters, anyway. 

And before we end up, let me leave you these words of wisdom from King Solomon: 

Ecclesiastes 2:4-11

4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. 10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.My heart took delight in all my labor,and this was the reward for all my toil. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve,everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

And in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14: 13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. 

Video: The Whole Duty of Man as Recited by the then 4th Grader Zekie Doromal   (He's 8th Grader now)

Video: The Whole Duly of Man as recited by the then pre-schooler Zecheriah (He's 4th Grader now) 

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