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This adobo pita was inspired by pinoycook. The lazy bug has once again kicked in and so this week I've just been throwing things together to create a somewhat bento. We didn't have spring onions nor garlic bits at home and so I just stuffed some onions into the pita. The quail eggs are smothered in adobo sauce. On top is a very simple (like lacking ingredients simple) chicken and potato salad. See, you don't have to prepare super dishes all the time. This is also a nice light dish to be enjoyed while looking at all those bright rays of the sun from an air conditioned pantry.
I've been trying to avoid having rice for baon nowadays. I don't know why but after lunch my tummy always hurts whenever I have rice for baon. No, the rice is not spoiled. I've experienced something like this back when my illness was still severe. So I'm being careful now of the things that I eat. We now have light lunches. This is MB's bento. That's my homemade pasta sauce with chicken.

To make the homemade sauce, boil some tomatoes (usually a pack from Landmark is good for 2) until the skins peel off. I remove the top part of the tomatoes simply because I don't like it. Then put the skinned tomatoes in a blender and blend to desired consistency. In a pan, heat some EVOO and add garlic and onions. I always use a lot as both garlic and onions are good for you. Then pour in the sauce when the herbs are fragrant. Season with salt, sugar, pepper and oregano or basil or any herbs of your choice.

The veggies are baby potatoes and French beans which are sauteed in butter and seasoned with salt and pepper. The breadsticks (which MB adores) are from French Baker. I also packed some Belcube for the breadsticks, Cream-O and Kit Kat.

Here's my bento which has the ube puto made by my Lola whom we call Mama. I don't like ube but surprisingly, I really liked this one!
Yep, you guessed that right! That is still kimchi rice on the yellow squares! All these kimchi rice for a tray of kimchi. I even used the leftovers to make kimchi rice for the cats! That was really sulit! (worth it).

That's supposed to be crispy crablets which I couldn't get to be crispy. Any tips out there? And the all time favorite adobong kangkong. Just substitute the kangkong for the meat. The crablets are fairly easy to make. Clean the crablets, dip in egg then dredge in flour seasoned with salt and pepper then fry. I bought a tray of these crablets from Cold Storage but only ended up using half. I gave the rest to the babies... Lucky cats...
Hello there food lovers! This isn't a food related post but I think this is something that you should be aware of. I've actually been contemplating of posting this or not but since the head of security of Unionbank and the agency, CSI, haven't contacted me nor given me feedback yet, well this leaves me no choice but to post this to serve as a warning to everybody.

This happened a couple of weeks ago at Unionbank Valero. We finished our usual transaction without hassle. When we were about to leave, the door was locked for security purposes. We knocked on the glass door as the guard was outside. Not hearing us, MB pushed the white button on the side of the door thinking that it was a buzzer to alert the guard outside. The door opened. When we walked out, the guard, barked at us, "sa susunod wag nyong pipindutin ung security lock ha!" (Next time, don't press the security lock) in a very angry tone. I told him we didn't know that it was the lock and we thought that it was a buzzer and that he didn't look around when we were knocking. Then he angrily yelled at me, "eh kung may magnanakaw at nakapasok, di nanakawan yung bangko! Pag nagkaganun, kasalanan mo!" (If there were robbers here then they would've entered the bank and robbed the bank. If that happens, it will be your fault!) So I told him that I really didn't know and proceeded to enter the bank again to talk to the bank manager. What he did next totally shocked me. He went in front of me and told me, "Hindi ka pwedeng pumasok. (you're not allowed to enter). I asked why. He said, "kasi nasa labas ka na" (because you are already outside). I insisted to enter the bank telling him that I want to speak to the manager. He refused. We had a screaming fit outside the bank. It was pretty sureal at this point already. So, having no choice, I knocked on the glass door to get the attention of the employees and the manager inside. They told him to let me in.

Once inside, I explained what happened to the lady who looked like an officer in the bank. I wasn't able to get her name as my heart was already pounding and my body was shaking from anger. Then this man who is the acting bank manager asks me what happened. So I explained to him again. He told me that it was against policy to press the white button. I told him now I already know that but if the guard had said that to us in a nice way, I would have immediately apologized to him but instead, he screamed at me. I think he didn't quite get it because he was not shocked/appalled by their guard's behavior. I told them that I worked in a bank some years ago as well and our guards didn't behave like that. I asked them if this was the way they treated their clients and if what the guard did was right. He said no. I told them I will not leave the bank until they do something about the guard. They said that they needed to investigate this first so I asked for the agency's number so that I can directly complain to them. What they gave was the number of Unionbank head office and instructed me to look for the security division. When we left, the guard even had the nerve to call out, "sige mam! tumawag kayo!" (Go ahead ma'am, call them!). See how garish this man's attitude is?

Actually, this wasn't the first time that we noticed his poor attitude towards customers. Most of the time he would tell us, "kumuha kayo ng number. ayan o!" pointing to a stack of numbers on the chair next to the door. Other guards in other banks would hand you the numbers themselves.

When I got back to the office I immediately called Unionbank. The girl who answered me said that her boss was in a meeting. She asked what the problem was and so I told her. She was shocked at the guard's behavior. I told her that I would fax them a letter of complaint. After that I called CSI, the agency. The man in charge of the Unionbank security guards apologized to me and said that they will investigate and give me feedback. After a few hours I called Unionbank again to ask if they received my letter. The same girl said yes and that her boss was still in a meeting. She said that they would just contact me. Oh, and I also sent a letter to CSI.

Fast forward to two weeks. I emailed Mr. R of the agency last Monday asking for feedback. He didn't reply. I haven't had a chance to talk to Unionbank yet. But it's their responsibility to contact me right? and not vice versa.

Don't get me wrong. I respect guards. I have a nice relationship with the guards in our building. and with all the other guards in my former offices. We exchange smiles and greetings every now and then. I come from a family of soldiers that is why I have high regard for people who risk their lives to protect us.

I would publish my letters here but for some reason blogger doesn't allow copy pasted stuff from Microsoft Word. It keeps having errors. This blog is open to the replies of both Unionbank and CSI. I will publish any replies that they will (hopefully) give me in the future. I really hope someone from Unionbank would be able to read this so that he/she can relay this incident to the authorities to prevent this incident from happening again.

So what do you think? Maybe the reason why the guard even taunted us was because he knows that nothing will come of it. Or maybe Unionbank really just doesn't care for its customers. I sincerely hope not. I have expressed in my letter that Unionbank has excellent service as far as I'm concerned and that this incident was a first.

My friend A was there last week and she said that the guard was very polite, even helping an old lady with her transaction. She wasn't sure if it's the same guard though. So if you go to that branch, beware of the guard.
I told you before, not everything that I cook turns out well, like this Cajun shrimp pasta. It was edible but I didn't like it so I won't give the recipe anymore. The breadsticks were marvelous though. I bought them at French Baker. MB loved them too!

Aside from the regular lunch bentos, I also try to make snack bentos every once in a while so that we would lessen our trips to KFC. It damages our wallets so much.

This snack bento consists of jellyace which were frozen, some belcube cheese for the breadsticks and cheddar pretzels. I forgot the name of the pretzel but it comes in a gold bag and costs around 120+ at Landmark Makati. It's a bit hard compared to the whole thin pretzels but I like this more because of the robust flavor of cheese. It already comes in bite size pieces. You might think that one pack is expensive but one bag will last for 5 days for 2 people for merienda breaks. Just make sure to pack individual portions separately and not bring the whole bag as you won't be able to stop munching. Oh, I suddenly remembered the name. Snyder's of Hanover. The package looks something like this

I'm down to my last zip lock and I plan to try the other flavors during the weekend.
Are you sick of kimchi rice already? Hehe.. This is the leftover kimchi rice. I was too lazy to cook that day. The dumplings are frozen so I just fried them and that's the Korean dried squid smothered in a sweet, sour, spicy sauce. Yum!
I bought a tray of Kimchi at Kang's, our neighborhood Korean grocery here in Leviste. It costs P150. Since we're not really addicted to kimchi, I made kimchi rice.

Kimchi rice is very easy to make. It's like your regular sinangag or fried rice. The ingredients depend on what you like. I use Chinese luncheon meat, shrimp, chicken, squid strips, etc. Use any meat that you like.

Here's what I did. I cooked some Chinese luncheon meat and cut them into cubes. In a pan, heat chopped up kimchi. Add the rice mix very well. I then added the luncheon meat, seasoned with soy sauce, mirin and a little sugar. That's it! That's soggy leftover tempura on the side, dried squid strips also from Kang's which was by the way, absolutely delicious! Some Hershey's dark kisses and Easter M&M's for dessert. Simply marvelous!

Here's MB's bento. You can get these bento for P88 each at SM Makati Supermarket.

I've been working with a number of foreigners in the past few years and all of them are amazed at how big Pinay's appetites are but still manage to be "skinny" in their eyes. And who wouldn't be amazed? We eat rice for merienda. Eat starch and starch, carbs and carbs together in one meal but we're still fairly smaller than foreigners. Take this bento for example. It contains onigiri (rice balls) and noodles. I used vermicelli, our regular sotanghon and vegetables - carrots, snap peas, green pepper and added a few shrimps. To season, anything goes! I used Kikkoman, pepper and mirin.

So what's your favorite starch/carbs combo?
This is a light lunch so I suggest that you pack more pasta if you have a hearty appetite. To make the pasta:

Boil pasta according to package directions. In a pan, fry chicken pieces or ground chicken (as used here). Add garlic and onions. Allow to cook for a while then add mushrooms. Pour tomato sauce. Add black olives. Season with sugar (if the tomato sauce is too sour), salt, pepper and oregano. Pour cooked pasta and mix until the pasta is coated well with the sauce.

For the luncheon meat musubi, I used Chinese luncheon meat from Purefoods. That's just plain rice. You can use sushi rice for more flavor. I also used a musubi mold. Just press rice into the mold then remove. Top with luncheon meat and wrap with nori. That's it! You now have an Italian, Japanese/Hawaiian inspired lunch!
I apologize for not being able to post regularly. I've been having attacks lately plus my work is keeping me away from writing the things that I like to write about. It's still crazy but I'll try to post as much as I can.

Here's the recipe for the cornmeal chicken.

In a bowl, mix together some light soy sauce, mirin and ginger. Marinate the chicken pieces (I used breast fillet) for 15 minutes. Dip in beaten eggs then in cornmeal. Fry in hot oil. Be careful as the cornmeal tends to brown (or blacken) quickly.
Yes, fake. Why fake? This is just plain rice. Not sushi rice. I went to Hatchin one night and finally decided to buy the onigiri molds that I've been eyeing for quite some time now. Since MB was coming home late that night I decided to play with it and this is the result. Hehe.. It's not all bad. It's rice with nori. Good thing MB liked the nori otherwise I'd end up with a bunch of onigiri to finish.

We also had my staple miso soup with tofu. That's potatoes cooked in butter seasoned with salt and parsley as we had an abundance of parsley. And finallly, some Chinese broccoli sauteed with garlic, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar and of course, the cornmeal chicken. This is actually a recipe taken from one of my cheap but reliable cookbooks. Recipe for this on my next post.

This is another freezer staple bento. What you need: Chicken poppers, shrimps, quail eggs and frozen mixed vegetables.

What to do:
1. Fry the chicken poppers
2. Saute mixed vegetables in a little oil and garlic
3. Add shrimps and allow to cook
4. Add water, depending on how soupy you want your baon to be
5. Season with salt and pepper or Maggi magic sarap
6. Add a teaspoon of cornstarch diluted in a little water to make the soup thick
7. Add boiled peeled quail eggs and allow the soup to thicken
8. Pour on rice or place in a separate bento!

And so, at last, she came... and went....

Taken earlier at Ayala, eagerly waiting for the late Mrs. Aquino's arrival.
Thank you for uplifting the Filipino pride and showing the whole world that we are a free people, resilient and unwavering in times of chaos and despair. May your life be an inspiration to generations to come.

This speech will resonate throughout my life for all times.
Cory Aquino US Congress Speech Part 1
Cory Aquino US Congress Speech Part 2
Cory Aquino US Congress Speech Part 3

"You turn my mourning into dancing again, you lifted my sorrows" - Psalm 30:11
Here's what's inside of the black bentos. Shrimp pasta using this recipe and little cut out fish and cars using my cookie cutters from Saizen.