Tuesday, May 31, 2016


I was so thrilled to find out that I don't react to chocolate! I just can't be allergic to chocolate. I don't have a sweet tooth but I want to eat chocolate every now and then even if it's just a small bite. This recipe was requested by my little boy. He likes momma to bake him a lot of goodies. 


This is very easy to make and you just can't go wrong with chocolate. Even if you are a new baker, you should try this. All you need is a loaf pan which you can easily buy from the department store. Make sure to use a non-stick one. My loaf looks a bit dry because I over baked it. I was busy doing something else and totally forgot about it. Don't forget to check on it every now and then to make sure that it's cooked just right. 


ALLERGY ALERT - CHOCOLATE

You need:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/8 cup softened butter
2/3 cup sugar ( I used Muscovado but you can use regular white or brown)
3 organic eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Let's do this!

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease the loaf pan with butter or with a non-stick spray. 

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl except for the chocolate chips. 

In another bowl, whisk butter and sugar until light and fluffy. It's better if you have a mixer but I don't so I did it the old fashioned way with a lot of elbow grease. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix well. 

Add half the dry mixture to the wet mixture and fold just until combined. Add half the milk and fold just until combined and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Do not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

Spoon the batter into your loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy this with a glass of cold milk. We ate this for dessert, breakfast and afternoon snacks. 




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Monday, May 30, 2016



My urticaria is still a little bit active. I am allergic to antihistamines so the only thing that's controlling it are steroids. I'm still getting depressed every now and then but I'm trying to not think about it. I've also been slowly re-introducing different kinds of food into my diet. You know, the high alert ones like chicken, seafood, etc. So, one day last week, I decided to make this one-pan chicken and vegetable dish. It's super easy. I get tired easily nowadays so I don't like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. On the other hand, I can't order takeaway as I'm afraid I'll get a reaction. My cooking is my only safe bet so I make use of my oven and multicooker a lot. This is a great dish for working moms and moms who are having a very hectic day. It's also great for bachelors as there is minimal prep and you can impress your girlfriend (or mom!) at the dinner table.

ALLERGY ALERT - CHICKEN

You need:


chicken breast fillet
fingerling potatoes
carrots
beans

salt and pepper
olive oil
dried oregano
apple cider vinegar


Let's do this!

Preheat oven to 190C.

In a roasting pan, place all your prepared and cut vegetables. Drizzle generously with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Pop in the oven. Let this cook for about 10-15 minutes. 

In a bowl, whisk together some olive oil, salt, pepper, dried oregano and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Dip each chicken fillet into the mixture and place on top of the vegetables. If there is still some olive oil-vinegar mixture, pour it over the chicken pieces. Put everything back into the oven and cook for about 30 minutes. Check on the potatoes from time to time. Mine were still raw when the chickens were already done. You can also boil the potatoes first to be sure that they cook right. I just didn't have the strength to do this. 

Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Of course, we ate this with rice. For the leftovers, I made some creamy pasta and topped it with the chicken pieces. The vegetables were served as a side dish. 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Hey, everyone! I've been battling depression and this autoimmune chronic idiopathic urticaria that's why I haven't been around. I just lost my blogging mojo. I'm trying to fight it and I'm trying to do ways to bring back my love for writing but I'm still at the losing end. We've been going out a lot so that I won't feel depressed. Last Saturday, we went to Circuit to check out this place called The Burgery. I really had high hopes. 

At first we would just order takeaway as everybody was still full but when we were ordering, my son suddenly said that he wanted to eat now. So we just ate in. 

There are plenty of burgers to choose from. We chose Fat Tony (one of their bestsellers) and French Mob. I also ordered a pasta for my son and some Burgery potato wedges. 


This is the French Mob which was supposed to have a sour cream and onion dressing. I didn't taste any of that. The burger was dry. Sure, I ordered well done but the burgers from fast food places are also well done but they are not dry. The bacon was soggy. The bread was okay. 

I also told them not to put tomatoes as I was allergic but they still did. I told them to change the entire burger as the tomato already touched the patty and everything else. I'm not sure if they did because I was scratching a few places on the way home. The staff said the bottom was changed. 

I also ordered some house brewed ice tea which was okay but had a weird after taste. Loved that they served it in mason jars. 


The burger was bland. It couldn't stand on its own. My husband is a huge burger eater but he didn't finish his. We shared both the Fat Tony and French Mob which didn't have much of a difference, taste wise. 


On the menu it says that Fat Tony has this 'burgery sauce'. I had a tiny taste because I don't want to risk a hypersensitivity reaction but I reckon it's just mayo and ketchup. My husband also said that it's just mayo and ketchup. 



This pasta was ambitious. It looked really good. Cream pasta with bacon bits and a poached egg. But the egg was not poached. It looked terrible and it was already oozing out the yolk when I lifted just a portion of it. It looked like they just put the egg in boiling water and skimmed it out. The cream sauce was so bland.



Now the wedges. We love fries and wedges but this remained untouched save for a few pieces to taste. It was greasy. So greasy that after one bite, I gave up. And that's the burgery sauce on the side. The fries are unseasoned and can't hold their own without the sauce. 

The bill was a little over 1,000 pesos even after a PWD and Senior Citizen discount. The Burgery is a great concept but they still have a lot of room to improve on. 

That wasn't so bad (on my part). I have a ton of posts in my head. I just need the push in the right direction again. Thank you for being patient with me.

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