Monthly Archives: July 2014

Paksiw Sa Gata (Salmon with Vinegar and Coconut Milk)

I just want to try this dish out in small portion before I do it for a main dish for my family. Lately I am planning on incorporating a lot of fish for our meal and this one is one of my fave from home (Philippines).

One of the thing that worries me is the fish as we use freshly caught Tuna at home which is not readily available here. For this trial run I will use Salmon as I think its close flavor wise.

So bear with me as this is not yet tried and tested.

Paksiw Dishes mainly used vinegar. I am also using a different kind of vinegar as at home I use the coconut vinegar kind. Gata (Coconut Milk) I notice is a staple in my recipe already. I should collate them for one post me thinks.

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Ingredients:

1 small cut of Salmon
75ml of Vinegar
75ml of Water
150ml of Coconut Milk
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1 small ginger crushed
Salt & Pepper to taste

Procedure:

1 small cut of Salmon

  1. Add ginger, water, vinegar and salmon in a pan and let simmer.
  2. Reduced the liquid and add the coconut milk.
  3. SImmer till the coconut milk has thicken.
  4. Serve

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Paksiw Sa Gata (Salmon with Vinegar and Coconut Milk)

I just want to try this dish out in small portion before I do it for a main dish for my family. Lately I am planning on incorporating a lot of fish for our meal and this one is one of my fave from home (Philippines).

One of the thing that worries me is the fish as we use freshly caught Tuna at home which is not readily available here. For this trial run I will use Salmon as I think its close flavor wise.

So bear with me as this is not yet tried and tested.

Paksiw Dishes mainly used vinegar. I am also using a different kind of vinegar as at home I use the coconut vinegar kind. Gata (Coconut Milk) I notice is a staple in my recipe already. I should collate them for one post me thinks.

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Ingredients:

1 small cut of Salmon
75ml of Vinegar
75ml of Water
150ml of Coconut Milk
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1 small ginger crushed
Salt & Pepper to taste

Procedure:

1 small cut of Salmon

  1. Add ginger, water, vinegar and salmon in a pan and let simmer.
  2. Reduced the liquid and add the coconut milk.
  3. SImmer till the coconut milk has thicken.
  4. Serve

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A Sunny Bristol

Since he enjoyed Bristol last week, Sebastian my son requested for another visit in there so he can play on the fountain again. As Saturday is too rainy for a dip in the water we decided to go on a sunny Sunday (plus parking is free too on Sundays). And sunny it is indeed! After finding a parking slot on the parkway we then headed to the College Green Park and was lucky that there is an event on our visit! Meaning we can do lots of activities.

While there is a circus show in the stage my son is busy doing crafts. He also got his face painted for free. To save money we brought our own food and eat lunch near the Cathedral. Then we headed to the Anchor Square for him to play but the fountains are dry as it is used as bleachers for people who are watching the stage which shows dances. But the kids were provided a big blue mat to dance at the same time that the dancers are dancing on stage. My son did a tumbling stunt!

After burning some more calories we headed to the Harbourside to see the boats and there were big ones! An old boat is also sailing. Wowness! We went to the Centre Promenade and were glad cuz my son can play in the fountains there! He did. And he's face paint melted but he is the happiest kid that afternoon. Such a nice day! A nice way to start summer vacation too for us!

xx

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A Sunny Bristol

Since he enjoyed Bristol last week, Sebastian my son requested for another visit in there so he can play on the fountain again. As Saturday is too rainy for a dip in the water we decided to go on a sunny Sunday (plus parking is free too on Sundays). And sunny it is indeed! After finding a parking slot on the parkway we then headed to the College Green Park and was lucky that there is an event on our visit! Meaning we can do lots of activities.

While there is a circus show in the stage my son is busy doing crafts. He also got his face painted for free. To save money we brought our own food and eat lunch near the Cathedral. Then we headed to the Anchor Square for him to play but the fountains are dry as it is used as bleachers for people who are watching the stage which shows dances. But the kids were provided a big blue mat to dance at the same time that the dancers are dancing on stage. My son did a tumbling stunt!

After burning some more calories we headed to the Harbourside to see the boats and there were big ones! An old boat is also sailing. Wowness! We went to the Centre Promenade and were glad cuz my son can play in the fountains there! He did. And he's face paint melted but he is the happiest kid that afternoon. Such a nice day! A nice way to start summer vacation too for us!

xx

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Word of the Week

It has been a roller coaster ride. I think that if I need to do a word of the year it is roller coaster.
Every thing is up and down. Emotions are always changing. Erratic.

The only thing that stayed constant is my son's growing up.

We started pre-school last September. He is not potty trained and he is not as sociable. True he does play with other kids but to him there are boundaries such as his properties or things that he consider his own is his. No sharing. He is also a clingy child. I am always the last parent to leave school and what I leave behind is always always a wailing child.

He would also throw tantrums. A lot of times epic. So epic that epic tantrums became my new normal. I did not question him. Never but I did question my parenting skills, A LOT!

Today is his last day in pre-school and he is just a shadow of the kid he use to be. He is so behave now and of course he is potty trained. In school, he plays with every one and in his new school he adjust well. He plays with anyone and everyone. He is so sensitive with my emotions and if he feels that I am sad he would always give me a cuddle. I am so not deserving of someone like him. But I have him and I am so happy for that!

Of course its not all walk in the park with him in his school. We had every virus that is in season. We had lice and we have days when he would cry after I pick him up because I know he had a bad day. More proof that tho he is growing up he is still a child that also needs a lot of cuddle when the world is a bit too much for him.

I would pick him up and a few hours and that is it. Tomorrow will be their school leavers party and then no more school. I suddenly felt emotional and I have to admit that I wanted to cry because I have met so many nice people in there and I think that I can even call them friends now. My son will advance and their children will stay. Sad but these are the realities of school life right? I will miss the school staff as well. Giving my son love and treating him like a family. They did not judge me when we started not potty trained. They have been supportive of my son's development and worked closely with me (esp on our potty training days).

I am so thankful for them. It takes a village to raise a child and they are my village here in the UK.

My word of the week: THANK YOU to Noah's Ark Pre School.

xx

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A Summer Rite Of Passage

Coming from a tropical country Philippines one of the best way to cool down and beat the heat is to eat something cold and icy! We have a lot of those: ice, halo halo, ice cream, ice buko (young coconut) and ice candy. Ice candy and Ice Buko are most special for me. A home-made cooler that we would usually do all year round (its summer almost all year in there). My mother, sister and me would make ice candy for personal consumption and we would also sell them. Not a lot of people have a ref[rigerator] in my country so selling this is lucrative! My earliest memory of it is my mother would mix the ingredients in a big pail and would use a funnel to put the liquid in those thin long plastics. And then the Ice Buko on its moulds! It is fun to help her and fun to see the thing go rock hard inside the ref and so refreshing to eat on a very very hot day (35degrees anyone). I would also remember me and my sister sitting on a pavement eating that together while talking, giggling and joking. Or when its too hot for our dogs and cats we would give them some too! So much fun memories created around ice lollies and now it is my time to start sweet memories with my son this summer. And what better way to do that than to make some ice lollies too!

I tried my best to stay true to my mothers recipe. It is hard to get the Buko (young coconut) but I got the young coconut juice which is close enough. We use evaporated milk in Manila as we dont have fresh milk so I bought that too. I always have Sweetened Red Mongo (Adzuki) beans in my refrigerator too. I just bought corn kernels and some chocolate to entice the little one to try my version of ice lollies! I dont have mould and I am too cash strapped to buy so I am using used yogurt pots. I got the idea from Deb Rogerson in the Center Parcs' Blog. In her tips she said put sticks in yogurts and freeze. So I decided to used yogurt pots. I also got some coffee stirrer from Greggs (shhh) as my lolly stick! She also said to keep ice lollies healthy, well this one is. On a hot day you lose so much liquid and coconut juice is dubbed as 'Mother Natures Sports Drink' (got the info from here) so it replenishes and give nutrients too!

Its so easy to do and my son helped me all through the process! He even reminded me to put the sticks on!!

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Ingredients:
I just use 1:1 ratio of milk to coconut juice.

Procedure:

Serve.

We ate ours in our small terrace after school. My son is a bit sluggish cuz of the heat. So this is the perfect time for him to try my ice buko lollies!! Here he is ready to try it. As you can see in the photo, my lolly's got a bite already. Cant control myself!!

I gave him the one with chocolate topping. Couldn't resist so he tried it! Yey me! He continued eating so this project is a success. He was also telling me how his day was while we are sitting on our mat in our terrace.

I feel that this simple activity made me continue a tradition that was started at home miles away.  This one summer afternoon, I shared a ritual with my son. Enjoying a hot afternoon with food we made ourselves while telling each other stories. Ordinary moment that flooded my heart with joy.

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots100 July challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest.

xx

Thankful Thursday

I am so lucky that everytime we are out my husband is always willing to babysit our son while I take photos of flowers in gardens that we visit. Few minutes by myself is doing wonders in my well being I am telling you. I am so happy after those few minutes of seeing these beautiful plants up close. Like this last Saturday. Sebastian and my husband stayed on an open lawn to watch some live music while I am few meters away taking photos in a secluded garden. Jill's Garden is located near the Garden of Fragrance but this is the only time I have visited it. I found out that this is another nice small quirky garden.

I also realized that it is awfully nice to take some photos while you have music in the background. It really does set the mood so maybe next time when its gloomier I can bring some music with me to lift my (the plants') spirit more.

My brain is really in a rut and I am out of words to describe everything that I am feeling at the moment. My writing muse left me (as if I ever had one). What I have are photos of blooms that delighted me in the past days. Hope you will enjoy looking at them as I enjoy taking photos of them!

Peace!

In addition we went walking to Bristol and this caught my attention. A plant patch with lettuces, chilli and tomato in addition to flowers in their College Green Park. Amazing right!

xx

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