Monday, January 10, 2011

Sauteed Baby Potatoes

One of the easiest side dish I can get my hands on. Prepared this for the New Year Family Lunch and they liked it! My mother-in-law and a Tita asked for the recipe, so let me also share this to you.

1/2 kilo baby potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil (butter is an option)

3 cloves garlic, pressed and sliced

1/4 cup chicken broth

1 tbsp bacon bits (can use real bacon, minced)

parsley, roughly chopped

salt & pepper to taste

1. Soak potatoes in water for a few minutes. Then wash each potato in running water by gently scrubbing it with your hands, to make sure dirts are removed. Set aside.

2. Heat pan and put in olive oil. Add garlic and sautee until light brown.

3. Add potatoes and sautee with the garlic for about 2 minutes.

4. Gradually add in chicken broth, but just half of the mixture. Then cover potatoes and let it cook for 10 minutes.

5. Check potatoes once in a while, making sure it has not dried out. Add in remaining broth. Continue to simmer until potatoes are soft enough when poked with a fork.

6. Add a dash of pepper and salt, and taste accordingly. Then sprinkle bacon bits and add in parsley.

7. Prepare in a dish and serve.

Getting Back, Part2!

Yes, it's part 2 since I remember posting one last year. And yeah, also about going back to blogging, that never really happened because I only posted 2 after that.haha. But I am a notch more serious, this time. =)

So watch out sisters, I will be going back to the kitchen... =)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year, New Work

I resigned from work December of last year. Yes, I am unemployed. Doesn't sound so good but something I wouldn't want to argue about when you ask me the reason why. I spent a few sleepless nights just to ponder on the thought that I would soon be jobless, meaning no earnings of my own. But the main reason is something deeper.

I have to quit my job and stay home so I can be with my 5-year old. A little odd, huh? Well, me and my husband have been in the call center industry for abut 8 years now, and he still is. I got assigned to the graveyard shift third quarter last year. And that changed my perspective in life. Or should I say, helped me decide on things that I have been holding back since years before. Maybe my body was not anymore used to the sleep-in-the-morning, up-all-night scheme, after spending quite a few years in the morning shift. Or maybe I just got tired with the pressure it's giving me, deliverables and all, that haunts me even if I am already home. Or maybe I got fed up. Or maybe I had enough. Maybe, but one clear reason is because I want to be home for my daughter. With both the parents out for the night to work, leaving the poor girl with just the house help for company? Not an ideal picture.

So here I am, starting the new year with a new position - SAHM. Stay-at-home MOM. The pay? Doesn't say much. But the benefits? Truly rewarding. Sending your daughter off to school and seeing her come back home, helping her with homework, watching TV and playing together... priceless.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Another year has passed...

Happy new year, everyone! Yeah it's kinda late, but I hope we were able to greet all those who made our 2010 great. There's a lot of things to be thankful about, good health, happy family, good friends, not to mention all the material things we got for the past year. And including the Christmas presents.hehe.

I got a brand new phone from Hubby, who, I think pitied my crazy-but-still-working Nokia 6600 slide. Yeah, got a few runs to have it repaired but still not working properly. And since I just resigned from work last month, I cannot afford to get a new phone, how much more the drooling I-must-have Iphone 4. Oh well, my new Nokia X03-02 works just perfectly great and I am good with it. =)

The holidays surely bring us a lot of great and no-so-great stuff, huh. The Christmas presents under the Christmas tree, the decorations and flickering lights inside the house, the Christmas carols outside, the reunions and family gatherings. And the food! I know, there is just something about Christmas that excuses us to stop the diet for the mean time. And that is the not-so-great stuff I was saying earlier. =( Tita's special lengua, Mama's creamy chicken potato salad, Auntie's sinful ref cake. And the list goes on and on and on. Ugh! Can't help it, it's Christmas! And eating the leftovers until the first two days of the new year.ahaha.

And soon enough finding yourself hating your appetite. You're not alone, sisters! =) So I guess it's now time to slowly burn those extra pounds we gained to better start the year right, don't you think? Yeah, I need more convincing. =)