Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thai Cooking Class With Chef In Stilettos

I have always loved Thai food.

But for the longest time the thought of cooking Thai dishes in my own kitchen intimidated me.

When my friend, Didi, invited me to attend the Thai Cooking Class With Chef In Stilettos, I readily said yes. It's a sign that I have to conquer this Thai-cuisine paralysis, and who better to do it with than Chef Cecille Chang.

Cecille Chang was the owner and Executive Chef of Thai at Silk, Silk Road Thai Bistro, Simply Thai, Pad Thai & More. With a passion for cooking, Cecille was trained in famous culinary schools and Thai food masters.


Thai food has lots of unfamiliar ingredients and seemingly difficult cooking techniques. The unfamiliar ingredients listed in recipes overwhelm me... kaffir lime leaves, galangal, Thai round eggplants, and a lot more.




I'm new to Thai cooking, but Chef Cecille's recipes are very detailed, step by step, easy to understand and follow. She also includes many of her tips and tricks, and she also recommends which brands to use, which is very helpful for a newbie like me.


Chef Cecille makes cooking Thai food from scratch looks easier! 



You will be given your cookbook at the beginning of the session, You do not even have to bring a pen and write down notes as the recipe is exactly followed during the hands-on demonstration. 



The setup of Chef Cecille's classes allow for plenty of hands-on work, and lots of time to talk, taste, and learn. 




Each session starts with Chef Cecille demonstrating doing the dish, with the hows and whys explained. 




Afterwards, students gather the ingredients and then prepare for a hands-on cooking of the dish we just learned, while Chef Cecille looks on to give any necessary advice or help.


We get to cook all the dishes we just learned by ourselves!


The recipes and instructions you receive from Chef Cecille will be invaluable in recreating Thai dishes properly at home. I have already made it several times, always with the same wonderful result.

The key to having a consistent taste, I think, is to follow the steps given by Chef Cecille in her class. She is very generous with sharing her knowledge of Thai cuisine.

We learned when making curries that the coconut cream needs to be cooked until the oil in the cream bubbles at the edges and separates. Then, frying the curry paste in the coconut cream to release the fragrant flavors. and we were able to see what this looks like first hand when done in the proper method. 




During our class we made Spring Rolls, Papaya Salad (Som Tam), Hot and Sour Prawn Soup (Tom Yum Gung), Green Curry with Chicken, and Thai-style Stir Fried Noodles (Pad Thai).

When the cooking is done, you can choose to sit down and eat your dish, but I had to pick up my daughter so I just chose to pack it and bring it home to share with my family.











I felt it was excellent value for money.  The class costs only P2,500 per participant, inclusive of the ingredients. That is less than you’d probably spend if you order the same amount of food at your favorite Thai restaurant.

Thai cooking classes are usually done in Chef Cecille’s kitchen in her BGC home, but she can also go to your home if you can set up a group, like we did.

The real joy of learning to cook Thai with Chef Cecille is that she makes Thai cooking accessible even for newbies like me. She is generous with sharing her knowledge, and I really left her class with additional knowledge in the kitchen, and confidence to cook Thai food on my own.

I'm not bragging when I say after taking her class, I could now make Thai food that tastes just like like the ones served at local restaurants, if not better pa. No kidding yan!

Call +63956 378 9129 to inquire or register.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

DIY: Yummiest Homemade Granola

I want my family to feel good about what they eat.  As much as I can, I serve homemade and nutrient packed food that also tastes great. Let's be honest, it's a challenge to come up with something that's healthy and yummy, too. It takes a lot of trial and error on my part.

This granola recipe is both yummy and healthy... and super easy to make pa. I promise you. It's everything that a granola should be: crispy, crunchy, nutty. It's also healthy, nutrient-packed and super-simple. After you make this one, you will never buy granolas again. 

My homemade granola recipe has ingredients like quinoa, chia seeds, flax seeds, tree nuts, etc and uses natural sweeteners over processed sugar. Golden slivers of dried mangoes and red gems of goji berries add a visual delight as well.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

How To DIY Promposal Balloon with Fringe Tassels

It's February already!

For my oldest daughter, February means that Prom Season is here! She'll be having hers end of the month.

 The handwritten font on the balloon and the DIY fringe tassels shows her creative personality.


J goes to an all-girls school, so the girls have no choice but to ask their dates to prom. She is bringing a friend she is comfortable with, whom the conversation flows easily and whose company she enjoys because that is the best way to enjoy prom.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dove: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful




After being past the "supposedly" wonderful age of (eeeep!) forty, I have finally accepted, although very reluctantly, that I am a certified Tita!

Yes, after several years of whining and complaining about being called Tita, I have already accepted my tita-ness with arms wide open. Wala na! I have three teenagers already and there's no turning back. At this point in my life, it seems I'm everyone's tita na! Hahaha!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

DIGITAL WALKER Wishful Thinking: Tech Gadgets for 2017

I'm not really a techie, but I have three teens so I am forced to update myself with the latest gadgets because of them. Sometimes, I can't keep up. But for the most part, I want to because the gadgets do seem to make my life easier and more fun.

When I had the chance to attend the thanksgiving party of Digital Walker, which also served as a venue for the company to introduce their exciting tech products for 2017, I was excited. Finally, for the first time, I can share the newest tech gadgets with my kids!

Let use show you the gadgets we can look forward to in 2017 from Digital Walker:

Athletic folks will get a kick out of the all-new Fitbit Charge 2, an upgrade from the most popular fitness wristband. Its PurePulse heart rate tracking helps with better calorie burns and maximized workouts, and you can now take a snapshot of your cardio fitness level. The Charge 2 is also equipped with SmartTrack advanced exercise recognition, guiding deep-breathing sessions with heart rate visualizations and cues for a better breathing pace.
The Fitbit Charge 2 (PHP 8,490.00) aims to keep you healthy by tracking your steps, sleep, calories, and more! Fitbit’s primary goal is health, not weight loss.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Paradise Dynasty Philippines


Paradise Dynasty dishes up an affordable selection of northern and southern Chinese cuisine at seven restaurants in Singapore, with overseas presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.



Paradise Dynasty is a casual dining concept by Paradise Group that recently opened in the 2nd level of S Maison at the Conrad Hotel, right beside SM MOA. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Oishi World of O, Wow!

From its humble origins of repacking gawgaw and local coffee and introducing classics such as Oishi Prawn Crackers and Kirei, Liwayway Marketing Corporation has come a long way in the last seventy years. Liwayway Marketing Corp has been redefining snack time for Filipino families as they introduce more favorites such as Bread Pan, Ribbed Cracklings, Pillows, Marty’s, Potato Fries, and Ridges.

Now with an ever-growing roster of products, Oishi has been capturing hearts around Asia as well, including countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, and China.


Friday, December 9, 2016

FreshLook & Air Optix Holiday Promo

You see, I start my Christmas shopping early... I try to start pala. But I usually still have a few names left when December comes. So panic-mode pa din trying to tick all those names off.

I'm in the middle of sorting out the gifts for all my inaanaks right now. I'm taking a break from wrapping gifts because I lost the small notebook where I jotted down which gift is for whom. Now, the gifts are all jumbled as I can't remember what I bought for whom. Kainis!

If you don't want to be in the situation I'm in, when you can't remember which gift is for whom, it's best to give a Gift Certificate. Di ba? That way, they can choose and get what they really want!

I just found out that FreshLook and Air Optix Colors also has Gift Certificates – perfect gifts for our loved ones who are wearing contact lenses. It's the perfect gift for someone who has high eye prescription so you don't need to ask them for their grade. They can claim their preferred color and grade at the same optical shop that it was purchased.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fulfill Your Christmas Wishlist With Digital Walker!


Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the time when I get stressed out thinking of what to give the special people in my life. It's not that easy to think of a gift that I'm sure they will like.

I'm so thankful that Digital Walker, the country’s largest retailer of premium gadgets and accessories, is making things easier this season by hosting a Holiday Wish List Promo!



Monday, December 5, 2016

Easiest 4-Ingredient Grilled Pesto Chicken


Here is an extremely easy grilled chicken recipe. My Grilled Pesto Chicken is rich in delicious flavors and yet comes together in 20 minutes with only 4 ingredients!

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