Cheese on Bread or Crackers

Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based food products. Although most cheese is produced from cow, sheep, or goat’s milk, it can and has been made from a plethora of milk-producing animals. A farm in Bjurholm, Sweden actually makes moose cheese. You can hardly estimate how many kinds of cheeses there are in the world. Cheese varies from place to place depending on the animal grazed there, the quality of grass the animals eat, the qualities and condition of the animals milk, the process of making, the method and extent of curing, the butterfat content, the acid, the bacteria and mold.

Cheese may be divided into two classes, hard cheeses, which improve with age under suitable conditions, and soft cheeses, which are usually not used for cooking.  Most soft cheeses should be used within a few days of purchase–they spoil faster than firmer cheeses.

Very hard cheeses include Parmigiano-Reggiano, Aged Gouda, Pecorino Toscano, Sbrinz, Parmesan and Romano; among the hard cheeses are Cheddar, Edam, Emmental, Gouda, Gruyère, Provolone, and Swiss. The semisoft cheeses include brick, Gorgonzola, Limburger, Roquefort, Muenster, and Stilton; some of the soft cheeses are Brie, Camembert, cottage, Neufchâtel, and Ricotta.

Whatever kind of cheese it is, it is good as spread on bread or crackers to be served as snacks.

“A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over sophisticated. Yet it remains, cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality.”
~ Clifton Fadiman ~

Sweet Gestures of Love

I am an expressive person and so is Rhonnel. We both love to express how much we care and how much we love each other. I can say that on our 10 years of marriage, the heat is still there. We somehow found ways over the years to show our love for each other. We don’t need Cupid to spice up our love and keep the fire burning. Our secret…sweet gestures of love.

Aside from the daily I love you’s, good nights and sweet dreams, there are lots of ways to impart a hearthwarming thoughts in our head.  I love stashing notes when Rhonnel can surely find them, in his pocket, wallet, and even in his shoes. Sometimes I am telling him that we will just have canned goods for our meal because I am not in the mood to cook but surprise him with his favorite food instead.

As for Rhonnel, he is posting notes on our refrigerator door expressing how much he appreciates everything I do for him and RJ. He loves giving me body massage whenever he knows I am tired because of the day’s work or surprises me with my favorite TV series and we will watch together while cuddling and munching our favorite chips. I like it too when he helps me with the household chores. It is fun when we are doing the laundry or the dishes together.

We both glad that RJ knows how to express her feelings too. Most of the time she is handing us notes with “I love you, Papa and Mama” in it or hug and kiss us while saying how much she loves us.

These simple gestures remind us how much important we are to each other and how much we love each other. Gestures of love are not just a husband and wife or a family thing. You can also show gestures of love to your friends and neighbors by doing little deeds of kindness. It doesn’t have to take a lot of your time and it doesn’t have to take any of your money.

Mocha Shake

If you want to enjoy coffee this summer even at noon time, try this refreshing Mocha shake.

Ingredients:

1 sachet 3 in 1 instant coffee
3 tbsp. powdered chocolate
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup fresh milk
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cup ice cubes
Procedure:
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy your refreshing Mocha Shake.

Chopseuy

Chopseuy is a Philippine dish that has different varieties of vegetables in it. The dish originated from Chinese, it was originally composed of vegetables, meat, shrimps with a thick sauce that has a hint of sweetness and saltness cooked in a hot wok, it has bean sprouts, cabbage and celery and is bound by thick sauce. But the Filipinos had made a different version that makes the dish distinctly Filipino. We added different kind of vegetable that makes the dish more healthy and delicious. (source) Here is my version of chopseuy.
Ingredients:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
200 g. chicken meat, cut in small pieces
200 g. shrimp, peeled and deveined
100 g. snow peas
small cabbage, cut into 1/2 inch thick
1 chayote, cut into small pieces 1/2 inch thick
carrot, cut into strips
1/4 cup black fungus, soaked and sliced
Chinese kikiam, cut into pieces 1 inch x 2 inches
4 tbsp. oyster sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. cornstarch diluted in 2tbsp. water
salt
cooking oil
Procedure:
Heat oil in a wok. Saute onion and garlic until golden brown. Add chicken meat then stir fry. Add chayote and carrots. Then add the remaining vegetables, kikiam and the shrimp. Stir in oyster sauce and water. Add the diluted cornstarch while stirring constantly. Do not overcook the vegetables.
You can also add cauliflower and young corn if you want. Bon appetite!

 

Summertime

Summer is marked by the longest day and shortest nights. This means more outdoor activities and more bonding moments for us. We have scheduled activities this summer and on the top of the list of course is swimming.

Like other kids, RJ loves to dip and play in the water. She swims from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m. and never gets tired. How I wish I have the same stamina as hers.

 

We also go to zoos and parks and stay there the whole morning. We have picnic mat and foods. It’s a perfect bonding time for my “mag-ama” because they can play longer. I love watching them while they are playing and teasing each other.

 

 

Summer also means more biking time for RJ and bonding with her cousins.

 

Thinking of perfect activities this summer? My list below might help you.

Bake and cook. RJ can have fun decorating and doing the taste test. She loves desserts so we will make grayham cakes, ice candy, mais con yelo and halo-halo together.
Scrapbooking. I will let her do her own scrapbook.
Draw and color. We will draw together as we both love to draw, sketch and color.
Board games. The three of us will play scrabble, snakes and ladders and I am planning to buy word factory.
Sungka. Playing sungka can be a good mother and child’s bonding too.
Make audio and video recordings. RJ loves taking pictures too. Maybe I can let her take pictures and make her own video.
Watch movies. I am starting to download movies for kids. We will watch together whie eating popcorn and our favorite snacks.
Videoke and dance. These are good past times too.

We can also do some outdoor fun like…
Swimming. We have mini pool and weekends are the perfect time for swimming as hubby can swim with us.
Stroll. Take trips to parks and playgrounds in the morning and have a picnic there.
Badminton. RJ and I both don’t know how to play badminton so hubby can teach us this summer and learn together.
Visit grandparents. We seldom visit her grandparents during school days. Maybe we can visit them every other week this vacation.
Arcade games. Playing in the mall’s arcade once in a while can be fun too.
• Or we can visit museums, galleries, ocean parks and zoos.