Spicy Chorizo Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

I think the most experimented ingredient in the whole wide world is pasta. You can add anything to it without being disrespectful to it’s origins. Here’s one dish that I recently created in my kitchen. You might have tried it before or seen it on tv. I am not really sure where I got the inspiration from but all I thought about while creating this dish was my brother’s love for pasta. It was his birthday when I made this so he was the one that came to mind while I was thinking about this dish.

Ingredients:

2 pieces Virginia Pork Mandarin Chorizo, sliced into thin diagonal slices
5 gloves garlic minced
Cayenne Powder
Ground Black Pepper
Salt
Olive Oil
Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
Fresh Tomatoes, blanched and chopped
Red wine
Pasta Noodles, cooked according to package instructions

Method:

1. Heat pan and add olive oil. Sauté sliced chorizo until fragrant.
2. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add chopped tomatoes and continue to sauté until the juice of the tomatoes mix with the other ingredients. Add the cayenne powder (adjust to preferred spiciness), black pepper and salt.
3. Add 1/3 cup of wine and let it reduce.
4. Add the cooked pasta (you can use any kind, I prefer spaghetti on this dish) and stir until everything is covered by the sauce.
5. Add the basil before removing from heat.
6. Place in a plate and garnish with grated parmesan cheese.

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Crispy Pata

So I said that this is a travel and food blog. So let us start talking about food.

I’m not really big on crispy pata (deep fried pig legs) as the meat tends to be dry after the boiling and the frying is done. But I did try the crispy pata in Ratchet, a small restaurant in Catbalogan City, Samar, and I’d say this must be the most succulent pata that I tried. The skin was crispy and the meat was tender and juicy. The best Crispy Pata that I have tried so far.

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Keeping up with the Waterfalling Adventures Tour 1.0 activities

***September 1, 2015… so when I was going through my drafts, I saw this article that I created last October 8th, 2012. I think it’s high time for this to be published.

With the activities that the Iligan Bloggers Society Inc. that has in-lined for us, we definitely have to eat.  Thank God for they have also taken care of probably, the most important detail of this tour (aside from the details of getting to the waterfalls and back safely), FOOD!

Why hello there... (our snack in the morning)

Lunch was courtesy of Jacko’s Kan-anan. What makes it special is the addition of tabon tabon, an ingredient that is common in Iligan and CDO but very rare in the other parts of the Philippines. It gives a certain texture and aroma to the dish that you can not find anywhere else. 🙂

Top pick for lunch

When things don’t go your way…

When things start to happen around you and you feel responsible for it, you then start to blame yourself. As one gets older (and hopefully wiser) one has to accept the that:

1. you can only do so much – we can always give everything to succeed on challenges and tasks. But one has to keep in mind that sometimes, it takes more than you to overcome a challenge. If it involves a team, every member of the team has to contribute to make it happen. You are just part of the equation, without the other part, you can never arrive at the right result.

2. if it ain’t for you, it ain’t for you – if you have done everything and you didn’t get what you want, it’s either it ain’t for you or you are not ready for it yet. how would you know if it’s not for you? Prepare for what you want to get. Improve what you think needs to be improved. If you are great at what you do and still not get what you want, then time to consider your other options.

3. people are different – each one of us has our own ability to think. how we think can be different from other people. others may have a different way of solving an issue, you have to respect that. so stop trying to change how others think. the only thing that you can do is influence them but never change how they think. so respect and accept that fact.

My point? Satisfaction should not be dependent on the outcome. Think of what have you done to get to the outcome. At the end of the day, what would matter is, you get to tell yourself, I gave it my best shot.

for the sake of…

Don’t get me wrong, I admire those in the SEO industry but hell can we stop taking advantage of people? There are times that people are looking for information and creating blogs that doesn’t really give the information needed can be a pain in the butt. Just like now, I am waiting for the midwifery prc exam results for November 2014 and I seen a lot that doesn’t really have the list of passers. They even use hash tags on articles that has nothing to do with the exam. Pfft!

stop worrying

Matthew verse 6 chapter 25-34 talks about why we should stop worrying. True enough, like most folks I worry about a lot of things. I will be turning a year older, a few days from now thus I am worried that I may not marry. I mean who would want an old hag for a wife? Then I worry about not being able to support my family thus I am stuck with my job no matter how much I wanted to start chasing my dream. There are just so many things in mind and with the world having so much possibilities that you just can’t help but worry about how things will turn up.

Hearing people say stop worrying do help at times but then there are days that I would ask myself, does the mind really attract what it perceives or was it just a coincidence? I did achieve a lot of things that I had wanted but was that because of my mind attracting them into my life or were they the outcome of my efforts to achieve them?

 

Smiling at simple things

People who loves to think are usually frowning when they are on thinking mode. I, for one, is one of those people. But, unlike other people, I can find pleasure from the simplest of things. Sitting while watching the world go by is one of the few things that I find pleasure in. You may not see me smiling on the outside but deep down, a part of me is.
Good food, smell of coffee brewing in the morning, great conversations, hugs from friends and happy memories are some of the things that can bring a smile to my face. Smiles from other people, strangers and friends alike and his smile, can definitely make me smile no matter what mood am into. 🙂

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Left Behind

Went out yesterday with some friends to watch Nicholas Cage’s Left Behind. Though the movie had a plane crash to make it thrilling for the movie goers, it’s true climax was when people disappeared all at the same time.

After the movie, it made me think. If this will truly happen, I asked myself if I would want to be one of those taken, or one of those who were left behind? Truly, those who will be left on earth will face a lot of hardships and those who were taken are the one who will be saved from all the terrible things that are bound to happen. But then again, do I want to be saved knowing that my loved ones were left on earth?

When I posted a comment on Facebook that I think I’ll be one of those who will be left on earth, friends said that it’s not too late to change that but then, do I really want to be saved? Do I have to force myself to have faith when things weren’t going the way as I want it to be? Will the Lord accept me knowing that I have doubted him a lot of times in this lifetime?