I can do all things with God who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

What I am is a gift from God. What I become is my gift to God.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16.

Dec 7, 2012

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Day

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation.  The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrate Mary's conception without sin. The day does not refer to the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary but rather the conception of Virgin Mary in the womb of Saint Anne by Mary's father St. Joachim. Her conception was immaculate as she was filled with grace by God who knew that she will become the mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Exactly 9 months later, we celebrate Mama Mary's birthday on September 8.

On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX declared the Immaculate Conception a dogma of the church.  As written in the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabillis Deus,  "We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful."

Incidentally, today is also Day 7 of the Advent, last day of the first week. First week of advent reminds us of the 'promise' of God. It gives us time to prepare; to reflect; to be hopeful. It allows us to let go of our sins and accept God. Let us all be inspired by Jacob's story from Genesis 28:12-15.

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,for I am meek and humble of heart;

and you will find rest for your selves.For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.   

Mathew 11:28-30

Jul 21, 2012

Siomai (Steamed Dumpling)

Siomai using lumpia wrapper

Filipinos love Chinese food so it follows that one of Pinoys' favorite snacks is siomai.

Siomai as Filipinos call it is also called as Shumai which according to Wikipedia is also called pork dumplings (although oftentimes other types of dumplings could also be filled with pork). It is a type of traditional Chinese dumplings served in dim sum.  Dim sum refers to a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates.

If you are like me who currently lives in Middle East with my family, then I guess, siomai is hard to find or it's worth like gold.  So the best way to have it is to prepare it by yourself.  After this, you'll never miss siomai again :)

1 kilo ground beef
1 medium-sized onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1-2 medium-sized carrot (used as extender)
5 tbsp. sesame oil (this will give an authentic flavor)
1 tsp. salt
1 large egg
ground pepper to taste

Siomai using wonton wrapper

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Scoop 1 tbsp. of the mixture into a siomai wrapper, fold and seal
  3. Arrange the siomai in a steamer and steam for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the type of wrapper you used.  If you are using wonton wrapper, steaming might take longer and it is the other way around if you are using rice paper or lumpia wrapper
  4. Best served and eaten with chili sauce

Happy Cooking!

Cheers :)

Chili Paste

This all-around chili paste can be stored and re-used as flavoring when cooking or as base for siomai sauce.

1/2 cup of fresh chilis (siling labuyo)
1/2 cup garlic
1/4 cup oil, olive oil recommended


Put the fresh chilis and garlic in a food processor and give it a good whizzing.  Add the oil and blend until smooth
Transfer the mixture in a pre-heated pan
Simmer until the chilis turn dark and the oil separates from the chili/garlic mix

Put a smal amount of chili paste in a small bowl, add soy sauce and lemon

Happy cooking!

Sweet, Chili, Buttered Prawns

Hubby and I are spending a long summer break and we keep ourselves busy whipping up some delicious treats for our 3 kids.  We bought 2 kilos of tiger prawns in the supermarket and had our daughter's guests try "Sinigang na Sugpo". We thought of something different for the other kilo -- so, we decided to have sweet, chili, buttered prawns!

1 kilo tiger prawns, cleaned
1 stick butter
1 7-up
1 big head of garlic
chili paste (see recipe here)

  1. Marinade the prawns in 7-up (or any lemon-based juice) for 10-15 minutes
  2. Pour a little bit of oil in a pre-heated pan and put 1 stick butter
  3. Saute garlic
  4. Add the prawns with juice
  5. Add chili paste to taste
  6. Let it simmer until cooked
  7. Place prawn to a serving platter. (we don't have parsley so i just put cucumber while plating^^)
Best eaten with steamed rice. 

Nom nom!