Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Just this morning - I made a Plurk/Tweet that I wanted to have a Turkey dinner. I've been secretly wanting to make one - but was always overwhelmed with the preparations and the size! I can only dream of making one. I was honestly thinking of buying a cooked bird, and inviting friends over to share the feast! Then, one of my friends Bny, commented on my Plurk/Tweet that he wanted a Turducken.

I thought I was reading wrong - turducken? What the hell was that? Thank goodness for Google! A Turducken - simply put is a chicken in a duck in a turkey!

Now - where did that come from? Like you, it’s the first time for me to hear this and first time for me to research about it! After reading through a number of articles - I immediately declared that indeed, a turducken is much more yummier than a roast turkey!

What's better? Most everything of a turducken - i CAN eat!! Wooohoooo!!! :) This can be my 'lechon'! Hahaha.. :)

My friend sent me an email - that got me really excited. Project: TURDUCKEN - the email said:

Hello friends with iron chef potential...

I am commissioning a TURDUCKEN.

I will be willing to pay for the ingredients and lend our oven if you need it and of course share the feast with you.

If you think you can make one please get in touch with me at your earliest convenience. If you know someone who can make one please forward this email to him or her.


If you would like to join this project as a sponsor please let me know as well.

This has got to be the project of the year! (after my wedding of course!)

I am so freaking excited!

Let's make this happen!!

Let's DO THIS!!


Any suggestions? Recipes? Tips?
Email me at candishhh (at) yahoo (dot) com


Luxe Print 2010 Planners: Which one are you?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In this digital age - most everyone has a cellphone / pda to log in their reminders and things to do for a certain day. But for one who is not apt with these techie gadgets - I still rely on a trusty planner to jot notes and dates and what not's. I'm still fond of the idea of having to buy pens and write down my reminders on a notebook!

And at this time of the year - we, I think go through a 'Planner Craze' phase. We receive a lot of planners from people - as corporate giveaways, or we earn them buy purchasing a number of drinks from a certain coffee house, or we buy those 'generic' planners from our trusted bookstore.

I am very OC when it comes to choosing a planner. Firstly - it has to be cute or something that has to be Didi, I mean - I am not into those generic types of planners. I want something nice to look at when I jot down things on my planner. Secondly - the size, it has to fit my bag - something not too big and not too small. Thirdly - the paper of the planner! I am very critical when it comes of the paper - as you know - I am very critical of my pens - so my pens need to have a nice surface to glide on. Fourth - the price, remember! You get what you pay for!

You may say - I might have a hard time looking for a planner right? With all my kaartehans? Well, think again - because I found one four!


Party Girl!

Beach Babe!


So, which one are you?

Take a look inside!

Aren't they the cutest??

They're just P475.00 each!
And for pre-orders during November - its just P450.00 each!! Cool right?!
Planners will be out first week of December.

These cuties will be available in bazaars during the holidays! (List to follow)

For more information:
Luxe Prints

P.S. I will be giving one away this Christmas!! Stay tuned for the mechanics!!

Cooking Quest #2: Parmesan Baked Fish

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I have been wanting to do this for months! But it was just now that I found the time (and the urge) to make it.

There's the baked fish bandwagon - you have Cookbook's Parmesan Crusted White Fish, Angel's Kitchen's Parmesan Cesar Fish, then there's Moksha's Baked Fish, and some others.

Here's my attempt to satisfy this craving:

Didi's Parmesan Baked Fish

1 small bottle - Mayonnaise (the REAL one and NOT the 'lite' one! 220mL)
2 fillets - Dory Fillet (easiest one to find in the grocery!)
1 teaspoon - Paprika
1/4 cup - Milk
Bread Crumbs
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 3750C

1. Wash your fish in cold water then season them with salt and pepper.

2. In a bowl - combine well the mayonnaise, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese (I can't say the exact measurements of the last three ingredients - its up to you - just make sure that the mixture is creamy thick! The more Parmesan cheese - the better!!)

3. Coat the fish fillets with the mayonnaise mixture. Make sure to coat them very well.

4. In a semi-deep baking dish (the smaller the better, but make sure the fillets will fit well with a little space to spare!) place the coated fillets one on top of another.

5. Pour the remaining mayonnaise mixture over the fillets.

6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
*Check you fish from time to time to avoid burning!

Here's the finished product!

Cooking, cooking in the oven!!

Cooking is finally done!!

Didi's Parmesan Baked Fish on a loaf pan, haha!!

*I used a loaf pan - as I didn't have a smaller baking dish (the smallest that I have is the one for the lasagna - so I had to improvise!)

Blood Donation - A+

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Image borrowed from THIS site

I recently just discovered that I was an A+ - I always thought that since I have a twin brother, whatever his blood type - is mine as well! But I was wrong. He's and AB while I'm an A. I gathered that since we two has our individual sacs - we had different blood types.

Yesterday morning, my Panget asked for my blood type, he said that a relative needed blood - he then asked if I wanted to donate. And I said Yes.

Things to consider:
1) I am deathly afraid of needles piercing my flesh (except for the derma and the dentist - i LOVE them both!)
2) I hate the sight of too much blood!
3) This will be my first time EVER to donate blood.
4) I am afraid of pain, period

So - I thought, this is a good thing. A good deed! I am helping another individual, right?

Then, there's the waiting period. I hate the waiting because it makes me think of so many things! Then there's the fear coupled with the waiting! I hate it.

So it was my turn. I had to grip on my Panget's hand tightly. It was so hard to relax as I was imagining the needle. I didn't want to look so I hid behind my Panget's back. I told the nurse/lab tech - to chat with me, so I'll be distracted, but then - she said 'Hinga ng malalim ma'am!' Oh, great - that means only one thing - she'll be piercing the needle on my arm now. I was about to cry - when I felt the pain. But then in my mind I was saying 'God, give me strength!' I was repeating this over and over again in my head. She then told me to squeeze the stressball - but every time I squeezed it, there was pain!

After a few minutes - another technician came to me and told me she was going to fix the needle. My imagination ran wild, again!! And when the moved it - the pain sort of went away and I was able to squeeze more comfortably.

My Panget was by my side - holding on to my hand's tight grip, telling me to relax and to keep on squeezing. A few minutes later - the technician took out the needle and I was done.


The reason why she took it out was because - there was too little blood that was flowing, and that she gathered that my vein was too small! And I thought the flow was going smoothly! My Panget agreed that there was too little blood flowing out of me. Another attempt meant that another needle will be pierced on my opposite arm! The technician said that she'll have a hard time looking for a vein because my veins are just too small!

Looking at the bag - the technician declared I gave only 300cc.

For my blood to be used - it was to be 500cc.

Darnit - my efforts were futile. My blood wasn't enough!!

I couldn't understand why they needed a full bag for the blood to be useful.

Oh well, medical explanations will just confuse me more.

So, there goes my first ever blood donation - gone futile.

Too bad!!

But it was a brave thing my Panget said.

Indeed it was!!!!!!!