Sunday, June 10, 2012

A List, A Giveaway, and A Breakfast

titleHello!!  I have missed you so terribly much.  You stalwart souls who remain readers of this little blog.  You who have just now dropped in (nice to meet you!).  You who leave comments on every post.  You who have never commented at all.  This space where I feel so at home.  I miss you, and it, all when I am (figuratively) away.

Life has been, to say the least, hectic and, well, trying, these days.  I won’t get into the gritty details here but suffice to say that it has been coming from more than one front – which is always tough to navigate and harder still to defend your inner fort.  Thanks to my wonderful family, and awesome husband, I remain, however, resolutely and bravely afloat.  I look around me and I see so much I am so fully grateful for.  And grateful that I still remain grateful.  If that make sense to you then we are of like minds :)

All of this is also to say that I haven’t got a recipe for you (though I am fine tuning my chicken tinola and hopefully will get this to you one day).  What I do have is a list, a giveaway and, of course, some breakfast.

Many bloggers regularly put together lists of favorites, and really, I think we all do – whether or not we share them.  I bookmark all sorts of things that inspire me, whether it be a recipe for a luscious looking chocolate cake, a party idea for little C, or a stop-them-in-their-tracks dress.  Since the world, I believe, is made better by sharing, I’ve decided to share my own lists here of things that make me smile.  And if you enjoy them, I will certainly share with more regularity.

Here we go...

**  I love chancing upon talented Filipino food bloggers (and this includes Filipino *and* foreign food    bloggers in the Philippines, as well as Filipino food bloggers abroad – the Pinoy connection gets me every time!).  Some of my latest favorites:, Tartine and Apron Strings, and Mr. Delicious.

**  This cake has been on to-bake list for a million years.  Have any of you tried it?

**  It’s June, and where I am, that means the end of summer and the start of the rainy season (we only have three seasons here – summer, rainy, and Christmas).  I am looking forward to more soups and stews and blustery weather food like these.

**  I made these brownies.  Now I want this book.

**  I am so trying this for my fledgling balcony vegetable patch!

**  What I plan to do one day to get my photos a bit spiffier…soon, I hope.

**  Little C’s first chocolate!!  Yes, she loved it :)

**  Now, this breakfast isn’t exactly a recipe.  It is one of my very favorite ways to have yogurt.  So I have added it to my list.  Oranges are my absolute first place winning partner for yogurt, and this is my absolute best way to have that combination: Greek yogurt + oranges + nuts + honey + cinnamonTry it!

And lastly…I promised a giveaway.  A while back, the nice people over at FrugalBook contacted me about contributing a recipe to their cookbook, Frugally Delicious.  No stranger to looking for ways to cut cost but not flavor I said “count me in”!  Now the book is published and I am tickled pink to have a recipe of mine in print!!  I am even more tickled to be in the company of a wonderful bunch of contributors.  There are some lovely recipes to be had here folks, many of which I have already marked to try (Plum Tart by Sprouted Kitchen, Coriander Magic by A Food Lover's Journey, Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce by 6 Bittersweets, and Mexican Bibimbap by Bon Appetempt).  If you’d like to purchase a copy you can do so hereOr you can leave a comment on this post and, possibly, get one for free!  I will give a copy of Frugally Delicious to one commenter who I will pick randomly.  This giveaway is open to everyone who leaves a comment, no matter from where they hail.

I breathe a little sigh of relief that the weekend is here.  I’m looking forward hunkering down with my big and little C’s.  Meanwhile, I hope you like the list, the breakfast, and the giveaway.  I wish you a fantastic weekend!


Redd H from Salted Spoon said...

I'm so glad that you started Little C off with Dark Chocolate! That's definitely starting her off on the right foot.

The book looks great. I'd love to win a copy :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely list! Chocolate sheet cakes are really delicious.



Tangled Noodle said...

When I finally tore my gaze from that lovely yogurt breakfast, I thoroughly enjoyed your list. I'm also loving & Mr. Delicious (I think I've spotted him wandering around Salcedo Market), but Tartine & Apron Strings is new to me. Thanks for the intro!

Your photography is already fantastic but the 50Feasts course sounds great; I know someone who's taken it and has only raves about it. 8-)

With this wonderful citrus-y yogurt start, I hope you have a marvelous Sunday!

Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

How awesome to have your recipe in a cookbook!! Congrats to you!! Woohoo!!

Kristin Flessland said...

Great list! I really loved the cookbook (Ready for Dessert) recommendation. I have added it to my wishlist :)

Nina said...

I love lists! Thanks for sharing! :-) I've bookmarked the blogs you recommended as well as the brownie recipe. I love how your recipes have such simple and basic ingredients. I'll be making these brownies to bring to a brunch meet-up with friends. You can never go wrong with brownies for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks right? ;-)

Baking Biologist said...

That is really great about your daughter liking chocolate! I am sure she will grow up to have a very refined palate. Your yogurt idea is beautiful and makes me wish breakfast would hurry up and get here! Thanks for your blogging!

amy beth marantino said...

chocolate cake is one of my very favorite things

Jessica said...

I have never heard of that cookbook,but it sounds AMAZING!
jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Elizabeth King said...

That's really cool to have your recipe in a cook book! ^_^

Tin said...

Hello again! So that's the story behind the chocolate pic...

The list of new favorite blogsites/bloggers are amazing indeed. Thanks for sharing.


sandee said...

Anything that starts off with the adjective Frugal definitely has my interest piqued haha

MrsNumbles said...

Congrats on your addition to the cookbook!

And I can say, without hesitation, that PW's chocolate sheet cake is one of the best I've ever eaten.

Sally said...

Greek yogurt is one of my favorites. Mixed with oranges, nuts, honey and cinnamon sounds just divine. It also sound like a great energizing breakfast without going overboard on calories. How exciting your recipe is in the book, would love a copy!

mobile247 said...

thanks for sharing your list, most of which i have now bookmarked :)

as a lover of dark chocolate, little c's first chocolate piqued my interest, any chance you sourced that locally? i would definitely like to get my hands (and eventually my taste buds) on some :)

Eileen said...

That yogurt looks amazing! I think I'd have a hard time resisting adding half the pantry to it. :)

Congrats on your book contribution, and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Katrina said...

I feel ya, Joey. As you know, I was feeling a bit down myself recently. Thankfully, it was very temporary and was quite easily fixed by stepping outside, ingesting some sugar, and remembering there's much to be thankful for. :-)

To begin with: thank you for the reco on Mr. Delicious! I'd never heard of that blog, and from the little I've seen just now, I enjoy it already. Sarcasm, gluttonous, boozy brunches, and a defense of foie -- what's not to love?!

I've heard our seasons described as wet and dry or hot and hotter, but you're the first I know who's added Christmas -- that's so you, so Pinoy, and I'm so gonna quote you on that! (I've quoted you many times before.)

My sister has "Ready for Dessert" and loves it. Can't wait to see what you'll bake from it!

FINALLY, C tries and likes chocolate! Do tell how you managed to persuade her to taste it, and her first reaction!

You're in a cookbook -- color me impressed! And it seems you're the only Filipina in it? GALING! So proud of you, Joey!!!

Ayen said...

Where do you buy your greek yogurt? Most supermarkets here in the metro don't have them..

BettyAnn @Mango_Queen said...

Oh I love your list & I love your breakfast yogourt treat! What a lovely post you just put together! I'm heading over to your reco blogs to check out what's cooking over there. Have a great week ahead, Joey!

Jess said...

I've been pining for David Lebovitz's cookbook, too! I also love the idea behind Frugally Delicious!

dontaskmetosmile said...

My friend has made the sheet cake from the PW, and she swears by it. The frosting, in particular is what makes it to die for, apparently.

I love everything by David Lebovitz. I might actually qualify as a stalker as I follow his blog, him on Twitter & I cook his recipes. Haha. His salted butter chocolate chip cookies are a fave of mine (I taste tested his three choc chip recipes), and his devil's food cake is pretty good too. His chocolate cupcakes are my go-to chocolate cupcakes for now as well.

Yes, there's a theme. Chocolate. :)

Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings said...

Thanks for including me on your list :) Hopefully, things are on the brighter side now, as I think they are. And also, wow!, congrats on your published recipe! To be in the company of such esteemed bloggers / kitchen professional is a great feat in itself! That's a testament to your wonderful talent! Would love to get my hands on Frugally Delicious!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Redd! I really wanted her first taste of chocolate to be the good stuff :)

Thanks Rosa! :)

Hi Tracey! I have yet to spot him...soon! I really like their blogs, and I'm always so happy to find nice blogs that are either based in the Philippines or written by Filipinos (wherever they may be) :) Good to hear the feedback on of these days!

Hi Jen! Thank you!! I am thrilled :)

Hi Kristin! I am hunting that cookbook down over here and will buy it as soon as I get my hands on it!

Hi Nina! Glad you enjoyed the list (and the recipes)! :) I agree with you 100% on brownies :)

Hi Baking Biologist! I just feed her what I enjoy and hope for the best! :) I love love love the yogurt and oranges favorite fruit to have with yogurt!

Hi Amy Beth! Chocolate cake is indeed one of life's great pleasures!

Hi Jessica! Thanks :)

Hi Elizabeth! It is such a rush to see my recipe in print :)

Hi Tin! Yes, she has been refusing chocolate all this time (I suspect because of the color)!

Hi Sandee! Me too!

Hi MrsNumbles! Thank you! I am so excited to try PW's sheet cake already!!

Hi Sally! It is a great breakfast and one of my favorites! I love Greek yogurt beyond all reason!

Hi Mobile 247! Yes, you can get that chocolate locally! It's from Terry's Selection in Pasong Tamo :)

Hi Eileen! Thank you! I know it's hard to resist overloading a good bowl of yogurt ;)

Hi Katrina! Thank you!! No one is immune to the doldrums...I am glad you are feeling better! I discovered Mr. Delicious through the Ministry of Mushrooms and so glad I did :) As for *know* it's one of the biggest *seasons* here right? ;) Plus it lasts 4 ("ber") months so I think that definitely qualifies it, hahaha! I am honored that you would quote anything I say!!! :) And if your sister bought the DL's book I am definitely getting it too! I actually didn't "persuade" little C to eat the chocolate...C and I were eat it and she asked for some (and liked what she tasted!). When she takes the initiative there is usually a higher chance she will like something :) She loved it! Kept coming back to ask for more bites :)

Hi Ayen! Guess what...this Greek yogurt is local! I get it from Rizal Dairy Farms -- they have a stall in Market! Market! (in the palengke area, near the big rice stall) and also in the Salcedo market. They have different kinds of yogurt so make sure to ask for their Greek yogurt (it comes in regular and low-fat) :) Enjoy!!

Hi BettyAnn! Thank you and hope you enjoy the links! Have a great week!

Hi Jess! So many good reviews for David Lebovitz's cookbook...can wait to get my hands on it too! And Frugally Delicious has got a lot of good dishes as well :)

Hi Kat! I need to make PW's sheet cake right now! Will check out those other recipes from David Lebovitz too!

Hi Jen! Thanks you and it was my pleasure! I love reading your blog and sighing over your pretty photos!

Edik said...

I am not much of a foodie but I am a regular reader of your blog. That giveaway, if given to me, would surely be something to brag about.

Salamat po.

Melissa C. said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Midge said...

I think the past few weeks have been a trying time for a lot of people in the blog-o-sphere, so virtual hugs from me to you. ^_^

Plus, dare I recommend Ravinder Bhogal's Cook in Boots? It's a must-read for the unflappable foodie who's also an unrepentant fashionista!

Karen said...

I saw your guest post on Rasa Malaysia for Filipino Adobo (It will be on my dinner table tonight) and thought I would pop over and check out your blog. It's beautiful . . . can't wait to try the yogurt, honey, and oranges! I love Filipino food and am going to check out your recommendations for other sites. Thanks for sharing! PS . . . the cookbook sounds fabulous!

Karen said...

I saw your guest post on Rasa Malaysia for Filipino Adobo (It will be on my dinner table tonight) and thought I would pop over and check out your blog. It's beautiful . . . can't wait to try the yogurt, honey, and oranges! I love Filipino food and am going to check out your recommendations for other sites. Thanks for sharing! PS . . . the cookbook sounds fabulous!

Marivic said...

I love a Pinoy who promotes other Pinoys. Will check out those blogs. Will try the yogurt. Will pray I am chosen.

Meanwhile, glad you are grateful that you still feel grateful. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Edik! So happy to have you comment and glad to hear you have been enjoying the blog! :)

Hi Melissa C! And thank you for stopping by :)

Hi Midge! Thank you! Will check that book out…sounds interesting!

Hi Karen! Thanks for popping in and for the find words! I hope you enjoy the adobo as much as we do :) Enjoy the links!

Hi Marivic! I love all things Pinoy! Hope you like the yogurt :) It is really a favorite combination of mine :) Here’s to being grateful!

viec lam ha noi said...

Greek yogurt + oranges + nuts + honey + cinnamon. OK I'll remember this recipe. Thanks! By the way, this is a beautiful list.

coffeeprincess said...

what a awesome list!! those brownies are <3
and dark chocolate appreciation is always great start young ii say. hehe

i must try the greek yogurt combo sometime! sounds delish!

Mom-Friday said...

Congrats for being part of the cookbook! I hope I can find a copy...or WIN one! ;)
I've been m.i.a. too with blog-hopping... been busier than ever...
I'm really happy you found my friend's blog - Tartine and Apron Strings. If you must know, she's the one who convinced me to blog in the first place, and I've featured her on my Mom-Style section on the blog too! ;) She's really amazing!
I'll try to drop by more often! :)

neo said...

Love your posts. Thanks for the link to other Filipino Food bloggers.

Anonymous said...

Love yoghurt. Been making easy yo lately. But that is a stunning photo!

Corrine said...

So, those are oranges at the bottom. Looks so delish!

jotan23 said...

oooh!! i'd love to win this so I can finally start doing something in the kitchen :p

ChichaJo said...

Hi viec lam ha noi! Thanks :)

Hi coffeeprincess! I really wanted to start her on good dark chocolate…I know she will be getting all sorts of things now that she has started school, so I wanted her first taste to be something good at least :)

Hi Mom-Friday! Thank you! Wow – how cool to hear about Tartine and Apron Strings having been the one to convince you to blog! Small world! :) I will check out your feature on her on Mom-Style :)

Hi Neo! Thank you :)

Hi Anonymous person! Thanks…I love yogurt too!

Hi Corrine! Yes they are indeed :)

Hi jotan23! Good luck! :)

Lara F. said...

That chocolate cake looks amazing and the photography class is a great idea. i love this list! congrats on the cookbook; i'm going to go eat some yogurt now.

chinkiefoodie said...

Hi there! I actually belong to those who never leave comments kinda blog fan but your giveaway is just too nice to pass off, so tadah!! You've lured me out in the open! Haha. Actually, i myself also have those trying times and what works as a quick stress buster for me is to surf the net and browse over great food blogs - believe it or not, it actually helps clear my mind! in fact, it is one of those days when i chanced upon your site and have been a silent visitor ever since :) I do hope everything turns out well for you and congratulations on being included in the recipe book! More power and keep the entries coming! :)

Anonymous said...

I really like the idea of a food blogger's cookbook. Your recipes are amazing!
Tina B

biyay said...

I'd love to win your giveaway!

marge said...

Your blog is on my blog must-reads. I check constantly if you have new entries, and it is always a delight to read whenever you have one.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lara F! Thank you! Enjoy your yogurt! :)

Hi Chinkiefoodie! So happy to have you share a comment and happy to hear you enjoy this little blog of mine! :) Looking through food blogs (and Pinterest!) also help me distress and find inspiration…and getting comments like yours never fails to make my day brighter too :)

Thank you Tina B!

Hi Biyay! Fingers crossed :)

Hi Marge! Thank you for such a nice comment! :)

Anonymous said...

congrats on having a recipe in that cookbook!

Lori in Michigan said...

Yes, Ree's Chocolate Sheet Cake IS ALL THAT!

Unknown said...

Ohmygod! I"m sorry for not seeing this sooner! Thanks for the mention and see you around! :D

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