Sunday, October 11, 2009

My Serendipitous Notes {October 11, 2009}

It was another busy week trying something new in the kitchen. Some turned out okay, some didn’t. I believe that’s the joy of doing what you love. When you make a mistake and it didn’t turn out okay, you try again. I am also trying to get as much reading done from my distance learning education, a Twilight book and some fascinating blogs unread. I am also catching up on my cooking lessons at Rouxbe Online Cooking School. Well, I still do need some reminder cooking lessons once in a while.

Kenyan Black-Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk



I made this the other for my two brothers who are prone to uric acid. What a caring sister. This Kenyan dish M'Baazi is from Tracey (@tastytrix). It’s supposed to be a cold summer dish but I served it warm. I used a legume similar to black-eyed peas. I don’t know how to translate it in English so I’ll call it brown-eyed peas. We have some old coconuts and they are great for extracting coconut milk. This dish is really good. My brothers asked for seconds and thirds and didn’t suffer gout attacks the following day.

Coconut Macaroons



Mom would buy coconut macaroons whenever she gets a hand on it. These little gems are made from the shredded coconut after the milk has been extracted. So, after extracting the liquid, you just throw away the coconut meat. I hate throwing things away so I made them into coconut macaroons with whole wheat pastry flour, agave nectar and lime zest. They’re actually pretty good. There was only four left and I realized I need to take to a photo. I am still tweaking the recipe for a healthier coconut macaroon.

Look what I’ve found

Mochi with Chocolate Truffle Filling



These are the ones that I’ve wanted to make at home since last year. I bought this Dezato Mochi at the baking bazaar at Powerplant Mall in Makati City. They come in four flavors: milk chocolate; white chocolate with walnuts; dark chocolate and green tea. They are really good and you’ll notice from the photo above, a few are missing. Penny, these are for you. :)

Macapuno Candy



They are also called coconut candy. These gelatinous sugar coated candy also from Powerplant Mall are a childhood favorite. They are made with coconut meat and sugar, sometimes condensed milk and egg yolks. They are cook until they are thick and then cooled before wrapping individually. Eat with caution as they are quite addicting. I haven’t had these for many years so I’m indulging a bit. I have no plans on making these unless someone gives me a full-proof recipe and also a recipe that is also easy on the sugar.

Turmeric



This is the first time I’ve found turmeric at the supermarket. They’re not the best looking turmeric but they’re cheap. India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s disease because they use a lot of turmeric in their cooking. Turmeric is also great for the liver, it cleanses the blood and it boosts immunity. Consume turmeric tea everyday to improve your liver function. When your liver is functioning properly, all good benefits follow.

Curry Leaves



Another good find is curry leaves and they have a very distinct smell. Curry leaves are an herbal tonic and they are great for the digestive system and any indigestion problems. You can also make curry oil with these leaves by heating the oil and curry leaves over low heat. When the leaves turn black remove from the heat and let it cool down. Then, store in a glass container. Apply this oil on your scalp to improve hair growth. It is also said that it helps prevent premature aging of grey hair. Well, that I have to try.

Have a great weekend.

37 comments:

  1. Hi Divina
    I recently took an Indian cooking lesson and I learned what a great ingredient turmeric is. They not only use it in their cooking but also some women bathe in it as this promotes fertility.

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  2. Thanks lovely! They all look so yummy. I went yumcha today and had a fried glutinous rice ball filled with chocolate. I still owe you chocolate truffle mochi ;)

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  3. Divina, I think the curry leaves oil works well for me. I need it desperately...ha ha ha! I took tumeric puree 1 week after my 1st child birth. The lady who made it for me told me that it helps in womb recovery effectively. If you don't want a loose belly after child birth, this works great! Thanks for posting this & congrats on your awards too (from Alison)!

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  4. Beautiful photos! I love the picture of the turmeric. I've never come across fresh turmeric, but I think it would be a really interesting ingredient to use. Hope you are well!

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  5. Beautiful photos, Divina! I have never seen fresh turmeric before - only the dried and ground version. Let me know if the curry leaf tonic for grey hairs works - I seem to be getting a least one new grey hair per day.

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  6. These choco. truffle mochi sound great! I admire that you can find so many fresh items in the local stores.

    Angie's Recipes

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  7. Thank you for all this wonderful information, and especially for the photo of the turmeric. I've never seen fresh turmeric before, and in fact, I wasn't sure what it looked like.

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  8. @ Trissa @My Little Space - Trissa and Kristy, thanks a bunch for the additional information.

    @ tokyokterrace - thanks a lot. I'm feeling better now.

    @ Cookin'Canuck - thanks Dara. Haha. I think you should know I already have grey hair since high school. :)

    @ Angie's Recipes - Thanks Angie. I've been searching for ingredients and was so happy when I found them.

    @ Kate - Thank you. I actually thought I'm the one of the people who hasn't seen a real turmeric.

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  9. What an informative post, I have never seen turmeric in the store before. Great photos!

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  10. I've been looking for curry leaves but have had no luck yet! I'm determined to find them someday. The Kenyan Black-Eyed Peas in coconut milk looks and sounds delicious - like you, I'd have it warm as well (over rice, natch!) Great little roundup of treats and dishes!

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  11. How cool you made the m'baazi! Looks great, and I'm so happy your brothers asked for seconds : ) They look like black eyed peas ... were they cow peas or field peas I wonder?
    I'm with everybody else - that fresh turmeric is cool. Your lovely curry leaves photo reminds me that I need to buy some ... I too have seen the errant gray hair and I'm not happy about it!

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  12. Your Kenyan peas look gorgeous. I'd guess they're a variety of cowpea. I grew several kinds this summer, and each is a different color. They're all in the same family as black-eyed peas, just different varieties. Cowpeas originated in Africa, and grow well in hot climates. Thanks for your excellent post!

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  13. I agree with Tasty Trix- they sure look like black-eyed peas. And that may very well be my favorite bean/pea. I would never have dreamed to try with coconut milk, though, but I trust your taste and I'm sure serving them warm tastes even better in our new cool weather. I didn't realize you had brothers. I bet you are the best sister ever!

    Also, I've heard this about turmeric. You'd think we'd all be eating bowls of this for breakfast since Alzheimer's is such a devastating disease. It's not like it tastes bad-- it's fantastic!

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  14. Love all the photos. I miss all the fresh spices. If I do see them I usually buy quite a lot and freeze them. Mochi balls....always my favourite. Just made again today.

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  15. What a great collection of notes. I've never tried Kenyan peas but the coconut milk sounds delicious in it. I've heard that about turmeric too, I really need to use it more in cooking. The first shopping mall my family took me to when I visited Manila a couple of years ago was the Powerplant mall...I think I remember Mango was over there. Is it still? I really loved their clothes.

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  16. I love the kenyan peas dish, looks wonderfully comforting and very satisfying.

    I need to try out turmeric, I like the health benefits it has to offer. Very informative!

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  17. whoa. those kenyan peas!! i would never think of those great flavor combos. i'm definitely going to do this.

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  18. Oh My!!! Your photos are as usual- BEAUTIFUL! I hear you on the distance learning... Twilight book, Divina? Should choose a comedic book or something... Maybe something by David Sedaris. He and I have similar humor, only thing is... Mine's more funnier, but for tweeting and blogging purposes, I can't really say what I want to say. LOL

    Anyway, lovely post and photos! Those macaroons look yummalicious!

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  19. Yum... the coconut macaroons look fantastic. One of my favorites from when I was a kid!

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  20. Wonderful photos! I never knew that fresh tumeric looked like ginger!

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  21. Hi, Divine:)

    I love your macaroons and the mochi sound and look good too..I was planning on joining that bazaar... be there in November though, my first time :)
    BTW, on your question..I'm from MM too, QC actually

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  22. Wow, that was a busy weekend, but everything looks delicious. Specially the chocolate truffles.

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  23. What a lovely sister you are! :) Oh those mochi look divine too-I can never say no to those sweet, sticky balls!

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  24. The sweets look great, I would love to try the black eyed beans in coconut milk.

    You are so lucky! I wish I could get turmeric root here. :-)

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  25. Hi Divine, Nice site ;) very helpful. Where can I buy the curry leaves ;)?Thanks - Dorrie

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  26. Love Mochi!!Those look beautiful!

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  27. The Kenyan Pea in coconut milk looks really delicious. I'm not prone to high uric acid, but I'd love to try it. The coconut macaroon is such a good idea to use the shredded coconut after extracting milk. I didn't realize that the curry leaves oil helps improve hair growth. Very useful tip. I'm gonna need it one day. lol.

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  28. Those coconut treats look great! I love the beans as well.

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  29. What a delicious round up of food. My eyes immediately went to the sweet options you have there (of course!), and really like the truffles!

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  30. Yum, I've never seen macaroons look so tempting!

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  31. Delicious eats and great finds! I would love to find turmeric & curry leaves in my supermarket!

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  32. @ Dorrie - Check any Indian store in your area. They might have it. Supermarkets normally don't have these but it was a surprised when another grocery store are selling these.

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  33. Loving your serendipitous notes every week! All that yumminess in just one post - not fair! Love the black eyed peas at the start!

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  34. Thanks for the helpful tip on curry leaves. I've been hesitant to buy the packets of fresh curry leaves because I was not sure if I could use all of it up before it went bad. Turning it into curry oil is a very good tip.

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  35. Hello, Lovely blog you've got here. I would like to know which supermarket you went to get the curry leaves. I need them. Thanks.

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  36. @ Anonymous - Hi. I bought my curry leaves at Rustan's supermarket at Powerplant Mall at Rockwell, Makati. Apologies for the late reply.

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