One of my favorite classic Filipino dish is Chicken Afritada. I think I could eat it for one whole week and not get tired of the taste. What better way to “test drive” a new pot than to cook one of your favorites, diba?
Most of us moms are used to cooking using stainless steel or teflon pots, right? I am too because that’s what my mom used too when I was younger. And at home, that’s what I used when I was learning how to cook. Ceramics or glass containers are used to serve the dishes on the table.
When I became a mom and moved into my own home, it became exciting to try new dishes, new pots and pans, and new kitchen gadgets. It’s one of the things that excites me up to the present. So trying out my new Luminarc Vitro Blooming pot in cooking Chicken Afritada really made my day.
I got the 2L pot which I think is just the right size for a family of four (or six… because we have lots of leftovers!). The new Luminarc VITRO BLOOMING is an extended range of Luminarc’s Vitro cookware collection made by Arc International, the world leader in glass tableware manufacturing.
It’s inspired by French morning blooming rosebushes (water drop on flower) and has a newly improved lid & bigger ears which allows you to hold it easily. Plus a brown color that makes it more sleek.
SO WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THE NEW LUMINARC VITRO BLOOMING?
I love that the lid fits inside the rim It means you won’t have to face with problems of spilling when cooking. The improved rim design also prevents soup from spilling when pouring.
It is made of Vitro-ceramic material which guarantees exceptional thermal, mechanical, and chemical resistance.
Instead of separate cookware to boil, stew, steam, fry, roast and grill, Luminarc Vitro does it all, which can go from the freezer to the fire and directly to the table. Ideal for those who do not want the hassle of dishing food from cookware to serving ware, saving you time and less dishes to wash up later.
It’s easy to clean.
It’s resistant to thermal shock… which means it can be transferred directly from freezer to oven or direct flame for reheating, thus saving precious time and energy. Vitro-ceramic can withstand temperatures from -40°C to 800°C and tolerate fluctuations in temperature (up to 380°C).
It is non-pourous and 100% hygienic. Luminarc Vitro is produced with the latest technology and made from pure and natural materials with extremely fine pores, anitbacterial, odor and stain free, making your food 100% safe and hygienic for consumption.
Cooking, serving, storing , and reheating is a breeze with this pot! One pot does it all…. I love it.
To those of you who are thinking of getting one, you can get the Luminarc Smart Cuisne and other Luminarc products in selected SM, Robinsons, Metro Gaisano, Landmark, Gaisano Malls, Lazada, Shopee and other leading department stores nationwide. You can also get them at Lazada and Shopee (links are below)
Do you know that Choco-Liquor Cakes by Maricar is the OG dreamcake? I was able to try this four years ago when dreamcakes in tin cans were not yet a thing. It was at the Ultimate Taste test 2015 and Maricar Reyes-Poon was doing the sampling herself. I had one bite and found it moist, chocolatey, and decadent! Then I moved on to the next food to try. Because there were a lot of delicious samples of different kinds of food to go around, it was kept at the back of my mind.
But last week, oh, I was able to take my time and enjoyed a slice (or maybe three) of this with my favorite cup of coffee… then another one for dessert….and another one while watching Ru Paul All Stars on Netflix…
Oh I just couldn’t stop!
This cake enchants upon opening with the smooth and perfect swirl of that chocolate ganache. I couldn’t stop taking photos and at the same time I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth on it.
The cake was extremely moist, fudgy, and oh-so-decadent! It has a mild liquor taste that takes its chocolatey goodness to the next level. It has a thick chocolate ganache on top that just takes your problems away. Oh gosh, I just realized — this cake makes me happy.. LOL!
Oh, and paired with coffee? It was perfect. It melts in my mouth on each sip of my favorite brew.! It’s also perfect as dessert. It’s perfect any which way you want to enjoy it.
This Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Sandwich is unbelievably tasty and delicious! It’s light and healthy too…
peanutbutter and I are trying to eat healthy ever since we found out that his SGPT, a liver hormone, is high. If it becomes too high then he might get a liver disease and it’s been causing his blood pressure to rise. To get it back to it’s normal levels, we need to change our his diet and lifestyle. So on the second week of January, he stopped drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking. This February, he also started exercising.
With regards to his diet, he needs to avoid eating red meat for a while and stick to fish and vegetables. This is one of the hardest thing to do for him because he really loves meat… and just like me, he loves to eat!
I found a really delicious Rosemary and Olives Ciabatta bread at the grocery the other day and thought it would make for a great Grilled Veggie Sandwich. So I bought an eggplant and zucchini to go with it. I figured my mayo, pesto, and mozzarella cheese in the fridge would make it really tasty.
I crossed my fingers and hoped with all of my heart that peanutbutter won’t look for Spam and Eggs.. LOL!
What I did was grilled the eggplant slices and zucchini slices on a grill pan sprayed with olive oil spray. While the veggies were grilling, I toasted the Rosemary and Olives Ciabatta in the toaster. You can use your favorite bread or other types of bread too if you can’t find this ciabatta. Anyway, I put mayo on one side of the bread and pesto in the other, then I layered the grilled veggies and sprinkled shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Then I put it back on the toaster to melt the cheese. Voila! Super duper tasty healthy sandwich!
And guess what? He loved this sandwich! Even Ykaie loved it.
Grilled eggplant and pesto really go well together…
Our pets are some of the most important members of the family. This is one reason why many people consider their pets when they embark on interior décor projects. It demonstrates that pets play an essential role in these households and that their comfort is essential. Some of these families are building new homes, while others are beginning a remodel project. There are a lot of details to these residences that can be planned with pets in mind. It is extremely important for households with multiple pets to adopt a home design with pets in mind.
Show Some Love
While not for everyone, some pet owners have taken to decorating their homes with various works of art honoring their beloved animals. Examples of pet-inspired home decor options include having a statue in their likeness situated in the foyer and deciding to convert a photo of a pet to a painting and hang it on the wall. It’s a fun and simple way to show off the love you have for a pet.
While a dog or cat is unlikely to ever appreciate the fact their owner was able to turn a photo into a painting of them, this and other pet-focused home decor option give humans an opportunity to enjoy an artistic rendition of their favorite pet. They also serve to remind us of cherished pets who are no longer with us.
Make the Indoors Comfortable
Traditional Home encourages homeowners to think about the details where pets are concerned. This is a strategy for making your home pet-friendly. The indoors, no matter the size of the home, is essential to this comfort. Your pet will spend the majority of their time inside the home. Interior projects with dog-friendly decor must consider all of your pets.
Flooring is one example of a detail to consider with these projects. Slippery floors could present a problem for some pets. Those sensitive to cold floors must be included in these details. Ensuring that there are certain spaces set aside for pet comfort is easy to do. Area rugs are a solution for flooring concerns. Pet furnishings in each area can be helpful to establish spaces of comfort.
Provide Outdoor Access
Doggy doors can be placed at the front or back of the house. There are some designs where homes include these doors in patios and other areas. This access provides pets with a bit more freedom when it comes to doing their business and playtime. Fenced-in backyards covered in grass are the best for these doors. Positioning pet beds, kennels, and seating areas near doors is a good idea.
This is also an easy way to make daily walks quick and simple. Considering pets that are at home during the day, means ensuring they don’t have to wait to get to outdoor exits. Many pet owners will design areas to store toys in near these exits. Toys that are used outside should be conveniently placed and available.
Establishing Special Areas
Every pet owner knows the things that could trouble their loved one. This means finding ways to establish special areas that are set aside for the pet. Bonus rooms, dens, sunrooms, and other areas could fit this bill. These may be spaces that include toys, beds, pillows, and things that your pet recognizes. Creating a great setting will show your love and care for the pet and its comfort.
The DIY Network recommends that homeowners not purchase expensive décor items, such as sofas and antiques for these areas. Some will choose to eliminate wall-to-wall carpeting in these rooms, which saves time and money on cleanup resources. A convenient place for these special areas is near entryways. This makes for a quick exit when it’s time for walks or outdoor playtime.
Just like families accommodate their children when it comes to home designs, they also work to find ways to include pets in these plans. The interior of the home is a part of this consideration, especially for large pets. It is important to find spaces that are well-designed and comfortable for pets. This is true whether you have dogs, cats, or other types of animals in the home.
Stain resistant fabrics, carpeting, and other features should be considered for areas throughout the home. Having the right supplies for cleaning furnishings is extremely important for tidiness. You will also need to find pet products for grooming. Pets that shed will present some challenges so decorating with them in mind is helpful for all of your home interior décor projects.
This Baked Potato Soup is a rich, creamy comforting soup filled with your favorite baked potato flavors.. perfect for chilly evenings…
It’s been a hella of a week at The Peach Kitchen last week. I thought the kitchen was falling apart. First thing that happened last week was the microwave broke. Since our microwave is seven years old already and microwave oven these days are pretty affordable, I decided not to have it repaired and bought a new one.
The next day, the fridge just stopped working. I just noticed when I wanted some ice cubes for my juice and all the ice turned to water. Good thing my sister who calls herself Anney and my cousin Rome just lives next door. I transferred everything from my fridge to theirs. We called Samsung for repairs and they sent in a technician the next day. To make my long story short, repairs would cost me around ₱10,000, para ka na ring bumili ng bagong ref. So I bought a new fridge that night. Hala, ang gastooos!
The new fridge would come after a week so I had to use up some of the vegetables I have and those that I can use para hindi naman masyadong sumikip ang ref ni sis. I had celeries, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables. Since the weather was a bit chilly last week. We had soup nightly to use up the vegetables. That included this Baked Potato Soup.
Ykaie, my patatas girl, had been requesting for this for as long as I can remember. It’s not something you make everyday because it’s too rich and creamy. But this past cold nights had been asking for it.
My soup started with bacon crumble fried to a crisp and onions and garlic sautéed into it. IT makes for a really fragrant kitchen, I tell you.It was followed by a little bit of flour, chicken stock, milk and the potato. Simmer the potato until tender then add in the cheese and the sour cream and voila! Yummy soup with all the flavors of your favorite comfort food.
Top it up with spring onions, more bacon crumble, and more shredded cheddar and I’m sure you’ll be scraping your bowl clean. We paired this up with some garlic bread and well — no leftovers!
I’d like to continue making soup in the next couple of days but what do you know. I don’t think it would be as cold this week as we are approaching the Summer months.
Have a great start of the week hustling mommas!
OTHER RECIPES YOU MIGHT LOVE…
4 cups chicken stock or 2 chicken cubes dissolved in 4 cups water
1 large can evaporated milk (OR 2 cups whole milk)
5 large potatoes, diced
½ cup cheez whiz (OR ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese)
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
½ teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
chopped green onions or chives,
extra shredded cheese
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon crumble and cook until crisp or brown.
Transfer bacon to a small bowl and leave about 3 tbsp of bacon grease on your pot.
Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for an extra 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
Add the flour into the mixture and sauté for an additional 1 minute to cook the flour.
Pour in the stock, stir until combined, then pour in the milk and stir in the potatoes.
Continue cooking until the mixture just reaches a simmer, before it begins to boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Make sure you stir the soup every so often to prevent the bottom from sticking and eventually burning.
Once the potatoes are nice and soft, stir in the cheez whiz (or shredded cheddar cheese) and sour cream, and half of the cooked bacon crumble (leave the other half for topping later).
Taste and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed.
Garnish with green onions, bacon crumble, and shredded cheddar cheese before serving.
You can keep the leftovers in a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days... that is if you have leftovers..LOL!
If you make this recipe, kindly snap a photo and tag @thepeachkitchen on Instagram (OR hashtag it #thepeachkitchen). I’d love to see what you cook!
The rice diet foresees the prevalent consumption of this cereal. Let’s find out together what it is, what are the benefits and the possible risks.
Proposed in various sauces, with a decidedly more commercial aspect, the rice diet has its roots in the mid-40s when it was first used by Dr. Kempner as a non-pharmacological treatment of hypertension in subjects with renal diseases.
Abandoned the clinical use, for the poor quality of the results and for the high risk of malnutrition, the diet of the rice has been modified several times and launched as a possible remedy for obesity and metabolic disorders.
How Does It Work
The rice diet is currently proposed as a slimming and draining strategy. The protocol suggests the split into two phases:
The first of three days, in which it is possible to consume only rice, vegetables and some fruit, with a real draining and detoxifying power;
The suggested rice, for these phases, is undoubtedly the integral variety which, thanks to the presence of the cuticle, preserves the fiber and vitamins content, also reducing its hyperglycaemic power.
Breakfast: rice porridge or whole rice cakes with dehydrated fruit and honey
Lunch: brown rice with extra virgin olive oil and radicchio
Dinner: brown rice soup with spinach or cooked vegetables
Breakfast: porridge made from rice milk and rice flakes with candied fruit
Lunch: risotto with brown or basmati rice with ricotta cheese and zucchini or brown rice with raw vegetables and first salt
Dinner: rice cream with shrimp and zucchini or risotto with spinach with chicken and vegetables
Properties and Benefits of Rice
Being a highly hypocaloric diet, the first benefit is certainly represented by the loss of body weight, which can even reach 3-5 kg in the proposed 12 days.
Moreover, the absence of gluten greatly reduces the intestinal load, making the digestive processes more fluid and efficient.
Even the intestine will therefore benefit, as long as you make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
Variety: On the market today we also find an infinite variety of rice from black rice to wild rice and then go to Arborio rice, rich in Vitamins A and Vitamin C.
Given the very low amount of sodium of the diet, and some phytotherapeutic properties of the rice plant, especially in the first phase it will be possible to easily experiment also with a strong draining power.
These problems may arise though:
Potential risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies;
At risk of hypotension and fainting,
From the strong protein restriction, such as to compromise the normal function of the immune system
From the absence of any support or scientific evidence.
Therefore it’s strongly recommend that you contact a nutrition professional before embarking on a diet of this kind, reminding you in any case not to prolong such diets beyond the days normally proposed.
Going to a nutritionist before embarking on such a diet is highly recommended. Even various champions and athletes know its importance.
For example, Demi Moore, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Aniston are followed by a nutritionist, more known as the celebritys’ nutritionist, Gillian McKeith.
It is not news that famous people are obsessed with diet, even sport champions like Serena Williams or poker champion Katerina Malasidou to make good decisions during their games have always stated how important it is to go to a nutritionist and get a food education.
There are many things that most people do not know, such as what combinations of foods are bad, what causes drowsiness, what gives more energy, and so on.
For this reason, sportsmen also prefer foods like beans or rice, a traditional dish in many countries, introduced during periods of slavery, because rice is rich in starch, which provides energy and contains iron and protein.
Easy and delicious Baked Ziti baked and served using the new Luminarc Smart Cuisine 250º….
Pasta is on our regular menu rotation here at home. We love Mushroom Cream Pasta, Spaghetti Carbonara, and even a good Tinapa Spaghetti. But the other day, Ykaie wanted some Baked Ziti and I thought it was a great way to try my new Luminarc Smart Cuisine 250ºC. Besides a pasta bake is a good excuse to get all those ooey gooey bubbly cheese going on.
Btw, Luminarc Smart Cuisine 250ºC is latest among Luminarc’s range of dishes. It’s simple, smart, highly resistant and super light! You can use it in the oven and then direct on the dinner table for serving. Di na kailangan pang i-transfer ng food. It’s super practical, right?
My Baked Ziti started in cooking the pasta and preparing the sauce. You can make your favorite sauce from scratch or you can also use your favorite store-bought sauce. For busy moms like us, sometimes we often resort to shortcuts especially if we have a bottle of pasta sauce on the shelf. I happen to have a bottle of Everyday Essential Mushroom pPasta Sauce and that’s what I used.
I made some adjustments, though. I sautéed it in onion, garlic, ground beef and simmered it with a bit of water and additional dried oregano. Then I mixed 1 cup of the sauce with the cooked pasta and layered it on my Luminarc Smart Cuisine 250ºC together with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
Then off it went in the oven at 350ºF (176ºC) for 15-20 minutes… after which I took it out to put the rest of the cheeses on top. I waited for it to get bubbly (around 5 minutes) then took it out to serve while it’s hot.
See? Isn’t it beautiful pasta dish?
See that ooey gooeey cheese?? Yumm!
This is what we had for lunch the other day and based on the smiling faces and the kisses I had that day? I’d say this is a winner. Well, I am a winner too because I was able to make an easy and delicious lunch. Plus clean up was easy peasy as well. Just clean this up like any of your regular dishes at home and stack it with your other dishes. Makes for easy storage too.
So what do I love about the new LUMINARC SMART CUISINE 250ºC?
It’s ultra-light and durable. The Smart Cuisine 250º is made up of opal, ultra light material that is 30% lighter than ceramic or glass and is chip-resistant and more impact-resistant.
It is deep enough to accommodate large quantities of food. The Baked Ziti I made was good for 5-6 people. It’s perfect for family dinners or when you’re hosting a meeting.
It is oven safe. I used this to baked my pasta and served it in the same dish after.
It is easy to clean
It has a gentle, ergonomic shape for easy hold.
To those oof you who are thinking of getting one, you can get the Luminarc Smart Cuisne and other Luminarc products in selected SM, Robinsons, Metro Gaisano, Landmark, Gaisano Malls, Lazada, Shopee and other leading department stores nationwide. You can also get them at Lazada and Shopee (links are below)
When your brain does not function properly, all of your systems will be affected as well. Your entire life will be downright be disrupted as well.
Two of the most critical roles if your brain is memory and focus. Once they are compromised, your ability to work, study, or even do your simple errands will be severely weakened.
There are a variety of things that can affect the cognitive function of your brain. Aging is one of the ultimate causes of it. However, it could also be your lifestyle and the things you eat that can cause a rippling effect on your mental faculties.
You just need to eat right to keep your memory and focus at their prime. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend big just to make this happen. There are foods out there that can make your brain unstoppable!
Here are they!
If you are thinking of good food for the brain, you should look for avocado. Aside from being a delicious fruit that is used in desserts, avocado can serve well your body as well as your mind.
This particular fruit comes with multiple nutrients that help the brain work properly. Vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin K are among the nourishment that you can get from it. Vitamin K alone is said to have significant effects in lowering down the risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease–a condition that affects your memory and cognitive function.
Avocado contains a healthy dosage of protein and healthy monounsaturated fats. Take into account that brain cells can multiply faster if there is a right amount of protein and saturated fats present. Alone, protein works by ensuring that your brain cells can have access to all the nutrients that it needs.
When your brain cells work optimally, you can guarantee that your memory and focus will be boosted as well.
Some of you might hate broccoli. You might be among those who hate this green veggie. However, will you still have the same stance once you learn that it is helpful for your brain?
You see, broccoli is packed with antioxidants that can help in cleansing the lymph of your brain. The latter can function better if the lymph system within it are free from toxins and other unnecessary chemicals.
Just like avocado, broccoli also comes with high levels of vitamin K. Specifically; this plant is sufficient enough to supply you with your recommended daily requirement of vitamin K to your body. Isn’t that great?
Aside from vitamin K, broccoli has multiple compounds that yield anti-inflammatory effects. This would help your brain protect itself from unwanted damages. Now, is broccoli still repulsive to you?
Another fantastic brain food that benefits your focus and memory is turmeric. Turmeric is quite an essential ingredient in Southeast Asian countries, as it is being used in various spicy delicacies such as curry.
Turmeric contains curcumin. This particular component has been proven to bypass the blood-brain barrier, which in effect, benefits the brain cells. Furthermore, curcumin is considered as both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound.
When consumed on properly, curcumin can help those with Alzheimer’s disease through the improvement of their memories. It has been found out that this compound can remove the amyloid plaques, which are common signs of the disease.
It can also improve your concentration and performance because it helps in the release of dopamine and serotonin. If you have a light and optimistic mood, your ability to think better heightens as well.
Because of these perks, many supplements today are derived from turmeric. These supplements are potent enough to boost the brain and body.
Another real life “Limitless” pill that is gaining traction today is a nootropic. A nootropic is a specific compound that boosts the cognitive function of the brain. It improves the memory, attentiveness, and mental sharpness of the intellect.
Just like turmeric, pumpkin seeds contain potent antioxidants that can aid them in the protection of the brain against damages caused by free radicals. Aside from that, pumpkin seeds are also a good source of zinc, copper, iron, and magnesium, which are all essential for optimal brain function.
Zinc helps maintain healthy signaling within the nervous system. Such a mechanism is beneficial, especially during critical situations where you need critical thinking is necessary. On the flipside, people who are deficient in zinc are prone to neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
Nobody can question the importance of magnesium in improving the cognitive ability of the brain. It is an essential nutrient that supports the development of memory and learning. Epilepsy and depression are among the apparent repercussions if your mind doesn’t have enough magnesium.
Meanwhile, copper is essential in controlling the nerve signals inside your brain. And if there’s a prolonged lack of it, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease would be a likely case.
Wrapping It Up
These are some of the foods that are necessary to improve your ability to concentrate and recall things faster. Having them in your kitchen would undoubtedly make a difference, not only for your body but to your mind as well. They also protect you from a variety of neurological diseases, too.
That’s it for now. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.
The CHEESEBURGER SOUP to comfort your soul — rich, creamy, flavorful and has the taste of your favorite homemade cheeseburger..
Ever since I first made this Cheeseburger Soup, it has been one of the most requested soup here at home whenever the weather gets chilly. And why not? First and foremost, they all love cheeseburger — nothing says comfort-food-fast-food other than cheeseburger but it doesn’t give you that warm hug you’re craving for when the weather’s cold. Only soup can give you that soul hugging, tummy warming, tastebud satisfying, fuzzy feeling. Right?
Hence, CheezzzBurger Souup.
So how do we make Cheeseburger Soup? We couldn’t have cheeseburger without the burger, right? So first up is seasoning the beef with salt, forming them into eeny meeny little burgers and frying them in butter + oil mixture. After cooking the burgers, we’ll sautè the onions in the same pan so we’ll get all the flavors from the fried beef balls.
It’s followed with potatoes, carrots, parsley, celery, chicken stock, beef balls, and all the spices. bring this to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender. Then we’ll add the cheez whiz and milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. To thicken, we can add the cornstarch slurry. The final touch after turning off heat is the stirring in the sour cream.
Now we can serve piping hot paired with garlic roll on the side and a pickle as a garnish! Super Simple, super flavorful and a whole lotta comfort.
Happy Monday to you and here’s a bowl on Cheeseburger Soup to wish you an amazing week ahead!
What soup-y things are you cooking in your kitchens, mommies??