This is the first time I got tagged for a meme, thanks to Marvin of Burnt Lumpia.:)
What were you cooking/baking 10 years ago?
I'm having a senior moment and can't recall that far back but I know what I did not bake 10 years ago: pan de sal and loaf breads of any kind. I was a lousy bread baker then. I have made very good cookies and cakes but struggled for many years with bread baking and simply gave up.
What were you cooking/baking one year ago?
I picked up bread baking again, this time using the ube pandesal recipe from the Filipino cookbook Memories of Philippine Kitchens and to my utter surprise it turned out great. From then on I got the confidence and started baking other breads with great success, with the help from cookbooks and the web.
Five snacks you enjoy:
- Adobo Spanish peanuts with red seedless grapes or sliced pears
- Chilled Milkyway chocolate bar
- Fuji apples, alone or with sliced Manchego cheese
- Triscuits topped with chorizo paté
- Chicken and pork adobo
- Any sinigang
- Thai minced chicken with basil
- Chinese Ma-Po bean curd
- I will have only one entry: buy an airplane so I could go wherever and whenever I feel like, say, Korean Stuffed Baby Chicken In Broth.
- Pinaupong manok
- Any dish with Longaniza and Spanish chorizo
- Thai cuisine
- Silvanas and Sans Rival Cake
None, I'll eat anything that is considered food.
Five favorite culinary toys:
- Krups The Butcher Shop (for sausage making)
- Bamboo steamer
- Japanese santoku knives
- Soehnle electronic kitchen scale
- Microplane zester/grater
- Japanese muskmelon and prosciutto
- Sopa de mariscos
- Chicken and pork adobo with plenty of steamed rice
- Braised baby lobster, Hong Kong style
- Marrons glacés and endless cups of Italian espresso (not Starbucks, please!)
- My first sip of ice cold Coke when I was 4 years old
- When I was little, awaiting the weekend for my Lolo's pasalubong of a bar of chocolate, a small bag of adobo peanuts, and a small box of raisins: the original fruit and nuts chocolate combo
- When I was 6, together with my older sister, we peddled bananacues on our street to help out my godmother's family and because we thought it was cool to sell stuff. We got an earful from our Dad but were so happy with the payment of a skewer each of the yummy bananacue.
- Munching on the most sour greenest unripe Indian mango halves topped with alamang everyday while walking home from school
- I'm not sure if this is considered happy, it is more comedic, really. On my first trip to Singapore with the H, we went to an open air eatery, got our food, went to a table, and then a very thin Indian man in a white dress approached us mumbling something. We waved him away thinking he was a beggar. We realized we did not have drinks, the H went back to the counter to buy Cokes and the man asked why didn't we tell the thin guy in white we wanted drinks when he asked. We were so embarrassed and apologized to the guy. We later learned that begging is illegal in Singapore.