February 20, 2008

5 Random Facts - A Meme

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I got tagged by Dhanggit for a 5 random facts about me meme. It took me longer to come up with 5 things since I just did the 7 weird things less than a month ago.

  1. Believe it or not, I hated HomeEc in High School specially cooking and sewing. I did not help my Mom nor did I show any interest in cooking while growing up. I volunteered to do household chores, shopping at the market, etc. but begged not to help in the kitchen. In college I learned to fry stuff, cook rice and other food because I had to. Most of the food I know how to cook now I learned mostly from cookbooks, magazines, and some from both my mother and mother-in-law. For someone who was averse to cooking for more than half of her life, I never thought I would enjoy cooking and baking as much as I do now.
  2. I don't have a single picture of myself as a baby. My mother probably destroyed them or did not allow anyone to photograph me. And I know why, when I was about a month old my maternal grandmother declared that I was the ugliest baby ever. When I was in HS my Inana (grandma in Sariaya, Quezon) described to me what I looked like at 1 or 2 months old: bald, neckless, fat lips, cheeks drooping and almost resting on my chest similar to, say, a bulldog, and to add to the unprettiness my Mom dressed me in bright red clothes which to my grandma was a no-no and I totally agreed with her. She was not being mean, she was just trying to emphasize her amazement that I was transformed from being an ugly duckling or bulldog into a movie star beaut, just kidding about the movie star, heheh.
  3. I went to sing on TV once in HS in a noon-time variety show: sing, dance, skit, games, etc. Every day a singing group from various High Schools in the Philippines was invited to perform and they were cheered on by 2 busfuls of their classmates. I remember we were dressed like sailors, white blouse and skirt trimmed with navy blue collar. Don't ask me what year, it was many many many moons ago.
  4. To continue being baduy, which roughly translates to unfashionable or for the masses, I once had a blind date with that comedian Jimmy Santos. I was living in Cebu and he was a student and player for the Jose Rizal College basketball team. My best friend at the time was dating another player, Norbie Rivera. When their team came to Cebu for college tournament games Norbie arranged the blind date. To my dismay the guy was too tall, thin, extremely awkward, very shy, and mumbled...all the time. My friend and I were annoyed with her boyfriend for playing a joke on me. When he became a TV personality/comedian after his pro basketball stint I couldn't believe he was the same ungainly guy my friend and I endlessly made fun of as soon as we got home. BTW, he was and still is not qualified as a hottie, faaar from it.:D
  5. I don't think reading about me being a neat *and control* freak will be interesting so I decided to make a treat for you instead: Calamansi and kumquat chocolate filled turon (fried lumpia). Enjoy!
Calamansi Chocolate Turon

Calamansi And Kumquat Chocolate Turon
2 calamansi
3 kumquats
8 ounces dark or milk chocolate, finely chopped
½ C heavy cream
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
1 T cointreau, optional
1 T soft butter
Filipino lumpia wrapper (do not substitute with the Chinese egg roll wrapper)
grapeseed or canola oil for frying
  1. Place chocolate in a food processor or blender.
  2. Remove seeds from calamansi and kumquats and reserve juices. Slice the rinds.
  3. In a small sauce pan, mix cream, juices, rinds, and salt. Heat mixture until bubbling at the sides.
  4. Pour into the chocolate in blender and leave for 2 minutes. Blend on medium until smooth and glossy. Add egg yolk and liquor, if using, until incorporated. Blend in soft butter.
  5. Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with plastic film. Pour chocolate mixture and let cool.
  6. When cooled put in freezer for 20 minutes. Remove from freezer, remove plastic film and cut crosswise in half. Slice into 36 pieces, about 2 x ½ inches.
  7. Wrap in small pieces of lumpia wrapper and freeze for 10 minutes.
  8. Heat oil and fry until golden brown. Serve immediately.
I'm passing this meme over to marvin, g_mirage, caninecologne, Ruy or Liv, and raissa. Thanks dhanggit for making me reminisce once again.


raissa said...

Jimmy Santos?? woah! When I hear or read his name first thing that comes to mind is "Bondying" LOL

Thanks for the tag..will organize my thoughts and post it as soon as I can.

caninecologne said...

perfect timing - my husband just brought home free kumquats from his co-worker's garden. i've never had them before and now, i will definitely try them! in lumpia now less!

thanks for including me on the meme, i'll post my answers this week.

 gmirage said...

Same with raissa about the 'Bondying' lol. I'll do the tag later oggz, thanks!

pls, ignorant as Iam, What is kumquat? thanks again! =D

Anonymous said...

Omg! You went out with Jimmy Santos??? Oh Oggi! I don't think any other rendom fact in any other meme will ever top that!

Chibog in Chief said...

wow my dear, two big revelations: the date with jimmy santos and a singing stint in a television programme!!! you were probably tailored to be in the limelight with the celebrities hahahaha!!thanks for being sport and accepting to be tagged for the nth time :-) and i love this turon sounds heaven!!

Sidney said...

So you are an ex-YV personality !

Chocolate filled turon! YUMMY, YUMMY !!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tag oggi! Give me a few days and I'll get to it soon hopefully.

I can't believe your grandmother! You couldn't have been THAT ugly! ;)

Oggi said...

raissa I laughed so hard when I read Bondying. I googled to make sure it's the same big lug of a baby and just found out he actually played him in a movie! He was born to play Bondying!:D

caninecologne you're so lucky you get kumquats for free. You can actually snack on them if you don't mind a little tartness but the skin is very sweet.)

gizelle kumquats are small orange colored citrus fruits related to calamansi and mandarin orange. They are now available til the middle of March. Try them you, might like them for cakes and to mae preserves.:)

joey I had no idea Jimmy Santos has become this famous and one of the descriptions I read is "lovable" comedian.:)

dhanggit thank you for tagging me, I had so much fun doing it. TV appearance was one time only and with 4 other girls. Jimmy is one of only 2 "celebrities" I had met in my life, the other is Alejandro Roces but that's for another meme, heheh

Sidney yes I was a TV star! just kidding:) The turon is yummy and did you notice the liquor?:)

Marvin my grandmother was actually proudly parading me around that day to her relatives and neighbors. "This was the ugly baby, see how she looks now"! And yes I believe I was THAT ugly because they all said so!:D

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