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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

31 May 2006: Bow to the BAO - foo'z

...the BAO situation...

Char siu Bao aka Steamed Buns aka Siopao aka Manapua

Rocky is our marketing director at work...he and I often enter conversations about food and dim sum and what not. So he told me you should try to make some kind of Pan Fusion Bao. My intention was to make brisquet filling. But today I just wanted to mess with the dough. So I picked up a strip of beef tenderloin (erm 40 bucks worth)...and I marinated it in some honey sesame teriyaki crap with korean red chili...The cooking part of it is simple 15 minutes of steaming no peek a boo cookin = then dry the lid and steam for another 7 minutes. I've never made Bao before...So some of the buns opened up but my sister said girl I would kill all 10 of those if you din't already make korean ribs. haha. I put the prettiest ones away for Rocky to try in the freezer but here's a pic of the 'rejects' everyone will eat with dinner tonight...

-reject bao-

My brothers friend is stayin' with us for a minute. He is, as Judi says, the most Filipino white boy I know. It doesn't even matter what I cook or my sister cooks - he's like what's it called - okay i'm down. It doesn't matter what kind of food it is, he kills it. His absolute favorite is Kare kare and he even rocked spicy bagoong with it. How you like that shit. Well, I told them last night - i'm making korean ribs and cucumber for dinner - so they all got on the treadmill tonight for an extra 30 minutes - haha. He's also never had Siopao, and I split one for him and my brother and he said shit i'm addicted now...shoooo-POW! I looooove it. Hahahha. All the food got killed tonight - I made about 10 lbs of flanken ribs and the usual, there was enough to pack lunches for tomorrow and the puppies are most happy with all the bones left...It's hilarious - even at the volume that I cook at any location - very rarely are there leftovers, and when there are they are quickly packed as a next day lunch. My lolo (grandfather) used to call them re-runs...but there's hardly ever reruns...I take that as a quality seal of approval - when all the food is killed...

on Rice...

Steamy mysterious peeking under the glass covered keep hot machine - AH. I love rice even though I'm not eating it lately. I love medium grain sticky rice like Kokuho or Calrose...When I can find it I like green sprout tipped Japanese short grain that is so fragrant and naturally sticky it doesn't need any help at all. With a Garlic and Sampaloc (tamarind) leaf stuffed Salmon I just adore Pandan infused Rice. Measure it by hand, don't measure it with a cup. Different grains require different movements of the hand - fuck it up enough times and you'll figure it out. When I used to eat rice on the daily - I even liked cold rice with a piece of salmon tucked inside of it like a rice ball and sprinkled with Wasabi powder...ah so sadly - those days are gone - when you're in your 30's you have to give up some things, and rice is one of them. Nevertheless, I love the scent of it when it's properly made.

I roasted the ribs in the oven, I was too lazy to heat coals in the pit. Besides, the oven was already hot from the Beef Tenderloin slow roast

See Ribs Below...

Oi - korean cucumber with kochujang and chili powder...So Yummy - I could eat a pound of these By Myself...see below

**burp** the end of dinner
My favourite things lately...
...garlic roasted peanuts
...mexican omellettes
...chartreuse toenail polish
....laughing visits from the kids at work new universal remote that looks like a cell phone new dvd player with DivX that plays burned movies
...goofy voicemails from my boyfriend that make me laugh
...Dr.Zokes calling me a GANGSTA chef in a drunken stupor
...sugar free tamarindo drink
...the new maurice sendak stamps with the wild things monsters
...russell stover sugar free chocolate peanuts Dubstar stickers
...kneading dough poisonous journal with all my poisonous thoughts
...brand new canvas waiting to be painted on
...all 12 of my new tees to go with my new pairs of jeans
...nana wedgie shoes for April's wedding
...long naps for no reason at all
...anticipating vacation
Bad Stuff...
...erm my new vanilla sparkle antiperspirant, WHAT WAS I THINKIN'
...running out of palmers cocoa butter, ashy ashy ashy extra toilet paper in the potty - damn you guys
...hang nails
...i'm out of echinacea
...south beach power bars make you fart for 4 hours
...the mini cooper s convertible takin' too long...
...anticipating vacation
I haven't brought the digi cam to work for a few weeks and I have yet to take pics of these edible chocolate plates I made for the dessert to sit on - but I'm doin the best I can as work lately is just work - not as much as it was and not as much as it could be. I trust that nature will right herself - because everything goes where it belongs and where it should be matter what you do, you belong somewhere or you don't...
...the cake is still payin' my bills
Tiramisu & Rocky Road
Here comes the Roche
and still more chocolate
Raspberry chocolate - very strange this one - I've been getting a lot of custom requests for these ones and in big sizes. Hey it's one of my favourite combinations too...but people rarely break from what they know.
And raspberry...even my best Chef Girl Katie loves Raspberry...
I miss Chef J from school...As much as a pain in the ass most of those girls were in my class - I still find myself missin' school. hahha.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

30 May 2006: Don't Make me get the Dayuuum AXE

On Runnin' Around and grabbin' my axe...

I've been doin' a lot of runnin around - gettin' canvasses to paint some pieces for the house, grocery store runs, restockin' socks and whatnot. Everything around here is kind of routine yet it also seems like a lot of little things need to be taken care of. Yesterday, the boyfriend unit and I went to see Xmen 3 - don't even get me started on why the one Asian character had to be the porcupine dude, coz i'll just start cussin' about casting directors and shit, coz even the dragqueen got to be Soundwave which really is a kung fu-ish type of mutant power - but anyway...en route to Xmen my brother says I want some drumsticks and I was thinkin' why the FUCK does he want drumsticks - he hasn't played drums in like 15 years? So we're in the car on the way to Harkins theatre and my boyfriend says yah he wants the real drumsticks not the fake kind...and I look over at him and say - hey - my kuya hasn't played drums in like 15 years and he says you dork - drumstick icecream you know with the chocolate and the nuts - bwaaa hahahhaa....he says real drumsticks not the generic kind.


So prior to all that my brother says what are you doin' tomorrow - I said nothin really - just runnin bastard back to Tempe. and he says oh so your busy - I said no...I'mma go to the Asian store - he's like get rice, get beef tenderloin, get korean short ribs...and oh yah could you weed the front coz the HOMEOWNERS ASS'es gave us a notice. So last night I looked out there and there wasn't really any damn weeds and I was like yah okay i'll do it - I'll do it at Sundown. He said that weed pick thing is in the black basket in the garage and I say okay. So I ran errands - spent like 80 bucks on meat and medium grain rice and some flour so I can make my own Bao/Siopao/Manapua - whatever you wanna call it. Stop and pick up 2 shirts at the mall and a quad shot of espresso and grind home. 1 more stop to pick up rock salt and tamarind powder so I can make sugar free tamarindo juice. I get home unload the car, feed the dogs and go to the garage. No pick thing. PLUS there are like 4 of those homeowners association Nazi's in front of our house LOOKIN at the weeds. OMG! Can you give us a damn break - Everyone in this house is career oriented. First of all you don't need to give us a notice. Second of all - all you baby motel, stroller pushin, dick suckin' non career havin' stay at home hoes whose husband is prolly porkin' his assistant while you drink mid day at the clubhouse - yah YOU all you breeders and feeders need to stay off my property. Fuck that - I grabbed the red shorthandled Axe off the garage wall. If my grandfather could weed the garden with a MACHETE I was pretty damn confident that I could weed mine with an AXE. So the garage doors were open as I just got home and I come strollin' out with this axe in hand and a plastic bag that says 99 ranchmarket. They all pause to look at me and start pushin their strollers as if they are doin' an 'afternoon walk' I walked through the yard and there were maybe 20 very small weeds amid the rocks trees and plants. So I'm out there just choppin' and yankin some VERY small weeds - at best they were 4 inches high. And this hoe is WATCHIN' me do my shit with my axe for like 10 minutes. So I hurl the axe about 1 foot in front of me and it plants in a cactus. I look up at her and wait for her to say something. She says uhhh hello - with a fake ass grin. I said I'm not here to make friends go throw an ice cream social or some shit and get off my property. I can see her face winding up to say some shit to me. So I stand upright after slooshing my axe out the cactus. Her husband pulls her away with a nervous laugh. I'm like yah that's what I thought. So I'm just weedin' away and the PO PO come by. Yes the police drove by the front of my house and I'm weeding away with my axe - they roll HELLLLA I wave at them with my axe and grin - then they left the property.

Fuckin' Jackasses with Equity. I hope your husbands are porkin' their secretaries while your left to deal with vomit and diapers. Dumb wretches. I know that homeowners associations are shitty everywhere - but let me tell you they are doubly horrible here. I can't wait to get a loft in a couple more years. I'm sick of lookin' at the blank faces of breeders. I expect association dues in a building - but not in a damn gated community. Bleh.

Friday, May 19, 2006

19 May 2006: Flashback for Teofilo

Category: Blogging

It was in retort to such emotional midgetry...

Is this the one you mentioned?
07 Jul 2004 Wednesday

11:56 PM - Poetic Interlude from L'iL Story

Fuck I've lived here 5 times before
and i've meandered through the cruelties
I'm just trying to find a place in this hell
Turns out hell don't like me either...

I'm no goddess that will perpetrate
If I sit near zeus, it's as his pet
his plaything, his paperdoll
and with the wave of his hand
i flutter

I don't rip hearts I just take nibbles
I like payasos, they make me laugh
My first loves words
the second is paint...
you belittle what I do
you distrust my methods
but i'm here to tell you this

I will not propogate anger
I will not allow it to seep
into anything I love...
not a person
not a dish well made
not a piece of writing
not a splash of paint
I will keep my work pure
it will never be sold...
I will keep my heart pure
it will never be bought...

Your methods are your own
I respect the way you gig
Your passions burn hotter
I feel the lava oozing past my flesh
But the two will never agree
you call it robbery of self
i call it adherence to self
you call it short changed
i call it long lived
you call it my fear
i call it evolution past primality

You tell me to look in the mirror
It has never struck fear in me
I was born like this
I will die like this
Letting the process flow over me
instead of coercing it like so much
hard dick in a half ready pussy.
Do NOT misconstrue my movement
to back away as weakness, did you
forget that I am imprinted with the
delicadeza of my grandmothers and
when I see an argument will never
end or be won, i am gracious enough
to walk away...

Shame on you _______,
you know better
you knew better before
you'll know better tomorrow
I am not the kind of animal
that can be taunted and lured...
I am not a wicked beast
that will be affected by taunts
of "chicken" I have few fears
and even fewer attachments

i thought you knew
but i guess you should know.


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

10 May 2006: DayTrippin to the Grand Canyon

The bad news is: Skywalk on the West Rim is not ready - so no walking on glass bridges regardless of price.

The good news is: today was a perfect day, bright light and cool breezes - at least enough to warrant a paper thin windbreaker while trolloping around.

We had fun. We left Phoenix at about 6am and got to the Canyon close to 930am. Neither of us went to bed until about 1am - so wakin' up at 530 to get ready and pack a cooler was a challenge! It's at like 7000 feet above sea level - and that thin air can make a chick woozie. It was Benjo and I, my godbrother deluxe. He mentioned that he wanted to go and last Saturday I said hey wanna take a daytrip on Tuesday or Wednesday and he's like yahhh sure - with a big grin and a sage nod.

So here's the South Gate where we entered...all rustic and shit. It costs 25 bones for a week pass. There is no day pass - so, if anyone wants this pass - it's good until next Tuesday - just let me know.

I must say I haven't seen the Canyon since I was like 13 years old. It's sheer size and textural age still struck me. I felt a wobble in my knees as I approached the lip and here's our first shots out there in the first vista

you know what's funny. They have only certain portions of the points and vistas with railings...but then they are these open areas where you can hang very close to the edge with lots of rubble and rocks about so if you're a bit clumsy sleepy or tired, you could damn well tumble to your death. Amidst the gently open areas - there are signs that say Danger - bwaa hahhaa

We're walkin' and walkin and I approach the edge

well lo' and behold - how about a little stencillin'

We have a lot of panoramic pics that I need to resize and just some general scenery pics that I will also resize - I will add those at another time. It was such a good day - too bad senorito mcRapper couldn't make it.

We hit Mather Point, Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon Village, Yaki Point, Grandview Point, Lipan Point and Desert View. On our next visit - I will for sure do the skywalk, and the 15.5 mile float down the river, and the caverns. That hiking shit ain't for me not at that altitude. I was surprised at how many people were there even though it was a weekday. I also will try to post my NINJA footage. It's a short video of me hiding in the trees and running around then jumping out with some kicks and poses.

German Ladies,"Vas is das"

Saucy Lady, "Das is Gut"

Bwaa hahahahhaha

I almost accidentally hiked down a 13.6 kilometer decline into the canyon - when the path kept goin i was like erm - hell no...But Benjo trucked it..brave brave man...I just sat there avoiding bugs that like my sweet shampoo - what else could i do. I'mma wave my finger like nu uhhhh'

We were in the Tusayan Museum...very small but interesting. I pointed at the blue corn and told Benjo - hey you should bring some of that back to Manila and plant that shit, coz Papa would trip at harvest time when you busted out some blue corn on the cob. He's like yaaaaah. We managed to find some red corn seed but no blue corn seed. It will have the same impact - but we're bummed we din't find the blue one. We also went to Tusayan Ruin. It's baffling to me that something people made from 800 years ago by HAND still leaves evidence of existence.

OH YAH ---and don't bother those snakes

Then we were out a few vistas after that...

Six hours of great conversation, lots of laughs, and lame drivers


we found time to take some campy ass pics

Bwaa hahahhaha

Yabba Dabba Doooo, I need a haircut too...

Sunday, May 7, 2006

07 May 2006: Ass Clown - Wendy Dershem

Family Kicked Out of Buffet Restaurant
DES MOINES, Iowa (May 6) - Wendy Dershem may think twice before leaving that egg roll on her plate at her next Chinese buffet. The Des Moines woman, her boyfriend and her two children were kicked out of a restaurant last week after management accused her of leaving too much food on her plate.

"They told us we are not welcome there anymore," said Dershem, a repeat customer at the Dragon House buffet. "We waste too much food. But the buffet is all you can eat. And you know kids. They won't always eat everything and they want something else."

Dershem said she paid her $5.95 fee on Saturday but was abruptly told to leave after eating one plate of food.

Employees said they had been watching her family on previous trips to the restaurant and were fed up with her habits.

"They just take one bite and throw it away," said cashier Lin Huyen. "They take four egg rolls and crab ragoon, take one bite of egg roll and throw the whole plate. That is wasting food."

Dershem said she was shocked by the scolding and complained to management when she paid her check. "It was embarrassing. ... If it's a one-stop buffet, post it," she said.

Dragon House manager Kent Cao said his restaurant offers all you can eat buffet, not all you can waste. Dershem's family took food, didn't finish it and then piled on the same food again, he said.

"Shes done that too many times," Cao said. "We would welcome her back if she has respect and knows what she wants."

Bob Oberbillig, an adjunct professor at the Drake Legal Clinic, says the patron would have no legal case against exclusion from a business unless there are other factors such as racial discrimination or mental health issues.

"An establishment can exclude people if they smoke or waste food," he said. "It's still a private business."


that's taken from some AOL news thingie, it caught my eye.

First of all, if you've ever owned or had a family owned restaurant nothing chaps your ass more than waste - coz you are watching your money go into the garbage. Secondly, if you've ever cooked behind any buffet or buffet service style service - it will torque your nerves coz your hard work cooking etcetera has just gone into the garbage. Lastly...the word buffet doesn't mean ALL you can eat - it means food served informally or on a sideboard...And of course she's got TWO KIDS and was a regular at the buffet with her kids and boyfriend. Fuckin' stupid dipshit wasteful HOE...

Okay THIS kills me,"And you know kids. They won't always eat everything and they want something else."

Erm - NO! Not in my family, not me and the sibs, not the cousins, not the godkids, not visiting kids. Albeit we could eat what we wanted, when we wanted and however much we wanted - it was a simple ground rule that you finish what you take, so only take what you can finish. What the hell is wrong with people on the planet - all these breeders and feeders (!) think it's okay to rip through anything and everything and then wipe it off as "you know kids" - no bitch i don't know YOUR kids -

What a pollution of the gene pool.

I'm so tired of seeing people with such a flippant attitude towards waste. It's not because I lack...It's because I have experienced those who lack the most basic of things like food water and clothing - and to see people so flippantly throw things here and there just makes me IRATE. I'm so sick of people with overinflated incomes and underinflated IQ's act as if they are so much better than everyone. I'm happy to stay in my pastry cage. Sometimes I can barely hide the disgust from my face.

Okay that's that.


...Funniest Highway thing yesterday...

About 11pm last night beautiful brand new Range Rover passes me and then cuts right. The driver is singin' her ass off in a jolly ass mood. Once the car is about 2 car lengths ahead of me the front passenger sticks her head out the window and just sprays some martini barf all over the highway...Bwaa hahahahhaha funny shit.


Time to take a shower and go to work.


..on words

Are your words so sacrosanct now

that they are hidden deep in the chambers

of your holiest place...