26 June 2010

Easy Eats #3 - Jolly Jambalaya

What are you hungry for this weekend? Mr. B. enjoys a hearty rice dish, so I am making my very own version of Jambalaya! Purists may frown upon my use of ingredients or cooking method, but let me tell you that this dish came out really, really great! So go ahead and try it, I promise you'll enjoy it.

6 - 8 large prawns, shelled
2 Andouille sausages, cut into tidbits
1 - 2 boneless chicken drumsticks, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 large green bell pepper, diced
2 - 3 stalks celery, diced
1 can tomato in juice, diced and reserve juice.
1 can black beans, discard juice.
2 - 3 cups cooked rice
Herb garden seasoning blend (you can use Mexican spice blend as well)
Freshly ground pepper
Dash of salt

1. Cook sausages and chicken in virgin olive oil until done. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, cook the onion, green pepper and celery until soft.
3. Pour in diced tomatoes including the juice and let boil.
4. Put sausages and chicken back into the pan.
5. Pour in the black beans.
6. Add herbs and pepper. Add salt to taste.
7. In a separate pan, sear the prawns until half cooked.
8. Put prawns into the mixture and bring to boil.
9. Add in cooked rice and carefully mix the whole thing until evenly distributed.

This can serve 4 people. Best eaten while piping hot!!

23 June 2010

Missing Pieces

"Welcome back! did you enjoy your trip?" I asked Mr. B. as he dragged his oversized luggage into the living room and threw his computer case (gently of course) on the sofa.

"I am so exhausted! 16 hours of flying and 8 hours of layover!" he said in an exagerated manner and threw me up and down the air a few times. "And I missed you!"

"So tell me about Prague, Mr. B. Show me photos! Show me, show me!!"

After he took a shower and got a tall glass of iced tea, we settled on the couch and showed me the photos he took with D.'s camera. He showed me all the nice placed he visited, the great architectures, cobblestone streets, the Karluv Bridge, the Prague Castle, the Old Town Square and others.

"I don't know. I think it will be more fun if you were there. And D. too. Do you remember our vacation in Sydney last year?" he said as I nodded enthusiastically. "I think that was fun. We were all there like a family!"

Indeed, many things is life ought to be shared as far as humans are concerned - like happiness. Sometimes, all the wonderful things in life means very little when you experience them by yourself. It's like missing pieces of a puzzle, beautiful but lacking and incomplete.

With that Mr. B. promised to take me attend the World Expo in September with D.

I can't wait.

11 June 2010

Easy Eats #2 - Penne With Meatballs and Sausage

Are you hungry again? Welcome to the second installment of Easy Eats, where I will share with you some of my easy to make yet super delicious recipes straight from Mr. B.'s kitchen!!! Today, I am featuring penne pasta with all-meat sauce for all the meat lovers out there! I am dedicating this recipe to my loyal reader J.T. who is in search for the best pasta in town. Here it is!!!

Half a bag of penne pasta (check the cooking instruction and undercook by 1 minute)
3 strips of smoked bacon
1/2 kilo of ground beef
2 Italian sausages (whichever you like)
1 bottle Prego 4 cheeses sauce
Freshly ground pepper
Sugar (secret ingredient I learned from Mr. B.)
Your choice of spices (oregano, basil and thyme for me!)
Freshly grated parmesan cheese (not the one from the green bottle!)

1. Cook pasta (undercook by one minute) and cool it under running tap water. Set aside.
2. Cook finely chopped bacon in virgin olive oil until oil from bacon is released.
3. Add in half of the ground beef
4. Add in sliced Italian sausages.
5. When everything is cooked, pour in the entire bottle of pasta sauce plus half a bottle of water.
6. Turn heat to low, add the spices, salt and sugar to taste and slow simmer.
7. While the sauce is simmering, make meatballs with the other half of the ground beef and add them into the sauce to cook. Simmer for half an hour stirring constantly.
8. In another pot, heat 2 tablespoon of virgin olive oil.
9. Ladle sauce into the pot and add cooked pasta for another 3 minutes. Make sure it is not too watery!
10. Place pasta on a plate, sprinkle generously with shredded parmesan cheese and spoon some sauce on top. Enjoy!

See how easy it is? Of course you can use the same sauce to make other types of pasta!

02 June 2010

The Joy In Glee

Unless you are someone out of this world (and I don't mean that as a complement), you probably know Glee, the popular musical-"dramedy" series that is a big hit in the U.S. Although it has been compared to the very successful High School Musical series (which I was never interest in), it is very much different from the juvenile TV show.

Glee follows the lives of 8 kids in a high school show choir called "New Directions" at a fictional high school in Ohio. It features very interesting adult and teenage characters, with all their angst and quirks, and of course - the songs! The show draws from a large catalogue of old and new songs and sometimes even from musicals. In many ways, it introduces old songs to the young generation and new songs to the older generation. Each of the musical numbers are ingeniously woven into the storyline and made the show works perfectly.

When I look at Mr. B.'s life, I sometimes believe that I can place a soundtrack to go with it. Maybe some songs from the 80's to evoke happy mood, some big numbers from big musicals to show big emotions, a bit of dance tracks here and there, a lot of sentimental love songs.

I wonder what it would be like if real life is just like that - people going about their lives singing songs, at times happy, at times sad, expressing their emotions in words and music. Since human lives as I observe it is full of comedy and drama, might as well throw in some music and make it one big musical presentation.

I think life will be better that way. I must tell Mr. B. about this.

Photo: Cast of Glee

01 June 2010


One of the most difficult things humans are ever required to do at some points in their lives is to respond to evil with kindness. Some say it is the noblest of human acts - forgiving. For how can one just put aside the hurt, the torment, the humiliation and go on with life as if nothing offensive was ever done to him/her.

I learned today that a good friend of Mr. B. was recently falsely accused of a wrong doing he did not commit by a devious and scheming co-worker, one that might very well cost his job and destroy his future. For many days, this friend was agonizing over the matter while the underhanded co-worker took a long vacation. Obviously, he has gone on with his life and hasn't given Mr. B.'s friend much thought.

So what is forgiveness? Is it accepting the wrong done to you? Is it compromising to a bad behavior? Is it continuing to be a willing victim of bullying?

Some people say - look at the bright side, learn from the experience, focus on the bigger picture, stand taller than your enemy. But I wonder, how can those bring back the peace and harmony that once existed? How can those even change or repair the damage that has been done.

Humans are strange. Some even stranger than others. There are those who simply enjoy hurting other people. Evil does exist. Not even the most positive of optimists can argue with that.

To Mr. B.'s friend I say - the truth will always win, perhaps a bit late sometimes, but it will prevail no matter what.


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