Sydney Weekend

I went to Sydney last week and I had a great time despite physical exhaustion.  I had 20,000 steps because I was busy exploring parts of Sydney I haven’t been to yet.  It has been fun.  And now I am back in the bush with all the Filipino ingredients I can carry.

I was craving for meat a while ago so I decided to cook adobo.

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Since I used pork, I had it boiled first to make the meat tender.  After that I just added enough soy sauce then after a few minutes, I added vinegar and black pepper and bay leaf.  Adjust the taste with a soy sauce or vinegar.

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Baked Ziti

“See you at church!” I excitedly told one of my regular customers.  I was excited to see them at church friday night.  However, someone needed my help that was why I missed church night.

My usual friday night consists of ordering my dinner at Freckles.  I always order its pasta for the night.  Then I go to church.  Baradine is just a small place so I either know them by name now and all faces are already familiar.

I missed church so I decided to just head on to my next friday night activity–dinner.  I called Freckles to order my pasta but last night, they had no pasta.  So I just decided to cook my own pasta.

So presenting my very own baked ziti 🙂

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It was yum.  I don’t have ricotta cheese but the one I bought have four cheese all grated.  They blended so well.  Now, I have enough food for the week. 🙂

Plan

I have finally worked out a plan on how to go about my calorie restriction.  And it involves healthy, real food. 🙂  However, for the past few weeks, I have been stress eating.  That was why last night I really had to sit down and work out my menu for the following months or else my clothes/dress wouldn’t fit me and I wouldn’t have anything pretty to wear on my cousin’s wedding.

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The best lunch/dinner I’ve had here so far.  With the barbecue parties I’ve been at here, I have learned to appreciate the different salads that go well with sausage (snag) and steak (barbecue).  But if I were to do it, if I wouldn’t cook rice, I would just boil or microwave potato and sweet potato and that’s it–substitutes for rice.

I’ve also discovered that canned pineapples and sweet corn are available here.  So all is well.

Adobo Version 2

Here in the country, there isn’t much restaurant in town.  So I have to do what I got to do to survive–cook.  And one of the easy dishes to cook is adobo.  With the help of Mama Sita’s ready mix, I made adobo almost instantly.

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The taste is alright but if you want to do the sauce from scratch, you need soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and pepper for this.  Saute the garlic until golden brown, add the chicken, stir fry them until cooked, add a bit of soy sauce and vinegar and a little pepper.  Adjust the taste if you want it salty, add more soy sauce and if you want it sour, add more vinegar.  You can also make it chili by adding some chili sauce. 🙂

This dish goes best with rice. 🙂

Koko Black

It is the place of my favorite hot chocolate.  It clearly beats Jollibee and Starbucks.  Every sip is heaven with its creaminess, it really feels like drinking a chocolate bar.  So good!

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But too bad, I am here in the bush and that means no Koko Black.  But should I wallow in self-pity?  No.  I am here for a greater reason–a very good reason.  I would always choose to go to this place if I were to live my life again.  But of course, there is no reincarnation only resurrection. 🙂  So I decided to make my own hot chocolate and here it is:

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According to one of the Koko Black staff, all I had to do was warm the milk and add chocolate shavings.  And that is what I did.  Only, I didn’t really shave the chocolate.  I just put it in cubes.  It still melted though so it’s all good. 🙂

Wow, now that I am here in the bush, I realized that I have so many things that I can do.  So many projects that I can accomplish.  By God’s power and grace, I will do the best I can with this life of mine. 🙂

*Koko Black can be found at 52 Collins St, Melbourne.  For more information, their website is here.

Module

I have been busy answering my module.  May God take care of everything. 🙂

I had a serious reflection last weekend and I realized that I was slowly backsliding.  Scary!  But it happens subtly.  We would not really realize it until we were at the bottom.  This song touched me while we were singing this at church.

I pray never to leave God’s arms 🙂

I am blessed to go on a spontaneous road trip to Armidale and we ate at Fat Goose Crossing (FGX) and I ate this:

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I had the dill salmon with lots o cheese!!!  My friend ordered vegetarian pizza.  The pasta was filling and nice enough.  I would like to have something like this in Tamworth aside from the usual steak place.  I love pasta! 🙂

Sun and Moon

This was my view on my way to the “mall” (it’s more of like a grocery) and back.

 

It’s a quiet place except for the mating birds and insects and dogs barking in the distance.  I said to myself, “This place is beautiful…” but then it would even be more beautiful if all of my loved ones are here.  But then if all my loved ones are here, living in one community, then this must be HEAVEN.  Because that’s what heaven is like–living in a community with GOD and all our loved ones.

Anyway, I went to the grocery store because the chicken I bought the other day was still frozen and I wanted to eat meat and so I decided to just buy new chicken.  Lazy @**! 🙂

On my way back to the unit, this was my view.

 

I could see our unit from here.  The moon was already up although it was a little short of 16 minutes from sunset.  It’s spring that’s why. The mountain was seen from anywhere in this place, reminding me of where I am.  This place is really beautiful–this part that is. 🙂