When to Order Meal Packs

If people had their way, many would opt for home-cooked food. When this becomes impossible, meal packs can come to the rescue. Convenience is the main factor especially when there is time constraint and there is lack of hands that can help in the kitchen.

So go ahead and order your preferred meal packs under the following cirumstances:

1. When you're pressed for time and you'll know family members will have to suffer eating way past meal time - It happens. You're working or something came up that prevented you from cooking. Unless someone else can do the cooking, then ordering meal packs will be a life saver. 

2.  When you get unexpected guests and there is no way you can whip up a meal in time, then meal packs can be an option - Cooking with your guests, especially if they are close friends or relatives can be another option, if you feel comforable enough to do it with them. It might even be a nice bonding opportunity.

3. When you have an activity involving a large number of people - Such activities are stressful by themselves so you don't need to add the pressure of food preparation. Let the professionals do it and put your attention to other important responsibilities.

Actually, ordering meal packs is fine for any other reason. You want to rest, order one. You want to sample a new offering, order one. You simply want to, order one. Just always practice safety procedures in ordering. It's like eating out in the comfort of your home.

Why Turon Remains a Popular Filipino Snack

Turon is a popular Filipino snack consisting of thinly sliced bananas rolled in lumpia wrapper, dusted with sugar then fried. From its original presentation usually sold as street food to unique presentations in coffee shops and more sophisticated variations served in high-end restaurants, this simple food continues to appeal to the Filipino palate.

According to historical accounts, turon was first introduced in Philippine communities near banana trees and crop fields. Apparently, these are surplus from the harvest. This delicious banana treat turned up at roadsides in makeshift stores.

Its main appeal lies in its very simplicity. The number of ingredients needed is quite few but more can certainly be added depending on personal preference. There are no special tools needed to cook it. With a frying pan and syanse (kitchen turner), crispy turons are easily produced.

It is fun to reinvent. The number of ingredients needed is quite few but more can certainly be added depending on personal preference. Bananas can also be replaced by other fillings and you still get the same satisfaction, unless you are especially fond of bananas.

Turon is here to stay. Even the retail giant SM found profitable business in selling it. Who would have imagined that a snack that can still be bought relatively cheap can result to such profit. This is probably the result of catering to the common Filipinos' certified comfort food. 

Safe Eating Practices During Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic has forced us to reconsider our usual eating practices, not to mention all our other daily routines. Suddenly, safety in everything we do occupied the highest importance. We can still continue to enjoy eating without exposing ourselves to risk by following sensible guidelines.

Do home cooking as often as possible

Home cooking allows us to take better control of the quality of the food we eat. It also makes it possible to make sure that all safety measures as to cleanliness are carried out. There is also adherance to restrictions for an existing medical condition.

Go for the freshest and healthiest ingredients

There is a reason why doctors are telling us to go for fresh and healthy food especially with the persisting pandemic. The human body needs all the help it can get to build resistance.  Healthy food and exercise are still the best medicines around.

Choose Food Providers

If you must order, choose reliable food delivery service. We can never be too careful at times like these. With so many options found online, it may be a bit difficult to choose. Take note of those who have lived up to their promise in terms of quality and delivery. There are even those who can provide the feel and taste of home cooked food. 

Disadvantages of Having Pineapples on Pizza to the Consumers and its Producers

My eldest son Reuben Pio was previously the editor-in-chief of their school's  publication, Echoes. Many articles were sent to him for editing, and from there, he and his board members would select which would be published in the school's newspaper.

While he was away in college, I was cleaning up his room one day and found a hand-written article about pizzas and pineapples, written on a piece of paper. I have no idea if this particular article was printed in the newspaper or not, but while I was reading it, I enjoyed it. I was smiling a little, wondering why would a young mind would think about such a topic. I thought it might be worth sharing, so here it is, no alterations, no edits whatsoever. 

People in this generation aren't fond of eating Hawaiian-style pizza because of certain disadvantages it brought.

Pros and Cons

- One reason why people aren't completely fond of eating Hawaiian-style pizza, is because of the fruit itself that's added as toppings.  Pineapples have a certain 
amount of a calories which may lead to poor health status of its consumers.

- Another reason is that "pizza" goes under the field of Italian dishes, while pineapples, on the other hand, is under Hawaiian.  Therefore, it is possible that Italians may be offended because of the alteration of their original dish.  

- Another reason of why people aren't very fond of it is because of the content itself.  The pizza itself costs highly since its one of the famous modern food that is served in this generation and if chefs decides to add pineapples inits ingredients/recipe, it'll only add up to its price.  

Not only these, but Hawaiian pizzas have, of course, some advantages as well.

- One of these were its food content as well.  Pineapples, as people all may or may not know, have certain food content  that's beneficial to peoples sickness like high blood pressure for example.

- Another advantage that can be stated is that it has certain vitamins that is needed by the human body in its everyday life, like Vitamin C.

- Lastly, people can add other ingredients and not only pineapples, that can result in a more satisfying taste.

One solution that can be used to tolerate some disadvantages of Hawaiian Pizzas,, is "minimalization".  "Minimalizing" means to " reduce to minimal", supporting the quote "Extensive usage of something is harmful". In relation to the topic, it means reducing the usage of pineapples and balancing its ingredients may result to a better health for people as well as their enjoyment.


Therefore, the writer concludes that pineapple-topped pizzas may be disadvantageous to people as well as to those who make business of it, but minimalization might be useful to help maintain the satisfaction of those who eat and sells it.    


Cooking Like a Pro - Solane’s Kitchen Hero

Chef Sau del Rosario, competition ambassador of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition

Learning how to cook is one of the most practical skills anyone can have. Cooking may be intimidating at first, especially if you are a beginner, but leading LPG solutions provider Solane believes that you can master it with consistent practice. 

Chef Sau del Rosario, ambassador of Solane’s Kitchen Hero — a nationwide cooking competition which aims to recognize a new generation of local talented chefs — shares his secrets to acing your cooking skills in no time. 

Read the recipe. Before you start cooking, be sure to read through the recipe. This will help you know which ingredients need to be chopped and prepped early on. Having everything prepared before cooking will speed up your cooking time and keep you from getting frazzled or confused. 

Add creativity to your dishes. Being creative not only makes your food look appetizing but also makes the dining experience more exciting. For Chef Sau, this means being able to modernize your dish so it’s more relatable and appealing especially to young diners. 

Good food comes from good ingredients. “If the fish that you used isn’t fresh, you won’t be able to come up with a great tasting finished product,” says Chef Sau. He believes that if you’re aiming for quality dishes, then you should never skimp on quality ingredients.  

Use Filipino ingredients. The essence of Filipino food is using local ingredients. “We are rich in local resources and you should take advantage of whatever your region has to offer,” shares Chef Sau.  

There should be a story behind your dish.  “Walang kwento, walang kwenta ang pagkain.” For Chef Sau, a dish becomes even more delicious if it’s made with love, and when there’s a story or meaning behind it. Food can also be a source of comfort because it can evoke nostalgia or provide sentimental value to someone. 

Learning how to cook might take a lot of trial and error. Be patient and don’t be afraid to experiment. Follow these tips and you are on the right track to becoming a skilled cook! 

To know more about Solane, visit their new website, www.solane.com.ph, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/solane.ph.

Asian Salads: The Book Review

People who are into salads specifically of the Asian variant would definitely treat this book a treasure to behold, Asian Salads by Maki Watanabe provides 72 inspired recipes from Vietnam, China, Korea, Thailand, and India. What makes these recipes so inviting to try is their simplicity in preparation. What with all those shortcut and substitute tips given in the instructions. It would be difficult to go wrong.

The book is comprised of 6 Chapters including:
  • Marinated and Pickled Salads
  • Light and Refreshing Salads
  • Seafood Salads
  • Salads with Meat and Chicken
  • Salads with Fritters, Spring Rolls and Other Fried Snacks
  • Stir-Fried Salads and Vegetables
But before you even get to the first chapter, you are given a fitting introduction by familiarizing you with common Asian seasonings and pantry items as well as basic Asian cooking terms. You will even get some suggestions for drinks you can enjoy with these salads.

Several Asian dressings are featured that you can use according to your preference depending on what flavor you would like to revel in for a particular dining experience. You can choose to complete the experience by using authentic kitchen and tableware pieces from around Asia. The choice is really all up to you and that is the best part. You get to eat healthy without sacrificing food aesthetics and flavor.

It is my view that Tuttle Publishing did right in publishing this book. It is something that will not overwhelm neophyte cooks nor bore seasoned ones. The author's passion for Asian salads shines through in every page and that is something every reader can start on.

You can buy it directly at the Tuttle website by clicking the link: https://www.tuttlepublishing.com/asia-general/asian-salads

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The Knott's Berry Farm Signature Collection Raspberry Shortbread

In 1920,  Walter and Cordelia  Knott  began selling fresh produce, berries, home-made jams  made with real puréed fruit, jellies and preserves that have chunks of luscious fruit in each spoonful, from a roadside berry stand in Buena Park, California.

Their family business earned a place in history in 1932 when Walter Knott cultivated a luscious new fruit; a cross between a raspberry, a loganberry and a blackberry - the boysenberry.  The farm that started it all became a family amusement park that delights millions.     

Today the Knott family is pleased to extend their tradition of quality, using  the tried and tested recipes and farm-fresh fruits that made the name "Knott's Berry Farm" famous to include premium  shortbread cookies.  Richly flavorful, these classic favorites are prepared using popular Knott's Berry Farm fruit fillings made with sun-ripened fruit, grown and harvested from the best places on earth. .  

Besides the Raspberry Shortbread, you should also try the Knott's Berry Farm Premium Bite-size cookies: Strawberry Shortbread.  

My wife's brother sent us these all-so great tasting cookies and boy everyone loved it.  The moment the packaged arrived, everyone stopped whatever we are doing and started munching these delicious cookies.