Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Foodie stuff...

So after moving and getting rid of a lot of my crap, and at the tail end of finishing my pharmacy application (I'll be hand delivering it tomorrow), I finally have time to write and blog. I have lots to write about but don't want to overwhelm people--like how much I love my new place; how I got to see Howard a week and a half ago; how I'm really loving blogging for and meeting the folks from 8Asians; but that's for another post.

I won't blog about politics (since frankly, I'm really sick of it--and I've already voted. In case you're wondering, I'm not going to reveal who or what I'm voting for anyway). I'm not going to blog about the pharmacy application, even though I think that it's definitely a lot better this year since it's not as whiny and not milking for sympathy as it was last year.

So I'll blog about something else: food. Howard was able to get me some 95% grain alcohol which is now being infused with crazy amounts of calamansi peels in an attempt to make limoncello a la calamansi. It's technically illegal here in Cali, so I'm extremely grateful that I was able to get it (another reason why I love that man so). I'll be making a calamansi sugar syrup in about a week when the alcohol's finished getting every last drop of goodness from the peels, then stirring that syrup in with the vodka.

I still have about a pound of calamansi left, so I'm giving some to friends and coworkers, and going to make some good old comfort food with the rest. I stumbled onto Burnt Lumpia, an amazing blog about Filipino food by a Filipino American guy down in SoCal since he's posted about making calamansi infused vodka (which I've already done). I'm now planning on making some bistek tomorrow night for dinner; and doing a Filipino twist on Marcella Hazan's famous roast chicken recipe by using calamansi and lemons instead of just lemons on Saturday.

I also found an intriguing recipe for bacon and kale adobo that I must simply try, and I'm so tempted to spring this longanisa and pan de sal stuffing for Thanksgiving (thanks to Burnt Lumpia).

Oh, and did I mention I've lost close to 25 pounds in the past 4 months, just by eating less and exercising more? Funny how actually listening to my body by slowing down and listening to its cues as to when my tummy's full, and walking about 4 miles a day actually does to someone! I can actually keep snacks in the house now since I'm realizing that I only need to eat two Mother's Taffy cookies to satisfy my craving a night instead of 15; or five crackers instead of half a box.

Good thing when I cook I actually don't feel like eating all that much...