Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to make Yema or Custard Candy?

Yema is one of my fave candy that can be easily cooked.  This can be seen in any sari-sari stores here in the country.  Last night due to boredom and lack of activities, I decided to be productive by making Yema.  I was thinking of yema balls but it's too tiring to do, so i prefer yema only.  I'll just instruct here the recipe of plain yema.

Ingredients to be needed:
   1 can of condensed milk
   5 egg yolks (mix)
   2 tbsp. of unsalted butter
   5 tbsp. of cooked peanut (crushed) 

1.  Heat the pan in a low heat.
2.  Place the butter and let it melt.
3.  Pour the condensed milk.  Stir for 3 minutes.
4.  After three minutes, pour the egg yolks then stir... Stir it constantly.
5.  After the condensed milk and egg yolks are stirred very well.  Put the crushed peanuts on it. 
6.  Continuously stir the mixture until it already thickens.  Just remove it from the pan when you get the right     texture. 
7.  Scoop it in a bite size and wrap in any colorful cellophane. (Optional)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Turtles Family KTV (Havana Family KTV Rooms)

For a cheaper videoke hang-out with your friends.  Just visit any Havana Family KTV Rooms' outlets.  Me and my friends are an avid "suki" of their outlet located in Visayas Ave., Quezon City just near Yellow Cab.  Though the place is not that fancy looking, all people who go there are barkada and family.  Never had any bad experience there though the place needs more strict sanitation.  Foods serve are all from Baliwag because this KTV Rooms are owned by the Baliwag family.

UPDATE - February 29, 2012

Last week, I passed by the vicinity of Visayas Ave., and I saw that the former Havana Family KTV is now named Turtles Family KTV.  I don't know what's the reason behind and I don't know if it's still under Baliwag.  Maybe next time, i'll invite my friends to go here again and find out why.  :)

Gelatissimo in Trinoma


Gelatissimo is from Australia where they serve an authentic Italian gelato.  I've seen gelatos first on the shops/cafes in Boracay Isl. but I never tried to taste it.  Just last February, when I was in Trinoma Mall in Quezon City while walking along the Gelatissimo shop, I felt the urge to taste gelato for the first time.  Since we were four, we decided to try their Coppa Bambino.  As it was suggested by the crew of Gelatissimo serving us the free taste.  It is consisted of 32 mini-scoops of any choice of gelato.  And, for the price of 680pesos.  We agreed to the crew suggested it to us.  Actually, they let us taste for free almost all the gelatos there.  I even kept the small spoon because it's colorful and we almost have 50 of it already, just for the free taste of each gelato.  The crew of Gelatissimo Trinoma are all accommodating and pleasant.

                                                          (click & zoom for larger view)

Gelato (Italian pronunciation: [dʒeˈlaːto]; plural: gelati) is an ancient Italian frozen dessert, a far more recent variant of which is ice cream. As such, gelato is made with some of the same ingredients as most other frozen dairy desserts. Milk, cream, various sugars, flavoring including fruit and nut purees are the main ingredients.
Gelato is different from some ice cream because it has a lower butterfat content. Gelato typically contains 4-8% butterfat, versus 14% for ice cream in the United States. Gelato has a higher sugar content than ice cream. Dairy based gelato contains 16-24% sugar and water and fruit based sorbet contains 24-30% sugar. Most ice cream in the United States contains 12-16% sugar. The sugar content in gelato is precisely balanced with the water content to act as an anti-freeze to prevent the gelato from freezing solid. Types of sugar used include sucrose, dextrose, and invert sugar to control apparent sweetness. Typically, gelato and Italian sorbet contain a stabilizing base. Egg yolks are used in yellow custard-based gelato flavors, including zabaione and creme caramel. Non-fat milk solids are also added to gelato.
In Italy, the mixture for gelato is typically prepared using a hot process, which includes pasteurization. White base is heated to 85 °C (185 °F). Heating the mix to 90 °C (194 °F) is essential for chocolate gelato, which is traditionally flavored with cocoa powder. Yellow custard base, which contains egg yolks, is heated to 65 °C (149 °F). The gelato mix must age for several hours after pasteurization is complete for the milk proteins to hydrate, or bind, with water in the mix. This hydration reduces the size of the ice crystals, making a smoother texture in the final product. A non-traditional cold mix process is popular among some gelato makers in the United States. (Wikipedia)

This is how they make our Coppa Bambino

Unlike most commercial ice creams in the United States, which are frozen with a continuous assembly line freezer, gelato is frozen very quickly in individual small batches in a batch freezer. Churning during the freezing process incorporates air into the mix. The added air is called overage. Unlike most commercial ice cream, which contains up to 50% overage, the overage in gelato is low, generally 20-35%. Lower overage results in a denser product with more intense flavors.
U.S. ice cream, with a higher fat content, can be stored in a freezer for months. High-quality artisan gelato holds its peak flavor and smooth texture only for several days. That is only when it is stored carefully at consistent, low temperatures. (Wikipedia)

Gelatissimo, Trinoma Mall

4/F Trinoma Mall, EDSA cor. North Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 915-9997



This is what left from our indulgence of 32 mini-scoops of almost different gelatos.  As for me, it is not advisable to order this huge Coppa Bambino if you're a slow eater and only 1-2 persons gonna eat that.  Because, even us four, we can't consume it all.  We even tried our best to finish it but we really can't.  Since, all the flavors are all mixed up and the taste is unusual.   Our mixed gelatos tasted very sour already.  I think what we got it wrong is that we added soured taste gelatos.  Well, next time, I guess, I will order all sweet variants of it.  This is gonna be surely suited for a fast eater person.  Someone that can consume before it melts down or be sure all the flavors you choose will compliment each other taste when combined.  Or else, you'll gonna end up like what happened to ours. :)

So far, I highly recommend gelato in Gelatissimo.  I am gonna assure you that you'll gonna love their different variants of gelato.  Their gelatos are wayyyy flavorful and creamy.  I also love their place in Trinoma, very comfy and great interior.  Best to hang out there with your friends.  My ultimate fave is the "American Chocolate".  For the first timer, try it by their free taste.  And, choose your fave flavor.  Have fun discovering your fave gelato. :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Keratosis Pilaris 101

I am suffering with this and had it (as I can remember) since I was 9 yrs. old.  At first there were just little on my upper outer arms... then they got worst as time passes by.  There was a time that it got cured when I went to this dematologist but I stopped the treatment when I go to other places because she was the one who was making the medicines for it.  I even lost the prescriptions she gave me so, I already forget her name.  I even went to the clinic where she works but nobody can give exact idea where that dermatologist is.  So, for having it for a very long time.  I have my own way of tips for taking care of it, as it will be there forever.

How to remedy rough skin

You'll need these following items: 
1. Buff Puff for body scrub or any exfoliating body scrubs
2. DOVE soap (original)
3. Any milk salt scrub (i'm using A'bonne)
4. Lotion - use products with 24hrs. stay moisture, oats-to minimize itchiness and redness, milk-for moisture
               (i'm using BENCH OatMilk Body Lotion and Vaseline total moisture)
               - Try Avon Moisture Therapy (not available right now here in our country)

When bathing, use the DOVE soap then scrub the areas where there's KP.  Scrub it in circular motion.  Don't overdue it because it might lead to irritation.  Just be sure it clears up.  Then, rinse.  Apply ample amount of milk salt and scrub it to your affected areas.  Leave it for 3minutes and rinse afterward.  Lastly, apply the lotion and just be sure you have lotion wherever you go.  Apply lotion when needed. :)

- Eat healthy diet.
- Have a sunbath/sauna once a week.

- shave your legs/arms with KP.
- prick

Monday, May 9, 2011

Almost Lover - A Fine Frenzy

I first fell in love with A Fine Frenzy band when I heard this song... Since then, I'm hooked with their songs.  This is my no.1 fave from them.  Alison Sudol, the vocalist, really have great voice! Talented!

So you're gone and I'm haunted, and I bet you are just fine.
Did I make it that easy for you to walk right in and out of my life?
(fr. youtube)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

LIVE Stream of Pacquiao and Mosley fight!!!

Try the links for the live stream of Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley fight...


Let's support his campaign by wearing anything "yellow", a symbol of fight against poverty.  As Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao said that he will wear yellow gloves that will symbolize his fight against poverty.