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There is Blessing in Suffering

I seldom get sick, and if I do, it is the usual fever or flu. I eat healthy and exercise. However, on July 20, 3 days after homeschooling and 5 days before my birthday, an unexpected happened. I felt a sudden contraction on my stomach and numbness on my back and extremities. I rested for a while and thankfully, this weird feeling gradually weaken. However, it keeps on coming back especially when I make  big movements.  I don't know what got into me and which doctor to go to. So I ended up going to a Chinese doctor.  He said that I have acid reflux and gave me chinese herbs. There was a big improvement after taking the first batch  but on the third batch, my whole body became numb. I was rushed to the ER. The doctor gave me medicines to calm my nerve and told me to take vitamin B. To verify what I am really sick of,  I decided to go to a regular doctor. He said it was indeed acid reflux. I  informed him about my other symptoms. He explained to me that they are general and nonspecif…

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chunk Bar

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Ever since I have digestive problems, I am on a look out for food that are easier for my digestive system. Although this bar has caffeine from the chocolates, that can add strain on my digestion as well as my nervous system, I still eat them anyway. I just leave the chocolates for my family. Oh...ok, you got me!  I still eat the chocolates....very little. I've given up on coffee for 4 months already so a little chocolate won't do any harm except a little discomfort on my tummy.

This snack is amazingly delicious and easy to make. With the use of coconut flour, this snack is good for gluten-free eaters, those with digestive problems, anyone with nut allergy and diabetes. That is because coconut flour is high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and is free from wheat and other grains. It is also low in sugar, digestible carbohydrates and calories, and has a low score on glycemic index. (source from Dr. Axe)

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chunk Bar

1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup hon…

Soap Making ...... A Break from Cooking

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My interest in soap making started way way back in 2008. I went to attend a workshop  in Quezon City but because of busy sked, and my child is still very young, I was not able to practice it at home. Fast forward to 2017, my sister got interested in soap making. Someone gifted her with a natural handmade soap, use it on her dog who has rashes and saw positive results.


And so, it happened, that our wavelength met at one point. Both of us attended a soap making workshop in Makati. We were asked to wear long sleeves, long pants and close shoes to protect ourselves from the dangerous chemical called lye. Mask and gloves are provided. The soap we made plus the mold, cutter and goggles were take home.

It is  overwhelming at first, seeing the instruments and ingredients lined up on the table ( like I was in a chemistry lab class). Looking at the notes, lye calculator and the word "trace" are not familiar to me. All pieces fit together, however, when we started to do the first step…

Potato Spinach Patties with Hummus

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What is the appropriate title for this post? Is it Potato Spinach Patties with Hummus, Potato Spinach Patties and Hummus, Hummus and Potato Spinach Patties or Hummus with Potato Spinach Patties? Originally, this post is only about Hummus, its uses and health benefits. But then, I saw a recipe that seems to match with the flavor of Hummus. I tried it and they are perfect. Even though Hummus is not the star in this post, its taste raises the pulse.
Hummus is a classic chickpea dip or spread blended with wonderful flavors of tahini, lemon, garlic, olive oil and sea salt. Not only does it taste good, it also contains 6 nutritious ingredients. According to Dr. Axe, there are 8 health benefits of Hummus: Good source of plant-based protein; fights illness and disease; decrease inflammation; helps digestion and intestinal health; high in vitamins and minerals; bone health; heart health and boost energy. For a more detailed info, click here.
Hummus is versatile. Its possibilities are endless …

Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

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It has been a while since I cook a dish that requires a lot of time. Sidetracked by my addiction with soap making, I intentionally cook very simple dish to give way to my new found hobby. (more on this in the future). Since I have no more space to cure my soaps, I thought that this is the right time to make this delicious chocolate chips. The tahini was sitting in the ref for a long time now, I was afraid it is spoiled already. Thankfully, it did not.

Tahini got my curiosity. I love sesame seeds and I wonder how it would taste like with the usual cookie ingredients. The only dessert that I have tasted with sesame seed is the Chinese dessert called Sesame Seeds Ball.

This recipe was posted on David Lebovitz website. I followed the recipe without changing or substituting an ingredient. I like it best if they are kept in the fridge before having a bite. It melts in your mouth. It is highly addictive.

Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies
(makes 25 cookies for small rounds - 3.5 cm)

Tahini:

Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Pancake

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A healthy breakfast provides our body and brain with energy and nutrients after an overnight fast. It improves memory and concentration level and it can also makes us happier as it can improve mood and lower our stress level.

For most of us, morning is the time when we are busy. This situation makes it an easy excuse to place breakfast as our least priority. There was a time that I gave my child cereal every morning. I bought a cereal for emergency purposes but it became a reason for me not to prepare nutritious breakfast. Although I am aware of its low (or no) nutritional value,  I still serve it. My wish to have a relax morning outweighs the importance of serving healthy food.  When I realize that the cereal is not serving its true purpose anymore, I remove it from my supermarket list. I now serve our family french toast or egg but most of the time, I serve bread with homemade peanut butter.

Whenever I have more time (especially during school break), one of the recipe I cook is Cin…

Puffed Rice and Cashew Bites

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This recipe was inspired by the rice pops I bought at a supermarket. It is a healthy snack that contains dried fruits, nuts and rice puff.  It was also the time that I was looking for a recipe other than the rice cereal I posted last October.
The tricky part here is cooking the coco sugar. It has to be done at a right temperature and right time. The perfect coco sugar syrup for this recipe is when mixed with rice puff, it can hold them together when you cut it after cooling. This can be done by using the method called "cold water test". The idea is to drop 1/2 teaspoon of syrup into a cold water ( not ice water). Carefully pick up the sugar formed then pressed it between your fingers to know if it holds its shape. This is trial and error. It took me three tries before getting it right.  If you have a candy thermometer, it should reach (130 C/ 250 F) after simmering on medium heat.


3 cups puffed rice
100 grams raw cashew nuts (roughly chop)
dried fruits ( raisins, cherry or …