Friday, 25 June 2010

Party Punch: Orange, Pineapple, and Gilbey's Dry Gin

During my younger years, I’m used to drinking alcohol.  THAT IS occasionally only.  Every Friday night or maybe every pay day, which makes that at least 2 to 4 times a month.  I don’t drink until I’m wasted.  I just do that when my anxiety rules over me :-)

Those days are gone and I’m happy now.  I just drink alcohol on occasions, THAT IS once or twice a year ;-) I’m proud of the improvement.

Here’s one recipe I once make but didn’t drink because I prefer pure alcohol rather than mixing it with anything sweet.


Gilbey’s Dry gin – 500 to 1 L
Orange juice, chilled – I L
Pineapple juice,  chilled – 1 L
Sprite, chilled – 500 ml
Orange slices – as desired
Ice cubes

You can add lesser or more gin depending on your alcohol preference


Mix all the first 4 ingredients in a punch bowl.  Add the orange slices and let it float.  Place ice cubes, as desired, in each glasses.  Pour the punch and top with a slice of orange.

- foodformylove(24June2010)

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Ginisang Sardinas with Vinegar

Sardinas , canned sardines in the English.  For most Filipinos, any fish with tomato sauce and is canned is called sardinas.  It is a staple dish for those families who are lesser fortunate.

When I was young, I know that my parents are short of our budget for the month, when we start having sardinas on the table for lunch or supper, and most of the time, for the whole day.

My parents including me and my siblings have developed our own recipes for sardinas.  This is one of our favorite – our papas specialty.


Sardinas in tomato sauce (brands like 555, ligo, mackerel, etc.) – 1 can

Onion, sliced – 1 medium bulb

Garlic, crushed – 3 cloves

Vinegar – 1 to 2 tbsp

Sugar – to taste

Salt – less than ½ tsp

Freshly Ground black pepper.

Oil – 1 tbsp

Cooking Procedure:

1. Sauté garlic and onion in oil.

2.  Add the sardinas and the rest of the ingredients.  Stir.

3.  Let it simmer for a few minutes.

Serve with hot steaming rice and banana.  Love it.

- foodformylove(19June2010)

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Folliculitis What?

Few months ago, I went to a GP doctor for some medical consultation about some rashes and bumps that is visible on my face and chest.  The doctor gave me an oral antibiotics for acne and a cream (cutivate) for me to apply on the rashes and bumps.  After a month or two, it got worst!

I complained to my husband about it (once again), who had been advising me to go see a specialist (a LICENSED dermatologist) for proper diagnostic, and again he obliged me to consult a dermatologist which I later on heed his advise.

I went to Raffles Skin Center, it may be expensive, but it’s worth the price.  Dr Tan Kian Teo attended to me. Of course I brought every single medicine that the GP doctors prescribed me.  Then without any lab test he diagnosed me of having folliculitis.

folliculitis on my chest

What is Folliculitis? According to and and http:// , Folliculitis is a common skin condition that appears as numerous small red or pink little bumps at hair follicles. It can affect any part of the skin, including the neck, face, chest, back, arms, legs, buttocks, and cheeks. Often, 10-100 very small, slightly smooth bumps are scattered in a body area like the back. Some of the bumps may be slightly red or have an accompanying light-red halo indicating inflammation. Sometimes, scratching off the top reveals a small trapped or coiled hair within. Acne whiteheads, called milia, may also be in the same areas as folliculitis. Although folliculitis is primarily a skin condition of teenagers and younger adults, it is also seen in all ages.”

What had gotten me is called Malassezia folliculitis. These are tiny  dome-shaped pink-red bumps that look like pimples only that it is itchy and that grows in clusters on my chest and back.  Malassezia folliculitis as defined by the (previously called ‘pityrosporum folliculitis’) is due to proliferation of a yeast, called malassezia, within the hair follicles. It presents as an itchy, acne-like eruption and most often affects the trunk.

How did I get it? According to Dr. Teo, the folliculitis I have is caused by the oral antibiotics that I had been taking (which was prescribed to me by a GP doctor) for my acne.  The antibiotics had suppressed skin bacteria allowing yeasts to proliferate, and so goes the folliculitis.    

Based on my research, Malassezia folliculitis may also be caused by contraceptive pills and oral steroids.  It can also be caused by conditions such as :

  • Oily skin (provoked by hormonal influences)
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress or fatigue
  • Systemic illness, including:  Diabetes mellitus & Immune deficiency

 Is it contagious?  Yes it is contagious so I was advised not to share my towels and shirts to anybody.  But once treated, it wont be of course.

What is the treatment?  Dr. Teo first of all advised me to stop taking the antibiotics for my acne and the creams for eczema and steroids that was prescribed to me.  He then prescribed some Topical and oral treatments as follows:

1) Antidandruff shampoo- ketoconazole as a cleanser- selsun shampoo.  I applied it like a cream on the affected areas, leave it there for 10 minutes then I rinsed it well.  I did this for 10 days.  Afterwhich, I have reduce similar application method once a week until it totally cleared out.  

2) Topical antifungal cream – Miconazole cream (miconazole nitrate 2% w/w) which i applied on the areas affected twice a day until the pimple-like postules are gone and I have to continue applying it for 10 days after the lesions are healed

3) I was also given an oral antifungal pill – Sporanox 100 mg capsule (Itraconazole) which I took with food for 7 days at a twice a day dosage .

After 3 to 4 days of treatment I could see some improvement. And by the 10th day, the itchy red bumps are almost gone, except of course for the brown marks they left.

My further research led me to this more holistic treatment for folliculitis which include soaking the affected area in a tub of diluted white vinegar (1 part vinegar to 4 parts of water) or soaking in a bathtub with very diluted Clorox bleach (¼ cup of Clorox bleach in a bathtub full of water).

But for best treatment always consult a SPECIALIST !!! (I need to listen to my husband when it comes to medical thingy)  Oh I have to be back for a follow-up consultation on the 19th.

- Sharosem (16June2010)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

General Motors: Weight Loss Diet Program


In my desire to lose weight fast, I usually am on a crash diet I call fasting as I usually starve myself. Then I go on binge eating when I can no longer suppress my appetite. That is always the cycle of my eating habit and it is truly very unhealthy.

My Pinoy colleague (Ana Bartolome), recommended the GM diet for me to try  well that was 2 months ago. I did try but I always cheated. Then if I decide to start all over again, I always get to have 10 reasons to keep on postponing it :-(  But now, I have decided to follow this diet regimen, my own version though.  No ones going to benefit anyway but me.  Let see…. Hhhhmmm I will start next week, June 14, 2010, promise :-)

What is the The GM Diet anyway? The GM diet is a  health and weight loss diet program designed and developed by the management of General Motors to help their employees, and their employees’ families, achieve wellness and fitness.   The program was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.  This only shows that this diet program is really effective. Well, for some, maybe.

The GM diet claim that an individual will get to (as I quote)“lose 10-17 lbs per week” and that “It will also improve attitudes and emotions because of its cleansing systematic effects.” Anyway you can search from the web for more details on this.

The diet includes eating lots and lots of fruits and lots and lots of veggies, and consumption of at least 10 glasses of water a day and no alcohol, I think only for the first 7days.  The thing is white wine and beer is allowed after the first 7 days.

This diet program claims that a person will lose 10-17 lbs.  after the seven days of religiously following the diet program.  and for further and greater weight loss, one has just to repeat the program again and again and again. 

So here's the GM Diet  for those who want to try it.  I copied and pasted this verbatim and I forgot where i got it already.  You can google GM diet for more information

Try it! It might work for you.  Just make sure to incorporate exercise with every diet program you do :-) Ciao.

- Sharosem(13June2010)



1st day:    All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. Highly recommended – consume lots of melons (limiting fruit consumption to melons, chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good)

2nd day :   All vegetables (raw or cooked vegetables of your choice) Start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast (for a complex carbohydrate source).

3rd Day  :  A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

4th Day  : Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

5th Day Five : Today is feast day. Beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

6th Day  :  Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.

7th Day :  Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.


G.M.'S Wonder Soup

The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to consume large quantities of this soup.

28 oz, Water, 6 Large Onions, 2 Green Peppers, Whole Tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 Head Cabbage, 1 Bunch Celery, 4 Envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Herbs and Flavouring as desired.

Additional Comments

Vegetables as may be taken in the form of a salad if desired. No dressing except malt, white or wine vinegar, squeezed lemon, garlic, herbs. No more than one tea spoon of oil.

 You have been given a recipe for the WONDER SOUP which can be eaten in unlimited quantities. This soup is a supplement while you are on the program and it should be a pleasure to eat. Not everyone likes cabbage, green peppers, calory etc. This recipe is not inflexible. You may substitute vegetables according to your taste. You may add any vegetables you like: asparagus, peas, corn, turnips, green beans, cauliflower, etc. Try to stay away from beans ( lima , pinto, kidney, etc.), however, because they tend to be high in calories even though they are very good for you.

Beverages you may consume while on the program :

  1. Water (flavoured with lemon/lime if desired).

  2. Club Soda is OK.

  3. Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.

  4. Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.

  5. Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.

How and Why It Works

Day One you are preparing your system for the upcoming programme. Your only source of nutrition is fresh or canned fruits. Fruits are nature's perfect food. They provide everything you could possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety.

Day Two starts with a fix of complex carbo-hydrates coupled with an oil dose. This is taken in the morning for energy and balance. The rest of day two consists of vegetables which are virtually calorie free and provide essential nutrients and fibre.

Day Three eliminates the potato because you get your carbohydrates from the fruits. You system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds. You will still have cravings which should start to diminish by day four.

Day Four, bananas, milk and soup sound the strangest and least desirable. You're in for a surprise. You probably will not eat all the bananas allowed. But they are there for the potassium you have lost and the sodium you may have missed the past three days. You will notice a definite loss of desire for sweets. You will be surprised how easy this day will go.

Day Five, Beef and tomatoes. The beef is for iron and proteins, the tomatoes are for digestion and fibre. Lots and lots of water purifies your system. You should notice colourless urine today. Your allowance calls for the equivalent of five "quarter ponders". Do not feel you have to eat all this beef. You must eat the six tomatoes.

Day Six is similar to day five, Iron and proteins from beef, Vitamins and fibre from vegetables. By now your system is in a total weight loss inclination. There should be a noticeable difference in the way you look today, compared to day one.

Day Seven finished off the program like a good cigar used to finish off Victorian meals, except much healthier. You have your system under control and it should thank you for the flushing and cleaning you just gave it.



Friday, 11 June 2010

Pocherong Baboy

Pochero is one of the Filipino dishes I have been meaning to cook for a long time but I wasn only able to cook it when my husband had his vacation here in Singapore last April.  It is a tasty tomato-based stew.  The pork is simmered in tomato sauce.  The sweetness of the dish owes it to the saging na saba as well as the sweet potatoes. 

It is a complete dish in itself as it comes with a green leafy vegetable, in this case, it is cabbage but you can serve it with steamed rice as well.

Just  to give you a glimpse on how my husband and I fet every meal whenever he is in Singapore to visit me.


Ingredients :

Pork Belly, cut into serving pieces - 500 g
Garlic, chopped - 5 cloves
Onions, diced - 1 medium
Saging na saba (Ripe plantain banana) - 5 pcs
Cabbage - half of a head
Sweet Potatoes - 1 medium
Fish Sauce - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Black Peppercorns
Tomato sauce - 1/4 c
Water enough to cover the pork
Vegetable oil

Cooking procedure:

1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and saute the garlic then the onion

2. Toss in the pork and stir cook until it almost turned brown.
3.  Pour the water on it, along with the fish sauce, black peppercorns, and tomato sauce. Cover and bring to a boil underpressure.  Pressure cook meat for at least 15 minutes timing it from the moment the cooker whistles.
4. Remove pressure from the cookere and toss in potatoes. Simmer until the potatoes are half-cooked
5.  Add the saging na saba  and simmer for another 3-5 minutes. Toss in the cabbage and simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. 
6. Season with salt to taste. 

Serve with steamed rice.

- foodformylove(19June2010)

Monday, 7 June 2010

Scrambled Egg with Onions

Here's another personal favorite for breakfast.  I just love egg and I love it even more when it comes with lots of onions.  Usually I eat this with sinangag and some other breakfast goodies but I also like to make it a filling for sandwiches.


Eggs – 3 medium

Onion, diced – 1 large

Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp

Salt & pepper to taste

Cooking Procedure:

1)      Beat the eggs and set aside

2)      Sauté the onion and the rest of the ingredients and let simmer till the onion wilts.

3)      Scoop out the onions and mix withe the eggs.  Pour the egg mixture on the pan and let it form into a circle.

4)      Serve with sinangag or make it a filling for egg w/ onion sandwich.  Just spread mayonnaise on the bread slices

Makes 2-3 servings.

Here’s the estimated Nutritional  values per serving based on ingredients used.

Calories :   102  kcal                  Total Fat:  7.6  g.

Cholesterol : 100  mg.                Saturated fat :  2.9 g.

Protein :   7 g                             Dietary fiber :  0.2  g.

Sodium :  107 mg.                      Carbohydrate :  1 g.

- Foodformylove(07June2010)

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Scrambled Egg w/ Tomatoes

This is a favorite breakfast dish often served by our mama every morning that comes along with either dried fish, fried fish, longanisa, or tocino.


Eggs – 3 medium

Ripe Tomatoes, diced – 1 large

Onion, diced – 1 large

Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp

Salt & pepper to taste

Sugar – ½ tsp

Cooking Procedure:

1)      Beat the eggs and set aside

2)      Sauté the onion until it wilts then add the tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients and let simmer till the tomatoes are cook

3)      Add the eggs, stir until cooked

4)      Serve with sinangag

Makes 3 servings.

Here’s the estimated Nutritional  values per serving based on ingredients used.

Calories :   109  kcal                  Total Fat:  7.7  g.

Cholesterol : 100  mg.                Saturated fat :  2.9 g.

Protein :   7.5 g                          Dietary fiber :  0.8  g.

Sodium :  109 mg.                      Carbohydrate :  2.6 g.

- Foodformylove(03June2010)