Color Me Drunk!

June 12, 2012– A national holiday. My friends and I hung out for a middle of the week R&R 🙂

Went craycray and colored our drinks …

Tanduay Ice + Blue

Tanduay Ice, a local alcopop here in the Philippines, together with a drop blue food color.

Vodka Cruiser + Red

Vodka Cruiser together with a drop of red food color.

Red Horse beer + Green

Red Horse beer, another local brand of beer here, together with a drop of green food color.

 

It’s a fun way of jazzing ’em up! Try mixing your own too and see the wackiest results haha

KC: Single-Served Food-tography

Been working on a personal project, well I wouldn’t call it a project. But rather a personal hobby––COOKING!

For those of you who may not know––I love to cook!

And if I were to choose a profession aside from my being a graphic designer, I’d definitely be a CHEF!

I realized this love for food just a few years back, when I finally got to helping my mom out in the kitchen. Well, that and a mish-mash of my constant viewing of Nigella and Jamie Oliver on TLC. And ever since I’ve been working from home, I’ve had a lot of time to experiment in the kitchen.

Well, I figured I’m only cooking for an audience of one, and if it fails no one will know right? haha..

And besides I don’t want to have instant food for lunch during the weekdays when I’m left alone in the house…

Anyhoo, I’ve been whipping up a bunch of lovely lunches for myself for as long as I could remember. Some I’ve shared with my sisters and prepared for them as their baon (pack lunch) for work. Here are a couple of them.

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KC (Kooky Cookery): The Week I Decided to Make My Holiday Gift

I’ve been wanting to make Honeycomb Toffee  since I watched Nigella Lawson (Long live the Domestic Goddess!)  one time in her show Nigella Express. It looked pretty fun and easy to do..NOT! Well, I don’t know. Maybe for some people making this candy dessert’s a breeze. But for me! Oh golly it’s not! I’ve gone through 4 attempts.. 3 of which are ghastly epic failures!

Attempt #1 : Christmas Eve  Ang yabang! I felt so confident I’ll make a perfect batch the first try. And have boxes of these goodies in time for tomorrow Christmas celebration.. The outcome was perfect. It bubbled up just as expected. I transferred it into my tin pans to set. Felt quite good about the lot!

Attempt #2: Christmas Eve (a few mins. after I made my first batch) —Feeling confident about my first batch, I decided on doubling the recipe and made the second batch, without even waiting for the first batch to set.

Result of #1 & #2= FAIL!  —I had a bad feeling about the batches as I was waiting for them to set. Around 3 hours have passed and the foam was still wet. The first batch was still soft and sticky in the middle while the second one was all foamy and soggy. Kadiri! 

Attempt #3: 5:oopm Today —Having watched all the youtube videos I could find about the Toffee, I braved for a third try. They say third try’s the charm–NOT! It got worse this time. I miscalculated the heat of the stove and the size of the pan that the mixture spilled all over.. The mixture was so burnt it was crazy unedible.. Elk!

Attempt #4: 8:30pm Today —With much curiosity if I could still pull it off, I made my fourth attempt! Tried reducing the recipe to a smaller serving, so I wouldn’t waste too many precious ingredients! Grabe the suspense! But I finally made it! The outcome didn’t look bad after all! Tasted fine too! Though I think I really need that cookie sheet so the candy won’t stick. Hehehe

The week I decided to make my holiday gift

After all the hard work and failed attempts, and after tasting the end result, I decided against making this as my holiday gift!

All this work for nothing no?

Why you may ask?

I found the candy too sweet and the taste was all that–pure sweetness. Nothing more.

With that, I’m eyeing on a new holiday giveaway….

Yes This IT! My Holiday Giveaway to be! English Toffee!

Will have to pay close attention to the recipe and video this time! Fingers-crossed I’ll have a lovely batch to giveaway this New Year’s! Watch out for it Lovies! 😀