Fruit kebabs with honey cream
9 May 2010, 9:05 am
Filed under: Fruit/Plant

I attended a 2-day Professional Development workshop with workmates last week and the Fruit Kebabs and Deviled Eggs recipes were just two of the recipes prepared as part of the team building activity.

2 punnets of strawberries (i used rock and honeydew melons)
1 medium watermelon
8 kiwi fruits
4 bananas
Bunch of red or green grapes
(added pineapple)

½ cup sour cream
½ cup thickened cream
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

• Peel fruit and cut into bite-sized pieces
• Thread fruit onto bamboo skewers
• Combine sour cream, honey and mint
• Serve with fruit for dipping
• Makes approximately 30 kebabs


Salad Mix
12 March 2010, 10:59 pm
Filed under: Fruit/Plant, Salad, Vegies

Leftover cucumber, dodoni cheese, roma tomatoes, and blackberries.

Lomo’ing at the Market
12 March 2010, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Fruit/Plant, General

Like a little boy with a new toy, Hubby was aiming an iPhone indiscriminately all over the place last Sunday at the RC Sunday Market. I am used to him holding the shopping bags by my side (thank you Mama Diding, you have trained him well) as I made my usual stop from one stall to the other.  He was by my side the next minute then all of the sudden he was amongst the slow moving crowd along the busy corridor.  On several occasions, I made several stops and waited for him until he reappeared.  He acted like our youngest daughter who strays away and roams on her own at the shopping mall, unconsciously going by the golden rule numbers 5, 6, and 10 all the time.

Unwary stall owners continued to trade business while he acted like a Health Inspector observing proper food handling hygiene and suspiciously snapping photos as he went along the corridor.

Then he proudly showed me the ‘artwork’ he did while we were at the Sunday market.  He was practising Lomography and showed me the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography.  Eight out of ten Golden Lomography rules are familiar and of interest – father and daughter doing their normal day to day affair.

Ten Golden Rules of Lomography:

1. Take your LOMO with you wherever you go
2. Use it all the time, at any time – day or night
3. Lomography does not interfere with your life, it’s a part of it
4. Get as close as possible to the objects of your lomographic desire
5. Don’t think (William Firebrace)
6. Be fast
7. You don’t have to know what’s going to be captured on your film
8. You don’t have to know what’s on the film afterwards either
9. Shoot from the hip
10. Don’t worry about rules

Hubby was in Melbourne and showed me a photo of another method of cooking his favourite.

Eggplant Fries

Baby eggplants – cut into even strips
Dip in seasoned flour (flour, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and black pepper)
Fry in batches for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels and add salt immediately while still hot.
Tzatziki dip or  vinegar dipping sauce  (optional)

Filipino Ice Candy (Frozen Fruit Smoothie)
1 October 2009, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Family, Fruit/Plant

Nowadays, my 6-year old daughter is interested in anything Filipino. She asked why she wasn’t born in ‘Sabu’ (Cebu).

She now takes pleasure in sinigang soup and rice. She eagerly volunteered to assist me with my ice candy experiment — another familiarisation activity with anything Filipino. To a child, ice + candy = candy and ice? She was confused when she saw the ingredients on the table but was excited to see another consistent Filipino dessert necessity: condensed milk. She got the picture when I explained that the ice candy is a frozen fruit smoothie — fruits, fresh milk, condensed milk, honey.

The wet season build up is obviously here which means the air is hot and steamy and the ice candy is the perfect remedy now that the humidity level is starting to rise. Well it may not be obvious but the hot weather is just another justification for me to go back to my childhood during summer days.

Ice candy flavours; calamansi, mango, munggo (boiled mung beans), and nangka (jack fruit)


Fruit and Cheese Salad
14 March 2009, 12:53 pm
Filed under: Food, Fruit/Plant, General

What to do with leftover fruits? When cleaning out the refrigerator, one would generally come across pieces of fruits and lots of other ingredients that are still edible.  The odd pieces of nectarine, peach, apricot, grapes, half a small tub of kalamata olives, cucumber, and the mango – apricot fruit cheese I found in my fridge did not go unused.

Leftover or not I mixed all ingredients and made a bowl of yummy dessert.


Coconut Cardamom Burfi
21 February 2009, 8:50 am
Filed under: Cooking, Food, Fruit/Plant

Food Safari featured Indian Cuisine last month. I bought fresh grated coconut from one of the Sunday Market’s fruit and veggie stalls. This is my version of the Indian Fruit Dessert.

2 cups desiccated coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Cardamon pods, crushed into a powder
Pistachio nuts, roughly crushed

Mix 1 ½ cups of the coconut and all ingredients in a bowl. Stir over low heat pan until the mixture starts to dry. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes until cool to handle.

Place ½ cup coconut on a plate. Roll the mixture into balls and then roll in coconut to coat

Note:  Stick to the desiccated coconut.



Daughter #2 helped with the rolling

Dragon Fruit
3 January 2009, 5:13 pm
Filed under: Fruit/Plant, General

My older sister started collecting cacti and succulent plants in the mid 70’s.  She got married and migrated to Australia in 1978 and I took over her collection.  I probably won’t be able to break off the charm of these plants.  As I mellowed, the need to acquire more for the collection comes simply out of habit and not out of necessity.

The dragon fruit belongs to the cactus family.  The cutting I got from a friend in Cebu, prior to migrating, died as I planted it straightaway.  What attracted me most was the flower but I was not aware that the fruit was eatable.

This is project number 37 in my ‘To do List’: 37.  To visit the garden centre to buy red dragon and yellow dragon plants to become skilled at growing dragon fruit commercially for retirement income – back home.



Photo by Heart Garden Nursery (heartgarden.com.au)

Photo by Heart Garden Nursery (heartgarden.com.au)