Sunday, July 29, 2007



My daughter and I have visited Cocorama a few months back. It's a cute dining cafe located at Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. I find the theme and the decors really creative. The walls are very bright. It has the 70s feel but with 80s color combination. I love the "flower power" mural. Part of the wall decorations are vinyl records I posted in one of my photo hunt entries. There's also a disco ball hanging from the ceiling.

They also have creative names for their menu list. There's Travolta, LSD, Scream and Jackson Five which I took a shot of below. I'm just wondering why there's one pancake which is not supposed to be there. Or is that supposed to be Michael Jackson? No offense to MJ fans out there. :)

A big red VW Kombi serves as a wall separating the kitchen and the dining area. It also serves as the counter. The angus beef cooked and served Filipino style (well-done, with vinegar on the side and garlic rice) is good.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Kitchen Day

This day is "kitchen day" for me. I have been meaning to be a good cook, a good baker for months now. I have always been fond of cooking but got into it sporadically. I will not promise myself anything but I would be very happy if I can pursue this at least every weekend.

I tried this dish at my classmate's restaurant, Cook Book Kitchen, and it had been a favorite of mine since then. I shared it with my husband and daughter and they both loved it instantly. It's called Parmesan Crusted White Fish. Much as I would want to get the recipe from my classmate, I practiced restraint. This dish is their best seller. I would not want to put her on the spot. Por delicadeza, I did not ask since most recipes in restaurant menus normally have something 'secret' to differentiate the taste. According to her though, they use Blue Tang (dory fish).

I was ready to browse on the web for a recipe of the said dish but it's a good thing the same dish is on Yummy Magazine. Blessing! :) The magazine used salmon. Good thing I have stock of the ingredients at home except for the Parmesan cheese and salmon. So yesterday, I headed to the grocery and added these to my list.

Before and after. Not much difference but I am happy to note I was able to finish this Salmon Casserole little short of thirty minutes. Smells really good.

The presentation is not good. I'm just a newbie in the kitchen. Maybe later on I will be able to master food presentation in my own little way.

As if I cannot get enough, while overseeing and waiting for my daughter to finish her school assignments before I check on them, I multitasked by baking Betty Crocker's Double Chocolate Chunk. A little mix of vegetable oil, egg and water...I have a cookie mix. The preparation is at the back of the packaging. It was done in twenty five minutes. No sweat. :)

My daughter and I decided not to mold then into little cookies. We just poured the whole mix in the pan and make it like a big cookie. The result as you can see is much like a brownie. But it tastes good. :)

That was how I spent my Sunday. After church in the morning, I spent most of the day in the kitchen. I intend to do this at least every weekend. It was really fun! :)

**I wanted to create a link to Yummy Magazine to give credit where credit is due and to link the recipe for Salmon Casserole. But I don't know, Summit Media gives me an error message.