Archive | March, 2011

Enduring pain: an update

24 Mar

I’ve been to the dentist and he’s taken out the offending fragment.  It was a quick procedure but I think it was done so quickly because my dentist was also quite good.  He put me at ease by explaining how he would extract the fragment.  I listened as best as I could, but to be honest, I just wanted the offending little bugger out!  It took more than 2 administrations of anaesthetic, but after a few tries, my dentist has finally pulled out all the fragments of my molar.  Thank goodness!

The anaesthetic is wearing off (I had lost the power of clear speech for a while as the left side of my tongue felt completely numb!) but I’m not experiencing as much pain as I anticipated.  I could be quite wrong though.  I could be in for a difficult night!  But I know that even if I am to experience further discomfort for a few more days, it will be only for a few more days.  And then, I will be so much better without that offending fragment still lodged in my gum!

I will go back to proper blogging tomorrow.  I will reply to all the comments properly tomorrow.  But tonight, to celebrate, I am going to make another chocolate guinness cake to celebrate my tooth extraction.  I may not be able to eat it, yet, but seeing others enjoy the choccie cake is enough for me right now! 🙂


Enduring pain

23 Mar

I am in agony—and I have the gift of melodrama!

To be completely honest, I have a tooth issue that I should’ve taken care of ages ago.  But I didn’t and I have no one else but myself to blame.  It’s a third molar that has been troubling me for over a decade now. 

I attempted to have it removed in my early twenties, but at the time, the dentist (I think oral surgeon might be a better way of describing her) explained that one of the roots of my impacted molar was hooked on a nerve.  I remember her injecting a lot of anaesthesia but I could feel the each tug that she made on the tooth.  She explained that what she did was to leave the problematic fragment of the tooth in the gum and that my gums would simply push the fragment out.  She forgot to tell me it would be irritatingly painful!  She sewed up my gum and that was the end of it.  I was so relieved then that I’d completely forgotten that I was supposed to come back for a follow-up surgery to remove the fragment.

Looking at what’s there now, it doesn’t look like it’s what you would call a “fragment” though, and believe you me, I have been staring at this monster erupting from my gum for a few days now.  I’m off to see the doctor tomorrow afternoon which is good.  But for now, I am thanking God for enabling those pharmaceutical experts for inventing the liquid Nurofen capsules because they’re working really well on my pain issues!


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Prayer for Japan

22 Mar

I am suffering from a massive toothache tonight.  But there are things greater than a constant and niggling pain.

I believe that prayer is powerful.  I believe that when we pray we send something positive out there and right now, Japan needs all the positive vibes that it can get.  I received the prayer below via email and thought that it would be good to put it out there because the more people there are praying for Japan, so much the better.

Prayer for Japan (translated from an email)


Lord, I want to say THANK YOU, because today I woke up and I knew where my loved ones were.

Because this morning my house is standing,
Because this morning I’m not crying for my children, my husband, my parents, my brother or sister who need to be rescued,
Because this morning I can drink a glass of water,
Because this morning I’m not planning a funeral, and before anything I thank the Lord I’m still alive and I have a voice to pray for the people of Japan

Lord, I pray to You, the One who makes the impossible possible, the One who transforms darkness into light,
I ask that you strengthen these mothers, give them the peace that passeth all understanding,
Open the paths for help to arrive,
You can provide doctors, nurses, food, water and everything they need in a blink of an eye.
For those who lost their families, give them peace, hope and courage to carry on.
Protect Your children mightily.
I pray in Jesus name! AMEN.

Please pass this prayer on to others so that we may pray together for the people of Japan . We are truly blessed here!

Sentence grabbing

21 Mar

I woke to the sounds of kitchen breakfast bustle.

~The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake


Challenge #73 was to grab the nearest book, and look at a random page and find the second sentence of the third paragraph.  And I cam across this sentence from the book The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake.  This sentence made me feel quite nostalgic.  It reminded me of Saturday mornings when I would hear the clinking and the clanging of my mom making us pancakes.  More often than not, Saturday is pancake day.  We’d wake up to a stack of pancakes on the table with slices of cheese ready for us.

I miss Saturdays at home.


20 Mar

Adobo is Spanish for sauce or seasoning or marinade and is widely used in Latin American cuisine.  It is also defined as a sauce or paste made from a variety of ingredients that may include chillies, salt, vinegar, garlic, and herbs.  There are also dry adobos which are spice rubs for meat, fish or poultry.

Adobo is very definitely the Philippine’s national dish.  Everyone has a take  on how it’s made, every Filipino who knows how to cook it, has their own version, their own set of ingredients.  There are versions with vinegar, versions with coconut milk, versions with pineapple juice, versions with boiled egg, versions with bay leaf.  There are so many ways of adjusting (and readjusting) the ratio of soy sauce to vinegar, some people love it really garlicky, some people want only a smidgen of garlic in it.  Some like it really sour, some really salty, some really sweet and some…somewhere in the middle of all of this. Some people love pork adobo, while some people will say chicken adobo is always best.  When it’s a national dish, there are a million permutations.  Maybe as many as there are Filipino households in the world!

This is my take on adobo.  I’ve tried it with chicken and pork and it seems to work really well.  So I’m going to brave the big bad world wide web, and put forward my recipe!  If you’d like to try it, let me know how it works out for you please! 🙂  I’d really love for you to let me know what it was like!


  • 1 kilo of pork or chicken
  • 5 tablespoons of soy sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of vinegar + 1 teaspoon for cooking
  • 3 large cloves of garlic crushed (or 3 teaspoons of garlic granules)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of whole pepper corns (or 1 heaping teaspoon ground pepper)
  • 1 meat stock cube (chicken or pork, whichever meat you’re cooking)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 400 ml water


  1. In a ziplock bag, combine the soy sauce and the vinegar and the garlic.  Add the meat (use belly pork if cooking pork as the fat makes the meat pieces more succulent and less dry, and if you are using chicken, wings, thighs and legs are the best parts to use because these chicken parts have more flavour) and marinade.  I like using a ziplock bag because I like to be able to “massage” the marinade into the meat.  The longer you marinade the meat the better, but a minimum of two hours (with a maximum of massaging!) will do.
  2. Heat the oil in a stir-fry pan and add the meat pieces, making sure that you keep the marinating liquid.  Brown the meat on all sides.  Once the meat has been browned, add the marinating liquid.  Add the soy sauce, vinegar, pepper corns (or ground pepper), sugar, the stock cube and water.  Make sure that the stock cube and the sugar are dissolved well and make sure that all the meat are covered by the marinating liquid.  Tear the bay leaves and add to the pan.  Allow the liquid to reach a rolling boil, turning the meat pieces occasionally.  Cover with a lid.
  3. Allow the liquid to simmer for 30 minutes, at which time it would have thickened slightly (without you adding anything to thicken it!).  This is my little step: after the 30 minutes are over, keep the lid on and keep the pot over the hot plate (if you’re using an electric stove, or over the ring, if you’re using a gas range) for 5 minutes without lifting the lid.
  4. Serve over boiled rice, and voila!  You have my version of adobo! 🙂

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My new toy!

19 Mar

This arrived yesterday (and I have been waiting for this for ages!  I preordered this in…early February, I think!).  I received an email from Amazon saying they expected the package to be delivered on March 18.  I waited, and waited and then Mr Postie came and it arrived!  Let me tell you, I was doing tiny jigs of happiness inside!

Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook: Cake Days

This is my second Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.  I knew it was going to be worth waiting for the cookbook because the recipes are never-fail ones.  As long as you stick to the recipe and have no major deviances from the recipe and the directions, the recipes always, always come out perfectly!

The first recipe I tried was the Chocolate Guinness Cake (I found it quite cute that it was St Paddy’s Day 2 days before and a pint of Guinness would’ve been a good drink to down on the day.  Instead of drinking Guinness, I baked with it!).  You might think I was being over-eager, but I’d waited for this book for absolutely AGES!  I’d heard about the book late last year.  And having used the recipes in the first book (where I got the pecan pie recipe and where I learned to bake my favourite kind of cake: lemon drizzle!)

Anyway, Saturday dawned lovely and sunny and…I WAS ILL!  But I wasn’t about to let a little thing as an illness stop me from trying out the recipes in the new book (I’d bought all the ingredients the night before!  I was that determined!).  2 hours later, there it was, that beauty of a chocolate cake, iced and dusted with cocoa powder.  IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!  The slice was so pretty that I had to take a picture!

Chocolate Guinness Cake

So for anyone wanting to start baking, I would recommend getting either of the Hummingbird Bakery cookbooks because their recipes are so easy to follow!

Friday thoughts

18 Mar

I’m really not in the mood to be at work.  Am having trouble concentrating.  What I would give to be at home, in bed and under covers, reading a book!  Am still waiting for a caffeine hit…which I don’t think is forthcoming.  On my second cup now.  I know I didn’t buy decaf!

God save me from needy clients.  But then again, I should stop complaining.  Needy clients means work.  It’s important to have work during these challenging economic times!  Eeeks!  Concentrate, concentrate!

Seriously needing a pick-me-up! Must not look at twitter…d’oh!  Just did.  I wonder if I’ll get my Hummingbird Cake book today?

No inclination to finish my spreadsheet.  No inclination whatsoever.  And to top it all off, I’m munching through my lozenges like they were candy.  NOT GOOD!

Peeked at facebook and saw the cutest little baby, courtesy of one of my bessies Joanne and her cute darling of a baby Yanna.  Right.  Must concentrate on work.  Looking at it, in the span of 31 minutes, I’ve managed to not do too much.  Please God, let me get through today with a modicum of a sense of achievement! 😦

I love the hand lotion that’s on my desk.  It’s Cowshet and it’s the Wild Cow variety.  It’s uber invigorating (as it says on the bottle) and is made with the essential oils of lemongrass, ginger and rosemary.  Hmmm.  Reading that out loud just made me laugh.  My thoughts in Filipino: Amoy tanglad, luya at romero ako!  Translation:  I smell of lemongrass, ginger and rosemary.  Somehow it doesn’t sound as funny as it does in Filipino!  Right.  Concentrate, you dolt!

Oooooh Mr Postie is there!!! I wonder if my book has arrived!  And I wish the rain would stop!

Can’t wait to go and get the post (which won’t be till nearly 1PM today by the looks of things) so I can check if my book’s arrived 😀  Overexcited much?

I’m not working efficiently today.  Can’t seem to concentrate 😦  Maybe I am too tired.  My mind seems to be wandering too much!  Oooooh must remember to top up so I can give more to Red Nose Day tonight as no one seems to do it here!  Missing Kennedy House a lot because those ladies LOVE to fund raise!

Have just been told they might need my office because my phone has conference call capabilities.  Displaced!  Am displaced!

It has arrived!!!!  My Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book, I mean 🙂  I’ve just scarfed down my potato salad!

Debating with myself now whether to cut my lunch hour short.  Might have to!

Cut my lunch hour short.  Had about half-an-hour.  Not so bad eh?  I woke up with a “weekend” state of mind I think.  Am finding it terribly difficult to concentrate!  And it’s still raining!  Where’s the sun that the east is supposed to have huh?!

Just had the most interesting discussion with my co-workers.  We’ve just decided to do a bake-off day!  No dates yet but am excited at the prospect! 😀  Right.  Am now surprisingly energised.  A lot of good that’s going to do really as it’s nearly 3PM!

So…where’s the sun???  It hasn’t stopped raining! 😦

There’s a chill in the air 😦  And I am not happy!  It should already be spring…the daffodils are out for goodness’ sake!

Oooooooh! Home time!  WEEKEND here I come!!!!

The internet was gone for a while and of course there was Red Nose day.  After a cold glass of Long Island iced tea, am off to beddy-byes.  G’night folks!

And have a great weekend everyone! 🙂