People Watching: Dunkin’ Donuts Edition

You think it’s just typical people watching, but it’s so amusing. Wait ’til the 43 sec. mark.

 

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Baking Chocolate Cake with Nutella Frosting Using a Pressure Cooker

Baking cake with a pressure cooker is quite fun. Just the shorter waiting period and no worries of unevenly cooked cake, is taking all the stress out of baking.

For the mean time, I used my phone to take this video since it’s a bit difficult to make space in my house for a nice video setting. Cue the avalanche of things everywhere.

I tested the app “wevideo” to amateur edit this. Will talk about those video editing apps later on. For now, here’s the making of the cake video:

Ingredients:

Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

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Baking Lemon Cake with a Pressure Cooker

Over the last weekend, I’ve experimented on baking. So far, so good. Beginner baking can be pretty easy with just two things, a mixer and a pressure cooker. Ovens still scare me a little. (Unevenly cooked mush -_-) Pressure cookers are great even if you don’t see what’s going on inside, it comes out perfectly baked.

Got good feedback on this cake, so I figured I would share the recipe.

Making #lemoncake 😁 #weekendsforever

A post shared by Weekends Forever (@weekends.forever) on Mar 27, 2017 at 2:33am PDT

 

Ingredients:

Cake

250 Grams of softened butter (room temperature)
1 1/3 Cup of sugar
2 Cups of self raising flour
4 Eggs
1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder
1 to 2 Tablespoons squeezed lemon juice (Depends on how zesty you want it to be. I prefer in between)
1/2 Cup of milk
1/4 Cup vegetable oil (To moisten cake. Cake is already moist with the above ingredients. I prefer it a bit more moist)

 

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Frosting

250 Grams of softened butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 Cups confectionery sugar (sifted)
1 teaspoon lemon flavor
1 teaspoon vanilla flavor

 

What to do:

Cake
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl using mixer. Brush container in pressure cooker with butter or vegetable oil before putting the mix in. Press “Cake” on your pressure cooker and wait for the magic. Once done, cool cake down to room temperature.

Frosting
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using a mixer until your preferred texture is achieved.

Final steps
[Watch video above] Cut cake in the middle(horizontal -_-) and spread some frosting in the middle. Place the upper part of the cake back and spread frosting around the entire cake.

Happy eating!

WF

Malunggay Pandesal (Bread) | The Benefits Of Malunggay Leaves

A few years ago our kasambahay told me about a new type of pandesal (bread) that she tasted. She said, unlike the typical pandesal, this one was made with malunggay leaves. Knowing that malunggay leaves have some good health benefits, I opted to give it a try and asked her to bring me some the next time she comes over.

How does it taste? 
Delicious. For a mere 2 Php per piece, this was really worth it. I was never really a big fan of pandesal because I found it too grainy. Somehow, since this tastes a little sweeter and was softer than any other pandesal that I ever tasted, I really enjoyed it. A healthy breakfast for only 10 Pesos or less?? Unfreaking believable. I love it too much.

 

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Here are some benefits of Malunggay Leaves:

Helps strengthen the immune system.
Help restore skin condition, controls blood pressure, relieves headaches and migraines.
Help increase semen count.
Help normalize blood sugar level therefore preventing diabetes.
Malunggay has anti-cancer compounds (phytochemicals) that help stop the growth of cancer cells.
Helps relax and promote good sleep.

source: http://supermalunggay.blogspot.com/p/health-benefits.html

List of Herbal Plants and their Benefits

1. Aloe Vera

Can heal wounds and soothe skin
Acts as moisturizer
Treats Acne
Has vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid that are generally good for health.
Soothes Periodontal disease
Aids in digestion

2. Camomile

Helps in sleeplessness and anxiety
Relieves gastrointestinal conditions such as upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea
Treats fever and colds
Anti inflammatory
Treats nausea
Treats asthma
Treats ulcerative colitis
Heals mouth sores and prevent gum disease

3. Eucalyptus

Treats a number of respiratory problems
Relieves stress and pain
Effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis, and other dental infections
Treats fever and reduces body temperature

 

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4. Marigold

Antioxidant
Heals wounds
Good for cancer protection
Treats eczema
Treats gastritis
Treats cough
Treats cramps

5. Neem

Treats worms
Treats Malaria
Helps in pains of rheumatism
Aids skin infection
Treats gastric problems
Aid in preventing gingivitis

6. Oregano

Treats respiratory tract disorders
Relieves menstrual cramps
Treats urinary tract disorders
Treats skin conditions such as acne and dandruff
Treats fungal disease and infections

7. Passion Flower

May be used to relieve pain
Calms muscle tension
Used for anxiety, insomnia. and restlesness
Used in conditions of hyperactivity and high blood pressure
Helps in emotional discomfort

8. Rosemary

Helps improve memory
Helps purify air
Antiseptic
Antioxidant
Relieves muscle pain
Relaxes nerves
Improves digestion and appetite
Increases sweating

9. Sage

Digestive aid
Appetite stimulant
Relieve abdominal cramps and bloating
Has cooling action (decreases sweating by half)

10. Thyme

Relief from coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and common colds
Dries mucous membranes
Fights infection
Combats parasites (hookworms, tapeworms)

11. Turmeric

Anti-inflammatory
Lowers risk of brain diseases
Lowers risk of heart disease
Helps prevent cancer
Helps prevent and treat alzheimer’s
Benefits against depression

Sources:
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7654/the-benefits-of-using-aloe-vera-for-skin-care-and-more.html
http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chamomile.html
https://www.organicfacts.net
http://www.livestrong.com/article/444206-health-benefits-of-marigold-flowers/
http://www.herbwisdom.com/
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/passionflower-herbal-remedies.htm

Beauty and the Beast the movie

It only seems fair to watch this over the amount of advertisements everywhere. First, the selling point to go see the movie was actress, Emma Watson, playing as Belle. Second, the imagination that comes with the effects that the movie will have with the moving, talking – living furniture. Lastly, if the live film would retain Beauty and the Beast’s Disney cartoon movie.

Let’s start with the main character, Belle.

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Bringing all the hype to all Harry Potter fans, Hermione Granger did well as Belle. Although I would have pegged this Disney princess to be tougher and less feminine than the other princesses, I would have preferred her not being super tomboy-ish on screen. When Emma started singing, it was nice. She wasn’t bad and she looked beautiful. I would’ve loved the song had it not been for the slouching and awkward standing posture. I still loved Emma through the movie though. I can only find a short clip of the live movie. See below versions of the song “Little Town”

1991 [original]

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2017

The Beast was great as a beast. I didn’t know who the actor was, really. When Beast transformed into his human form, surprisingly, he looked like the cartoon. [His name is Dan Stevens.]

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I prefer him like this rather than his fixed-up prince look. The weird hair doesn’t do the real hair justice.

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The best casting, I would have to say, was Gaston played by Luke Evans. It was as if the character was pulled out of the 1991 film.

Image result for gaston beauty and the beast 2017All in all, the film was great. Some parts were added in and removed in Belle’s background story, but the portrayal of the live-action movie to the 1991 film was outstanding.

Just an added bonus, a 360 view video of Lumiere singing “Be Our Guest.”

My Lazada Addiction

“Online shopping,” two words I never thought I would enjoy #thedemise. Once Lazada kept showing up on facebook, I started to live in some alternate universe where money no longer lived in my wallet.

Look at this:

It’s so user friendly, you’d mistake it like a flirtatious bastard (ekskyusme).

My first shopping in Lazada got me an FC computer, a wall canvas, wall stickers, two VRs with bluetooth headsets and controllers, a brush that straightens hair, a jacket, etc. I kid you not, I have 56 items on my wishlist, including a chair worth at least Php30,000.

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Let me help you understand. They even have clocks you see, clocks that only existed in my dreams.



They have almost everything I didn’t think about finding and I know I’ll never need.


But it’s awesome; nice to browse at something unnecessary that I will probably own with a few taps on my phone. If this makes sense, thank you. If it doesn’t, you’re welcome.