Bruschetta Memories

Happy Sunday! I have to admit, it was a very long first full week of 2021, despite being so busy. Felt like the weekend was so far from reach. Now it’s the weekend and surprisingly, it actually felt long. We need “longer” weekends. They always tend to zoom by. Before we know it, it’s Monday morning again. We need our days off to fully recharge and refresh our mind, body, and spirit for the new week ahead.

On Friday, my coworkers and I serendipitously received the first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine. We weren’t planning to get inoculated until later this week. I’m glad we had an opportunity to get it a week earlier, especially on a Friday, so that we’d have the weekend to recuperate. It’s interesting how the medication effects everyone differently. I instantly felt my injected arm feel heavy and sore within five minutes after being immunized. The pain soon moved to the side of my neck. By bedtime, the injected area was throbbing. On Saturday, I still felt pain in my arm and neck, as well as a pounding headache, and flushed face. It’s unknown if I had a fever. When I was finally able to take my temperature, it was normal, though, I still felt flushed. Today, my arm is slightly sore. The headache pain is dull. Briefly felt flushed, but again, had a normal temperature. I’m now experiencing nausea, but it’s tolerable. Though, I’m considering taking a rest after submitting this post. I’m monitoring the symptoms, recording them as they come, and will report them to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

I’ve taken so many digital photos over the last 18 years. I received my first digi camera in 2003. As I was browsing through my photos, to choose an Italian dish to blog about, I was taken down memory lane. I love to reminisce about the past and the adventures I’ve encountered and experienced. When I view the pictures, I’m reliving that particular moment. It’s a pleasant feeling.

In 2013, a friend and I were invited to a card-making party and the host had made bruschettas (featured image). I loved how she made the tomatoes in the shape of roses. So dainty and cute. Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer dish that involves bread. There are many variations to creating this lovely dish. There’s no right or wrong way of making this appetizer. In the featured image, this bruschetta is made with mozzarella cheese, tomato, and basil. Simple and delicious! …And that card-making party was so much fun! That evening, we made a bunch of cute greeting cards for various occasions: birthday, thank you, and every day cards.

As you might’ve guessed, this week’s ethnic post is about Italian cuisine. Usually, pasta is my go-to dish whenever I dine at an Italian restaurant. My eyes immediately find the pasta section of the menu, every time. But now that I incorporate dietary preferences to my nutrition intake, I don’t eat as much [white] pasta as before. Because of this, it’s sometimes difficult ordering pasta at a restaurant because they don’t always have whole-wheat and gluten-free pasta. Therefore, it’s easier to make my own pasta dishes at home. I have access to the kinds of pasta that would comply with my diet. In addition to eating whole-wheat pasta, I also found brown rice pasta and love it. I’m amazed to see all the different kinds of pasta on the shelves at the grocery stores: chickpeas, edamame, red lentil, and corn. I haven’t tried any of the non-grain pastas yet. They look very interesting. I’m curious to see how they’ll taste. One day, I’ll get around to making dishes with those pastas. I’ll let ya know.

Have a productive new week, All. Until next time.

Peace,

FS x

Going sausage crazy for breakfast!

Happy New Year!

Ok, I never really cared for sausages for most of my life, but these that I’ve tried were AWESOME!!!! Delicious!!! My mouth is watering and I want more!

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Breakfast at Tante’s in Kahului, Maui, at the Maui Seaside Hotel. Homemade Longanisa (Filipino sausage). This sausage was DA BOMB! So good! And that fried rice was to-die-for!

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Mid-West homemade breakfast sausage patties, made by my gf’s brother-in-law. Yummy! Tasted so good with the homemade French Toast. Like my bite marks? Haha!

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We had more sausages patties the next day! Mmm! I think they were different sausages from the previous day.

Sausages is my new craving! Isn’t it interesting how your taste buds can change overtime? Something you didn’t really care for, you’re craving, and visa versa?

I’m on a new adventure to search for some good sausages! I think I may even attempt to make some patties at home, haha! Doesn’t look too difficult.

Till next time!

FS~

 

Breakfast for dinner! Yay!

Happy Sunday! I went to Real Food Café again! This time I ordered the breakfast panini, which was a very simple sandwich. It just consisted of cheese and bacon. Yummy! Nothing like a simple breakfast for dinner.

I had blogged earlier about Real Food Café and the chef behind the ono food. I still find Chef Heidi amazing! She’s a private chef/caterer, teaches classes, runs her own café in the condo she resides in (which it so awesome), a photographer, and blogger. I’ve never been to a (typical) condo complex with its own café. It’s awesome! I think maybe now it’s more common to build restaurants and cafés in an apartment complex. I’m seeing it more and more.

This is her blog site: http://swigsandgrinds.blogspot.com/

Have a happy, relaxing Sunday! Summer’s almost here!

~FS x

Once a parent, always a parent =D

Once a parent, always a parent! So true. The other week, my dad was so sweet to make a pan of hamburger-macaroni with Alfredo sauce, topped with three different cheeses (Swiss, American, and Parmesan) to take back to my house. It was so good! I always enjoy my dad’s cooking.

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I prepared a side dish of fresh green beans to go with the mac and cheese. I love my beans. I cooked it with balsamic vinegar and roasted garlic olive oil. Seasoned with pepper and garlic salt. Yum!

Home-cooked meals are the best!! Have a great rest of the week. It’s almost Friday!!! Yay!

FS~ x