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Chef Fern Aracama Recreates Childhood Media Noche at The Maya Kitchen

Well known Chef Fernando “Fern” Aracama recalls fond memories of Christmas past in his cooking class at The Maya Kitchen on November 23, Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Chef Fernando Aracama

A very young boy walking home from midnight mass with his family is something Chef Fern remembers to this day. He took inspiration from the traditional Media Noche meal that awaited them but this time he shares recipes of dishes that are not the usual but delightful nonetheless.

To warm you up is Patatas Riojana, a very simple yet hearty and delicious potato and chorizo soup Chef Fern revisited on his recent trip to Spain.

To fill you up is Grilled Ensaimada Media Noche style. Hot and crusty butter grilled ensaimada stuffed with Chinese ham and queso de bola.

Insalata Uvato goes with the Grilled Ensaimada. This is his signature salad with honey balsamico vinaigrette, toasted pine nuts, green and red grapes and kesong puti.

Malunggay and Mozzarella dip is nutritious greens in a creamy, cheesy brûleé best served with crispy crostini. This is a signature appetizer in Aracama Filipino Cuisine, one of Chef Fern’s restaurants.

And because it is Christmas there has to be Bunuelos and Warm Chocolate Dip. These are the recipes of Chef Fern’s dear Abuelita of deep fried choux pastries served with a thick and smooth milk chocolate dip.

Chef Fern hails from Bacolod and is a graduate of the University of the Philippines with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. He took further studies at The New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont USA and was a 2003 Cochran Fellowship Program Awardee at the Hilton College, University Of Houston, Texas, USA.

Chef Fern has a long list of bars and restaurants to his name like Aracama Filipino Cuisine, Opus, Republiq & Café Republiq, MYTHAI Kitchen, Lucky Niku Café, The ChopHouse, The Tides Hotel Boracay as well as previous spots Restaurant UVA, Encore/Embassy & Member’s Only and CANTEEN simple+good food.

He is also active in World Association of Chef Societies (WACS), Les Toques Blances Philippines, Council of Chefs, United States of America’s Department of Agriculture and is a Chef Consultant with Philippine Airlines.

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For more information on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com or e-mail contactus@themayakitchen.com or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63947 835 2290.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Nov 18th 2013 | Filed in FYI,Happenings | Comments (0)

Any Sale Events Coming Up?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I can feel the cool breeze already.

I am on the look out for sale/marked down prices before Christmas events. I know some of these can be a real competition but let me not get into that ugly part, lol.

Some of the things I may need to get IF I manage to go to one. Or two.

  • shoes for school (and for me)
  • undergarments for the kids
  • gifts for relatives
  • outdoor clothes (because we plan to be more active, hah!) and that includes looking at wide selection women’s north face jackets, running/walking outfits and even yoga clothes. (Ok, I think I am over-excited with this one, lol)
  • small kitchen appliances

That’s it. I have to print this list I guess so I don’t get things we won’t be using.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Oct 11th 2012 | Filed in Purse Strings | Comments (0)

Back to the Old Ways

So sad for someone I know who said she is willing to give up smoking to be healthier. She did have a good start after she got sick big time, eating more fruits and vegetables, walking in the morning and sleeping early. I’m not sure what happened but she got lost along the way. If there’s something that got her “derailed” then it did make a big upset on her way to being nonsmoker.

Why, even cigar auctions online are sites she frequently visits.

I am not judging her though. I am still a friend even if I cover my nose when she lights up her smoke.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Sep 30th 2011 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk,FYI | Comments (0)

Rejected

So, it has been in the news that the country (or probably the world’s?) leading boxing champ has been denied membership at the golf and polo club where he got a multimillion home.

Of course he can very well have his own golf course made complete with a golf course gps system and people will not even care unless the money he will use will come from the coffers of the “hallowed” legislative cash box.

I’ll just keep mum on my thoughts about this. All I know is that golf courses are places where players like to play in peace and quiet, without too many people walking around.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Jul 17th 2011 | Filed in FYI | Comments (0)

Reality Check

Exercise and diet is a long, slow and sure way to be fit and healthy. Not just any diet, this diet should consist healthy food. I know this for a fact because I have a living example of what this vava-voom combination can do, right friend?

Other may resort to using the best weight loss pills to help make the process of slimming down faster. There are those who’d take other means like dancing, walking, running, or hula-hooping as a fitness routine rather than go to a gym and face machines. And toned down trainers.

I used to be enrolled in Zumba classes during summer. When classes started I found that I didn’t have the time to go back. Still working on my sked but I know in time I will be back. Group dancing is more fun than me dancing alone (like no one is watching) at home because in a group, you’d get embarrassed to sit and rest since everyone’s still dancing. At home when I try to dance, I’d end up sitting and taking a break on every other song in the play list. Duh.

I think I’d be devising a plan for this diet and exercise combination especially now that I will be turning a year older this week.

Reality check.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Jul 10th 2011 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Health Matters | Comments (0)

Dupe asks Pinoy: “Saan ang Lakad Mo?”

Filipinos are one of the more sociable people in the planet. If by chance you meet someone you know on the street (or in a mall), one of the few greetings exchanged would be:

“O, kumusta ka na?” “Saan ka galing?” “Saan ang lakad mo?”

Aside from these usual introductory greetings, Pinoys seem to find it hard to part ways with friends they meet, and the usual goodbyes are longer than the actual conversations. We even have small talks and make friends with people we don’t know while in a bus or the MRT or at the supermarket’s long line and even while getting documents for Medicare part D plan.

Funny isn’t it, but so true.

We Pinoys are an adventurous bunch but that doesn’t mean we are careless. In our society where things have gotten fast-paced, modern and everyone seems to be in a hurry, we try to be as practical as we can , using on things that will be reliable and able to keep up with everything that we have to do.

Dupe Asks Pinoy: "Saan ang Lakad Mo?"

Because we live in a tropical country, we love wearing slippers. Not just ordinary slippers but functional, stylish and not super expensive.

Personally, one of the brands I use as slippers when I need to go places is my Dupe pair of slippers. This was what I wore when I went to Divisoria with my hubby last Sunday. With all the walking we did, I didn’t have any problems with it.

So, Dupe asks Pinoy: “Saan ang lakad mo?”

Posted by Treasure Jar on May 17th 2011 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Purse Strings | Comments (0)

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