Archive for the 'Reviews' Category

You are currently browsing the archives of Treasure Jar .

Add Krem-Top to your Coffee

I am not one to put creamer in my coffee. Having tried Krem-Top in our brewed coffee is a welcome treat for me. Krem-Top is a non-dairy coffee creamer that gives all the rich taste which best complements your coffee. Relish the creaminess and savour the wonderful aroma which will make your coffee experience more enjoyable.

Krem-Top

Krem-Top is a perfect partner with a hot cuppa for a breakfast of fried rice, bacon and sausage. Yum!

Incidentally, Krem-Top has an ongoing campaign called Change for the Better.

I used Krem-Top in one of the homemade gifts I gave away last Christmas and here was what it looked like:

Coffee Mix

From bottom to top:

1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered chocolate milk
1 cup Krem-Top non-dairy creamer
1/3 cup coffee
1/2t cinnamon
1/2t nutmeg

Instructions: shake the container until all of the ingredients are incorporated. OR pour the ingredients in a clean bowl, stir till everything has been mixed. Transfer back in the container.

Use two heaping tablespoons to make a cup of hot creamy coffee.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Jan 16th 2015 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk,Kitchen Needs,Recipes,Reviews,Through the Lens | Comments (0)

Samsung Washing Machines for your Happy Homes

I admit, laundry chores are something I do not look forward to especially when I am swamped with other things that need tending to. On good days, I love doing the laundry because it gives me time to reflect on some things while I sort the clothes and while I fold these after the task. These days though, I have laundry-free days because the eldest child has taken the chores as her responsibility during her term break.

Samsung Washing Machines

Even though we have a washing machine to use,I still have to soak the whites, the uniform because these need a lot of soaking and handwashing. I got surprised to learn that there is a perfect washing machine for my family and our laundry needs: a Samsung Fully Automatic WA4000HH.

Here are the reasons why:

  •  ActivDualWash which has a wash sink with a built-in side water jet. The wash sink provides a convenient and dedicated space to hand-wash delicate items and pre-wash heavily soiled clothes before regular wash. The built-in side water can be started and stopped with a simple press of a button for maximum convenience. COOL!!
  • Wobble Technology that allows laundry to be done with less time, efforts and worry.

Families should consider their needs and lifestyle to suit the washing machine that will cater to the laundry chores like washing the delicates, separating the whites and the colored clothes, pre-soaking stained items and ensuring that the clothes are still in good quality after frequent washing AND that the washing machine itself is better than others to last a long time.

What are the different factors to consider when buying a washing machine?

  • TIME. The longer the boosting time of the machine, the more energy is wasted thus an increase in the electric bill.
  • TEMPERATURE. More energy is wasted when higher temperature is used and the risk that the clothes will be damaged is greater.
  • MECHANICAL ACTION. Too much of this and the fabric gets damaged.
  • DETERGENT ACTION.Too much detergent leaves residue that could damage the clothes and become a threat to the environment.

Some factors to consider in buying a washing machine:

Continue Reading »

Posted by Treasure Jar on Nov 26th 2014 | Filed in Between Us Women,From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Going Digital,Reviews,Visual Delights | Comments (0)

Pan de Donuts from Pan de Manila

We are regular customers of Pan de Manila Mindanao Avenue Branch. Aside from pandesal, we enjoy the cheese bread and the ensaimada.

These days, we also buy Pan De Donut from them. Priced at Php38/piece, less if you buy more than one, even I have a difficult time finishing a piece. I have to share with one of the kids because the Pan de Donuts are heavy. Made with soft baked bread, a combination of pandesal and donut, without the pandesal crunch and “powdery” crumbs, these Pan de Donuts are not just delectable but soft, not too sweet (am talking about the bread itself and not the toppings) and so filling. Aside from the toppings, these is a not too sweet filling inside the bread that oozes out every time you bite into it.

Pan de Donut Chocomonds (pardon the grainy photo)

Pan de Donut

In the box, clockwise from L upper corner: ChocNut Crumble, Nippy Nips, Piling Pili, and Cocojammers.

Pan de Donut assorted flavors

This ChocNut Crumble was shared between my daughter and I.

Pan de Donut ChocNut

Best eaten with brewed coffee or cold milk. My kids have these with smoothies.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Since it has opened several years ago, there rarely goes a week that we do not buy pandesal from Pan de manila Mindanao Avenue branch. For sure every Saturday we do because I need to bring a few pandesal with me to go to work to “bribe” a student to work well.  Anyway, another post will be coming up about a complaint we have which actually didn’t just happen this week but has happened a few months back.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Nov 1st 2014 | Filed in Bonding Time,For Little Hands,From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Plateful of Fun,Reviews | Comments (0)

Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

You know life just got better when you can organize your kitchen better and thereby work more efficiently saving on time, energy and lessening exasperation over spoiled food, high electricity consumption and having to deal with disorganization.

The new Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator gives you all that and more. Designed to provide optimum use of space to make kitchen life more organized, looking for something in the refrigerator has never been as easy as it was before. To parents with children who like to rummage through the typical refrigerator in search for an apple to munch on or a pizza to heat for snacks, you know what this means, right? Some food containers are opened and not closed properly, some even spill (the horrors!) and some are switched in location.

Samsung Digital Appliances : Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

Even chef couple and Samsung Digital Appliances ambassadors, Rolando and Jackie Laudico note that preparing dishes both at home and their newly-renovated restaurant, Guevarra’s, there is a difference on how an organized refrigerator makes work easier and smooth flowing.

When preparing dishes at our restaurant, it’s always important to have our ingredients readily available. With the high kitchen traffic, we can’t afford to waste time looking for ingredients as the viands should always be readily available for our customers.” said Chef Jac “While at home, we always aim to prepare healthy yet delicious meals for our children so it’s important for us to have a refrigerator that keeps healthy produce like vegetables fresh so we won’t have to constantly replace them.”

Samsung Digital Appliances therefore created a refrigerator that helps families keep their food organized and fresh but also looks good in the kitchen.

Samsung Digital Appliances : Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

Be more organized

The Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator features two layers that optimize the use of space and provide clearly defined zones for frequently used food. It has three functional zones

  • The Cooking Zone stores frequently used items, such as eggs, cheese and sauce bottles;
  • The Family Zone stores items for the entire family like beverages and fruit;
  • The Kids Zone stores children’s snacks and is located at the lower part of the Showcase considering the height of children.

Samsung Digital Appliances : Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

Customized storage space for everyone? Cool!

Located deeper within the refrigerator, behind the outer Showcase is the perfect place to preserve easily perishable items like vegetables, fruits and meats.

 

More Space.

The Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator has more space, to provide the family’s differing food preferences. The daily food items and ingredients like snacks, beverages, sauces are put in areas and at heights to determine optimal locations.

Ice Master

Samsung Digital Appliances : Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

There is an Ice Master built into the door, to provide extra space by freeing two additional shelves in the freezer. Yes, with conventional freezers, if your ice cube trays do not have covers, sometimes these get contaminated with other food items. 

The Ice and Water Dispenser feature gives you chilled filtered water at just a touch of a button.

Slide and Fold Shelf

Samsung Digital Appliances : Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

The Slide & Fold shelf adds extra flexibility to storage because it can easily be removed, folded up or raised and lowered to fit items you might want to put in. There is really no wasted space.

Save time

With the Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator, all frequently used items have a designated, easily accessible space.

Samsung Digital Appliances : Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

Saving time in food preparation is very important, especially for moms like me who doesn’t need to go through the different zones in the refrigerator in search for just one item.

Keep food fresher for longer

Samsung Digital Appliances : Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator

Food also stays fresher for longer in the Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator. Its unique features retain cool air within the refrigerator even if the Showcase door is frequently opened, and ensure an even and constant temperature from top to bottom, front to back. This assures customers that food stays fresh, no matter where it is stored or how often the door is opened.

For sure, the Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator is a premium home appliance. Equipped with a Digital Inverter Technology, this refrigerator provides energy savings efficiency and guarantees durability.

There is a 10 year warranty on the compressor.

Truly, one of the most important items you can have in your kitchen, both at home and, in our case, at work is a refrigerator that keeps your environment organized.” said Chef Lau “Which is why we are happy to have the Samsung Food ShowCase to make our kitchen life easier.”

The Samsung Food ShowCase Refrigerator (with Ice and Water Dispenser) is priced at Php 139,900 and Php 129,900 for the basic model.

Available at all authorized Samsung dealers nationwide.

More photos here. Pardon the grainy photos.

Samsung Smart Oven: Chef Lau’s Chicken Katsudobo Recipe

My daughter and I recently attended Samsung Digital Appliances event called Saturdate with Mom. This is by far one of the better events I have been to, because I was able to bring my youngest daughter with me who, along with other kids, immensely enjoyed watching the chefs husband and wife, the Laudicos, whip up delicious food using the Samsung Smart Oven.

Chef Lau and the Kids during Samsung DA cooking demo

And yes, we want one for our home and I’m sure, the food blog will have more entries 😀

Anyway, one of the dishes prepared was Chef Lau’s Chicken Katsudobo:

Chicken Katsudobo
My not so clear photo.

Ingredients:

  •  600 grams Boneless Chicken Thigh

 

For the Adobo marinade:

  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 tbsp. Garlic mince
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • Pinch black peppercorns

For Katsu Coating:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 Whole Eggs beaten
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil or any healthy cooking oil

 

For the Katsudobo:

  • 4 Bowls of Cooked Rice ( please use Microwave safe bowl)
  • 4 Eggs (Whole, raw)
  • Simmered Left Over Adobo Sauce
  • Cooked Katsudobo Chicken (sliced in thick strips)
  • chopped spring onions (garnish)

How to Prepare:

  1. Marinate chicken overnight or at least 5 hours. Simmer left over adobo marinade for at least 5 minutes. Coat adobo marinated chicken with Katsu coating
  2. Lightly Coat chicken with flour then dip in beaten egg and coat with panko breadcrumbs. Brush lightly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  3. Put chicken skin side down on the non-stick plate of the Samsung smart oven on top of the low rack. Set Samsung Smart Oven to Slim Fry until you see number 8 setting. Press start and cook chicken 15 minutes one side then turn the other side after 15 minutes for 30 minutes total. Assemble the Katsudobo
  4. On the Rice Bowl add the adobo sauce around the bowl then break the whole egg on the rice.
  5. Set Samsung Smart Oven to microwave 700 watts then cook for 4-5 minutes or until egg is cooked but still soft.
  6. Top with Cooked Chicken Katsudobo then top with chopped spring onions. serve hot!

 

More  photos here.

Maya Banana Cake Mix

For two weeks now, I have been holding off buying sugar-laden cookies and biscuits for packed snacks for the children. Home-baked goodies are just some of the snacks they like to have aside from fresh fruits and sandwiches.

Here is a loaf of baked banana bread using Maya Banana Cake Mix:

Baked Goodies

Ingredients:

1 box of Maya Banana Cake mix
2 pcs of almost overripe bananas, SABA variety
1 med egg
1/4 cup fresh milk

Procedure: follow instructions on the box, these are fairly simple. One of the kids did this for me 🙂

I had my slice smothered with cream cheese, yum!

Next »