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discoveries after the wedding bells

From a Cook’s Admirer to Another

…in the aisle of walmart

Totski: “i wonder where the baking powder is?”
Hubby: “it must be here with the flour”
MrsLavendula: busy in the next aisle hoarding chocolates while dear hubby was distracted with the baking powder hunt

…after 5 minutes

Totski: “it should be here somewhere”
MrsLavendula: content with her stash of chocolates “what are you guys looking for?”
Totski: “were gonna need baking powder and i cant find it”
MrsLavendula: picking up a pack of multipurpose flour and thinking… isn’t baking powder like flour?! …it was after all powder for baking!
Hubby: reading MrsL’s thoughts “Iba yan” (that’s not what we’re looking for)
MrsLavendula: still looking at the multipurpose flour and thinking it should do

Totski: walking up and down the aisle
MrsLavendula: gives up trying to convince the cook that flour is the same as baking powder (duh!) and walks behind Totski, thoughts far from figuring out where the elusive ingredient was (more like what else can i stuff in our luggage?!)

Blond Mystery Girl: walking towards the sisters with a smirk/smile
MrsLavendula & Totski: thinking -does she know us?
Blond Mystery Girl: still with that grin and holding up a couple of cans (…of baking powder!!!)

…in the car on the way home
Totski: “i wonder if that girl was really just being helpful or she got so annoyed at us for being so noisy at the baking aisle”
MrsLavendula: didn’t really care because she was super excited and couldn’t wait to taste Totski’s cooking!!!

Totski’s Famous Giant Onion Rings

Now obviously i’m not the cook in the family but my mom and sister can definitely cook up delicious dishes while i, well, appreciate them *smirk*

I remember always being excited when called to the dining table with the scent of my mom’s cooking -her juicy prawn dish with her secret red sauce among other dishes, or my sister’s classic creations -bowls of great tasting pasta or delicious meat dishes. I guess that’s where i acquired my appreciation for food and admiration for the cook with the gift of adding a pinch of this and that, turning simple ingredients into well loved dishes.

On the last day of our visit, our family decided to finally use the brand new grill that my mom had stashed in her patio

Mom’s Mixed Veggies

Juicy Meat with Totski’s Secret Steak Rub


Grilled Corn on the Cob -perfect with delicious steak!

Mom’s Deliciously Tender Barbecue -all i could think about while eating my nth stick of these delicious cubes was how customs could let me take a couple of these home! hahaha!

Totski’s Yummy Brownies -crisp coated chewy brownies which kept me company during our long haul home…sorry for the spoon in the photo…we were in such a hurry to taste the food that we didn’t realize it was there until we reviewed the shots! hahaha!

It was such a great grill dinner!

So as i was checking my email last night and read an invite to be featured in one of the local channel’s food show –to cook of all things!! I realized that i had to decline …well, because im not much of a cook… you could say that im more of a cook’s admirer!

We miss you guys in LV! hope to see you again soon!


August 25, 2010 - Posted by | Affair to remember, Gastronomic experience, Trips |


  1. OMG, I can not even describe how delicious everything look.

    Comment by Elra | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. you may not be the best cook in your family but surely you got the most sensitive taste buds and a foodie at that.
    everything looks perfect for a feast!

    Comment by docgelo | August 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’m not a cook either! Although I can cook, I can’t actually say I am one! Did that statement makes sense at all? Anyway, the BBQ looks tasty and I love grilled corns!

    Congrats on your invite! šŸ™‚ docgelo is right, you may not be a cook, but you’re definitely a foodie!

    Comment by rins | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  4. everything looks sooo yummy!!! is the recipe for the onion rings a secret too? hehehehe

    Comment by ulacakes | August 31, 2010 | Reply

  5. sarap nama nyan! yumm!!!

    your hubby is right, flour is different from baking powder. šŸ™‚

    Comment by kg | August 31, 2010 | Reply

  6. The baking powder story was so funny and all that food ~ ! Definitely, certifiably YUM-worthy!

    Comment by Midge | August 31, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hi everyone thanx for all your comments!
    ulacakes, the onion rings recipe is not really a secret…let me see if i can get it from the cook =)

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. Wow I never thought your posts are this nice.
    I don’t want to take credit for the bbq. Little sister did that. She is really good. I never thought she had cooking talent. I wonder where she got that hahaha. Memories memories i love these kind of memories and fooddddd.
    Thank you Miss Maan for all the food. You are a great cook. I wonder why your chose to be an Engineer and not a chef.

    Comment by Emmie | May 18, 2011 | Reply

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