Sunday, November 29, 2020

John Bunyan: Wise Guy

John Bunyan (30 November 1628 – 31 August 1688) .... was born approximately 392 years ago.  Similar to the Bible which he read, believed, and obeyed -- his wise words live on. His parents raised him well!  His book, The Pilgrim's Progress, is one book I want to take with me on my trips abroad. 

pc: The Doctrines of Grace


Friday, November 27, 2020

RECIPE: Egg Rolls & Great Hints!

Her question:  You guys!  My Italiano husband and I host our entire family at our home for Christmas every year. Everyone (on both sides) but mostly my husband’s side of the family always asks for Lumpia but I never make it simply because it smells up my home (I’d rather have my house smell of pine and cinnamon) but more importantly I’m afraid the lumpia will be soft and soggy by the time everyone arrives. I’m thinking perhaps I’ll make it a go this year (MAYBE) but do you guys have any suggestions on what I can do? (*not my picture) Help a mestiza out!! H E L P!


Fry up smaller batches at a time.. And then fry up more as needed so they’re not soggy. I also got a deep fryer that has a lid on it so the smell is not so strong. With these you can also use them outside, so if you want that option it’s easy too. I got mine at walmart and still use it even here in Italy!

-I was also going to suggest cooking them outside. Or perhaps you can have them catered?

-Deep fry when people are at the house so it stays crispy but do it outside. Even most Filipino people prefer to cook outside so it doesn’t stink up the house (hence: why we have this thing called the dirty kitchen) 

But you gotta monitor it- don’t just fry for a dew minute and shut it because you wanna be sure it doesn’t burn or undercook.

I’ve learned this from my Vietnamese friend, put 1/4 tsp of white vinegar on non-heated oil before frying. Keeps it crisp for days!

When I don't want too much of a smell, I use Crisco. What smells is the burning of the vegetable oil or peanut oil. Solid Crisco, even once it melts for frying, doesn't smell so bad.

-Buy a little portable butane stove and fry it outside. My lumpia’s stay crispy all night. Leftovers too still crispy in the morning. After I fry it I stand them up to drain the oil out good then transfer it to something else but still standing.

Reheat them in an oven or air fryer if you have one. That should keep them crunchy

my aunt does this for family parties but she has a mini deep fryer and cooks the lumpia in the backyard so it doesn’t stink up the house. You can try to cook them right before they arrive so they dont get soggy, and then throw another batch in there when you run out 

Tips from a chef #25
Frying lumpia

Frying in your house can leave a smell. So fry outside to avoid the smell. DO NOT fry ahead of time. Wrappers of any kind do not have a strong enough lecithin in the mix to hold together the crisp and there is no trick to keeping it crispy when reheating if they get cold. 

So solution is to fry in batches. 

However what you can do is fry a little for the party so everyone can have one and freeze the rest. Write on the bags DO NOT THAW. As that will also cause sogginess. They can be fried frozen straight to the fryer. This can make a great xmas gift for them to have within six months of expiration

Sincerely, Chef Sy V

I make ahead lumpia, store them in freezer, fry them frozen outside my house in the deep fryer. Keep them warm and crispy in the oven just set the oven to 175. My husband friends and family loves it.

Fry in peanut oil usually they are super crisp...not very healthy though. Or after frying store in oven on low temp maybe 200 to stay crisp

Make the lumpia ahead of tome and freeze them. Fry em in a deep fryer (electric fryer which has a calibration for temperature) to avoid getting much oil into the lumpia. 
For some fun let your hubby’s family participate in frying them! Lol

I  warm it up to 400 degrees then put it down to 375.  The key to a crispy lumpia is to fry them while its still frozen. And cook them in small batches , don't overcrowd them. It will stay crispy for over an hour. (I used to cater and make thousands if lumpia, 

Make a slurry(cornstarch with water) then soak 1 by 1 before frying it,it become crispy for a longer time.  Get a fryer. Use peanut oil. Do not cover the lumpia’s when they’re done. Leave them standing to drain the oil.

Before putting the lumpia, put a drop of vinegar to the heated oil, then after it splatters, put the lumpia. Do it again every time you put new lumpia to fry. It will keep the lumpia crispy for a longer time

And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

10All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him? ( Psalm 35: 9-10)


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Travel: Food That Was Served on Turkish Airlines During Covid-19

 Whether Brown-Bagged or Boxed We flew to Istanbul, Turkey on Turkish Airlines.  We flew a total of 6 times on Turkish Airlines (or its affiliates) during our recent European trip. Our meals were Chicken, Chicken, and more Chicken. They were consistent, indeed -- no choices  were given. Take it, or leave it.  No tea nor coffee neither. Just bottled water. Welcome to the new normal. 


Sunday, November 22, 2020

MacKenzie-Childs: GLOW Home Apothecary, Paradise

Too many pets  living in my home convinced me.  I decided to purchase one of MacKenzie Childs's (MC) diffusers in the "Paradise" (lime zest and bergamot) fragrance. 

My package arrived late, as is usual during Covid19 season. The shocker was the broken bottle.  A case of bad and/or inadequate padding by MC.  I was so disappointed, but MC refunded my money -- albeit, it took about a month. 

I did not want a good product to go to waste so I made do with what was salvageable.  I  used a beautiful, old, hefty crystal liquor decanter that I inherited from my parent's home bar. 

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18)

Paradise Room Diffuser


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Hobby Lobby: Giant Red Velvet Poinsettia Flower

 Whoa! This over-sized red Poinsettia  caught my attention as I hurriedly made my way to Hobby Lobby's WC. It so attracted me that it remained on my mind and I decided to purchase it a day later. The fake flower's presence in the midst of our rather dull-looking plants instantly made them a part of our Christmas decor and festivities.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Our Visit to The Louvre Museum, Paris France

Europe on my mind. When do we see you again, Paris?!!

For he hath made him to be sin for us, 
who knew no sin; that we might be made 
the righteousness of God
 in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 )


Sunday, November 15, 2020