8/04/2015

SPOONFUL - Mangga, Mangga, Hinog Ka Na Ba?

A few weeks ago, my sister brought home mangoes from Guimaras. It's probably the sweetest and  most delicious mangoes I've ever had. I am quite a picky eater and I only eat fresh mangoes. I don't like it in salads, dressings or anything that involves processing the fruit (except maybe, dried mangoes). So I was really happy to eat the best mangoes I've ever had.


I decided to save the seeds and plant them so that in a few years, I could probably have a mango tree that would produce such sweet fruits. It would be quite rewarding to have grown your own tree and reap fresh mangoes that you'd really enjoy. 

My sister read somewhere about mango trees are only grown by grafting or at least most mango trees are. It was quite difficult to grow mango tress from the seeds because it takes so much time that it would not be economical for farmers. But still, somehow, growing a tree from a seed is possible and that's what challenged me to try and plant the seeds.

It was such a long process. First( and the best part) is to eat the mango until you reach the hull. Haha. The hull is what remains after eating all the mango pulp. I washed the hull to remove excess pulp and dried it for a few days. After a few days, the hull will dry and it can be pried open to reveal the seed. It looks like a big kidney bean and this is what will be germinated and then planted.

How did I germinate the seed?
I placed it in moist paper towel and put it inside a ziplock bag. 

I had to change the paper towel at least once a week. Since the paper towel acts as a substrate for the seed, I had to make sure the source of nutrient for the seed is clean. After a few weeks the seed turned green and after a few more weeks, there were already sprouts and roots on the seed. Some even have leaves on it already! 

I am so excited that the mango I was eating a few weeks back is now this little seedling. I already planted it in soil and hoping that it adapts well to it. I know it gets harder since the plant will no longer be in the protection of the plastic bag and it would need more care.It's already out in the world and I am just so excited for it to become a magnificent tree.

I feel so proud to have taken care of such thing. I feel like a parent to my baby plants. Haha. Also, I know that when this grows into a tree, it could help in spreading the goodness of the Philippine mango, which is one of the best in the world. 

I can't wait for my baby plant to grow!

7/23/2015

SPOONFUL - Beef Canneloni

Pasta is probably the easiest and fastest dish to make.With the availability of prepared sauces and dried pasta in the market, preparing pasta dishes has always been a breeze You just boil it and add sauce, voila! You have a dish. But ever since I've tasted and learned how to make fresh pasta, I put in the effort of making it rather than using dried pasta. Of course, there are times I still use the dried version, but fresh pasta tastes really better than the store bought one. 

Canneloni means "large reeds" in Italian. It is cylindrical in shape and is usually filled with spinach and ricotta or beef. Canneloni is usually baked with filling, very much similar to a lasagna. The difference only is that a lasagna is layered while a canneloni is rolled.

7/21/2015

ROADTRIP - The Chateau Hestia Magical Experience (Part 2)

This is in continuation of the previous post. But this time, I'll be sharing about the accommodations and amenities of Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant. 

Aside from the delicious food Chateau Hestia has to offer, they also have Bed and Breakfast accomodations that would truly make the experience worthwhile. 

The luscious gardens of Chateau Hestia leads to the "Casitas" which are unique in design and really cozy.

7/20/2015

SPOONFUL- The Chateau Hestia Magical Experience (Part 1)

If you're looking for the perfect place for a private, intimate and relaxed gathering or you want a place where your family and friends could come together and celebrate life over excellent home-cooked meals, why not visit Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant and Deli in Silang, Cavite where a magical European dining experience awaits.
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I was invited by the restaurant to try their July offerings and their Bed and Breakfast accommodations. It was truly a magical experience as each dish was very delicious and flavorful and our stay was every bit comfortable and relaxing. I'll be telling you first about the restaurant and their amazing dishes and all that the restaurant offers..