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Homebaked Pandesal (Filipino breakfast rolls) in N…

Homebaked Pandesal (Filipino breakfast rolls) in New Zealand Posted by Hello

Almond Pistacio Biscotti

Before I start blogging away I would like to credit the Australian Women’s Weekly Italian Cookbook and the “Almond Pistachio Biscotti Recipe” posted on as both inspiration and source.


2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2/3 cup caster sugar

1 ¼ tsps baking powder

¼ tsp salt

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

¾ to 1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup chopped pistachio nuts

½ cup fruit cake mix (currants, raisins/sultanas, cherries)

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (around 180°C, gas mark 4). Place baking paper on cookie tray
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in bowl.
  • Add butter and essence.
  • Mix until it forms coarse crumbs.
  • Add almonds, pistachios and chocolate.
  • Beat together whole eggs and egg yolk with a fork. Remove 2 teaspoons and set aside for egg wash.
  • Add remaining eggs and vanilla and stir until mixture holds together.
  • With floured hands, shape dough into a log. Flatten the log. Lightly brush logs with reserved egg wash.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until logs start to brown and no imprint remains when pressed lightly with finger. Cool on baking sheet on wire rack for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Carefully transfer logs to a cutting surface. Cut logs on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place biscotti standing up 1/2 inch apart on two ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 15 to 25 minutes more or until biscotti are dry and the sides begin to color slightly. Do not overbake.
  • Cool biscotti on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.
  • Store biscotti in an airtight container or your desired packaging.

The New York Times > International > Europe > Milton Journal: No Telly in the House? Expect an Official Warning

The New York Times > International > Europe > Milton Journal: No Telly in the House? Expect an Official Warning

In the United Kingdom anyone with a coloured television has to pay a license worth GBP 129 or roughly PHP 12,900. The fee is used to fund the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). I believe this fee is in exchange for commercial free and “quality” BBC television. Caught without a television license will lead to a fine of GBP 1,000 or a jail term.

I think the fee is absurd. I’ve heard of pay-per-view or pay-tv but this is extreme. Why must a population be forced to pay a fee to fund a service that is not utilised or enjoyed every single day or every time? Since the end of the BBC’s monopoly in UK television similar programming are now availbale through “free-to-air” private commerical tv stations and paid services like satellite television.

If someone does not want to watch the news from BBC One he or she can watch it on any ITV channel or Sky News. If you are more of a Coronation Street (ITV) fan than an East Enders (BBC) viewer you are just paying something that you do not enjoy.

According to the hyperlinked article above the BBC will have a charter review by 2006. By then we will know the future of TV licensing in the UK.

I could not imagine a similar system to be used in the Philippines (Thank God!)

Christmas Day meal table just after a few minutes …

Christmas Day meal table just after a few minutes Posted by Hello

Ube Halaya

Filipino Ube (Purple Yam) Dessert just after a few minutes.

This dessert was done using purple yam sold by Asian stores in New Zealand (frozen) and made the traditional way.Posted by Hello

Chrismas Ham

Christmas Ham for the eve celebration

This was a 6 kilogram ham. It was glaced with home made pineapple syrup.Posted by Hello