My weekend with Sam

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Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

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  1. suggestion for a name – “SamTea Cupcake”.
    love soup especially during rainy days… ?

  2. Carol B. says:

    If there’s anything I am afraid to try (again) in my kitchen, it’s baking. After a disastrous attempt on chicken empanada (masarap sana kaso crust crumbles even before it reaches your mouth, lol), I thought baking is not for me. Somehow, reading your posts about baking make it seem so simple and easy to do. When you include the not-so-perfect results of your attempts, it made me feel that it is normal to make a mistake. Na hindi ako bobo sa larangang ito dahil pinagdadaanan ito ng kahit sino. It somehow encouraged me to try it again. I want to learn how to bake cakes and pastries but when the result didn’t come out the way I imagined it, napu-frustrate ako.

    I am going to give it another try before christmas. I’ll start with the simple ones para hindi naman maging masyadong discouraging ang results. I want to perfect the chicken empanada dahil pareho namin itong paborito ni hubby at wala kaming mabili dito na swak sa taste namin pero ito siguro ang huli kong ita-try. If you have any tips on how I can make the perfect dough for my empanada, I will really appreciate it.

    Thank you for the inspiration and encouragements I get from your posts.

    • Hay, Carol, baking was harder for me to learn than cooking. I couldn’t really bake when I started my food blog. It took years and many attempts before I could say I could really bake already. :)

      • Carol B. says:

        I’m a believer of the saying “practice makes perfect”. Kaya lang ang mahal kasi ng mga gamit sa baking tapos kung laging palpak nakakahinayang.

        I think you mentioned in one of your older posts that unlike cooking, baking is exact. Sa cooking kasi mas madaling i-correct ang mistakes. Mas madaling i-adjust ang lasa. I once tried to bake macaroons, ayos sana ang lasa kaso nung lumamig, talagang sinubukan ang tibay ng ngipin ko hahahahaha.

        I’m already a follower of your blog even before ka pa natutong magbake. In other words, I saw your progress in baking – from the stage na bumibili ka ng mga books for your baking up to the stage that you start creating your own receipes. I hope I’ll get to that point, too…someday.

  3. housekeeper says:

    *Excited about that tea cupcakes recipe!*

    Thank you Ms. Connie for all the inspirations. Several years ago, as a new wife in a foreign country, I relied on your blog for recipes of food that I miss in Pinas.

    I have learned a lot. Strangely, now that I am in the next phase of my life, I am more interested now in your adventures with your kids, garden, and pets! ;-)

  4. Che says:

    Hi Connie,
    I am addicted to your site. :) because of you, hubby thinks I can cook very well.
    We currently live in the UAE, but have plans of going back to Manila soon.

    Just curious, approximately how much do you spend on your grocery shopping (including palengke) in a month?

    It would be helpful to have an idea as I cook most of your recipes anyway :)
    More power to you x

    • We used to go weekly. Two years ago, 3K a month was more than enough. But since it’s just Speedy and I in the house most of the time since 2010 when the baby bunso went off to college to join baby panganay, it’s not a weekly thing anymore. More like as the need arises. :D So, there is no uniform amount. Depende kung ano gusto lutuin. O kung tinatamad magluto. :-P

  5. Ree says:

    Will be cooking the rainy day soup tonight. Will need to use ground beef and omit the spinach tho, due to the limitations of my ref and freezer :D hope it turns out well. Thanks!

  6. Kristine Busson says:

    Hi Ms. Connie, Thanks for sharing . Will you also post the recipe for the cupcakes above? Kris