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NEW BLOGSITES! HURRRRAY! =)

Posted in Personal, Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 by ketchupplease

Well, well, well… looks like I’ve finally found new homes for my blogs.. hehe =)

Please, please, do link me up!

Here are my new blogs:

Pursuits of Wifeyness and Quench My Thirst

Thank you so much for all your support in my “Ketchup, please?” blog… and looking forward to see you guys  in my new sites! =D


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GUILTY AS CHARGED!

Posted in Confession Box / Rants!!!, Personal with tags , on September 17, 2009 by ketchupplease

Yes… I plead guilty.. guilty of neglecting my blog for almost 3 months – DELIBERATELY! Haha..

Why, you may ask..

  • For the greedy reason that moi, being a housewife, simply wanna earn some moolah from blogging, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how to!
  • And that I made “tampo” to WordPress after discovering that I can never put ads here! *SIGH*

Now I am seriously contemplating, for the Nth time, if I should migrate to another bloghost…

Somebody help me.. puhleaaase??  THANKS MUCHO!!!

🙂

Back from Internet Hibernation!!! :-)

Posted in Confession Box / Rants!!!, Personal with tags , , , on June 21, 2009 by ketchupplease

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I can’t believe it’s been 1 and 1/2 months since my last post!!! I just got back from the Philippines, and as much as I’d like to blog about something worth blogging, I can’t — coz all the clutter around me are desperately screaming for attention…

Laundry hollers:  Stop procrastinating you b@#tch! I’m about to erode anytime soon.. 5 more minutes and an avalanche is coming your way…

Dishes yell: Hey woman, I need a good wash right now!!! Ughh, I can still smell the remnants of your lunch!!!

Stovetop demands: Seriously.. you need to start cooking dinner NOW! Heck, you don’t even have fresh plates for later… hello???

Grumpy Bed shrieks: Ewwww… 5pm and your bed is still crumpled and all! Get your snoring hubby off me! It’s 5 in the freakin’ afternoon!!!

Luggage yaps: Can’t you at least hide me?? I don’t like hanging around the hallway ya know?!

Ironing board wonders: Uhhhm.. what am I doing in the hallway too? 

Flat Iron wonders too: Yeah.. and what the f@#$ am I doin’ on the couch?!?! 

Bathroom asks: Hello?? And when exactly are you planning to scrub me? Hello, anyone there???

Floor whines: I miss the mop and broom!!!  boohoohoo…. 

Poor Dried-up Basil plant complains: Haven’t you noticed I died from dehydration in the 3 weeks that you were gone? Why am I still sitting here in my pot and hanging from your window?? How insulting…

Happy Trashcan chuckles: Weeee…. I’m getting full.. WEEEEEEE!!!

Clutter and Stuff cheer: It’s Party Time!!! WOOT WOOT!!! 

And I — just spent a good hour on this blog.

This is wrong.

Oh well, I really have to go now.. Please bear with me.. I’ll be back soon (hopefully tomorrow) with some sane post.. First, I gotta shoo all these hallucinations away!!!

🙂

The World is Awesome! (Discovery Channel)

Posted in Music, Personal, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by ketchupplease

Good morning friends!!! Just wanted to share with you my current favorite ad/song.
A nice reminder for us to see all the beauty that surrounds us…

The world is such a beautiful place… it just depends on how we look at it.

One day, about 5 years ago, I just woke up and in a snap, it dawned on me how beautiful the world is, how beautiful my life is… Funny (some might even find it weird), but true.. Suddenly, I just saw the world in a different light… a gift that I’m always grateful for – being able to see the world through rose-colored glasses. And from then on, I’m easily amazed with the simple little things that are actually God’s miracles. 

Have a beautiful life! 🙂

“The World Is Awesome” (Discovery Channel)

Two astronauts float in space – voiceover:

 

Astronaut 1: It never gets old, huh? 

Astronaut 2: Nope.

Astronaut 1: It kinda makes you want to…

Astronaut 2: Break into song?

Astronaut 1: Yep

 

I love the mountains, I love the clear blue skies …

I love big bridges …

I love when great whites fly …

I love the whole world …

And all its sights and sounds …

Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da!

I love the ocean …

I love real dirty things …

I love to go fast …

I love Egyptian kings …

I love the whole world …

And all its craziness …

Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da!

I love tornadoes …

I love arachnids …

I love hot magma …

I love the giant squid …

I love the whole world, it’s such a brilliant place …

Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da, Boom-de-ah-da!

Oh Please, Chopsuey.. Please… Just Disappear… ?

Posted in All About Food!, Personal with tags , , , on March 17, 2009 by ketchupplease

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“Oh, Please, Chopsuey.. Please… Just Disappear…”  

That’s been sort of our nightly incantation for the past week, as hubby and I both cringe at the sight of  more uneaten chopsuey in the ref. We love chopsuey.. but honestly, everyday for the past 8 days??

Oh I didn’t tell you…  When our ref broke down and after I cooked the impromptu Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken with Cheese and Basil, and Shrimp Parmigiana, I still had loads of veggies wilting… ok so I panicked, I cooked them all into Chopsuey. Thanks to our new ref, we were able to save it from spoiling. But up to now, 8 days after, we still haven’t finished it!

After 3 or 4 days of chopsuey, I converted some of it into Chicken Mami, and it was tolerable for a while. But since I added noodles and chicken broth, it took us 3 days to finish it… believe me, it took us a lot of effort to finish it.

Still, I had some chopsuey in the ref… must have cooked it right coz the veggies were still a bit crunchy… It was perfectly fine, so no reason for it to go to waste. So last night, I converted it into Macaroni Soup… I removed the sauce, added macaroni, milk, chicken broth, turkey ham and a bit more of carrots and leftover cabbage (that were also wilting). Resourceful, but now, I have  Chicken Macaroni Soup in the ref to worry about.  We just can’t wait till all traces of that “chopsuey” is finally gone… 

One thing’s for sure. It won’t be in our menu for a very loooooong time! 😉

To Grill or Not To Grill? Or Not To Eat At All? That is the Cancer Question…

Posted in All About Food!, Health, Personal, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 5, 2009 by ketchupplease

optima21I was so excited when Fed Ex delivered this (along with my Philips Satinelle Ice epilator – which I’m still mustering up courage to use). We got this from HSBC’s airmile rewards program.

We figured an indoor grill would be safer to cook with since it doesn’t use charcoal (carcinogenic). Boy, we were so wrong!

The moment we got it, I quickly googled about grilled foods. And much to my surprise (and dismay), I read information about cancer-causing HCAs, or heterocyclic amines, which are created when meat, poultry, and fish are cooked at high temperatures. 

I’ve been trying my best to cook the healthier way since cancer is in my genes, and I really don’t wanna get it…

Here are essential info that I found on the web, which are enlightening, but at the same time, very confusing! It basically leaves us with nothing much to eat except for vegetables and fruits! 

I wanted to avoid oil as much as possible, so I’ve resorted to cooking without oil (something like grilling) with our Teflon pan.. but I found out that cooking that way only increases the HCA’s because of meat’s exposure to high heat and longer cooking time. Then maybe it’s safest to boil.. but, no..?

  • Cooking with liquid—boiling, steaming, poaching, or stewing, for example—generates no HCAs because the temperature never tops the boiling point of water. Ditto for microwaving, so long as the food is not overcooked or dried out. 
  • Heterocyclic amines appear to form once the meat reaches a certain temperature regardless of whether it’s fried, sautéed, grilled, or boiled. (Hey I thought it was safe to boil? Ano ba talaga?)
  • The other potential cancer causing agent found in cooked red meat is also a product of temperature. These are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are formed primarily when meat is grilled. If you’ve observed those black, charred pieces on steaks after they come off of the grill, you’ve seen polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
  • Whenever fat drips on a flame, heating element, or hot coals, chemicals called PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) form. The PAHs waft up in the smoke and can land on the food. They can also form directly on food when it’s cooked to a crisp.

So, that leaves us with baking or roasting, which produces less HCA’s (depending again on temperature and cooking time)

  • Grilling, barbecuing, broiling, and pan-frying are more likely to produce HCAs than baking or roasting, because they generate more heat.
  • Never eat browned or overly cooked food. Burnt food forms harmful compounds. If by accident something is overcooked and browned, discard (ohh the yummy parts!). Avoid fried food and food sautéed in oil.

I read that marinating meat would lessen the production of HCA’s, and sausage and hotdog casings offered some sort of protection from HCA.. so I thought, maybe not-so-browned fried chicken’s a bit safer after all… once again, no…  why, even the breading (carbohydrates) is carcinogenic!

  • Add the carcinogenic potential from heated and overcooked oils (usually trans containing) delivered in doughnuts and fries with the powerful cancer inducing properties of carbohydrates cooked at high heat (acrylamide formation) and you have a great cancer potion.

Oh.. so hotodgs and sausage casings do offer some sort of protection from HCA’s?… Allelluia!!! …..NOT!!!

While HCAs do not form in grilled hotdogs, these highly processed meat products contain other carcinogens. Nitrates and N-nitroso compounds, preservatives found in processed foods such as hotdogs and sausages, have long been recognized as potent carcinogens.16

And… does this mean that McDonald’s burgers are the safer way to go? I am so confused now…

Fewer HCAs are found in fast-food burgers because they’re cooked so quickly. “They’re not exposed to the high heat over a long time that causes large amounts of HCAs,” says Knize. “There are some, but not what you get off the backyard barbecue.”

Ok, ok.. so processed meats are carcinogenic (spam, hotdogs, sausages, bacon, etc)… so what sandwiches can I prepare for my hubby’s breakfast at work? Ahhh, yes… my home-made cheese pimiento spread! It’s just made of cheese, butter, milk, and pimiento… what harm could it do? It must be the healthiest choice!  What, NO??? 

Worst Seven Foods for Health and Longevity

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Potato Chips and French Fries
  • Doughnuts
  • Salt
  • Sausage, hot dogs
  • Pickled, smoked or barbequed meat

Foods high in saturated fat and trans fat are consistently associated with high cancer rates. Cheese and butter typically contain over ten times as much saturated fat as fish and white meat chicken and turkey.

Sniff! I’m running out of options here… happy to see some helpful tips:

Tips for safer and healthier grilling:

  • Cook smaller pieces: They cook more quickly and at lower temperatures.
  • Choose leaner meat: Less fat should reduce flames and therefore smoke.
  • Precook in the microwave: Doing so for two minutes may decrease heterocyclic amines by 90%, according to some research.
  • Flip frequently: That way, neither side has time to absorb or lose too much heat.
  • Before grilling or broiling, pre-cook meat or poultry in the microwave for two to five minutes and throw away the juice. “By discarding this juice, you can reduce HCAs by 90 percent,” says Lawrence Livermore’s Mark Knize.

 

Ohh… finally, a solution to avoid HCA’s! Just precook the meat in the microwave for 2 mins prior to grilling, or frying too maybe… Microwave is the answer! What… NO again???

  • Microwaving prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion caused formation of d-Nitrosodienthanolamines, a well-known carcinogen.
  • Ingestion of microwaved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells within the blood serum [cytomas – cell tumors such as sarcoma]
  • In a statistically high percentage of persons, microwaved foods caused stomach and intestinal cancerous growths, as well as a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues, with a gradual breakdown of the function of the digestive and excretive systems. If you must use a grill to prepare meat, choose low fat meat as they form fewer polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Trim off any black, charred areas before eating.

That’s it.. it’s bad to grill, to fry, to broil, why, it’s bad to cook anything nowadays! Ok, maybe, I can settle for good ol’, boring chicken breast and fish.. the leanest, safest food there is… or maybe not?

  • Many people switch to chicken and fish, believing these to be healthier alternatives to beef. But that is not the case. On the grill, chicken produced more than 10 times the amount of the carcinogenic heterocyclic amines found in grilled beef. Furthermore, nearly all the HCAs detected were in the form of PhIP, which has specifically been implicated in breast cancer risk.12 This increased PhIP formation is likely due to the fact that chicken contains a large amount of phenylalanine, tyrosine, and isoeucine, amino acids that contribute to HCA formation. Fish also contains significant amounts of creatine, one of the other main ingredients for the formation of the carcinogens; not surprisingly, fish showed significant HCA formation as well.

The Five Worst Foods to Grill

Food HCAs ng/100g*
Chicken breast, skinless, boneless, grilled, well done 14,300 ng/100g2
Steak, grilled, well done 810 ng/100g3
Pork, barbecued 470 ng/100g4
Salmon, grilled with skin 166 ng/100g5
Hamburger, grilled, well done 130 ng/100g3
   

*100g portion equals about 3.5 ounces grilled

Ok I get it! Red meat, poultry and fish still have carcinogenics in them.. I guess this means switching to fruits and veggies, and vegemeats… *sob*

  • Consumers who want to reduce their cancer risk need not give up grilling. Reducing exposure to carcinogens is as simple as grilling veggie burgers instead of hamburger, or a thick portabello mushroom instead of a steak. 

I’ve actually tried vegetarian sausages and vegemeat, but it’s not even half as good as the real thing.. Googling about all these have made me more confused… and I wonder now when I’d ever feel good using our new electric griller… If all the foods mentioned really do cause cancer, then how come earlier generations lived so long? I mean, they didn’t have studies like this yet.. and they lived up to 100 yrs old…

It’s past lunchtime now, and I’m hungry.. but I kinda feel bad frying the Chicken Parmigiana I prepared last night.. It’s chicken breast, it has breadcrumbs (carb) and parmesan cheese (saturated fat)… Tsk.Tsk. Tsk. 

😦

I don’t guarantee all these as facts coz I just got them on Google at the following sites:

http://www.cancerproject.org/media/news/fiveworstfoodsreport.php

http://www.curezone.com/foods/microwave_oven_risk.asp

https://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/cancer-risk-from-bbq-meat

http://www.cspinet.org/nah/6_98heat.htm

http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/diet-myths-meat-grill-fry-or-broil-it.html

Can’t wait for this! :-)

Posted in Movies, Personal with tags , , on March 4, 2009 by ketchupplease

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 2009)