Friday, August 31, 2012

Of Banchetto and Blueberry Cheesecake

Time for some more gritty, blurry pics...

Of late, we've been observing our own Friday night ritual of having a meal at midnight, maybe an hour or two after that... Obviously, we don't get to do the usual Friday night out thing, with the kids and all. And even if we could get somebody to watch the kids, it wouldn't feel right to go out when we're missing prayer meeting at our church.

So, Friday nights (and some other nights too), Mark drives to the nearest banchetto (supposedly ban-ket-toh, but expect to draw a blank stare if you pronounce it like that, lol - it's the trend around here - parking lot food stalls that mostly cater to the call center graveyard shift crowd, like a night market devoted to food) and buys grub. Since I've started editing, my work has become pretty much OT in nature, and with tending to the kids and trying to work on projects (Mark's hotsling - the baby's almost a year old!), I'm up until the wee hours. And Marguerite has adjusted her bedtime to stay up with us (that has to change).

So here are some pics from last Friday. Mark got Ilocos empanadas, paella negra, mango cheesecake and brazo de mercedes...


Now, Mark and I have been commenting that we're spending too much on food (there's also our regular snack supply, of course), and while we'd like to indulge our cravings (I'm still exclusively breastfeeding a baby who wants to latch on every time he sees me, which is all the time, hence my incessant hunger -- Mark doesn't have an excuse, lol) - the random spending has got to stop. So, when we did our groceries for this week, we bought ingredients for stuff that we could make ourselves. We started with blueberry cheesecake earlier in the week. A store-bought version would have cost us about Php700-1000. Making our own cost us about Php400-500. Plus there's the pride in your own work and the bonding benefits of making it with my daughter...

 

4 comments:

Sharkbytes said...

It all looks and sounds so American! Thanks for the update, and hang in there.

spinninglovelydays said...

You mean the overspending? Yeah, that's got to stop. Thanks!

swirlyagelessmind said...

i didn't even get to try it.:S

spinninglovelydays said...

I know. It didn't last very long.