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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Our One of a Kind Bento Workshop by Frabelle Foods Corporation

Kuya liked our The Maya Kitchen Baking Workshop experience so much that he was looking forward to another  mom and kid workshop to be organized by Mommy Bloggers Philippines. A few weeks after, we learned that there would be another, a Bento Workshop by Frabelle Foods Corporation, which Kuya would like to attend because it would be all about food preparation.

I discovered that Kuya would prefer cooking activities so I immediately signed up. An opportunity like this should never be ignored. It was also timely because Kuya was requesting me for the longest time to prepare BENTO (noun: a lacquered or decorated wooden Japanese lunchbox; a Japanese-style packed lunch, consisting of such items as rice, vegetables, and sashimi or raw fish with condiments- Source: Google) lunch and snacks as baon for school. I was already gifted with bento tools by my good blogger friend, Krisna Mesa of Stuffify PH. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I tried, I failed to put my heart into creating bento because I had no first hand training to do it. I knew for a fact that there were so many video tutorials in YouTube about bento but due to mom duties, I couldn’t find time watching some to get more ideas.

I am a combination of kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learner. I learn effectively through hands-on activities. Frabelle Bento Workshop was the perfect venue for me to do it.


It turned out to be fun and exciting because Kuya and I learned once more with our mommy blogger friends and their kids. 


My sincerest thanks to Frabelle Foods Corporation Marketing Team, including Chef Donne, for the well-prepared and organized workshop. There was never a dull moment.



The bento design ideas that we learned looked so difficult to do but they weren’t. They were quick and easy to do and #SadyangPinasarap. Let me share the ingredients and steps so that you could do them too in the comforts of your home. Take note that all the veggies except lettuce were boiled/blanched/steamed while the Frabelle products were either fried or steamed. We used uncooked spaghetti noodles to bind ham flowers.


Captain’s Catch Cheezy Tuna Nuggets Seascape Bento Box


Ingredients

Captain’s Catch Cheezy Tuna Nuggets
Frabelle Foods Sweet Ham
apple
lettuce
carrots
broccoli
cheese
fried egg
fried rice


Procedure

1. Using a butterfly cutter, cut out butterfly-shaped cheese and Frabelle Foods Sweet Ham.
2. Stick the cheese and ham on the Captain’s Catch Cheezy Tuna Nuggets.
3. Arrange the apple, lettuce, rice, egg, and Frabelle Foods Sweet Ham in the lunch box.
4. Using a fish-shaped cutter, cut out fish-shaped carrots. Lay the “fish carrots” on top of the egg.
5. Finish the bento by laying the Captain’s Catch Cheexy Tuna Nuggets on top of the lettuce.



Frabelle Bossing Burger Lady Bug in Paradise Bento Box


Ingredients

Frabelle Foods Bossing Burger
Frabelle Foods Bossing Sweet Ham
pandesal
cheese
grapes
orange
carrots
broccoli
fried egg
lettuce
nori paper or black sesame seeds


Procedure

1. Using a knife, slice the pandesal at the center but leave an inch uncut.
2. Add lettuce and Bossing Burger patty.
3. Add cheese for the arms and carrots for the head of the lady bug before putting the sliced pandesal on top.
4. For the eyes, cut out cheese using a straw and add sesame seeds  or cut nori wrapper.
5. Cut out Bossing Sweet Ham using the round end of an icing tip and put on top of the pandesal.
6. In the bento box, place the nori wrapper, lettuce, grapes, and burger.
7. For the final touch, try to add rolled Bossing Sweet ham, egg, and orange.



Frabelle Yummy! Jumbo Hotdogs Piggy in a Bun Bento Box


Ingredients

Frabelle Foods Yummy! Jumbo Hotdogs
Frabelle Foods Bossing Sweet Ham
buns
scrambled eggs
black sesame seeds
slices of orange
broccoli
nori wrapper
watermelon
slice of cheese
mixed vegetables


Procedure

1. Cut the end of the hotdog to about 1 inch.
2. Cut the sliced hotdog diagonally to about the size of the bun.
3. Form the cheese using the raindrop food cutter.
4. Position the cut cheese to resemble ears and paste it using mayonnaise on the first cut hotdog. For the eyes, cut the nori wrapper into small circles. Make an oblong shape from the cheese and add two black sesame seeds or nori wrapper to resemble a pig’s nose.
5. Use uncooked spaghetti noodle to position the head to the diagonally sliced body. Put inside a bun with lettuce.
6. Use Bossing Sweet Ham, scrambled egg, fruits and mixed veggies to liven up your bento.



Frabelle Foods Seaglow Baymax Bento Box


Ingredients

Frabelle  Seaglow Squid Ball
Frabelle  Seaglow Orlian
Frabelle Bossing Sweet Ham
lettuce
omelet
nori wrapper
apple slices
orange slices
steamed rice


Procedure

1. Start with Baymax’s head. Using Frabelle Squid Ball, place two small nori wrapper circles and connect them with a thin line cut from nori. Brush the squid ball with mayonnaise or oil to make nori cut-outs stick, if necessary.
2. To make Baymax’s body, put steamed rice in a plastic wrapper and form it into a ball.
3. Place the shaped Steamed Rice below Baymax’s head.
4. Place the scrambles egg on the steamed rice. Of course, don’t forget Baymax’s shoulders and arms! Shape another set of Steamed Rice for these.
5. Place punched small stars from nori wrapper on the omelet blanket. You may decorate Baymax’s  Sleeping Bento with orange and apple slices and Frabelle Seaglow Orlian.



Not just the fruitful learning experience that made an impact on the kids but the thoughtfulness of Richprime Global, exclusive distributor of Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Qixels in the Philippines. Miss Paula Apostol of Richprime Global Marketing Department, surprised our kids with toys! Kuya was fortunate to be given an opportunity to choose after answering Miss Paula's question correctly.



Frabelle also made sure that we would bring home a bagful of delicious goodies that we could use in our bento preparation at home.



Our brains were filled with bento knowledge and happy memories while our tummies were filled with scrumptious lunch prepared by Frabelle using its own products.



We were treated like VIPs. We were fetched and dropped off to a designated area by Frabelle and this was the opportunity for mommies to chat while kids play.


After posting some photos of this workshop on Instagram, some of you were asking me when would be the next bento workshop? I will keep you posted, promise!

 

Some photos that I used above were taken and owned by my super favorite food blogger, Joy Gurtiza of Joybites. More photos of our Frabelle Bento Workshop experience were posted on this LINK 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Day to Remember: Mommy Bloggers Philippines and The Maya Kitchen Mommy and Kid Cupcake Baking Workshop

The day that I was waiting for arrived. I prepared for it because it was another mom and son date for Kuya and I. I was so excited to see my mom blogger friends and bake with them and their kids at The Maya Kitchen and Mommy Bloggers Philippines Cupcake Baking Workshop!

We were blessed to maximize our dating day. It so happened that we also had an event in SM Mall of Asia. We left there at exactly 2:00 PM although traveling from Pasay to Makati was quick and easy. We didn't want to be late and heavy traffic might be expected.

We commuted through jeepney and finding Liberty Building along Arnaiz Street wasn't difficult to do. We arrived right on time.

Upon entering the venue in 8th floor, we thought that we were the first ones to arrive. While I was filing up the registration form, the two lovely ladies of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, Joy Gurtiza and Louisa Mercado, and their kids appeared. Louisa asked me if the other participants were there already. I told them that we were the first to make it. Apparently, they were in the kitchen waiting for the workshop to start! Mali-mali talaga ako kapag natataranta! Kalerks!

Kuya and I went to the kitchen quickly. I saw familiar and new faces, mommies that I had a chance to see online. I was happy to see all of them and of course, my old online mommy friend, Heart Calimlim, was there with her handsome son, Yuri, waiting for me. Prior to the event, we were chatting about our first meet-up and both of us were so kilig about it. Parang teenager lang ang peg! LOL!

Well, I was truly and sincerely glad to see her in person. We were starting to chat when moms and kids were grouped by three pairs. We decided to form our group with Berlin Domingo and her adorable kids.


The photo above and all photos that I am going to show you were captured and owned by the talented and super mom Joy Gurtiza. I'm so proud to say that she's my very first and only photography teacher. I was permitted by her to use them on this article.


Alright, let's move to how the workshop went.

Right from the start, The Maya Kitchen staff and instructor were organized and systematic. They made sure that all the materials that we needed were prepared. The teacher said that baking was different from cooking. In baking, everything must be properly measured to have a successful finished product. Bawal ang manghula ng measurements ng ingredients. To maximize our two hour workshop, we did it it one step at a time with the teacher.



Of course, we had to listen carefully. This was the very first time for Kuya and I to bake from scratch without using cake mixes. Wait a minute, parang ako lang yata ang nakikinig? LOL!


Mommies made sure that their kids took turns in following the teacher's instructions. They were so enthusiastic.


What made it worthwhile was mommies who had prior knowledge to baking gave their pointers and tips aside from the ones mentioned by the teacher. How cool!


Major chikahan to know more about one another and to catch up was evident. It was so true that mommies would never, ever ran out of something to talk about.


We were instructed to place the batter in cupcake trays lined with cupcake liners and gave them immediately to the staff for baking. After baking, we let our cupcakes to cool down. While doing that, we were asked to come in front for the Strawberry Cream Icing Making demo.


It was crowded with fascinated kids so I decided to view the demonstration through the wide monitor on top while cleaning our counter and taking photos.

Before we did our own cupcake decorating, the teacher did it first so that  we could do it correctly. I was all eyes with this portion because I wasn't confident in decorating cakes.


Look how delightful it was! I found it very, very exciting! I was literally palpitating! Tuwang-tuwa talaga ako! Promise!



The kids were asked to line up per group to get their pre-made icing. It was done by-the-book, of course.


Kuya needed a little help. After fixing his piping bag, he was the one who frosted the cupcakes.


I was the one who placed the heart sprinkles on top. Career na career to the highest level! 


While the others were busy decorating their own cupcakes, some kids couldn't help but gobble the icing because it tasted really, really good! Enticing, 'no?



Then we proceeded to the Peanut Butter & Choco Chip Cupcakes following the same system.



The peanut butter made the batter sticky and this time, the kids needed their mommies' help.


Another demo was given  for the chocolate icing making and decorating.



Kids again lined up to get their own icing.



This time they knew how to get it properly.



The cupcakes were already cold so they frosted them the way they wanted it. Kids were so creative.



Two hours passed. We were told to pack up. Box were provided so that we could bring home our baked goodies.



Additional goodies for take home were given by Yummy Magazine Philippines, The Maya Kitchen, and Glad Kitchen.

 

Aside from the fruitful learning experience and the joy of receiving gifts, these are the memories that we will never forget:

The friendly and happy smiles on the participants' faces brightened our day.



The precious moments that moms and kids shared were etched  in their hearts.


In my case, I had a chance to bond with kids which I truly missed. This workshop fulfilled my desire to become a teacher again to other kids and not just to my son.


Thank you, The Maya Kitchen and Mommy Bloggers Philippines, for organizing this event. It was more fun baking with other mommies and kids. Thank you for bringing mommies and their kids closer. This would remain in our memories forever.

Kuya and I will definitely come back with Papa and Bunso. I encourage you, Moms and Dads, to enroll your kids to the upcoming baking classes this June:

Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,000 per class



June 8 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes



June 9 --- Cookie Baking 1

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich



June 22 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2

Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes



June 23 --- Cookie Baking 2

Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies





Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,500 per class



June 15 --- Basic Cakes

Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake



June 16 --- Basic Icing

Royal Icing and Buttercream



June 29 --- Commercial Breads 1

Pan de Sal & Ensaymada



June 30 --- Commercial Breads 2

Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread



Mark those dates on your calendar! For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail @themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!
Feel free to share your The Maya Kitchen workshop experience! I am so excited to know!

I guess you want to see more photos. Joy Gurtiza posted it on Facebook. Here's the LINK. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kuya and I Will be Part of Mommy Bloggers Philippines and The Maya Kitchen Mommy and Kid Cupcake Baking Workshop this May

Papa Hector, my hubby, and I made the decision that we wouldn't hire a helper and I would be a stay-at-home mom instead. This set up worked for us and we didn't fail. Our parents raised us to be independent and domesticated so it turned out so conveniently despite being challenging for both of us. What made our situation more challenging especially in giving equal attention to our kids was after Bunso was diagnosed with Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We have to make a sacrifice especially in attending  Kuya's milestones in school. Papa, who happens to work in the school where Kuya studies is an advantage on our part. Since Bunso is not yet capable of going to and staying in crowded places, the three of us have decided that hubby is going to take care of Kuya while I am to Bunso. It makes me feel inadequate as a mom to Kuya but what makes it easier for me to swallow my pride and guilt is his assurance that it's fine with him and he understands our situation. Papa also feels guilty of not spending too much time with Bunso. Due to our very unique arrangement, Papa and I have made it a point to date our kids separately, once or more than once a month if time and budget permit.

Aside from dining out together and chatting to catch up, I don't miss the opportunity of attending blogger events with Kuya that I find enjoyable and beneficial for him. I seldom attend events due to mom duties but when the opportunity comes, I don't miss the chance. I always want our date to be fun and educational as possible or something that he finds exciting and interesting. I want his memories with me to be happy.

When Mommy Bloggers Philippines announced that it would collaborate with The Maya Kitchen to bring an awesome Baking Workshop on the 28th of May, I immediately stated my interest. 

12 "beautiful" (Ehem...) mommies of MBP can bring one kid, ages five to twelve, to learn how to bake and decorate Strawberries & Cream and Peanut Butter & Choco Chip Cupcakes. What a perfect mom-child bonding moment!








Kuya and I love to "make" cakes using Maya Cake Mixes. We steam our cakes. We don't bake them due to the fear of burning them! I'm not kidding!

This is our chance to level up our cake-making skills, hoping that we can start baking them and not just steam them!

Kuya and I are prepared and excited for Saturday's Cupcake Baking Workshop! If you want your kids to be part of The Maya Kitchen's baking classes for children and young adults, it extends its baking classes until June 2016.

You may check out the schedules and courses offered below:

Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)
9:00 AM – 12:00 NN
P1,000 per class

June 8 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1
Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

June 9 --- Cookie Baking 1
Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich

June 22 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2
Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

June 23 --- Cookie Baking 2
Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies


Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)
9:00 AM – 12:00 NN
P1,500 per class

June 15 --- Basic Cakes
Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake

June 16 --- Basic Icing
Royal Icing and Buttercream

June 29 --- Commercial Breads 1
Pan de Sal & Ensaymada

June 30 --- Commercial Breads 2
Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread

Mark those dates on your calendar! For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail @themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!
Did you attend any baking workshop at The Maya Kitchen? How was it so far?



Monday, February 23, 2015

Mommy Bloggers Philippines Mini Photography Workshop Rocks!

Last Saturday's AM Session of Mommy Bloggers Philippines Mini Photography Workshop was indeed a very fruitful and fun time for me. I considered it as my ultimate day-off after months of not being able to go out of the house for more that two hours! Yipee! 

Makati area wasn't that familiar to me but I successfully arrived at Kabila Filipino Bistro on time. You have no idea how many times I asked different people before I reached the venue! Kaloka!


Mommies Lani Lluch and Louisa Mercado, the dynamic top ladies of MBP, were very busy preparing the materials and entertaining the participants as I arrived. I was handed by this loot bag with goodies from Villa Del Conte, Oil of Argan, and Henry's Professional


When everything and everyone were all settled down, Lani gave us a backgrounder of what Mommy Bloggers Philippines was and introduced the Marketing Head of The Raintree Restaurants, Miss Mela Sison. She and her team warmly welcomed all of us and told us what their chain of restaurants offer.


It was followed by the workshop proper by the very bubbly and quirky, Mommy Joy Gurtiza of Joybites


Raffle was done in between discussions. I was a person who wasn't gifted with winner's luck and winning that day was so shocking for me! I felt delighted to be chosen to bring home a gift pack from Nature Republic Philippines. I had a good experience using its Argan Mask. I felt so happy that it was included in the bag!


The following were my most favorite tips learned from the workshop:

1     Making and using DIY reflectors using illustration boards and crumpled aluminum foils

The DIY silver reflector can  brighten up your photo while the gold one can make it look warmer. (Courtesy: Slide Gurtiza)

2     Applying the "Top Six Camera Angles"
 
TILT TOWARDS the right is my most favorite camera angle. You can notice it on my photos on Instagram and other articles. According to Joy, this angle makes the dish welcoming you in, motivating the spectator to indulge in image.

3     Prop Styling

"Props make photographs better and create an atmosphere and environment. Props create a setting or mood in photos that makes a viewer think about what the photographer is trying to communicate."- Joy Gurtiza

4     Using Natural Light a.k.a. SUNLIGHT

Do your photo shoot during the "golden hour". Depending on the weather condition, the best time to shoot is from 8:00-9:00 AM and 3:00-4:30 PM.

5     Setting the camera to WHITE BALANCE

White Balance makes the photo brighter and nicer under natural light.

6    Experimenting by adjusting the camera settings

Experimenting like adjusting the camera settings and exposure compensation is encouraged for us to see which works best and make our photos nicer and post worthy. Here, I used indoor and sunset setting which made this photo look warmer.


I never noticed that three hours already passed. We learned so much from Joy in a non-boring way, had our hands-on which made it more thrilling, and tasted the scrumptious dishes and desserts that we used as subjects. I also had a chance to see other MBP Members in person and meet new friends.
 
Any event is incomplete without a group photo op! (Courtesy: Slide Gurtiza)

You may go HERE to see more photos of the workshop proper.



Guess what? Upon arriving home, I immediately placed a set-up near our window where I could practice what I learned while waiting for the golden hour. I still had no reflector made with foil so I used a whiteboard in taking this photo. 
 

The following day, I waited again for the golden hour in the morning. It was very obvious that I was really, really excited. I tried using colored background to see if the reflector would work well despite the fact that the background wasn't white. The objects' image popped up! Amazing! Take note, the two photos below were not post-processed/edited.

Facial soap and 100% Morrocan oil from Oil of Argan 


Beauty products from Nature Republic Philippines

I also wanted to see the difference among my raw photos and post-processed ones. Honestly, the difference was just minimal after following Joy's tips. 



The two photos above were edited using Microsoft Office 2010. Joy suggested to use Lightroom due to being user-friendly. Papa got me an installer. I'm so happy!

During lunch time at exactly 12:30 PM, I tried taking this photo to see how it would look like since it wouldn't be taken during the golden hour. See, the photo was bluish. 

It really pays to wait for the golden hour.
 

This afternoon, I learned from Joy when Mommy Olive asked her on Facebook on how to  focus on a certain object while the background would look faded. She said that the camera should be set to MACRO. I took the photo below at exactly 3:30 PM using white balance and macro settings, and white reflector. The focus on this photo was the brand name.



I hope that I gave justice to Joy's photography tips. There were so much areas that were tackled in the workshop that were not mentioned here. I suggest that it would be best for you to attend the next round of her workshop

For me it's a must to see, hear, and do it yourself. I will keep you posted regarding the next seminar's schedule, promise!
 

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