Food for the Soul: Peach Melba Bars and Chicken Con Chili

Hello, dolls!! So I spent my day in the kitchen yesterday. There’s nothing like cooking for my family and making them try something new. My parents are very simple when it comes to food so I get butterflies in my stomach whenever I am experimenting in our kitchen because if they don’t like it, I will end up eating everything! lol But really… it’s sometimes hard to please traditionalists.

I prefer having fruits as my snack than junk food. I try to pair my fruits with anything. Peach is definitely one of my favorites, so my Dad and I make sure that we have a bottle or two stocked up in our refrigerator every week (fresh peach is not easy to get in the Philippines. Often times they are overripe or just way too expensive). One of the brands that we’ve tried is Kirkland. Unfortunately, it is not to our liking. The tartness of the peaches was dominant and a bit mushy compared to Dole’s, Del Monte’s and this Chinese brand (my favorite) that we usually buy. To add to our observation, Kirkland’s syrup was too sweet and thick. I don’t want to put it to waste so I decided to do use it for something other than snacking. The first that came to my mind was Peach Melba.

Peach Melba is a classic French dessert. Consisting of: peaches,raspberries and vanilla ice cream. I wanted to challenge myself by trying a new recipe so after an hour of researching, I finally found the perfect recipe for my peaches – Peach Melba Bars.

40th minute in the oven.

Peach Melba Bar with Raspberry Sauce and Merry Moo’s Quezo De Bola Ice Cream

This is the recipe that I used.

I made some minor adjustments to the recipe that I used:

 I reduced the amount of sugar by 20% and substituted it with the peaches’ syrup (I don’t have anything to do with the syrup so I’ve decided to use it plus to add more peachy flavor)

It turned out really lovely! The tartness of the peaches compliments the flavor of the raspberry. The saltiness of the ice cream balances the sweetness of the bar! What makes it lovelier is the crunch in every bite because of the almonds! Yum

And of course! I had to let the most honest “critics” that I know give the verdict to this baby – my Dad and my favorite Uncle.

They both loved it and finished one plate immediately! Yaaay!

And no, they don’t sugarcoat.

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The Mistress of Spices is still on my mind and so is India! I have a bag of Tostitos waiting to be massacred and I don’t want to eat it as is so I thought of a way to “spice” it up. “Tomato and spices” are the ingredients that I wanted to use and first that came to my mind? Chili con Carne!!

Though Chili con Carne is not a staple from India, it uses various spices so I still felt like I was a customer of Tilo from TMOS who just bought a bag of spices from her Spice Bazaar. Anyway, Chili Con Carne traditionally uses ground beef BUT since I am very maarte, I used ground chicken instead.

I know how I want my chili to taste like. I love chili con carne and it disappoints me when it lacks flavor and spice! I knew what my goal was. LOL

I wanted to make it “extra hot”. But since it was my first time to do this, I can’t take that risk “yet”.

I was very happy with the outcome! Spicy and very flavorful! My kind of chili definitely 🙂

My Dad liked it as well. Yay!

Will wait for my Uncle’s feedback tomorrow!! 🙂

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I don’t get everything right on the first try. Trying a new recipe is a hit or miss thing. But when I “hit” it, it really warms my heart and motivates me more 🙂

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So yeah, I find it very weird that every time I write a kitchen entry I feel like all these snippets about my life draws into my entire being and translates into words. Vague but whatever. All I’m trying to say is that…I’ll be ending this entry with “grateful” words again! <3

1. Unwrapped another gift from above yesterday. Such a precious blessing to be gifted with TIME 🙂

2. My favorite Uncle gives me “brownie points” every time I do something great in the kitchen. He is like my Dad, a food lover – very particular with flavor, presentation, and texture! Home cooked or not it has to be according to their standards. Receiving good feedbacks from him every time I make him taste my food leaves me overwhelmed every single time. What I love when he talks to me is that he sounds like my Dad – proud and happy. And that’s what I want them to feel, to be proud of what I have become. Receiving brownie points from him is just a bonus. Having an amazing Uncle is a blessing indeed!

3. Fixing papers for the “life that awaits for me” gives me chills and excitement. THIS IS IT! Aaaah.

It’s the weekend again!! Yaaay!!

<3

R

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