Interesting Yumminesses

“Food that is presented well is appetizing enough.”

One of the things I love to do is have fun with food when I’m in the mood to cook and prepare it.

Very recently, my dad was put on a special no salt and no fat diet. At first he thought it might be difficult for him to follow the diet because there is only so much one can do with “diet food.” So it was up to me to make each of his meal interesting.

I was his cook for about a month but it never occurred to me take pictures. I did remember to take a picture of the one below. It’s no-oil grilled skinless chicken (marinated in garlic, lemon, and natural herb mix – rosemary and oregano), grilled tomato and onion, steamed vegetables (potatoes, carrots and squash) and all plated on a bed of slightly chopped parsley.

Sample of Dad's Plateful
Sample of Dad’s Plateful

It is always my pleasure to cook for my family. When I’m in the kitchen, I am known for not allowing anyone in and – confession – I am also known for getting short-tempered when someone touches the food that I’m preparing with “their own recipe version.” Who wouldn’t right?

One of the people I love cooking for are my niece and nephew. They are only 3 and 7 years old so food and snacks must look appealing to them.

The photos below were first shared with family and friends and I thought of putting them here.

~ Egg and Potato Hearts ~

Eggs and Potato snacks
The heart-shaped egg rolls have finely chopped carrots and potatoes

~ Egg in a crater grilled cheese ~

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~ Rice Ball Surprise ~

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…and lastly, this is how I carry my lunch.

~ Tumbler Lunch ~

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I found this online and really found it interesting.
I thought it was a cool way to carry lunch because it’s not so bulky.
This is the YouTube link I adapted this from.

Hope you had fun reading through this. 🙂

Technician No. 2

Al Khayef official poster signed by the cast. This will one day be of great value ;)
Al Khayef official poster signed by the cast.
This will one day be of great value 😉

The German stage play “Woyzeck” by George Buchner was adapted by Director Robert Liddington to fit the lifestyle in the Gulf and named it “Al Khayef.” Khayef is the name and description of the lead character which, in Arabic, roughly means “afraid.”

Al Khayef is a story about a man who was not the brightest person around, worked as a low ranking laborer, lived in poverty, worked very hard to earn a living, often being bullied by those who rank above him and his wife, Mariam, was an unfaithful woman. Mix all that and it could end up in a mess – and it did. I know because… I was there.

My costume
My costume

In my school years, I was a very active member of several school clubs and one of them was the music and performances club better known then as KANYAW (Kanta at Sayaw*). I was a performer or a crew member – sometimes both. All I know is that I have always been around the stage. There was a time when I thought I had given it up due to responsibilities brought upon adulthood. However, one day, I realized how much I missed it. It was just soon after that when I accidentally came across an organization called Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit at Mananyaw sa Abu Dhabi (OPMMAD**). Then I was back. I thought I knew how to sing, then I heard how they sang and by golly…they’re good! I have performed with the team a couple of times, I’m just not as confident like everyone else but I still settled in as an active administrative officer and I love it still.

Eventually, one of the persons we collaborated with in an international charity called Small World said that she is part of a non-profit theater organization called Resuscitation Theatre and they were holding casting workshop auditions for 2 plays. I thought I’d give it a try. I landed a support role called “Technician No.2.” It’s obviously not the lead but I felt like something inside me was revived. I enjoyed every rehearsal and as our Director Robert kept reminding us, “support roles and small scenes are just as important as the lead because they piece the stories together.” I had the time of my life.

I love knowing how bloody rehearsals get and how other backstage stuff happen to make the actual production seem like magic. I also love the hype and effort everyone puts into a show to make it work. And the best part, I get to be on stage too – showing what I really do! 🙂

I have collected as much photos as I could throughout the entire process from the audition to the after show party. Below are just a few I’ve decided to post. 🙂

 

I do not aim to be famous but I do aim to be creative. And the roles I commit to for as long as I am around a stage, is a form of expression — passion even.

 

*KANYAW , translated meaning “Sing and Dance”
**OPMMAD, translated meaning “Organization of Filipino Singers and Dancers in Abu Dhabi”