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Cooking Stash

I promise, this blog is not turning into a food blog. It just so happens that this past few months food has played a central role in our lives. Well, food always plays a central role in any Negrense’s life. Perhaps I just managed the time to document it more.

This is our small kitchen library. Most of the books we bought from regular book stores, some from flea markets (it shows), others were gifts. Then of course, I have my trusty purple notebook where I jot down recipes when I have the patience. Otherwise, I print them off the Internet and file them in a folder (not shown here).

I haven’t cooked from all the books yet, but I must say some stand out more than others.

Step-by-step Baking has been very helpful. It has a wide array of savory and sweet goodies I can make, including pictures showing how to do things…well… step by step. With the Babii in school, it presents interesting alternatives to the regular sandwich.

Good Housekeeping Cookbook

My kitchen bible, though, has to be the Good Housekeeping Cook Book (125th Anniversary edition). (Confession: I already read Good Housekeeping way back when I was 11 years old– that’s how I knew that it was good.)

Each section has a backgrounder that teaches the basics: how to buy good meat, how to store it properly, the different cuts, etc.

Section Guides

Of course, like most good cook books these days, it also includes conversion tables. (Why can’t people just follow the metric system?)

Conversion Tools

There must be thousands of recipes in this book. The book itself is almost a thousand pages. And believe it or not, the Babii has cooked more things from this cook book than I have!


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Easter Holiday book loot

The prelude to the Easter holidays is an excellent time to go shopping— most stores are on sale in anticipation of the holidays and as a way of disposing last season’s inventory.

The Babii hasn’t spent her book budget in a few months, so we took advantage of the impending holidays to buy a few reading materials to tide us over the long weekend.

I was finally able to complete my George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire saga (until the next book release, that is), while the Babii found her long-awaited Book 11 of the 39 Clues. Between the both of us we also found a couple of interesting cookbooks.

I’m particularly looking forward to using the baking book, as I have a long love-hate relationship with baked desserts. For the Babii, it’s another step towards her pastry chef dreams. We’ll see how it goes.

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I am in book heaven

You would think that English books could be found everywhere, but noooooooo…….

National Bookstore

So I burned a hole in my wallet again when I saw these cookbooks. I would like to buy more, but really, how am I supposed to transport them all the way back????

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Game of Thrones



There is no other word to describe it. Like many people, I am obsessed with George R.R. Martin’s epic series A Song of Ice and Fire.

A friend who had read the books and seen the HBO series had been telling me about it, so I decided to have a look at the TV series. The first episode I saw got me hooked. Correction. OBSESSED!!!!

And so I ran out to buy the books (yes, all four together!). Dance with Dragons was already out by then, but only in hardcover (it was humongous and so was the price). But I still read it thanks to a friend who lent me a copy. This was one helluva marathon reading session, and to think that I am not even a fan of the fantasy genre.

The verdict: EPIC.


It’s so incredible it makes Lord of the Rings look like a children’s fairytale.

Seriously, this series is not for the faint of heart, or for those who like rooting for the “good guy.” There is no good guy here. It’s a smörgåsbord of moral ambiguity that will leave you breathless and your head spinning. It is real life set in a fictional world.

Oh, by the way, it’s not child or work friendly. Just saying.

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Loot for the Day

Following the family sushi date, we proceeded to our favorite bookstore to get “two books” (sic) which we promised for the Shnufflebubby’s birthday. We should have known better that “two books, just two books” never ends well.

I admit, the Shnufflebubby stuck to her book budget, which is more than I can say for her parents. Oh, well. At least we tried.

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