Five Little Things
Five Little Things I loved the week of October 16, 2020: lumpia, the beauty of everyday people, a dad to millions, and more!
Hi everyone. How are you this week? I honestly feel like the last few days have flown by – one blink and it’s Friday. Hopefully the weekend will last a little longer than a blink…one can hope!
Here are Five Little Things I loved this week:
1. Lumpia in a Bowl
There are certain things that remind me of my mom, and her lumpia (Filipino egg rolls) are one of them. I loved making her version into what is called lumpiang hubad (literally translated to “naked lumpia”) which is essentially all the good filling, in a bowl. I shared it recently on Instagram in a post sponsored by Filippo Berio, but I’ve been getting requests to share the recipe here on the blog as well, so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, here it is:
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When I was a little girl, one of the ways my mom could get us to eat our veggies was by stuffing them in her egg rolls (lumpia)! These days, I’ve been taking a shortcut with her recipe and serving them up in Filipino Egg Roll Bowls made with @filippoberio_us #FilippoberioPartner For my quick-version, I sauté the veggie-forward filling in Filippo Berio Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which I love for its fresh, herbaceous flavor! It cooks in minutes like a simple stir-fry, and is delicious served over a bowl of rice and drizzled with garlic vinegar dressing – using Filippo Berio White Wine Vinegar to make the dressing. I know my mom would approve! #FilippoBerioLove Filipino Egg Roll in a Bowl (Lumpia Bowl) Serves 4 For the Lumpia Bowl 2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 cup onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb lean ground beef 1 1/2 cups sweet potato, sliced in 1-inch slivers 1/2 cup carrots, shredded 1 cup bean sprouts 2 cups chopped cabbage 1 cup Green beans, chopped in 1-inch pieces 2 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce, divided Freshly ground black pepper Cooked white or brown rice For the Garlic Vinegar Dressing: 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons Filippo Berio White Wine Vinegar Freshly ground black pepper Heat the olive oil in a deep-sided skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the onions until transparent, then add the garlic, cooking for 30 seconds longer. Add the ground beef and 1 teaspoon of fish sauce, and cook until the beef is no longer pink. Stir in the sweet potato and cook until the sweet potato is just starting to soften. Add the carrots, bean sprouts and cabbage to the pan. Cook until the cabbage wilts, about 4 minutes. Stir in the green beans, season with remaining fish sauce and pepper, to taste. Give it a little drizzle of olive oil to finish. Make the dressing by stirring the garlic, vinegar, and pepper in a small bowl. Serve with rice, and drizzle with garlic vinegar dressing. #kitchenconfidante #feedfeed #filipinofoodmovement #filipinofood #pinoyfood #pinoyfoodie #lutongbahay #philippinecuisine #filipinofoods #filipinocuisine #FilippoBerio
2. Pain Doughlorian
Who’s excited for the new season of the Mandalorian? My kids and I are counting down, and apparently, so is One House Bakery — a small bakery here in the Bay Area, in the cute town of Benicia. They have created, from scratch, a Pain-dough-lorian, baby dough-da and the “pandroid!”
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Let me introduce you to our Pain-dough-lorian, baby dough-da and the pandroid!!! I know that’s a lot of puns to handle but it had to be said 😂 The paindoughlorian armor is made completely out of bread or “Pain” which is the French word for bread 😉 Our baby dough-da is floating in mixing bowls and all his clothing is made from bread as well! Our pandriod is made out of pans and other kitchen tools! Mom and I spent the last two weeks working on this! Stop by and take some pictures with them this weekend! We hope it makes you guys smile as much as it does for us. #onehousebakery #benicia #mandalorian #starwars
3. Thoughts on Emily
Have you watched Emily in Paris on Netflix? I found it wildly entertaining, though at times extremely frustrating with its stereotypes and inaccuracies, not to mention how Emily embodied some of the worst qualities that I have noticed from fellow Americans in France. That said, it gave me the taste of France that I so very much miss, and fed my wanderlust during this time. I also love hearing what others think, especially those who live in, or are from Paris! Here are some of channels I follow that do just that.
4. The Beauty of Everyday People
I love that this photographer can see and bring out the beauty in everyday people. Check out Dino Serrao on Instagram from more.
5. Father Figure
Just when you might think there’s a lot of nonsense on YouTube, you encounter someone who has become a father figure to his over 2 million subsribers on his channel, “Dad, How Do I?” Check out his channel for “dadvice!”