A Visit to GK Pueblo Antonio

My sister introduced Human Nature products to me last year and I have been an avid user of their products. Not just they produced products that do not have harmful chemicals but I also like their advocacy.

I had the privilege to be invited to visit their partner organization Gawad Kalinga’s community village. GK have a community building program  that seeks to empower poor communities to become self-reliant and sustainable by building up its people, preparing their leaders and residents to eventually care for their own communities while instilling in them the heart and capacity to help other poor communities.

The GK Pueblo Antonio was an hour drive from the jump-off site. The activity for the day was to help build the food processing building in the village that would help the community to process their raw products of fruits and vegetables such as ube, sweet potatoes, passion fruit and sunflower and many more. I may not have seen the passion fruit and sunflower farm which was one of the reasons I tag along dad but the trip was worthwhile. I got to experience first-hand what Gawad Kalinga and Human Heart Nature are doing for the community village and I got to see these beautiful plants and flowers as well.

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Making your own Green Tea Frappe

For years, I have been addicted to Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino. Aside that I am not much of a coffee lover, I have a liking to anything green tea. May it be hot green tea, green tea ice cream and green tea frappe. I have been planning to make my own green tea frappe like the one in Starbucks but had difficulty in finding the green tea in powder form.

matcha

Finally, I saw this green tea powder. It is quite expensive though but I think it was worth it.

I searched for Starbucks green tea frappuccino recipe and here’s what I got.

green tea frappe

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder (if you got the sweet type like I did use 2 1/2 tsp)

1/8 cup hot water

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 cup ice

Procedure:

1. Start with hot water and green tea powder and wait for it to dissolve before pouring it into the blender

2. Add the sugar and milk to the blender

3.Add the ice and then blend u till you get your preferred texture

You can also add whipped cream but I opt not to. Minus calories. 🙂

I paired the green tea frappe with homemade spicy beef pizza.

spicy beef pizza and green tea frappe

I had leftover green tea powder from the green tea frappe  so I made green tea mini cakes as well.

green tea mini cakes

Banana Nut Raisin Bread

Banana Nut Raisin Bread is the fourth recipe in “The Wonder Pot Stories” which describes my quest in baking different goodies in the Wonder Pot. I asked my older sister what she wanted me to bake for Christmas. The time when she and our eldest sister will come and spend Christmas at our ancestral home. She wanted to have banana bread and carrot cake. I am still undecided on what carrot cake recipe to do, so I decided to try the banana bread first.

The recipe that I got did not have nuts and raisins to it but I wanted to improve the intended output, thus, the name banana nut raisin bread.

I went to the public market with mom to buy very ripe bananas and I was very glad it only cost a fraction of the regular bananas. Maybe because on the outside it looks very rotten but when I peeled to look at the banana, it just got the right ripeness that I needed.

Ingredients:

1 cup, mashed banana

1 cup sugar

2 pieces eggs

1/2 cup cooking oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup raisins

handful of walnuts

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Procedure

1. Combine all the dry ingredients starting with the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda and mix thoroughly until evenly distributed

2. Add the other ingredients (eggs, mashed banana, cooking oil and vanilla essence) then mix well with the dry ingredients until a batter is formed

3. Add the raisins and chopped walnuts.

4. Grease the bundt pan and pour in all the mixture then bake the mixture for an hour or until it pass the toothpick test.

5. Remove the bundt pan in the wonder oven then allow to cool down for a few minutes. Transfer the banana bread on a serving plate.

6. You may put the bread in the fridge too cool or serve immediately.

I did not wait for the banana bread to cool down and got myself a slice. It had the right sweetness and moist that I was looking for. I love the added crunch of the walnuts and the raisins that added more texture to the bread.

I decided to put in the fridge half of the bread to check how it would taste the next day and we were too full to eat another slice. After twelve hours, I still love it so did the rest of the family. 🙂

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola

The plant is called Gotu Kola. It is used as a medicinal herb in Ayurvedic medicine,  traditional African medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. We have this plant for seven years already, yet, I just tried a single leaf today. It is quite bitter but tolerable.  Mom always eats a leaf or two to control her high blood pressure.