After two months… and three treks

Two months have passed since my last post due to a busy schedule and the absence of online connection. I have gone into a rigorous training for a job wherein I would be of service to my country. It was a very physically challenging two months since I have been living a stationary life for eight years. I also had to be away from home and tested my patience and character throughout the whole process. We had to attend lectures and apply them into real scenarios. Aside from the serious stuff, what I like about the past two months was the camaraderie and friendship I had with my batch mates. We were from different walks of life and ages yet we were able to overcome that and was able to get things done because of team work. We just had our general  practice for our graduation this morning and I was very happy to know that all of us finished the course. The bonus part were the exposure activities that included trekking – challenging but very rewarding activity for me plus beautiful scenery is a big bonus.

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mt. cabuyao

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1st trek

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Passion Fruit Cupcakes

I was planning to do strawberry daiquiri cupcakes for this week’s bake in wonder pot project but Mom requested to use our newly harvest passion fruit instead. I do not know any passion fruit cake recipes so I have to get the recipe from my trusty friend Google. I came across the website http://www.taste.com.au. I had few recipes bookmarked but decided to try passion fruit meringue cupcakes. Good thing I have already the ingredients I needed for the cupcakes. Unfortunately, no more eggs for the meringue.

I remember ten years ago when I first tasted passion fruit what came first to my mind was the taste of my favorite orange juice when I was a kid. Come to think of it, the manufacturer might have use more of the passion fruit juice than orange juice.

For those who have no idea about passion fruit. It is round to oval, either yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. Fresh passion fruit is high in potassium, beta carotene and dietary fiber. Passion fruit juice is a good source of Vitamin C.

We had the yellow variety. I volunteered to wash, cut and get the pulp out of the fruits. Dad only need the juice. He wants it stored for future use. In order to prevent early fermentation he added sugar and boil the mixture. You can also make passion fruit wine.

Passion fruit cupcakes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/3 flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup passion fruit pulp ( the original recipe called for 1/3 cup only)

Procedure:

1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs and vanilla extract for 3 minutes or until mixture is combined.

2. Add passion fruit pulp. Beat until the pulp is fully combined with the mixture.

3. Spoon mixture into paper cupcakes.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until it pass the toothpick test.

5. Stand in pan for 5 minutes, then, transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

We had also some papaya so I made passion fruit papaya shake as well.

Passion fruit papaya shake

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped papaya

1 cup passion fruit pulp

5 tsp sugar

ice cubes

water

Procedure:

1. Using a blender, put the papaya, and passion fruit pulp.

2. Add the ice cubes and sugar to taste.

A tasty and refreshing snack for a very humid afternoon.♥

 

 

Passion fruit Cheese Cake

 

Atis

My father approached me one day and showed me an atis. He said take a photo of this, it has a protruding part like a tail.

The family love this fruit except for me. I have nothing against it but I am just not a fan of its sweetness. Even the black ants love the atis, as seen in the photo above. Don’t get me wrong I have a sweet tooth but I cannot explain why I am not loving this fruit. Nevertheless, I am happy watching my mom and dad enjoying atis every time we have a harvest.

Atis is also called sugar apple, sweetsop or custard apple.

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.