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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chasen's Kitchen: Chicken Cordon Bleu

One of the applauded dishes I’ve cooked at home is Chicken Cordon Bleu.  According to my husband, the dish reminds him of our Biggs (local food chain in Bicol) dates in Naga.  Okay, I admit, my version is not at par with  Biggs Cordon Bleu. But,  my version is also yummers. It’s just that Biggs Cordon Bleu is soooooo good.  They also use pork while I use chicken. (I tried to use pork but for some reasons, I can’t achieve the tender and juicy pork cordon bleu.)   

Chicken Cordon Bleu is soooo easy to prepare. Promise.   The level of difficulty in pronouncing the dish is inversely proportional to the level of difficulty in whipping it up.  It may sound foreign and complicated but actually the recipe is so simple.   It’s budget friendly too.

Ingredients:

 Chicken Breast Fillet
Sweet Ham, cut into two
Cheddar Cheese (I used Eden Cheese)
Thyme
Ground Pepper
Butter
Egg (beaten)
2 tbs milk (I used evap)
Bread Crumbs
Flour
Salt
Cooking Oil

Procedure:

1.       Cut and pound the breast fillet.




2.       Brush each fillet with butter and sprinkle it with salt, pepper and thyme.



3.       Top each with ham and cheese then roll it.

4.       Dip each roll in flour, egg and milk mixture,  and bread crumbs.
5.       Fry in oil.
6.       Remove and enjoy!



Simple, right?





Tuesday, October 6, 2015

UBER SATISFIED

I’ve been receiving Uber Promo Codes from friends and acquaintances on Facebook.  Although I already heard and read about Uber, I thought the invites were just spam messages so I didn’t bother to acknowledge them.  

I thought Uber is a pangmayaman thing. Other than it sounds shushal, it also involves gadgets and apps.  You know, when I hear “Install this,  download that blahblah”, my brain automatically shuts down.   Yes. I’m not techie.  I’ve embarrassed myself so many times because of that.  “What’s tether?” “What’s power bank?” Boom!  Ang jologs lang.   I even discovered Viber just recently.   I know. I know. I’ve been living under a rock. 

In one of our conversations, my officemate told me that he tried Uber and his experience was pleasant. Some of the positive considerations he cited:

1.        No need to hail a taxi
2.        The rate is fine.
3.       The app can compute the estimated fare.
4.       The drivers are polite. 
5.       You are not “obliged” to give a tip.
6.       The cars are new and clean.
7.       You are more secured.
8.       The Uber driver could only see your destination once you get in the car.
9.       Uber has a feedback mechanism. 
10.   YOUR FIRST RIDE WORTH P200 IS FREE!

I was convinced. 

I asked my officemate to download the Uber App on my phone and I signed up. Signing up is  quite easy.  But, you need to have a credit card. Uber charges your ride to your credit card.  Honestly, I was a little bit apprehensive about giving my credit card information to Uber.  But, yeah, my fear will take me nowhere!

My Take:

I am uber satisfied with Uber.  The fare is even cheaper compared to regular taxi. My usual fare from home to work place is P82 in a regular taxi.  From my experience, 8/10 drivers consider the change as a “mandatory” tip.  So, I usually shell out P100.  In UberX (you may request for Black Car or pangmayaman car, it has a higher rate of course), my usual fare ranges from  P81-84.   
The Uber drivers are really  nice and polite.  What I like about them is that they do not start a conversation unless you ask them.  Don’t get me wrong but I do not enjoy madaldal taxi drivers. I don’t feel comfortable being asked about my personal life or political views.

By the way, take note that  Uber has this Surge Pricing.  There are times that the rate is higher than the usual rate.  It usually happens during peak hours, heavy traffic or heavy rains, when  demand is higher than  supply.  That’s the downside. But, do not worry, you will be informed before booking.    

UBERall, Uber is uber great. 

Should you want to experience UBER, download the app and  sign up now.   Use my promo code chasend7ue and get your first ride free worth P200.