Music and food lovers

Being musically inclined is a rare gift Filipinos generally possess. We are always known for our music. Go to five star overseas and most likely, you would meet a Filipino musician there. We have local talents that have not made it internationally, but there is no doubt that they could make a name for themselves internationally given the time.

In a group of 10 Filipinos, you could find at least three who could play a musical instrument. In some cases, you could even find more than just three. They might not have a high-end guitar or studiologic keyboard at guitar center, but they sure could play like a pro!

It’s Filipino and food. The two can’t be separated. We have great food, and great chefs!

Learning to play an instrument

I am a music lover, but I do not play any musical instrument. I wish I can, though. I was wondering if it would be too late to study a musical instrument just for a hobby. It might take time, but I don’t believe that I am not capable of doing it.

I get inspired when I hear of stories about people who have become so good at a musical instrument despite the fact that they did not really start learning it until late in life. I don’t consider myself to be that old yet, so I am convinced I can master at least one musical instrument. Should I buy one of the Avid Keyboards? Ok, maybe I need to find out what kind of instrument I want to learn first. Any suggestions?

Maja Jubilee: a healthier Maja Blanca

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Maja Jubilee

Maja Jubilee is a better and healthier version of a favorite dessert for many – the Maja Blanca.

Hubby has been asking me to cook Maja Blanca for him for months now. Lately I thought of giving it a try so I tried Maja Jubilee – a recipe I saw from Del Monte Kitchenomics’ facebook page. It’s the same as cooking Maja Blanca but this time, with Pandan and fruit cocktail. It’s a better and healthier option for our favorite Maja Blanca!

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Maja Jubilee

Instead of the usual, I used my heart-shaped flan molder. Turned the Maja upside down and viola! I have a beautiful heart-shaped Maja Jubilee! The husband was so thrilled to try my very first Maja. It’s not that firm as I wanted it to be but I hope I didn’t disappoint him. Maybe next time I’ll cook it longer or increase the volume of the cornstarch.

 

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Ingredients

  • 3 pcs pandan leaves
  • 1 pc buko (shredded, buko water reserved)
  • 1 ½ cups buko water
  • ½ cup thick coconut milk
  • ¾ cup cornstarch (dissolved in buko water)
  • ¼ cup condensed milk 1 can (432 grams)
  • Del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail (drained, reserve 2 tbsp syrup)

Procedure

  1. Simmer pandan leaves, ¼ cup water and reserve syrup in covered pan for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove pandan leaves then add cornstarch mixture and buko. Cook over low heat with continuous stirring for 10 minutes.
  3. Add DEL MONTE Fiesta Fruit Cocktail, coconut milk and condensed milk. Cook for 10 more minutes with continuous stirring.
  4. Pour into 12” x 8” pan. Cover and chill until set.
  5. Makes 12 servings!