Sunday, December 8, 2019

Spice up your favorite dish with Jufran’s premium range of sauces

NutriAsia’s Jufran has recently introduced its new, sleek and modern packaging to suit its market of young, contemporary adults with discriminating taste.
Together with the launch of the fresh look for its banana ketchup, hot sauce, and sweet chilli sauce was the introduction in the Philippine market of Jufran’s new Sriracha variants: Jufran Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce and Jufran Sriracha Tomato Ketchup.
According the condiment maker NutriAsia, these innovations by Jufran were developed for the young, adventurous millennials who continuously seek great food experiences. With Jufran’s unique appeal and taste that enlivens every meal, even simple snacks such as French fries, lobster balls, and chicken wings will be made irresistibly delicious.
Grab you own bottle of Jufran premium line of sauces from selected supermarkets such as SM, Rustan’s, Robinsons, Landmark, and Waltermart and experience Jufran’s irresistible new flavors.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Our Christmas Noche Buena and New Year's Media Noche will never be complete without our family's favorite - ham!  We liked it cooked in pineapple sauce. Admittedly, I consume ham with bread or rice. Actually, I can survive the whole week eating only ham and rice.
Actually, that is my own "standard" when it comes to choosing ham - if it can be eaten perfectly with rice :)

But with the recent scare brought about by the African swine fever outbreak in the country, I am sure, mommies like me would really think twice about buying pork ham. It is best to stay safe than sorry. But if there is a safe alternative - I would jump right away!  Because Christmas would never be the same without the ham.


EDL Agritourism Farm Inc. today announced The Primaduck Premium Peking Duck Ham, a new product. The Peking Duck Ham is a perfect holiday ham and offers a new way for the holiday season buyers to enjoy a unique type of high quality ham, as alternatives to the usual hams found in the market. 

“We are proud to launch a product that is now being revered by top Chinese restaurants in the country and greatly appreciated by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce,” says Allan B. Casajeros, VP for Operations at EDL Agritourism Farm Inc. “Surely, every ham loving person will love the taste, aroma, and texture of this very special Peking duck ham.”


  1. Mommies will be worry-free and won't be thinking if your pork ham is safe or not. Premium Peking Duck ham is the perfect alternative to pork hams, and is guaranteed farm fresh and locally produced and bred. 
  2. Antibiotics and hormones FREE 
  3. Bird Flu FREE
  4. Cured and ready to eat. 
  5. The price is very competitive with pork ham. Peking Duck Ham is priced at Php1799 (cooked) and Php699 per kilo (frozen but cured). The average weight of a whole Peking Duck is between 2.5 to 2.7 kilos. 
  6. Groceries tend to be crowded during the Holidays. You can order your Peking Duck Ham in a convenient way. How?  Delivery through Lalamove, Grab, Transportify. Customer to arrange and book and pay fees accordingly. You also have the option to (a) Pick up at Estancia de Lorenzo in San Mateo  (b) pick up at EDL Farmhouse in Tarlac   


We find the whole Peking Duck ham quite big for one consumption. So the hubby decided to cut a portion for our initial tasting and stored the rest in the freezer.  He steamed the ham for 20 minutes and then placed in the microwave. 

We ate it for dinner (syempre with rice). We loved it. Tasted like ham, perfectly cured, the sauce that came in with the box is the perfect partner. We also tried consuming it with beer and red wine, and I must say, its salty-sweet taste is enhanced!  We loved it!

The following day, we pan friend some of it for breakfast. We ate it with white bread. There was no difference in taste. Still very delicious, even if the way of cooking is different from the previous night. The right tinge of saltiness was retained, and still very tender to the bite.

Overall -- hubby and I have decided to order another whole Peking Duck for Christmas. We loved its texture and taste. 

And for all of you who are thinking what to "special dish" to bring to the reunion - I highly suggest this Premium Peking Duck. You will really get your money's worth!

Please visit their website for more details.  How to order? Please see photo below.



Monday, December 2, 2019



The Christmas season is a time for celebration and festivities; a time to mingle with friends and relatives and share happy memories. But for some, it can be a sad time too. Specially for families who have elderly family members that are suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

For Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients, the holidays can be a source of confusion. For they cannot remember anymore the happy moments they have celebrated through the years. And sometimes, due to the busy schedule of family members, the patients are feeling left out.


Dementia is a condition that breaks apart more than just memories. Left unchecked, the frustration it causes can drive a wedge into the bond of even the closest of kin. 

“Imagine forgetting about your spouse, your kids, or even your own self. Imagine living in constant anguish because you've forgotten the most basic things, like the use of utensils. Or the fact that you're in the middle of putting on a shirt.”

These were the words that Dr. Rosa Carpio, founder of Noli Alzheimer's and Elderly Care Center, used to describe some challenges faced by those who suffer from dementia. 

“And because dementia often goes undiagnosed, the family tends to get frustrated at lola. That's because they're not aware that lola doesn't understand what's going on,” Dr. Carpio shares. 


The silent effects of dementia inspired the creation of Paalala, a mixed-media installation by artist Candice Alipio. Several hundred meters of yarn were used to depict a grandmother and her grandchild bonding together. It's a familiar sight, especially during the holidays. 

"PAALALA" is a mix media art commissioned by the Alaska Milk
Corporation that aims to raise awareness on dementia

Here, the magic lies in the medium. The sculpture begs the audience to pull it apart, as if to mimic how dementia unravels a memory. Once all strands are unraveled, a bright red heart hidden in the core will remain.  At this point, the message is clear-in the wake of dementia, memories made with the heart are the ones that remain.

The use of yarn also holds symbolic meaning. Some people even tie a length of string around the finger as a reminder of something important. For Paalala, the string from the artwork serves as a reminder to think of those who have difficulty remembering.

More than anything, it's a call to spend time and make crucial memories while lolo or lola can still make them. “At Noli, I have declined requests to take in residents who are not yet in the severe stages of dementia,” recalls Dr. Carpio. “For as long as the patient can still make memories, I always tell the family to spend as much time together as they can!”

“Alaska has been a part of Filipino homes for generations, most especially during the holidays,” says Harvey Uong, Marketing and Business Development Director of Alaska Milk Corporation. 

“We need to raise the discussion now because this season is one of the most stressful for those with dementia. The lack of awareness can ruin the holidays not just for them, but also for the Filipino family that we've grown with over the years,”Uong adds. 

The sculpture, the film, and the partnership with Noli Alzheimer's and Elderly Care Center are just the first steps in Alaska Milk Corporation's effort to raise the discussion about dementia. For details on how you can support the cause, send a message to @AlaskaRedKitchen on Facebook and Instagram.