Gingerbon: Ginger Gummy Candy

This is the only one left from five Gingerbon my wife gave me. I took one, unwrapped it and put inside my mouth. My son was very eager to have, so I gave him one. Then, my daughter was jealous, wanted a candy for herself to. I also gave her. I expected they could never tolerate the ginger taste so I resisted at first.

gingerbon

After few seconds, the two saliva laden candies went straight back to me. I ended up having three gingerbons.

ginger gummy candy

Opening the secondary package was a breeze. However, the primary was something else. Both ends have zigzag patterns for ease of opening but I had a hard time tearing it apart. Not sure if it was the plastic fault or my hand was a bit greasy. Added to my annoyance was the gummy like candy sticking to inside of wrapper.

My aura suddenly change upon putting it inside my mouth. The blend of strong ginger taste and sweetness is nearly perfect. Awakening effect of coffee minus the bitter taste.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

6 Coffee Alternatives

1) Rice coffee. The most common coffee alternative. Mom used to prepare small batches for our own consumption. Its taste was not somewhere close to real one.

I think the rice coffee below was well and carefully processed. It is evident by its uniform roast. This was the first time I see rice coffee roasted this good.

100 percent original rice coffee and malungay powder

2) Soybean Coffee. Soybean is taking a significant part in milk industry, as additive and as complete replacement. It is now invading the black world of coffee, as alternative.

This HealthyRich Soybean Coffee says, Not a coffee but tastes like real…

It has Department of Agriculture seal which suggest it was financially supported by the agency.

soybean coffee

Now you may enjoy coffee milk concoction using soybean and soybean again as source.

This soybean kape has organically grown soybean ingredient. It is flaunting its health benefits. It contains isoflavones that help fight degenerative diseases such as cardio-vascular disorders…

soybean kape

3) Adlai Coffee. I think this plant is being pushed to its limits. It has myriad of uses and this include coffee.

adlai kape and products

This adlai kape has organically grown ingredients, adlai and coconut sugar. It has health benefits, has antioxidants.

adlai kape

Real coffee has antioxidants which develop during roasting process. Do antioxidants in adlai develops during roasting too, or is degraded?

4) Corn coffee? There is no corn coffee here. However, I am wondering they might have. It is just a matter of heating and stirring until it reaches a near charcoal state. Manner of beverage preparation is also the same as real coffee.

corn ipb var 6

 

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update: Now here is the real corn coffee.

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5) The munggo coffee?

mungo coffee

6 ) Pigeon pea coffee. I almost missed the coffee from our favorite vegetable, the pigeon pea or locally known as kadyos.

pigeon pea kadyos wine  instant sweetened

Perhaps anything roasted and brewed can be called coffee. Like anything added with sugar and water and fermented after are called wine. The same is true with powdered grains are being called flour.

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Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Techni-Ice Reusable Ice Packs

It appeared like a dry ice from afar but I realized it wasn’t when the sales staff did some sales talking to us. It is a polymer refrigerant which comes in two variants. The Heavy Duty Reusable (HDR Regular) 4-layer Techni-Ice and the Standard (STD)-2-layer Techni-Ice. Both provides the same cooling function but the first is more durable than the latter.

techni ice in action

What we’ll be getting if we buy is a thin plastic sheet. It has several cells which swells when massage in lukewarm water. Well, bringing it back to dehydrated state is sure not as easy.

To use, freeze it for 24 hours and place in cooler together with the food to be cooled. It is expected for last for 24 hours depending on cooler type, frequency of opening/closing and environmental conditions.

Dry ice evaporates while ice liquefies. Techni-Ice just looses its coldness and can be conveniently cooled again for the next use.

It can be divided  to best fit to your desired application. It is done by cutting along seam line

Techni-Ice can do not just cooling but also the reverse. It can be microwaved for 2-3 minutes and up to five minutes and serve as hot compress or food warmer. I think more research has to be done on this part. There is no danger in over freezing but over heating has. It might explode and result to injuries.

I have few uncleared concerns. It was never mentioned what specific type of plastic it is. Perhaps a patented secret polymer. What would be the consequences if it is used beyond its assumed reuse cycle (which was also not mentioned). What are the signs telling it is already unfit for use.

I think it is a good product. Let us try it first before complaining. See Techi-Ice for more information.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

What To Do With Leftover Tacos?

She made her own tacos once (using the commercially available taco shells) but never repeated it ever again. The mix she made was awesome but there was a problem with the taco shells. The shells are crispy. It crumbles upon bite and the fillings start falling down to a mess. The best way of eating is placing it on plate and using spoon and fork. So the taco shells are of no use. Just a crispy decoration.

So these few pieces of taco shells has been staying near the vegetable bin for quite a while. Throwing it away is an option but it would put some hard earned money to waste.

The taco shells are still crunchy. The cold storage condition has maintained its crispiness. It could be eaten as is. However, it is plain and has a strong taste of raw flour. I tried dipping it in mayonnaise and soaking a bit in chili hot vinegar.

mayonnaise and taco shellschili hot vinegarI barely managed consuming all tacos. Both dips never worked well.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

The Elvie’s Original Buko Pie

Bought this Elvie’s Original buko pie in Barangay Anos Laguna at around 6 pm. I arrived home 10 pm. It was pretty late. I am tired and I want to go to bed and sleep. However, putting this inside refrigerator and eating it by tomorrow will spoil the fun. It is not fresh by tomorrow and might not be as good.

elvies orginal buko pieAs I mentioned in my previous post, we wanted to buy buko pie. We wanted the original. However, it would be silly to ask  someone which store sells the original. I know you noticed it too, many or almost all buko pie bakers label their product  as “____ original buko pie”.

Elvie’ buko pie is also using those above mentioned words but coined a slogan of their own. “Yes, we are not the first. Yet we are the best.”  They are admitting they are not the pioneer in buko pie manufacturing but strongly believed they are making the best.

Decrypting the words “original buko pie”. Literally, all buko pie with real buko meat are original. Those with none or with artificial only ingredients are all fakes.  It might also mean, the original unique recipe or more likely the first establishment who invented it.

A short evaluation.

The green packaging is suggestive of young green buko. The main raw ingredient for making buko pie.

Green also suggest health and organic. Implying they never used any artificial food additives.

buko pie covered with parchment paperThe whole unsliced pie seems thick and heavy. Slicing it reveals the thick buko pile and a very thin crust.

the buko piebuko pie slicedI feel like eating a cheesy buko.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.