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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Almost Human Again

Like the title?  It is how I feel.  I more or less took a break from everything.  I had quite a few things go on in my life at the same time and my creative block, I forced myself to take a mental break.  For the last 2 months, all I have been doing is eating junk food, watching TV, and playing with the daughter.  No experiments, no school, hardly reading any blogs, and obviously hardly any posts.  I hit the one year mark and I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go in.  I realized I wasn’t baking as much.  Baking was the start of my love in the kitchen.  I had to find ways to get out of my slump.  Than I got a phone call about a party someone wanted me to cater.  I jumped at the chance.  It was to be a Halloween theme and I figured, it was a challenge to make some simple dishes with a Halloween twist.  I did feel a little frazzled because the day of the party was the day before The Daughters 2nd birthday.  I did plan ahead and prepped quite a bit to make sure I didn’t feel rush.  I also had the help of The Husband.  He even delivered and setup for me while I rested up.   This was a Filipino party so I was able to make some of the dishes with a Filipino twist. 

Here was the menu:
Eyeball meatballs - Embutido Style
Witch Finger Pan de Sal
Fried "Mummy" Vegetarian Egg Rolls
Tokwat't Baboy
Orzo salad

It was fun going with a theme.  Since I was not able to take pictures of the final setup, I was able to take some pictures before The Husband left for the delivery.

Mummy Egg Rolls
Witches Finger Pan de Sal
Tokat’t Baboy
Orzo Salad
Embudito meatballs
Here is the Embudito Meatball recipe
(Makes about 20)
1 Lb. of ground meat (chicken, pork, beef)
2 Carrots
1 Onion
2 Tbs Chicken/Beef Bouillon
2 Hard Boiled Eggs cut in small pieces
1/4 Lb. of Velveeta Cheese Diced in 20 cubes
Green Olives sliced (You will probably need about 6-7 of them)
  1. Take the ground meat and place in a bowl. 
  2. Peel the carrots and used a cheese grater to shred the carrots directly into the bowl.
  3. Do the same with the onion.
  4. Add the bouillon and mix together until it is well incorporated
  5. Start dividing the mixture into 20 portions (it equaled about 1 oz. of meat)
  6. Make a ball out of the portioned out meat, than flatten into a pancake.
  7. Place a cheese cube and a egg piece in the middle.  You could add other stuff like hot dog pieces if you like.
  8. Bring up the edges to make a ball. 
  9. Place a olive slice on the outside to resemble an pupil.
  10. Once all the meat balls are assembled, cook the meat balls.
  11. I steamed mine but you could also bake it. 
  12. Once the meat is full cooked, I would use a meat thermometer, it is ready to serve. 

I made a set for The Daughters birthday and I served it with sweet and sour sauce. 


  1. I hope you have been able to get some rest...
    Those witches are amazing ;)
    Everything sounds great :)

  2. I am thinking of you. I hope that you are able to feel more rejuvenated and inspired. I know how these down times can be. All of this food looks and sounds AMAZING. Thank you for sharing. I hope that you are having a great Wednesday.

  3. Welcome back! I've missed your posts. Looking forward to your fab food.

  4. Glad to see that you're posting again. Hope that you feel energized t do what you want to do, whatever that is. Those eyeballs look scary!

  5. I am glad that you are feeling better now.Those witch fingers look so REAL and SCARY!

  6. Glad to have you back. Sometimes we all need a break, I hope yours helped.

  7. Everything looks so yummy... the eggrolls look super delicious :)

  8. So glad you're feeling better. That was quite the Halloween feast. Loved the witches' fingers.

  9. I love the witches' fingers pandesal, so creative. Glad you're back and feeling better.:)