Saturday, July 18, 2009

How to Make Polvoron


Just like pastillas, polvoron has become a favorite gift to give to overseas friends and family. There is such a huge demand for polvoron that in a survey conducted by the Business section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer last 2007, Goldilock’s Bakeshop named polvoron as their top-selling item—it sold more than their cakes!


Materials & Ingredients needed:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Japanese paper or cellophane
  • Polvoron molder, P24
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups sugar

Getting started:

  1. On a pan, toast flour in moderate heat for about 15 minutes, or until light brown, stirring constantly to avoid burning.

  2. Remove the pan and transfer the mixture into a big bowl.

  3. Add the powdered milk, and toss for another 3-4 minutes.

  4. Add sugar and melted butter. Mix well.

  5. Fill the polvoron mould with the mixture, press it hard by using a spoon, then release it. If it is still too loose, add more butter or olive oil. Make sure that you could pick up the polvoron without it crumbling straight away.

  6. Place the polvoron in an airtight container, then chill in the fridge until firm.

  7. Carefully wrap the polvoron individually in japanese paper or cellophane.

  8. Keep the polvoron refrigerated until you want to eat them. You can store them on the fridge for about a week, or you can freeze them.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Credit Card Tips


I applied for a secured credit card at BPI last year. I find it very convenient because I don't have to carry cash all the time. When me and my friends go shopping, I ask them to give me their cash and use my card instead. By doing that, I get more reward points and use that cash in short-term sidelines/investments/rackets. I am given 20 days to pay my bills..so I use that time to earn some money.


There are other promos included, like for example, if I use my card within that promo period for a minimum single transaction of P1,000, I get a free food item from Chowking. I was able to take out 2 pork siomai and 2 siopao asado last Wednesday. It's really nice to get freebies! I don't like having credit cards before but seeing as I can be creative with it, why not ;)


Just remember to always use your credit card wisely and pay your bills on time.

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