Lex turned 18 months today. Another milestone few physical but more on emotional, social and mental developments. His teeth is still 8, 6 front teeth and 2 molars. He eats on his own, selecting his preferred food - likes veggies unlike his dad and brothers. Knows how to do the following signs - more, bath, play, eat, sleep. Nods and turns his head when he wants to say yes and no. He knows how to pray or acts like one. Clings more to his Dad (when his Dad arrives from the office, he stops what he's doing and go to him to be carried). Very mobile, runs around when he is not in the playpen or stroller. Sings or hums with his musical toys. Socializes with churchmates as long as there is food to bribe him haha! Points to some parts of his body, his favorite is his navel and private. He pretends to read and knows how to write/scribble - he wrote on our ref using a permanent ink pentel. He is babbling more, just like a broken tape recorder but Says - wee-wee, mama, dada, kai (short for Kyle - especially when he reports why he is crying (sumbong) LOL! He is very obedient. One time he ate lollies and I told him to brush his teeth actually telling his dad to do it but as I was talking to Lito, he went to the washroom and Lito found him gargling but the water in the tumbler came from the bowl LOL! My little baby is now a little boy - our star in the making. My Future matinee idol!
I baked brownies and cooked a special dish to celebrate. Miggy and Lex liked it but the other two who prefers salty food, didn't show much liking. Try this different flavor dish, it's easy to do:
Orange and Honey Pork Glaze
Serves 1 to 2, depending on the size of the pork cutlets.
1 to 2 tbsps. of butter
2 to 3 pork cutlets (you can also use pork steaks or chops)
1 large onion, finely sliced
juice of 2 to 3 large oranges
1/4 c. of honey or to taste
To garnish (optional):
fresh tarragon sprigs
chopped roasted walnuts
1. Melt the butter in a pan. Over high heat, sear the pork, flipping them over when one side is nicely browned around the edges.
2. Right after flipping the pork, add the sliced onion, and cook until other side of the pork is also browned along the edges and the onion slices start to caramelize.
3. Season the pork with salt and pour in the orange juice. Lower the heat, cover and braise the pork in the orange juice until the liquid has almost dried and the onions are soft and brown. Should take 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Pour in the honey. Stir. If the sauce is too sticky, add a tablespoonful of water. Then, turn off the heat.
5. Serve the pork as is. Or, garnish with orange slices, tarragon sprigs and chopped roasted walnuts.