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Weekend Five: Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork | Friday Five

Hello guys, it’s another Weekend Five. If you have noticed, (or not), I’ve actually missed last week’s Weekend Five. But I’m back! 

I was actually calling it Friday Five because it’s a recap of the week’s highlights and Friday’s the last day of the weekday, plus they rhyme, right?

But who am I kidding? There are a lot of wonderful things happening on a Friday that I can only write about it on Friday night and publish it on a Saturday.

So heck, we’re calling it Weekend Five. ?

1. New COVID Case in Our Condo

I was severely anxious and totally freaked out because we were told that there were 8 cases of COVID in our condominium. The administration was very careful in disinfecting and very consistent. Yet since the Quarantine General Community and people were already going back to work, that’s when it happened. 

They were already in an isolation facility but hopefully no one got in close contact with them. Hopefully, they’ll recover.

Now our condo has been extremely careful, the swimming pool had closed again! But it’s okay, it’s for our own good. Dreu has never been outside for two weeks now. That’s the sad thing about living in a condo, I can’t risk letting Dreu go out even for just a walk, because every place is a common area except for your unit. We are planning to move to a house after our contract so we can have a considerably larger and better space. Then, I can finally set up the home office I’ve been dreaming of. 

2. Water Interruption

We had water interruption this week which made cringe so baaaaad. If there’s one thing I hate so much, it’s when there’s no access to water. It went on for three days straight, and for the first two days, Tee had to go to the other building to get some water for a bath. Ugh! 

Day three, there’s already a schedule on when the water would go on and off. It was better. Since yesterday, the stream has already been steady. Thank goodness. They were able to fix the leak causing the reservoir to not fill up. 

3. St. John’s Wort

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while now you know how I experienced Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. It took me a while to accept it, but I was able to deal with it. So last week, I decided to take a supplement that could help me with my anxiety and depression — St. John’s Wort.

St. John’s Wort is a flower from the UK that has been used for medicinal purposes. Experiments and statistics have proven St. John’s wort to help treat mild depression, and the benefit seems similar to that of antidepressants.

I ordered it from Shopee for only ₱375 for 60 capsules. It’s from Swanson. I am yet to see any apparent results again, but I noticed I’ve been sleeping longer than usual and calmer than before. However, I had 2 manic episodes since I took it. I am still observing myself.

Also, dry mouth. The dry mouth side-effects is real. It’s a bit of a nuisance but it’s not affecting my appetite, it’s tolerable.

I will update you with my progress taking SJW and if it works for me. If you’ve tried it and it worked for you, I’d be happy to hear about it. 

4. Sweet & Sour Pork

I have cooked many foods in my life, but there are some that I’d rather eat in restaurants because I’m scared that I can’t nail it. Thanks to modern technology, ie. YouTube, I tried cooking Sweet and Sour Pork, and I nailed it. For reference, if you plan on cooking Sweet and Sour Pork, here’s my recipe: 

Sweet and Sour Pork

Pork meat coated and fried, then stirred in to sweet and sour sauce.

  • 1/4 kg Pork Tenderloin (square slices)

For the Marinade

  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce

For Breading

  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch

For the Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 bulb Red Onion
  • 3 pcs Crushed Garlic
  • 2 pcs Red and Green Bell Pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 pk DEL MONTE Quick 'n Easy Sweet and Sour Mix (57g), dissolved in ¾ cup water
  1. Cut the pork tenderloin into small bite-sized pieces.

  2. Marinate it with soy sauce for 30 minutes.

  3. Once done, take the soy sauce out and add a scrambled egg on the pork. Mix well.

  4. On a separate container, add flour and cornstarch, mix well.

  5. Put in the pork with egg one by one in the flour and cornstarch mix.

  6. On a pan, heat oil. Drop the pork one by one and fry until golden brown. Set aside.

  7. Heat oil on the same pan (with less oil) and add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Sauté for 30 seconds.

  8. Add the dissolved sweet and sour sauce, add pepper, and salt. Wait until it's think.

  9. Add the fried pork.

Sweet and Sour Pork

5. What’s New In The Blog?

I have finalized my logo and branding for the nth time. You may notice the new logo and new header on my website and even on my Facebook Page. It took me a while to do a trial and error on a logo that I can stick with, and that can appeal with me and my personality. I want it to be something minimal and modern.

It reflects the minimalism and lack of chaos that I want in my life, and the heart represents the love I have for my family and the blog. Seriously, the blog has been my escape route. As long as one person is reading it, I am not giving up.

You can expect more reviews on the blog moving forward. I have also decided to say goodbye to perfection (I think it’s the SJW talking), so you will see more posts from me. 

Have a happy weekend, and love lots! 

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My Name is Sza — content creator, digital designer and a mom of a feisty toddler.

I am the creative behind Love From Sza.

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