The Richness of the Past: Sef’s Original Homemade Brownies

This is a one on one interview with my Lola Josefs “Sef”. Staring at her while she’s telling stories makes her smile glow continuously. That’s why I didn’t even wonder na saan nangangaling yung “Richness” sa Taste ng Brownie Recipe niya. 

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Origin (1960)

When Notre Dame of San Jose was opened as a private school, there was a “Rigodon” which is the Changing of directors, directors such as Priests of different congregations and Marist brothers. Then the Director of Notre Dame of San Jose was a Marist brother, he was no other than Brother Joseph Damian Teston who happens to have a mother whom he said “let the children grow by eating brownies every day” so the mother baked brownies every day. Using the right ingredients, such as walnuts, rich fat evaporated milk, butter (if possible the best butter) with the best chocolate powder, flour, eggs, and sugar. It so happened that he was the president of Notre Dame of Marbel College now NDMU Notre Dame of Marbel University. Every time he has his visitors, especially from abroad, he invited them for a lunch at Notre Dame of San Jose which he called his University. So every time he has special visitors, he asked me to bake brownies so he buys the best ingredients for the brownies which the visitors liked very much. So I tried my very best to bake the best brownies until I made friends with all the Bishops assigned in Cotabato City and Marbel especially Bishop Mongeau who loves eating brownies very much. So when he comes to Marbel, he visits us in our house and asks for brownies. All Bishops assigned her in Marbel who also love Brownies very much so everytime they have a special occasion, Brother Damian always requested me to bake Brownies for them.

The Brownies

Brother Damian’s mother used to send us Fresh Walnuts still with shells which the children (students) break using the hammer. So with the rest of the ingredients Brother buys them from the different stores and bring them to Notre Dame of San Jose to be bake. That’s how I was made known to baking the best brownies in town so until now.

The Connection

I taught my students how to bake brownies in the class until all of them learned even the boys with their teachers. Much more, Notre Dame of San Jose was one of the recipients of the Catholic relief services which includes flour, powdered milk, butter, cooking oil and cheese. That’s how I was able to improve the baking of brownies. I picked some of my talented students to bake brownies in School especially when we have visitors.

 

The Struggle with Baking  1975-1980

We lack ovens, baking pans and mixing bowls. Instead, we use small basins, we kerosene stove with portable ovens. We obtain our baking utensils by sending our native projects made of coconut materials such as guinit bags, guinit slippers, and guinit hats to the States through Brother Damian. He distributed it among their family friends in the States and in return he was given an amount to buy the things we needed for baking such as Kerosene Stoves with portable ovens. Then when Bishop Arliss, was assigned in Marbel as Bishop, he did the same. Through him we send ipil-ipil projects made out of ipil-ipil seeds just like ipil-ipil necklace, bracelet, centerpieces of ipil-ipil seeds for flower vases. Until such time, the School was able to buy a Lagermania oven with a refrigerator from the solicitation of Bishop Arliss. Because of the Facilities we had, our work became lighter.

At Home

Before we even started selling brownies, during weekends, my grandchildren and I bake brownies especially for meryenda (snacks) until all of them learned how to bake brownies taken from my own original recipe.

Now

So when Mr. Parcon and Myself retired from School we had several cooking utensils accumulated for the school which is being used until now. And by this time, my grandchildren are trying to follow my ability in baking brownies with their added ideas.

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Thank you for your support!

-Sef’s

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My Grandmother’s Original Homemade Brownies in Koronadal City

2B223FE1-E594-4ED7-8DFB-E78CD6C12FA7     This is the photo of the actual brownies my brother made last March. Baked from my Grandmother’s Brownie Recipe from her teaching years. She’s a TLE teacher in the Philippines while being a mom to her grandchildren.

Celebrations among family is common, and because of that food is always present so as the visitors. Many say “your brownies is extremely good especially because it’s not too sweet”. Some even mentioned that our family must venture out for Brownie business.

More than a decade of serving our brownies we didn’t thought about giving it a go just to try.

It’s a matter of time my brother suggested baking some for a photoshoot so that people in social media can appreciate. Below are some of my Grandmother’s or I may say Sef’s Original Homemade Brownies photos.

This is now a level up version of my brother for he added more chocolates leaving the taste not to sweet which is perfect for everybody.

Sef’s Original Homemade brownies made with love – Worth Sharing!

If you’re in the koronadal city, South Cotabato, Philippines you must…

 

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Pick #29 Elements of “a perfect day”

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We all know that there’s no perfect thing in this world, including humans. Anything, anyone is flawed in our ways. But here comes the “ideas” of the perfect day. It’s from our self-perspective, I mean I myself have different factors for a day to be labeled as a perfect day, so as my dog. As a typical being who only in nature wanted his day to perfect basing it to his definition of a “Perfect Day”.

Now it’s my day to share with you what consists my elements of a perfect day. I’m a list them down for you readers:

  1. Coffee in the morning –  First things first. Coffee has an important role in everyday’s life, I mean the different preparation and presentation of coffee are widely appreciated by the people and I myself have been a lover since my College days of busy studying.   “She’s like cold coffee in the morning” –  Cold Coffee | Ed Sheeran
  2. Greetings from Loved Ones  – Good morning messages even evening is happiness for me. Friends, Family, and relatives sending me random messages in a day even just a single one will make my day complete.
  3. Complete Meal – When I say complete meal, it means that in a day I’ll be satisfied with just one complete breakfast and light meals in lunch and dinner. I’m in my diet mode actually so I have this set of goals. *laughs
  4. Realizing how blessed you are – On a daily basis, we do thank God for the good thing s and even the bad things that he gave to us, to experience and to challenge. Along with these, we are also showered with another day to spend with our Families and our ability to work again for our clients or to have a good cup of coffee with our friends.
  5. Ended your day with a smile and a prayer – As a Freelancer, I manage my time making it possible for me to sleep even for just 4-6 hours in a day. Making my self-available for prospects it can be viewing job offers and entertaining proposals.
  6. Gym time – Last month I decided to enroll in a gym and now I decided to extend another month so that I’ll continue losing some kilograms.
  7. A day in the Arcade – I remember way back when I was just a little fellow I’m very fond of playing outdoor games with my playmates as well as indoor on arcades. Yet in today’s generation, the love for Arcades is still hyped as same before despite the progression of the number of kids population who are into online games with the use of smartphones and high-end gadgets. This is always gonna be a part of my life and as soon as it is included in my day, it’s gonna be as perfect as having a cup of hot coffee in a cold weather.
  8. A blog post – this is something I really love doing for years now. It’s not limited to sharing words, stories alone but sharing artworks and photographs are also considered to be a blog post for me. A doodle a day keeps my energy ecstatic and driven. Being an artist in our own special and simple ways creates unique elements in our stories. Keeping the creativity in everyday grind

A combination of 3 or more listed above will just be fine for me.

How about you? What makes your day perfect? – wordsmelt