21 Aug2007

Wow! One day off from the blog and 170+ comments?! That is overwhelming and I thank you many times over for all the birthday greetings! In the next couple of days, hang on to your stomachs (virtually) as I post the “mystery” dish and more importantly, the surprise meal that Mrs. MM arranged for dinner last night… If only we could have had all of you over to join us… it was a very memorable and special meal.

As for the many guesses in the previous post on what was cooking for so long, many of you guessed pata tim which I have not yet featured on this site, callos was another favorite guess but that too, I have not attempted due to an aversion to cow stomach lining, duck confit, fabada which we eat often but whose recipe I have not posted yet, and very astutely, someone said croissants which I have never made from scratch…

But for some of the other guesses, I do have posts in the archives for the curious:

Crispy Pata a la Gardenman
Morcon a la Chef Chris Bautista
Wagyu Osso Buco a la Marketman

So hang on, wait a few hours and check back as I write up the posts from yesterday’s activities. Many thanks again for all the greetings… :)



  1. noemi says:

    ah am late greeting you. Belated Happy Birthday greetings. I will check later. Maybe I might even use it for hubby’s birthday next week.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:10 am


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  3. relly says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM… and today is my Birthday too.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:14 am

  4. blue says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM..am wishing you more birthdays to come!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:40 am

  5. charmaine says:

    belated happy birthday MM!!!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:57 am

  6. Socky says:

    “If only we could have had all of you over to join us…” I’m sure a pahabol birthday dinner can be arranged, Markerman :-) Belated happy birthday!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 10:23 am

  7. acidboy says:

    my best wishes and regards, Mr. Marketman. Hope to meet you in your John Lobbs someday. Cheers.

    And thanks for this website of yours. You will never realize how much people value this.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 10:23 am

  8. Marilyn says:

    Talk about a cliffhanger. I thought you would at least clue us all in regarding food group at least i.e. beef, pork, fish (doubtful), other kinds of seafood (extra doubtful), vegetables (ultra doubtful) hehehehe. This is what we folks get for waiting….. hmmmmmm

    Aug 21, 2007 | 10:31 am

  9. solraya says:

    Funny that I knew I wanted to post a greeting…

    But your post on you won’t have any entry for the day as you celebrated your bday…somehow put me in a suspended mode!

    I just snapped out of that when I read this post :)

    AM sure you had a Happy Birthday :)

    Aug 21, 2007 | 11:27 am

  10. nang says:

    happy birthday MM! i wanted to post a greeting earlier but seeing that there were already about 89 entries in your last post, i figured i’ll save my greeting for the next one. hehe. i’m sure you had a fantastic birthday dinner. good day to you and the family.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 11:32 am

  11. Jaja says:

    Belated happy birthday MM!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 11:33 am

  12. Teresa says:

    Wow! pata tim, yum yum. It’s one of my favorite family feast food in my previous life :-) I’m a convert vegetarian and haven’t eaten red meat since 1999. I remember this dish though, thick, creamy, sweet, a little sour, with that melt in your mouth meat. I’m sure your birthday celebration is as memorable as this slow cooked special treat. Have fun and looking forward to your birthday post!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 11:53 am

  13. Maria Clara says:

    You’re a Mega Star in the Blogosphere with an overwhelming birthday greetings from across the globe. I love your forte recipe – clues and quizzes for fun and continues momentum . Happy Birthday again.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:02 pm

  14. Mel says:

    Happy birthday. Thanks for the joy of your blog.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:35 pm

  15. Faye says:

    Excuse the tardiness of this greeting….HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you had a wonderful day. Maybe pictures will show up so that we will know what you did on your birthday. Again, happy birthday…we all love you so much here.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 1:11 pm

  16. lee says:

    fried chicken

    Aug 21, 2007 | 1:18 pm

  17. chunky says:

    happy birthday MM! sorry for greeting you so late. i really love reading your blog! long life!!!!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 2:52 pm

  18. chinkee says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM, may your blessings continue to pour :)

    Aug 21, 2007 | 3:31 pm

  19. nunosapunso says:

    belated happy birthday and hope you enjoy many more meals in the coming years.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 4:47 pm

  20. angel mae says:

    hi MM,
    belated happy b_day!!!keep up the good works MM,May God Bless you always…and thank you for everything…

    Aug 21, 2007 | 5:15 pm

  21. teth says:

    belated hapi birthday, MM!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 6:14 pm

  22. Avic says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, MM!!! I wish you more blessings from the Lord as you have been a blessing to us, your readers! Hope to meet you soon. :)

    Aug 22, 2007 | 12:13 am

  23. Ted says:

    I have not been to your site for a week and i need to catch up on the posts, btw belated happy bday…My guess is you did foie gras for appetizer, followed by beef bourguignon with cabarnet sauvignon and creme brulee with icewine for dessert

    Aug 22, 2007 | 5:46 am

  24. annette says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, MM, I havent been around lately, so I have to catch up.

    Aug 23, 2007 | 7:15 am

  25. kitkathie says:

    belated happy birthday…Wishing you good health & many more surprises to come.

    Aug 23, 2007 | 8:08 pm


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