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In Which Instant Mixes Approximate Fiddly-to-Make Favorites…

Believe it or not, it’s all instant…

It’s been a hectic two weeks and updates to this blog have, alas, been sporadic.  In fact, even eating has been rather shot to hell, seeing how I sometimes end up leaving off lunch till three in the afternoon because of everything that’s been tossed at my desk, all the drafts flooding my inbox.  And, seeing how tired I am when I collapse into bed at night, breakfast the following day seems more of a chore rather than a pleasurable experience.

Luckily, I’ve been able to find a number of instant products that have brought a bit of fun back to my morning nosh.  Case in point here: Nissin’s Instant Yakisoba – the real stuff flown in from Japan, not the titchy local packets prepared with hot water.  You boil the noodles, drain them out, toss them back into the pot, and saute them with the packet of fragrant, soy-and-sesame sauce.  Sprinkle on the furikake that comes with the packet, and you’ve got yourself a nice, hot breakfast to start the day.  Strangely enough, it does taste like a yakisoba cooked from scratch – just add a bit of leftover cooked meat or mushrooms and you, dear reader, are good to go.

Another recent find is Kopiccino by Kopiko.  This creamy instant coffee makes a neat hit of caffeine: not too strong, not too sweet, with the right level of richness – plus, it also works well either hot or iced.  Either way, the mix also provides the classic head of foam characteristic of a classic brewed cappucino and also has a wee packet of chocolate shavings to sprinkle on the top.

That said, even if these two things are from instant mixes, at least they’ll put a smile on your face to start yet another hectic day.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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