Last month, The Spoiled Mummy was invited to be a guest speaker for Monde Nissin’s summer bonding event for some of the country’s top Mommy bloggers and their kids. Even though I am still a neophyte blogger (I am only turning 2 this July!) and I get very nervous speaking in public, I jumped on the challenge and said YES mainly for three reasons :
1) I am a Mommy blogger too – and I figured this would be a good way to meet my fellow mommy bloggers too
2) I will be talking about the importance of family bonding – which is something I give much importance to in my personal life
3) I will be sharing my favorite dessert recipes – having a sweet tooth, I thought this should come easy to me
The event called Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself was held at Yardstick Coffee, one of the newest artisanal coffee places in town, located in Legaspi Village, Makati. This Third Wave coffee shop was transformed to become one big, homey and pretty kitchen filled with a lot of happy colors and fun decor. This made it the perfect place for an intimate summer bonding activity with mommies and their kids.
Gen dela Pena, PR and Media Manager of Monde Nissin Corporation, who welcomed all the guests to the event.
The first guest speaker was Chef Mitchie Sison, a chef instructor and a frequent guest in cooking shows. She talked about how to decorate the Monde Special Mamon using her own frosting recipes. She showed us how to make buttercream from scratch, how to make cookies and cream and how to combine cheesecream and bacon and turn them into a topping.
Mom blogger Jackie and daughter bonding over decorating!
Mommy bloggers Helene, Fleur and Christine with their kids learning the different ways to make fun and creative toppings!
Then it was my turn! Event host Delamar introduced me and tried to make me feel comfortable. (I was obviously a nervous wreck then!) I talked about The Spoiled Mummy, how I started the blog, my love for all things sweet and most importantly, how I “enforce” family bonding at home — with my two boys in the audience listening and grinning from ear to ear! 🙂
“One thing I try to do at home on weekends and summer breaks is allow my children to “play” in the kitchen. This is not an easy thing for me to do — since I would rather do everything on my own without the added stress of cleaning up more mess. But if this means spending more time with them and teaching them a lesson or two about cooking, healthy eating or anything else under the sun, then this simple and mundane activity can turn into an enriching and learning family bonding after all”.
After talking about tips on family bonding, I shared 4 very simple recipes for toppings that are perfect for moms like me who are not professional chefs nor trained bakers. These toppings can also be used to jazz up any type of bread, cupcake or any plain chiffon or pound cake. For this event, I used the Monde Special Mamon, which is ready to eat and ready to be decorated with toppings of your choice.
My easy-to-follow and kid-friendly recipes (that I have further simplified for purposes of writing them in the blog) are below :
Peanut Butter with Banana : Mash ripe banana in a bowl. Mix banana with 2 tbsps of your favorite peanut butter. Spread on top of mamon. Add banana chips to give it that sweet and crunchy texture.
Another version (which is healthier than the first because of 2 ingredients I added, the Omega 3 and fiber-rich chia seeds* and protein packed nuts) is what I call the Classic PB&J Mamon Sandwich.
Recipe is as follows : Cut mamon open in the middle (and open it like a sandwich). Spread your favorite peanut butter on one side. Add sliced bananas and chia seeds* on top. On the other side of the mamon, spread strawberry jam and add your favorite toasted nuts to give it that nice, nutty flavor. (I used flaked almonds here). Put the two open sides of the mamon together and close like a sandwich.
Third recipe is the Cheesy Mamon Ensaymada : Spread light butter on top. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Grate your favorite cheese and add it on top. (I used grated quezo de bola here; kesong puti or cream cheese would work well too). Toast in a bread toaster and let the cheese melt. Once warm and toasty, dip your cheesy mamon ensaymada in your favorite hot chocolate!
The last recipe I shared was the most special… but unfortunately, since I was also talking, I wasn’t able to take enough clear photos. And the one I have here is half – consumed and not-so photogenic! I crafted this simple recipe with the idea of including all my favorite things in it. Because it is that special and that spoiled, we called it The Spoiled Mamon! 🙂
Here’s the recipe : Cut the mamon in fours (you can also use your child’s favorite cookie cutter to cut it in their favorite shape). Mix your favorite peanut butter and chocolate spread in one (Nutella would be a good alternative). Spread on top and on the open sides of the cut mamon. Add chopped pistachios (my favorite nut) on top to give it that crunchy, nutty flavor. Top with some chia seeds* for some added nutrition. And to give it even more health factor, I added my favorite fruit : fresh strawberries on top!
As you can see, I was able to put all my favorite things in here : chocolate, peanut butter, strawberries, pistachios and chia seeds*. Definitely, a sweet and indulgent – but still healthy – topping that both mummies and kids can enjoy!
*What are chia seeds? Chia seeds are considered to be the new super health food of today. These are tiny little seeds that are rich in healthy omega-3 fats and fiber. Since it is tasteless and won’t affect the flavor of your food, it is something that you can add easily on anything and everything. (Available in all Healthy Options.)
Overall, my first time experience as a guest speaker among some of the country’s top Mommy bloggers proved to be an enjoyable and fulfilling one. Yes, I was very anxious and nervous at first, but as soon as I got the hang of it, I realized that I was actually enjoying it! 🙂 Honestly, it felt like I was just talking to a group of girlfriends in my own kitchen — sharing lots of laughter, tips and recipes!
Will I jump on this kind of challenge again in the future? Now, that remains to be seen!