Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hamburger with Jalapenos

It is easy to make your own hamburger meal. If you have ground beef, you can mold them into patties and add your favorite seasoning like pappie's or salt and pepper. Grill it on the grill or in a pan. Then , get a 2 sliced bread if you don't have hamburger buns. Add mayonnaise and ketchup, lettuce, pickles and you got a meal. I love jalapeno pickles in my hamburger, so I put a lot. Isn't it easy? and yummy!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Sweet Ground Beef and Vege Egg Rolls

Happy New Year to All!!!

As for my first entry for the new year, I made my own egg rolls. This is easy and if you like something sweet, you will love this!

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1 16 oz frozen fresh vege pack, thawed
Yoshida's sweet and savory seasoning
salt and pepper (optional)
1-2 packs of egg roll wrappers
1-2 tbsp oil
garlic, minched

Cook ground beef and strain fat if there is. Set aside.
Heat oil, sautee garlic. Add veges. Cook. Then add ground meat.
Season with Yoshida's seasoning. You can get this at Costco. Or just add beef  cubes/powder for flavoring if you don't like it sweet. You may also just add salt and pepper.
Set aside and let it cool.
You may cut the egg roll wrappers in two triangular shapes.
Use a spoon to scoop the meat into the wrapper, roll and seal with water.
Fry in a deep fryer for 6-9 min at 350 deg F. You may also bake it at 375 for a few minutes until wrapper is golden brown. Make sure you brush the egg rolls with oil before you bake them.
Serve with chili sauce. Enjoy!


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Mangga and Bagoong

This combination is loved by many among Filipinos. Unripe or semi ripe mangoes are peeled and sliced then dipped in bagoong or sauteed small shrimps. We also love them with salted or fermented small fish. My son calls it rotten fish cos it smells so. This fermented shrimp smells too but they taste so good with mangoes! I'm drooling right now while typing this hahaha! You can buy bagoong at a filipino or asian store. There's raw or already fried kind. I like the cooked one but the raw baby shrimp tastes good too with vinegar. Just the fried ones take away a bit of that stinky smell. Wanna try?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Organic Fruits

Hooray! Our fruit trees have plenty of fruits this year and they are so sweet! Plus, they are organic, no fertilizers had been used. The birds are eating them though so we harvest them before they get so ripe. I like it when they're crunchy and not soggy like the ripe ones. They are so sweet even when not fully ripen. On photo, these are saturn peaches or donut peaches. They're flat and round like donuts. We also have burgundy plums which taste like sinegwelas in Philippines when not too ripe. We have plums, apricots, nectarines, kumquats, tangerines, grapefruits, grapes, oranges, cherries, apples, avocados and more! Kids always have fun harvesting them in summer and fall. We just love organic fruits!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Warm Lemon Water for Cough

Flu season is up! So get ready to boost your immune system and fight the viruses. If you happen to get the cough and want to use a home remedy, you can try this warm lemon water for cough. It helps soothe your throat and makes you feel better. If cough persists, visit your primary care physician or take that medicine from the drug store shelf :D

My family and I don't take medicine unless if our cough gets worst that lasts more than a week and we feel like we are getting pneumonia. We only take this natural home remedy which we have been using since we were kids. I did use kalabo (not sure if english term is mint) leaves too. We ground it and drink the juice raw. I don't see them here in the US so I just use lemons in warm water. You can add any mount of lemons, the more the better. You can also add honey and ginger. It works for us. It helps me sleep better. My daughter loves it. So try this and if it works, you are very welcome! ;)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Royale Products

Have you heard of this new products? It is not really new but I am new to this! I came back to US carrying these. A total of 2 bags/packages containing a variety of Royale products. And my fave is the deodorant. I like the smell! I took some of the glutha pills which really makes your skin look nice. Your pores will get smaller. I also let my kids try the chocolate milk but my daughter is allergic to it. My son loves it. We use the Vit. C and grapeseed. They say it is good. We didn't use the other products but we shared it with friends and other people. In short, I sell them on eBay and to people I know. In fact, I have a friend that regularly orders the product. So what I do, I order it from my upline and she mails it via Phil Post office. It takes 15+ days to get here. I don't sell it for too much, I just let them pay the freight and lesser than the selling price online. So if you want to try them, check out ebay. A lot of sellers like me sell these. If the products suits you, keep using them. Stay fit and stay pretty!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Farewell Party

It was my niece's birthday when we celebrated my dad and uncle's birthday too! Plus, farewell party since it was our last 2-day stay at my hometown. We rented a big cottage and a karaoke, well Filipinos love to sing, and the 3 rooms for an overnight stay at Mimar's pool in Timoga. They have a beautiful cascading flowing water, like a mini water falls and the ambiance is really great! We invited our neighbors and friends. Our relatives were there and in-laws as well. Everyone did a good job preparing the venue and we had a blast.

My sister-in-law had this cake made for my dad. He cuts hair as well. He is so talented and he does a lot of things. I guess this is the barber cake and it's pretty! Everyone loved it. Every time I see this cake, it reminds me of the good times we were in Phi. Oh how I miss Philippines especially my family. Til we meet again!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mandarin Plaza Hotel



It was our last hotel that we stayed with the family when we were in Philippines. I took my parents and my brothers' family to Cebu with us before flying to US. The hotel was nice and not that pricey. I love the free buffet breakfast so we always had a feast in the morning. They have soup, rice, meat, pasta and so much more! From Filipino food, Asian and Western kind. It was a memorable stay. We got to enjoy the swimming pool and the facilities as well. Also, we some relatives and friends and hung out a bit. Cebu has been a beautiful place for my husband so whenever he goes to Phi, he stays for a week there. We got to tour around the city at that time instead of the beaches since we already stayed at a beach resort when we arrived. Cebu has too many things to offer and plenty of nice places, accommodation to choose from. Til next time!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Roasted Pork Paksiw

Here is my Pork Paksiw. I used the left over Banana leaves roasted pork from my last post. I put a lot of garlic but a few bay leaves. This is really best with rice. Prepare a lot of rice servings because you might run out of it. Especially if you are eating with other people, you won't be able to notice that you have a lot already. Filipinos are fun to eat with and they're tempting too! You get to feed yourself more than usual. Anyway, below is the recipe from Panlasang Pinoy. I only put soy sauce and vinegar to mine and a bit of soda/sprite :D
 
"Paksiw is a term associated to a dish that is cooked with vinegar and garlic. Lechon Paksiw is a Filipino pork dish made from leftover roast pig which is known as “Lechon”. Aside from using roast pig, leftover Lechon kawali can also be used.Making this dish is a practical way to recycle leftover pork. Instead of reheating the same dish over and over, making paksiw out of it makes the pork more flavorful bringing more life to the ingredient."- Panlasang Pinoy

Ingredients
  • 4 lbs. leftover Lechon or Lechon kawali
  • 3 cups Lechon sauce (follow the link for our homemade authentic Lechon sauce recipe)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
  • 8 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cups vinegar
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a cooking pot and pour-in the beef stock. Bring to a boil.
  2. Put-in the garlic and onions then cook until the texture becomes soft.
  3. Add the whole peppercorns, dried bay leaves, and soy sauce.
  4. Put-in the leftover Lechon and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes.
  5. Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the sugar and Lechon sauce then simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Dash-in some salt to taste then stir.
  8. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  9. Serve hot with rice. Share and enjoy!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lemon Cucumber Water

I know you've heard of this already since this has been circulating in social media lately. So I get to try it for months now and I am loving it. I stopped the tea since I got lazy brewing it, so I make this lemon cucumber water instead. I can finish 3 quarts less than a day so I add some more till bed time. It is easy to make. In a pitcher, fill it with water. Usually a big pitcher can hold 3 quarts of water. It would be nice if you have a diffuser.

Add 1 small cucumber or half big cucumber and 1 lemon (big or small). Both are thinly sliced. Put in the fridge for at least 4 hours then serve.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Banana Leaf Roasted Pork

 

 
We made this dish last Christmas when we visited my husband's daughter. She provided the recipe and I helped her prepare it. What I like about this dish is you just have to put it in the oven and it will be ready after 5 hours. I really love baking! Also, you can make a lot of food with the leftovers. You can make burritos, tacos, pasta, pizza toppings and more! I made paksiw which is simmered in vinegar and soy sauce with garlic and bay leaf. Mmmmmm... Here's a recipe from Bigoven.com. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 7-lb Boston Butt Pork Roast
1/4 cup Course Kosher Salt
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
3 tbs Hickory or Mesquite liquid Smoke
3 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
2 large Banana Leaves; For Wrapping

Original recipe makes 15 servings
                                              

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Take your pork roast and make small scores all over the top side (fat side down). Wash banana leaves and set aside. Take all wet and dry ingredients and mix in a small bowl, mix well until paste is formed. Take a layer of aluminum foil and lay two sideways, and two more lengthwise. Take one banana leaf and lay it sideways and one lengthwise. Place pork roast in the center, and rub with your seasoning paste. Wrap tightly, leaves first then foil. Another layer of foil is always good, this tends to leak in you pan so wrap well. Place in oven, bake on 400 for 4-5 hours until internal temperature reaches 210 degrees. Take out let rest covered for 30 minutes then open to cool and pull.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Birthday Cup Cakes

 
We celebrated my little girl's birthday today so I have been busy in my kitchen all day since yesterday. I baked some cup cakes and also made some cake pops which turned out really yummy! I'll share the recipe in a separate post so check it out later. For the cupcakes, I just followed the recipe on the package. I used Devil's Food Cake mix. I baked it last night and let it cool, wrapped and set aside.

Visitors started coming at 1 pm today. I had some friends over from near and far. I really appreciated their time for coming and bringing presents for my munchkin and also for helping me set up the VIP table, decors and the icing on the cup cakes! The kids enjoyed the party so much especially my daughter since she got her dream My Lil Pony Party. We invited peeps who had a big pony ooopsss a horse and had everyone ride on the horse, around our property. It was so much fun that I couldn't even feel how tired I was. Well then, that is for tonight. I'm ready for bed. You guys have a wonderful night!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Fruit Macaroni Salad, Filipino Style

I made for the first time my own version of the Filipino Style Macaroni Salad. This has been one of the favorite desserts among Filipinos. It is sweet and different from the traditional American Macaroni Salad. My friends had tried it and they loved it! You may use more fruit cocktail or add some more pineapple and sweet mandarins. Everything is in cans so it is easy to gather and prepare. Below is my recipe. Feel free to add anything you like for ingredients. I did add more mayonnaise. Also, if you want chicken in your macaroni salad, just add cooked shredded chicken meat and more mayonnaise. You may add a bit of salt and pepper to satisfy your taste. Keep tasting and don't worry if it won't turn out good. Just keep adding the ingredients that you think is lacking. Keep experimenting ;)
 
You need:
 
1 pack short Macaroni pasta (16 oz), cooked according to package
1 jar mayonnaise (30 oz)
1 jar miracle whip (30 oz)
3 cans small Fruit cocktail or 1 big can (I used 1 big and 1 small can), drained
1 can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 can pineapple slices, drained
1 package raisins (6 small packs in 1 package)
1 can condensed milk
3 cans cream
cheese, cubed
carrots, cubed (optional)
 
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients. Chill before serving. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Apple Cobbler with Mountain Dew

 
Have you heard of soda or soft drinks being added to your cooking? My father use it for his Humba or caramelized tender pork and other dishes. It's like a secret recipe. Other people use it as a recipe for side dishes like Kimchi. I just saw it on a drama once. Anyway, in this recipe, a soda is added and baked along with the apples and the crescent rolls. I think Sprite is also okay with this. That is what we used back in Philippines for Humba. Maybe any soda that has lemon flavor will do. We even used Coke back then. But we used Mountain Dew this time. We served it last Christmas dinner. So here's the recipe from cooks.com.
 
Ingredients:
 
2 Granny Smith Apples (peel and slice into 8 sections each)
2 cans crescent rolls (1 can for each apple)
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups Mountain Dew
Cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
 
Wrap each 1/8 apple section in crescent roll dough. Place in lightly greased baking dish. Melt butter & stir in sugar. Spread over apples. Pour Mountain Dew over apples. DO NOT STIR.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped pecans.
Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes.
Can be served with ice cream or whipped cream.