Thursday, December 30, 2010

Seafood Special by Flora

Craving for seafood? If you feel like eating seashells and shrimp, you might want to try this easy and quick recipe by my friend, Flora. She always cooks delicious food every time we visit her house. This is one of her dishes that we really like. You can buy seafood pack at any asian restaurant. If you can't, just get it from any of your local grocery store. You will buy the seashells and shrimp separately though. When cooking, you can cook it in many ways. The way Flora prepared it is by sauteeing garlic, onion and tomatoes first. Then the seafood was added with a bit of water. Just add salt and pepper to taste. You may also cook it with oyster sauce which I also like. The seafood will make its own juice and you may just use that instead of adding water. Either way is delicious. Just cook it the way you like it. Have fun cooking!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Grilled Mahi-Mahi at Marie Callender's

It was Gemma's birthday celebration when I first visited Marie callender's. The place was nice but the service at that time wasn't good. We even ended up serving ourselves. Our waitress was pregnant and she kept messing up with our orders. Most of us ordered the grilled Mahi-Mahi which was really delicious. We ordered extra rice because of that but the extra rice was not served right away. So it felt like, you were forced to stop because you don't have anything to eat with the fish. I was supposed to have one extra rice but I changed my mind. I lost my appetite. We understood about the waitress situation but with her service, we were not really satisfied. Anyway, the food was great especially the pie. It was a fun night with my Filipino friends, nice dinner and a good fellowship after.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Filipino-Style Spaghetti


I was craving for Jollibee spaghetti. Jollibee is a popular burger fastfood chain in Philippines. Unfortunately, we don't have Jollibee here in town. I checked my pantry and just found a jar of Italian sauce which I really don't like. It's sour for me and I want the sweet-style sauce. I remember how my mom cooks spaghetti. She will mix ketchup, spaghetti sauce and condensed milk to the meat. So I grabbed a bottle of ketchup and a can of condensed milk. Not only that, I also prepared sliced italian sausage as a substitute for filipino hotdogs. The sausage here is not that bad. I like it too. I cooked the ground beef(about a lb) with minced garlic, onion, and bell pepper. I then added the italian sauce (emptied the jar). Let it boil and added a bit of ketchup and condensed milk. I like it sweet so I used half of the can. The sausage was then added and I let it simmer for a bit. The pasta was cooked according to package direction. After that, the pasta was topped with my own filipino-style spaghetti and parmesan cheese. It wasn't bad at all. Taste like jollibee!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tinu-nuan na Inun-unan/Paksiw na Isda sa Gata

This is Flora's another recipe. I tell you, this is really good! One of Filipino's favorite dishes, paksiw. But this one has coconut milk. Paksiw is a dish with garlic, ginger (crushed or chopped) bay leaves, soy sauce and vinegar and simmered til cooked. You can make fish, chicken or pork paksiw with the same other ingredients. You can also add vegetables like sliced eggplants, ampalaya (bitter melon) and okra. The latter makes it slimy though. Usually we just add eggplant. Adding coconut milk makes it tastier. It's easy, you just have to mix all ingredients, usually the soy sauce is 1/2 the amount of the vinegar. If it is too sour or salty, just add a bit of water. Use medium heat at first then simmer. When your paksiw is almost done, add the coconut milk and let it boil. Don't overcook coco milk because it will smell. You may add salt and pepper to get the desired taste. Serve it with hot cooked rice. Try it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Flora's Shepherd's Pie

I learned this recipe from a good friend, Flora. She always makes this for dinner and we have tried it. It was good so I would like to share this recipe with you guys. It's quick and easy. It's another way of cooking your potatoes and ground beef. It's actually similar to picadillo, only that the potatoes are mashed and cooked separately before baking. The amount of ingredients depend on the amount of serving you want to serve. She doesn't have the exact measurement but we know how much we need to prepare if we are used to cooking. So enjoy!
medium potatoes, about 8 or more, boiled and mashed
1-2 lbs ground beef
onion, chopped finely
garlic, minced
bell pepper, chopped finely
salt and pepper to taste
shredded cheddar cheese
Cook beef. You may drain it. Saute vegetables then add the cooked ground beef. You may also saute the vegetables first before cooking the ground beef. You just add the latter and wait til no pink remains or cooked.
Heat oven 350 deg. Prepare a baking dish. Scoop out mashed potatoes and put it in the baking dish in layers. Potatoes first then the cooked ground beef. Top it again with the mashed potatoes, followed by the ground beef and so on. Garnish it with shredded cheddar cheese and bake. When cheese is melted, it's done. Enjoy it with steak or any other cooked meat and vegetables.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sam's Baby Shower Cake

Are you planning to make a cake for a friend's baby shower? This may help you get an idea how it should be decorated.
This is my step-son's girlfriend's cake baked by her sister for her baby shower. She made it herself. She is so artistic and decorated the cake beautifully. I would like to try making a cake for a friend and decorate it like this. I can use a cake mix and just buy cake icing and frosting. For sure, I will enjoy making it!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Adobo

This is another dish cooked by Olga's Mom. Chicken Adobo with Upo and Ampalaya leaves. It's another Adobo version that you will like too. I like ampalaya (Bitter Melon) even if it's bitter. We grew up eating the bitter fruit so the leaves is not that bitter for me. Upo tastes good with any meat too. It's absorbs juice and that makes it so tasty. Aside from upo, sayote and papaya can also be used.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Adobo with Corn

Have you tried Chicken Adobo with Corn Kernel? It's new to me but when I tried it, it was good. There was a lot of flavor: sweet, salty and bitter. It was not only corn that was added, there were Ampalaya leaves too which tastes bitter but not as much as the fruit-bitter melon. It would only be bitter if you eat the leaves. But the dish was good. I would like to try it someday. Thanks to nanay (Olga's Mom) for letting me try one of her dishes.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Today's Meal

So I am watching my diet because I need to lose weight. After my pregnancy, I have gained more than 20 lbs and so far, I have only lost 10 lbs. I need to work hard to get rid of the eccess fat. I am overweight so I am eating only little but five times a day. I am trying though what hubby told me, eat only when you are hungry. Anyway, today's meal was rice, with hamburger patty, corn and shrimp. I pineapple slices for dessert.



Friday, October 29, 2010

Orange Cinnamon Buns

This is the first time I tried baking and eating Orange Cinnamon Buns. I don't like cinnamon much but hubby loves it. So I bake cinnamon rolls and buns for hubby. I do eat but not really a big fun. But with this kind, orange cinnamon buns are really good. I can't taste the cinnamon well so I like it. It even smells so good. I would bake these buns again with orange frosting, I like it better than the regular ones. Try it too!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hubby's Birthday Cake

I just made a birthday cake for my husband. It's simple and easy. I just used a pack of cake mix and decorated it quickly. I always like the Devil's cake. So it's always the kind that I use when baking a cake and serve it to family and friends. For birthdays, I usually put frosting. Since I ran out of it, I just use the sprinklers and the icing to decorate the cake. So simple yet it was really appreciated.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pork Loin Teriyaki

Mmmm... This is one of my favorite pork dishes. I don't really like teriyaki but with this, I realized that teriyaki tastes differently especially if prepared in diffrent way by different people. But this comes in packs and ready to bake. It's seasoned already and you just have to bake it for 45 minutes or more. I always bake it 20 minutes more, to make sure it's fully cooked since it is pork. It is still juicy and tasty.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Today's Meal

I miss eating the side dish meals so I opened a pack and cooked it. It was chicken noodle side dish which is ready to cook. You just have to boil the noodle till tender and add the seasoning. But with this, I added shrimp so it has more flavor compared to the regular flavoring that comes with the pack. I put sliced pork meat over the noodle and it was chow time! Yummy!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Penne with Hearty Meat Sauce

This is one of my favorite pasta recipes. It's quick and easy. A dish with a hearty Italian sausage crumbles in a rich tomato sauce on penne pasta. The recipe is printed on the can cover so it's a recipe that you don't have to browse the net and print it. Try it and see if you like it too.


8 ounces dry penne pasta
1-1/4 pounds Italian pork sausage links, casings removed
1 can (26.5 oz each) Hunt's® Meat Flavored Pasta Sauce
1 can (6 oz each) Hunt's® Tomato Paste
1/2 cup hot water
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbled; drain.
Add pasta sauce, tomato paste and water to meat. Add pasta; stir until well coated.
Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer over low heat 10 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chicken Empanada

Photo Credits: Marie Woods


This is one of my favorite back in Philippines and will always be. My friend shared this recipe that she has tried and her empanada looked very delicious. So I have it here and would like to share this recipe with you guys. Hope it brings back memories because it does with me. Happy eating!
Ingredients:

Filling
1 1/2 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 piece medium-sized onion, minced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 cup potato, diced
1 cup carrot, diced
1 cup green peas
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp sugar
1/2 piece chicken cube
2 tbsp cooking oil



Crust
3 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp water, cold
1 piece raw egg
1 cup butter, cold
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt



Cooking Procedure

1. Cook the Filing

1.1 In a heated pan, pour the cooking oil and allow to heat-up
1.2 Saute the garlic and onions
1.3 Add the chicken breast then cook until color turns light brown (about 5 minutes)
1.4 Add water and chicken cube then simmer for 10 minutes
1.5 Put-in carrots and potatoes and simmer for 5 minutes
1.6 Add the green peas, raisins, and sugar then simmer for another 5 minutes
1.7 Sprinkle salt and pepper. Turn off the heat, drain the excess liquid, and set aside.

2. Make the dough

2.1 In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients starting from the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt then mix well.
2.2 Cut the butter into small thin pieces place in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.(the butter should be cold and solid before doing this)
2.3 Add water gradually and mix all the ingredients thoroughly until a dough is formed. You may use a pastry blender to easen the process.
2.4 Divide the dough into individual pieces by grabbing a piece from the whole mixture and rolling it in your hand until a spherical shape is formed. Do this until all the dough is consumed. Set aside in a cool place for at least 20 minutes
2.5 Flatten the spherical dough py pressing it with your palm against a flat surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten it fully while creating a round shape.

3. Place some filling at the middle of the flattened dough. Fold the dough so that opposite ends meet (you should have formed a half moon shaped dough)then press the edges and seal. (refer to the video for the technique)

3. After all the fillings are consumed, crack the egg and separate the white from the yolk. Beat the egg white lightly and mix a little water.Glaze the crust by brushing the egg wash.

4. Put a wax paper on top of a baking tray or grease the baking tray then arranged the sealed doughs.

5. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Bake the sealed doughs for 25 minutes at the same temperature.

Monday, September 20, 2010

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Pineapple Fried Rice

This is Isabel's recipe. This friend of mine served this dish when we had a gathering. Everyone liked it so I asked for her own recipe. I like how it was cooked. It has a lot of flavors: nutty, sweet and tasty! I would love to try this too on my son's birthday next year.


Ingredients:

1 can pineapple chunks, drain
4 cups cooked rice, preferably at least 1 day old
4 Tbsp oil for stir-frying
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red or green bellpepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup roasted unsalted cashews
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup carrots, cut into sticks
4 egg, beaten (omit if vegan)
1/4 cup currants (or raisins)
3 Tbsp. fish sauce (or substitute 3+ 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce if vegetarian)
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. chicken powder
3 spring onions, finely sliced
1/3 cup fresh coriander
Optional: 8-12 fresh shrimp/prawns
1 cup ground pork or beef
1 cup chicken breast, thinly sliced

Start by preparing the rice. Add a little oil to the rice (up to 1 Tbsp.) and work through with your fingers. You want to separate the grains of rice, so that they don't stick together. Set aside.
Marinade the ground meat and chicken breast with herb spices..anything you want (e.g., thyme leaves, blackpepper) and olive oil..at least 2-3 tsp, a little bit of salt.
Heat wok, cook the scrambled egg first then after finished cooking it, cut into small pcs. set aside.
Swirl 3 Tbsp. oil around a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir-fry the ground meat and chicken breast you marinaded til brown. Add shallots, garlic, stir-frying for one minute, or until fragrant. If using shrimp, add them now as well. Add carrots, celery, then curry powder...stir-fry for at least 5 mins.
Now add the prepared rice to the wok/pan. Stir-fry until all the rice has mixed with the ings. and has a uniform color. Break up any lumps with your utensil or a fork. Add the frozen peas, scrambled eggs, raisins,bellpepper and chicken powder. Stir-fry to mix in. Continue stir frying until everything is integrated (1-2 more minutes). Add the pineapple chunks and cashew nuts.Finally, do a taste test. If not salty enough, add 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp. more fish sauce (or salt if vegetarian).Sprinkle with spring onion and coriander. Serve!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tinolang Manok with Malunggay (Chicken Soup)

If you know this dish, I bet you are drooling now. I really love malunggay leaves (horse raddish leaves). It is very nutritious. They say that if you are breastfeeding, eat plenty of this and your milk production will increase. The soup is so good that will make you sweaty after. This is one of the Filipino's favorite dish. So simple yet delicious and nutritious. Just boil chicken meat in water with a bundle (3-5 leaves) of lemon grass, green onions, ginger, onions and season it with salt and pepper. When it is done, the malunggay leaves are added before serving. Making sure the leaves will not be overcooked to preserve the nutrients. This is perfect with rice.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Being a Mom is not easy. Since I had my baby, I admit, I couldn't cook much so I depended on ready-to-cook dishes. Baked Coconut Shrimp is one of my favorite. Thank God there are food like this, easy to prepare and make. I just have to bake it, set a time, and I can attend to my baby. But I am not always cooking preserved food, it's only good when my baby's having a difficult time and when I don't have plenty of time to make dinner. By the way, this comes with its own sauce, tangy and sweet. Yummy!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Asian Lettuce Wraps

This is another dish that I have tried at a friend's house. There was a short business presentation and I was invited. The host has prepared this Asian Lettuce Wraps and I found myself eating a lot of it! This was so tasty. I would definitely serve this dish on my son's birthday next year. If you like the asian taste, you may want to try this. Enjoy! Below is a recipe from Allrecipes.com.


Ingredients
16 Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
1 pound lean ground beef (you may use chicken)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Asian chile pepper sauce (optional)
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil

Directions
1.Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.
2.In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. Drain, and set aside to cool. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, and sesame oil, and continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
3.Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Baked Garlic-Butter Shrimp in their Shells

Baked Garlic-Butter Shrimp is an easy and quick recipe for you to follow. Its a recipe that I got from Waterfront Bistro pack of Raw Shrimp. When I tried it, I have loved the recipe and I have been cooking large shrimp this way. Hubby and friends love it! Below is the recipe.

1/2 package Waterfront Bistro raw shrimp in shell (about 35 shrimp), thawed and blotted dry
4 tbsps (1/2 stick) butter2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Put butter in a 9x13-inch baking dish and melt in oven or microwave. Stir in lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer. Marinate for 10 minutes at a room temperature or refrigerate up to 6 hours. Bake for 11-13 minutes (longer if chilled) until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Remove from oven and serve shrimp with sauce. Makes 4 servings.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bacon and Smoked Sausage Rolls

I love these rolls! A friend of mine, Gemma, baked some when I was at their house. I like sausages, the smoked kind. And it tasted good with the bacon and a bit of brown sugar. I loved it that I ate more than 1 serving (6 rolls). I asked my friend how she cooked it. All you need is a pack of smoked sausages; bacon; tootpicks and brown sugar. The bacon is cut to pieces which is enough to be rolled around the sausage. Toothpicks are then used to keep the bacon around the sausages. When placed on a baking dish, sprinkle with brown sugar and bake. You may bake it in the oven (350 degrees) for 30-40 minutes till bacon is cooked and sugar is golden in color and melted. Then serve. This is a good finger food to prepare.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Yummy Rolls with Sausages

I love rolls! I used to buy cheese rolls back in Philippines every recess time at school. We had a favorite bakery nearby that sells rolls. I am not sure if they still sell bread or they are still operating. Anyway, their rolls were really good and baking some makes me remind of those cheese rolls. Instead of cheese, I only use sausages. I rolled sausages with the bread dough of any brand (that comes in packs) and baked it. It was good. It would be better if I can use the same kind of cheese used by that bakery. Well, if you like to try, you only have to buy the dough and bake it by simply following the directions printed on the can/tube/pack.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Liquid Sweetener

I don't drink coffee nor sweet tea too often so I don't use sugar most of the time. Only hubby uses sugar at home and consumed every pack that we buy from the store. He uses the powder kind and haven't tried yet the liquid sweetener. That is why I am curious of EZ-Sweetz
EZ-Sweetz® is a liquid sweetener that is compared to Splenda®. We might like it since we do use Splenda too. But this one offers more value and many other advantages compared to Splenda®. They say that if you like Splenda, you would love EZ-Sweetz®. I might want to try their free sample which is available at www.ez-sweetz.com. Try it too. Let's see if liquid sweetener is better with my hubby's coffee. Below is the information regarding EZ-Sweetz:

1) No Calorie and No Sugar

2) One Drop and Sweet Enough

3) Tastes Like Sugar

4) Free of Dextrose & Maltodextrin

5) Hot and Cool Foods & Drinks

6) Made in USA

7) Compliance with FDA Requirements

Ground Turkey Meat and Vegetables Stir-fry

This is another quick and easy recipe for frozen vegetables. I am using any brand of vegetable stir-fry pack but I always have a chicken bouillon cube for seasoning. This time around, I used ground turkey for the meat so the chicken bouillon cube wasn't needed since the turkey was already seasoned. You can buy it at any grocery section's meat section. It comes in tubes.

Cooking this is really simple. First, cook the meat in medium heat then add the vegetables and a bit of water. Stir-fry for about 5-7 minutes till vegetables are crisp tender. Serve with hot cooked rice.

Made in America

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"Made in America" has been always the talk every time I send gifts to the Philippines. Ever since I came here in USA, my folks back home were anticipating to receive something made in America. Receiving goods from here makes them so happy and proud but it doesn't mean that they don't love stuff made in Philippines. Something from the USA is worthwhile even if the product is originally made in other countries like China. They just love anything as long as it is given and sent from the United States of America. But I am trying my best as the sender to pack products made from here. Recently, I have been looking for clothes and apparel made here and I came across of Ramblers Way Farm.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Today's Meal

I love Knorr side dishes in packs. It is easy to cook and delicious too. Hubby and I like to buy side dishes packs in different flavor and try it with meat and vegetables. Today's side dish that I prepared with my meal was Chicken Noodle. I just added already cooked shrimp when the noodles were cooked. On my plate were green beans and baked turkey breast tenderloin. Yummy!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

10 Products to Always Buy Generic

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Our economy nowadays is really not good compared to before. No wonder that people are struggling in order to survive. Because of this, our lifestyle has changed and we became more practical. Though some people stick to their lifestyle, but most are trying their best to change for the betterment. I am one of them. Hubby and I am trying my best not to spend much in order to save. So we shop and spend less. How? We choose the generic stuff and the ones on sale.

According to the article that I have read, there are
10 Products to Always Buy Generic. One is the over-the-counter medication which I always buy. When I was pregnant, I preferred the Rite-Aid brand prenatal vitamins since it was cheaper and there were more tablets in one bottle for the price. The rest of the generic products are cereal, pantry staples, soda, gasoline, electronic cables, make-up and other beauty products, batteries, salad mix and produce and store brand formula which I tried to buy for my baby. Instead of buying the expensive milk formula for my baby, we chose to buy the store brand formula and that made us save. I breastfed my baby but also supplemented him with formula milk. Thanks to the store brand formula, we made it through and eventually passed the challenges that came with the bad economy.

These generic products are as effective as the brand-name ones but affordable. Though the packaging is different, the content is similar. So why not try buying the generic products? This way, we can save and enjoy similar kind of stuff of that brand-name products.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Applebee's Riblets

This is our favorite menu at Applebee's, Riblets! These are tender and tasty. You can choose from different BBQ sauce. I love the sweet and spicy. It comes with your choice of baked potatoes or fries. I even let my baby had a taste of the sauce and he liked it. He cried because he wanted more. Hubby and I always order this as our main entree and buffalo wings for appetizer. You should try it too. Choose from their $20-3 meals deal. We love Applebee's.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Chop Suey

This is a quicker and easier recipe for chop suey since frozen stir-fry vegetables and a chop suey mix are used. I just added a half-lb cooked shrimp. Below are the only ingredients you need. The mix has been added already to the soy sauce and water mixture. A cooking oil was also added to fry again the shrimp for a few seconds and the vegetables were added. The mixture was added when the vegetables were crisp-tender, when simmered in about 7 minutes, medium heat. You may add black pepper if desired.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Today's Meal


Here's a nice meal for Mom's who are trying hard to lose weight. It's still fattening but a little portion of it is ok. I always have vegetables with my meal so I had eaten a bowl of garden salad already with a light dressing then this simple meal. I had one baked potato with lots of black pepper, a bit of heated pork and beans and a turkey breast tenderloin with lemon pepper flavor. Oh yummy!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

1tb Hard Drive

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fried Eggs and Salsa

This is my new favorite meal for breakfast, fried eggs topped with grated cheese and salsa on baked biscuits. I can only eat 1 piece of biscuit with 2 fried eggs and lots of salsa. I really love it! I don't eat it daily though because of the eggs. I eat multi-grain cereal if I don't prepare this. If you love salsa on your eggs, you better try this.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Curried Shrimp 'N' Broccoli Bites


I had fun preparing this recipe. This Curried Shrimp 'N' Broccoli Bites are perfect for appetizers. It consists only 31 calories per appetizer and it tastes good. If you don't have enough time to prepare, you can prepare when you get the chance. If you wish, wrap the shrimp around the broccoli up to a day ahead and refrigerate. Then, brush the shrimp with the margarine mixture and steam just before serving.(Wok Cuisine Recipe Book)

18 large fresh or frozen shrimp in shells
12 to 16 ounces broccoli
1/2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
2 tbsps margarine or butter
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp paprika
Dash ground red pepper

Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp. Set aside.

Cut the broccoli into 18 flowerets, leaving a 1-inch stem on each floweret (reserve remaining broccoli for another use). Sprinkle with lemon-pepper seasoning. Set aside.

In a small saucepan melt the margarine or butter over low heat. Add the curry powder, garlic salt, paprika, and ground red pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute to blend flavors. Set aside.

Wrap 1 shrimp around each broccoli stem. Secure both ends of shrimp to broccoli with a wooden toothpick. Brush each shrimp with some of the margarine mixture.

In a wok, place a steamer rack over water. Bring water to boil over high heat. Place the shrimp-broccoli pieces on the steamer rack. Cover and steam for 8 to 10 minutesor till broccoli is tender and shrimp turn pink. Using tongs or chopsticks, remove the shrimp-broccoli pieces from the rack. Serve immediately. Makes 18 appetizers.

Nutritional information per serving: 31 calories, 4 g protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 28 mg cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 91 mg potassium.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tahong


Hi guys! This is my first post that I embed a video of how to cook the recipe. Below is Foodtrip28's video of the Tahong with Sabaw. His videos inspired me much and I want to make some for my food blog too. I'll probably use English as the language to be used since he is using Tagalog. Anyway, more power to Foodtrip-ph.

For this Tahong recipe, you will need: chopped ginger, tomato, onion, celery (stem and leaves chopped and set aside separately), chili leaves (optional), water (about a cup), fish sauce, pepper to taste and tahong. Sautee the first four ingredients on hot cooking oil (except the celery leaves). Cook till tender-crisp. Add the shells or tahong; stir. Add water and let it boil. Add fish sauce, pepper and simmer for about 10 minutes or till shells are cooked. Then add the leaves and heat it for about a minute or till heated through. Serve with cooked rice.




Saturday, June 5, 2010

Buko Juice

Thanks to Olga for the Buko(coconut) juice recipe. We filipinos love coconut. We eat the meat and drink the fresh juice. We also love to add other ingredients to make it more tasty. The picture above shows the mixture of the canned coconut juice with coconut meat, nata de coco cubes, condensed milk and sugar to taste. Of course, ice cubes were added too. It was good and refreshing!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Crab Cakes


This is Bob's (Bob Kolwyck, Germantown, Tennessee) Crab Cakes recipe which I got from the Taste of Home Recipe Book. I just used bigger chunks of the crab meat (imitation) which was really hard to fry. The tendency is that the bigger flakes separate from the patty. So the next ime I cooked this was not called a crab cake anymore but crab flakes. I like Bob's recipe and I like using bigger flakes so I was frying crab flakes on olive oil with Bob's crab cakes recipe. It really tastes good!



2 slices day-old bread, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
2 tablespoons canola oil





In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; mix well. Add crab; mix gently. Form mixture into eight balls; flatten slightly. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the crab cakes in oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Yield: 8 crab cakes.


Nutritional Analysis: Two crab cakes (prepared with egg substitute and using nonstick cooking spray instead of oil) equals 213 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 115 mg cholesterol, 568 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Vegetable-Beef Stir-Fry

This Vegetable-Beef Stir-Fry from the Wok Cuisine recipe book is similar to our Filipino sotanghon. It only has vegetables and the meat is marinated with this recipe. Instead of a cabbage or spinach, I used a mix of green spring vegetables and added it when the fire was switched off. I can call it Bean Thread-Beef Stir-Fry since there's more noodle being cooked than the vegetables. If you like sotanghon or bihon, you should try this too. An oriental recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. Actually, it is a Korean specialty called "chap-chee" in Korean, which is a classic family dish. Most Korean cooks have their own version of the recipe, but they typically combine spicy marinated beef strips with a variety of thinly sliced fresh vegetables.

12 ounces boneless beef sirloin or top round steak
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 green onions, thinly sliced (1/4 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seed, crushed
1/4 tsp pepper
4 dried mushrooms
2 ounces bean threads
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 medium carrots, cut into julienne strips (1 cup)
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges (3/4 cup)
1 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, drained
1 1/2 cups shredded Chinese cabbage or spinach



Trim fat from beef. Partially freeze beef. Thinly slice across the grain into matchstick-size shreds. For marinade, in a large mixing bowl stir together the soy sauce, water, green onions, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seed, and pepper. Stir in beef. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl soak the dried mushrooms for 30 minutes in enough warm water to cover. Rinse well and squeeze to drain thoroughly. Slice thinly, discarding stems. In a medium mixing bowl soak the bean threads for 15 minutes in enough to warm water to cover. Drain well. Squeeze out excess moisture. Cut bean threads into 40inch lengths. Set aside. Drain the meat, reserving marinade.

Pour the cooking oil into a wok or a large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the onion; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the bamboo shoots and mushrooms; stir-fry about 1 minute more or till vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove the vegetables from the wok.

Add beef to the hot wok. Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or to desired doneness. Stir the reserved marinade, bean threads, cooked vegetables, and Chinese cabbage or spinach into the wok. Cook and stir 1 minute more or till heated through and juices are absorbed. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.


Nutritional information per serving: 311 calories, 26 g protein, 26 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat (3 g saturated), 49 mg cholesterol, 1,423 mg sodium, 789 mg potassium.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Inday's Fajitas

I had left-over ingredients when I made some steak and shrimp kabobs so I tried cooking it on a pan and ate it with tortillas. I realized that it was as good as Mexican Fajitas which I love. Since then, I am making fajitas with this recipe. This recipe's marinade is similar to steak and shrimp kabobs. I changed the amount of ingredients just enough for the beef and shrimp. You may add chicken meat with this recipe.


1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
3/4 cup (3 ounces) pineapple juice
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 pound beef top sirloin steak, sliced thinly (1-inch)
1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 large green peppers, jullienne
2 medium onions




In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; mix well. Pour the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag or container; add beef. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Stir-fry marinated beef until no pink remains or cooked (You may discard the remaining marinade or add a bit of it for your sauce). Add vegetables; stir-fry till crisp-tender. Add shrimp and cook for a few minutes then serve with warmed tortillas and salsa.