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.