Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baby Shower Cupcakes

My friends just threw me a baby shower last Saturday. It was a blast, everybody had fun. As expected, there was plenty of Pinoy food served since everybody brought a pot of luck with them. After eating and chatting, a game about cupcakes started. It's the first time I've witnessed this game and it was fun. Each participant has an undecorated cupcake and they were free to use the icing ang decorating stuff provided. I baked the cup cake as instructed and was amazed later on with my friends' cheerful attitude when decorating it. They're quite talented! I would sugggest this game whenever there is a baby shower again. It's entertaining and fun! You can eat it too.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Green Beans with Shrimp

Green bean is one of my favorites. I can even eat all green beans from a whole can. What I like best is to cook it with meat. Here I have it with chicken and shrimp. Cooking is very easy too. Just like how I cook other vegetables with meat, saute garlic, onion, bell pepper and tomatoes first. Then stir-fry meat. Shrimp is added when meat and vegetable are cooked. Shrimp cooks easily.
Add half of a chicken bouillon cube for more flavor. I always add that to any chicken dish I cook. It is really good.

Stir and serve with hot cooked rice.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey will never be missed during Thanksgiving. As for hubby, he has his own way of preparing it. He used to follow one of our recipe books but a direction on the oven package is good enough. He just have to add some vegetables in the bag and no stuffing for us. We like it cooked separately on stove top.
Turkey meat ready for rosting.

He has carrots and celery in the bag with salt and pepper. The turkey is then baked for about 5 hours.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cheap Breakfast

Getting up early has been a usual habit to me since I got pregnant. I wake up around 3am just to eat and can't get back to sleep right away so I have plenty of time to prepare breakfast. What I like most is the Denny's kind breakfast. Instead of going there as what we used to when I craved, I just spend my free time preparing a nice and also cheap breakfast. We buy sausages when it is on sale as well as bacon. Each package was 99 cents when we got it at Von's and they always mark it down when it's about to expire. We got coupons for the eggs that let us save too. As for the pancakes, we sometimes buy it from 99cents store but I prefer the Bisquik brand. Then cook it at the same time with bacon in a separate pan of course. The rest will follow and wala! A cheap but a nice breakfast for hubby and me.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Suka Pinakurat

I am proud to introduce to you guys one of my secret condiments. A spiced vinegar from coconut which is manufactured in my hometown, Iligan City, Philippines. I was so happy when I saw it here in one of the Filipino stores here in California. I missed this vinegar so much since I always had it back in Phi. It tastes good with any dish even with boiled vegetables only. So when I saw it, I right away bought 2 bottles and shared it with friends here. Most of them just tried it first and have liked it that made them bought their own bottle too. They thanked me for that. Try it too!

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Chicken Afritada

Another Filipino recipe that you will surely love. This is chicken afritada which I like better than pork afritada. I guess, I got used with chicken only because I seldom cook pork afritada. My friend always prepare chicken afritada too everytime we have a gathering or a party. Many Americans like this so if you want to please your man with Filipino dishes, this would be one of them. I posted a recipe before using the Mama Sita's Afritada/Caldereta mix which was really so good. This time, you will not use the mix. This recipe was taken from filipinofoodrecipes.net.

1 kilo chicken, cut into pieces
5 pieces potatoes, peeled and halved
1 red onion, diced
1 head garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
2 cups pork or chicken stock (broth)
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
3 tablespoons of cooking oil

In a cooking pot or wok, heat oil.

Sauté garlic and onions.

Add chicken and slightly brown.

Pour the tomato sauce and stock. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is almost cooked.

Add potatoes and continue to cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.

Add the green and red bell peppers, simmer for an additional minute or two.

Salt and pepper to taste

Serve this chicken recipe hot with steamed rice.

Chicago Spa

It has been a while since I had experienced a full body spa. Back in Philippines, I had enjoyed spa every pay day as a reward for working so hard. Here in US, I got no time and I don't have the budget at all. I wish someone could give me a good spa as a birthday gift or I should go see Oprah so I can ask her to give me a gift. I have never been to a dermatologist yet. I had skin problems before but I have overcome it. When I was new here in US, I had an acne nreakout and I was really sad because my face was all red. I tried different products but nothing really worked. How I wished that I had a lot of money so I can afford a dermatologist. There are a lot of good places here for a spa and skin care. One is Tiffani Kim Institute, a good place to find a Chicago dermatologist. Chicago is one pf the places I want to visit especially when I saw Oprah there. Oprah didn't give a spa gift though when she was in Chicago but she would be willing to fulfill one's wish.

Chicago spa probably is one of my things I want to experience in my life aside from travelling around the world. Having a nice spa is a beautiful gift that one can have to relieve us from stress. Especially for future mommies like me, a spa would be perfect after a long day of work or great on weekends after doing household chores and taking good care of the kids. I bet every mom loves that. Well, I just wish that one of these days, I will be able to experience that and it would be nice if I can go to Chicago, a very nice state too, where I could get a perfect spa and a good skin care treatment.

Everything Salad


Everything Salad. Have you heard of it already? Actually, it is similar to Filipino Macaroni salad. A friend of mine, Grace, shared this recipe with me. When I first tried it at her daughter's birthday party, I have liked it. Even hubby liked it too. So I asked Grace for the recipe so that I can make my own. It is another great way of serving macaroni on our dinner table. Try it too. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

6 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
4 cups cooked elbow macaroni
3 hard cooked eggs chopped
1 1/4 cups cubed fully cooked ham
1 cup (4ounces) cubed process cheese (Velveeta)
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 medium onion chopped
3/4 cup sweet pickle relish
3/4 cup sliced stuffed olives
1/3 cup mayonaise

In a saucepan, combine the eggs,sugar,vinegar and salt; cook and stir over low heat for 10 minutes or until mixture is thickened and a thermometer reads 160. Cool completely stirring several times.

In a bowl. combine the macaroni, hard-cooked eggs, ham, cheese, celery, onion, pickle relish and olives. Stir mayonaise into cooled egg mixture; pour over macaroni mixture. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for atleast 2 hours.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Adobo (Bistek Style)

Adobo is one of Filipino's favorite dish and this is always served when there is a special occasion or just a dinner with the whole family. I have seen different ways of cooking this one but I like how my father does it. This is my father's specialty and I learned cooking Adobo from him. The same recipe is used when cooking Chicken or Pork Adobo. You may try it too.

This Adobo is cooked just like how Filipino Bistek is cooked. I like marinating it with a mixture of soy sauce (1/2 cup) and vinegar (1 cup) with onions, bell peppers, ground pepper and lots of garlic for at least 30 minutes or so to make it more tasty. You may add a bit of sugar if you want. It tastes good too just like the Humba.
Then fry it on a hot skillet with a bit of cooking oil, setting the marinade aside. This will be used later when the meat is golden brown or cooked.

Add the marinade then simmer. Meat is ready when gravy is almost dry. Serve with hot cooked rice.