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Thursday, August 25, 2016

This is only my second attempt at siomai. The first one was a disaster. This was better although the taste needs some ooomph. It tastes okay but not like the siomai you buy from  restaurants or even Hen Lin but my husband and I agreed that it's actually not bad for something homemade and for my second attempt. If you want to try it, read on.

*I didn't use my bamboo steamer as it's too small but if you have one, use that for a more authentic flavor.

You need:

1 pack round wonton wrappers
1/4 kilo ground pork
1/8 kilo shrimps, deveined and finely chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated ginger or in my case, ginger powder
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
egg, beaten for egg wash
minced carrot to top the siomai

Let's do this!

Mix together the pork, shrimp, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into the center of a wonton wrapper. Lightly brush the sides with egg wash. Squeeze the sides up until the wrapper forms a cup. Tuck in the sides and leave the filling exposed on top. Garnish with the minced carrots. 

Arrange in your steamer basket/tray or bamboo steamer. Be sure to put some water in the steamer. Steam the siomai for 12 to 15 minutes, until the filling is firm to the touch. Serve with soy sauce with calamansi and garlic chili oil.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This is another super easy veggie side dish that you can make. I don't like serving just fried food or some kind of meat. I always have a side dish of vegetables to round up the meal. This one is super easy and goes well with fish, chicken and meat.

You need:

baby potatoes cut into halves or quarters
asparagus, cut into smaller spears
salt and pepper
olive oil
chopped or pressed garlic

Let's do this!

In a pan, heat some olive oil. Add some butter. Cook the garlic until fragrant. Add the potatoes and cook until tender. Add the asparagus and cook until bright green. Season with salt and pepper and chopped or dried parsley. Serve with your favorite protein. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I started making my own breakfast loaves and pastries when my urticaria was active. I needed to be sure of what I was eating. This was one of my baking experiments. It turned out alright.  I overcooked this though so be sure to keep an eye on your cheese loaf when you bake it. I think I'll bake this again in the future so that it can be perfect. 

You need:

1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
optional mozzarella

Let's do this!

Grease your loaf pan and preheat oven to 200C.

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and half of the cheddar cheese. Set aside.

Combine egg, milk and oil. Whisk. 

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the wet mixture in. Combine until just until well blended. It's okay if it's lumpy. Pour into the pan. Top with cheddar cheese and if using, slices of mozzarella. 

Pop in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Check on the 15-minute mark and then again at the 20-minute mark to be sure. 


Monday, August 22, 2016

I know 'Loco Moco' sounds funny to my Filipino subscribers as in the local language, it means "you're kidding me" but loco moco is a Hawaiian dish.  Our local version is burger steak. Loco Moco differs from the local version as it is served with egg but I know one of the local fast food chains also now serves their burger steak with eggs but they sell it for breakfast. Like the Hawaiian version, we also serve this with rice. I know burger patties, rice and egg sound weird together for my foreign readers but still, you gotta try this. 

I watched Guy Fieri cook this dish in his show. That's why I decided to try it.

You need:

Cooked rice

ground beef
salt and pepper
chopped onions
crushed beef cube
1 tablespoon cornstarch
canola oil

cooked sunny side up eggs


1 tablespoon butter
beef cube dissolved in water or beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water. 

Let's do this!

Mix all the ingredients for the burgers. Form the patties. Pour some canola oil into a pan. Cook the patties over high heat. Cover the pan to seal in the moisture. Cook until brown on one side then flip. Cook to desired doneness. 

Let's make the gravy. Add the butter to the pan with the drippings. Saute the mushrooms and onions until golden brown. Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and then reduce down for 3 minutes. Add the cornstarch slurry, stirring constantly until thickened. Taste. Season with salt and pepper if needed. 

To serve, place some rice on a plate, top with the patties and sauce. Put the egg on the side. You can also serve this with some chopped tomatoes. Garnish with chopped parsley. 


Saturday, August 20, 2016

I prepared this dish for my SIL when I was in Singapore. My SIL and son liked it so much so I decided to cook it again here. This is so simple and versatile.

You need:

chicken breast fillets, sliced into smaller piece
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper 
1/2 cup soy sauce
grated ginger or ginger powder
1 tablespoon sugar
half a can of Coke or Sprite (optional)

Let's do this!

In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, soy sauce, soda (if using), ginger and sugar. Season the chicken fillets with salt and pepper. Marinate the chicken for 6-8 hours or overnight. You can grill them or cook in a pan. When I was in Singapore, I used Happy Call. Back here, I just used a regular pan with a little bit of oil. 

This is the chicken I used for the white pizza in a past post. Sometimes I serve this with fried rice. If I serve this with plain rice, I usually add a vegetable dish. I also slice them up and top them on my salad for lunch. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

When we have an abundance of groceries in the fridge, I can make these special, allergy-friendly breakfasts of mine. Above are sliced pears, mini hash browns, breakfast steaks and corn bread. I don't think I have the recipe for the corn bread here in my blog but I will post that as soon as possible. 

For this plate, more mini hash browns and pears, poached egg, steamed asparagus and cheese quesadilla. For the quesadilla, I just put some mozzarella slices on top of a tortilla, covered it with another and popped in the oven until the cheese melted and the tops were brown. 


Thursday, August 18, 2016

This pizza uses leftover ingredients The pizzas are not arranged as I was arguing with my son while taking the photo. He wanted to dive in but I told him to take a photo first but he kept moving them around so this was a stolen shot.

You need:

store-bought pizza crust
bottled Alfredo sauce
green bell peppers
sliced leftover grilled chicken
mozzarella cheese

Let's do this!

Spread some sauce over the crust. Top with shredded mozzarella. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pop in the oven at 190C for about 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite cold drink.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It's been raining for the past several days and when the weather is like this, I usually prepare soup for my family. This is a simple and super easy recipe you can cook for lunch.

You need:

shredded, cooked chicken (if you have leftover roasted chicken, use that)
2-3 cups water
chicken cube
salt and pepper
star pasta

Let's do this!

Chop all the vegetables. Cook pasta according to package directions. 

In a saucepan, saute the onions. When translucent, add the garlic. Add the celery and the rest of the vegetables. Add the chicken. Cook for a minute or two. Add the water and the chicken cube. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked pasta. Simmer for 5 minutes. I served this with the cheddar biscuits from yesterday's post. 



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