Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sometimes I enjoy being alone in the mall as I get to do anything I want without worrying about my companion getting bored or not liking it. I can watch movies that MB would otherwise frown upon (such as chick flicks) or eat/try out new things. I had one such day when I watched New Year’s Eve. I ordered potato munchers from Taters and Nacho Mama from Eat My GF (garlic fries) for my movie snacks. Here are the nachos:

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I asked for takeout because I’ll be bringing this to GB1 where I’ll be watching. I wasn’t very impressed with the preparation. The veggies used were not that fresh. I had to ask the girl who was preparing the food to remove all the black parts of the carrot. I also asked her to remove the hard parts of the lettuce. For the bean paste, I don’t know why she had to rub it all over the cardboard tray. All the “toppings” were in the bottom and only the cheese was served as a topping. This included tomatoes and black olives. You just can’t see them because, well, they’re underneath the nachos. The taste was ok but eating this in a dark cinema proved to be challenging. When the nachos ran out, I realized that there were still a lot of toppings. And all along I thought I already ate all of them. They were stuck to the corner of the cardboard. Such a waste. This costs around Php100, more or less. Sorry, I can’t remember. Also, the brown bag was really tacky. The contents of the tray will surely spill if you’re not careful, thus the toppings sticking to the corner. If the brown bag gets wet, it will surely tear. I was carrying other things so it was a real hassle bringing this from Food Choice Glorietta 4 to the cinemas at GB1.

For dessert, I had a mint macaron from Bizu:

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On another note, here are other food choices from Kim n Chi:

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This is Bibimbap which is sooo sulit! It has all sorts of toppings. My only problem with it is everything tasted too sweet. Good thing I ordered kimchi.

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The kimchi was good. I ignored the gochujang that came with the bibimbap. I’m also happy to report that the soup is better now. It’s actually pretty tasty and I finished the 2 bowls. The dumplings were a disappointment:

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MB and I each had one then I had them wrapped for takeout and gave them to my babies. The dumplings at Kaya still top my list.

It will be 2012 in a few hours. What’s your food trip for tonight?
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Because of too much stress, I’ve been having a lot of trouble eating. All I want to eat are sandwiches, vegetable salads and fresh fruit, basically, food that’s easy to eat. But I’m always on the go and I don’t have too much time to prepare my food. Good thing local supermarkets such as SM, Landmark and Rustan’s offer packed healthy meals for busy people such as myself. Here’s one example:

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MB bought this for me at the Landmark supermarket for only Php59. Yesterday, I was waiting for my sister to finish her papers so that we can go to the mall together. But it was getting too late and I only ate half a bread for breakfast so I suddenly felt my sugar dropping. I was feeling dizzy and I knew that it was time to eat. By the way, this is the packaging that I was telling you about in my previous Kim n Chi post. The staff sealed the noodles in this box. Cool,  no?

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It has lettuce, bacon bits, croutons, Caesar dressing and parmesan cheese. It even has a tiny plastic fork that I didn’t see until I was halfway through the meal. For me, this is the bomb. One box is enough to tide me over until I get my next meal.

Dole keeps coming up with cool products (like the fresh young coconut so that I can have my buco juice fix anytime, or the packed corn and cut apples for snack time). I can’t wait to  see more! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get my Caesar fix.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Without further ado, here’s the food:

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MB got the beef stew bento this time. I just had to have the seafood ramyon again.

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I wanted the beef bulgogi but MB made a mistake and ordered the bulgogi omu-rice. I didn’t want to waste money so I settled.

See, I told you the omu-rice servings were gigantic! The rice is inside that roll of egg. I didn’t touch the egg which was covered in catsup and mayo. There were only a few pieces of beef in the bulgogi and tons of noodles. It tasted good but it was too sweet for my taste. To balance out the sweetness, I poured some of the ramyon soup onto my rice. (Pouring soup over rice is a Filipino thing.)

At the end of the meal, I still had some leftover ramyon which MB and I shared for dinner that night and the egg and noodles from my order which I gave to my babies.

Oh, I almost forgot. When I asked that the ramyon be packed for take out, the staff had a problem. They didn’t know how to pack it for takeout. They poured the soup in a flimsy plastic and of course, the shrimp poked holes in it. They even put the plastic in a brown bag and of course that too got soaked. So finally they said they have this machine that can pack the noodles nicely and seal it but I have to add 5 pesos. No problem, as long as my soup is intact. It’s quite a nifty gadget. I’m sorry I forgot to take a photo but you’ll see an identical packaging in my next post.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It’s my favorite hero’s day today. Aside from remembering what he has done for our country, we also welcome the midweek rest. Today was a typical holiday for us – woke up late, had a late breakfast, went to the store to check on things, bought some stuff for the house, bought some food then went home. Watched TV, had a nap then watched TV again. So, I decided to shake things up a little. I asked MB to go to Mang Inasal and get takeout for dinner then go to 7-11 to get some Slurpees as MB has never had a Slurpee in his entire life! Can you believe that?? I know, right?

So we had a nice evening stroll. It’s great when your house is walking distance to Mang Inasal, McDo, Jollibee, Shakey’s, Chowking, KFC, Shopwise, Goldilocks, 7-11, Mini Stop. Right Kitten? Unfortunately, all my orders were not available. So we settled for dark meat which I don’t like but a girl’s got to eat.

We went to the nearest 7-11 to buy the Slurpees but the machine was out of order so we had to walk all the way to the other side. Fortunately, the machine was working and they had Mountain Dew Slurpee (Mountain Dew is one of MB’s favorite sodas). And no, I didn’t get the Twilight cup, thank you very much.

The walk back home is not too great as it was hot. It suddenly became too dry outside. No wind whatsoever and the Slurpees were melting.

Nevertheless, we had a good dinner while watching RED on HBO (which I’ve already seen like a hundred times)

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The soup wasn’t salty enough, the chicken was ok while the rice was too soft, like lugaw. The Slurpee was good, just like how I remember it to be. Of course, it’s been years since I last had a Slurpee as I’m not allowed to drink sodas. But the good thing about the old Slurpees is that they don’t melt fast. The ones we got tonight melted as soon as we were out the door.

This isn’t a food review. I just had a great time tonight and thought that I should share it with you. Food should always make you feel like that. It should bring people together and remind us of good memories. This is just to remind myself and everyone that food shouldn’t be thought of/out too much as if it were a science. It should be simple, healthy and good and something that everybody would enjoy. And to leave you with more happy thoughts, here’s MB’s first Slurpee:

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Note: This post was inspired by Kitten’s wonderful, feel-good posts. Thanks sis!
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Of course, the name suggests that this place serves Korean food. Kim N’ Chi is located at Food Choices Glorietta 4. It’s been open for a few weeks. The first time we ate there was on their opening week. I wasn’t able to take photos because I was famished. Today, rather yesterday, seeing as it’s already 12:02 AM, (Happy Birthday MB!) MB and I wanted to eat at Go Greek but seeing that their prices skyrocketed, we opted to go to its neighbor Kim N’ Chi.

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At first I wanted to try the Seafood Omu-Rice but changed my mind at the last minute because of the gigantic proportions of this dish. Well, almost everything is served in gigantic portions in this semi-fast food place. I say semi because they prepare your food after you order. Then, they give you these black disks (just like at the tea shop at Landmark) that buzz and light up when your order is ready. Expect to wait around 5-10 minutes for your order to be served.

Here’s a quick look at the food display:

kim n chi food display, 240baon

Sorry, no close-ups as I was too lazy to get up from my seat. If you think that that’s just advertising, think again. Wait until you see your actual order.

Speaking of orders, here’s ours:

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MB’s Seafood Ramyon (Php119)
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My Beef Stew Bento (Php119)
I ordered the same thing again. I was really hungry and I wanted to be sure of my food.

Let’s tackle MB’s Seafood Ramyon first. You must know that MB is not a huge fan of noodles. I am the noodle freak so I was surprised that he ordered this. The soup is wonderful. The flavor of the seafood (without the langsa) was great. The sweetness of the seafood combined with the spices make this a very hearty dish. You can choose between Mild and Spicy. I told MB to order mild because spicy Korean noodle dishes tend to conflict with our digestive systems. MB finished the soup to the last drop. The noodles are firm, which is number one on my noodle checklist. The seafood was glorious! 4 pieces of shrimps, tons of mussels and squid! All that for only Php119 pesos! This is truly a super sulit dish.

Now while I only have praises for the Ramyon, I have mixed feelings about my bento. The beef stew was good although the first one I tasted was better. The first one also had more beef in it and the meat was more tender. This serving had a lot of litid in it. I gave up on the big portion as it was tough to separate the meat from the litid. The side dishes (egg roll and kani on sticks) were still bad. They are cold and bland. The extra soup tasted like water. The beansprouts were better the first time around. The chapchae was worse. It was ok the  first time we ate there. Nothing special but for it to be served cold, well….. The dilis was still delicious. I think this serving is better than the first one because the first bento was too overwhelming. There was so much going on that I don’t know where to start. The portions are smaller which is good because it encourages healthy eating and allows the customer to finish his/her order. For Php119, this is also another sulit dish.

Will we come back to Kim N’ Chi? Sure! We still have to conquer the Omu-Rice dishes!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hectic days, hectic nights. That’s all I’ve been having for months now. We’ve been eating out and taking out and I don’t like it. I want to go back to my kitchen and cook meals that we enjoy and appreciate. So last night, I decided to go home early and let my team take over the store and cook.

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(Photo taken using my phone)

Of course I had to make something simple.. and fast! MB was getting cranky because he was hungry.

You will need:
cold rice
butter
Baguio beans
chopped bacon
mushrooms
chopped scrambled eggs
chopped spring onions
S&P

Fry the bacon until crispy. Remove some of the oil (not all of it! you want the flavor to infuse with the rice) and add the chopped Baguio beans and chopped mushrooms. Meanwhile, on another pan, add the cold rice then some butter. Put just enough to give the rice a little color. Add this rice to your bacon and veggie mixture and mix gently. Don’t overmix because you don’t want the starch from the rice make your dish all mushed up. Season with salt and pepper. Finally, top your dish with some chopped scrambled eggs and spring onions. Enjoy with a cold beverage.

For dessert, we had some fruit salad. Yep, that’s homemade too!
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Monday, July 4, 2011

I’m watching TV now as I write this. I guess it’s easy to guess that one of my favorite channels is the Asian Food Channel. I saw this commercial about Martin Yan’s new show. He was using a huge cleaver. I remember when I first started cooking, I used a cleaver too. I was so enamored with the anime Cooking Master Boy that I decided to use a cleaver too, like Mao. I also copied his recipes. I would watch the show whenever I got stumped with what to cook for dinner. I always get new ideas from that anime. Later on, I was obsessed with Yakitate Japan. It was also a good show to get meal ideas from. Well, I love anime and I love to cook/bake that’s why these animes are perfect for me.

So, I used a cleaver for years. It was the only knife available in our kitchen aside from a bread knife because I was the only one who cooked. One day mom decided to cut something and hurt her hand. She was bleeding profusely and I had to take her to the hospital just to make sure that everything was alright. It was very fortunate that she didn’t need stitches. So after that, I decided to use a regular chef’s knife for everybody else’s safety. It’s so funny that I had to get used to holding a small knife. It was hard for me to cut certain ingredients using a chef’s knife whereas with a cleaver I was really fast. Friends would actually get scared when they see me cooking because of that knife. LOL. My idol, after all, was Mao who would cut food lightning fast.

So that’s a small snippet about my cooking life I’d like to share with you.

Moving on, MB and I had an afternoon snack yesterday while waiting for Transformers. I wanted to try Krispy Kreme’s Chillers but had to pass because they contained milk. I’m lactose intolerant. So MB got to enjoy this cold glass of Mango Kreme Chiller:

krispy kreme mango kreme chiller, by 240baon
I think this costs 120 pesos.It' tastes really good, not like fake mangoes. It’s not too sweet. It would have been the perfect drink for me had I not been lactose intolerant.

I wanted something cold and sweet so MB said we should go to Starbucks so that he can buy me my usual Choco Cream Chip. When we got there, I told him I wanted to try the new Soy Strawberry Frappuccino.

starbucks soy strawberry frappuccino, by 240baon

It was a very good choice as this was sooooo good! I’m not a fan of strawberry drinks because they always taste so artificial but this was an exception. I could really taste the berries. It was also not too sweet. The cream gave it the perfect balance. I finished this drink and I rarely finish a Starbucks’ drink. I hope they put this as a regular on the menu. I’m pretty sick with the Choco Cream Chip already.

For munchies, we had churros from Dulcinea:

dulcinea churros, by 240baon

This is absolutely our favorite. I know most of you are already familiar with these churros but I just wanted to share the cute take out box.

We had a food fest yesterday as we had some arroz caldo again at Reyes Barbecue which totally sucked. We didn’t finish our orders and just took them home for the cats. During the movie, we shared an Omega-3 Pita (tuna with mango vinaigrette dressing) from Chimarra, some sour cream and chives popcorn and a bottle of coconut juice to wash them all down. It was a fun, food-filled Sunday!


*Photos taken using my Nokia phone
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Monday, June 6, 2011

I just realized that it’s been a month since I updated this blog. I was shocked to see that tiny reminder on my other blog. Sorry if I’ve been neglecting you! I’ve been very busy with bazaars and makeup gigs. Today was a rest day for me so I was able to write some things and now I’m giving this blog some love. And speaking of love, here are things I’m loving this summer:

 

fruit and nut salad, by 240baon

Fruit and nut salad

light dinner, by 240baon

light dinners

citrus salad, by 240baon

citrus salads

grilled corn on the cob, by 240baon

grilled corn on the cob

grilled shrimps

grilled shrimps

I’ve also made some interesting grocery finds:

 

dole fresh buco, by 240baon

Dole fresh buco..so sweet and refreshing!

This isn’t exactly a grocery find but a bazaar find:

delimondo corned beef and rice, by 240baon

Delimondo corned beef

delimondo corned beef, by 240baon

pure meat! no litid whatsoever

I’m very particular with my corned beef. This Delimondo Ranch Style Corned Beef passed with flying colors! It’s soooo good especially when cooked almost crispy. I had this for brunch today. One big can costs Php155 and is available at S&R.

 

What are your favorite things this summer?

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Friday, April 22, 2011

I was supposed to make a tortilla wrap on the night that I made the “Caribbean Salad” but I forgot the alfalfa sprouts that I bought from the grocery (long story). I nonetheless made one but it was not what I wanted. So, I made another attempt last night:

ham and vegetable pita wraps, by 240baon

I was very happy with it, indeed. It’s a warm tortilla smothered with softened cream cheese topped with an oven baked ham, cucumbers, tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts. To accompany it, I made a refreshing summer salad:


summer salad, by 240baon

It has mixed greens, jicama, ripe mangoes, grapes and honey roasted nuts. For the dressing, I used a little bit of shoyu, orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper – shaken, not stirred.

I must say that MB loved this salad even more than the previous one. He loved the dressing so much that he kept pestering me to pour all the dressing every 2 minutes or so.

This meal was delicious! I was so full last night from the salad. We’ve become such huge fans of salads that I’ve made another one for tonight’s dinner. Watch out for that.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

I’m big on salads during summer. I especially like salads for dinner so the other night, I prepared this:

almost carribean salad, by 240baon

I say almost because I skipped the jicama and avocado. I also added an assortment of nuts. The other ingredients are mixed greens, cucumbers, onions and mangoes.

For the dressing, I used a bit of shoyu, fish sauce, sesame oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper. I put them in this bottle:

carribean salad dressing, by 240baon
and shake, shake, shake!

It tasted a bit weird at first then I got used to it. MB loved it. He wanted to pour everything on the salad. I had to stop him from time to time. This was a very filling salad. I made a variation on this salad for dinner tonight and it is even more filling! I have a heavy stomach while writing this. = )
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This is another quick breakfast post. I woke up late yesterday and had to scramble to make breakfast for MB who was getting ready for work. I needed something fast but decent as MB is already tired of canned stuff so I made this:


egg and tomato open faced sandwich, by bitsandtreats


I wanted something to make the bread more filling but I also wanted the taste to standout. This is a walnut loaf from French Baker. I’ve been dreaming of a good bread since I saw an episode of one of my favorite AFC shows where the host was making bread for dinner. Yum! I so want to bake bread again!!!! (I need an oven and a big kitchen).

For the eggs, I beat one egg, added some chopped parsley, salt and pepper then cooked it on low heat. I popped the bread and the tomatoes in the oven. The tomatoes were in for 10 minutes on  250C, I think. This was delicious! I think if you add some hot chocolate then this would be a perfect breakfast.
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I made the mistake of choosing to cook these dishes on a hot summer night. They’re actually light fares, perfect for a hot summer night but bad for the chef! I slaved away in the kitchen for 2 hours to prepare these dishes:


fish and shrimp cakes with potato salad with yellow dressing, by 240 baon

These are fish and shrimp cakes with a side dish of potato salad with yellow dressing.

For the fish and shrimp cakes I used fish fillet, chopped shrimps, panko, chopped spring onions, chopped parsley, minced garlic, lemon rind, lemon juice, APF, S&P, milk and beaten egg. Just fry the fish fillets first then flake with a fork. Combine all ingredients plus about half a cup of panko then mix well. Form into patties then dredge on remaining panko. Fry.

For the potato salad, I used new potatoes (also called baby or marble potatoes), lite mayo, mustard, lemon juice, chopped parsley, 1/4c sugar, S&P, bacon chopped garlic and onions.

Boil the potatoes until tender then slice into half. In a bowl, combine lite mayo, mustard, lemon juice, sugar, parsley, S&P and whisk well. You can also opt to put these in a blender. Mix the potatoes in. In a frying pan, fry the bacon bits. Add chopped garlic (seasoned with sea salt) and onions. Add all these including the bacon fat to the potato mixture. Mix well and chill in the refrigerator. Serve cold.

You can serve this with catsup or sweet chili sauce but the salad dressing was enough to complement the fish cakes (for me, that is). MB dipped the fish cakes in catsup. By the way, have you tried the Del Monte Rich Ketchup? I absolutely love it! I buy one bottle every 2 weeks.

We didn’t have rice anymore with this dish. It’s very filling as it is. Serve this with a nice iced drink while watching a movie and you’ve got the perfect hot summer night date right in the comforts of your home.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

my first attempt at roast chicken, by 240baon
And it was a success! Woot!

This is Kylie Kwong’s recipe but I tweaked it a little bit because at the last minute I couldn’t find my rosemary so I used oregano instead. I also used tarragon.

I used a lot of butter and honey. Honey was not in the original recipe. Using it was a good decision as it brought out the sweetness of the vegetables. And as always, don’t forget to season, season, season. I used a combination of sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, pepper and olive oil.

It was sooo good – the meat was tender and juicy and the skin was a bit crunchy. It was very filling too. We ate this with rice but you can actually just eat it with the veggies (carrots, new potatoes, onions) and you’ll be full in no time.

This success has inspired me to do more roasted dishes in the coming days!
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Most of you know that when I’m not feeling well, I opt for soups as they help me recover faster. One day I decided to make a soup that is a meal in itself. My body was craving for vegetables and soup so I decided to combine them. I ended up with this:

tomato vegetable soup with ravioli, by 240baon

Although I wanted soup, I needed a full bodied dish for the rest of the family. I was sick and I needed something light. They were hungry and they wanted to satisfy that hunger so I added some ravioli.

This soup contains cauliflower, carrots, fresh button mushrooms, celery, Taiwan pechay, garlic, onions and fresh tomatoes. I used tomato paste and chicken broth for the soup. I also added sea salt and black pepper for seasoning. I know MB would love some bread with this so I got some mixed grains bread from Bizu and slathered on some butter on each piece then sprinkled them with garlic powder. I popped them in the oven for a few minutes and voila! A complete, hearty dinner.

This soup was so packed with nutrients that I was able to recover in no time. I think this will be a permanent recipe in my “Foods that heal” repertoire.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I made 2 kinds of chicken and 2 kinds of potatoes last week:

2 kinds chicken, by 240baon


2 kinds potatoes, by 240baon

Sorry, I can’t give you the recipe for the chicken yet as I have to perfect it first. = ) But the lighter colored chicken was amazing!

For the potatoes, I just had fun. I wanted something to accompany our leftover finger food feast from Pizza Hut Bistro which included shrimps, chicken strips, onion rings, and calamares (I think) so I made potatoes.

The first one was dredged in breadcrumbs seasoned with salt, pepper, Spanish paprika, chili and nutmeg. I fried these first then popped in the oven with the ones on the right. The other potatoes were seasoned with salt and pepper, then I poured some olive oil on top. I then sprinkled everything with grated Australian Colby and topped them with chopped spring onions. Parsley is a better choice. I just didn’t have parsley that time so I tried the onions. It doesn’t work. Everything was delicious, nevertheless!

And for drinks:

non-alcoholic cocktail, by bitsandtreats

I made this non-alcoholic cocktail. Chop half an apple and about 1-2 slices of lemon. Place in a carafe. Pour one Sprite in can then pour Welch’s grape juice just until the carafe is full. Give it a little stir and you’re done! Pour on glasses with ice and enjoy with the meal above!
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I was watching a food show yesterday with mom and my sister while having lunch when I saw these pork chops with stroganoff and red pepper rice. I don’t eat pork and I didn’t have all the ingredients for a proper stroganoff so as usual, I made do with what I have and tweaked, tweaked, tweaked.

fried chicken breast fillet with mock stroganoff sauce, by 240baon

I didn’t bother with the plating because I was already ravenous. LOL

I used chicken breast fillet instead of pork chops. Wrap the fillet with cling wrap and pound away. I used my fists to flatten the chicken. Season with salt and pepper then fry.

For the sauce, slice the onions into strips. Add about 2-3T of butter in a pan. Add the sliced onions. Let the onions turn transparent then add mushrooms (pieces and stems please). Let this cook for a while to allow the onions to caramelize. This will take about 5 minutes or so. Remember to cook in low heat.

Add about half a cup of chicken broth. Mix. Add one tetra brick of Nestle all purpose cream. Mix well. Season with sea salt and pepper. Add Spanish paprika and a dash of nutmeg.Turn off the heat.

To serve, top the chicken fillet with the sauce and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

As you can see, I ate this with the leftover tortellini. It was an awesome dinner indeed. My mom and sister loved this dish too!

P.S.

I found a way to make the chicken taste better. I just did it tonight for dinner. Season the chicken fillet with salt and pepper then dredge in finely ground corn meal. Slam dunk!
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Yes, you read that right. MB is always on overtime so I am left with having dinner by my lonesome. Sometimes I eat with my mom and sister but there are times when I ‘m still asleep (afternoon nap) and they eat ahead so no choice but to dine alone.

This is what I cooked the other night:

tortellini with shrimps in tomato sauce

This is tortellini with shrimps in crushed tomato sauce. This is very simple and very quick to make.

You need tortellini (got mine from Bacchus), one can crushed tomatoes, garlic, onions, parsley, salt and pepper, brown sugar, nutmeg and oregano.

Cook tortellini according to package directions. While that’s cooking, finely chop some garlic and onions.

In a pan, put 3T of olive oil. Saute the garlic and onions. Add the deveined shrimps. Sprinkle a little sea salt. When the shrimps are almost  pink, add the crushed tomatoes. Season with sea salt and pepper, a dash of nutmeg and some dried oregano. Add about half a teaspoon of sugar just to cut the acidity. I always use brown sugar and not white. I only use white when it’s called for when baking. Taste, adjust seasonings if needed. Turn off the heat when the shrimps are cooked and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Stir in the cooked tortellini and you have yourself a delicious meal!

I also made some:
whole wheat farmer's bread with butter and parsley, by 240baon

This is whole wheat farmer’s bread slathered with butter and topped with chopped parsley. I put it in the oven for about 10 minutes on the lowest setting. Yeah, I ate all four slices. It was soooo delicious! I love bread. I can go on days without rice, just bread. I wanted to make some herbed butter but I got too lazy. Until now, I haven’t done that yet and I’m running out of butter.

So I ate these in bed with a glass of ice tea. Is it sick to eat this while watching Silence of the Lambs?
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What do you do when you’re starvin’ on a lazy Saturday afternoon and you’ve had it up to here with take out food? I’d say go pick up your lazy ass and whip something up in the kitchen. Give me just 15 minutes and you won’t be sorry.


ravioli, by 240baon
Tips for the Lazy:

1. Buy ready-made ravioli. I got this from Bacchus Epicerie at Powerplant. It is my dream to make ravioli/pasta/pizza from scratch but until I get the kitchen of my dreams with all its splendor, then pre-cooked and ready-made would have to suffice.

2. Boil the ravioli according to package directions.

3. Chop some garlic and onions. Open a can of crushed tomatoes and a can of mushrooms (pieces and stems please. We’re on a lazy mode here and cutting up whole mushrooms is a no,no.)

4. In a pan, put some olive oil, about 3 tablespoons. Saute the garlic and onions.

5. Add the mushrooms, cook for 30 seconds.

6. Add the crushed tomatoes. Stir.

7. Season with a little sugar, some salt and pepper. Add herbs of your choice. Here I put oregano, basil and a little nutmeg. Taste. Adjust if necessary.

8. Drain the cooked ravioli and put under running water. Drain. Add the ravioli to your sauce and carefully mix it in. Serve with some toasted garlic bread from your favorite bakeshop and open a can of soda or juice and you’re all set.

I’d say that beats takeout food every time!

Oh, and because I was feeling a bit energized, I threw in this:

salad with tomatoes, by 240baon
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I am so excited to share this dish with you. I had this for lunch just a few minutes ago and I can’t wait to blog about it:

homemade chicken nuggets and salad, by 240baon

I had some salad and chicken nuggets. Wait, these are not ordinary chicken nuggets. They are homemade, made from scratch chicken nuggets. This is the first time that I’ve attempted to make chicken nuggets and I’m very happy that they turned out really good.

I got the recipe from Yummy but you know me, I tweaked it a little.

You need some chicken breast fillet cut into nugget sizes. Marinate the fillets in 1 cup milk and 1T freshly squeezed calamansi juice. Put this in the ref for an hour or so. I think I left it for 2 hours.

In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs, grated parmesan, salt, chili powder and one crushed chicken cube. You might notice that the cubes tend to stick together and end up in globs. To remedy this, Coat the globs with breadcrumbs and crush them again with your fingers. It will be fine like breadcrumbs and will mix easily. After that, just mix everything thoroughly.

Get another bowl and put some flour. In another bowl, break two eggs and add 2T of water. Beat.

Dredge the nuggets with flour, then dip them in the egg mixture and finally, dredge in the parmesan mixture. Make sure that each nugget is evenly coated.

The recipe called for a nonstick/oil spray but I didn’t have any so I just drizzled some canola oil on the nuggets and put them on a wire rack and baked them at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes. The original recipe says 400 degrees but my mini oven can only do 250.

I kept an eye on the nuggets and turned them once in a while. The thinner the nuggets, the better in my opinion. I got one to try and oh, my…. They are absolutely the most incredible nuggets I’ve ever tasted (aside from McDonald’s on days when they do it right). It was a bit crunchy on the outside and soft and moist and juicy inside. You can actually see the juice dripping on the pan while baking. And I am proud to say that they are softer and juicier than McDonald’s nuggets.

The coating was light and the medley of flavors created by the breadcrumbs and parmesan and seasoning beats all those frozen nugget crap out there. The meat itself was a bit sweet with a little explosion of sourness from the calamansi and when you combine all these wonderful tastes, you get a chicken nugget that doesn’t need any sauce or condiment whatsoever. It was perfect. And we ate it straight out of the even. Yes, my sister didn’t care that it was hot. I  cut one in half and went upstairs and told her, “look at my pretty chicken nugget”. She snatched it and put it inside her mouth while I was left screaming, it’s still hot! She went down and asked for more before she and mum ate lunch. They also had the nuggets for lunch. She just had it for appetizers too.

The salad that I prepared was made up of mixed greens, olives, gourmet croutons (I think this was garlic and parmesan), oranges (I wanted Mandarin but we didn’t have any so I just cut one up) and the dressing was honey mustard vinaigrette. The sweet, sour, salty, a bit spicy was absolutely wonderful. It was a perfect light lunch indeed.

I used just half a tray of chicken fillets because I was worried that it might not turn out nice. There are only a few pieces left in the oven. I’m going to make some more later for dinner. I’m so excited for MB to try these. Homemade definitely beats frozen and fast food anytime. 
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

During the holidays, everyone was soooo busy straightening out the house and running around to buy presents and house stuff. I had to help out and although I was so tired already, I needed to cook for everyone especially if it’s just the boys and me. I needed to cook something fast and easy every time as I was also low batt already.

Here’s what I came up with one very late lunch time (cooking and preparation time is 30 minutes):

beef salpicao and pink salmon soup, by 240baon

Beef salpicao (recipe in the archives), pink salmon soup with wombok pechay, corn and carrots and salad. The meat was of course, for the boys. I wanted some soup. I needed to salvage the carrots and so I made that side dish. Salads are always present on the table whenever my mom or sister is there.

For dessert:

haagen dazs chocolate orange and watermelon and melon platter, by 240baon

I was feeling bad the night  before as I wasn’t able to eat some watermelon. After slaving in the kitchen for a couple of hours, they did not even think to put some fruit aside for me. They ate everything! So I did another fruit platter the next day and ate half of it. Haha!

Everyone loved this set. My sister especially loved the beef. I had to stop her from eating so that mom can taste some of it for dinner. All the rest were wiped out.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

There was one dinner during the holidays that I had a break from cooking. I was surprised that my sister was busy cooking up a storm one afternoon. This is what went out of the kitchen that night:

Creamy Dory Pasta, by 240baon

Sorry for the blurry pics. I was too hungry already to adjust the settings. Anyway, this is a cream dory creamy pasta. I asked her how she made it. Here are the details:

1. Saute chopped garlic and onions. Then add chopped or crumbled cream dory. Wait for it to cook.
2. Add mushrooms. Allow those to cook then add cream. Season with salt, pepper and chopped parsley.

Oh, my. It was delicious! I always thought that fish and pasta DO NOT go together but I was so wrong with this dish! She was able to take out all the “fishy" taste and the dory was delicious! It is one very filling pasta though so you might want to eat in moderation.

Aside from that, she also made this:

homemade pesto, by 240baon

Homemade pesto from scratch. We do not have a food processor so she painstakingly cut the basil leaves with a pair of kitchen shears. She also used almonds instead of pine nuts. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Even MB liked it and MB does not like trying “weird” food.

pesto on baguette, by 24obaon

That’s my plate. I forgot to take a pic first before biting into the baguette. Teehee.. I loved this dinner! And I love it more because I didn’t have to lift a finger to prepare it!

dinner spread with creamy dory pasta, by 240baon
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Good morning everyone! I hope you've had some nice breakfast before going to work. 

For me, breakfast is the hardest to prepare. I envy people who are very creative with making and preparing breakfast. I now find it especially hard since MB and I are used to just eating bread from Bread Talk then that’s it. Now, we all eat together and I am tasked with preparing all the meals and breakfast just drives me crazy! So what I do is I prepare a whole bunch of things for them to choose from. –evil grin- That way, I don’t have to stress myself out and not be late for any appointments for the day.

If you are like me, you may find this useful:

ham and bacon breakfast spread, by 240baon

I bought a box of mini Danish pastries at French Baker and transferred them to a plate (para di mukhang takeout!) I also served bacon (only 2 slices for each person, masama sa heart!) and heated the leftover Fiesta ham and slices of ham from Cagayan de Oro, a pasalubong from a family friend.

breakfast spread - toast and sliced navel oranges, by 240baon

Further down are toasts, some mayo and some sliced Navel oranges. The Christmas balls are still there (mental note: change centerpiece) but this was before New Year. I also have a selection of drinks – mixed fruit juice, OJ, decaf coffee, Milo and Swiss Miss.

Here’s my plate:

my breakfast plate, by 240baon

I already got one of the blueberry Danish pastries. That’s the only flavor that I like.


mini danish pastries, bacon and ham breakfast spread, by 240baon

I only have 3 sets of placemats, 3 table covers and the black, white and red dinner plates that’s why you are seeing a repeat of everything. All the rest are just things I’ve accumulated through the years that is why it is my mission to find more table setting sets. I’m quite excited!
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