Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My grandmother is from Bicol so naturally I like foods prepared with coconut milk. MB is from down south but he likes gata dishes too.

shrimp and squash in coconut milk, 240baon

I saw a can of Thai coconut milk in the kitchen before going to the supermarket so I thought I should use it. I still had some leftover shrimps in the freezer so I only got squash, chili and bagoong for this recipe.

It’s very easy to make. Finely chop some garlic and onions and saute them in a little oil. Then add the squash. I added about half a cup of water to cook the squash faster. When the water has evaporated, I added about 2-3 tablespoons of bagoong (shrimp paste). I then added a can of coconut milk. Allow this to boil then lower the heat to simmer. Lastly, add the shrimps and the chilies. I used the green ones for sinigang. You can use bird’s eye chilies if you want a spicier dish. Season with salt and pepper.

The squash was so sweet that I added more salt. It was so good! We had some leftovers and I served that with some fried salted fish and Sukang Pinakurat.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

corn, farmer's ham, poached egg, asparagus lunch, 240baon

I put off publishing this post because of the poached egg. I had a series of poached eggs posts and so I wanted to shake things up a bit and blogged about Pan de Manila. But this picture is getting too old so I decided to put it up.

You can ignore the poached egg as this is a given when I’m lunching alone. This lunch is composed of corn, farmer’s ham and asparagus cooked in butter and seasoned with salt and pepper.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Yesterday I forgot to buy breakfast food. I asked MB if he knew of any Pan de Manila stores nearby. He said they have one near his office but we were not sure if it’s open since it was a Sunday. Anyway, it was worth the trip as it would only take a few minutes. Good thing we did because from afar, I could see the lighted ‘OPEN’ sign. I have no idea why I feel so happy when I visit a new Pan de Manila shop. Probably because I didn’t have access to it when it first opened years ago. The only Pan de Manila closest to us is the one in EDSA and it was such a hassle to go there. Anyway, here’s what we had for breakfast today:

pan de manila pan de ube, 240baon

MB had Pan de Ube. Sorry, I can’t give you a review about this. I don’t like ube (purple yam) so much when it’s matched with bread.

pan de manila leche flan tart, 240baon

Mine was Leche Flan Tart. It looks like a regular egg pie on the outside but you would taste the difference once you bite into it. It’s smooth and creamy. It’s very different from an egg pie. It also doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth. = )

I love the shell as it goes perfectly well with the leche flan filling. The filling is not too sweet while the shell is not bland at all. This comes in a box of 3. This was a leftover from Saturday’s breakfast.
I also got these goodies:

pan de manila ecotote 1, 240baon

This tote is the first one I got from a Manila branch. It costs Php25 and all your breads and other Pan de Manila goodies will fit into it nicely. Don’t make the mistake of putting heavy objects as I’m sure this bag will tear.

pan de manila ecotote 2, 240baon

I saw the eco tote again yesterday and told MB that I don’t know why I’m so drawn to these bags. Maybe it’s the size and shape or maybe it’s the chocolate color with the white print. I thought they only had one design and when I did a second look, I realized that this was different so I bought another one. If you think I’m an eco bag hoarder, well, you’re wrong. I actually use these bags when I’m shopping or when we have bazaars. I put my merchandise in it. They’re so much easier to carry around than an iBox.

So that was my Pan de Manila adventure yesterday. I have more Pan de Manila posts to show you so stay tune, okay?
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

We don’t have time for breakfast so we usually just buy breads from Bread Talk and French Baker or the Original Glazed donut from Krispy Kreme. Last week when I was in Cavite, I happened to pass by a Pan de Manila store in Imus. I got the Cheese Sticks which are better than Bread Talk’s in my opinion. More on that soon. So anyway, when I went to another Pan de Manila branch back here in Manila, I tried their Chocomons.

pan de manila chocomon, 240baon

It’s different from Red Ribbon’s mamons (our usual). It’s not fluffy or maybe because I refrigerated it. I like sweet things cold. I don’t reheat donuts and mamon. I like that it’s not fluffy because it’s different. It was a bit chewy. That chocolate in the center is Milo. Pan de Manila is so Pinoy with their products. I think it’s a tad too sweet for me but nothing that a gulp of water can handle. MB loved it.

I think this costs Php49 pesos. I’m not sure. I also bought other things which I will share with you very soon. Well, the truth is, I forgot to take pictures. = )
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

stir fried shrimps, young corn and mushrooms

Most of the time when we do our grocery shopping, I don’t have a list. I know that’s bad because when you don’t have a list, you tend to over purchase. Worse, you end up with a lot of products that you don’t use. On the other hand, that forces me to become creative. We’re on a tight budget right now and I need to make do with what I have. Everyday, I open my fridge to see what I can cook for dinner. Lunch is never a problem for me as you may already know. I just whip up whatever I can find. Dinner is different because MB is quite picky with his food. He wants to eat rice so I must cook a viand that goes well with rice.

I have been juggling a dozen things for the past few months already and somehow, instead of lessening, tasks just keep piling up. Yesterday I was really exhausted and so I decided to cook something fast and easy. I remembered that I still had a tray of young corn in the crisper. I also recently discovered a can of mushrooms in one of the cupboards and we bought a tray of shrimps last weekend so all those ingredients ended in a stir fry.

You need about 2 cloves of garlic, one small onion, the ingredients listed above, oyster sauce, soy sauce, salt, pepper and some sugar about 1/4 teaspoon. Oh, and some water, about half a cup.

Place a pan on the stove, turn the heat to high and pour some oil into the pan. Wait for it to smoke. Add the garlic and onions. When they’re fragrant, add the veggies. Pour the water. I do this because I want the corn to cook up nicely. If you want crunchy corn, skip the water. I then added the seasonings and lastly the shrimps. Turn off the heat when the shrimps turn pink. Serve with hot rice.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

MB and I had a very long day yesterday. We were so tired by the time we got home that we contemplated skipping dinner. We had merienda before we went home, anyway. But around 9:30 in the evening, I got hungry so I went down to whip up a light, quick meal. We ended up sharing this plate:

dinner for two, 240baon

I opened up a can of Century Tuna Paella. I was originally planning to eat just this but I remembered that I still have some veggies in the crisper and they might turn bad so I cooked the asparagus in some butter, salt and pepper. I also poached an egg. Asparagus and poached eggs seem like the perfect combination to me. For dessert, we had a couple of rum balls. I love quick meals!
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Friday, October 5, 2012

wild alaskan pink salmon, home fries, poached eggs, 240baon

I love dining alone during lunch because I get to eat whatever I want. MB is the typical boy who loves the typical lunch of rice and viand. Me, I like eating something different everyday. While he’s at the office, I get to experiment with my lunch. = )

Today, I actually didn’t have any idea what to eat for lunch. We’ve run out of groceries so I rummaged through the cupboard and the ref and found a few ingredients. I ended up cooking some home fries, wild Alaskan pink salmon and some poached eggs. I know, the past few posts have included poached eggs. Believe me, I took a break from the poached eggs. = ) I also added about half a cup of rice to keep my energy up as I have a ton of paperwork to do today.

I was having writer’s block earlier and so I decided to stop writing and cook. Good thing I did because now this amazing lunch has given me my writing juju back. How about you, what foods inspire you?
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