Thursday, February 28, 2013

misua with meatballs, 240baon

I didn’t have any spectacular dish planned last Sunday night. It was a bit late and I wasn’t feeling well but MB asked me what I was going to cook so I gathered my strength and cooked dinner.

I wanted to cook something fast as he was already hungry and he was tired from doing the laundry. I know I still had some leftover meatballs from the spaghetti and meatballs dish so I got them out of the ref. I also found a pack of leftover misua. Perfect! Meatballs and misua. This is certainly not albondigas/almondigas as that dish requires a few more ingredients. This is the simplified/lazy version. I was supposed to add sayote to this dish but totally forgot because again, my husband was already hungry.

This dish just includes garlic, onions, chicken stock, misua, cooked meatballs and spring onions. It was delicious nonetheless and MB liked it. I packed some for his baon the next day.

Tip: Always have some chicken stock ready in your freezer. They are very handy on days when you are pinched for time or too lazy to cook. It’s also a good idea to have some prepared meats that you can just fry or cook in a few minutes.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It rained a few days last week so I decided to make a hearty dinner.

soy garlic chicken bites, 240baon

These are soy garlic chicken bites. Some have the skin on. I fried them until crispy. I used the McCormick Korean Chicken mix again for this recipe. I think I like these chicken bites better than the wings version. I guess the sauce just coats them better because they’re smaller.

I was supposed to just cook this but I wanted some soup because it was cold. I looked around for what we had and cooked a very simple macaroni soup with just carrots.

simple macaroni soup, 240baon

This is just garlic, onions, chicken stock, carrots and a handful of macaroni shells. Simple dinners are the best for cold nights, don’t you think so?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Remember that post I did about the meatballs from Landmark? Well, I got another tray and made this:

spaghetti with meatballs, 240baon

I wanted to cook something fast and pasta was the answer. This is my usual pasta sauce that includes canned tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, onions, basil, oregano, parsley and parmesan cheese. I added a bit of tomato paste because I’m trying to finish the leftover from the shrimp creole dish I made.

I fried the meatballs and added them to the sauce at the last minute. MB really loved this and we finished half. I just wish I had some garlic bread around. MB had the San Pellegrino Blood Orange drink with this. I had some ice tea. We shared the leftovers the next day. I had them for lunch while MB brought them for baon.

Monday, February 25, 2013

shrimp creole, 240baon

I was watching the Food Network one day and saw some shrimp creole which made me drool so I decided to cook some for dinner. I cheated on this one as the original shrimp creole needed at least 3 hours to cook. I think I cooked this in 30-45 minutes. I also added some diced potatoes which should not be in the recipe. I just love potatoes in tomato sauce. I couldn’t resist.

I used garlic, onions, canned tomatoes, celery, parsley, tomato paste, potatoes, bell peppers, cayenne pepper and shrimps. MB and I had a small argument the night I made this so he was the only one who ate. He didn’t say anything because we were fighting. I had this for lunch the next day and was surprised how good it turned out. I texted MB saying that it was delicious and he said it really was. He also said that he was disappointed because he packed too little rice in his lunch box. He also brought some for baon that day. He was looking forward to lunch and wanted to eat a lot to make up for the previous night. He also didn’t eat well the night before. He just can’t eat well when I don’t eat with him.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

fried tilapia, 240baon

I cooked some fried tilapia one Saturday night for dinner. I used Magic Sarap, cornstarch, pepper and cayenne pepper for the breading. It was delicious but the tilapia tasted like gilik.  Sorry, I don’t know how to translate that. = )

I asked MB to cook some tortang talong:

mb's tortang talong, 240baon

We ran out of big plates so I dumped all 3 in a small plate. We also had some green mangoes and bagoong with this meal:

green mangoes with bagoong, 240baon

This is a typical Pinoy meal and we enjoyed it very much. Do you eat in or go out on Saturday nights?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

bread talk marble sponge cake, 240baon

This is a new product that I found at Bread Talk. I’m not sure what it is but it looks like a marble sponge cake.

bread talk marble sponge cake2, 240baon

Upon closer inspection, it really resembled a sponge cake but I was wondering why it had a cupcake cup on its bottom. When I bit into it, it reminded me of siopao. Yes, siopao! It also did not bounce back up so it really looked like siopao/mantao to me. It tasted a bit like that too and had the same texture. I bought two of these and I’m still not sure if I like it or not. It’s not too sweet so points for that. I’m also not sure if this was the culprit to a bad tummy ache I got that day.

This comes in a pink and green variant too which I’m assuming are strawberry and green tea flavors.

Friday, February 22, 2013

I had some leftover pork belly in the freezer and I originally wanted to cook it as before (adobo in one of my old posts) but I changed my mind as I was frying it. I did the usual boiling and frying. Then I decided to add pressed garlic and chopped tomatoes. I also drizzled some Knorr Seasoning and squeezed some calamansi juice.

fried pork belly, 240baon

I’m glad I changed the recipe because this was sooo good! We ate this one Saturday for lunch with some green mangoes and bagoong and it was just perfect!

green mangoes, 240baon

Thursday, February 21, 2013

In all the years that we’ve been together, my husband and I have never celebrated Valentine’s Day. Sure, we greet each other a Happy Heart’s Day but that’s it. We actually talk and tease each other about pretend cheesy dates on V day.

MB had trouble getting a cab on the morning of V Day so he went back home and took the car to drive to work. I assumed that he would arrive home early because he got the car so I got a little concerned when he was running late. I texted him and he said that he was near. He was really late that night and when he opened the door to our room, he was smiling so big and showed me his other hand which was holding a box of this:

mango bravo, 240baon

Yes, this is Mango Bravo from Contis. This is our favorite cake there. He greeted me again, kissed me and handed me the box. Turns out, he called Contis to reserve a box and went to Greenbelt to pick it up when he got out of the office. There was a long line in spite of the reservation and that resulted to his being late.
It was one of the sweetest things he’s ever done for me. You see, I have a very introverted husband and he doesn’t talk much and as with most men, he sucks at gift giving. He’s just clueless as what to give me on special occasions. The mere fact that he called to reserve a box was a huge shock to me. I’m glad that he decided to get something that both of us love.

He also brought home a pack of chocolate hearts:

heart chocolates, 240baon

These were from the office and whenever he gets chocolates from the office, he always brings them home as pasalubong for me. These were too sweet for me though.

For dinner, I made meatballs in cream sauce.

meatballs in cream sauce, 240baon

I bought a tray of pork meatballs from my butcher at Landmark (Jupiter). I love eating meatballs but I have no patience to prepare them. This was perfect for me as all I needed to do was fry them. I wasn’t expecting much with this because of the prepared Bulgogi from Jupiter but I was really surprised. This was really good! It was a bit sweet and it did not have that pork/gamey taste. I love it and as a matter of fact, I bought another tray on our last grocery trip. I also added some carrots, celery and mushrooms to the dish.

I can truly say that it was a perfect Valentine at home spent with my husband.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

rib eye sukiyaki bulgogi, 240baon

So I tried making bulgogi again, this time using rib eye sukiyaki cut beef. This is way, way better than my first attempt but I still forgot to buy the sesame seeds. Pfffttt..

I also cooked some tofu with special sauce:

tofu with gojuchang, 240baon

The sauce is a mixture of gojuchang, Kikkoman, sugar and spring onions. It was supposed to have pressed garlic but I forgot. Anyway, these dishes were both delicious. I just wished I cooked some bean sprouts as another side dish. It would have balanced out all that saucy goodness.

For dessert, we had a bunch of fruits – pomegranate, mangosteen and marang.

pomegranate, 240baon

The pomegranate is from Landmark while the mangosteen and marang were pasalubongs from my sister who just got back from Davao with my grandma and uncle. Only MB feasted on the marang though as I didn’t like the smell.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

pork chops, 240baon

Pork chops were one of my bestsellers at Table E. I would always serve breaded pork chops back then but I personally don’t like breaded chops. I prefer them with a just a bit of crispy coating. The best pork chop meal I’ve ever had was back in high school at Manila Science. I would pair it with macaroni soup or sopas  and it was my ultimate comfort food at school. That was the only pork dish I ate back when I was a teenager.

I’ve been experimenting with different marinades and breading for the past few months and this is probably the best I’ve come up with. The problem is, I can’t remember the complete list of ingredients! I have this habit of just roughing it in the kitchen and dump whatever I find. I know this has lemon because I wanted to make a classic calamansi-soy sauce marinade but we ran out of calamansi and I didn’t want to go to the market so I fumbled around the fridge and found one decent lemon. I used that and added some soy sauce, crushed garlic, salt and pepper. I marinated the chops at lunch and cooked them for dinner. They also have a thin coat of cornstarch. Oh, my! These were delicious! I would make this again in a few weeks. I just hope I can figure out the other ingredients. I cooked 3 chops and MB immediately said that he will take one for his baon.

Monday, February 18, 2013

I wanted to cook simple dishes last week so our groceries consisted of ingredients that are easy to prepare. One of them was pork belly or liempo. I’m not a good pork cook. I’ve only started cooking it when Table E opened so I only have a small repertoire of pork dishes. What I did with this meal was I boiled the pork belly until all the liquid has evaporated and let it fry in its own fat until crispy.

pork belly and adobo rice, 240baon

I then proceeded to make it like adobo. By the way, I boiled the pork in water with a bit of salt, crushed pepper and laurel leaves. I then added soy sauce and vinegar and let it simmer. We had some leftover rice and I spooned the hot sauce over the rice and mixed it quickly, making sure that each grain is coated with the sauce. I left a bit of sauce in the pork as MB likes soupy/saucy adobo.

I underestimated the amount of pork so I didn’t eat much because when I tasted it, I knew that MB would love it and I left some for his baon the next day. This is a great dish that does not take too long to cook. I dumped the pork in water, took a shower and when I got out, the pork was already frying so I just lowered the heat to low and went up to comb my hair, etc. When I got back to the kitchen, the pork was ready. MB was surprised to see me with the cooked meal as he thought I haven’t started cooking yet because I took a bath. = ) Now that’s multitasking for you!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

One Sunday MB and I ate some pho for a late lunch. When we got home, we took a nap and woke up at 6 pm. MB was already hungry so I needed to cook something fast. I didn’t’ want to order take away as I try my best to feed MB my home cooked meals whenever he’s at home. We haven’t done our groceries yet so I was left with a few ingredients in the ref and the cupboard. I ended up with this:

corned beef and veggies, 240baon 

This is canned corned beef with squash and eggplants. I also put some soup as MB likes a hearty dish. I was surprised that this dish was very flavorful. I used Purefoods Corned Beef, by the way. I just sauteed some garlic, onions and tomatoes then fried the corned beef until they were a bit crispy then added the rest of the ingredients. I added liquid bit by bit to avoid making the corned beef too mushy. MB was supposed to bring the leftovers for his office lunch but he accidentally dropped the bowl so the cats enjoyed the leftovers. = )

This is a good quick meal and kids will probably eat this as it contains corned beef. Mash the squash into their rice so that they will eat the vegetables.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

We Filipinos love substituting ingredients or making our own Filipinized versions of popular foods. My family is no exception especially my grandma. She made this for us a couple of weeks back:

grandma's tiramisu, 240baon

The base and bottom are made with crushed grahams. The center is filled with cream and drained fruit cocktail. It probably does not have milk as I am lactose intolerant so she probably just put confectioner’s sugar to make it sweet. It looks like it has been made hastily but it was delicious! MB and I finished half the tray in one sitting.

Friday, February 15, 2013

I bought a bottle of bulgogi sauce from the supermarket. The brand is JC. You can use it as a marinade, sauce, topping, sauce for stir fry, etc. It’s made with pears and as you know, authentic bulgogi sauce is made with pears. It was not amazing but it will suffice.

JC bulgogi, 240baon

I bought a tray of beef strips and used that for my bulgogi. I forgot to buy sesame seeds and spring onions so our bulgogi lacked flavor but it was okay. I tried again and I’ll let you know how that went in a future post.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

ore ida onion rings, 240baon

I love onion rings! Unfortunately, I have yet to find a really good onion ring in the metro. Onion rings are not popular here in the country. Fries are the preferred accompaniment to fast food meals. There’s Burger King but I’m not always happy with what they serve. They always differ in quality.

I saw a box of Ore Ida onion rings at the Supermarket and decided to try them. It costs around  Php95 and one box packs a lot of rings. I cooked 7 rings on my first try and found them to be heavy on the stomach. Don’t mind the burnt bananas. I like them that way. I ate these for merienda one afternoon. I liked the onion rings so much that I wished I had a burger with me that time. So after a few days, I ordered a burger and cooked 5 pieces of onion rings. They’re still heavy. Next time I’ll just cook 3 or 4.

These are delicious! It says on the box that they use chopped onions so it’s really not a ring. They just shaped the chopped onions into rings. Nevertheless, these were still good. I would buy more when my supply runs out and stop ordering onion rings from Burger King.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I like pochero but I don’t know how to cook it and I don’t want to go through all the hassle of waiting for the meat to soften up. My grandma has a pressure cooker so I asked her to cook some for me. Plus I suck at tomato dishes while she rocks at it. If I’m not mistaken, there are at least 2 versions of pochero. I like mine with tomato sauce.

grandma's pochero, 240baon

My grandmother puts a lot of ingredients in her pochero. This has beef, bananas, chickpeas, chorizo and vegetables. At first look, I thought all the flavors would be confusing to my palate but surprisingly, they all blended well together. I also ate this for several days. MB loved it too.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I got a huge cow filled with gelatin cups at the grocery.

cow jelly container, bitsandtreats

I think it’s the same maker as the Hello Kitty JujuKu. This has more coconut bits.

assorted jelly, 240baon

They are heart-shaped jellies.

jujuku, 240baon

It also comes in different flavors.

different flavored jelly, 240baon

Everything is delicious! MB likes these too. He pops one while waiting for dinner. I think this costs Php189 and I got it at Landmark. I still put these in the freezer so that I can digest them properly. The cow now houses all my loose change.

Monday, February 11, 2013

hello kitty hard candies, 240baon

This is the other pack of Hello Kitty candies that mom gave me as pasalubong from her Bangkok trip. As I suspected, these are hard candies but it says on the pack that these are crispy candies. LOL…

hk hard candies, 240baon

They are individually wrapped as well. I like the fact that they put a photo of the flavor on each pillow case so I know exactly what I’m getting. It has 3 flavors – strawberry, orange and grape.

hello kitty strawberry hard candy, 240baon

I’ve only tasted the strawberry. I wanted the grape or the orange one but it was too late when I noticed the flavor photo. I already opened the strawberry pillow. Anyway, it tasted good, much like the Hello Kitty chewy candies. This is a great pasalubong treat and I’ll be sure to hoard (yes, hoard) when I go there. This is also great to put in my purse for those sugar emergency moments.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I wanted some sotanghon soup the other night and since I still had half of the upo and some leftover sotanghon and shrimps, I did just that.

sotanghon soup with upo and shrimps, 240baon

This was supposed to be soup but the sotanghon sucked all the soup dry. I didn’t bother adding more water as I forgot to buy my chicken base soup. The soup in this dish was made with water, fish sauce and Maggi Magic Sarap so I didn’t bother. It still had some leftover soup at the bottom, anyways.

I ate this with a bit of rice. MB ate it with a lot of rice. If you are a foreigner and new to this blog, it’s normal for us Filipinos to eat noodles with rice so don’t be shocked.

Grandma gave us some frying bananas last weekend so MB made some fried caramelized bananas:

fried caramelized bananas, 240baon 

It was a very filling dinner. I didn’t overeat but I felt like my tummy was about to explode! We also drank the leftover melon juice with this meal.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

I eat very little during breakfast. I seldom eat rice or a full meal because my tummy is just not prepared for it. We had Original Glazed the other day. We ate very early in the morning so it was only natural for me to get hungry by around 10 am. I decided that I wanted something a bit filling so that I can work (or take a nap). Who wants to sleep with a growling stomach, anyway? (I take regular naps all throughout the day. My body is that weak from polymyositis.)

So here’s what I ate:

rice topped with tao kei noi, 240baon

This is about a fourth of a cup of rice topped with Tao Kei Noi nori. I love nori and I can eat it as a snack or as a rice topping. I was missing the salty sour taste of the rice and so I added a few drops of Maggi Savor Calamansi.

spicy big sheet tao kei noi, 240baon

My favorite seaweed snack is Tao Kei Noi. It’s a product of Thailand. I blogged about this in the past. This is something new that I found at Landmark when we went grocery shopping. It’s just one big sheet, perfect for a small, quick snack. The thing about nori is once you open the bag, you have to finish it immediately as it won’t be as crunchy anymore if left out in the air for too long. I avoided buying the regular variant of Tao Kei Noi because I couldn’t finish it in one sitting. This one is just perfect for me. It costs Php12.75 whereas the other one costs around Php35, I think.

That’s everything on the rice. It’s just perfect for one serving. I bought 2 packs, one original and one spicy. This really isn’t spicy. It just made my mouth a bit hot. It just has an extra ooomph. I think kids will be able to tolerate it. I loved this simple, healthy morning snack. Now to get some zzz’s…

Friday, February 8, 2013

I always look forward to Saturdays just because I get to spend a lot of time with MB. We get to hang out all day, work together (we both have work on Saturdays), watch TV, play our PS3 and eat! I usually eat alone during weekdays and eating with MB is really fun. Last Saturday, he was sweet enough to prepare our merienda. He likes to keep me stuck in bed/our room on weekends and does everything for me. Like I said in my previous posts, I need a lot of rest during this time of year.

Saturday Merienda, 240baon

He fried some turonitos and made some melon juice. He likes his melon juice with milk, I like the unadulterated stuff. The turonitos were fried to my liking (not burnt, he likes them a bit burnt) and the melon juice had the perfect sweetness. We went to the market earlier in the day and bought a lot of goodies. There’s a bag of lanzones at the back which were delicious! We bought half a kilo and finished it in a day. On my first taste, I was wishing we had bought more. Well, next Saturday again!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I went grocery shopping last Monday and found a few goodies at Landmark. Here’s one of them:

mlgs malunggay fish crackers, 240baon

I love fish crackers but I’m very picky with the brands after that expose on a show in GMA a few years back. This is not the first time that I’ve seen malunggay fortified fish crackers. A fellow bazaarista of mine actually sells this but I’ve never tasted it. I always get the regular ones from her. Last Monday, I finally wanted to try it.

The texture is the same as regular fish crackers. They’re also crunchy. With this, I can definitely taste the malunggay. The manufacturer used anchovies for the fish and I could clearly taste that as well. The thing is, it was not a good combination for me. I didn’t like it plus it was a bit bland for my taste. I ate some for a snack with a glass of orange juice. I thought I was just getting used to the taste but I finally decided that it wasn’t for me. One bag costs Php35. Oh, well. I hope to find more fish crackers at Landmark. This was a real disappointment.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

sukantha rice crispies, 240baon

Mom gave this to MB as pasalubong from her trip to Bangkok. These are Thai Jasmine Rice crackers that have cashews on top.

sukantha thai jasmine rice crackers, 240baon

Let’s just say that the taste takes a lot of getting used to especially if you don’t like Thai food. It’s sweet and salty and a bit spicy. For me, I’d say I like it 70%. I only ate one as it was spicy and it was early in the morning when I tasted it. I didn’t want my GERD to flare up. I will eat this again and I’m pretty sure that I’m gonna like it.

I like the combination of rice and cashews and sesame seeds. They are quite generous with the cashews too. It’s crunchy and a bit chewy at the same time. I’m not sure if MB will like this though. He likes Thai food but I think his taste buds will be shocked when he eats this.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

hello kitty chewy candy, 240baon

My mom made an impromptu trip to Bangkok a couple of weeks ago. She brought me back a lot of pasalubong and this Hello Kitty chewy candy is one of them.

They look like packets of gum to me. There are 2 designs – the light pink one and the darker pink. There are different flavored candies but I’m mostly tasting orange and strawberry.

This is harder and thinner than Starburst candy but the taste is great. I am actually becoming addicted to it. I find myself reaching for a packet every now and then especially when I am working and my sugar drops and I can’t be bothered to go down and prepare some food. I know it’s bad but I just couldn’t resist! Every time I see that pink packaging, it’s like it’s calling me! I guess I should be thankful that the candies are small otherwise I’d be in big trouble with all that sugar in my system. I haven’t seen this candy around so I guess the next time I’ll taste this is when we go back to Bangkok.

Monday, February 4, 2013

hello kitty fruit jelly, 240baon

I’m not a huge fan of gelatin. As a matter of fact, I don’t eat it because I can’t digest it but I saw this package of Hello Kitty jelly at Landmark and I just couldn’t resist! It’s only Php13.75 after all, so what have I got to lose?

I had a plan, I would freeze it then eat it. It may be easier for me to digest that way. Guess what, my plan worked! I was able to eat 3 pieces without getting indigestion.

I love the fact that this jelly is not too sweet unlike the other jellies in the market. The coconut bits at the bottom are also a refreshing touch. MB tasted it but couldn’t appreciate the it because it was frozen. He said that he might like it if it was just refrigerated.

Don’t feed this to small kids as the coconut bits might be a choking hazard. Otherwise, enjoy!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

haribo gummi bears, 240baon

To keep my sugar up, I usually have a stash of hard candies and gummi candy in my purse and in my room. I reach for them when I feel light headed. I got this bag of Haribo gummi bears at Duty Free. I can’t remember the cost. This is the original gummi bears. I like this because it’s not too sweet compared to Trolli gummi candies although I like Trolli as well. It’s also more chewy than Trolli. I love gummi candies! They’re great pick-me-uppers!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

This is another smorgasbord of leftover ingredients. This is supposed to be a soup but the pasta shells sucked the soup dry:

leftover soup, 240baon

Aside from pasta shells, it has ground beef, carrots, potatoes, celery and tomato puree. MB enjoyed this dish and ate it with some toasted bread. I didn’t like it just because the ground beef tasted too gamey for me. Next time I will reduce the amount of ground beef and cook it like crazy and add a ton of pepper before adding it to the mixture.

I’ve also asked my grandmother to cook me some laing and ginataang langka. As a bonus, she sent me some ginataang puso ng saging and nilagang baka. Too bad I don’t have photos. I keep forgetting to take some as I scarf down the food like there’s no tomorrow and only remember the photos when the plates are almost cleaned out. = )I didn’t do the groceries last week just because we had enough food to last us until the weekend because of my grandma. She is a great Bicolana cook and her laing is the only laing I eat. Well, except of course when I ‘m in Bicol. Our family cook makes a mean dish of laing as well. Whenever someone goes to Bicol, I ask them to bring a jar of Manang Maureen’s laing. It’s awesome, I tell you!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Saturdays are saved for chilling out at home and ordering take out. We did just that last Saturday. You’ll get these with every purchase of a bucket meal:

kfc freebies, 240baon

Tote bag and Tom & Jerry tumblers with cover. They come in different designs too. I’m such a sucker for freebies…


Related Posts with Thumbnails

Flag counter

free counters