Saturday, May 30, 2015




My sister bought a waffle maker. I don't really like making waffles or pancakes at home as I think they are too much work for me. Yes, I am lazy like that during breakfast. But, I knew I would use her waffle maker for this purpose. My son likes ham and cheese so I made this wafflewich for him. It's very easy. If you have a waffle maker, try this at home.

Ingredients


some sliced white bread (sides removed)
ham
cheese
butter (optional)

Let's cook!


If you want to use butter, spread them on either side of the sandwich. Place them on the waffle maker. Top with cheese and ham. Top with another bread and cook!

I sliced the wafflewich into strips so that my son would be able to eat them easily. I sometimes also cut them up into cubes so that he would just pop them in his mouth.

For more toddler snacks and meals, check out my lifestyle blog.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015




Ginisang sayote is a fairly simple (and cheap) dish to prepare. I used to avoid cooking this because it doesn't appeal to me that much. I only cook it when there's nothing left to cook or if I need another vegetable side dish. I've discovered that adding red peppers takes the flavor up a notch so that's what I did for this dish.

You need

sayote (chayote)
ground pork
garlic
onions
tomatoes
red bell peppers
water
salt and pepper

Let's cook!


Saute chopped garlic, onions and tomatoes in a little oil. Add the peppers. After one minute, add the ground pork. Wait for the meat to cook then add the chopped sayote. Cook for another minute and then add water for the soup. You can also use stock. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with rice. 

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Monday, May 25, 2015


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If you have leftover beef and vegetables from different recipes, this is a great dish to put together.
You get to use all your leftovers and create space in your crisper and freezer.

You need

beef – salpicao cut or beef tidbits
garlic
onion
tomatoes
cabbage
string beans (snake beans)
half a beef cube
about a tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper
soy sauce
water
oil

Let’s cook!


1. Saute the garlic, onions and tomatoes in oil. I usually add the tomato first and the garlic last so that the tomato will be limp and the garlic won’t burn by the time the onions are cooked.

2. Add the beef and saute for about 30 seconds. Use small cuts.

3. Add the vegetables. Cook for one minute. Add some water and the beef cube. Let the beef cube melt. Season with soy sauce and sugar. Taste. If it needs salt, just add. Season with pepper too. And you’re done! Just wait for the mixture to cook and serve with rice.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

So, I’m not a great cook. I cook at home and that’s it. I have no formal training. I learned from my grandma and my sister and from watching countless hours of cooking and food shows. Thus, I am prone to many cooking mistakes. Here are some of them.

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I tried making embutido but failed. It did not hold its shape and the taste was so-so.

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My husband said that it was okay though and even brought the leftovers for lunch the following day.

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Lumpia is another one of those dishes that I sometimes get right and sometimes don’t. The problem with this batch was the wrapper. The taste was great though!

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This was an okay side dish. It has mushrooms, snap peas and oyster sauce.

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This spread, on the other hand, was spectacular. We had daing na bangus, some rice, soy-calamansi dip, tomato and cucumber salad and some pears.

The thing I’ve learned about cooking is that I shouldn’t be scared to try new things, to get out of my comfort zone and to always have a Plan B should my experiment fail. We can always open a can of corned beef if all else fails.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Adobo is a staple dish in any Filipino household. Aside from meat, we also cook vegetables adobo style. Take for example the humble kangkong or swamp spinach. This is usually served as is but when I cooked this dish, I had some leftover ground beef and thought I’d just add it as an “extender”. Normally the veggies act as extenders. In this case, it’s the opposite.

I didn’t serve any other viand because of the addition of the ground beef. So, this is pretty much a tipid (economical) meal. Just add rice.

Do you want to try this simple dish?

Ingredients

garlic
onions (I always put onions in my adobo but you can skip it if you don’t want to)
kangkong
ground beef
soy sauce
vinegar
seasoning granules
black peppercorns
water

Let’s cook!


Saute the garlic and onions in oil. Add the ground beef. In my case, this was cooked ground beef. Add the kangkong stalks.  In a bowl, mix together water, soy sauce, vinegar and seasoning granules. Mix well and pour over the vegetables and meat. Add the peppercorns. Boil then reduce heat to simmer. Add the leaves at the last minute. Turn off heat and cover to allow kangkong leaves to cook. Serve with rice.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Or sauteed shrimps with snake beans and squash.

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Probably the most basic of all dishes in a Filipino household is the humble gisa or saute. We like to cook a bunch of meat, seafood and vegetables this way. It’s easy and it feeds a lot of hungry mouths. All you need is rice and you are all set for lunch and dinner.

This is a super simple recipe that anyone can whip up in just 15 minutes.

Ingredients

shrimps
one bunch snake beans or string beans
squash
garlic
onions
water
salt and pepper
seasoning granules

Let’s cook!


First, saute some chopped garlic and onions in some oil. Add the squash. Let it cook for about a minute. Add the snake beans. Wait for another minute. Add the shrimps. Add some water depending on how much soup you want. Then season with seasoning granules. Taste. If it lacks flavor, season with salt and pepper. You can also season with fish sauce or light soy sauce. Wait for the vegetables to cook and serve with rice.
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Filipinos love to eat anything with rice so it is no surprise that burger steaks with rice are very popular here.

easy burger steak

If you like burger steaks, here is a simple recipe you can dish out anytime.

Ingredients


Ground beef
salt and pepper
onion powder
garlic powder
cornstarch
mushrooms
flour
butter
optional white onions
water
beef cube

Let’s cook!

1. Make the burger patties by combining the ground beef, salt and pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and cornstarch. Form patties and fry in oil. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

2. In a pan, melt some butter and add the mushrooms. You can add the sliced onions if your are using. Let this cook and add about a heaping tablespoon of flour. Add more if you want more gravy and are using a lot of butter. Make a roux by mixing everything to form chunks of flour and butter. Add some water and half a beef cube. Let the beef cube dissolve. Mix well. Make sure that there are no more lumps. Taste. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Pour over burger patties. Serve with rice.
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Friday, May 15, 2015

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Filipinos are great for being matipid or economical when it comes to feeding their families. We can extend our budgets and food to feed a big family. It helps that rice is a staple in every table. This dish is an example of a cheap dish that can be served to a big family. It has veggies, carbs and meat so it’s a complete meal.

This is a saute of string beans, tofu and ground pork.

Ingredients

fried tofu cut into cubes
string beans cut into 1” length
ground pork
chopped garlic
chopped onions
chopped tomatoes
oyster sauce
water
light soy sauce
optional Maggi Magic Sarap or seasoning granules
salt and pepper

Let’s Cook!


In a pan, saute the garlic, onions and tomatoes in oil until wilted. Add the ground pork. Season with just a dash of granules if using. Wait until the pork is cooked and then add about a tablespoon of Oyster sauce and a tablespoon of light soy sauce. Add some water for the sauce. Taste. If it lacks seasoning, add some salt and pepper. Add the string beans and wait for them to cook. Lastly, add the fried tofu. Serve with rice.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

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I have a pasta recipe that is similar to this but it uses other ingredients I thought I’d try it with tuna. The results aren’t similar. It tastes better with the original ingredients.

I think this recipe would be better with some chopped parsley. If you want to try and improve it, here’s the recipe.

Ingredients

You can do this two ways – with cooked or uncooked pasta. If using cooked pasta, the oven time is shorter. If using uncooked pasta, you need a lot of sauce.

tomato sauce
one can of crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper
one can of tuna
some thinly sliced potatoes
cheese of your choice (I know purists don’t like cheese with seafood but to each his own)
some chopped parsley
garlic
onions
olive oil


Let’s cook!


Saute some garlic and onions in olive oil. Add the drained tuna. Add the canned tomatoes and some tomato sauce. Season well. Add the pasta. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the potato slices and cheese. Pop in the oven until pasta cooks or if already cooked, until cheese melts/potatoes cook.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Back during Chinese New Year, the hotels in the Makati CBD setup booths in Glorietta to sell their Chinese delicacies, pastries, cakes and breads. Mom went bakeshop crazy and bought a few breads and cakes. She bought me this box of Chocolate Pecan Bread.

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I wasn’t able to take a decent photo because my son and husband were already complaining about the picture taking. They wanted to eat!

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As you can see, they were generous with the chocolate chips. Sadly, that’s not the case with the pecans. I would have liked more nuts. The bread was also a bit dry. It was delicious but it wasn’t great. We were not able to finish the entire thing even after a week. We probably won’t buy this again. If it’s not so much hassle to go to Peninsula, I would like to try more of their products. I guess I’ll just have to wait for another occasion.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

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My son and I love pancit but I really suck at making it. You all know that. But, I’ve been practicing and I can say that I have officially learned how to make proper pancit. We usually have tons of leftovers but the pancit pictured above was wiped out. My husband even ate a lot and he is not a big fan of pancit. Aside from that, I used leftovers for this dish so really, it’s a win-win-win situation!

For this recipe, I used onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms and some leftover meat. I think this is beef.
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

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It is absolutely scorching here in Manila! I don’t like to spend more than 15 minutes in the kitchen that is why I come up with really quick lunches for my son and I. Dinner is a different story because my husband is a rice man. Anyway, if you are like us, you can try these loaded baked potatoes.

This is very easy to make.

You need

potatoes, boiled and halved
meat mixture
quick melting cheese
salt and pepper
Spanish paprika
garlic
onions

Let’s Cook!

First, clean and boil the potatoes.While that’s going on, saute some chopped garlic and onions in a pan (You can also skip the garlic and onions if you don’t like them). Add minced meat. I used beef. Season with salt, pepper and Spanish paprika. Set aside.

When the potatoes are cooked, let cool and then cut in half. The next part, you can do two ways. First, you can scoop out some of the potatoes and mix with the meat or you can be lazy like me and just top the halves with the meat mixture, sprinkle some grated quick melt cheese and pop in the oven. Serve with your favorite cool drink and enjoy!
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