Tuesday, September 29, 2015


I rarely cook Korean dishes because I feel that they have too many steps and they take too much time to cook. On the other hand, I think those are also the secrets to good Korean food. I just don't have the temperament to make them as much as I want to.

This, however, is a quick and easy (and might I add painless) version of bulgogi.

You need:

some thinly sliced beef

Marinade:

2T soy sauce
3T water
1T brown sugar
some honey
a dash of sesame oil
sesame seeds
chopped spring onions
minced garlic (or in my case, pressed as I use a garlic press)
black pepper

Let's do this!


Mix all marinade ingredients together and marinade the beef in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Then you can cook the beef on a pan or on a grill. Next time I think I will try this with some grated pears. Serve with rice. 
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Monday, September 28, 2015


I love barbecues but I hate cooking on the grill. We have an indoor grill but I rarely use it. We stayed home yesterday because I wasn't feeling well after my dentist appointment. I didn't want to put much effort into making a meal so I decided to pop these chicken wings and drumsticks into the oven. 

You need:

chicken wings
chicken drumsticks
bottle of barbecue sauce 
garlic powder
calamansi juice
salt and pepper
corn syrup
olive oil

Let's do this!

Brush some olive oil on an oven sheet. Place the chicken pieces and pop in the oven for 25 minutes. My oven is broken so this was a trial and error for me. I cooked it at 220C. 

Meanwhile, let's make the sauce. Pour the sauce in a small sauce pan. Add some garlic powder, calamansi juice, salt, pepper and corn syrup. Heat until bubbly. Taste and adjust seasonings. You can also put other spices that you like. 

When the chickens are done, brush the top part with sauce, turn them over and brush again. Cook for 10 minutes on the same setting. 

After the 10-minute mark, get the chickens out, brush sauce on top, flip and brush again. Pop in the oven for another 10 minutes. This time I cranked up the heat to 250C but that's just because the chickens aren't cooking well. Again, broken oven. 

Do this two more times until you see char marks on the chicken (like in the photo). Let the chickens rest for about 5 minutes and then serve. I will definitely make these again. 



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This is a quick meal that I will definitely make again and again. I have recently become a huge fan of avocados. I used to hate them when I was younger. I found that I like the Hass variety best. I used the same avocados to make this quick quesadilla.

You need:


tortilla
minced beef
tomato sauce
salt and pepper
cheese
cumin
Spanish paprika
avocados
garlic 
onions

Let's do this! 


In a pan, saute the chopped garlic and onions in a little oil. Add the minced beef and wait for it to brown. Season with salt, pepper, Spanish Paprika and cumin. Add a little bit of tomato sauce, just enough to cover the beef. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes. 

Spread some of the beef mixture on a tortilla. Top with cheese and avocado slices. Pop in the oven/ heat on a grill or non-stick pan. I served this with some green grapes. It was a perfect meal. 









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Sunday, September 27, 2015


Do you have one of those days when you look at the contents of your fridge, sigh and decide to just put all the ingredients together to make one dish? That's exactly what happened to me when I cooked this dish. I found half a small head of cabbage, one carrot, some enoki mushrooms and half a can of shiitake mushrooms. 

I just sauteed some garlic, onions and ginger in oil and added the vegetables. For the seasoning, I just used oyster sauce and soy sauce. I also added some salt and pepper and I've got a hearty veggie side dish. 

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Friday, September 25, 2015


My husband loves cinnamon. I don't but I indulge him every once in a while. I cooked these especially for him. I didn't touch them though. 


You need:


bread
2 sticks salted, softened butter 
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Let's do this!

Combine all the ingredients together and spread on each of the bread slices. Pop in the oven and wait for the mixture to melt and the bread becomes a bit crunchy. 


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Thursday, September 24, 2015


I was thinking of how to cook bitter gourd in a different way than our usual pinakbet or gisa and I came up with this. I had some leftover red eggs in the fridge and thought I'd use them.

You need:

bitter gourd
red eggs
garlic 
onions
some water
salt and pepper
sugar

Let's do this!

Saute the chopped garlic and onions in a little oil. Add the bitter gourd and cook for about a minute. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of water and let it boil to steam the veggies. Add the chopped salted eggs. Season with just a little salt, some pepper and sugar. 

I served this with the egg fried rice in the previous post. I know it's too much eggs already but this was a leftover dish and I didn't want it to go to waste. 

I also served our favorite fried eggplants. Here's the whole spread:





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Wednesday, September 23, 2015



I guess fried rice is a staple in many homes. I know it is in mine. We usually have leftover rice and at the end of the week when ingredients are scarce, I whip up some fried rice to the rescue. This is a simple fried rice that you can enjoy alone or with a fried or saucy viand. 

You need:


Cold rice
frozen peas
red capsicum
5 eggs
Spanish paprika
turmeric
salt and pepper
onion sugar
spring onions ( I ran out that's why you can't see it in the photo)

Let's do this!

Beat 3 eggs in one bowl. Set aside. Beat the other 2 eggs in another bowl and add 2 tablespoons of water, Spanish paprika and turmeric. Set aside.

Heat some oil in a wok and scramble the first batch of eggs and set aside. 

Add more oil and saute the chopped onions and capsicum. Add the rice and cook for 2 minutes. 

Add the second batch of eggs and mix well to coat all the rice granules. Mix in the scrambled eggs and spring onions. 

Now I think this would be great if you had some chili oil on the side, you know that thing they serve with siomai? It adds a little punch to the whole thing and you can probably eat it that way, without needing a viand. 

Up next, the viand I served this with. 



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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I've been browsing my archives and found this photo.


There are days when I just want a hefty serving of fruit. This simple salad is composed of dragonfruit and Australian oranges. I just drizzled some honey over it and breakfast is served. I would have added some yogurt but we were out.
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I found this post in my drafts folder. I totally forgot to post it! Anyway, this is the first time that I've cooked this Korean-style eggplant dish and I'd have to say that this dish will become a staple in my menu. It's so easy to make.

You need:

equipment - steamer

eggplants
minced garlic
chopped spring onions 
soy sauce
fish sauce
chili flakes
sesame oil
toasted sesame seeds

Let's do this!


Slice the eggplants into bite size pieces and steam for 5 minutes. Set aside. 

In a bowl, mix the minced garlic, spring onions, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili flakes and sesame oil. Add the eggplants and mix well with your hands. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with rice. 

I also served some calamares with this dish. I'm getting hungry just by looking at these photos. You should try this menu for a quick dinner. 


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Monday, September 21, 2015



This is the pita pizza I served with the bolognese for Sunday's lunch. It's very easy to make.

You need


Pita
Tomatoes
ham
onions
Olive oil
basil
Parmesan cheese

Note - This would probably be better if you had fresh basil and Parmesan. I didn't so I used dried basil and grated Parmesan

Let's do this!

Brush some olive oil over the pita. Top with ham slices, sliced tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil. Pop in the oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until you get a golden brown pita. 

I really enjoyed this pizza. The flavors are simple and fresh. I also found out that pita is actually better than the frozen pizza dough that I buy in the supermarket. From now on, I'll use this. 
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We normally eat out after church but yesterday we decided to just go home and have a home-cooked meal. I decided to cook some bolognese and a simple pita pizza. Let's talk about the bolognese first.

You need:


Spaghetti
Minced beef
Chopped bacon
Garlic
Onions
Tomato sauce
Banana ketchup
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Let's do this!


Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.

Saute the chopped garlic and onions in olive oil. Add the bacon and wait for it to cook. Add the minced beef. Mix and cook until brown. At this point I like to season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Add the tomato sauce and ketchup. Simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add the cooked spaghetti and mix well. Top with some chopped parsley.

Next up, pita pizza. Stay tuned.

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This is my husband's baon. This is the best menudo I've ever cooked. I told you, I suck at local dishes. Unfortunately, my cousins have quit their jobs so I'll be preparing baon just for my husband. I'll still chronicle them here though as you seem to enjoy these baon posts.
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Friday, September 18, 2015


Let me start by saying that my husband and I burned the sugar that is why the coating is very dark. He helped me cook this but in spite of that, we still managed to burn the sugar. hehe.

You need:

chicken wings with the tips cut off
salt and pepper
grated ginger
cornstarch
peanuts
garlic, minced
chili flakes
soy sauce
corn syrup
vinegar
brown sugar
sesame seeds

Let's do this!

Place the chicken in a bowl and season with salt and pepper and ginger. In a separate bowl, put the cornstarch. Dredge each chicken piece, pressing it so that the cornstarch adheres. Fry them in oil until they brown a little and set aside for 5 minutes then fry again until they feel super crunchy.

Make the sauce. Use a non-stick wok to do this. Add oil then saute the garlic and chili flakes for about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce, vinegar and corn syrup. Stir and let the mixture bubble for a few minutes. Add the brown sugar. Be careful with this part as the sugar burns quickly. Double check the stove that it is on the lowest setting. I forgot mine was on high. 

Add the chicken and mix so that they are fully coated. To serve, top with sesame seeds and peanuts if you like. 

This was really delicious! I served this with another Korean style side dish which I will feature next. 
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Thursday, September 17, 2015


These are today's baon. The one above is my husband's. It consists of fried salay fish, Korean Style eggplants and rice. 




My cousin also had a fried salay which I didn't bother taking a photo of. She also had some Korean Style Eggplants and some mini muffins in mocha and banana. 

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This is what we had for breakfast yesterday. I boiled a bunch of chicken breast fillets to use in my chicken macaroni salad but had a ton of leftovers. I used some for the chayote guisado for baon but I still had enough left for some sandwiches. I decided to experiment with this. 

You need:


chicken shreds
ketchup
mustard
brown sugar
salt
pepper
onions
bread
cheese

Let's do this!

Saute the chopped onions in some oil. Add the chicken. Wait until they turn brown along the edges. Add the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper. You can also use bbq sauce. I originally wanted to but found out that my bottled sauce was already expired so I winged it. 

Spread the mixture on some bread and top with cheese. Toast until the cheese melts. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Today, my husband and cousins had the same baon. 


chicken adobo with potatoes and boiled eggs





I packed some extra Curly Tops chocolate for my cousins. My other cousin is still not feeling well so only her sister went to the office. She brought everything. She said she ate some for breakfast and the rest, she will probably have for lunch. 

Sorry for the photo quality. I'm using my phone to take these photos as soon as I finish preparing them. 

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My cousins did not go to work yesterday as one of them had an emergency and was taken to the hospital. However, my other cousin really loves my cooking and said that she would pick it up for dinner. Here's what I packed for them.



Fried boneless bangus


chicken macaroni salad with a twist and sauteed chayote with chicken shreds


and for dessert, some lemon wafers.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Remember this post? At the end, I wrote that I will show you what I served it with then I became MIA and forgot all about it. Here's what I served.


Halabos na hipon. I sauteed some chopped garlic in a little oil, added the shrimps and poured 7-Up. I seasoned it with salt and pepper. 


Here's the whole spread. Yes, that's a big chicharon from Slers. 


On another note, I totally forgot to photograph today's baon. My cousins' baon are still in the fridge so I'll try to photograph that. My husbands baon consisted of rice, chicken tocino, red egg, Vienna sausage and chicken macaroni salad with a twist. I will feature that soon. 

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Monday, September 14, 2015



I have been loving squid for the past few weeks. Well, probably because they are so easy to cook. Here's another simple stir-fry dish for you.

You need:

squid, cleaned and sliced
soy sauce
sugar
chili flakes
carrot cut into strips
garlic
green onions cut into long strips

Let's do this!

Heat some oil in a wok. Add the garlic then the carrots and green onions. Add the squid. Cook for about a minute and then add the soy sauce and sugar mixture. Sprinkle with chili flakes. Add a dash of sesame oil before serving. 

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Hey, everyone! Sorry I was MIA for a while. My SIL's sister was in the city and I had to attend to her. Come Friday, I was already very tired that I needed a break and rested the whole day.

Anyway, I'm starting a new series called Lady E's Baon-to-Go. Yes, baon or packed food is really to-go but in my case, my cousins place orders to me for their daily baon. Hence, the Baon-to-Go. Everyday they pick up their freshly cooked baon.

Here are today's baon.


This is my husband's. There's lumpiang Shanghai, fried chicken and rice. On the left side inside the compartments are ketchup and sweet chili sauce.


My cousins will be bringing corn and chicken chowder.


As well as lumpiang Shanghai, sweet chili sauce and mini muffins in blueberry, mocha and banana flavors.

I'll try my best to get back to regular programming so please bear with me.

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Friday, September 4, 2015



Chopsuey is very popular in the Philippines. It has in roots in Chinese-American culture but since we are immersed in Chinese culture, we have come to love Chinese food as well. I don't usually cook chopsuey because it was only recently that I was able to perfect it. However, I found myself wondering what to do with a bunch of leftover vegetables from another dish so I went with chopsuey. I also had a bag of squid that needed to be used to I added that in.

By the way, if you've noticed, I don't put the exact measurement of ingredients. That's because I don't measure when I cook. I believe cooking is not an exact science as opposed to baking. Feel free to add/subtract ingredients as you please. I always cook for three though, if that helps.

You need:

garlic
onions
cabbage
cauliflower
cabbage
carrots
red capsicum
squid

oyster sauce
soy sauce
water
sugar
salt and pepper

Let's do this!


In a wok, (yeah, I love my new Neoflam wok) saute some garlic and onions in a little oil. Add the red capsicums. Cook for a minute and then add the carrots and cauliflower. Wait for the veggies to cook. Add the squid and the cabbage. Saute for 1 minute and then add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, water and sugar. Taste. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. I served this with a bunch of other stuff which I'll show you tomorrow. 


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

My husband brings baon for lunch. He usually brings the leftovers but sometimes I like to prepare something special for him. Like Tuesday's lunch.



These are beef pancakes, a boiled egg and rice topped with nori. It looks like a lot of hard work but I prepped the night before. If you want to have this for your baon, here's what you need.

thinly sliced beef
salt and pepper
garlic powder
sesame oil
flour
beaten egg

boiled eggs

cooked rice
nori
salt
sesame seeds

Let's do this!

Season the beef with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Massage sesame oil into them. Dredge in flour and then in the beaten egg. Fry in oil.

Blitz the nori, salt and toasted sesame seeds in the food processor. Sprinkle on top of the rice. 

I wanted to put everything in one lunch box but my husband's box is too small. I am looking for new lunch boxes for him that are not plastic but they are so hard to find. Please give me a holler if you know where I can get really good quality bentos. 

Oh, before I forget. We ate this for lunch as well and I added some sliced cucumbers with a dressing of vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper. Our lunch was delicious!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015


If you are always in a hurry during mornings, this breakfast is perfect for you. 

You need:

wafflemaker

bread
mayo
ham

Let's do this!

Spread some mayo on one side of the bread. Do this for the other half so that it sticks to the ham. Add the ham and close. Put in the waffle maker and cook until brown. Breakfast - done!

You can also add cheese and greens or even some eggs if you like. The possibilities are endless. The best thing about this is you can eat it on the go and it remains hot. By the time you hit the office, You already have a full stomach. 





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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

This is not the canned version. This is what I came up with using the leftover ingredients in the fridge.


I had 2 eggs, one cucumber, some cold rice, half a pack of green beans and some minced pork. I ended up with this meal.

You need:


eggs, fried
cucumber, sliced
cold rice
green beans
minced pork
oyster sauce
soy sauce
salt and pepper
some water
garlic
onions

Let's do this!

Make the fried rice simply by cooking it in a little oil and seasoning it with whatever you have. I used Knorr seasoning. Set aside. 

In a wok, saute the minced garlic and onions. Add the minced pork and wait for it to cook. Add the sliced beans. Add some water and let the beans cook. Season with salt and pepper, a tablespoon of oyster sauce and soy sauce. Serve with the fried egg, sliced cucumbers and fried rice. Dinner done. 
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