Thursday, December 31, 2015


Happy New Year, everyone! Another year is coming to a close and I feel very positive about this new one. I've had a lot of major changes in my life just before the year-end and I can truly say that they were blessings in disguise. For this coming year, I will leave all negativity behind and focus more on the positive things such as things, people and friends that make me happy. I also hope to find more time to focus on my blogs. 

I've always been wary of trying to make beef tapa at home. I'm scared that it will not taste good or that it will be too tough. However, our housemate in Singapore, V, prepared some homemade tapa one day and I thought that I really should try making it once I got back to Manila. So I did and here's the result.

To be sure that it won't end up tough, I chose a thin slice of beef. As for the sides, I have some grilled zucchini, watermelons and eggs. Oh, and don't forget the sinangag or fried rice. 

You need:


Beef (if you're chicken like me, choose a thin cut that you know won't toughen up. If you're bolder, make like V and tenderize the meat using a knife)
soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
garlic powder
sugar
salt
black pepper

Mix all ingredients and marinate the beef overnight. 

Heat some oil in a pan and fry the beef. 

For the grilled zucchini, I just sprinkled them with olive oil, salt and pepper. I didn't have some lemon, calamansi or balsamic vinegar on hand but they would be perfect with any of these souring agents. Then just pop them on the grill. 


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Guys, I'm so sorry I've been MIA. I have been swamped with work in all aspects of my life and it's only now that I am able to get a little bit of time to blog. Actually, I'm already sleepy so I'll make this quick.



It's no secret that I love Asian food - Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean, etc. When we went to Singapore in November, I would always scour the shelves of the neighborhood grocery store for interesting finds. One of them was a bottle of chili prawns. I knew I needed to take it home and this was the result.

You need

shrimps
oil
water
tamarind sauce (bottled)
salt
sugar
bottled chili prawn or sambal belacan (whatever you have)

Let's do this!

Heat oil in a pan. Add the belacan or chili prawn and stir fry until fragrant. This process really stings the eyes and will make you cough. Add the shrimps and stir fry for a minute. Add the water ( just a little), tamarind sauce (about a tablespoon or two), salt and sugar. Let the mixture boil and turn off heat. Serve with rice, sliced cucumbers and salted peanuts. 


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

My husband loves burritos. I had half a kilo of menudo-cut pork which I didn't want to make into menudo so I decided to make adobo instead. So, I set to the task of boiling the meat and then refrigerating it to be cooked the next day. I did, one very busy morning and then I forgot all about it because I left it to simmer! Short story, they got burned but I was able to salvage them. They turned out to be so flavorful and delicious though. I just removed the burnt bits and turned them into this:


I should have made these sooner! It was a total hit! Even my son liked it! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it again so without further ado, here's the recipe. 



You need:


Leftover adobo with sauce, separate the sauce from the meat. Shred the meat and turn into crispy adobo flakes. In my case, I used menudo cut pork so they were small enough and I used them as is plus the fact that they burned... so, yeah.

large tortillas
cold rice


For the salted egg salsa:
salted eggs
tomatoes
fried onions (I used the bottled kind. If you are in Singapore, Fair Price has them)
cilantro or wansoy
ginger powder

Let's do this!

In a pan, saute the rice, adobo sauce and the meat. If you want to add more garlic, feel free to do so but I already put a lot in my adobo so I didn't add any more. Set aside.

In another large pan, heat the flour tortillas. 

For the salsa, chop the ingredients and mix them together except for the fried onions. Just a dash of ginger powder will do. 

To assemble:

Lay tortilla on a flat surface. Add some adobo rice. Top with the salted egg salsa and sprinkle some fried onions on top. Fold and wrap with foil. To serve, cut the burrito in half. Enjoy this with a glass of your favorite cold beverage! If you have a big family, make plenty because one is not enough. I ate 2 and one was already packed with rice. 






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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I love paella but it's such a pain to cook. Aside from that, the ingredients are expensive. Good thing there are many cheaper versions available and one of them is this:




This is a pretty simple recipe which you can try on your stove top. I don't have a paellera so I used our Tefal pan. It's deep but it was okay.

You need:

1 medium can sardines in tomato sauce ( I used the Ayam brand)
garlic
onions
ginger powder
tomatoes
salt and pepper
Spanish paprika
2 cups short grain rice (I used Dinorado), wash it 5 times and then drain for 10 minutes
soy sauce
3 cups vegetable stock
red and green peppers
green peas
boiled eggs

Let's do this!

Separate the sardines from the tomato sauce and set aside. 

Heat oil in pan. Saute tomatoes until limp. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic. Add peppers. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and ginger powder.  

Add the rice and toast until every grain is coated in oil. Add soy sauce and tomato sauce from the sardines. Mix well. Add the stock and let it boil. 

Lower heat. When there is less liquid, top with green peas and sardines. Cover with a lid and wait for the rice to cook. Add the boiled eggs. You can also serve this with some lime wedges or calamansi but I skipped it. 

My husband loved this dish so much that we finished everything you see in the photo. Cousin C also had some for baon. 





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Tuesday, December 15, 2015


So, yesterday, I told you about my husband's potluck party at work. The first dish that he brought were the Sweet and Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Fingers. The other dish he brought was Chicken Sate. The photo above was the test run. 

I originally wanted to use our indoor grill but unfortunately, the 'non-stick' coating was already peeling off so I ended up using a grill pan. It was okay as it did the job. 

You need:

half a kilo chicken breast fillet

yakitori sticks soaked in water overnight

brown sugar
Magic Sarap
coconut milk
curry powder

For the peanut sauce:

brown sugar
peanut butter (creamy, not the chunky kind)
sinigang mix
coconut milk
Magic Sarap

Let's do this!

Pound the chicken until a bit flat. I did this so that the pieces will cook evenly and faster. 

Combine half a cup of coconut milk, about a teaspoon of curry powder, 1/4 cup brown sugar and a packet of Magic Sarap. Marinade the chicken in this mixture overnight. 

Combine the ingredients for the peanut sauce. I used half a cup of coconut milk, a teaspooon of sinigang mix, 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar and a bit of Magic Sarap. Actually, this was a trial and error for me as I wanted to have that perfect balance of sour, sweet and nutty. Start with small measurements and go from there. 

Grill the chicken and serve with the sauce.

When we had this, I seriously had a hankering for Tom Yum soup. It will just go perfectly with this sate. My husband perked up as that's his favorite. He asked if I knew how to make it. That will be my next challenge. 






For the batch of sate that my husband brought to work, I popped them in the oven for 5 minutes at 190C after grilling to ensure that they are completely done. 

This was the batch my husband brought to work. I cooked 1 kilo. 



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Monday, December 14, 2015


My husband had a potluck party today at work. We've had a discussion about the dish he will bring as he was assigned to bring chicken.  I thought of two dishes and one of them is the one you see above. These are sweet and spicy bacon-wrapped chicken fingers. That batch was a test-run. In my opinion, it's a really good party food. It's easy to eat and packs a punch. It's easy to cook to. All you need is an oven.

You need:

half a kilo chicken breast fillet, cut into fingers
bacon

garlic powder
chili powder
Spanish paprika
black pepper
1 Sachet Maggi Magic Sarap

brown sugar

Let's do this!

Pre-heat the oven at 190C.

Combine all the ingredients for the rub - garlic powder, chili powder, Spanish paprika, black pepper and Magic Sarap. 

Season the chicken. Wrap each one in bacon slices. I cut the bacon in half to save money. Half a slice will cover one chicken finger. 

Roll each finger in brown sugar. Set on baking pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes. Check every now and then as the sugar can burn.


This is the batch that my husband brought to work: (I cooked one kilo)




I also cooked some chicken sate which I will show you next. 
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Monday, December 7, 2015

When we were in Singapore, I was thrilled to visit the local grocery store, Fair Price, because I found some really great items at affordable prices. You guys from Manila know how expensive blueberries and strawberries here are. Fresh blueberries are also hard to come by. One pack of strawberries and blueberries are only less than SGD5 each. So, I brought home a pack of each and crossed my fingers that they will survive the trip. Thank God they did!


So, here's my breakfast on the first day we got home. These are easy French Toasts with honey and fresh blueberries.


I had some leftover mix so I went ahead and made some more toasts and put them in the fridge for the next day's breakfast. This time around, I sliced up the strawberries and drizzled everything with honey. 

I'd have to say, though, that the strawberries were really sour. The blueberries were hit and miss. Some were sweet but most of them were sour. 

If you are going to visit Singapore, check out the supermarkets for great finds. My friend, V, from Singapore said that the really sweet strawberries are at Cold Storage. They are more expensive though but I think worth the price. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

My husband was finally able to transfer my files from the old laptop to this laptop that I'm using. I found this photo of a fish fry I made a few weeks ago.


This was a real hit especially the homemade coleslaw. Without further ado, let's get on with the cooking!

For the Fish Fry

fish fillet - I think I used tilapia for this recipe but use a firmer fish
2 cups corn meal
2 cups flour
2 beaten eggs
2T mustard
salt and pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
Spanish paprika
You can also use hot sauce but I skipped it so that my son can eat this

Let's do this!

Rinse the fish and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat some oil in a large pan. Mix the beaten eggs and mustard and hot sauce (if using) in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the corn meal, flour, garlic powder, onion powder and Spanish paprika. Dip the fish in the egg mixture then dredge in the corn meal mixture. Fry until golden brown. 

For the homemade cole slaw

Shredded cabbage
shredded carrots
thinly sliced onions
mayonnaise
sugar
white vinegar
1T mustard
salt and pepper

Mix the cabbage, carrots and onions in a big bowl. In another bowl, mix the mayo, sugar, white vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper together. Add to the vegetables and mix well. Chill before serving. 



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Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Hi, everyone! Sorry for being away for so long! As you know, my laptop broke down and then we went on an impromptu trip to Singapore because my SIL needed some assistance and care after her surgery. We're back but I still haven't gotten around to transferring my files. This is one sole photo I got. 

This is teriyaki chicken burger. It's quite easy to make and I think kids will like this. Just make small patties or even balls and skewer them with those cute food picks from Daiso and your little one has got one fun baon.

You need:

minced chicken 
garlic powder
green onions
ginger powder
flour
black pepper
salt
soy sauce
calamansi juice
brown sugar
sesame seeds
tomato sauce

Let's do this!

In a bowl, combine the tomato sauce, ginger powder, garlic powder, pepper, soy sauce, calamansi juice and brown sugar. Set aside. 

In a separate bowl, combine minced chicken,  salt and pepper. Mix well and form into patties.

Brush the patties with the sauce and pan grill with a little oil. Brush the patties with sauce every now and then. 

Simmer remaining sauce and pour over the patties. Top with toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onions. 

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