Monday, July 15, 2013

Beans Mexicana

I saw this recipe on a flyer given by Del Monte Kitchenomics.  It sounds yummy.  A fusion of Filipino-Mexican-Western Cuisine.  Now, who wouldn't want to try that.  Upon reading the recipe, I found that it uses regular daily ingredients that we would normally see in our cupboard and it is easy to make.  Now that's my kind of dish.

Here's how I cooked it:

1. Saute GARLIC & ONIONS
2. Add 1/2 K (1 lb) GROUND BEEF
3.  Add 1 C TOMATO SAUCE, PORK & BEANS, GREEN BELL PEPPERS (cut in small squares), CUBED CARROTS
4.  Add HOT SAUCE & CHILI POWDER to desired taste and heat
5. Season to taste.
6.  Set aside.

CORN MIXTURE:
7. Mix together: 1 CAN CORN NIBLETS, 1 EGG, 1/2 C GRATED CHEESE,1/2 CUP MILK, 1/4 C BREAD CRUMBS.

8.  In a baking dish, pour meat mixture.  Top with corn mixture.
9.  Bake @375F for 15 minutes.
10.  Serve and Enjoy!

And since we have leftovers, I decided to make empanadas with this as fillings the next day.  I will give you the recipe for my empanadas later.







Thursday, April 18, 2013

Summer Fun Staycation Foodies

My son and his cousins beat the summer heat.  Photo courtesy of my cousin Mia.
Summer, though its temperature can be quite alarming and unnerving at times, is still the most favored season of all ages.

Outings and vacations are only a few of what others look forward to every summer.

Last week, my cousins and I decided to beat the heat and enjoy each others company without spending much.  And with that in mind, staycation, is our best option.  With little kiddos and handful of nieces and nephews, we decided to have a swimming party for everyone to enjoy.

And fun it was!

Early morning, when the sun is not yet that painful, we decided to get together for a swim and breakfast.  Of course, a party, may it be swimming or not, is not complete without food.

Since it was breakfast time and we have all this little ones in mind here are the list of food we decided to prepare for everyone, little ones and the moms to enjoy.

We had:

Mickey Mouse Shaped Pancakes
Mickey Mouse etched toast

Hotdogs


Fried Rice
French Fries
Hash Browns
Orange Juice and Mango Juice

We all pitched in, we did not spend much and we all had loads of fun.  Summer time is indeed something to be excited about. :)


Saturday, April 06, 2013

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter

"You have to taste it to understand"

And indeed TJ's Cookie Butter's tag line stands true.  One really has to taste to understand.

I have been seeing photos of this new spread and have been hearing good reviews.  Cookie butter does sound heavenly.  And since I am not a big fan of peanut butter, well actually not a fan at all, I find the idea of using cookies instead of peanut very interesting.

But since we do not have that yet in the Philippines (the time I was interested in tasting it) my only option is to ask a cousin to buy one for me.

So now, it's here.  All I have to do is taste and understand.

In my own opinion, I guess it was overrated.  It taste good, don't get me wrong.  I could eat this unlike peanut butter.  But I feel like it's over hyped.  The same way I felt when I tried the Magnum Ice Cream.

It does taste like cookie.  Like graham crackers and gingerbread cookies crushed, ground and mixed with butter.  And since it is made of cookies, I found it a little bit sweeter than I expected.

I did not like it on bread.  I guess if you are a cookie lover and is a big fan of Nutella as a sandwich spread, then this might be a good choice for you.  Not for me unfortunately.

I do not mind have a spoonful of cookie butter and licking the spoon until it's clean again.  But I don't think I can eat it spoon after spoon after spoon.

I did like it however on bananas.  To change the sometimes bland taste of banana, adding cookie butter, the same way you would add peanut butter or nutella, can make a difference.  This I do not mind eating again.  I feel the same way on sky flakes.

I have yet to try if I would like having it on my banana crepes - using it instead of Nutella. But I think it would taste good on crepes - and maybe on other desserts - just not on my bread.

*As of this post, there are already stores in the Philippines that sell TJ's Speculoos Cookie Butter.  Milky Way Pasay Road (Arnaiz Ave) and Rockwell, and individual online sellers.  One jar cost P500.  There are limited stocks so it is a race to the stalls, otherwise you would have to wait for another two months.  

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Palawan's Special Treats


My little boy and I, together with family and friends, spent 4 days in Palawan for a conference.  Since hubby is from the province known as the city in the forest, I know the whereabouts and the must-try delicacies of this beautiful island.  

So... I dared friends to try Tamilok, Palawan's Mangrove Tree Worms, eaten raw, and crocodile sisig.  

Palawan's Tamilok Worms are cultured and taste just like oysters when eaten raw.  So if you happen to enjoy oysters, you might -- even a little -- enjoy these wormy goodies. 

The crocodile sisig doesn't look challenging at all.  So eating it would just be mind over matter.  It taste exactly like - no! not chicken - but pork sisig.  

So if you are up for the challenge, drop by Kinabuch on Rizal Avenue and feast on these slimy, a little woody, and freaky looking worms and crocodile goodness.



Monday, January 21, 2013

Grilled Mackerel

Since having mackerel for lunch sounded appetizing to me, I decided to have a go. I , therefore, bought a pound of mackerel. My only concern was I have no idea what to do with it. It was, in fact, my first time to buy fresh mackerel.

Thank God for Google. I spent minutes searching for what might seem an easy and delicious mackerel dish.  There was too much to choose from.

Until I decided to narrow down my search.  Grilled Mackerel sounded good.

Since I was a little bit tired of searching and thinking and choosing, I decided to choose the easiest one and uses less ingredients.

I enjoyed the meal.  It was not something a masterchef would choose on cooking and letting Gordon Ramsey taste but its simple taste and sweet soy glaze is good enough for a delicious and satisfying home cook meal.

Click here to get the recipe.


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Taho Boy

With a cool, though a little bit gloomy, weather, it feels good to drink and/or eat something warm.  Champorado is a favorite and warm taho is not far from my list of cold, gloomy weather favorites.

However, since I got married, I moved out of my folk's house and is living with my husband and little boy in a condominium unit, hearing manong taho shout every morning is something I also bid goodbye to.  It tends to be really impossible for us to catch that morning treat I loved growing up.

I really wanted my son to enjoy taho every morning as much as I did but due to circumstances, it became quite hard to do so.

Lucky for us, Cash and Carry mall is just walks away from where we live and thank God they have Taho Boy.

The consistency of the syrup and the size of the tapioca is different from what I was used to but nonetheless it taste good.  It's a bit pricey too.

But I do not mind.  It is delicious and my son loves it too. 

photo credit: www.watimbox.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Grocery Shopping

It's the middle of the week and I was surprised to realize that I only have beef brisket available for dinner.  Nothing else.  No Vegetables, no nothing. 

I am unsure of what to cook for tonight's dinner.  My choices are:  Beef Nilaga, Beef Kaldereta or Korean Beef Stew. 

But unfortunately, whatever choice I make, I need to rush to the nearest grocery store to buy the necessary ingredients.

And since I just learned how to find my right bra size, I think I would pass by the department store as well to purchase one. 

Click here to know how to find the right bra size

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Chili Crabs

My dad went home last night with crabs and shrimps for everyone to enjoy for dinner.  With boiled fresh crabs and shrimps, dinner was a sure hit. Everyone did love the sweetness the crab meat has to offer.  But even with friends over to have dinner with us, there were still ample amounts of leftovers. 

So a little before lunch time today, I was thinking of a menu to enjoy the crab leftovers.  I remembered Chili Crabs. 

Here's how I cooked the sauce:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, sliced thinly
1-2 tbsp butter
cornstarch to thicken sauce
sugar to sweeten (optional)

Directions:

1.  Mix all ingredients together, except cornstarch.  Stir and simmer.
2.  Add cornstarch to thicken.
3.  If you want it sweeter, add sugar.
4.  Simmer.
5.  Add crabs and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
6. Serve and Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

KFC's Colonel Sanders' Recipe Book - FREE!

This maybe one of the best finds in our generation - KFC's Colonel Sanders' Biography and Recipe Book.

Who doesn't know and love KFC's finger-licking good Chicken?  I bet everyone, even kids, know what KFC is all about.

Now, we can all have a glimpse (and probably some will keep copies) of Colonel Sanders' Recipes.  And the good news is... we can have it  FREE of Charge. :)

Here is the link of the infamous biography and recipe book:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/colcookbook/us/pdf/English_FullBook.pdf

If you can't open the site through the link above, you can do the ff: steps:

1.  Like KFC Philippines Page on Facebook.
2.  Look for the page's status regarding the found recipe manuscript dated July 3rd.  The link to the free recipe ebook is provided.

Enjoy KFC's and the Colonel's advanced Christmas gift!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rosemary Chicken

Hubby and I love Rosemary Chicken (others call it Chicken with Rosemary).  Whenever we go out on dates and decided to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, Rosemary Chicken is always on our order.

I've been wanting to learn how to cook this but still couldn't find enough will power to even learn how to cook it, much more do so.

photo courtesy of maruism.com
So one afternoon, while enjoying my grocery shopping time, walking aisle after aisle at our favorite supermarket, I stumbled upon McCormick's Rosemary Chicken Marinade.  I suddenly felt the cravings.  It was so much that I felt my hand reaching for a pack.

So I guess I know what's for dinner. 

Some of the recipes would say that Rosemary Chicken is best roasted or baked.  But for me, the best would be, pan-fried after roasting or baking.  So that was what I did.

After marinating pieces of quarter of chicken for an hour, I decided to bake it for another hour then pan-fry each for at least 2 minutes of each side. 

Rosemary Chicken may be considered as an acquired taste, but it is one taste that my family gladly acquired with open arms.  We loved it!

I still do not know how to cook Rosemary Chicken from scratch, using fresh rosemary and lemon and whathaveyous, but I can now have our favorite pan-fried baked Rosemary chicken anytime we want to.

And for that, I am utterly happy. :)

*best served with baked/roasted potato wedges
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