Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chopsuey Evening

Pork & Shrimp Chopsuey

  • 500 grams pork, (lean part) sliced
  • 400 grams shrimps
  • 2 pcs medium carrots sliced
  • 1 pc sayote sliced diagonally
  • 200 grams mushrooms,cleaned and sliced
  • medium cabbage, sliced
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsps. cornstarch dissolved in hot water
  • salt and pepper
  • sibuyas dahon (leeks)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil


In a large wok or pan, heat the cooking oil. Saute onions and garlic. Add pork and shrimps. Stir until slightly brown. Put water and boil for 10 mins. Add cornstarch, the vegetables (carrots & sayote) and mushrooms. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Put salt , pepper and soy sauce. Add cabbage and stir for a minute. Do not overcook it. Garnish with leeks. Serve hot.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Stewy Weekend

Calderetang Kambing

This weekend i prepared this kalderetang kambing (goat meat stew). I was lucky to buy goat's meat at the supermarket because this kind is not usually available on meat section. In the usual caldereta dish, tomato sauce is the common sauce being used but for this kind i used turmeric. Goat's meat is sauteed in onions,garlic and fresh tomatoes then added with potatoes and pepper. Slowly cooked until the sauce thickens and garnished with leeks and bell pepper. This menu is just perfect for rice toppings.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rocklets & Chips

My siblings and i were craving for midnight snacks yesterday like these peanut chocolate candies and chili 'n cheese chips. The original crunch of the chips makes it everybody's favorite. A tongue tickling combination of spicy chili and real cheese. The colorful, round chocolate coated peanuts slowly melted in mouth making a thrill in every bite. Chatting and tv watching was just fun having these snacks.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tocino Breakfast

Breakfast time was just so delicious with this chicken tocino meal. Chicken breast marinated with right amount of flavor combination (water,sugar,spices,iodized salt and soy sauce) you just surely will love. In a frying pan, place the chicken tocino and add 1/4 cup and 4 tablespoons of oil. Cook over medium heat, turning over sides as frequent as possible to avoid scorching. Pan fry until golden brown or until sugar caramelizes. Serve hot.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Brothy Evening

Tuna and Vegetable Broth

I was so tired from work last night so i decided to cook this meal. This is a thin soup of concentrated fish stock. I bought a fresh malasugue (tuna) fish and simmer it with onions, tomatoes, lemongrass and fresh green vegetable (pechay). Cooking this meal took just a few minutes. It was rainy when i arrived home and this broth was a perfect warmer for dinner.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Beefy Treats

Beef Strips in Mushroom and Asparagus
  • 400 grams lean beef cut into strips
  • 1 pc medium onions sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch dissolved in hot water
  • ground pepper
  • asparagus sliced into 2 inches length, remove the hard part
  • mushrooms, cleaned and sliced into half
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or canola oil
  • leeks sliced for garnishing
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cups water

    • Procedure:

      In a pan, heat olive or canola oil. Put onions and garlic, add the beef strips. Stir occasionally and simmer for 3 minutes. Put water and boil for 10 minutes, season with salt, pepper and soy sauce. Add the cornstarch and stir. Boil for another minutes until sauce thickens. Add mushrooms and asparagus and cook not more than 5 minutes to preserve the green color and crispness of the asparagus. Garnished with leeks. Serve hot.

      Kitchenware Sale

      I went to a JS Mall yesterday who had a mall summer sale and i checked out their kitchen wares section. It was a good timing then because they offered discounted prices. I was happy to grab the sale of the ceramic plates (square type). I purchased the elegant,simple white color kind of plates. My time spent in shopping with the store was not wasted because i availed their special discounts especially in the kitchen ware section. I now have additional wares at home, most specially needed on my cooking passion. A great sale indeed!

      Friday, April 17, 2009

      Dinner's Delight

      Prawns in Garlic and Chili Sauce

      This meal is so yummylicious! Choiced of fresh prawns sauteed in butter, garlic, ground pepper and hot chili sauce garnished with chopped leeks. In cooking for prawns , it should be done over high heat very briefly to prevent the release of its juices and serve immediately. Everybody at home enjoyed eating this hearty meal together with freshly cooked white rice and iced tea. A gastronomic satisfaction after a busy and tiring day!

      Monday, April 13, 2009

      Refreshing Watermelon

      I got a chance to go to a market stall that displayed this watermelon . So i grab a buy for this summer season fruit. It just tastes so great! Sweet, nutritious, refreshing and juicy. Perfect for the hot summer days.

      Weekend Recipe


      A dish of beef brisket boiled in a sweet, savory sauce of sugar,soy sauce,sesame oil and spring onions.


      - 1 pack oriental bef stew mix (37 grams)
      - 2 cups water
      - 500 grams short ribs, cubed
      - 1 tablespoon sesame oil
      - spring onions
      - carrots (optional)


      Dissolve oriental beef stew mix in water. Add in meat to beef stew mixture and cook covered until meat is tender. Add sesame oil and carrots. Garnish with chopped spring onions. Serve hot.

      Friday, April 10, 2009

      Lenten Meal

      It is Good Friday and I cooked this Fried Garlic Bangus (milkfish) and Scrambled Eggs in Onions and Tomatoes. Marinate the fish in prepared mustard, ground black pepper, salt and soy sauce for at least an hour. Deep fry until golden brown and topped with fried garlic. Saute onions and tomatoes, add beaten eggs and stir fry until done. Serve with rice. This kind of meal is best cooked especially this lenten season where meat dishes are not usually prepared.

      Tuesday, April 7, 2009

      Olive Oil of Cooking

      Most of my food preparation usually needs cooking oil and as part of being mindful and conscious about my health i always see to it that i use the best olive oil in my cooking. Olive oil just tastes good in stir fried, deep fried or sauteed dishes. It can also be great to add in salads and baking. Compared to some common cooking oils, olive oil is quite expensive maybe because this product is being imported from other foreign sources. Its shelf life usually lasts for a year so it should be stored in a cool dark place. Light and heat would cause the oil to decay and ferment. This quality kind of cooking oil always result in good food cooking.

      Monday, April 6, 2009

      Menu of the Day

      I cooked for lunch today
      this Kare-kareng Pata ( Pork Hind in Peanut Sauce )
      and here's the preparation.


      * 1/2 kilo pork hind sliced
      * 1 medium pc. onion
      * 2 cloves garlic
      * salt to taste
      * 1 pack McCormick peanut sauce mix
      * 400 grams banana heart, quartered
      * 100 grams string beans, cut into 5cm. length
      * 2 medium size eggplants, cut diagonally
      * 250 grams pechay (chinese cabbage)

      Cooking procedure:

      Boil pork hind and cook until meat is tender. Add peanut sauce mix and banana heart and bring to boiling point while stirring continously until the sauce reaches a thick but flowing consistency. Put onion, garlic and salt according to taste. Add eggplants, string beans and pechay. Cook for further 5 minutes. Serve hot. Arrange on a large serving platter surround with vegetables and top with the thick sauce. You can serve with a side dish of sauteed shrimp paste but for this menu i choose to adjust the taste so that there is no need to ingest more salt which is not good for health.

      Saturday, April 4, 2009

      Cooking Sesame

      Sesame oil is made from the best roasted sesame seeds and carefully processed to retain strong sesame flavor and is indispensable in any dishes. I always use this flavoring to accent overall taste especially on meat and marinades. Just add a few dashes to particularly prepared meal just before serving. It is one of the best food enhancer!

      Mandarin food treat

      My friends and I had a dinner in mandarin food garden and we enjoyed the gastronomic delights of food served to us like toppings (taosi spare ribs/taosi fish/fish fillet), pancit canton, dimsum pork&shrimp siomai, steamed vegetables and blended iced tea. I have noticed in these kind of menus that there is a special secret ingredient added to dishes that made them disctinct in taste and flavor. Anyway the food treat was fun and full of yummies in every bite. :()

      Friday, April 3, 2009

      Summer Cooler

      Summer time again and avocado is one of the fruits in season so i prepared this cool avocado shake. Take the mushy green of an avocado, mix with crushed ice, a cup of water and one small can of condensed milk. Blend together in a food processor or blender for few seconds until it becomes a thicky cream. This is a refreshing drink to quenched from hot summer days.

      Thursday, April 2, 2009

      Lunch Recipe

      Let me share here the recipe of the meal i cooked this lunch called;

      Fried Vermicelli Noodles


      - 1 pack (227 grams) vermicelli noodles
      - Canola or olive oil
      - cloves of garlic minced
      - 1 piece med. onion
      - 1 tbsp. pepper (ground)
      - salt
      - soy sauce
      - sesame oil
      - medium size carrots sliced into strips
      - celerey chopped
      - 5 cups hot water
      - cabbage sliced
      - shrimps
      - liver (chicken or pork) cut in small pieces
      - meat (chicken or pork) cut in small pieces

      Cooking procedure:

      Rinse the vermicelli noodles with water. Drain. Saute minced garlic and onion in canola or olive oil until slightly brown then add shrimps, liver and meat. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, ground pepper and salt. (you can adjust the salt according to your taste preference) Cook for 8-10 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Add the vermicelli noodles, cabbage and carrots. Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring until stock is absorbed by the noodles. Serve hot.