Monday, June 29, 2009

Asado Meal

Pork Pata (Hind) Asado with Fried Potatoes

An Asado (tangy stew) adventure for this weekend cooking . Pork hind slices, boiled until the meat becomes tender. The dish is simmered in soy sauce, brown sugar, bay leaves and peppercorn. Star anise gives the dish that distinct oriental flavor. The fried potatoes blended well with the meat and spices. Another great menu for more servings of rice. :D..

Web Directories

I have been searching some online topics and other related searches about my cooking passion blog since it is very important to know more about it and some of the related subject matters that go with this passion There are many topics to choose about this subject and I am thankful with the online help of the web directories. To know what this is all about, a web directory is not a search engine and does not display lists of web pages based on keywords but instead, it lists web sites by category and subcategory. The categorization is usually based on the whole web site rather than one page or a set of keywords, and sites are often limited to inclusion in only a few categories. Web directories often allow site owners to directly submit their site for inclusion, and have editors review submissions for fitness.

One thing to consider about choosing the web directory is that you can have various kind of topics according to your preferences of search. Aside from this there is also a SEO friendly web directory that process the targeting of keywords and keyword phrases related to a Web site. When I did my online search for variety of topics, I never experienced a hard time looking for any specific topic based on my cooking search. Just like when you check out Yahoo directory where you can find lots of subjects in any given main category. On my cooking search, I can always key in any particular cooking topic either on food, menu, recipe, cooking tips and many more.

Web directories are very genius innovation in terms of online technology. It helps aid the users who are mainly relying their search and online work through the internet. It saves time and energy too. The topics are always updated from time to time by the website. You do not need hop from a site to another site just to look for one and the same topic because in a web directory you already have all the listings that you want. The very extensive categorization of web directories helps improve the performance and reliability of the website as far as their users are concerned.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Steamed this Time

Steamed Talakitok (Trevally) Fish in Ginger&Leek Soy Sauce

I bought this fresh talakitok fish from the wet market and steamed it in ginger sticks and garnished with leek slices. Added with savory soy sauce, pepper and little salt. The ginger and soy sauce complemented together. Great tasting food served hot for dinner time. Just perfect for the cool evening due to heavy rains last night. People at home had a good time eating this steamed menu.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dinner with Liempo

Lechon Liempo with Liver Sauce
A crispy dinner last night with this lechon liempo (roasted pork belly) that I bought from Golden Brown Specialties. This is one of my favorite restaurant that cooks authentic and great tasting roasts of pork and chicken. The liver sauce was a perfect blend in every bite of the crunchy liempo pieces. Yummylicious!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Liver Time

Chicken Liver in Hoisin Sauce

I was experimenting last night on my cooking menu. I sauteed some chicken livers in onions and garlic and put a tablespoon of Hoisin Sauce. Simmer until the sauce thickens and garnished with leeks. It was a deliciously different taste in cooking liver or other meat based dishes when you add this sweet-spicy sauce. Great taste!

Sauce Encounter

I strolled at the supermarket yesterday and bought this Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce. I am just curious and would like to have a try about this kind of flavoring .It is a spicy-sweet sauce made from selected spices and ground soybeans. It is mainly used to accent marinades, roasts and stir-fries or as a condiment. This would be another accompaniment to my food and cooking adventure.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Shrimps with Greens

My all time favorite shrimps are again the star of my post today. As a healthy option I added some green vegetables on the menu. The shrimps were boiled together with onions and garlic, then added with okra, ampalaya (bitter melon) and saluyot ( a kind of slimy green leafy vegetable). The vegetables were cooked in just few minutes to preserved the green color and tasty flavor. Deliciously yummy when served hot.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Turmeric Kambing Meat

I missed eating kambing (goat) meat this weekend so I cooked this simple yet extraordinary way of goat meat dish. The special meat cuts are sauteed in onions, garlic and tomatoes. Boiled slowly for 2 hours until the the meat is tender and added with spices like pepper, laurel leaves and chili. The special added coloring is turmeric( i like its yellow color in food). The combination of the ingredients make this dish a great meal. Another yummy cooking adventure this weekend at home.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Healthy Pinakbet

Vegetables are always a healthy idea in cooking so I prepared for lunch time this Pinakbet, a meal consists of pork belly sauteed in garlic& onions, sauced with shrimp paste and added with vegetables like squash, okra, eggplant, string beans, bitter melon,gabi and patola. I prefer not to add salt while cooking because the shrimp paste is already salty to taste.Varieties of vegetables cooked in one like this Pinakbet is a healthful choice of food for today.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Golden Brown Specialties

I was so tired from work last night and I always snubbed my cooking passion when I feel this way. Thanks for this restaurant named Golden Brown. I had been an avid follower of their take home meals that were cooked well at affordable price.These Crab Lomi and Lechon Manok were feasted at home's dinner table.

Crab Lomi

Lechon Chicken

A great after dinner feeling with these foods! They just stressed-free my day..:D

Sausage for Breakfast

Another specialty of Swiss Gourmet-- Mild Hungarian Sausage. My breakfast was so great having this seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings. I boiled this in water for 5 minutes so that the meat stuffing is well cooked then fried in olive oil ( slow fire ) until light brown. Another foreign food that is worth a try. What a delicious meal to start the day!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

All-Time Favorite Shrimps

Stir fried Shrimps in Butter & Garlic

I love eating sea foods especially shrimps. There is that special taste with shrimps that makes me want to have it at any course of meal. Last night I cooked this stir fried shrimps in butter and garlic. The sauce tasted so yummy that won't stop you craving for some more rice.I can always have this meal every day.:D

Monday, June 15, 2009

Take-Out Yummies

I had some relatives who spent their weekend at home. I had no time to cook for them so I ordered some take-out food in a specialty restaurant. Everybody feasted with the following yummy dishes;

Special Chopsuey

Crispy Buttered Chicken

Pork & Shrimp Pancit Canton
What a great weekend get together at home with relatives with these delicious foods!

Garlic Bunches

My cousin gave me these bunches of garlic (native kind) and I was very glad that she was able to add a spice on my cooking passion. I like this aromatic garlic bulb because of the best taste that it gives in cooking my favorite meals. The cloves are smaller compared to those common garlic being sold in the supermarket but its strong flavor makes dishes more delicious and savoury to the palate.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ampalaya's Way of Cooking

Stir-Fried Ampalaya(Bitter Melon) in Shrimps and Egg


200 grams Ampalaya (Bitter melon), sliced thinly
100 grams shrimps, shelled and sliced
1 pc onion
3 cloves garlic minced
2 pcs. medium tomatoes,quartered
3 pcs. large eggs, beaten
2 tbsp. olive oil


* In a pan, heat olive oil. Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes.

* Add shrimps, stir for a minute. Add ampalaya, salt and pepper. Keep covered for about 2 minutes. Do not stir to keep ampalaya from becoming bitter.

* Uncover the pan, put beaten eggs and mix in all the ingredients.

* Serve hot. Enjoy eating.

Kinilaw of the Day

Dilis (anchovies) fish made my menu on yesterday's holiday. I made it the kinilaw (Anchovy Seviche) way to make it more delicious from the usual style of cooking. Just clean the fish, separate the meat from the fine bones. In a bowl, combine vinegar, salt & calamansi juice. Add the fish meat and mix well. Put thinly sliced onions, garlic and ginger. For this menu I added some hot chillies to compliment with the other spices. Adjust the seasonings according to taste. Add sliced cucumber and raddish. Mix altogether, garnish with chopped leeks. I tried having this dilis kinilaw and pork oriental stew as meals. The blend of chili, sour and the stew was so heavenly delicious!

Appetizing Pusit

I got a chance to bought in the supermarket this dried pusit (squid). I find this very appetizing in every meal of the day. Just deep fried it in hot oil very quickly to preserve the crunchiness of the squid. Delicious! I feel hungry while making this post. :D:D

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You're the 1, Goldilocks

My work has been very stressful due to the bulk of transactions almost every day. One time I attended a client and she has many inquiries regarding her application. There were complicated problems and that I should finished it with a diligent effort that day. After careful and thorough processing, I was able to solve the client's problem. I got off from the office almost 6:00 in the evening and very exhausted of the day's work transactions particularly of that client alone.

On the next day, I was feeling hungry and craving for some sweets.

Unexpectedly, the client that I helped came in the office to see me. She brought me my favorite Ube Macapuno Roll Cake from Goldilocks.

She said that it was her way of being grateful for the help that I extended to her. It was a blessing to received such unexpected thoughtfulness.

The whole cake was iced with Ube butter icing and the surface was decorated with rich macapuno strings topped with rosettes, violet chocolate toppers and sprinkled with colored vermicelli.

The combination of Ube and Macapuno made the cake so delicious that my craving for that day was perfectly satisfied.

You're the 1, Goldilocks because you really made my day.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Steamy Tilapia

This Steamed Tilapia was the table delight for Sunday's lunch at home. Tilapia is a kind of fresh water and farm raised fish. Just put the cleaned fish in a pan together with water,ginger, onions, tomatoes and leeks, seasoned with salt and pepper. I added some calamansi juice to neutralized the fishy taste. Cover and slowly cooked for 30 minutes until the flavorings were completely absorbed. Arranged in a serving platter and serve hot.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lunch Time on Sunday

Spicy Beef Caldereta

  • 1 pack caldereta recipe mix
  • 3/4 beef short ribs cut into serving pieces
  • 200 grams potatoes, pared and quartered
  • 50 grams red & green bell peppers,sliced
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 (90 gram) liver spread (optional)
  • hot chili pepper
How to cook:

1) Heat oil in a pan. Fry the beef short ribs until slightly brown then remove excess oil.

2) In the same pan, add the water then completely dissolve caldereta recipe mix. Bring to boil with constant stirring. Simmer with cover until meat is tender (30-45 minutes.) Add liver spread and bring to boil.

3) Add potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes. Add all peppers in the last few minutes of cooking. Serve.

Lunch time was just so good with the yummy, spicy beef caldereta joined by steamed rice and ice cold cola soft drink. A sumptuous meal for a great relaxing weekend.