Thursday, July 30, 2009

S and S Evening with LapuLapu

Sweet & Sour Lapu-Lapu

I had a great chance in the wet market to avail the low price per kilo of lapu-lapu (grouper) fish. This kind of seafood is quite pricey and when I bought it was a perfect timing for a sweet and sour menu. Lapu-Lapu fish cleaned very well and deep fried in olive oil until crisp golden brown. The sweet and sour sauce sauce was a combination of tomato ketchup, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and cornstarch. Leeks and bell pepper were added as garnishing. Sarap!

Yummy Bam-i

Another delicious specialty of Golden Brown is this Bam-i, a stir fry of two noodles (canton & sotanghon) with meat and vegetables. I was very much satisfied when I bought this from their take out counter. It was perfectly cooked and met the cooking standards of the food critic. :D

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Apple Raisin Loaf Bread

I am an avid bread fan of Goldilocks. Before I went home last night, I passed by their stall in the mall and bought this APPLE RAISIN LOAF, sweet bread with apples and raisins. This special bread has no trans fat making it healthy. A perfect partner for my morning coffee session.

Chicken and Pork Adobo in Sprite

I used to feature Adobo in my previous posts. I cooked this meal again last weekend but this time added a can of sprite. The softdrink boiled the chicken and pork until very tender. You don't need to add sugar on this menu. Taste great! My bro & sis kept on pleasing the rice :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dole Papaya

I was glad to received these fresh Dole papaya fruits given by a friend who works in the company of Dole, Phils. When i arrived home, I ate the ripe one. What a sweet, fresh and delicious taste! It is different from the common papaya fruits that I used to buy. Dole company just grows the fresh and quality kind. A healthy way of saying thanks for the papaya, friend! Next time again.. :D

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dried Fish on Wednesday

This is Danggit dried fish quickly deep fried in hot olive oil. Considered as an appetizer in meals because of its stimulating and crispy taste. Danggit fish in smaller sizes were deboned and sun fried with salt.We enjoyed eating this yummy appetizer at dinner time.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Family Specialty Meal

Shrimps in Bamboo Shoots & Vegetables


> 200 grams edible young bamboo shoots, cleaned and sliced very thinly
> 250 grams, medium sized shrimps
> okra, sliced diagonally
> gabi root strings, cleaned and cut by 2-inches long
> saluyot leaves, cleaned and shredded
> 1 tbsp. shrimp paste
> salt
> 1 whole garlic, minced
> coconut milk (optional)


Boil the bamboo shoots for about 30-45 minutes. Drain and set aside. In the same pot, put water in bamboo shoots and let it boil. Add shrimps, shrimp paste and salt to taste. Do not add too much salt because the shrimp paste is already salty itself. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add gabi root strings. Do not mix until it is cooked. Add okra, saluyot leaves and garlic. Simmer for another 3 minutes. Mix well . You can have an option to add coconut milk for this recipe but for this meal I choose not to. Best served hot. The slimy and yummy taste of the combined ingredients made this meal perfectly delicious.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Summer Fashion

I always love being in fashion. It is already summer season and I am very excited on what to wear on different occasions that I would be attending. Because it is summer season again, the beach is one of my destination. I can't wait to wear my favorite swimwear while having fun on the water and the sun. Every woman has her own choice on what to wear on the beach. For me, I love wearing a two piece swimwear. Beach fashion is all about the swimwear - it’s the building block of the rest of your summer look so it’s important to find pieces that work well for you.

For the beachwear , I like wearing summer cover-ups that would keep you warm out of the water and also keep the sun and wind off you. These are great options for girls who are a little shy to sit on the beach in just their swimwear. For the days when the water isn’t inviting (or to wear over the bikini on the way to the beach), a beach dress is essential! The choices will look just as good off the beach and are made in fabrics which are easy to care for.

Of course I would never forget my all time favorite sexy lingerie. Every woman needs to have these items as part of being feminine. Sexy lingerie adds confidence that makes you more appreciate yourself as a woman. There are lots of sexy essentials to choose from depending on your style. You can have thongs,bikinis, g-string, boylegs and many more. The important things to consider for summer fashion are comfort and quality of the summer essentials that we would have. When we are comfortable on what we are wearing, there comes confidence and grace on our self. We would be more attractive, appealing and more gorgeous inside and out as we celebrate femininity this summer season. Enjoy the summer season.

Red Yeast Coffee

My morning is not complete without a cup of coffee. One of my favorite coffee this time is this red yeast coffee (complete coffee mix). I love to savor and enjoy its rich taste that is made from imported premium coffee beans and red yeast rice. This is an excellent blend of coffee goodness that rejuvenates and revitalizes my day.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Seafood,Salad and Green

I went home early last night and cooked these healthy and yummy meals for dinner.

Kangkong Salad

You need:

Fresh kangkong leaves
tomatoes, seeded & chopped
onions, chopped
ginger, sliced thinly
soy sauce

How to do:

Blanch kangkong leaves in boiling water for a minute, set aside. In a low dish, combine the rest of ingredients then add kangkong leaves. Mix all together. Serve immediately.

My all-time favorite shrimps cooked in sweet and spicy sauce.

Cucumber salad, sliced thinly added with a little salt, vinegar and chopped onions.

These kinds of meals are always good and beneficial for the health.
Love eating healthy foods!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fish and Veggies Evening

I passed by the wet market yesterday and bought fresh fish (talakitok kind) for the evening meal. Not complicated to cook and very healthy together with some servings of vegetables like squash, okra, patola and camote tops. I love the broth taste with the combination of fish and vegetables for dinner.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Oil-Free Weekend

I arrived home yesterday late in the afternoon but still early to prepare for the dinner. I preferred cooking the meals without using oil this time and so the following menus best suited my cooking agenda for the day:

Ensaladang Talong (Eggplant Salad)
Broiled medium-to-large sizes of eggplants. Peel off the skin and scrape the mushy part using a spoon. Chopped some gingers, onions and tomatoes. Adjust the salt and mix all together.

Radish Salad
I like radish, an edible root vegetable prepared as raw food like this salad. Simply peel off the skin and sliced thinly. Put a little salt, chopped onions and leeks. Mix well. I enjoyed eating its crisp, fresh and watery taste.

Grilled Boneless Bangus (Milkfish)
Marinated boneless bangus in salt, pepper and soy sauce. Put some onions,garlic,ginger and lemon grass leaves inside the belly part before wrapping in foil ready for grilling. Approximate grilling time was about 30 minutes depending on the size of the fish. Serve hot with soy sauce and chili vinegar as dipping.

The prepared foods were best enjoyed at the table with this steamy-hot rice...
Healthy & yummy meals for a great weekend!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Family's Tinola

Chicken Tinola
There was a family gathering again at home this weekend . As usual, I played an important role as the cook. Tatay brought some native chicken that I cooked for tinola. Chicken parts cut into serving pieces then sauteed in garlic and onions boiled until tender. Seasoned with salt and spices, added with lemon grass, sayote and chili leaves as vegetables. The broth tasted so great that you can savor the aroma of the lemon grass. Another yummy & healthy chicken dish for everybody at home.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Le Coeur de France Specialty

My sister arrived yesterday from her two weeks vacation. She used to sent me some text messages and asked me what to bring home as her pasalubong (arrival gift). I told her that anything new about food that I have not tasted yet. She gave me this yummy cinnamon roll from Le Coeur de France. It is a very rich roll topped with special nuts and dash of cinnamon. I am glad to have this foreign food specialty for a new try and taste. A cup of coffee and this cinnamon roll would be perfect partners for my morning meal. :D

Post Birthday Cooking

Seafood Sotanghon

I cooked this stir fried mug-bean noodles in shrimps and squid as a post birthday treat for my uncle who spent the night at home from a vacation in manila. Rice noodles with fresh squid and shrimps, sauteed in onions and garlic and topped with celery and leeks. I tried adding hoicin sauce for this recipe for a new blend and it tasted great in stir fried dishes like sotanghon. Everybody enjoyed very much on this favorite meal at home.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Oats of the Day

I like oat meals as part of my diet. Oats ( Quaker Oats brand ) are 100% whole grain and a natural source of carbohydrates and fiber. The soluble fiber (beta glucan) in oats acts like tiny sponges that soak up cholesterol and remove it from the body. Daily consumption of 70 grams (8 tablespoons) of quaker oatmeal does work in lowering one's cholesterol level. Just add hot water and let it stay about 5 minutes before eating. You can enjoy having this meal with fresh milk and fruits.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Office Chow

I attended the office inauguration this morning and enjoyed the feast of some sumptuous foods like puto, pancit luglug,bibingka,rice cakes and sapin-sapin. They are some of the filipino native delicacies and always on my lists of food favorites. I had it partnered with a hot cup of coffee. So perfect for the mid-morning heavy snacks. I dont even think of taking my lunch because I feel satisfied on what I had eaten. I wish to have an inauguration everyday. (:D:D)

Kitchen Countertop Choice

My kitchen countertop already needs some repair and I was planning to have it renovated so that I can work well with my cooking in the kitchen.I had been making some canvass on what kind of counter top will I use. I thought of having granite this time from Sunnyvale granite countertop. I think granite is the best countertop to use in the kitchen because it is elegant, quality of a kind and very convenient.When I checked the company's online site, I was interested on the different kinds of kitchen countertops installation. I think I already have an idea on how would I like it to be installed in my kitchen too. Thank you for sharing some creative concepts about kitchen countertop. More interesting details can be seen on the online site so better check it out.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Something Hot for Dinner

Tendered Beef in Vegetable Broth

There was a heavy rainfall when I arrived home last night. The atmosphere was quite cold so I thought this steamy hot meal would be perfect for the rainy evening. The beef was boiled until tender. Added with onions, ginger, salt & seasonings to taste. Put some sliced gabi and potatoes and cooked until tender. I always like green leafy vegetables and so for this menu, I included some slices of chinese pechay. The broth was so flavorful ! Another healthy delight for dinner time.