Monday, December 31, 2012

Stir Fried String Beans with Tuna

My choice for one of my lunches few days ago, high in protein and high in fiber but low in calories, delicious and satisfying. I stir fried this to maintain the color of the string beans.  See the photo? It looks fresh, right? That's the art of stir frying :).

string beans
canned tuna
1 onion

1. Saute the onion then add the tuna simmer for a minute then increase the heat.
2. Add the string beans and stir fry until done.
3. Serve it hot.

Pork Siomai

Siomai is one of my favorite dumplings, therefore it is a must that I should learn to make it :) Actually it is easy and simple to do, so why don't you try it? Do not be afraid to try cooking new recipes that is one way to learn in cooking. Enjoy cooking my friends.

250 grams ground pork
30 siomai wrapper
1 onion ( minced)
5 cloves garlic ( minced)
1 carrot ( minced)
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
salt to taste

1. Set aside the wrapper then mix all the ingredients very well.
2. Spoon a small amount then wrap with the siomai wrapper
3. After wrapping, put in the steamer and steam for 30 minutes or until done.

4. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stir Fried Cabbage

It's holiday, stores were closed, we can not buy anything to cook. It is only cabbage and ground beef in the refrigerator. I sliced the cabbage then sauteed the  The result is a delicious cabbage dish!

1 head of cabbage ( sliced into strips)
1/4 kilo ground beef
3 cloves garlic
1 small bell pepper
salt and pepper to taste


1. Saute the garlic then add the ground beef then increase the heat for stir frying.
2. Add the cabbage, bell pepper, salt and pepper then stir fry until done.
3. Serve hot.

You can add a little water if you desire.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Vegetarian Sotanghon Soup

I just finished my juicing diet for few days when I cooked this one. Light delicious soup that will warm your tummy and easy to digest.

200 grams sotanghon noodles
1/2 cup corn with its syrup
8 cups water
1 carrot
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
spring onion
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute the garlic and onion, then add the water, salt and pepper and let boil.
2. Add the sotanghon and simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients then simmer until cooked.
4. Serve it hot.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chicken Chow Mein

Chow mein is a Chinese term for stir fried noodles. Although it is of Chinese origin, chow mein is well known to different countries all over the world. It is the second most popular fast food in Nepal. There are different versions of Chow Mein, American Chinese cuisine has two versions, Canadian Chinese cuisine has three different versions and in different countries there are different versions. I will share the simplest and easiest version :). Enjoy cooking.

1/2 kilo egg noodles (pre-cooked with plain water and drained)
1 cup sliced chicken breast
1 small size onion
3 cloves garlic
1/4 kilo cabbage
1 carrot
1/2 cup celery
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute garlic and onion
2. Add chicken, simmer for a minute
3. Add the soy sauce simmer for another minute then add the water and bring to boil
4. Increase the heat then add all the vegetables and stir fry until tender
5. Add the pre-cooked noodles and continue stir frying until done.
5. Serve it hot.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Simple Lumpiang Shanghai

This dish is very easy to prepare, economical and delicious. Good for big family events. Every time my family is planning for a big family event or gathering, I always suggest lumpiang shanghai to be put in the list because it is budget friendly and ever body liked it.

1/2 kilo ground pork
30 spring roll wrappers
1 onion ( minced)
4 cloves garlic ( minced)
1 medium size carrot ( minced)
1 large size potato ( minced)
salt and pepper to taste


1. Mix all the ingredients except the wrapper :D

 2. In a wrapper put a tablespoon of the mixture then spread evenly and wrap well.
3. After wrapping fry it until golden brown. ( fry in a moderate heat so that the meat inside will be cooked gradually and to avoid burning the wrapper).

4. Serve it with your favorite sauce.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Special Pork Menudo

Menudo is one of the most popular dishes in Philippines, specially during special occasions , there are few styles in cooking this dish some like it with heavy tomato sauce, what I will share today is the one with creamy flavor, and I am sure that you will like this version. Enjoy cooking.

   1/2 kilo pork
   1/4 kilo pork's liver
   1/4 kilo hotdog ( sliced)
    1 cup carrots, diced
    2 cups tomato sauce
    1 cup potatoes, diced
    1/2 cup green peas
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/2 cup olives
    1/2 cup raisins
    1 red bell pepper ( diced)
    2 cup water or more if needed
    1 cup all purpose cream
    1 onion (chopped)
    3 cloves garlic (chopped)
      salt and pepper to taste  

  1.  Saute garlic and onion then add the pork and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2.  Add the liver then simmer for 2 minutes, then add the tomato sauce and soy sauce then simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the water and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the carrots and potatoes then simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients except the all purpose cream, simmer until done.
  6. Pour in the all purpose cream them simmer for a minute then serve it hot and do not forget to smile :-)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Special Sauted Corn

A perfect vegetable combo that you will surely love! A complete meal for me.

2 corns
2 cups spinach ( can be replaced with any green leafy vegetable)
1 onion
200 grams shrimps
1 carrot
hard boil quails egg
bell pepper
salt and pepper to taste

1. Slice the corn thinly then set aside.
2. Saute the onion, then add the shrimps.
3. Add the corn and simmer for 2 minutes then add water that's enough to make the corn tender.
4. When the corn is tender add the carrot then simmer for 2 minutes.
5. Add the spinach or any green leafy vegetable of your choice, bell pepper, salt and pepper to taste,  simmer until done then add the eggs.
6. Serve hot.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sari-Sari Adobo

This is one of the best seller in our eatery in Panabo, Davao, Philippines. I learned to cook this from there, people called this dish "sari sari" literally in English it means "assorted" and that is true because this dish is composed of assorted parts of pig, like the ear, liver, heart and intestines, etc. Gross? Exotic? Maybe, if you do not like it, but frankly speaking it is yummy! If you like "sisig" I am 100% sure that you will like this too. Maybe this is a Visayan version of sisig. :D Here are the ingredients for this.

2 pork's ears
1 pork's heart
1/4 kilo pork's liver
1 pork's tongue 
8 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
Some chili
some spring onion

1. Boil all the pork's parts, make sure that the tenderness is right then slice into small pieces.
2. Saute the garlic and onion then add the rest of the ingredients, simmering and stirring occasionally until done.
3. Serve hot and garnish with spring onion.

Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli

Green, green what is green? The leaves and flowers of broccoli are green :) Have you ever tried the broccoli leaves before? If not yet, it's time for you to try this delicious broccoli leaves and flower dish. Healthy and nutritious!.

1/2 kilo broccoli flowers and leaves
1 can tuna
3 cloves garlic
broccoli leaves and flowers

1.Cut the leaves and flowers to your desired length then wash very well.
2. Saute the garlic then add the tuna, simmer for a minute then add salt.
3. Increase the heat and add the Chinese broccoli , stir fry until done.
4. Serve hot.

Paksiw na Galunggong with Okra

Paksiw is a cooking process in the Philippines that uses vinegar in stewing the base ingredients, the most common one is fish paksiw. I love this simple fish dish because it is easy to cook and delicious. There are different ways of cooking this and you can add variety of vegetables too.

1/2 kilo round scad or galunggong
1/2 cup vinegar
thumb size ginger
some okra
some chili
salt and pepper to taste

1. Clean the fish properly then put in a cooking pot together with all the ingredients.
2.  Simmer until done.
3. Serve it with a smile :-).

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pork Bola Bola

The ever famous pork bola bola, and one of my favorite ground pork dishes. Economical and easy to make, and you can put whatever you want to add for this recipe, just make your imagination and be creative as you can. Enjoy your cooking.

1/4 kilo ground pork
1 carrot ( minced)
1 onion ( minced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all the ingredients then form into a ball.
2 Deep fry in a medium heat to cook evenly.
3. Remove from the oil when it is golden brown.
4. Serve hot.

You can add a little lime juice for additional taste.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Garlic Eggplant

Tender and juicy eggplant with the aroma of toasted garlic, surely this dish will boost your appetite. Very simple and easy to prepare. Tr it!.

400 grams eggplant
8 cloves garlic ( crushed then chopped)
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
sliced eggplant

1. Brown the garlic then remove some for toppings later, then add the water, salt and pepper and allow to boil.
2. If it is boiling increase the heat then add the eggplant and stir until done.
3. Serve hot with toasted garlic on top.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Salmon Sashimi

I do not have plan to prepare this Japanese delicacy but the salmon that I bought from the market was so fresh, so I decided to prepare sashimi for my blog. Surprisingly my friends loved it. I thought they will not like it because it is their first time to taste sashimi, now I have a problem because they want more. :D

fresh salmon
2 cloves garlic
spring onion
1 tablespoon lime juice or calamansi
2 tablespoons soy sauce

1. Slice the salmon thinly, then arrange properly on the platter.
2.Crushed the garlic and minced it then combine with all the ingredients to make a delicious dipping sauce.
3. When everything is ready, serve it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chocolate Ice Drop

Summer is here and the heat is on, so it's time to cool myself with this delicious chocolate ice drops, yummy! Do not worry it is just 60 calories each serving. So treat yourself now :).

2 cups water
4 tablespoons sweetened chocolate powder
2 tablespoons powdered milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon corn starch ( to make the ice soft)

1. Disolve the cornstarch in 2 cups water then let it boil for 3 minutes or until cooked over medium heat.
2. Turn off the heat then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well untill all are dissolved.
3. Let cool and put in the ice drop molders, cover and put in the freezer.

 4. Serve when it is already frozen.

Okra with Tuna

I cooked this the other day, and I was surprise with the result, I loved it a lot, that is why I wanna share it to all of you. Here is the recipe for it.

1/2 kilo okra (sliced into halves)
1 can tuna
3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste
some chili (optional)


1. Boil the okra until half cooked, then drain and set aside.
2. Saute the garlic then add the canned tuna and simmer for a minute.
3. Add the okra and the rest of the ingredients then simmer until cooked.
4. Serve it hot.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lugaw, Tokwa't Baboy

Lugaw, tokwa't baboy is a popular dish in Luzon region of Philippines. I love this dish specially during rainy season, helps you stay warm :)

1.5 cups rice
1 clove garlic ( minced and toasted)
1/4 cup ginger stips
3 stalks spring onions
salt and pepper to taste
fish sauce( patis=optional)
1 cup fried tokwa ( diced) "tokwa"
1 cup pork's ear (strips) "baboy"
1 litre of water
ground pepper



Procedure for Lugaw:
1.  Saute the ginger until brownish then add the rice and saute it together with fish sauce, salt and pepper

2. Add the water, then cover ( stirring constantly so that the rice will not stick at the bottom of the pot).
3. Continue simmering until the rice is so tender making the porridge thick in texture.
4. Serve it hot with tokwa't baboy,  spring onion, ground pepper and toasted garlic.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ampalaya with Tofu

All my favorite ingredients in one healthy dish, absolutely yummy! The light taste of tofu infused well with the bitterness of the bitter melon making the taste appealing plus the smell of the bell pepper will tickle your appetite :D. Try this recipe.

1/2 kilo bittermelon (ampalaya)
3 squares tofu or tokwa ( cubed and fried)
2 eggs (beaten)
3 cloves garlic
diced bell pepper
salt to taste
bitter melon

1. Saute the garlic then add the ampalaya simmer and stir occasionally until half cooked.
2. Increase the heat then stir in the beaten eggs, mix well until it coats the ampalaya then add the bell pepper, fried tofu and salt to taste.
3. Simmer until done then serve. :)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Breaded Pork Chop

One of my favorite pork chop dishes during my younger years, just reminiscing how my Nana cooked this for my "baon". Simple but delicious.

3  pork chops
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 lime or 3 calamansi
1/2 teaspoon pork powder
1 beaten egg
1 cup bread crumbs

1. Marinate the pork chop with the soy sauce, lime juice and pork powder for 15 minutes.

2. After 15 minutes remove the pork chop from marinating sauce then put in the beaten egg and roll over the bread crumbs, then deep fry until done.

3. Serve it hot.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Boombastic Chicken Wings Adobo

Do you want to experience some food adventure? Well, try this boombastic chicken wings adobo. You will bite it with excitement and feel the hotness when you swallow it. :D

1/2 kilo chicken wings
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
5 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed peppercorn  (pamintang durog)
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes

1. Saute the garlic
2. Add the chicken wings then simmer for few minutes.
3. Add the soy sauce then cover it and simmer, until the chicken meat darkens with the soy sauce. Mix it well
4. Put the rest of the ingredients, cover well, and simmer for few minutes
5. Stirring occasionally until it is done.
6.  Serve with rice.

Sauted Calabash (Ginisang Upo)

A calabash or bottle gourd is one of the most favorite vegetables in India and it has lots of health benefits. Filipinos called it "upo" when I was young my mom loved cooking it fresh from our garden she sauteed it with soy sauce making it looked brownish. If you can notice if I stir fried and sauted vegetables I want to maintain the natural color of the veggies that is why I do not put soy sauce, like this sauteed bottled gourd or "ginisang upo" it has its natural color and I loved it this way. :)

1 kilo bottle gourd ( upo) peeled and cut to your desired size
some red and green bell pepper ( cut into strips)
1/4 kilo ground pork or beef
3 cloves garlic
spring onion for garnishing
salt and pepper to taste
Sliced Bottled Gourd

1. Saute the garlic then add the ground meat then simmer until it is cooked.
2. Add the sliced bottle gourd and saute until almost done.
3. Add the bell pepper then mix well, add salt and pepper to taste then continue simmering until done.
4. Serve hot and garnish with spring onion.

Stir Fried Bitter Melon

This is one of my favorite vegetables, bitter melon or ampalaya because it has a unique bitter taste that will make you want it more as you chew it. I tried making this stir fried ampalaya and put oyster sauce on it and I liked the taste. Try it.

2 bitter melon (amplaya) cut into your desired thickness
1 onion cut into rings
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/2 cup water
Bitter melon

1. Saute the onion then add the water and let it boil.
2. Increase the heat then stir in the bitter melon, and oyster sauce.
3. Keep on stir frying until done.
4. Serve it hot and do not forget to smile :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ginataang Talbos ng Kamote

A delicious and nutritious sweet potato tops dish, or talbos ng kamote in Tagalog, the flavor of the fried dried fish and the coconut milk goes well perfectly making the dish tasty! Get your plate now and let us eat this delicious dish :).

some fried dried fish
talbos ng kamote
2 cups light coconut milk ( ikalawang gata)
1 cup pure coconut milk ( kakang gata)
1 teaspoon ginger strips

1. Combine together the dried fish, onion , ginger, and coconut milk then bring to boil.

2. Once boiling add the talbos ng kamote then simmer until cooked, then pour in the pure coconut milk, let it boil once then turn off the heat.
3. Serve it with rice:). Enjoy your food.

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