Saturday, November 29, 2014

How To Make French Fries Perfectly

French fries does not mean that this fries came or originated in France. French in cooking means slicing vegetables or meat into thin strips almost like julienne.It was believed that in 1802 french fries were serve at the white house dinner as ordered by Pres. Thomas Jefferson, but during that time the name is not yet french fries, but potatoes were serve in french manner and as time goes by in some places also they have this version of cooking the potatoes and it is now a popular fast food item called french fries. Patates Frites as French called it. In  Philippine food chain stores the term french fries is being used. Since it is weekend, I decided to post this recipe, because most of the weekends moms and dads stay with their kids at home. Just in case you want to have something to munch for the weekend with your loved ones,  french fries is an affordable and easy to serve. Happy weekend everyone. :).

2 big potatoes ( french sliced)
3 cups water
salt  to taste
Oil for frying

1. Boil the water then put the french sliced potatoes and boil until half cooked, then remove from water and freeze for an hour.

2. after an hour heat the oil then deep fry until done then sprinkle with salt and serve it with your favorite sauce.

Mami with Ham

I just want to share this mami with crispy ham, it is really yummy.

Ingredients for 6-8 servings:
1/2 kilo egg noodles or pancit ( blanched and set aside)
1 kilo any bones of beef/pork/chicken (buto-buto)
1 onion
1 teaspoon peppercorn ( pamintang buo)
1/4 kilo sweet ham ( crispy bits)
salt to taste
10 cloves garlic ( crushed and toasted for toppings)
1 cup minced spring onion ( for toppings)
4 hard boiled eggs ( cut into halves for toppings) optional
3 liters water
ground pepper for serving

1. In a pot, put the water, bones, onion, and black pepper  then let it boil for an hour over low heat, then add salt to taste.
3. In a serving bowl arrange the noodles, egg, garlic, spring onion, and crispy ham then pour the simmering soup.
4. Sprinkle with ground pepper, serve immediately and enjoy :-).

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sapsap na Pinangat sa Kamatis

Ponyfish or sapsap is a small silvery fish   creamy tasting fish,   Simple yet delicious.

1/2 kilo Sapsap
1 cup water
1 onion
2 cups sliced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a pot put the tomatoes, onion, sapsap, salt and pepper then cover and until it is simmering.
2. Add the water then cover and let it boil until the fish is fully cooked.
3. Serve with love and patis for extra flavor :-).

Pesang Bangus

A light fish flavored soup that will keep you satisfied. :-)

Ingredients for 4 servings:
1 medium size Bangus ( cleaned and sliced into 4)
1/2 kilo cabbage
3 cloves garlic
1  onion
thumb size ginger ( strips)
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns ( pamintang buo)
1/4 cup fish sauce (patis)
4 cups water ( add if needed)

1. Saute the garlic, ginger and onion, then add the water, peppercorns and fish sauce,  bring to a boil, when boiling add the fish and continue to boil until cooked.
2. Add the cabbage then simmer for 2 minutes, add salt if necessary then simmer until done
3. Serve it hot and enjoy. 

Battered Broccoli

This is a very good side dish or appetizer.

Ingredients for 3-4 servings:
1 big head broccoli ( cleaned and florets separated)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 egg beaten
water ( enough to make a good batter)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil the broccoli until half cooked. Drain and set aside.
2. Combine the water, egg, salt, pepper and flour then mix well until batter is smooth.
3. Dip each broccoli floret into the batter and deep fry until done.
4. Serve with fried or grilled fish or meat.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ginataang Dalag

Dalag or mudfish is one of the most common fishes in the Philippines. It is yummy with coconut milk specially when the coconut milk is really thick like this one :-).


1 kilo mudfish (dalag) 
3 cloves garlic ( crushed)
thumb size ginger ( sliced)
1 onion ( sliced)
2 cups coconut milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce ( patis)
1 bunch of pechay
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
salt to taste


1. Sauté the  ginger, garlic and onion, then add 1 cup coconut milk, fish sauce and ground pepper then bring to a boil and simmer for a minute.
2. Add the fish then simmer until cook, add the pechay and salt to taste then simmer for a minute, lastly add the rest of the coconut milk, once simmering turn off the heat.
3. Serve with love :-).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Tamales is one of the popular dishes in Pampanga, it's my first time to taste this when I visited my Kapampangan friend, this recipe is from her but she do not want me to put her picture as a contributor, anyway this is really yummy. Try it.

3 cups rice
5 cups coconut milk (thin & thick together)
1 tablespoon atchuete powder
3/4 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons powdered pepper
4 tablespoons peanut butter
salt to taste

1 cup flaked chicken meat (cooked)
2 hard boiled eggs (sliced)
1 cup cooked strips of pork

1. Toast rice until brown. Grind finely. Add salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. Add atsuete powder to coconut milk. Boil in medium heat stirring constantly. Add powdered rice and sugar, stir until well blended and thick, then separate 1/4 of the cooked mixture then mix in the peanut butter for the toppings.
3. Put 3 tablespoons of cooked mixture on two pieces of wilted banana leaves; top with 1 tablespoon peanut-butter mixture, 2 slices of hard-boiled egg, flaked chicken meat and strips of pork.
Wrap to form a square and tie with a string. In a deep pan, put water enough to cover tamales. When water boils, put in tamales. Cover and cook for an hour.
4. Serve and enjoy.

Fried Mudfish (Pritong Dalag)

Fresh from the fish pond that's why it tastes so good! "Mudfish is common in freshwater plains, where it migrates from rivers and lakes into flooded fields, returning to the permanent water bodies in the dry season, where it survives by burrowing in the mud".


2 mudfish (dalag) cleaned
2 calamansi
salt and pepper to taste

1. Sprinkle the mudfish with calamansi,  salt and pepper then  deep fry until golden brown.
2. Serve it hot.

Peppered Pork Chop

Truly yummy but eat in moderation :)

Ingredients for 4 servings:
4 serving slices of pork chop
ground pepper according to your taste
2 tablespoons calamansi Juice
salt to taste

1. Sprinkle the pork chop with calamansi juice then put pepper and salt according to your taste.

2. Fry until  cooked.

3. Serve it with rice and do not forget to smile :-).

Pork Ribs Nilaga

Nilaga is a simple way of cooking meat with water and spices added with some veggies. Simple yet delicious.

1 kilo pork ribs
1/2 kilo pechay
8 cups water
1/4 cup fish sauce (patis)
3 big potatoes
thumb size ginger
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a big pot put the onion, ginger, pork ribs, pepper and patis and cook over medium heat until the meat juices comes out the simmer until the pinkish color is gone.
2. Add the water and bring to a boil, continue to boil the meat until tender then add the potato and simmer until half cooked, then add the pechay and salt if needed then simmer for a minute and turn off the heat.
3. Serve it hot.

Black Forest Cake

It's been a long time that I want a recipe of this cake and I am lucky that my Austrian friend (Gabriel) baked this and shared to us the recipe.


24 ounce (700 ml) jar  Cherries in syrup
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

Chocolate Cake/Genoise:

3 tablespoons (42 grams) hot melted unsalted butter
1/2 cup (60 grams) cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/3 cup (30 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
 4 large eggs
2/3 cup (135 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Frosting

2 1/2 cups (600 ml) heavy whipping cream (double cream)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons (35 grams) granulated white sugar

Cherries: Drain the cherries, reserving the liquid. Place the cherries in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside. Place 1 cup (240 ml) of the reserved cherry syrup in a small saucepan, along with the sugar, and heat until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

Chocolate Cake/Genoise:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter, or spray with a non stick spray, a 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pan and line the bottom of pan with parchment or wax paper.

In a bowl, sift the flour, salt and cocoa powder. In a heatproof bowl whisk the eggs with the sugar. Place over a saucepan of simmering water, and whisking constantly, heat until lukewarm (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat on high speed until the mixture is thick (about 5 minutes) (the batter will fall back into the bowl in a ribbon-like pattern). Beat in the vanilla extract. Then sift about one-third of the flour mixture over the egg mixture and gently fold in using a rubber spatula or whisk. Sift and fold in another third, and then fold in the rest. Take 1 cup of the batter and fold it into the melted butter (to lighten it). Then gently fold it into the egg batter. Pour into your pan, smoothing the top. Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean . Cool on a wire rack before removing from pan. The cake can be stored for two days or frozen for a month.

Whipped Cream Frosting: In your mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. Cover and chill the bowl and wire whisk in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, then beat the mixture just until stiff peaks form.

Assemble Cake: 
Using a sharp knife, cut the genoise, horizontally, into two layers. Turn over the top layer of the cake (top of cake becomes bottom) and place on your serving plate. Brush the cake layer with 1/4 cup (60 ml) cherry syrup. Take 1 cup of whipped cream and spread on the moistened genoise. Place the cherries evenly over the cream. Brush the cut-side of second genoise layer with 1/4 cup (60 ml) syrup. Place cut-side down on top of the cherries, gently pressing to compact. Reserve one cup (240 ml) of whipped cream and spread the remaining cream over top and sides of cake. Place reserved cream in a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe rosettes on top of cake( Optional- you can decorate any how you want}. Cover and refrigerate the cake for several hours (or overnight) before serving. Decorate with fresh cherries and shaved chocolate.

Contributed by: Gabriel Eli Ndegwa


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Crispy Ham Bits

I made this for my "Pork Mami" it really gives a distinctive taste and I love the crispy bits while eating the mami. This is also  a good sprinkle for carbonara, sauteed vegetables and many more, you can also serve this an appetizer.

1/4 kilo Ham
1/2 cup oil

1. Dice the ham then heat the oil and put it.
2. Stir until crispy and remove from oil, put in the paper towel to remove excess oil.

3. Store in an air tight jar for future use, if you will make mami, carbonara and many more.

Click the link for the carbonara recipe

Mami with Crispy ham bits

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ginisang Sitaw at Kalabasa

It's always ginataang sitaw at kalabasa everytime we have string beans (sitaw) and squash (kalabasa) that's why today I broke the usual routine, I sauteed the string beans and squash (ginisang sitaw at kalabasa) and it turned out good.

Ingredients for 8-10 servings:
2 kilos Squash
1/2 kilo String beans
1/4 kilo pork
1/4 kilo shrimps
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute the garlic and onion then add the pork and continue to saute for 2 minutes then add the soy sauce and simmer for a minute.
2. Add the shrimps and stir well, add the water  and let boil then add the squash and string beans, stir well then simmer and stir until almost done.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste,  stir and simmer for a minute then turn off the heat.
4. Serve with a smile.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pancit Malasado

A simple noodle dish that's really delicious, twisted between pancit guisado and pancit sinabawan with just half cooked pancit and veggies that's why I called this malasado. Try this and let me know.

Ingredients for 4-6 servings:
1/2 kilo pancit or egg noodles ( washed and drained)
1/4 kilo pork
2 1/2 cups water 
1 cup broccoli
1 small piece bell pepper
1/4 kilo cabbage
1  carrot
1/2 slices of ham ( optional)
4 tablespoons soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute the garlic and onion then add the meat, stir well until the pinkish color is gone.
2. Add the soy sauce and simmer for 30 seconds then add the water and bring to a boil.
3. When the water is boiling increase the heat to high and put all the ingredients then simmer for 1 minute and turn off the heat. Enjoy your pancit malasado.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fried Rice Delight

Simple and easy to prepare but satisfying.

2 cups cooked rice 
2 slices sweet ham
3 cloves garlic
100 grams ground pork or beef
2 eggs ( fried and chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
spring onion to garnish

1. Saute the garlic then add the ground meat and continue to saute until the pinkish color of the meat is gone.  Add the ham and stir for a minute then add the rice and stir well until almost done.
2. Add the egg, salt and pepper then give a good stir until done, when done sprinkle with green onion and serve.

Homemade Sweet and Sour Bangus

You might wonder why my sweet and sour is so plain, no carrots and bell pepper , it's because I cooked this when my friends visited me and one of them requested not to put those veggies so that she can eat because of health reasons, you can put some veggies if you will cook this recipe.

1 kilo Bangus ( fried)
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
thumb size ginger ( strips)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 cloves garlic
1 small size onion
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water

1. Saute ginger and garlic then put the onion and continue sauteeing. 
2. Put vinegar, soy sauce and sugar,  let simmer, then add the water and let it boil, then add the fried fish and simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Add the cornstarch mixture, stirring well until it boils then simmer for a minute, add salt and pepper to taste, simmer for a minute and turn off the heat. 
4. Serve it hot with rice :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Buko Pandan Sago Cooler

This is a very good dessert and so affordable, refreshing too if you serve it really cold. I made this in the night and chill overnight for best result.

1/2 kilo small white sago
1 litre fresh milk
1 big can condensed milk (380 grams)
1 can fruit cocktail (432 grams)
250 ml all purpose cream ( Nestle or any brand)
15 ml buco pandan flavor

different McCORMICK flavors

1. Cook the sago then drain and wash well after cooking to remove the starch and prevent it from sticking, then combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for few hours.
2. Serve and enjoy.

Special Binagoongang Talong

The price of the eggplants at the market today is very cheap that's why I bought a lot and decided to make some for eggplant binagoongan.

1 kilo eggplant
2 tablespoons shrimp paste ( bagoong alamang)
3 cloves garlic
1 onion
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup water
salt if needed

1. Fried the eggplant then set aside.

2. Saute the garlic and onion then add the shrimp paste and simmer for 2 minutes add the ground pepper and water then let boil, add the fried eggplant and stir until mixed well, add salt if needed then turn off the heat.
3. Serve hot with rice :-).

Friday, November 14, 2014

Calderetang Kambing

I wanna share my family's tradition in cooking goat caldereta or calderetang kambing. I encountered a lot of our guests every time we have family gatherings, telling us that they do not eat goat meat because they do not like the smell, but once they have tasted our calderetang kambing, they're always amazed why it doesn't smell goat at all. It is because of our way in cooking it, grilling it first to remove the strong smell juices from the meat. I hope that you will try this style of caldereta, you won't regret. :-)

1 kilo goat's meat ( grilled until light brown)
1 big onion ( minced)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 cup Sprite
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup pineapple chunks
2 pieces carrots ( sliced and fried)
3 pieces potato ( sliced and fried)
2 tablespoons calamansi or lemon juice
1 bell pepper
1 can liver spread
250 ml All purpose cream ( Nestle or any brand)
100 grams cheddar cheese
6 cups water ( add if needed)
200 ml tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste

grilled goat's meat

1. Chop the grilled goat's meat to your desired size and marinate with Sprite, 1/4 cup soy sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste for at least 1 hour, then fry until brownish  and set aside.
2. Saute the garlic and onion then add the fried goat's meat then simmer for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and 1/4 cup soy sauce then stir well, cover and  simmer for 5 minutes, increase the heat to high then add the water and bring to a boil,  when boiling lower the heat and simmer until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally. 
3. When the meat is tender, add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until done.
4. Serve it hot and enjoy.

You can add green peas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Buko Pandan Gelatine with Peach

I made this last week for an afternoon snack with my neighbors' children, they enjoyed it a lot and asked for more.

10 grams powder gelatine
10 ml buko pandan flavor ( I used McCormick brand)
4 cups water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 big can evaporated milk (370ml)
some peaches slices

1. Mix the sugar, gelatine powder with water, stir well until fully mixed, then bring to a boil stirring constantly until gelatine is fully dissolved, simmer for 8 minutes then add the  milk and buko pandan flavor simmer for a minute and turn off the heat. Let cool.
2.Arrange the sliced peaches in the molder then pour the cooled gelatine mixture and refrigerate for an hour or until chilled.

3. Unmold upside down to show the peaches, slice then serve

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ensaladang Pako

Thanks to my niece ( Miss Arianne) for sharing this fiddlehead fern salad or ensaladang Pako.

Health Effects of fiddlehead ferns
"Fiddleheads contain various vitamins and minerals, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are a source of antioxidants and dietary fibre.[2] They are low in sodium, but rich in potassium, which may make them suitable for people who need a low-sodium diet.[5]

Fiddleheads may harbour microbes, and should be washed and cooked before eating.[2]

Many ferns also contain the enzyme thiaminase, which breaks down thiamine. This can lead to beriberi and other vitamin B complex deficiencies if consumed to excess or if one's diet is lacking in these vitamins.[6]".

1/2 kilo fiddlehead fern ( Cut and cleaned)
1 onion 
3 tomatoes 
1 almost ripe mango 
1/4 teaspoon sugar or to taste
3/4 cup vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil 3 cups of water then blanched the fern, drain and set aside.
2. slice the onion, mango and tomatoes according to your desired size then combine it with the fern together with the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well.
3. Serve and enjoy.

Contributed by : Miss Arianne Maravilla

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Boiled Crab Claws

My friend gave me a present from her travel, it's not  something that I could keep forever :) but something special and delicious that I can cook. Crab claws! When she handed me the packet, I can't help but smile because I'm glad she gave me something for my blog. Here is a simple recipe that I made.

10 pieces crab claws
1 bay leaf or laurel
1 1/2 cup  Coconut water
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a pot put the coconut water, bay leaf and garlic then bring to a boil.
2. Add the claws of the crab then boil for 10 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste, simmer for a minute then turn off the heat.
3. Crack the shell then serve and enjoy.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ginisang Talong

Simple yet yummy.

1/2 kilo eggplant ( sliced to your desired size)
3 cloves garlic
1 onion
2 tablespoons soy sauce or according to your taste
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute the garlic and onion then add the eggplant and stir well over high heat. Cover for a minute then stir again.
2. Add the soy sauce and pepper then simmer over medium heat, add salt if needed then simmer until cooked.
3. Serve hot and enjoy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sweet Ginataang Monggo

 Sweet ginataang monggo or ginataang totong  is an affordable yet delicious dish that you can prepare for your family and friends. I love this so much since I was a kid. Really delicious! Try it.

Ingredients for 10-12 servings:
1 cup Glutinous rice 
1/4 cup monggo (toasted, cracked)
6  cups thin coconut milk
1 cup  pure coconut milk
1 cup sugar or according to your taste
5 pandan leaves (optional)

Crack the toasted monggo
1. Soak the glutinous rice for an hour, after soaking the rice wash it. then in  a big pot combine it with the toasted monggo, pandan leaves  and thin coconut milk then bring to a boil, simmer  over medium heat while stirring occasionally until rice and monggo is tender.
2. Add the sugar and pure coconut milk then simmer for a minute and turn off the heat.
3. Serve with a smile.

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