Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Ang sapin-sapin ay isa sa mga masasarap na kakaning Pinoy na gawa sa giniling na malagkit. Mula noong bata pa ako ay paborito ko na ito, gusto kong maging perfect ang sapin-sapin kapag gumawa ako kaya kahit may idea na ako paano ang paggawa di ko pa rin sinubukan at gusto ko talagang masaksihan ng aking dalawang mata kung paano ito gawin at tamang tama naman dahil birthday ng mahal naming bata na si Niel,  gumawa ang kaibigan kong si Melissa Martines ng sapin-sapin at ito ang  kanyang version, tiyak pong magugustuhan nyo, simple at madali lang po. Gagawin ko ito bukas, sabay tayo? :-).

Mga Sangkap:
1/2 kilo giniling na malagkit
1 lata gatas na condensada
1/2 litro fresh milk or evaporated milk
1 cup pure coconut milk
1/2 kutsarita yellow food coloring
1/2 kutsarita purple food 
1 tasa ng latik ( pangbudbud)

1. Paghaluin ang giniling na malagkit, at mga gatas, kapag nahalo ng maigi hatiin sa tatlong bahagi, at lagyan ng food coloring ang dalawang bahagi na magkabukod, haluing maigi.

2. Iisteam ang unang bahagi, kapag luto na ibuhos ang ikalawang patong at hintaying maluto saka ibuhos ang panghuling bahagi at takpang maigi hanggang sa maluto.
3. Kapag luto na ay hanguin ito, palamigin bago alisin sa hulmahan. Hiwain ayon sa laki na ibig mo, budburan ng latik, at ihain ng may pagmamahal :-).

Paalala; Pahiran ng mantika mula sa langis ng pinaglatikan ang hulmahan na gagamitin para hindi dumikit ang sapin-sapin.

Around 10 minutes lang ang pag steam ng bawat layer, pero depende rin kung gaano ka kapal ang layers nyo.

Friday, April 24, 2015

How To Make Kwek Kwek

Kwek kwek is a popular street food in the Philippines. It is made with quail's eggs, coated with a batter and fried then serve with a sauce. Today I was able to interview a kwek-kwek vendor and I witnessed how he made it. He even allowed me to post this. I hope it can help you, specially if you want to start a good business. Soon I will ask him for the sauce recipe.

 quail's eggs
orange food coloring 
oil for frying

For Batter:
Mix the flour , water and food coloring until you reached the thick consistency of a good batter for kwek-kwek.

1. Dust the eggs with flour because if you put it directly to the batter, it will not stick to the egg.

2. After dusting it with flour put in the batter mixture, coating it one by one.

3. Heat the oil then deep fry until  it is cooked.

4. Serve it with your favorite sauce.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What to look for when Using Sushi Knives

What to look for when using sushi knives

When it comes to using sushi knives, there is absolutely no
 rocket science involved. Just a few basic tips that have to 
be kept in mind while making the right choice warrant a bit of logic. They may be summed up as follows:

 The original sushi knife was aimed at cutting. Its job is to make sure that there are fine incisions at intended areas. However, the sushi knives aren’t going to walk out of their shelves by themselves and start cutting. They need to be hand-picked. The most basic tip to be kept in mind when choosing the sushi knife, is to determine the type of cut that is going to be made. A sushi, may require to be cut delicately and finely, so that its shapes can be used to make fine dressings for the dish that they are intended for.
Most complicated dishes that have their recipes explained in cookbooks will supply all the information needed with regard to using the most relevant knives. A number of people have already shared articles and blogs on their websites, explaining in detail the type of sushi knife that is required for a particular dish.

Just as cutting, the slicing technique also follows the same principles. There are deep cuts and fine cuts. The fine cuts require a sort of sharp knife, one that can be used precisely. A deep cut, is the one that doesn’t require much precision.

 Most people believe that the knife on which a certain meat or fish is cut, is the main factor that results in the texture and taste of it. It is primarily for this reason that a lot of people nowadays have started using wooden or ceramide sushi knives.
However, using these knives is not all that easy. Take a 
knife and cut it. That’s what the general person sees as the real deal. If things were that simple, the whole debate over using the appropriate sushi knife would be completely invalid. A recent trend that has been seen nowadays is the fact that people use wooden sushi knives in order to cut their raw meat or raw sushi.
At first, it may seem absolutely confusing as to why someone would do something like this. But the rationality behind it is actually very simple. There are a number of ways it can be cut, a fine sushi knife being the best possible choice, the second next choice being a fillet knife. However, traditionally, it is perceived that the wooden knife, lends its texture and fragrance to the dish that is being used.
Therefore, it may be safe to say that the sushi knives are 
not used simply as a method to cut and slice as if it is some sort of apparatus, but an integral portion of the cooking procedure.

When it comes to paying attention to the sushi knives that 
are going to be used, and the manner in which they are going to be used, determining the end objectives is a better rationale when it comes to choosing and using sushi knives.

Contributed by: Mr. Steven Larson 

Steven is an avid food enthusiast who loves everything about cooking and especially using modern tech in cooking that can make even a novice cook look like an expert chef. He occasionally shares his opinion about the latest and craziest kitchen gadgets on the Kitchen Gadgets Wars blog.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chickpea Salad

Garbanzo or chickpea is a legume that is high in protein and a good source of iron. The first time I ate it I fell in love with its yummy taste, very creamy and nutty. You can use chickpea in different dishes but for now enjoy this delicious and nutritious salad :-). Below are the basic ingredients but you can add more when you serve it, like sesame seeds and basil leaves.

250 grams chick pea
1 cup cherry tomato
1/2 cup black seedless olives
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook the chick pea until tender ( I pressure cooked it for 20 minutes) if pressure cooker is not available, just use a pot and boil until done.
2. When tender, drain and put in a mixing bowl.
3. Add the cherry tomatoes, olives, olive oil,  salt and pepper then mix well.
4. Serve with love and do not forget to smile :-) .

Chicken Macaroni Soup

Since it is cold in my place today, I made this, so that I can have a good sip of a hot creamy soup. Mmmmmmmmm muito deliciosa according to my Portuguese friend, which means very delicious. :-) I know they are not biased. Seriously , it is really yummy, so try this recipe if you have time.

1/4 kilo macaroni
1/4 kilo chicken ( slice into small pieces)
3 cloves garlic
1 small size onion
1 cup evaporated milk
1 small carrot
1/4 kilo cabbage
salt and pepper to taste
spring onion for garnishing

1. Saute garlic and onion then add the meat, salt and pepper,  simmer for few minutes.
2. Add the macaroni and saute for a minute, then add water that is enough to soup the macaroni until the cooking is done.
3. Stir occasionally  so that the macaroni will not stick at the bottom of the pot.
4. When it is almost done, add the carrot and cabbage
5. Add the milk let it boil once and turn off the heat.

6. Serve it hot and sprinkled with minced spring onion

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Roasted Baby Potato

Simple yet satisfying. A perfect side dish and replacement for rice, I served mine with pork adobo, sprinkled it with sesame seeds, wow it was so good.

1 kilo baby potatoes ( wash very well)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
salt and pepper to taste

1. Sprinkle the potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper then add the rosemary.
2. Preheat the oven at 210C then put the potatoes in a baking pan then roast for 20 minutes or until done.
3. Serve and enjoy.

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