Thursday, February 26, 2015

Creamy Pork with Mushrooms


A delicious pork dish that your entire family will surely adore. 

Ingredients:

1 kilo pork
1/4 kilo mushrooms (sliced) you can use canned mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1 onion
2 cups water
1/2 cup All purpose cream ( Nestle, Alaska or any brand)
salt and pepper to taste




Procedure:

1. Saute the garlic and onion then add the pork and simmer until pinkish color is gone.
2. Add the water and simmer until the meat is tender, then add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat.
3. Add the all purpose cream simmer for a minute or until done.
4. Serve and enjoy. :-)



Note: If you want it to have more gravy just add the water and the all purpose cream.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fried Salmon

Cooked simply but served in a very special way that  I can for a very good friend. We enjoyed our lunch of fried salmon  with a good chat :-).

Ingredients for 2 servings:
300 grams salmon fillet ( slice to your desired size)
1 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
salt and pepper to taste


Procedure:
1. Sprinkle the salmon with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
2. Heat the oil then fry the salmon until done, remove from oil and put in a paper towel to remove excess oil.
3. Serve with love and a big smile :-). 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Suam Mais (Corn Soup)

Suam Mais is a corn soup dish from Pampanga, Philippines. Delicious and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:
4 pieces young white malagkit corn
1/4 kilo pork
3 cups water (add if needed)
2 cups camote tops ( talbos ng camote)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 onion
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. Saute the garlic and onion then add the pork, stir until it is brownish,  add the corn and simmer for a minute.
2. Add the water, salt and pepper, simmer until the corn is tender.
3. Add the  camote tops and simmer until done and turn off the heat.
4. Serve it hot.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Simple Ratatouille




Ratatouille (/ˌrætəˈtuːiː/ rat-ə-TOO-ee; French: [ʁataˈtuj]) is a traditional French Provençal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice. The full name of the dish is ratatouille niçoise.[1]

Origin

The word ratatouille comes from Occitan ratatolha and the recipe comes from Occitan cuisine. Ratatouille originated in the area around present day Occitan Provença (French: Provence) and Niça (French: Nice); the Catalan samfaina and the Majorcan tombet are versions of the same dish.[2] The southern Italian ciambotta is a related spring vegetable dish.
To read more click the link below:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratatouille

Piperade Mixture/ Sauce:
 1 Onion chopped
 2 Carrots unpeeled and grated 
4 Celery sticks 
1 Tablespoons Minced garlic 
1 Red bell pepper Charred, peeled, seeds and ribs removed 
1 yellow bell pepper charred, peeled , seeds and ribs removed 
2 Red chillies charred, peeled, seeds and ribs removed. (Optional) 
850 grams tomato sauce
2-3 Tablespoons Olive oil 
6 Fresh basil leaves. 
Salt and Pepper to taste

Vegetables:  
2 Zucchinis sliced 
2 Japanese or Chinese eggplants sliced 
6 Roma tomatoes sliced 

Procedure for the piperade mixture: 
1. Saute the onion with the olive oil until translucent ( do not brown). Add the celery, carrots, garlic and continue to saute until softened. 
2. Mix in the bell peppers,chillies and the tomato sauce.
Add salt and pepper to taste, then simmer until done. Add the basil leaves. Set aside
3. In a blender, blend the whole mixture into a thick sauce. Pour the mixture into a large pan (oven proof) / casserole dish. 

To Assemble the ratatouille:
4. Take a slice of each vegetable, put them together and stick them half way in the sauce 
5. Repeat the process until the pan is full of vegetables in a circular or preferred design. 



6. Finally, drizzle some olive oil on top, salt, pepper and some dried herbs (basil, oregano and thyme). Cover with an aluminium foil. 
7. Bake it in the oven (300 F for about 2 hours). Remove the foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350 F to caramelize. Serve and Enjoy.


Contributed by: Gabriel Eli Ndegwa



If yellow squash is available you can add it for this recipe

Now, it is time to watch the ratatouille movie :) 

Stuffed Potato ( Relyenong patatas)

Affordable, easy and yummy. Try it.

Ingredients for 3 servings:
3 pieces potato Medium size
100 grams ground beef
1 carrot ( grated)
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 onion (minced)
salt and pepper to taste


Procedure:
1. Boil the potatoes and remove the skin then cut into halves, remove some part in the middle to make a space for stuffing, then set aside.
2. Saute the garlic and onion then add the ground beef and simmer for 2 minutes add the carrots and broccoli, stir well then add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for a minute and turn off the heat.
3. Get the potatoes and fill each slice with the  filling, put together each pair with a toothpick, dip in a beaten egg and roll over the bread crumbs, secure with a toothpick, then bake in a pre-heated oven for 13 minutes at 200C.




4. Remove the toothpicks, slice then serve and enjoy.








The potato parts  that I removed to make a space for stuffing, I also sliced it and add to the filling. :-)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cabbage Roll


I prepared this dish for a special family gathering, simple but a very attractive center table item that will surely capture the eyes of your guests and loved ones. This is also very affordable.

Ingredients for 24 rolls:
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 onion (minced)
600 grams ground beef or pork
4 pieces big potatoes (finely diced)
3 big carrots ( finely diced)
1/2  cup minced bell pepper ( mixed colors if available)
24 cabbage leaves or more
200 ml All purpose cream ( Nestle, Alaska or any brand)
100 ml water
100 ml evaporated or fresh milk
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. Saute garlic and onion then add the ground meat and stir until pinkish color is gone.
2. Add the potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, salt and pepper  then stir well  and continue cooking until done. Set aside.
3. Boil or steam the cabbage for 3 minutes then drain and allow to cool. If cabbage leaves are too big you can cut it into two (halves).
4. Flatten the cabbage leaf then put the filling and wrap well.







5. When done rolling, arrange well in a cooking pan then put the fresh  Milk, water, all purpose cream, salt and pepper then bring to a boil, when boiling adjust the heat to low then simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Serve and enjoy. 




Note: If you want it more saucy just double the portion of water and cream


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fried Dried Fish

Simple yet special for me, oh how I love this fried fish at breakfast table,  a good appetizer . Wash your hands and grab the fried rice now :-). 

To fry it, simply heat the oil then fry the dried fish to your desired doneness, when done remove from oil then put in a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Serve and enjoy.

Tortiglioni with Bacon

Tortiglioni is a short tube kind of pasta that has a good texture that's why I like it. This is good also with tomato sauce but I cooked it this way because my friends want to replace the rice with this, only light in taste to go perfectly with our viands.


Ingredients for 6 Servings:
1/2 kilo tortiglioni
1/4 kilo bacon (sliced)
3 cloves garlic finely minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Tortiglioni Pasta


Procedure:
1. Cook the tortiglioni according to its packaging procedure then set aside.
2. Heat the pan and put the bacon stir until the natural oil comes out, then continue cooking until crispy, remove from oil and put in a paper towel to remove excess oil.
3. Heat the olive oil, add the garlic and stir until light brown, add the tortiglioni and bacon then mix well, sprinkle with salt and pepper then stir and turn off the heat.
4. Serve hot with a smile :-).




Bean Sprouts Salad


Bean Sprouts are one of the common cooking ingredients that we can find at the market, this is very nutritious, in fact it is more nutritious than the original bean where it came from according to what I've read.  Low in calories ( 31 calories for 104 grams) but a good source of folate,  folate helps your body produce DNA, amino acids and red blood cells,  that are important in preventing anemia and birth defects. Make it a habit to include bean sprouts in your diet because it also a good source of protein and dietary fiber. 
Here is a simple salad recipe to enjoy. This salad goes well with any meat and fish dishes.

Ingredients for 4 servings:
2 cups bean sprouts ( wash well)
1 tablespoons lemon or calamansi juice
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons soy sauce ( if balsamic coy sauce is available it is better)
2 tomatoes ( slice to your desired size)
some lettuce
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. Combine the tomato and bean sprouts, set aside, in a serving dish, arrange the lettuce properly then put the combined tomatoes and sprouts.
2. Sprinkle with lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper then serve and enjoy. :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bangers and Mash





Bangers and Mash is a traditional British Isles dish made of mashed potatoes and sausages and sometimes served with fried onion, onion gravy and baked beans just like what Mr. O'Malley made for my blog. 



Ingredients for 1 serving:
1 onion, sliced.
2 pork sausages 
1 scoop Mashed potato
1 can of baked beans (heated)


Procedure:
1. In a frying fan heat some oil over medium heat, once hot enough, add the sausages and onions and fry for about 10mins turning the sausages and onions until they are cooked (it's ok for the onions to be a little burnt, this just adds to the flavor).


2. Arrange the mashed potato, baked beans and sausages in a serving platter then serve it with love.




Contributed by: Mr. Vince O'Malley



Ginisang Hipon

Savor the fresh flavor of shrimps in a very easy way of cooking. 

Ingredients for 4 servings:
1/2 kilo shrimps (de-shelled and cleaned)
1/2 cup sliced tomatoes
1 onion ( sliced)
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon calamansi or lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste


Procedure:
1. Saute the garlic, onion and tomatoes then add the shrimps and continue sauteeing for a minute.
2. Add the fish sauce, lemon juice and pepper then continue cooking, add salt of needed. Turn off the heat when done.
3. Serve it hot. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Carrot Cake




Really yummy! Thanks be to God for baking this for us. Another delicious treat from the best baker in town :-). Mr. Gab.


Ingredients:
1 ¼ cup & 1 Tbsp of All Purpose Flour
½ cup of white Sugar
¼ cup of Brown Sugar
1 tsp of Baking Soda
2 tsp of Cinnamon
½ tsp of Salt
¼ tsp of Nutmeg
¾ cup of Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp of Vanilla Extract
1 tsp of Grated Orange Zest
1 ½ cups of Shredded/ Grated Carrots
½ cup of Raisins/ Walnuts Whatever you like.

For the frosting:
3 oz of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2 cups of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla


Procedure:
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2) Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with non stick cooking spray. Lay the bottom with parchment paper and set aside.
3) In a bowl toss together the carrots, raisins/ walnuts and the 1 Tbsp of flour until all of the carrots and raisins are coated with the flour.
4) In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients until well combined. Add the carrots and raisins/ walnuts and mix until they are well incorporated through the batter.
5) Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6) When the cake is ready, let it cool in the pan for a few minutes but then take it out and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
7) Once the cake is completely cooled, make the frosting by simply mixing all of the ingredients together until you get a nice thick frosting. If you need to, add a little more water by the teaspoonful to get a spreadable frosting consistency.
8) Adorn the cake with the cream cheese frosting and let it set for a few minutes until the frosting begins to harden. Dig in whenever you like!







Contributed by: Gabriel Eli Ndegwa


Espetinho de Coração de Frango


This is one of my favorite Brazilian food. Cooked simply in a hot coal, aromatic and yummy. I cooked this for a friend's farewell party. One of the best that I've tasted is at Canasveieras, Santa Catarina, Brazil owned by Mr. Joao. 


Ingredientes:
1 kg de coração de frango  (limpo)
Sal grosso a gosto

Modo de preparo:
1. Em uma bacia, colocar os corações de frango, adicionar o sal grosso e mexer bem.





2. Espetar os corações em espeto de bambu.






3. Assá-los com fogo baixo ate fica bem.




4. Servir com amor :-).




For the English translation of the recipe here it is.

Ingredients:
1 kilo chicken heart ( cleaned)
coarse salt to taste

Procedure:
1. In a bowl, combine the chicken heart and salt until fully mixed.
2. Put the hearts in the bamboo skewers.
3. Grill it over hot coal until fully cooked.
4. Serve with a smile :-).

Ginataang Labong with Kalabasa


This is really yummy and in fact one of the best seller in my sister's eatery. I will be happy eating this everyday :-).


Ingredients:
1/4 kilo bamboo shoots ( boiled and drained)
1/4 kilo shrimps
1/2 kilo squash ( cubed)
1 cup pure coconut milk ( kakang gata)
2 cups thin coconut milk ( hindi kakang gata)
1 small onion
2 cups cleaned saluyot
salt to taste

Procedure:
1. In a pot, put the thin coconut milk, bring to boil then put the boiled bamboo shoots, squash, shrimps, salt and onion then continue cooking until it's almost done.
2. Put the saluyot and  simmer for 2 minutes then put the pure coconut milk, simmer for a minute then turn off the heat.
3. Serve it hot.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Conch Shell Soup

I cooked this out of curiosity, I really wanna try what is the taste of this shell that's why I bought some. The soup is really delicious and we all loved it, the shell's meat is chewy but yummy.You can remove the meat by just pulling it, no need to crash the shell :-).

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo conch shell
2 cups water
2 pieces finger chili
1 bunch spring onion
1 teaspoon ginger strips
1 small onion
salt and pepper to taste



Procedure:
1. In a pot put the water, onion, chili and ginger then bring to a boil, when boiling add the shell and simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Add salt and pepper to taste then simmer for a minute and turn off the heat.
3. Add the spring onion then serve. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Adobong Tilapia

Adobo is my all time favorite dish, that's why I cooked this Adobong Tilapia, very yummy.

Ingredients:
1 kilo Tilapia ( Cleaned and sliced)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon ginger strips
1 small onion 
3 pieces Finger chili (siling haba)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. Saute the ginger, garlic and onion then put the vinegar and soy sauce and simmer for a minute.
2. Add the fish, cover then simmer until done over medium heat.
3. Add the chili, salt and pepper to taste then simmer for a minute and turn off the heat. Serve with love.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fiesta Eggplant Salad

A superb eggplant salad for the whole family, loaded with nutritious ingredients. Try it now :-)

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo eggplant
1/2 cup raisins
1 small onion (diced)
1 big tomato (diced)
1/2 cup diced red and yellow bell peppers
spring onion to sprinkle
2 tablespoons lemon or calamansi juice
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. Boil or grill the eggplant until cooked, then diced.
2. Combine all the ingredients, sprinkle with spring onion then serve and enjoy.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chorizo Fried Rice


I cooked this from my leftover rice and chorizo.

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked rice
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped cooked chorizo
1/2 cup corn kernel
1/4 cup spring onion
1 teaspoon soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. Saute the garlic then add the rice and stir well for a minute, sprinkle the soy sauce, salt and pepper then stir until fully mixed.
2. Add the chorizo and corn then stir again and continue cooking until done.
3. Sprinkle with spring onion then serve with a big smile :-).







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