Friday, June 25, 2010

McDonald's Sundae



For how many days now ,I was telling hubby that I want a sundae from Mcdonald. So on Sunday on the way home from the US embassy, we stopped by Mc Donald's drive thru  to get  lunch plus 3 orders of  sundae, unfortunately we went home without the sundae's  but an extra kiddie meal chicken nugget instead. It was our bad coz we did not check the receipt first nor the orders they gave us. Then Wednesday came, hubby was craving for a sundae and decided to get us all  each. At last I have ordered my favorite strawberry sundae  while hubby and kuya had their hot fudge sundae. Oh,so yummy!


I bought this slices of cake in one of the bakeshop here when I was craving for some cake. The blueberry cheese cake is my favorite.


Hubby always brings me taco salad from work. We like to have it for lunch.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Breakfast at Jollibee

My children and a friends son having good time eating breakfast at Jollibee. They so love it !



 bunso's first taste of Jollibee chicken joy and palabok

 kuya said after 4 year's, he got a taste of Jollibee again

we'll come back again Jobee,see you next time!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Spring Roll ( Lumpiang Gulay)


 Spring roll is one of the appetizer that is so easy to do. You don't have to be a good cook to make it. As long as you know how to saute and fry, you are good to go. Here is my mothers recipe, she always use tokwa/tofu and it really tastes good.

Spring  Roll Ingredients:
  • onion chopped
  • garlic minced
  • carrot, julienne cut
  • green beans, julienne cut
  • sweet potato and/or potato, julienne cut
  • bean sprout 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • tokwa/tofu diced 
  • 1 chicken cube
Cooking Directions:
  1. In a hot oil, saute garlic, onion and tofu.
  2. Add all the vegetables, tofu, little water, chicken cube, Stir well.
  3. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  4. Let boil until half cook. 
  5. Put in a strainer to drain.


How to wrap:
  1. Prepare the spring roll wrapper. 
  2. Put one tablespoon of vegetable mix on the wrapper. 
  3. Spread it lengthwise and roll make sure to fold both ends.
  4. Seal by dipping your finger in water and paste it at the end of the wrapper.
  5.  Deep fry until golden brown. Place in  a paper towel to remove excess oil. 
  6. Serve with vinegar  or sweet chili sauce.


Vegetable and Chicken Spring Rolls

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Biscocho (toasted bread)



We always have left over bread in the fridge which  is often  ended  up in trash. Well, don't  throw it yet, you can make a delicious snack or dessert out of it. Have you ever tried making Biscocho? It is very easy and will not take time.

Ingredients:  
slices of leftover bread
butter
sugar

Directions:
1. Spread butter on the sliced of bread and sprinkle with sugar or you can dab the buttered bread  on a plate full of sugar. 
2. Put bread in an  oven toaster 3-5  minutes until it becomes toasted. Another way is by oven at 300 F for  30 minutes or more  until the bread turned golden brown.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Puto (Rice Muffins)


   
 Rice muffin is one of my eldest son's  most requested  snack. Most of the puto available on the market nowadays is made of flour and milk, it taste good but not as good as the traditional puto made of grinded rice. I made the rice muffin (puto) easier by using rice powder and coconut milk in can. Saves time yet the taste is better than the commercial one.

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar ( 1 cup is too sweet for me so I  make mine 3/4)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • grated  or sliced cheddar cheese or grated hard boiled egg  for toppings(optional) .
  • 1 can  coconut milk ( 400 ml or 2 cups )
  • grated coconut or butter
Directions:
1.Sift first four ingredients together  in  a mixing bowl


2.Add coconut milk and mix  well to make a smooth mixture.


3. Fill in greased muffin pans 2/3 full. And topped with grated cheese


4. Steam for 30 minutes. Make sure to boil the water first  for best result and cover with cheese cloth or any white clean cloth to  prevent water from drippings into the muffin.

You can make 18 -20 puto

Serve with  freshly grated coconut or butter.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy Birthday


A very good friend and a big brother to all of us Filipino Expatriates(Filex) group celebrated his nth birthday on June 14.Since the special day fall on a Monday ,we had an advanced  surprised birthday party on weekend at the celebrants house.Here's the food that we shared together,



cake and brownies

spaghetti,lumpiang shanghai ,refrigerated cake,buttered shrimp,kare are ,
creamy beef and chicken,pininyahang manok and more

chicken barbecue

leche flan/custard

puto/steamed rice muffins

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Krispy Kreme Doughnut


I was craving for  doughnut and bought me a dozen plus 6 more additional for the promotion of "Buy 1 dozen get 6 free". These doughnuts are actually too sweet and pricey compare to Dunkin Doughnut but I still want to have it once in a while. Ooops, is it obvious that I am a Dunkin doughnut fan? lol.

I like the original glazed though.


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Friday, June 11, 2010

Broccoli Oriental


My husband got me some cookbook when he came back from vacation. One of them is the Better Homes and gardens New Cook Book. I tried the broccoli  but instead of frozen I used the fresh one, omit the sesame seed and added onion instead.

Broccoli Oriental

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pork Adobo


Pork adobo recipe from Del Monte with their  Sandosenang Sarap All-in-One Seasoning. You might want give it a try. The recipe is good.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pack Del Monte Sandosenang Sarap All-in-One Seasoning (18 g)
  • ½ tbsp oil
  • ½ kg pork kasim, cut up
  • 1½ tbsp Del Monte Red Cane Vinegar
  • 1 pc small laurel
  • ¼ tsp peppercorn, crushed

Directions:
  1. Sauté Del Monte Sandosenang Sarap All-in-One Seasoning in   oil for a few seconds.
  2. Add pork, sauté for 10 minutes.
  3. Add 1/3 cup water and remaining ingredients. 
  4. Cover and   simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
  5. Serve with boiled eggs and rice.

Makes 4 servings.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sizzling Burger Steak

 As I promised from my previous post about my newly purchased sizzling plates, I already used it with my burger steak recipe.


The food was good but I was not happy with the sizzling effect. It was not like those we were seen at the restaurant wherein you can hear the sizzle and see the smoke all over the place. Well, guess I need to learn more how to do it right.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

KFC gravy

At last, after a long time of longing for a gravy at KFC, they decided to give costumer the satisfaction of eating fried chicken dipped in a sauce. Just last month they started selling the much awaited gravy  and everybody was so happy about  it. My friends who tasted it already said that it taste like the Philippine gravy and a must try.

So yesterday, I  headed at a KFC drive thru to get   me and my son our favorite spicy fried chicken and gravy. I did not order one for hubby because I was not sure if he will still work overtime or not  so I just order him a medium size super supreme Pizza hut afterward.

I already ate all the chicken before  I remember  to take a photo of it. Gravy was really yummy. I will surely grab another one again. Thank you KFC- Qatar for bringing gravy back into our lives.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kare Kare (Beef with Peanut Sauce)





Kare kare is an authentic Filipino stew made from peanut sauce, vegetables, beef  and sometimes with oxtail or tripe. It is eaten together with shrimp paste. Kare kare is not kare kare without the bagoong or shrimp paste. And any  Filipino occasion is not complete without this sumptuous dish on the table. Now a days cooking kare kare kare is  never a problem anymore, just buy a packet of  kare kare mix, add a little bit of peanut butter and a bottle of cooked shrimp paste and there goes your  yummy meal serve with rice, delicious dessert and a cold drink.


Kare Kare

Ingredients:
  • 1- 1 1/2 kilos ox tail , cut into 2 inches long or beef brisket
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3 head garlic, crushed
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup anatto seeds for coloring
  • 1/4 anatto seeds 
  • 4 eggplants, cut in 2 inch length and sliced to 4
  • 1 banana heart, sliced crosswise
  • 1 bundle string beans/sitaw, cut in 2 inches length
  • 1 bundle bok choy/pechay 
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup toasted rice 
  • salt and pepper
Procedure:

1. Clean the oxtail or beef brisket. Boil once and discard water. Boil again with 6 cups water until tender. Add more water if needed.
2. Heat 1/4 cup oil, put in atsuete seeds until it brings out color. Remove from fire, strain and discard the seeds. Set aside.
3. Grind the peanuts and the toasted rice. Set aside.
4. Saute garlic and onions in the atsuete oil. Pour into the cooked meat. Stir well.
5. Add the peanut butter, ground toasted rice and peanuts and mix thoroughly. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add more toasted rice powder till you reach desired consistency. Add the vegetables except the bok choy. Cook until done. Add in the bok choy before turning off the fire. 
6. Serve with Bagoong Guisado.

Bagoong Guisado
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 head garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 kilo pork with fat, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup shrimp paste
  • 3 tbsp sugar 
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • chili/jalapeno pepper (optional)

Procedure:
  1. Heat pan and cook the pork until the oil comes out.
  2. Add garlic, onion, and tomato. Saute until the juice comes out from the tomato.
  3. Put the  shrimp paste and  sugar. Mix well
  4. Add in vinegar. Cook for 10-15 minutes over medium fire, stirring  once in a while.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve together with the Kare kare.
Note:

This is my mom's recipe and looks complicated and difficult to do. No short cut, all are made from scratch. For easier and modern kare kare recipe, use Kare kare mix and store bought cooked Bagoong guisado. Not as good as the old recipe though but at least you have the taste of kare kare.


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Shrimp with Cauliflower



Here is an easy way to cook cauliflower if you are really hungry and in a hurry. Done in just 10-20 minutes and you'll get a healthy and delicious meal.