Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Beef in Oyster Sauce with Celery


Do you have limited time to cook? Well, if yes, beef in oyster sauce is the solution for your problem. It is quick and easy to prepare. If you don't have a tender cut beef, you can use any cut of beef  just slice thinly as possible. You can serve it for lunch or dinner with any side dish. Being a Filipino, we  serve it with rice but my American husband loves it with mashed potato and white bread.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting



My husband is home for the Christmas season so I made him a carrot cake. His birthday is coming up but he  actually don't want to celebrate it so I just baked one of his favorite cake today. I used to make my special carrot cake recipe but he did not like it so I just make the basic recipe. Carrot cake is one of my family's favorite cake and is really very easy to make. You can omit the nuts, or just put all of it in the cake mixture or sprinkle on the frosting. Try it at home and your kid's will gonna like it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Chicken Cordon Bleu in Tomato Sauce






Chicken Cordon Bleu, another favorite in any  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) gatherings. It is easy to prepare with the ingredients readily available in the kitchen, not to mention that the chicken is very affordable. I like to have it in creamy white sauce and even like it more with tomato sauce.

For this recipe I tried both the tomato and white sauce.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pecan Pie Recipe



Pecan pie is one of the favorite Thanksgiving pie. The first time I made pecan pie was in 2004 while we were in the Middle East, and that was my first thanksgiving with my husband. For the first timer, I think I did pretty good. It was a hit  to my Filipino friends. Too bad, I  did not take a picture of it and forgot where I got the recipe. Now that we are in the US, I make pecan pie anytime I want. My family just loves it and I tried it with different ingredients and measurements.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sweet and Sour Sauce



My husband loves lumpiang shanghai or he call it egg roll. I make vegetable and meat egg roll but he likes the meat better than the other. A sauce makes a difference in any simple dish. In my kitchen, lumpiang shanghai is not complete without the sweet and sour sauce. You  can use catsup, salsa or vinegar dip. Sweet and sour sauce is easy to prepare, you can find all the ingredients in the kitchen. Making our own sauce saves money plus you are sure that it is fresh and no added preservatives. Sweet and sour sauce can be use as a dip or pour our over meatballs, smoked sausage, vegetables, etc. If you want to add heat, just add in crushed red pepper flakes depending on how hot you want it.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • pepper flakes (optional)

Procedure:
  1. Combine all the ingredients in the sauce pan. Mix very well.
  2. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly with whisk until thickened. *For a hot and spicy sauce, you can add in 1/8 tsp  pepper flakes or depending on how hot you want it.
  3. Remove from heat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 weeks. 

Lumpiang shanghai recipe
How to Wrap Egg Rolls



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lumpiang Shanghai



Lumpiang shanghai or egg roll is basically meatball recipe formed into a log and wrapped. If you know how to make meatballs then you can make the Filipino egg roll too. Lumpiang shanghai or egg-roll filled with meat is one of the famous Filipino dish found in every gatherings. My husband is a big fan of my lumpiang shanghai, he prefers meat over vegetable lumpia.  The recipe is simply a mixture of all the ingredients wrapped in an eggroll (lumpia) wrapper and deep fried. You can use ground pork, chicken, beef or a combination. This is my mother's recipe. She uses jicama /singkamas but it is optional, you can use your favorite vegetables like cabbage, water chestnut or even potato. Lumpiang shanghai is best served with sweet and sour sauce, catsup or vinegar dip.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Easy Pie Crust Recipe


Nothing beats pie crust made from scratch. The recipe is easy to do, with all the ingredients usually found in most kitchens. A pastry blender is a simple gadget for thoroughly mixing all the pie crust ingredients. This recipe makes a single or two crust pie, depending on how thick you want it. It is worth the time to make a homemade dough.