'Tis The Season

Christmas is fast approaching and right now I am thinking of what to make for our Noche Buena. I might make baked chicken and Baked Ziti as my potluck share for that night. Well, I still dont know, I might change mind and just make seafood kare-kare and Chocolate Lava Cake instead. Im really excited now. :)

Oh anyway, Aside from that, I'll be a bit busy this week baking goodies for friends for their Christmas give-aways. Im so happy. Now I am experiencing what I really wanted to do. Bake and make business, hehehe!

Here are some of the goodies, friends asked for.....

Chocolate Chip Cookies with walnuts.

Chocolate Brownies

and then after baking the cookies and brownies, I will place it nicely in this red box......
As I've said, Im so happy. Things are falling into place. I am so blessed. Thank You ! :)


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Fish Fillet and Tofu in Oyster Sauce

As I've said in my previous post, I love eating tofu. I love including it in my salad, in some pork or beef dishes and vegtables. For last night's dinner, we had fish fillet and tofu in oyster sauce.

To prepare this, just marinate 250 grams of fish fillet ( I used cream dory) in calamansi juice (4 pcs)with salt and pepper for an hour

When the fish fillet are ready, prepare the batter. But first heat oil in a frying pan. Then mix 1 tbsp of flour, add 1 beaten egg, Season with salt and pepper. Cover the fish with the batter and fry the fish, making sure both side are brown. After cooking the fish fillet, set it aside then fry the cubed tofu on the same pan, then set it aside.

Now will make the sauce...
Saute onions, garlic then ginger. Thrown in the julienne carrots. Stir fry for a minute then add a cup of water. Simmer for a while then drizzle oyster sauce depending on your taste. Thicken sauce with cornstarch dissolved in water. You may season it with salt and pepper if you want.

To serve,
place steaming rice in a bowl, then top the rice with fried tofu and fish fillet. Spoon the thicken sauce over. Drizzle oyster sauce and sesame oil and then serve hot. Yummy!

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Bistek Tagalog

Another dish that reminds me of how good my mom cooks is the Bistek. Bistek by the way is the equivalent of Beef Steak in a Filipino Kitchen. It’s made from thin and flat beef strips that’s cooked in soy sauce, calamansi and onions. It's a simple dish but really flavorful that is why its a real favorite.

For the recipe, you need;

1/2k sirloin beef, sliced thinly
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp calamansi juice
2 large onion cut into rings
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp pepper
some salt
cooking oil for frying


1.In a large bowl, mix the beef, soy sauce, calamansi, and black pepper. Marinate the beef for 30 minutes or much better if overnight.

2. In a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the onion rings until soft. I like my onions a bit half cook. Set aside.

3. In the same pan where the onions were fried, fry beef slices until color turns brown on both sides. Set aside.

4. Saute the garlic for a few minutes

5. Pour the marinade and bring to a boil.

6. Put in the fried beef and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until meat is tender. Add water as needed.

7. Add the stir-fried onions, drizzle some salt and pepper to taste

8. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!


Pritong Talong and Bagoong

If you'll have this on you table make sure you'll have enough rice. Pair it with fried fish, seafood, meat or eat it as alone as a viand, I'm sure, a cup of rice wont be enough! :) Enjoy the day everyone!



Oreo Cheesecake drizzle with chicolate ganache. Oh so heavenly,

glad I learned how to make this dessert or else mamumulubi ako kasi a bit pricey ang price per slice :)

Happy Food Friday!


Beef Tapa take 3

Beef Tapa
I've already shared ways on how to make beef tapa here and here.

Let me share another variation which for me is the easiest but equally yummy. You just need 2 ingridients.
2lbs of breakfast steak and 1/4 cup of this.....

Sukang Pinakurat - You can pick between the spicy or the sweetend vinegar. Just marinate the beef in the pinakurat vinegar overnight. Then thats it. You can cook it the next day. Easy right?

Just in case, Pinakurat is new to you's the spicy vinegar made from fermented coconut nectar and spices harvested in the wild mountain of Iligan City. Hubz bought two variant at the supermarket a week ago, the spicy and the sweetend vinegar.
We also love pinakurat for our danggit, longanisa, tocino and other favorite pinoy food that needs spicy vinegar as dipping....yummeh!
By the way this Pinoy product is exported in the United States, Europe and Australia. Galing noh?


Pandesal sa Probinsya

One Morning Breakfast at Samar - The Yummy Pandesal

Pandesal? really???

It looks like putok but smells and taste like pandesal though unlike the regular pandesal we have here in Manila, the pandesal from Samar is compact. Imagine eating 2 pieces will really make your tummy full and it taste really good when you dunk it in coffee or spread matamis na bao sa pandesal. Ah its heavenly!

Just curious, whats your favorite pandesal palaman by the way?

Happy Food Friday eveyone!


Buko Pie

Delectabel Buko Pie.
This one comes from Colette's Batangas branch. Actually, I find Colette's a bit cloying, too sweet for my taste buds.
Now I've heard the ones from Lety's Buko Pie and The Original Buko pie (Laguna) are yummier. Never tried both but next time we visit Laguna, we'll try buy those. :)
Have you tasted the last two buko pies na ba?


Lechon Manok Left Over

The other day husband bought Baliuag Lechon Manok. Since it's only the two of us, we had left over. So I chopped the chicken, placed in a ziplock bag and into the freezer. After 2 days, I was reminded of the chicken pieces but since I dont want to feed the husband with the same dish , I decided to make it into something yummier. I transformed it into......

Paksiw Na Lechon.

To do this you will need;

The left over lechon manok

1/4 cup vinegar (I used cane vinegar)

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup Mang Tomas Sauce

1 head garlic, chopped

1/4 cup mascuvado sugar

1/2 tsp whole peppercorn

2 bay leaf

salt and pepper

Then get a bowl and mix everything except the chicken and bay leaf.

Then place the left over chicken and the sauce mixture in a pan. Bring to boil. Stir well, lower heat and bring to boil for ten minutes.

Add more water if necessary, adjust the seasoning. Then add the bay leaf. Simmer for another 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Oh by the way, I noticed that the sauce thickens more while it cools. :)


Pancit Habhab

Pancit hab-hab is a noodle dish famous in the streets of Lucban, Quezon Province, where the vendor uses his thong to grab some habhab and put it in a square banana leaf then drizzle the noodles with vinegar mix. The noodles are eaten by pushing the banana leaf to your mouth. A very creative way to eat it right? :)

That photo was taken few years ago at Buddy's Pancit Lucban Branch at Market Market. I was sorting my photos when I saw this one and right now, I am craving for it. Guess I'll ask the husband to visit Market Market over the weekend. :)

Enjoy the new week everyone. See yah!


Food Friday: Snickerdooles

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Snickerdooles, a soft sugar cookie lightly dusted with cinnamon. It's one of my favorite so later I'll be making few batches to bring at my in-laws place this coming weekend....that is if I dont change my mind, the husband requested me to make brownies instead. Hmmmm!!!

Oh Well!!!!

Happy Foodie Friday everyone and Enjoy the long weekend!


Kitchen Essential

My kitchen essentials, pasta, tomato sauce, milk and cheese. So whenever I'm running out of idea on what to cook, I can easily whip a pasta dish with whatever sauce I wanted. Like last night, we had spaghetti and home made pizza. :)


What's your kitchen essential by the way?

Enjoy the rest of the week


Food Friday: Tofu and Cabbage in Oyster sauce

I'm sharing this veggie that I love. This is an easy recipe. If you love eating tofu you should try this. Promise you will love it. :)
You need;
One small cabbage, chopped
500g Tofu cut into 1" cube and fried
thumb size ginger, cut into strip
1 onion quartered
2 clove garlic chopped
half cup beef broth
osyter sauce
2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water.
To do this dish simply;
heat work with 2 tbsp oil. Saute onion then garlic. Add and stir fry the chopped cabbage. Throw in the tofu. Cook for a minute. Then add the beef broth. Simmer simmer simmer. Add 2 tbsp osyter sauce. Then, mix the cornstarch dissolved in water. Wait until sauce thicken. Season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle some oyster sauce before serving.
Voila and easy healthy dish. :)


Left Over Chicken Afritada

We got some left over chicken afritada from our last night dinner. So the next morning, I served the same chicken but this time it was use as a filling for the omellete. :)

Our Morning Breakfast Omelette and Sausage. :)

The Chicken Filling

I washed the chicken to remove the afritada taste then shred it. Saute onion and throw in the green bell pepper. Add the shredded chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Whisk 3 large eggs, you can add water to make it more fluffier. Add chives then season with salt and pepper. When the pan is hot, add the oil and then the butter, swirling it around so that the base and sides get coated. While the butter is still foaming, pour in the egg mixture, tilting the pan from side to side. Stir gently with a fork or wooden spatula, drawing the mixture from the sides to the centre as it sets. When the eggs have almost set, scatter over cooked chicken. Tilt the pan away from you slightly and use a palette knife to fold over the omelette.

Serve with rice or bread. :)


Food Friday: Ramen and my Cafe World

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Whenever I crave for Kimchi noodles, I would grab an instant pack. It's a staple in our house. The spiciness and the firm noodles are just perfect for me. The husband and I love this ramen compared the ones we locally have here because ours are too salty.
Now, if you'll look closely the background is my Kainan Republic. My online cafe at Cafe World. It's my latest addiction after Farm Town. Im level 20 already and I'm excited to level up to get more stoves, more counter and more dishes to make. hahaha!
Have you tried the two?
Happy Foodie Friday everyone!


Ginisang Pechay

Ginisang pechay is one of my favorite comfort food. A very easy vegtable dish to make and is very nutrious too.
Simply saute onions then garlic in hot oil. Add ground meat (pork or beef). Simmer until the meat are cook. Skim off scum that may aggregates on top.
Add the chopped pechay stalks. Then mix in the chopped leaves. Drizzle fish sauce and pepper to taste.
Best eaten with fried fish and rice but sometimes, I eat it alone (favorite eh).


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Food Friday: Paksiw Na Pata

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Food doesn't need to be complicated to taste good. In fact those simple dishes are the ones that are really worth dying for like the paksiw na pata for instance.

It's a very simple dish and the ingridients are readily available in the market. A filipino all time favorite.

Let me share this recipe that another flagship food of my happy childhood.

You will need;

1 pc pork hocks chopped into 3-4 inches wide pieces
enough water to cover the pork hocks in the pot
1 cup dark soysauce
1 cup vinegar
5 pcs bay leaf
1 whole garlic, crushed
1/2 cup banana blossom(soaked)
1/2 cup brown sugar
lots of peppercorn

Then you have to....

Wash the pork hocks then place in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the pork hocks.

Add the remaining ingridients and cook until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer until meat is cook, approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Serve immediately with steam rice. :)

See how easy!


Easy Recipe-Fish in Lemon Butter Sauce

Drizzle fish (I used 8 slices of Gindara ) with soy sauce and olive oil. Then add salt and pepper. Pan fry the fish making both side brown. Place in a serving plate and set aside. Fry the onion then set aside.

In a separate pan, melt 4 tsp. butter in low heat. Add in 1/4 cup lemon juice and bring to boil and throw in the parsley. Season with pepper.

Drizzle the butter sauce over the fish. Garnish with the cooked onion and left over parsley.

Serve and enjoy! Easy right?


Food Friday: Banana Crumb Muffin

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You have bananas on the verge of rotting then why not make them into a yummy treat.

Banana Crumb Muffin. This is the best banana muffin recipe I have ever tried. If you want to try it out, I got it from here.

Happy Food Friday!

Chocolate Chip Cookies-Revisiting

Because I cant stay away from chocolatey goodness. I baked this again. If you want the recipe, I found an easy one at wilton, check it here.

Enjoy the rest of the week!


Adobo Flakes

And because I wanted to feed the husband with something new, I decided to make adobo flakes. We dont have left over adobo so I cooked it first before making the flakes. It's my first time and I must say that I maybe making this more often.

For this you'll need

1k pork kasim or chicken (I used pork)
1/4 cup vinegar (I used cane vinegar)
1/2 cup soysauce
lots of garlic crushed
bay leaf
freshly cracked black pepper

then in a pot, just throw everything wait until the meat gets tender. Do taste it to make sure that it's flavor is just enough.

Then when the meat is done, let it cool and shred it by hand.

Then get 1/4 cup of the adobo sauce (and the adobo oil too) and heat it in a pan and boil the meat flakes. Stir and wait until the sauce evaporates. Continue adding the sauce 4 times or so until the you get this crispy/chewy texture.

Perfect with fried rice or palaman sa pandesal.


Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada, A staple food in our home. I dont usually cook this but whenever I do, expect a really full stomach. Like the Beef Caldereta, thi dish has many variations this one Im sharing is the simpliest, I think. You'll Need;

1 kilo chicken, cut in serving pieces

1 large onion 2 pcs tomato, quartered 4 pcs potatoes, quartered

3 pcs bell pepper, sliced

8 cloves garlic crushed

1 cup tomato sauce

2 cups chicken stock

sliced carrots

Then you have to; Fry the potatoes until brown. Set aside In a pan heat oil and saute onion then garlic. add the tomato. Wait until the tomato are slightly melted. Add the chicken. Mix a little (sangkutsa). Simmer until the chicken are cooked. Pour tomato sauce and stock. Simmer for another ten minutes. Add potatoes, red/green bell pepper, carrots and simmer for a few minutes. Season with fish sauce and pepper. Serve with rice and enjoy!

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Food Friday: Cold Cut

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A chinese restaurat staple - cold cut. It's a combination of chicken slices, pork asado slices, jelly fish, century eggs and peanuts. It's my first time to taste jelly fish by the way and suprisingly, I love it. This platter taste good with hot tea. Hmmmm.

This cold cut platter is P320 per serving at Panciteria Lido. :)

Happy Food Friday everyone!


Simple Breakfast

Skipped work today. I dont feel really good. Nevertheless, I manage to prepare a good breakfast. Pancakes and hotdog-ah comfort food. With this good food and a few sleep hope I will feel better. :)
Enjoy the day everyone!

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Food Friday: Cheesecake craving

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My cheesecake slice!
By just looking a the photo, I suddenly crave for a slice so the fix I am baking it right now. Few more minutes and my tummy will be satisfied. hehehe!
Happy Food Friday!


Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet

For this you need:
half kilo cream dory (fillet)
half cup flour
1 egg
half cup water
oil for deep fying
For the sauce you need:
2 tsp brown sugar
half cup pineapple chunks, set aside the syrup
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 bell pepper cut in squares
1 onion quartered
Now what you'll do;
cut the fillet in serving pieces. Dredge in flour and set aside. In a bowl, make a batter of flour, water, egg and salt.
In a pan, heat enough oil. Place the fish fillet in batter. Then throw it in in the hot oil. Cook until both sides are brown.
In a separate saucepan, dissolve sugar in pineapple syrup. Pour in 1/4 cup of tomato sauce. Simmer for a minute or two. Add in the onions, bell pepper and pineapple chunks. Simmer again for a minute. Turn off heat.
In a plate, arrange the fried fish fillet. Pour the sweet and sour sauce. Serve with rice.
Enjoy! Promise, this one is yummy :)
By the way, last year I posted another fish fillet recipe, it's a bit similiar but I skipped on the dredging part. :)


Food Friday: Pizza

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Supremo Pizza from Domino's
Whenever I crave for pizza, I would always order from domino's.
Why do I love their pizza....well it's fully loaded with lots of toppings, it's saucy, it's cheesy, it has a perfect blend of herbs and spices..... yummy! (oh boy Im craving now)
Another thing...their pizza is not that pricey and if you have your Domino's VIP card (even SM advantage card) you'll have a 20% discount on your bill or you could get a free medium size pizza of your choice. Not bad! :)
Whats your favorite pizza by the way?


Spaghetti and Meatballs

My bowl of spaghetti
I love eating spaghetti from a bowl rather than a plate because this way I can easy twirl the pasta neatly against the inside of the bowl until no noodles are left dangling. No messy sauce splatting...hahahahha!!!!

Anyway, Im sharing this recipe that my husband and I loves. Especially when we're watching television :)

To make the meatballs;
Mix half kilo of ground beef plus chopped ham. Then add a dashed of salt and pepper. Sprinkled with a little flour. Mix mix well. Add 1 beaten egg.

Now this is the fun part. With the use of your hands, grab a small part of the mixture and form into balls. It’s up to you what size of the meatball you want. Deep fry in low heat so as not to burn the meatballs. When cooked, drain excess oil. Set aside.

Now for the spaghetti sauce, just the basic....
In a saucepan saute onions and garlic. I use one medium pouch of italian spaghetti sauce then I add 1 regular bottle of banana catsup. Salt and pepper to taste. Throw the sliced mushroom. Add the meatballs and simmer. Add the cooked pasta and mix well. Sprinkle grated cheese. Enjoy!


Beef Caldereta

Beef Caldereta is one of my favorite dish. When I was a kid, I would always asked my mom to cook it. You see ,she cooks a mean Caldereta that my relatives always asked whenever they visit them. By the way, it was 2005 when I first cooked my very first Caldereta dish. Now, I am sharing this recipe.


Beef Caldereta

For the ingridients you'll need;
1k beef
2 cups coconut milk
2 cans of tomatoes sauce (I didn’t use the whole thing, about a can and a half)
Potatoes (quartered)
3 red bell pepper
1 can liver spread
Grated cheese
hotdog (my favorite)
Crushed pepper
Crushed chili flakes

With the help of the pressure cooker, boil the beef with enough amount of water plus the two cups of coconut milk. Make sure that the liquid covers the beef. Boil for at least 35-40 minutes or until the meat is tender. Set aside the broth. Then cut the beef into cubes and fry. Set aside. Fry the quartered potatoes. Then set aside too.

In a separate pan, drizzle some oil and sauté the garlic & onions. Then add the beef. Stir-fry for a while. Then add the tomato sauce and hotdog. Mix for a while and add the beef broth (with gata). Simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the potatoes, olives, liver spread, bay leaf and bell pepper. Simmer for 3 minutes. Turn of the heat and throw-in the grated cheese. Let it melt. Done. Easy, isn’t it.


Cripsy Pata

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Cripsy pata, hmmm sinful sinful pero cge na nga minsan lang naman ito.

To prepare this you'll need:
1 pork pata (preferably the front)
1 whole garlic (crushed)
1 whole onion (quartered)
some Salt

Here's how:
Clean and scrape the skin of the pata with a knife. Use a kitchen torch burn any remaining hair.

Place the pata in a casserole with water. Add the crushed garlic. onions, peppercorn, and salt. Set over high heat and let it boil. skimming off scum as it arises. Lower the heat and simmer again until meat is tender.

Remove the pata from the broth and drain well. I used my turbo and roast the pata. Set the turbo at 250 degree for 1-1/2 hrs or until the rind is golden brown.

Serve with steaming rice and ensaladang talong. Yummm.

Happy Food Friday Everyone!!!!!



During weekends, I would always prepare simple yet yummy breakfast. So I asked hubby what he wanted to have. He suggested tapsilog (tapa, sinangag at itlog). I remembered I already posted a beef tapa recipe here but last weekend I used a different version of making beef tapa.

To make this one, you'll need;

2 lbs. Breakfast Steak For the Marinate

2/3 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup cane vinegar 1/4 cup brown sugar 3 teaspoons ground black pepper 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or less) 2 tbsp minced garlic

Then what you'll do;

In a large bowl, combine everything until the sugar dissolves.

Coat each piece of beef in the mixture, making sure to coat all sides well or the beef. Arrange beef in a marinating pan. Pour any extra marinade over beef, marinate and refrigirate overnight.

When ready to cook, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a frying pan.Fry beef slices in batches, just until cooked through.

Drain beef on paper towels.

Serve with rice topped with fried egg and sliced tomatoes.

For the Sinangag (fried rice)

On the same pan, stir fry rice add salt and pepper to taste. I use powdered garlic to add the garlicky flavor. Serve hot with the tapa and fried eggs or sunny side eggs.

tapsilog-my breakfast favorite