Food Friday: Packed Lunch

My packed lunch for today at work would be penne with tuna and tomatoes .  I don't bring rice and viand for baon. So If not pasta, it would be sandwich or I will eat out na lang. Its only during weekends that I make home cooked meals. You know, busy with work,. I really dont have that enough time to  prepare or cook during workdays.

Do you bring baon  at work or in school din ba?

Happy Food Friday!


Arroz Caldo

Arroz Caldo is my favorite meal during rainy days because its warm and calming though I can have it anytime of the day. :)
Since yesterday it was raining all day, I decided to make a pot of this yummy meal. Here is my recipe for arroz caldo

You will need;

3 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 head of chopped onion
Thumbsize ginger, minced
4 chicken thighs or drumstick, cut into serving piecies
4 tablespoons fish sauce
1 qts. chicken stock or water
2 cups uncooked rice
1/4 cup chopped scallion
freshly ground pepper to taste
Hard boiled egg
toasted garlic

In a deep pot, sauté over low heat the onion, garlic and minced ginger until fragrant. Add the chicken pieces and cook until skin turn light brown then season with fish sauce and pepper. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and kasubha. Simmer then add the uncooked rice. Stirring often to prevent sticking, simmer for 25 minutes over low heat or until chicken and rice are tender. Add chopped scallion and pepper before serving.

Add hard boiled agg and toasted garlic.

Serve and enjoy.

Sarap talga pag maulan.


Very Chocolaty fudge brownies

 I still got pieces of chocolates (like toblerone milk chocolate, lindt, and hersheys) from my last travel. Since I got bored eating them, I decided to make them into something yummier.

Tada!!!!! favorite. :)

You want to make your own, here is how I did it.

You will need;
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine (melted)
1 1/2 cups sugar (brown sugar)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
3/4 cup Cocoa
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips ( I used 200g toblerone Milk chocolate, chopped)
1 cup of bitter sweet chocolate ( I used  lindt madagascar, melted in a 2 tsp of butter)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Then for the direction;
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
2. Place butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 2-2 1/2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Then add the melted lindt chocolate. Throw in the  flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Throw in the chopped toblerone chocolate. Pour batter into prepared pan.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan or toothpick inserted at the middle comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Prepare chocolate ganache; spread over brownies.  Let it cool for an hour then cut in squares.

For the Chocolate Ganache:
I used hershey's milk chocolate and hersheys kisses. I chopped them into pieces. So about  2 cups of chopped chocolate and 1 cup cream in microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave at  30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 30 seconds or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.

This is my entry for this week's Food Friday. TGIF everyone!


GT: I love Me - Mentally

I love myself...

I believe that I am smart, I have achieved things that allow me to be where I am right now. I have things that I wanted because I earn it from hard work and lots of decision making. I may not be perfect but atleast, I learn from all my mistakes. Most of all, I am smart because I married the perfrect man for me. :)

I love Me - Mentally is our week's theme for Girl Talk.

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kare-kare was cooked traditionally with freshly ground roasted peanuts and rice. I haven't tried though. I find the procedure too much time for today’s busy lifestyle. So What I do, I used ready mixes. :)

So for my easy kare-kare here is my recipe...

You will need,

1k pork (I used kasim)
1 bunch of pechay
1 bunch of string beans
3 eggplant sliced diagonally
1/4 cup banana blossom
1-pack mama sita kare kare mix dissolve in 1 cup broth/water
1 tbsp of peanut butter
another 1 cup of broth
onion chopped
garlic chopped


In a pot, boil the pork for 10-15 minutes until tender. Cut in serving pieces and set aside the broth

In a saucepan, saute the onions and garlic. Then add the eggplant, string beans saute for 5 minutes. add the pechay then the banana blossom. Set aside. (I do cook my vegetable separately so it wont be overcook)

In a separate saucepan, drizzle oil. Thrown in the onion and garlic. Add the pork. cooked for 5 minutes. Then add the cup broth let it simmer. Then add the mama sita kare kare mix dissolved in broth/water. Then peanut butter. Mix until the peanut butter is dissolved. At this time, the sauce will slowly thickens. Make sure you lessen the heat. Simmer for another minute.

You can add the vegetable at the pot or add the vegetable when serving. I prefer the last option. :)

Serve hot with bagoong alamang.

By the way, I posted seafood kare-kare before. Maybe you want to check it too.


Food Friday: My Favorite Chicken

Quarter chicken, java rice, steamed vegetable and corn muffin,  is my favorite meal combo whenever we eat at Kenny rogers. Actually sa kenny rogers (maliban sa max's) ako madalas kumain ng chicken. I always prefer  roasted/ grilled than fried. Well trying to be health conscious kasi :)

kagutom yung pic noh?

Happy Food Friday everyone!


Hot and Sour Fish Soup

We usually had hot and sour soup when we are eating at Thai resto. So I decided to cook it in my kitchen last weekend!

The husband love it, here is the recipe just in case you wanted to try making.

To do this, you will need;   

200 gram fih fillet (any white meat fish ), cut in serving pieces
4 cups water
1 sahet tamarind soup base mix
1/4 cup calamansi juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh ginger
4 pieces dried chillies
2 pcs bay leaves
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons minced garlic
6 pcs tofu, fried and cube
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups chicken
2 pcs eggplants, sliced
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in water
sliced scallions

To make the stock, put the water into a large saucepan with the tamarind soup base mix, chiles, bay leaves, ginger, and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

After 20-30 minutes, strain the broth, discarding the solids.

In a large saucepan, saute the onion then the garlic, add the prepared stock

Boil for 15 minutes then add the chicken broth.

Simmer for 4 minutes. Increase the heat and bring the stock to a rolling boil, then add the fish and the fried tofu. Let the mixture boil then throw-in the sliced eggplant.  Simmer again and add the soy sauce and sesame oil. Finally add the cornstarch dissolve in water. Keep simmering until the soup thickens. DDrizzled with hot chile oil, to taste, and garnished with some of the sliced scallions.

Serve while hot. :)

Instruction is a bit long but rewarding after you taste it, its yummy kasi according to hubz.



Brownies anyone?

I was browsing my files when I saw this old photo of the brownies I made last December.  I baked few batches because a friend of mine ordered these for Christmas give-aways.
Anyway....this photo made me drool,  parang I wanted to have some as in now na hahaha. Cannot wait for this weekend, will bake some to satisfy my craving. Hmmm.....

Whats your recent craving pala?

Happy Food Friday.


GT: I Love Me Physically

What I love most about my physical self  is this week's topic for Girl Talk which by the way has a new home. Kaye of Beauty Queen Gene is our new host. :)

So.....what do I like about myself, hmmm.Let me think...think and think...

I guess it's my smile.