Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easy Karioka Recipe

If you love eating Banana cue, Kamote cue and Maruya, you gotta love Karioka as well. Karioka is made of glutinous rice flour, deep-fried and coated with plain sugar or coconut- sugar mixture. Personally, anything made of glutinous rice flour is my favorite. These Filipino snacks including Karioka are prepared and cooked in almost every Filipino household. Just today, I decided to make some for the family as an afternoon snack.

The recipe I've prepared is easy. It's simple just by mixing the glutinous rice flour with water, make some balls out of it, coat each with sugar then fry.

  • 1 1/8 cups Glutinous Rice Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • oil for frying
Tip: Prepackaged glutinous rice flour is now available in the market.
    • In a bowl mix glutinous rice and baking powder.
    • Slowly add water until a "sticky- but not too wet" consistency is achieved. Add glutinous rice if it becomes too sticky.
    • Heat oil in pan.
    • While heating oil, make rice flour balls and coat each with brown sugar.
    • Deep or pan- fry balls until light- golden brown.
    Tip: Flour hands to avoid sticking.

    The over-all result was delicious. The Kariokas were soft, chewy, it's not messy to eat because of the sugar coating and it doesn't harden even if refrigerated and eaten the following day.

      Friday, April 4, 2014

      Food Trip Friday: Shirazi Salad


      It's been a long time since I last joined FTF.  It feels great to be back. Though there's no assurance if I can join on a regular basis like before, I'm just excited and very happy that among the food blogs I came across with in my years as a blogger, Food Trip Friday has remained active. Kudos!

      I became familiar with this dish not too long ago. I was surprised with the extraordinary taste this simple salad have. It all started with lunch at Kebab Korner. I just randomly picked something off the menu to match my Special Kebab mix. Though there was an image of this in the menu, still the name Shirazi got me curious.

      Shirazi salad is a Persian dish composed of diced cucumber, tomatoes and onions mixed in lemon juice and olive oil.
      This week, I made a bowl for our eating pleasures. Of course, I made an improved version of what I had at Kebab Korner. My recipe followed the basic, only, I added a little cilantro and served it with mayonnaise.

      Servings: 3-4
      • 2 medium cucumber (diced)
      • 3 medium red tomatoes (seeds removed and diced)
      • 1 red or white onion (diced)
      • 1/4 tsp chopped or dried cilantro
      • 1 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
      • 1/2 tsp olive oil
      • salt and pepper to taste
      • Just mix everything together then refrigerate.
      • Serve with mayonnaise or just plain Shirazi.
      It's a refreshing take on salads. Most of the time we go for lettuce, mixed greens and fruits combined. Shirazi is made of 3 main ingredients that can be found anywhere. Simple vegetables but if mixed together, it comes out with "that distinct" taste I can't explain. It's delicious. It matched not only my kebab perfectly but also the Lumpiang Shanghai I cooked. It can be paired with any grilled, steamed, fried dish.

      Friday, March 28, 2014

      Blueberry Cheesecake From My Kitchen

      My love for Blueberry Cheesecake took a notch up. Why? Well, this time, the Blueberry Cheesecake I enjoy is prepared and baked straight from my kitchen. This featured Blueberry Cheesecake was actually my first try on making cheesecakes. One fine afternoon, I was itching to bake something, so I thought I go for a cheesecake.
      The recipe I followed for this cheesecake came from the Good Housekeeping Bake It! recipe book. It was my sister's Christmas gift for me last year. I followed the basic New York- Style Cheesecake recipe then I topped my plain cheesecake with my special sour cream mixture and some blueberry preserves. It would be more fun is mobidev will create something for baking enthusiast like me. Easy access recipes online.

      I like the golden light brown result of the cheesecake. Some would prefer coating the sides with crushed graham.
      My first cheesecake turned out great. It was soft, the taste of the "not too sweet" cheesecake matched the rich flavors of the sour cream and blueberries. Since I started baking, I've lessened my visits to pastry shops in our area. Being able to come up with my own cheesecake is another baking achievement.

      Friday, March 21, 2014

      All- Natural Food in Baler, Aurora

      If there will be a reason why my family will want to have a property in Baler... aside from the beaches, food is a big factor, everything in Baler is all- natural/ organic. It's a big blessing to have a friend from Baler. Every time we go there, we're served with home-cooked food from breakfast, lunch to dinner.

      Upon our arrival, a local fisherman and his wife with their fresh catch paid us a visit. Who wants fresh Tanigue?! In Manila, a kilo of Tanigue costs from around 280-300+php and it's not as fresh anymore.
      Aside from 2 big Tanigue's, the fisherman also brought some small fishes. The farm we stayed in is just 5 minutes away from the ocean, so imagine the freshness of these fishes they delivered to us that day. In the evening, our host grilled slices of the Tanigue for dinner and paired it with Pako Salad (Vegetable Fern Salad).
      Pako is another organic vegetable that's very abundant in Baler, Aurora. It's by luck to find fresh Pako in Manila. Pako grows along "clean" riverbanks or sapa. The tips are often blanched then used for salads or to match with any Filipino viand.
      Pako is one of the food I enjoyed when we were in Baler. As a matter of fact, I bought 6-7 bunches at the Baler market. It survived our 6 hours of travel back to Manila. Aside from fishes and vegetables, Aurora Province also offers a vast variety of seafood. During our 2011 visit, my husband and I was already at the Baler market as early as 6am picking and buying fresh squid to be taken home. Same with mangoes and other fruits like watermelon.
      Other things that can be very useful in cooking which you can find in Baler is coconut vinegar or sukang tuba, red/salted eggs, rice, potatoes and onions. Life in Baler is very healthy because processed food is not part of their lifestyle. Not a fast- food chain around.

      When in Baler, it's either you eat at the only 5 star hotel in Sabang beach, dine at the small eateries by the beach,  rent or get a house where you can cook the fresh ingredients you bought from the market and enjoy healthy home-cooked meals throughout your stay.