Thursday, February 26, 2009
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 large onion finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic minced
1 (8oz.) can of crushed tomatoes
1 (8oz.) can of diced tomatoes
1 cup of fresh tomatoes chopped
black olives and green olives
1 teaspoon capers
mushrooms (i use lots and lots of these)
Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese (a must)
freshly grind pepper and salt to taste
Spaghetti or any pasta of your choice
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until onion is tender and translucent. Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and fresh tomatoes. Simmer 5 minutes on medium heat. Add peppers, black olives, green olives and capers. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes on low heat, or until sauce has thickened.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
What you will need:
Cannelloni Pasta (a box can be bought at the SM Hypermarket)
1/2 K Lean ground pork or Ground sirloin
560g Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce (sweet or Filipino style)
Button Mushrooms (canned or fresh) (quantity as desired)
Quickmelt cheese (quantity as desired)
2 All-Purpose Cream
6 cloves of garlic minced
2 Green bell peppers chopped
1Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Boil Cannelloni Pasta (should be firm don't over-cook) then set aside
Saute garlic with ground meat simmer
Add chopped mushrooms and bell peppers, simmer
Set aside (cool down)
Simmer tomato sauce in a separate sauce pan
Add a little salt and pepper to taste
Make a quick heat on the all-purpose cream until thick in another sauce pan
Stuff Cannelloni Pasta with the Sauted meat
Set in a Platter
Pour Tomato Sauce first settle then Pour Cream (for a layering effect)
Top the whole platter with quickmelt cheese
Cover with foil until cheese is melted
Top with chopped parsley
note: The thicker the cheese the better. It is going to be the holding ingredient. At the same time, it will also give the "baked appearance" for this recipe.
You can also prepare Cannelloni stuffed with vegetables or any combination of your choice of meats
Friday, February 20, 2009
Since he was 2, Franky has been part of my kitchen. It may not look and sound safe but, yes, I carry him around with me while I cook our grub of the day. That's one Mommyism risk I took and with God's help I was able to keep him safe while I do my work.
Now, when he sees me get the ingredients from the pantry, he forgets all about playing and concentrates on what I am doing around the kitchen. During his 4th birthday, he was with me standing on his thinking chair watching me cook his birthday treat. I just love it when he shows interest in what his mom is up to. Every little kid has his own curiosity stage. I'm proud that my son's curiosity started in my own place of zen, the kitchen. At a young age of 4, Franky knows how to work around already.
And he was at it again this evening. This time I have to take pictures.
Still part of the whole curiosity thing--- playing
while sauteeing the garlic
Helping me with the chayote
Part of our small chef's on parade, are some lessons from big momma. Like teaching him the kind of vegetables we're using.
Recipe for Love:
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Same procedure and ingredients, different name.
This type of lumpia is filled with ground pork, minced onion, carrots and spices with the mixture held together by eggs. It may sometimes contain any vegetable of your choice that is easy to cook. Lumpiang shanghai is cooked deep-fried and best served with sweet and sour sauce.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I am just an ordinary person trying to make the most of what I have, everyday. Like I said, Tea has been part of my family's diet since childhood. My parents are health buffs. We've gone organic since I was a kid. The result: Not a single member of the family got hospitalized until now.
With the Simple Exercises I mentioned, I am referring to the following:
-regular chores around the house
-playing and running after your kid
We all need movement.
A well-balanced meal comes with great moderation. Tea helped me acquire this. At the same time, you will still be healthy with all the vitamins, fiber and protein your body needs. Tea is good. And it really did made my tummy smaller in 3 days. Not as flat, but you know there's improvement. And I took it without even exercising. What more can it bring if you get some movement go with it.
Drink a hot cup of tea with meals. Some people tend to gulp cold beverages such as milk, soda and water with their meals. Having a hot cup of tea will encourage less liquid while your eating, which is much better for digestion. People tend to sip rather than gulp with a hot drink. Green Tea is very famous for weight loss results. source
I personally, don't take anything that is being advertised a lot or has become a trend (that includes organic). Red Rice is the only organic product I rely on at the moment. The rest I trust, are the ones my parents are using. And besides I can't go organic all the way, I have a growing kid who needs a balanced meal everyday. And tea is the one that's helping me balance my own in-take. The one I'm using right now is not available here in the Philippines, maybe at some health store. It's Bergamot. An herb, a type of English tea with a balanced aroma, colour and strength. But again, it's not the only one around. Dried jasmine i love too.
A doctor told us that the diseases which we are making waves at the moment, are acquired thru the food we have been eating through the years. It's not the food we are taking- in now. Of course it's clear that if we continue this unhealthy lifestyle, it might just cut our lives short.
And to be honest, I can't say that I have a healthy lifestyle. Reality check: Eating in restaurants, especially fast food proves it. But nobody is perfect. Nobody can say that your lifestyle is right or wrong (xcept the experts). And Again..."Anything taken less or too much is bad for one's health".
NOTE: This is not a paid review. All statements are of the author's only. Based on experiences and conversations with experts.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
That night, we weren't into seafood. That's why it took us several rounds to finally try Fish & Co. And it didn't disappoint us. We ordered some small munchies that will fill up our tummies a bit. Except for my son's Chicken Mango Glaze. You know kids...they should be eating the right food at the right time. Fish & Co. has a menu consisting of seafood dishes prepared in the most delicious way you could ever imagine. Their dishes are indeed fresh to perfection. We thought that it will only fill our tummies a bit, but we went out with our bellies full. With the NY Fish & Chips alone...it is the best I've ever tasted. It's so juicy and creamy inside. There was no after taste.
Fried Calamari (if I'm not mistaken, you have the option of having it grilled) It also comes with the most tasteful mayo -garlic sauce.
Be blissfully stuffed with the generous portion that we present and enjoy the treat as all their dishes are delicious and prepared in a straight-forward and wholesome manner.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
What you will be needing:
note: The more veggies and ingedients, the merrier!
In this particualr dish, I made cauliflower as the main vegetable.
2 whole cauliflower chopped to desired size and shape
1 medium carrot
1/4 K string beans
1 medium onion chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
A handful of shrimps
A handful of squidballs sliced into 2
note: I like to be honest, I can't figure out how to measure the shrimp and squidballs, because I literally got them from the freezer with my bear hands.With mine, I used squid balls and shrimps to get a seafood flavor. And I'm not kidding about the flavor, I am a squidball person, so I used a lot in this recipe.
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 Cup water
2 tbs cornstarch mixed in 1 Cup of water (separate from the first cup mentioned)
2 tbsp olove oil
salt and pepper
note: all veggies chopped to your desired size and shape
Add carrots, chayote and string beans stir for another minute
Add 1 Cup Water and simmer until veggies are half cooked
Add cauliflower and simmer again until all are cooked.
Add cornstarch mixture
Salt and pepper to taste
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
2 Lbs. Round Roast (lean beef)
1 Large red onion
1 Cup of soy sauce
1 Cup of water
1 dozen calamansi (squeezed)
salt and pepper
Corn oil for frying
1.In a large bowl marinate beef in soy sauce, water, calamansi, and msg for an hour.
2.Heat frying pan and add 2 Tbs. of corn oil and fry meat in batches until they all have good sear marks on both sides.
3.Remove meat from the pan and set aside. Repeat the process for the next batch.
4.You will need to add more oil each time you fry more batches of meat. When you are done frying, add all the meat back into the frying pan and add the remaining marinade to the pan.
5.Let it simmer for 5 minutes on medium heat and then add the onions and let cook for another minute.
6.Serve with rice and enjoy your Bistek!