Archive for the ‘Food’ Category
Our family loves barbecue. What I don’t love about it is the cooking aspect. In order to cook we need to use charcoal and fan until the flames are good. Soon we would end up smelling like the barbecue we are cooking. That’s why I want to buy an electric grill one of these days. Electric grills are so convenient. We can use it indoors so we can still have our barbecue even when it’s raining. I believe this is a good investment because it will reduce our cooking time and we would be smelling much better come dinner time.
I was shocked when I had my monthly checkup a few weeks ago. I learned that I gained 6 kilos in a couple of weeks. Of course, I’m seven months pregnant but the look on my midwife’s face convinced me that it was not normal. She warned me that if I continue to eat that way I would be having a difficult labor. I am indeed familiar with this scenario. My firstborn was too big and I had a difficult labor because of that. That’s why now I am really watching what I eat. If I don’t, aside from having a difficult delivery I will surely have to take weight loss diet pills after my delivery to remove the excess pounds I piled on.
My husband and I love Brothers Burger so I’m sure he’ll be delighted when he finds out that Brothers Burger will be slashing 50% off on Big Brothers Burger this September 30, 2010.
I wonder where we’ll go since the nearest branch is at Bonifacio High Street and that’s the only branch not included in the promo. Anyway, whatever happens we’ll surely be there on the 30th!
We’re all looking for a quick weight loss diet, right? A quick weight loss diet in order to be effective in the long run should be a healthy one. I really believe the only solution to this is healthy eating. It’s all about choosing the right foods and eating in moderation.
Foods that are healthy like fruits and vegetables should be the main food type you have in your plate. Foods to avoid are breads, grains, pastas, sugars, pasteurized dairy products and processed foods that build up toxins in your body. You’ll be surprised to know that these same food types also promote water retention which causes excess weight.
I remember Pakbet or Pinakbet from my childhood days. I was not a fan of vegetables when I was younger but for some reason I couldn’t resist this mishmash of different vegetables made yummy with bagoong. I remember my grandma told me that the true Pakbet doesn’t have squash but squash is our favorite vegetable so of course we have to put it.
1/4 k pork
2 pcs eggplants
1 bundle okra
1 bundle string beans
onion, garlic, tomatoes
1 piece ampalaya
2 tablespoon bagoong alamang
Heat oil in a cooking pan and saute onion, garlic, and tomatoes. Add pork and cook until half cooked. Put the bagoong and cook until it is dark red. Add the vegetables that are hard to cook like the squash and string beans and stir in bagoong so it will absorb the flavor. Pour the water and let it boil. Before the squash and string beans are cooked pour in the rest of the vegetables. Let boil then add salt to taste. Do not overcook the vegetables.
We don’t eat mussels or tahong often because we always fear that it might be infected with the red tide virus. However, this morning when I heard the vendor selling mussels down the road I couldn’t resist buying some. Tahong is so yummy and so easy to cook. Since I’m no expert cook I’m always a fan of recipes that are fail safe and that even a newbie cook like me could prepare. The problem was hubby didn’t like eating tahong so I had to feed him another meal. It was fine with me because that meant I had the tahong all by myself.
Here is the recipe for Mussels (Tahong) soup:
1 t ginger, julienned
1/2 k mussels
1/2 cup water
salt & pepper to taste
Saute garlic, onion, and ginger in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the onion is translucent. When the onion is translucent add tahong. Make sure that you have washed it thoroughly first and removed those that float. Cook the tahong and stir occasionally for about two minutes. Add water and patis. Let simmer until all the shells have opened. Do not overcook tahong as it will shrink. Before turning off the heat taste the soup to make sure it tastes good. If it’s still lacking in flavor you can add a bit of salt and pepper.
After it was cooked I was still hesitant to eat so I researched online and when I was finally convinced we have no red tide alert in our area that’s when I ate it with gusto. It was so yummy! I can’t believe a food like this can taste so good and yet still so easy to cook. Aside from that, it is so nutritious and so cheap too. Would you believe that it’s only P20 for half a kilo? This means that food doesn’t have to be expensive to be healthy and tasty.
My son just loves mangoes! We’re so fortunate this really delicious fruit grows locally in our country. For as low as P60 (or even less when it’s in season) you can buy a kilo of this yellow fruit. Z loves it and it doesn’t matter if he’s eating the fruit as is or drinking it as a mango shake. Since mango shake is so expensive at the mall – and I know they put in a lot of sugar so it’ll taste sweet – I decided to make our own mango shake. It’s so simple – I just need a cup of mango slices, add milk, sugar, and ice. Put in a blender and voila – a nice homemade mango shake for my little boy.
If you’re looking for a snack then try the Gonuts Pizza. It is shaped like a doughnut but tastes like a pizza. What could be the best snack than combining your two favorites in one? Gonuts Pizza costs as low as P25 (depending on the flavor) and you can buy this hot and fresh or frozen and ready to go. The box has reheating instructions so you can taste it fresh at the comfort of your home. So go now to your nearest Gonuts Pizza outlet and get a dozen for your merienda.
I have never cooked Pancit Canton my whole life so I’m going to try it one of these days. I got this Pancit Canton recipe from Panlasang Pinoy and the good thing about it is it comes with an instructional video. I can’t wait to try this out. For sure I won’t make mistake with this recipe and the video to help me out.
Pancit Canton Recipe
1 lb flour sticks (or pancit canton, about 500 grams)
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tsp ground black pepper
4 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp salt
4 tbsp soy sauce
½ head cabbage, chopped
2 cups carrots, julienned
2 cups pork, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced chorizo
8 pieces medium sized shrimps (optional)
1 cup parsley, chopped finely
1 cup onion, sliced
1 ½ cups snow pea
2 tbsp cooking oil
1. In a pan, heat the oil then sauté the garlic and onion
2. Add the pork and cook until the outer part turns light brown
3. Add the soy sauce and cook for 5 minutes
4. Put in the chorizo, oyster sauce, and chicken stock and simmer for 20 minutes
5. While simmering, blanch all the vegetables in a separate pot
6. Put in the parsley and shrimp on the pan where the pork, chorizo, and other ingredients are cooked
7. Add salt and pepper to taste then let cook for 2 minutes
8. Put in the Flour sticks and cook until the liquid has been absorbed by the noodles
9. Add all the blanched vegetables and mix with the rest of the ingredients
10. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!