Sunday, December 1, 2013

Apple Crumble Pie

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Last week, I found some Granny Smith apples in the fridge.  I know I'm not supposed to eat it and I don't.  What I realized when I saw those green apples was, it's been a year since I made an apple pie.  So, I asked my mom to buy five pieces of Granny Smith apples at a price of Php20.00 each.  Much more cheaper compared with the grocery priced apples.
Monday, November 18, 2013

Filipino-style Grilled Pork Belly

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Grilled pork belly or what we call inihaw na liempo in the Philippines is a staple dish during picnics or just a simple Sunday meal to enjoy with the family.  We love grilled pork belly!  We love how succulent it taste and how juicy it can be when perfectly grilled.  We love how it harmoniously compliment the spicy vinegar dipping and how it can be perfectly paired with hot steamed rice.
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wedding Cupcake 4: Vanilla Cupcake with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

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My sister’s wedding is fast approaching, less than a month from now.  Finally, I was able to finalize the details of the wedding favor.  Form the cupcake recipe, frosting and packaging. 

Yesterday, I went to Chocolate Lovers and bought a pack of the packaging material for the wedding favor.  I also bought 400 pieces of the pink cupcake liners to match the motif of the wedding, pink and mint green.  They don’t have mint green or green cupcake liners for wedding so I went with the pink one.  Since I’m doing vanilla cupcakes, I bought this 110mL of vanilla essence at a whooping price of Php600.00+.  Now, that’s times five of the regular vanilla flavor.  Anyway, I think that would be enough to flavor the batter and frosting.
Saturday, November 2, 2013

Roasted Layered Herbed Pork Belly

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I woke up early this morning to marinate the pork belly for grilling, knowing that it will be rock solid so some time is needed for thawing the pork.  However, I am not in the mood to grill meat and to even marinate the pork with the usual soy sauce based marinating.  I know that grilling pork belly or liempo will not produce those lovely crackling fats that would make one hell of deafening crunchy sound as you take your bite on the meat.
Friday, November 1, 2013

Bacon and Mozzarella Thin Crust Pizza

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Thin crust pizza! One of the most delicious food created that I don't get tired of eating.  I like my pizza thin and crispy.  Thin crust pizza is much more flavorful and I get to eat a lot of its toppings more than the thick crust that I felt I eating more bread than savoring its flavor.  Ever since pizza was introduced to us, our family prefer the thin crust over the thick one.
Monday, October 28, 2013

Wedding Cupcake 3: Vanilla Cupcake with Rosette Cream Cheese Frosting

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It's almost a month from now and my sister's big day is coming.  And thank God my ideas for the wedding favor are coming to light.  A pro home baker commented from my previous post that the frosting is so big, almost the size of the cupcake surface, so today, I minimized the frosting and added some silver beads to give some element of elegance.
Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sweet Spicy Soy Cream Dory Fillet

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Sweet, spicy and savory.  This is how I would describe this dish.  It's plainly simple to do and yet you can get one delicious meal out of it.  I made this last Monday as our pack lunch for work.  However, I did tossed the fish in the sweet spicy sauce and garnished it with toasted sesame seeds.  I paired it with rice and had one Chinese style meal for lunch.
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pork Teriyaki with Sauteed Bean Sprout and Peanut Sauce

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I made the Sauteed Bean Sprout with Crispy Tofu in Peanut Sauce as a vegetable dish to compliment this pork teriyaki I made today.  Eating pork teriyaki alone is boring, well, that's according to my taste bud so I made the bean sprout recipe.  So, how does the two worked together?  Great!  The savoriness of the pork teriyaki was balanced by mildly flavored sauteed bean sprout.  What amazed me was the pork teriyaki, when dip into the peanut sauce creates a one harmonious flavor of saltiness, spiciness and sweetness.  I just discovered the perfect dipping for this pork teriyaki dish.

Sauteed Bean Sprout in Peanut Sauce with Crispy Tofu

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Its been a while since I cooked a savory dish this past few weeks.  Maybe you're asking why?  Well It just so happened that I always woke up late that by the time I woke up, my dad already prepared lunch for us.  Cooking another dish would be too much for a family of five.  So, what's best too cook when main dish is done, dessert.  So I've been cooking sweets this past few weeks.  Speaking of which, probably next week, I'll have my own special sweet project to deal with so I've got to be ready for my ingredients and other supplies.
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Toasted Bread with Baked Egg and Canned Sardines

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Its been a one hell of a tiring week for me.  I had to attend a two day training of Good Manufacturing Practice held at Alabang at the start of the week.  Its about another hour of travel for me from work.  I have to finish some of the formulations for my latest work project plus the documentations.  Yesterday, so I could have a one whole day rest to recuperate from stress, I already did our laundry until twelve in the morning of Saturday.
Monday, August 26, 2013

Fettucini Aglio Olio with Grilled Chicken and Crispy Canned Corned Beef

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Pasta Aglio Olio, simple, delicious and fast to prepare dish that you can enjoy specially if you have unexpected visitors coming to your place.  My first encounter with wonderful dish was during my 4th year high school prom night.  When pasta aglio olio was served to us, I'm wondering, where is the sauce.  I used with the red and white sauce and seeing something that is pasta with no sauce is something new to me that time.  I dig in and taste this naked pasta pasta dish and its simply delicious.  It has this wonderful taste of garlic and olive oil, with pieces of black olives, chopped parsley and chicken breast on the side.  I to myself that this dish is new to me and I liked it.
Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chicken and Spinach Homemade Pizza with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Cream Cheese

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Our family is so much in love with pizza.  We are 5 in the family and we can eat an entire 18 inches pizza in no time.  Well, its me and my siblings who eats most of the share.  I could still remember during our childhood that we would fold the pizza into two and hurried it into our mouth so we can get most of the pizza.  We love Shakey's that time and now, we already explored other pizzas that are delicious too, like Yellow Cab, Sbarro's pizzas and Bigoli's pizzas.

Healthy Canned Strawberry Muffin

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This week, my mom had her check-up and her doctor gave her a list of foods she must not eat for more than a month.  Oh wow, such a long list of no-no's.  A list of delicious ingredients common to my dish, example, the very fabulous butter.  Of all ingredients, why butter?  Anyway, I have to consider her doctor's advise when cooking or else her medication will be useless, and take note, the medicines does not come cheap.
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chewy Filipino Style Donut

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I've been wanting make donut like that of Krispy Kreme's classic donut.  However, what I made was a chewy type of donut that is popular in the Philippines' local bakeries.  But instead of rolling it in sugar, I dipped it in a classic sugar glaze.  This batch produces about 36 pieces of donuts.  I also fried the dough from the hole of donut and rolled it in cinnamon sugar.
Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sauteed Yard Long Beans and Zucchini in Oyster Sauce

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Yesterday, our neighbor gave us a bunch of yard long beans or sitaw and my mom, whose not around also bought about 2 bundles of sitaw.  Now, we have bunches of sitaw to enjoy with.  Since sitaw alone would make the dish boring, I went to the grocery to find other vegetable to go with it.  I found this zucchini in a stall and grab a medium sized zucchini.  It's my first time to use zucchini in my cooking so I told to myself that I just want to try it.
Friday, August 9, 2013

Mushrooms and Black Olives Omelette with Sun Dried Tomatoes

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It's holiday!  Thanks to our Muslim brothers and sisters We were able to have a long weekend and for me, an early weekend after this 4 days of physically stressful work.  I'm so happy I got to get more than enough sleep this day, roughly around 11 hours.  Well, I only get not more than 5 hours of sleep during weekdays so this is an achievement.
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Oat Meal Porridge a la Kusina ni Teds

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Its raining as usual.  The weird thing is, it always rain every after lunch.  One way to spend time with this kind of weather is to eat some nice hot soup or a nice bowl of warm porridge.  I like our local version of porridge known as lugaw squeezed with calamansi to give that tangy flavor to this savory dish.  I never get tired of eating this compared with macaroni soup (sopas).
Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sugar Cinnamon Rolled Jackfruit Donut

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I found this recipe while scanning some food porn at Foodgawker and thought its really delicious and easy to do.  Guess what?  All ingredients are readily available and the plus point is, its really easy to do.  Just cream the butter and sugar and one by one pour everything.  Bake it and dip it in melted butter and rolled over to the cinnamon sugar mixture and you'll have this sweet lovely snack.  Paired it with a cup of unsweetened coffee and you'll have the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack.  I got the recipe from Baker Bettie with blog post entitled Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts.  Click the link to see the original recipe.
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Creamy Pasta in Tuna Marina Sauce

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Its been a while since I've posted a recipe on Saturday.  I've been busy with other stuff this past few Saturday.  Hopefully I could write regularly on weekends (fingers crossed).

Pasta, an easy dish you can whipped up under an hour.  It was almost a month or two since I cooked pasta in our home.  This pasta recipe is so easy and basically, you can throw everything in the pot after sauteing the garlic in olive oil.  You can add any meat you want but since I had so much pork and chicken this week, I decided to simply add canned tuna to the dish.
Sunday, July 14, 2013

Ensaymada with Avocado Cream Cheese Spread

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Sweet, soft, buttery and cheesy snack we Filipinos really enjoy is ensaymada.  I could still remember my childhood when my mom would buy this coiled bread with margarine and sugar spread on top from a local bakery.  Ensaymadas from most local bakeries or we call it panaderia has this slightly chewy bite smothered with margarine and sugar.  It comes in affordable price, normally under Php10.00 and paired it with a glass of juice or a small bottle of soft drink and we have a perfect afternoon snack.  (I know soft drink is unhealthy but as a child, well up to now but in moderation, I really enjoy it.)
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Red Horse Beer Battered Fish Fillet with Yogurt-Sour Cream-Cream Cheese Dip a la Kusina ni Teds

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College years were the most memorable year of my drinking spree era.  We (my high school friends) would get together in our friends house and spent the whole night drinking until the sun was already up and we would here the familiar sound of the roosters indicating it's already morning.  We drunk different kinds of alcohol from vodka, gin, tequila and of course beer.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Carrot Cake Loaf a la Kusina ni Teds

Last Sunday was a really hot day.  A little movement and you'll get all sweat.  And yes, I did baked a couple of loaf of carrot cakes.  What's really agonizing baking in this time of the year is the hot environment and the heat from the oven.  But what determined me to bake these carrot cakes is simply my love for sweets.  Every after meal, I just want to bite on something sweet and if a proper dessert is not available, well, a small pack of sandwich biscuit will do.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Radish Ensalada a la Kusina ni Teds

Ensaladang labanos or  radish salad is a thinly sliced radish mixed with onion, garlic and tomatoes.  It compliments well with fried foods specially fish.  I can't get enough of this specially when this is paired with fried fish.  I could plenty of rice when this is served.  I remember a friend of mine who tasted it and said that it's like Pinoy version of the Korean kimchi.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Steamed Roast Pork with Crispy Crackling

I've been watching Gordon Ramsay's videos in Youtube this past few days and as I watch every videos of his, makes me salivates more on his dishes.  What I'm eager to try if his Pressed Pork Belly but given the circumstances today I only have 3 hours to make it and Ramsay's process will took about 8 to 9 hours.  Given this third of the whole cooking time, I have to recreate his dish but got some ideas from the original recipe.

Crispy Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Two Way

Way back August of 2010, my friends and I went to Sagada.  It's a very beautiful and peaceful place.  We went hiking and spelunking.  Yes, spelunking.  We get through from one cave and exited to the other cave.  It took us 4 hours inside the tunnel.  That's one hell of an experience.  Aside from these activities, Sagada can also boast their great foods.  We had breakfast and lunch cooked with fresh ingredients and buffet dinner cooked by an Italian chef.
Sunday, May 12, 2013

Herb Stuffed Roasted Pork Loin

Happy Mothers Day to all mothers and soon to be mothers!  Today as we celebrate this special day dedicated to our mom, I decided to make our lunch extra special by cooking stuffed roasted pork loin.  This is the first I cooked this dish.  Actually, this dish is inspired by Gordon Ramsay's Roasted Pork Loin with Lemon and Sage.  However, I chose a leaner cut of pork loin (no fats at all), well, my parents are not getting younger anymore.
Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tuna Taco Cups

We had siomai last Tuesday and I saw this afternoon that there were lots of wanton wrapper left in the fridge. Well, I saw two opened wanton wrapper pack, one was I think couple of weeks ago (that went straight to the bin) and the other one was the pack used this week.  Buying ingredients and leaving it in the fridge until roots grow on it is so waste of money and fridge space.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Parmesan Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Chicken!  Fried Chicken Coated with hot and spicy chili sauce.  Perfectly paired with rice or a bottle of ice cold beer.  My friends and I have this addiction to buffalo wings.  When we go out for our chill-mode-boys-night-out, when we just want to relax and talk on the new news about us, our destination is Wingman along Malugay Street in San Antonio, Makati.  They have this wide selection of fried chickens and buffalo wings of different levels of spiciness.  We've tried their levels of spiciness and preferred to avoid the last two upper levels as we want to enjoy our chickens.
Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stir Fried Noodles Yakisoba-style

We have this saying in the Philippines during one's birthday to eat pancit or stir fried noodles for long life (Kumain ka ng pancit para humaba ang iyong buhay.)  That's why pancit is a common dish during birthday celebration.  Aside from the belief of life longevity, pancit is so simple to prepare.  Just stir fry everything, add the noodles and season with soy sauce and pepper.
Saturday, April 6, 2013

Purple Yam and Jackfruit Filled Sticky Rice Dumplings in Coconut Milk (Ginataang Ube-Langka Mochi)


To be honest, I don't know how to call this dish.  It's somewhat like a buchi or mochi with jackfruit and purple yam filling but cooked like ginataang bilo-bilo way.

I've been interested in cooking mochi and even watched different videos on Youtube for some tutorials.  However, out of nowhere, it just cross my mind to combine a mochi recipe and a ginataang bilo-bilo recipe.  I love ginataang bilo-bilo because of its sweetness and jackfruit flavor and the sticky, soft and chewy rice dumplings.  Filled these dumplings with purple yam jam (halayang ube), I think, will make it more enjoyable.
Friday, March 29, 2013

Tuyo (Dried Fish) Pan-Oven Grilled Pizza

If your remember, I made this Gourmet Tuyo version and as promised and as part of my Mom's Birthday Celebration, I'm making this Tuyo Pizza (Everyone is fasting on meat so this is another way to enjoy pizza.)

This version of pizza is yeast free and what I did was made the dough, grill it on a greased pan and top it with sauce and everything and pop it in the oven until the cheese melts.  Easy, just took me about 30 minutes to finish (well, an hour because I did photos for my blog).

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