Sunday, December 21, 2014

Baked Pork Ribs to Perfection

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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would have noticed that I have been doing oven baked pork ribs several times.  This is in search of the perfect baked pork ribs recipe that I would really enjoy eating.  I have already tried a pork ribs restaurant that have lots of good reviews.  However, when I tried their ribs, it taste like a regular barbecue sold on the street with only the addition of sweet thick sauce on the side.  The ribs is dry and served cold.  Even my friend commented that it's not how she remembered it.  Anyway, I just thought that maybe they are having a bad day that time.  Maybe I'll try it again next time.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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Last week, my friends and I went to Dagupan for the blessing of our friend's spa.  It was Sunday and we were supposed to get off Sunday night but we enjoyed our stay and decided to spend the night inside the spa.  In a way, it's a good decision because of the heavy traffic from North to Manila.  People who spend their All Souls Day in the province are going back to Manila on Sunday.
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Meat Pie a la Kusina ni Teds

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This afternoon I had some craving for something savory and I thought of meat pie.  Its been years since I made this pie.  What I love about this pie is its miniature form.  Ofcourse you can make this in a bigger pie pan but I prefer the miniature form since I get to control how many I eat and it's very handy.  Another thing I love about the miniature form is I get to enjoy my pie with those flaky and crunchy crust enveloping the savory meat filling.
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Soft Chewy Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

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Who does not like Oreo cookies?  That sweet chocolaty crunchy cookies we all love.  I bet you are also guilty of doing their TV commercial "Twist. Lick. Dunk."  Well, I am.  How about combining Oreo cookies with cream cheese?  Yup, it's mouthwatering.  Imagine the sweet chocolaty flavor of Oreo cookies combine with that creamy goodness of cream cheese.  It's divine.
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rolled Pizza Burger Pita

This afternoon, I felt sleepy but I don't want to sleep because it will keep me awake until midnight and I don't want that.  I'll be the groggy sleepy on tomorrows work.  So, to keep me busy I decided to whip up something for this afternoon's merienda.  I look in to our fridge and found some left over pita bread, burger patties, tomatoes, chili, black olives and tomato sauce.  Oh, yes I still have my quick melt cheese so I thought of making pizza.
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wai Ying

I've been through a one hell of a week with the scheduled Internal Quality Audit in our company and with my ongoing projects.  So we decided to treat ourselves this last Friday.  we were actually thorn between Bannapple, in Ayala or our all time budget friendly hole-in-the-wall Binondo restaurant, Wai Ying.  With tight budget we settled with Wai Ying in Binondo.  anyway, our new officemates haven't tried it.  We traveled from Pasay to Binondo just to get a taste of their dish.  I don't mind it since I know it's worth it and my tummy will be happy that night.
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Egg and Coleslaw Wrap

The weather is a bit gloomy with rain showers from time to time.  Yes!  It's a lazy day.  I bet all you want to do is sleep and tuck yourself under your blanket.  Well, I'm guilty.

I don't have any plan to cook today since all I want to do is to sleep and rest.  Very much like a couch potato, right?  I checked out our fridge and my dad is busy charging and playing his tab when he asked me what's for merianda.  Okay, I'm caught off guard.  I don't have any plan, but this is some of the rare moment he would ask me to cook so I quickly scan the fridge and found some pita bread, cheese and small cabbage.  I grabbed some eggs and remembered I have a pouch of mayo in the kitchen.  With these ingredients there's only one thing I could make, egg and coleslaw wrap.  Very few ingredients and really simple to prepare.  Yup!  Just under 30 minutes.
Monday, August 25, 2014

Yema Chocolate Cake a la Kusina ni Teds

Yema is a traditional Filipino custard candy made of condensed milk and egg yolks then wrapped in colorful cellophane.  It's one of my favorite candy that reminds me of my childhood.  At a price of a peso, I could enjoy this sweet treat during my childhood.  Because I love yema so much, I also made this as a summer sideline business during summer vacations.  I would made about a hundred pieces of yema and I would display this in our sari-sari store.
Sunday, August 10, 2014

Squid Ball and Kikiam Noodle Soup

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I went to the grocery last Saturday night and what I'm supposed to be buy is just one can of milk.  But guess what?  I saw a pack of fresh egg noodles and thought I want to make something out of it.  Then I grabbed a bunch of Chinese cabbage, squid ball, kikiam, onion spring and tofu.  I just grabbed them by instinct to go with my noodles soup.  A noodle soup I just imagined while picking those ingredients.  A noodle soup I don't know what to call.
Sunday, August 3, 2014

Quesadilla with Caramelized Onion

It's a lazy afternoon today and the weather this past few weeks has been really wet.  It rains everyday which I really don't like.  Yes, the gloomy weather kind of influence me or should I say us to just sleep and totally be lazy all day.  I got hungry and I want to eat something savory but I don't want so much fuzz in our kitchen today.  I want a simple dish that is so simple to do with little ingredients to handle.  The result of my snack meditating moment is quesadilla.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tofu and Oatmeal Porridge

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It's been raining for more than a week now and it's always remind me of my favorite comfort food, lugaw or porridge.  I just so love the flavor of sauteed ginger in that thick warm broth in porridge.  I love the nice flavorful broth of lugaw specially if its made of beef shanks and marrow bones slowly boiled until the richness of the meat and bones flavor the broth.  I love to scoop out the soft gelatinized bone marrow out of its cage and hearthfuly welcome it with my mouth.  The flavor is divine and yes, sinful.  That was during my younger days when I don't have to think of my cholesterol level and my blood pressure.
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chicken Inasal a la Kusina ni Teds

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I asked my mom yesterday afternoon to buy some chicken feet since its been a while since I ate this wonderful dish.  Then she asked me, what's going to be tomorrow's dish.  I pause for a while with nothing in mind.  She said, she'll be buy a whole chicken then roast it tomorrow.  I frowned because I'm getting sicked with roast chicken but still I have nothing in mind.  Then, an idea pop out, chicken inasal.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ube Keso Crinkles

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It's a self-declared day-off due to typhoon Glenda.  It was a long day of strong wind, rain and blackout.  I was on my way to work this morning, thinking that its just a not so strong wind so I can make it to the office.  To no avail, I stood on the street for an hour with an umbrella on my right hand and a soaking wet pants.  I told to myself, Okay I'm fed up with this bad weather and so haggard look and decided to go back home.
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Red Velvet Crinkles

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I got home last Friday night really, really late and when I opened my Facebook account, I received a message form my sister.  Well, she requested me to bake a red velvet crinkles.  I don't know why but may she ate one and gave her the idea to sent me a request to bake one.  I hope she brings a red velvet crinkles one of this day and I hope you're reading this.
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Liver Spread and Cream Cheese Sandwich

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The humble liver spread that we usually adds to Kaldereta for additional flavor is also a great spread for your bread, specially with hot pandesal.  I could still remember my grandfather would buy some hot pandesal in morning and there would always be a liver spread ready to go with it.  I love the taste of the liver spread smothered on my bread.  The light taste of pandesal and the mildly savory, sweet and spicy flavor of liver spread really goes well with each other.
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Homemade Granola

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Health buff?  No I'm not.  I prefer those nice pork meal oozing with juice or should I say pork fat.  I know its bad but fat is flavor, right?

I have this rolled oats sitting on our counter for some time now and I've been thinking what to do with it.  Just last week I've been watching some of Gordon Ramsay's cooking episode and his homemade granola struck me.  I have some stock of rolled oats and I have to make good use of it before it turns bad.  So granola for weekend, here we go.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Breakfast: Sinigang Rice, Tuyo in Olive Oil and Salted Egg

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It's been almost a month since I wrote a blog post.  I've been busy from my work that I would just want to sleep during weekends.  I'm like bed ridden with no energy to do anything during weekends.  To unwind and relax from my work load, my office mates and I decided to took a day off and travel to Bicol, Legazpi and then Sorsogon.  We planned it for almost a month since Sorsogon is my office mate's province.  We spent a day in Legazpi to visits Cagsawa ruins and Daraga Church.  It's like a chill-chill mode of spending the day without worrying what destination to go next.  Then we went to Sorsogon to check out some beach, resorts and falls.
Sunday, May 18, 2014

Budbud Fried Rice a la Kusina ni Teds

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Budbud fried rice originates in the province of Rizal.  It is a fried rice, usually colored with soy sauce or the likes, topped with scrambled egg, onion spring, tomatoes and meat or fish.  It is a one meal dish.  I first got a taste of it at food stand in Tiendesitas and you can pair it with barbecue or other viand.  Though I think it's not authentic, it really taste good.
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Blueberry and Jikama Shake

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I've been ranting the extremely hot weather lately and literally I've been having headaches because of the temperature.  This afternoon, I can't anymore stand the hot temperature so I decided to make some fruit shake.  I don't have the fancy fruits that one would normally use for fruit shake.  All I got were a can of blueberry pie filling and some chunks of yam bean /  jikama or what we call here in the Philippines singkamas.

Roasted Chicken and Fresh Salsa

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We Filipinos love our chicken.  It is the pride of the party.  We served it fried as most kids would loved or roasted, which is a more sophisticated way of cooking it.  Some became successful entrepreneurs by roasting chicken, take Baliwag and Andok's for example.  Nowadays, there are so many chicken rotisserie in the Philippines.  They are everywhere. Mostly, you can find them in a hole-in-a-wall type of place, restaurants and would you believe that even some push carts on our street are selling roasted chicken.
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easy Leftover Bread Roll

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I know how hard it is for our moms to prepare our meal.  Specialy those mom who have kids who doesn't want their meal to be a "repeat performance" of their previous dish.  I can relate to that because I am like that.  I don't want to eat the same dish twice on the same day.  It's not necessarily mean you have cook fish for lunch and pork for dinner.  Maybe a twist of the previous dish will somewhat give life to the dish.
Friday, April 18, 2014

Leftover Chicken Sandwich

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We had a bunch of left over baked chicken this lunch and when I mean bunch its more than a whole chicken.  My relatives visited my brother who was hospitalized due to appendicitis.  They came over our house to have lunch.  So with three of us, my mom, dad and I, we would consume this for a couple of days and I don't want that.  Better to transform this to another dish.
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sardines and Sunny Side-up Eggs

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Today is one hot hell of a day.  Its as if I don't want to move an inch because of the weather.  Well, that's impossible because I have to cook for lunch.  I just felt really lazy today that I decided to cook something fast, simple and does not require me to stand near the stove so long.  This dish is so simple, affordable and something that reminds me of our (me and my mom) unusual surge of craving.  A simple can of sardines.
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Steamed Puto

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Puto is a staple dish in town fiestas usually served with pancit (the way I like it) or dinuguan or pork blood stew (the way most people enjoys eating it with).  It is a steamed rice cake with so many variations throughout the Philippines.  Different provinces has their own version of puto.  Though, it is traditionally made with galapong or powdered rice, you can also use flour to make it.
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pork, Shrimp and Crab Dumpling - Siu Mai or Siomai

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Siomai as we all know is a small dollop of chopped pork meat and shrimp wrapped in a thin sheet of wanton wrapper can be found in all corners of the Philippines.  You can find several food carts selling different kind of dumplings in malls, at the corner of the street and now, even sidecars selling this stuff.   Though delicious at very affordable price, what disappoints me is the so many extenders and artificial flavorings added to these wonderful dumplings to the extent that it taste like starch-ball filled in wanton wrappers.  Ofcourse, the case is different if you are going to buy this on a authentic Chinese restaurants with twice to thrice the price of the commercial siomai.
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Shredded Carrot and Scallion Flat Bread

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Cong you bing or Chinese scallion pancake is a savory, non-leaven bread made by folding chopped scallions in dough, flattening it and pan grilled until golden brown.  I haven’t taste an authentic cong you bing and my first encounter with this was when watching Exploring China in Youtube.  It seems simple to do with little ingredients and with no special procedure needed.  Simply mix water with flour and knead.  Fold in the scallion and pan grilled and that’s it.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Crispy Beef Tripe Kare-kare

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Kare-kare is a Filipino dish originated from the culinary capital of the Philippines, Pampanga.  It is made with fork tender meat and vegetables swimming in a vibrant orange colored peanut sauce.  It lacks the saltiness of a usual dish and always accompanied by sauteed bagoong or fermented shrimp paste.  Combine the rice, a piece of the kare-kare dish and a pinch of bagoong will keep you ask for more.  You'll have a taste of the natural flavor of the meat, the creamy peanut sauce and that pinch of bagoong binds all that flavor together in to one savory dish.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Dates and Cinnamon Bread

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Okay!  I know I did a cinnamon roll recipe last week and you must be asking "Cinnamon Bread again?".  But hey, I can't get enough with this luscious piece of bread.  The lingering taste of brown sugar and cinnamon that explodes like an orchestra of flavor in my mouth is so addicting.  So, I decided to bake another round of cinnamon bread, but this time I added some chopped dates.  I wish I added more dates to this bread.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ham and Mushroom Cream Cheese Ravioli

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Ravioli is an Italian stuffed pasta served with broth or pasta sauce.  The filling is sealed between two sheets of fresh egg pasta.  Interesting is it not?

I never had this Italian dish but I'm so much interested in doing it ever since I saw it in Master Chef Episodes.  The thing is, it's done using fresh pasta sheets and not just ordinary pasta sheets but thin pasta sheets.  I thought it is impossible to do it without pasta maker but like Jamie Oliver said in his blog that Italian women do it using their rolling pin, and so I did this New Year's Eve.

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