Category: cooking

Grilled Pork Belly Oh So Yummy!

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Grilled pork belly anyone? It is not bad eating fatty pork meat like this once in a while. I am just thankful that some food I am craving to eat are available here in our area. Although the Asian Market is at least 23 minutes away but that does not mean I can’t buy what I want. Whenever I feel like eating Filipino food, I would just ask my husband to drive me to the store and stock up some meats, canned goods, vegetables and of course not forgetting to buy me some pork belly.

This deliciously seasoned pork belly meat is sooo good that I didn’t wanna eat it all in one meal. It was the husband who grilled it and he did it exactly as I wanted it to be cooked, a bit scorched and the skin is crispy like that of a roasted pig in the Philippines.

Food For The Poor

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In my home country when we serve food like that in the picture on our table this means, we are the poorest of the poor for we cannot afford to buy us some meats or other decent food for the family. I grew up eating this kind of food and with no complain… I ate it. That is how I learned to love food for the poor and even until now, faraway from my homeland I crave and I long to eat miswa, dried fish, leafy veggies and the likes.

Here in America, having dried fish on our table is so precious and everyone is so jealous of it especially those who haven’t eaten dried fish for a long time. People back home don’t appreciate buwad. Most people there crave and want for a more delectable dish like those we usually cook during Holidays or special occasions.

Grilled Filipino Style Pork BBQ

Who doesn’t love grilling? We do! Last weekend we grilled three different kinds of meats; a steak, chicken legs and of course my Pinoy style pork bbq coated with Filipino ketchup when it’s cooked. Yummy as it is I couldn’t ate it all. I intentionally left some for my next meals so I don’t have to grill again soon.
Basta lamian kaayo ko sa pagkaon tagijuton kay hadlok mahurot!

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…first photo is of my pork while in the grill cooking… so hot is the coal after fats dripped into it that created a sizzling flame cooking the meat fast…
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….. and hmmm the cooked grilled pork bbq…. yummy and really taste good I tell you!

 

Long Yard Beans Dish

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I surely made a lot of people in my Facebook list drool over this long yard beans dish I made the other day. I craved for it and fortunately I got all the necessary ingredients to make this delectable Filipino dish. Simple and easy meal to do that filled my hungry stomach, even my Jadyn loved it too. I got some leftover which I plan of finishing today along with newly cooked grits. Nothing gets better than that and matching coke after. Yummy!

Kare-Kare For The First Time

I cooked Kare-Kare for the first time in my life for lunch today. I guess it was my first time to taste or eat this type of Filipino dish haha, how poor. It tastes good and it wasn’t hard to do although there are some ingredients lacking in my recipe yet I liked it. I ate it with rice and sauteed shrimp paste with my Jadyn. I still got some left for the next meal but I won’t be eating it tomorrow. Original recipes are using oxtail for it but it’s not available so I used prawns instead.

I will have to cook another dish again ‘coz it’s kind of “bidli” man oy, maybe I put too much peanut butter in there after eating a plate full of food and drank a cupful of water. The recipe I followed is from www.panlasangpinoy.com by the way. It’s my favorite food blog that I follow whenever I feel like trying out new Pinoy recipes.

Kare Kare is a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce. The commonly used meats for this dish are ox tail, tripe, and pork leg; on some occasions goat and chicken meat are also used. Besides the peanuts, this dish depends on the shrimp paste (on the side) in order to be fully enjoyed. Traditionally, “palayok” (clay cooking pot) is used to cook this dish and it is also used as the serving pot.

Big Brunch

It feels good feeding your family with some great and healthy meals. By doing so, you feel like you have accomplished something in that particular day (at least I do because I don’t cook to my husband often only during weekends). We can have good food cooked at home that our family loves without spending so much money for it.

What we can order at the restaurant can also be cooked at home. The advantage of cooking your own meal at home is that you can ensure the quality of ingredients you are using, you know the food is clean for it is prepared by any of your family and most of all, the servings are great/big that can fill the stomach of the whole family without worrying too much how much are you gonna pay for over eating lol.

This great combo of meal pictured below was cooked by no other than ME. We had this yesterday and my family sure loved it. Such a big brunch we had that fueled our body the entire day working on our fence.


…this was my husband’s plate… in the plate are fried eggs, 3 pieces toasted wheat bread, New Zealand corned beef with lots of onions and garlic plus grape jelly to go with his bread while mine had rice as a substitutre to the bread.

Healthy And Delicious Filipino Recipes

I am one lucky wife and mommy when it comes to feeding my family. I can serve my husband and girls with whatever we have in the refrigerator even Filipino foods I cook. Well, I only cook delicious and healthy meals so they have no right to refuse it except of course squid, dried fish, salted anchovy and other seafood because they are stinky and my husband can’t swallow them in his stomach.

These two Filipino vegetable dishes I cooked were being served to my family and they ate it. They are not picky eaters which makes us save a few dollars for I don’t have to cook different recipes every meal. Aside from saving money,  it also saves me energy for spending so much time in the kitchen trying to prepare meals for my American husband.

water spinach sautee
mung bean sprout sautee

Shark Fish

I bought a shark “fish” last weekend and I just cooked it today. When I saw it at the market, I thought it could make a delicious soup and paksiw so I got one but when my husband saw it, he kind of gave me a sour grimace on his face. He said that shark is full of mercury and that I should only eat it rarely.

I didn’t really know how it taste. When my soup is done, it taste like “barilis” in our native tongue. It didn’t even have a foul fishy smell, lol. My paksiw is sitting on the stove and haven’t tasted it. I hope it tastes good just like my soup but my kiddos can’t eat it. I just choose not to feed them with shark fish.

Seafood Was My Dinner

So nice of the husband for bringing me to the Asian market today. I wasn’t thinking about going shopping there but he was the one who asked me so I couldn’t say no. In fact, I love it when he brings me there for I get to eat delicious seafood.  It is like a treat to myself.

I had all the crabs I can eat tonight. I boiled all that is in a tray so I don’t have to do the cooking next time I feel like eating crabs. There are two easy ways of cooking crab. First is frying it with garlic and onions then with coconut milk added to it. That is one fancy way to do it. I prefer the second option, I just boiled it seasoned with Louisiana style mild spicy powder with a dash of salt, onions and voila! So easy and quick  and oh taste so good makes me wanna go oh oh ah ah! Kidding!

that's a lot of crab

 

my dinner plate

Warm Soup Helps

I had quite a bit of drama in the kitchen this afternoon. My husband was there too preparing for pork ribs to cook. I am sick, taking care of the baby at the same time and I was starving. So I went to the kitchen trying to see what I can prepare for warm soup.
I felt like having real freshly cooked warm soup so I asked some of pork ribs and boil it. While preparing for ingredients, I told my husband, “times like these I wished I had my mother over here”. He was kind of surprised by that statement for he knows I don’t get along well with my mother. I explained that if she was here, I don’t have to do the cooking myself when I’m sick because she can cook what I want to eat.
Anyway, that soup I cooked turned out pretty yummy. I satisfied my craving, even my big girl loved it and ate some veggies that was in the soup. Warm soup truly helps when you feel cold or when you’re feeling ill. It made me feel a bit better.