It is nice to know that somewhere along the journey we call life we met people we didn’t expect to come in our way. Some would leave, others may stay and make it to the future. I am blessed to have a few of those who I can treasure and truly call friends. I call them friends not because they give me stuff but the friendship, emotion and time we invested through our journey is so precious to me that I want to keep them in my treasure box. Those kind of friends I am talking about are people who laugh with me, cheer me up, share the same interest with me and most of all are good influence.
One of them lives in the same state with me but in a different city who recently visited her hometown. After a month of vacation she and her family flew back to Texas and sent me these sweet goodies all the way from Davao, Philippines. When I opened the box from her, it wowed me upon seeing these polvoron and macaroons from Goldilocks, my ever favorite Filipino corned beef as well as the durian and mangosteen bars. She knew I and the girls love them. Seeing them in a box is like opening a Christmas package from Santa, haha.
I thank her for doing me such a great favor for bringing me my birth control pills good for 9 months. That way, I don’t have to think about it, I am safe from getting pregnant for 9 months and most of all save me some bucks! Thank you so much, friendship!
This is me and my first born by the buffet table of the Filipino restaurant we visited last Sunday. It was our first time to have tried dining at their restaurant and I should say, it was fine. Plenty of foods that I love and have been craving to eat. Thanks to my friend neighbor for bringing us there.
There aren’t so many choices in their dessert table though but rest assured, once you tasted the pitsi-pitsi and their sticky sweet rice, you will love it. Their biko is my favorite of all, it had a sweet creamy taste that I was so tempted to ask the waitress how they cook or make it but I doubt they would tell me that.
It is always good to try a new place to eat so that we can compare the prices and how tasty the food they are serving. Although we paid over $12 for a buffet at Fiesta Manila, I think it was worth the money. I hope when they gather more customers in the future, they will add more dishes to their table, if they do, I would surely come back with my husband.
I am fortunate we do have places to go when it comes to buying Filipino goodies as well as tropical fruits that cannot be bought in some other states. We are located 45 minutes away from a big Asian market called Hong Kong market that sells most products that I used to eat back in the Philippines.
We went to shop for my goodies there yesterday and I am glad the husband brought me there for I found tons of available products that I so long to eat. Samples of which are these tropical fruits namely; rambutan- those hairy red, yellow and brown color, ripe jackfruit and this very unusual to be seen fruit in this country called atis.
The atis reminds me of my poor childhood, whenever we didn’t have a class, I’d go to a grassy part of our area and picked some of them, once they are ripe they tend to get very sweet and delicious. I was jumping for joy yesterday when it greeted me upon entering their entrance door. Man, atis takes me back to my childhood life.
These fruits should last for days. Feasting my favorite fruits to my stomach’s content is one of life’s greatest joy any Filipina can have.
If there is anything on Facebook that I can get jealous of, it will be food, seafood or Filipino food to the extent of cooking the same too depending on my mood. Two people on my Facebook list that made this traditional Filipino dessert best served on fiestas, birthdays, Christmas and New Year’s day called maja blanca.
I asked one of those people who posted a photo of corn maja a recipe and gladly enough she is willing to share the recipe. This makes a delectable dessert especially in summer for it is best serve chilled. It is easy to do and it doesn’t take long to prepare.
Photos are taken personally by me in our own kitchen and the recipe is shared to me… Enjoy and have fun eating it with your kids.
1 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups coconut milk
1 & 1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
1 small can condensed milk
1)Butter a baking dish or pie pan and set aside.
2)Mix 1 cup of water with the cornstarch in a bowl and stir until smooth. Set aside.
3)Combine the coconut milk, 1 & 1/2 cup water, sugar and condensed milk in a sauce pan over low heat, and stir until sugar is dissolved.
4)Bring the mixture to a boil, add the corn kernels, and then stir in the water-corn starch mixture, stirring quickly to avoid lumps as it becomes very thick.
5)Continue stirring until it is fully thickened and smooth.
6) Pour into prepared dish and set aside to cool until firm (about 2 hours).
…. in order to make this pretty mold, I used my tin puto molds that I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond. If no small molds available, you can pretty well use the muffin tray
… I only have 8 molding cups so I pour the rest of the maja into a small round pan…
Wondering what this is in the picture below? If in case you don’t know, let me tell you this that it is our dish this morning and dinner for we got 3 big fish left. These are fried marinated milk fish with presentation by yours truly. Fried fish, steamed okra and tomato are the best for me. Nothing beats home cooked meals if I may say so because, you can cook it the way you like it.
I like my fried fish to be crispy so then I can dip it in soy sauce with lemon. The watery taste of tomato and slimy feeling of okra in my taste buds make the fish ridiculously drooling. I got 29 likes for it since I posted my photo on Facebook, that means people are liking what they see.
We are probably one of those few families who take time cooking meals in our own kitchen. I tell you a secret about our family, we only go dine out when there is a special occasion or whenever I crave for a Chinese food. Most of the time or everyday, I make our meals. Well, I have no reason I can’t do it because I am a stay-at-home mom so I can cook healthy meals or dishes to give to my children.
I also consider myself quite lucky because I get to eat some of Filipino foods that other Filipinas in other states or places don’t get to eat simply because they are miles away from the Asian store. Being able to cook the comfort food somehow eases the homesickness I feel a little bit.
Take a look at the snaps of the foods I prepare in our kitchen. They are simple to make, delicious, healthy and are filling to the stomach. If I don’t feel like cooking, I will just give our girls some mixed fruits in the morning and voila! Breakfast is solved.
Guess, I will be posting more delectable and mouth-watering foods from my kitchen in the next few days since I got tons of snaps of the foods I cook.
Two weeks ago I bought 20 pieces of large size ripe mangoes for they were sold so cheap at Fiesta Mart. They were a bit ripe when I bought them so three days after, they turned really yellow and I was afraid they were gonna go rot so what I did is make ice candies out of them.
Ice Candy is a Filipino version of popsicle. It is homemade and a lot healthier than those popsicles sold at the grocery store which are made of high fructose, colored water. But with ice candy, you can choose which flavor to make and mix it with condensed milk, fresh milk and whip topping. Photo below is of my ice candies mango flavor when they were raw, raw means they were not frozen yet.
My girls love it and it is perfect for summer to give our throat that coolness sensation we all need to beat the heat.
Give a Filipina plenty of food and she will be happy. If she is living abroad, pretty far from her home country, the Philippines and she gets to eat the food she used to eat back home, that would definitely puts a big grin on her face. Keep her tummy full and rest assured, she is happy to just stay at home all day and not a single complain you hear from her.
Any Filipina/Filipino would drool upon looking at this very snack of mine shown below. I made this purple “puto” in my own kitchen just so I can satisfy my craving for puto. I brought this purple glutinous rice from the Philippines last May and I am glad I brought some for it adds life to the puto itself. My girls love it and so do I. I make puto once in a while or when the cravings arise paired with pure natural cacao with fresh milk.
My cacao is also from the Philippines I bought in Davao to ensure that is pure and not mixed with other stuff that takes away its real flavor.
My mother is known in our place for her love of making the best native vegetable stew. She fed her children the best she can and would always find veggies to serve in our plate. Even at my age today, when I come home, she is still cooking me and the rest of my siblings the same old recipe she loves cooking. It is what we call, “utan bisaya”.
I guess most Cebuanos love the watery soup in their meals, and so do I. I can’t blame them for it never fills my stomach eating grits/rice without soup. Utan bisaya is easy to prepare and is good especially for growing kids for it does have all kinds of vegetables that you can buy in the market for cheap prices. Just add some lemongrass, onion bulbs, ginger or whatever that gives it an aromatic smell and a bit of subak then that’s all it.
Look at the photo below, don’t you drool? I can imagine its smell and the taste of sweet bamboo shoots, squash and horseradish in my taste buds make me hungry and eat a lot again.
It is sad to know that we can no longer eat freshly caught fish like this photo below. In the Philippines, we can get to eat fresh fish everyday without going to the market simply because there are people that go in our neighborhood and sell fish. Prices of fresh fish ranging from 100-180 per kilo. I think that is a pretty good deal knowing what we get has got all the tastiest flesh in them. Filipinos call this kind of fish “isda sa bato” perfect for “paksiw” or “inun unan“. Inun-unan by the way is an easy method of cooking fish with garlic, vinegar, a bit of water, sword peppers, onions, salt and boil it until it is cooked.
Here in Texas, it is just so impossible to buy fish that is not frozen. Everything is like has long been dead with ice and I can greatly differentiate the taste between a fresh fish and frozen ones.