Going to the city nowadays is such an exciting thing to do for me. We’ve only moved here over four months ago and I still have not quite adjusted to our new country life. One of the things I dreaded moving far from the city is the availability of the foods I love to eat.
But anyways, since it was a Thanksgiving holiday last week, we had a chance to go to visit our other house in Fort Worth and shopped for goodies I so long to eat. I did not get to buy everything I wanted to buy due to the lack of space in the car yet I spent over a hundred dollars for all of this.
This should make my tummy happy for several weeks until I run out of stocks. Going to the Asian market was heaven to me, it is where I can find everything I want to eat and cook. Thankfully, my husband was eager to drive us to the city.
When you are away from your birthplace and you miss home, there is not much you can do about it. Philippines is on the other side of the globe and I can only visit every two years. Going there takes a lot of preparation and good savings in order to avail the said vacation.
What I can do to ease the homesickness a little bit is cook foods and somehow think that I am in the Philippines while munching on the Filipino foods I love.
We call it, ” comfort foods” for it is with this foods we satisfy our cravings and fill our stomachs. Here are a few dishes and delicacies I can very well cook at home and feed my family with awesome goodness Filipino comfort foods.
Chopsuey, a Filipino dish that comprise of mainly vegetables, some cut up meat either pork, liver and or chicken. It is such a palatable dish that everybody can enjoy, of course this dish won’t be complete without quail eggs ( missing in the picture, I did not have it available when I cooked this food), young corn and a little bit of corn starch to thicken the sauce.
Lumpia or eggroll. You can use any kind of shredded vegetables, ground pork, chicken or beef, seasonings and bell pepper. If you are vegan, you can replace the meat with tofu and enjoy the same taste eggrolls supposed to taste. The one on the right is what we call “suman malagkit” or glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk,white sugar, ginger and a pinch of salt to make it and wrap in banana leaves, steam for 45 minutes as the final step to cook the rice some more. It is a delicacy almost all Filipinos love and commonly prepared during special occasions because of the extensive labor this requires.
We can also make “suman cassava” by using grated yucca root instead of glutinous rice. It is a labor of love and therefore, should be eaten slow and enjoyed every bite in order to savor this delicious comfort food.
Pork or calf liver is known for its chewy texture and this is what my mother used to give me growing up when I looked pale. She’d give it to me half grilled and when you slice it, you can see the blood dripping onto the plate.
It is rich in iron and known to help people with iron deficiency.
Nothing is more satisfying than moving to a beautiful home in a quiet place in the country. Comes with is a peace of mind and the appreciation of living in this world. Since we moved here, we make it a weekly routine to cook something for the entire family and invite a friend over to have dinner with us and watch a movie afterwards.
One of those cookouts is this fat cheeseburger prepared and grilled by my husband in his traditional egg grill called, “Kamado“. You know I see him as a grilling expert, he cooks anything in his kamado with perfection. Burger patties is one of them.
Everybody had a choice on what to put in their bun. This is mine pictured below. Just by looking at the picture, makes me drool and want to do it again soon. Home cooked meals are the best because you know what you put in your food. We do make our own meals 98% of the time.
However, sometimes I look for a change of taste and flavor and that is when I go to a drive thru or a restaurant to try other people’s food.
We just moved out here in the country 3 weeks ago. It’s a big step we had to take, it is my husband’s decision to move out here and make it as his retirement place. It is peaceful and quiet out here and everybody seems to love it and enjoy the surroundings and all.
But, I on the other hand, is longing to go to my favorite stores to just you know hang out and pass time. I may eventually get used to driving 33 minutes to get to the mall, as long as I can buy the basics nearby, I guess I will be fine.
On a lighter note, we found a Chinese buffet restaurant in New Boston, Texas. I am delighted to know that I can just go there and have a taste for Asian food anytime I want since it is not very far from us. We did not expect much for a small town Asian restaurant. I have read reviews about them on Facebook before visiting them last week.
We were not disappointed, although buffet time was over when we got there. We thought that this place served tasty food. We ordered from the menu and plenty of dishes to choose from. We ordered beef broccoli, sweet and sour beef, sweet and sour chicken and shrimp. My children said they loved their food and so did my husband.
The restaurant was quiet and there were only us and another solo customer who dined in at the time, a few ordered to-go. I expected for a crowd but no, it is not in the city anymore so I must get used to going to places like this to be quiet and lots of empty chairs. Prices of food are okay.
Quality of food they serve is 8 out of 10. Ambiance is 7. Food server is 9, she was nice and kept asking if we were okay or if we needed anything. Overall, our visit to China Cafe in New Boston, Texas was a calm and pleasant experience.
I recommend this place to those who love Asian food. You can’t go wrong with this place, it’s good.
One of the many advantages working in a food service industry is that you get to learn how to prepare foods you have never tried before. My favorite things to eat at work is this delicious and healthy dessert. They sell it at the cafeteria for $2.59 for a 3-ingredient parfait.
I cannot always be spending my money on a dessert that I can easily make at home. All it needs to make a good parfait are vanilla of any flavor, granola and any fruits you like. Voila! Not only it is delicious but your mind is at ease even though you eat a whole cup of this thing knowing that what you put in your mouth is way healthier than those baked sweet cobbler, cake or deep fried stuff.
Avocado is in season and it tastes delightful when mixed with granola and yogurt. If I eat it alone, I’d put a bit of honey on it but with other stuff, I am good without the sweetener on my avocado.
Another way to have a dessert is a granola with milk and ripe sweet mango. It is equally delicious as parfait. Try it and you’ll love having it every night.
Sweet potato is one of the root crops that is easy to grow and harvest abundantly in the Philippines or anywhere in the world. Anyone can plant this crop in their own backyard too so it is available almost everywhere if one is interested to eat a homegrown and organic sweet potatoes.
Anyway, here in our area, these purple Hawaiian sweet potatoes are sold but cost a bit of a price than normal ones. I love purple for the fact that it is different in color and they are only available at the Asian market 23 minutes away from where we live.
Since I am drawn to its color but not a big eater of a potato, I came up with the idea of wrapping it in eggroll wrappers. Others call this recipe, “KAMOTE KABOY”.
Here’s how I make it for it to be appetizing and palatable.
2 pounds Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes
2 packs of frozen young coconut strips
half can of sweet condensed milk, you can use a full can if you prefer for it to be sweeter
3 packages of eggroll wraps
1/2 stick shredded butter
Boil sweet potatoes first then mash it once done.
Thaw coconut strips and drain excess water.
Pour/place all ingredients in potatoes and mix.
Start wrapping them. Once done, fry as many as you want or vacuum seal the rest and freeze!
Believe it or not, it’s delicious and my two girls love them even if they don’t like eating sweet potatoes.
…. that delicious and attractive kamote kaboy! Hmmm drooling, aren’t they?
It is here in America that I learned how to cook. I want to eat and to do that is to learn how to prepare my own meal. Growing up, we always had our mother cook and prepare our meals for us. I married and moved to the USA 11 years ago and from then I have learned how to cook Filipino dishes. It was not hard actually, things can be learned fast if a person is interested.
Anyway, I never have any idea how to do any of the delicious Filipino delicacies, you know when in a country where no one is selling the foods you are craving, that left you with no other choice. The internet is a good source to search for information you want to know and voila! Different recipes, different outcome. Throughout the years of making this “cassava suman” I think I perfected it this time. It is so soft, just the right sweetness in it. Or I can best describe it as ” when you get to taste it, you don’t wanna stop and will want to eat some more”. Yes, is that good!
I use the usual ingredients to make this delicacy, grated cassava or yucca root, 2 cans of coconut milk, brown sugar, young coconut strips, vanilla, banana leaves to wrap it and lastly, I mixed it with sweet purple potato. Maybe it’s the potato that makes it different from the past sumans I made before. It took me 3 hours from peeling off the cassava until I start steaming them. Yes, it is that time-consuming of a process to make this delicacy, mind you!
Sorry I don’t give measurement of ingredients as I only did this of estimation.
I work, just part-time now though yet I still feel exhausted when I work 4 straight days in a week. When I am working, I cannot always cook fresh foods for my girls but when I am able to, I make sure it is appetizing and appealing to them so they’ll eat what I serve them. As much as possible I try not to repeat the dishes, otherwise they’ll get tired of it.
My girls are fun to cook for, they eat almost anything I offer them. That alone encourages me to do my duty as a mother and give them nutritious foods for their growing body and brain. Thankfully, my girls aren’t picky and if they try to refuse the food, I will just remind them the photos of those malnourished children on Facebook so they’ll eat and have no option to say no.
One of the dishes I can very well serve them which they accept willingly is this breaded baked pork chops for dinner paired with baked asparagus and brown rice. They liked it, oh not just liked it but loved it. I feel accomplished when my hard work to make them dinner is eaten and all gone.
A bowl of very hot soup is all I want each night after working 8 hours shift. I want nothing else than Nongshim black Korean noodles. It is so delicious, spicy and just awesome-goodness noodles. I know instant noodles are bad but hey, having it once in a while is not bad, is it?
Maybe it is just me who wants something warm or hot after work. Some may prefer cold desserts or whatever but nothing is more satisfying than slurping that warm soup until I get full. Instant noodles are to the rescue, I have enough stock of this noodles and always comes in handy whenever I need it.
Sometimes I cook or prepare two different meals for me and my family. While my children love eating Filipino foods, there are certain dishes that they do not want instead they ask for an American food. One example is photo below. While I enjoyed my noodle soup so much, the girls, however, preferred eating pizza.
For me, Filipino foods are the best. They are filling and satisfying to my stomach plus it they are healthier for I always put some veggies on my soup and some garlic and onions which are known to be beneficial to our health. So, I will not exchange it over pizza or mac and cheese. My children have a taste of both American and Filipino foods because I tend to cook my food all the time and they eat most of it, if not all.
I am just lucky my girls aren’t picky, they eat whatever I give them, otherwise, they go hungry.