Category: food

Bodbod Pilit Recipe

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2 cups pilit wash and drained
2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup white sugar
ginger

direction: mix all the ingredients and bring to a boil, stir and turn stove to low, cook for 20-30 minutes, ” do not open the pan”

tapos turn on your oven to 350 and bake the banana leaf for 5 minutes or less enough na ma steam sya? unsay eninglis sa hawob? or pwede ra mano manohon pud sa stove ug hawob

sa steamer k bring the water to a boil first then put the suman..ako timan_an cook na sya if the banana leaf will turn into dark green na me pagka brown brown na

Filipino Comfort Food for this Rainy Day

We woke up to a damp, gloomy and dark morning, it has been like that up to now. I can’t complain because it is my kind of weather. It is raining but the temperature is in the 60’s. It is also for a change, from sunny days to a dark day like today.

Since I stay at home a lot and freezer is full of awesome stocks of food, what else can I do? Cooking is one of my favorite things to do to satisfy my cravings.

I had two things in mind before I went to bed last night, I had a Cornish chicken and shredded young coconut meat thawed. Before noon time today, I spent at least over an hour in the kitchen making this native chicken soup with lemon grass, moringa and chayote, perfect for rainy colder day. I also prepared some “buko-pandan salad” for dessert, it’s my second born’s favorite.

With these comfort foods I have, I am good at staying home for a few days, I don’t mind not going anywhere though. With gloomy weather due to rain, I’d rather be safe, warm, comfortable and snuggling with my children at home.

I can’t stop thinking about the native soup in the kitchen, it made everyone in my FB list drool for they too, wanted to have some of it but unfortunately not all ingredients are available where they are.

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Round Scad Paksiw

Here’s one of my favorite Filipino dish, round scad paksiw or we call it “inun-unan” in Cebu. I know a lot of Filipinos love this dish, it is delicious and truly make them salivate. It is best paired with warm rice or grits. I am just lucky to have this fish in stock in our refrigerator for whenever I crave for inun-unan, I can just thaw it and cook it. Craving satisfied in no time.

For Filipinos who can’t buy this kind of fish in their market, it’s unfortunate of them. I know someone who spent so much money buying inun unan online or fried fish just so she can eat it. Of course, dishes are sold from fellow Filipinas who charge so much money for it.

You know, when you are far from home and you really crave for something which you know you can buy from afar, you won’t mind spending money on it, so long that it will get to you on time before it gets rotten.

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Grilled Red snapper Fish and My Childhood Memory

“The Fish”

I got the biggest (almost 12 inches long) grilled red snapper tonight for dinner. I told my husband that I don’t have rice to eat it with and he said to just eat the fish. Upon hearing that, I couldn’t help but reminisce my life in the past and told him my story. He then jokingly said, “well, dried fish must be good for you because you turned out to be a nice woman.” Haha for that…

Growing up poor, I never had the chance of eating a whole big fish for myself alone because there were so many mouths needed to be fed too. I remember, my grandmother used to divide a 5-inch dried fish into small parts so that others will be able to taste it too, with rice or grits of course!

With all that being said, I couldn’t be more thankful of the kind of life I have or where I am now. I am in a much better place on earth, I shall say. I am blessed and grateful more than ever. Although we are not rich but at least I can eat whatever I wanna eat. I have a comfortable life, a wonderful family and a great marriage. Thank You, Lord! You are awesome… you greatly changed my life more than I imagined.

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Delicious Banana-Avocado Bread

Here’s my new idea on how to make a banana bread even better. It is my first to try this and it turned out really delicious. My girls love it. In fact, my firstborn kept saying when she ate it the first time “hmmmm hmmmm really yummy… hmmmm I like it!”

I call it Rocky Banana-Avocado bread because of the slivered almonds I mixed it with. Incorporating avocado to your traditional banana bread recipe makes it healthier, more filling in the stomach and most of all, tastier and softer in texture that you just want to eat the whole thing once done.

I would recommend, you will try the avocado and you will not regret it. That’s a promise! Talking about it… makes me wanna eat it right away, the fact that I still got some left over of the bread in the fridge and you know, leftovers taste even better!

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Filipino Comfort Foods

There are some things that can be bought here in North Texas that ease my homesickness or that bring me back home a little bit. When it comes to Filipino comfort foods, I can eat or cook them where I am. I again, say this is , I am one of the lucky people to be able to still eat the foods I love faraway from home.

You know in some other places of the United States, many of these foods that I am enjoying at home aren’t available in their places and never will be. For instance, they don’t get to taste the grilled milkfish (pictured below) because it isn’t available at the Asian Market. Not forgetting a glass of freshly grated young coconut meat with fresh milk and its natural juice. Yum oh so yum! I don’t mind buying a whole piece of young coconut for $3 each as long as what I’m getting is the real deal. I dread the idea of buying packed/bottled coconut water for it has preservatives in them and sugar, not worth my money!

On the side is tuna steak salad or “kinilaw” in our native tongue, we didn’t cook the fish instead, put some spicy vinegar in it, and let the vinegar cook the fish mixed with cucumber, tomatoes, ginger, a pinch of salt and voila!

Another food that I love bragging on Facebook is this Filipino delicacy called “binignit”. This is the closest binignit I can cook that we have back home, the Philippines. I got all the ingredients needed for it to be called, complete. Ingredients like landang, sago or tapioca pearl, ripe bananas, sweet potato, coconut milk, brown sugar. Well, I didn’t have a ripe jackfruit that gives it that sweet aromatic smell but I do have some natural flavoring drops in it.

If in case you want to know where I got landang which is the main ingredient of this delicacy, I brought it straight from the Philippines during my last visit to my hometown last year. Talking about it right now, makes me wanna eat binignit again for dinner.

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Delicious Good Filipino Food

Nothing beats home cooked Filipino food, I shall say. If you are a Filipino yourself, you would agree just by looking at the picture below. One of the dishes that I love cooking for my girls is pork adobo. They love the taste and the feeling of chewing a fatty part of the pork, “squishy baboy” as they call it. Even more delicious when paired with ripe mango and grits.

When the pork was still cooking, the girls couldn’t help but ask what I was cooking because of its delicious smell filling the entire house that probably made them hungry fast. I could eat pork adobo every meal for a week but in our household with 2 other mouths that love eating this dish, it surely wouldn’t last for long.

Pork adobo makes everyone’s stomach filled and happy, well, except for the dada for he didn’t know I cooked it.

What about you? What sort of food are you cooking at home and what’s your favorite dish?

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Seafood Combo with Curry

If you have not tried this dish, well, you should soon. I tell you, it is awesomely good to the tastebuds. I love seafood but didn’t think about adding some curry into it ever. Curry, not only is healthy for our body but also it adds that spicy taste and aromatic smell of the dish we cook. Most people use it for chicken but it also is good for other dishes.

Seafood combo dish I followed from a friend a month ago! It is easy to cook and gives you a stomach satisfaction in just one serving.

In this recipe, I added the following;

4 pieces small size squid
1 large piece squid
half pound large shrimps
1 can coconut mulk
1 can young jackfruit meat
2 tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. salt and pepper to taste
1 large green or red bell pepper
3 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion
1 tbsp. olive oil

Here’s how:
Saute garlic and onions in a heated olive oil. Add seafood, stir until tender.
Add jackfruit, cook for 5 mins., add coconut milk, cover and let it boil a little bit.
Mix curry in half cup water, stir and pour into the pan, mix with ingredients. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Add seasonings and bell pepper! Serve and enjoy!

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Hearty Quick Fix American Breakfast

We stay home moms want to make sure what we’re feeding to our kids are healthy and filling to
their little stomachs. Isn’t it our job to do just that and the main reason why we stay home in the first place? To take care of them and look after their needs, am I right? Occasional eating junks is fine with me but as long as we do have stocks in the refrigerator, why not make them homemade meals straight from the stove top cooked with passion and love?

Anyway, here’s one example for quick fixes I do for them at home. It isn’t too fancy but makes them happy. Won’t take too long to prepare and most of all, it’s colorful! Exactly what my girls love to eat especially when they are hungry. A hearty quick fix American breakfast for my half-American girls looks yummy!

I just simply toast two and a half slices of bread, spread some strawberry jam in it, fried egg with chopped onions and a few slices of strawberries, voila! As much as possible, I try to make a presentation on the plate for them so that the food will look appealing to them to eat.

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Japanese Food Trip

Since it was my birthday, I got to choose the restaurant I want for a birthday treat. I love sushi a lot but it is not often I get to eat it because it is a bit pricey in stores. My birthday, my choice of restaurant, great! There is this Japanese buffet restaurant that serves all the goodness a Filipina woman like me wants that I so wanted to go but the distance stopped us from driving over there.

It is at least 43 minutes drive near Dallas and I think it is not practical to waste so much time driving just so we can eat so we opted to go by a sushi place nearby. Though not a buffet resto yet it was okay. I ordered Chirashi which has ten pieces of cut salmon and other kind with a few pieces of vegetables in my bowl sitting on a bed of sushi rice.

My husband had a Tower Pisa of 4 which was shockingly very cute serving when it arrived on our table. I thought it wasn’t worth of the price. So did mine but trying out a new restaurant we haven’t been before is always a thrill.

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