Category: food

Filipinos Love to “Bringhouse Food” from the Party

“Bringhouse” is a common word we use in the Philippines for food that we bring from the party to our home. I guess it’s  a Filipino habit because I don’t see whites do that here unless a person is related or very close to the host. Filipinos anywhere in the world when gathered together, rest assured there will be plenty of food laid on the table to eat. Of course, a party wouldn’t be complete without food to munch in. Once done and there’ll be plenty of food left, the host will then ask the visitors to bring some when they leave.

We attended my firstborn’s friend’s 7th birthday last Sunday. His parents served plenty of dishes and desserts for their not so many visitors which resulted to still have so much leftover after that first round of eating. I actually brought some home, enough for days meals and not need to cook for a dish. I like it when we get to attend a Filipino party for I always bring some delicious foods at home.

As you can see in the picture below, so many sweets for desserts I was able to take with me. I love them, they are all just so freaking yummy. For some reason, I only got to bring a few dishes. Maybe I craved for desserts so much that I didn’t bother taking more food other than kare-kare, fresh lumpia, leftover lechon kawali and egg rolls , a piece of fried chicken and sweet shrimp.


first column are custard cakes, cheesecake, braso de mercedes, cheesecake, pitsi pitsi underneath cheesecake, fried chicken and shrimp
second column: kare kare, fresh lumpia, lechon kawali and egg rolls and lastly, chocolate birthday cake!
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Weird Food Combo

Many things that my husband find weird on me when it comes to habit and food especially. What tastes delicious to me may be gross or stinky to him. Duh whatever, we were brought up in different culture and environment so there is no way we are the same or agree on so many things.

However, I do find some things I eat are weird. Like for example, eating pizza paired with raw tuna fish salad or “kinilaw” in my native tongue. Yup, I must admit it is a weird food combo but it tastes yummy to me. For most Filipinos, kinilaw is best to be eaten with rice, grits or boiled bananas. It was my first time to try pizza and kinilaw and it was great. I didn’t look for rice or anything, pizza alone was enough to fill my hungry stomach.

How about you people, what sort of food combo that you find weird?

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Round Fruits for New Year and Lechon Kawali

I am ready to welcome the New Year. Filipino tradition is to put 12 round fruits on the table before the year ends to keep moolah in all year round. They say, let the fruits rot but I doubt that will happen, I have two little children that from time to time would love to pick a fruit or two from the tray. Besides, letting them rot would be a complete waste of money.

Some friends say I am displaying fruits way too early. I couldn’t help but buy this afternoon since I was shopping for groceries. It wouldn’t be practical if I would go out again in the next day or two just to buy some fruits, you know?

Also, I put our new deep fryer to work by cooking lechon kawali or “crispy deep fried pork fat and meat”. It came out perfect. It’s my second time to prepare lechon kawali, the first time as instructed by my friend to bake it but I didn’t like. I messed it up big time that I ended up throwing away the meat.

This time, it’s so crispy and taste yummy especially the skin. I look forward to eating some more tomorrow, with rice of course!

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Our Small Thanksgiving Feast

These are just the food I prepared last night for our Thanksgiving dinner. I also made macaroni salad Filipino version but wasn’t able to include in the picture. I baked some chicken drumsticks instead of roasting a whole turkey. Reasons are; it’s too big and it would take us a while to eat the whole thing and I have not tried roasting turkey before, it’s such a big meat and I don’t want to take the risk of screwing it up.

We had turkey last year but it was my husband who worked in the kitchen. Another recipe I cooked is a classic green bean casserole. Thanks to Liliana Hart on FB for sharing her easy to follow recipe.

As usual, we celebrated another Holiday simply with my family. I guess it is going to be like this until we will have grandchildren coming over to our house every Holiday.

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… below is the screenshot recipe of the classic green bean casserole…
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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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