Category: food

Beef Soup for the Cold Weather

It has been too long since I tasted real goodness beef soup until we visited Fiesta Manila today for lunch. I went with my friend who is our neighbor for we both craved for soup and Filipino foods. Glad enough that the restaurant has all kinds of soups. We dug into this beef soup and never tried the other ones as this was exactly what our taste buds were looking. Ahhhhhhh this was just so awesome goodness that when you sip it, you can’t help but utter, “oh this is sooo delicious, I want for more!”

I had two rounds of this soup, I tell you. If only I had a bigger belly, I could have made 4 or five more rounds of this. Trust me, it’s the tastiest with real beef taste in it. Even I, can’t copy the taste. Cravings satisfied!

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WowButter a Great Alternative for Peanut Butter

I read a few articles on the internet before how some people especially kids can have a deadly allergic reaction to peanuts. Even just a smell of peanut butter, few of them get a bad reaction to it, how much more if they taste a small amount of peanut? Can you imagine yourself drooling over peanut butter yet you cannot eat it simply because of a severe reaction afterwards?

One specific Yahoo article that stuck in my mind until now was of a young man who just been home for 20 hours from college and ate some peanut butter with his friend, two hours later he died. He knew he was allergic to peanut butter yet he insisted on eating some. I understand he was just trying to fight his allergy but it cost him his life.

If only he had known about WOWButter existed, he could have just ate the whole jar of this awesome, great tasting soy butter that is taste tested and approved by peanut butter lovers having the taste, texture and nutrition that consumers expect!

I can testify to this too, although I don’t have or none in my family has allergy to peanut butter, we all love it and yes, it is a great alternative to peanut butter. PLUS, the fact that it is gluten-free too that makes it even healthier. My family and I definitely found a new favorite spread for bread every morning.

I recommend this to everyone and try it. It really is delicious. Click on the link above to order yours. Also please follow them on FACEBOOK for new recipes, information and more.

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… our six jars of Wow Butter, made of soy that is safe for school, rest assured the entire production is completed in one manufacturing facility that is 100% Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free and Dairy Free!
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… I love that it has simple basic ingredients and NO added colours, flavours or preservatives!
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… may baby who can’t wait to eat some WOWButter. In fact, I had to fight with her to not eat it yet so I can take a picture with the butter in her hand.

Disclaimer: I did not receive a compensation doing this review, instead the company sent me free samples of WOWButter to try, photos shown above. All opinions are 100% mine.

Six surprising salmon Recipes

Salmon is a surprising fish that is really good for you, and is much more versatile than many people realise. It’s quick and easy to bake salmon in the oven, but if you’re feeling creative, try some of these inventive salmon recipes to really get your taste buds going.

 Salmon and beetroot

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This is a great combination of flavours – the tangy flavour of the salmon is complemented by sweet beetroot – and stunning pink and red colours make this a dinner party favourite. Lots of recipes use smoked salmon and beetroot in a cold salad, but you could try hot smoked salmon or salmon fillet paired with sweet flame beetroot and horseradish.

 Salmon and spice

Salmon goes well with a variety of spicy flavours, such as jalapeno. Make some spicy fishcakes and top with guacamole for a very nice twist on an old favourite. Or you could try baking salmon fillets with a spicy, crunchy topping of cayenne pepper mixed with breadcrumbs.

 Salmon and wasabi

A deliciously unusual take on serving salmon is the salmon meatloaf. Combine salmon with ginger, garlic, breadcrumbs, sesame and olive oil, egg and a pinch of a few Asian seasonings, and bake in the oven. Serve it in slices with a tangy wasabi mayonnaise. It’s a simple but delicious lunch, or a sophisticated dinner party starter.

 Salmon and soy sauce

Very simple to do, but the combination of flavours is perfect. You can make a soy and honey glaze for baked salmon, or add ginger and garlic for some extra kick. Serve with broccoli rice for a tasty and healthy supper.

 Salmon and peaches

For a mouth-watering dinner party dish, bake fillets of salmon and drizzle with a ginger vinaigrette, then serve with roast onion and peach wedges. It might sound strange, but the unusual flavours combine to create an unforgettably delicious meal.

 Salmon and citrus

This is really easy to make, but for the ‘wow’ factor, you really need a whole salmon or a nice big fillet. Simply slice up oranges and lemons and layer them over the salmon. Scatter some thyme on top, then wrap in foil and bake in the oven. Simple – but spectacular!

Crabs in Coconut Milk – A Must Try

Here is my recent dish that I’d like to share to all seafood lovers out there. It’s a crab in coconut milk, although this dish is not new to the Filipinos/Asians, but if you are American and haven’t tried this, now is the time to make it in your own kitchen. You will not regret making this dish for it really is scrumptious. It is simple and easy to fix. Read ingredients below and instruction of cooking.

After giving it a try, trust me, you will be making this dish again and again!

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2 pounds live crabs
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion
4 lady finger peppers
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup water if the coconut milk is too thick
a bit of ginger, cubed
some leaves of bokchoy or green leafy vegetable

Here’s how:
Sautee garlic, onions and ginger in olive oil until brown. Put the crabs, you can put them in the pan even if they’re still alive just cover it afterwards.
Stir occasionally so that the crabs will be evenly heated. Pour the coconut milk when the crabs are orange. Put the peppers, salt and a pinch of ground peppers. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Serve hot.

The Tastiest Sweet Rice Ever and Recipe

I have been craving for a Filipino native delicacy we call “biko” or sweet rice but the thought of making it in a traditional method hindered me. It is too much trouble to make a really delectable biko but I can say, it is worth the trouble once it is done.

Biko is a Filipino rice cake made from sticky rice (locally known as malagkit), coconut milk, and brown sugar.

I made some the other day and I tell you, it was the tastiest biko I have made for a long time. It was too yummy and had a perfect taste that it did not last long. Both of my girls loved it that they wanted for more. Here’s how to do it so you can make some yourself. I prefer doing it on a stove top rather than using an oven to achieve the desired, Philippine-like taste we used to eat when we were growing up.


2 1/2 cups sweet/malagkit rice, half cooked in a rice cooker
1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup of water if the coconut milk is too thick
2 and 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used kinugay for this one) to make it dark brown in color
a pinch of salt

Here’s how:
1. Pour the coconut milk into a pot in medium heat, pour the water and mixed it with the coconut milk, stir.
2. Add the sugar and salt.
3. Stir constantly for 45 minutes or until the mixture is caramelized and thickened.
4. Once thickened, add the half cooked sweet rice into the mixture until evenly mixed or coated.
5. Simmer for another 6-10 minutes.
6. Serve hot and it can be topped with peanuts or other kinds of nuts.

…. here’s how it looks when it’s almost done, you can see how dark it is because of the kind of sugar I used for this one. You can feel it gets harder to stir when it is done…
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… the final product, cooked sweet rice oh so good! Looking at the picture, makes me want to cook some soon. The aromatic smell of cooked coconut milk with sugar is just irresistible.

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A Piece of Grilled Pork Rib

Grilling pork ribs is my husband’s specialty. It took him a few years of trial and error until he achieved such tenderness and juicy grilled pork rib. It is way too good in your tastebuds, I tell you. It has been too long since he did not grill some pork ribs and last Saturday night, he did it again. I guess everybody missed his ribs especially our big girl, she ate at least three of the ribs, the little girl also ate some.

I love how he does his grilling, the meat is marinated/soaked with beer for two hours and rubbed with pork meat seasoning before putting it on the grill. He uses an old Japanese grill called, “Kamado” and cook the meet slow, check occasionally until tender. The result is this fat, juicy and tasty grilled pork ribs for dinner for the entire family.

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Desserts at Fiesta Manila Restaurant

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.

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Nutty Banana Bread Recipe

If you have those over ripe bananas, don’t toss them away instead, make a banana bread out of them. That way, you don’t waste money. Good thing banana bread recipes are available anytime you want to access them on the internet. I have been following Simply Recipes’ banana bread but added some nuts into my batter to make it healthy. My girls and I both love this kind of bread with nuts in them.

Try making it yourself, it is very easy and takes only five minutes preparation. Freshly baked goodies are the best.

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…photo is mine, not to be used in any way without my permission…

3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pecan nuts or any nuts of your choice
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Yield: Makes one loaf.

Tropical Fruits that Can Be Bought At Hong Kong Market

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.

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Speedy Lobster Delivery from Canada

Lobster!!! One of my favorite catches from the sea but I don’t get to eat it very often due to the fact that it is a bit pricey here in our place. We live in North Texas, about five to six hours drive away from the ocean. Although I see lobster sold at local supermarkets here, but the prices are choking high for a one-income family. I can only get a lobster when there is a special occasion ordered from a restaurant.

I choose not to buy the ones in the grocery store because they have been frozen for how long, I don’t know. I don’t think the taste will be the same as they are freshly caught. Buying frozen lobsters in such a high price is not worth my money in my own opinion.

However, I have hope that I can try eating fresh lobster from Canada pretty soon. I am glad I can now buy lobster online canada because I now discover a website that offers fast lobster delivery canada by Speedy lobster. Photo snagged from their website makes me want to drool. I am looking at their prices online and I think I may be able to afford two or three lobsters for home delivery plus they also offer free lobster recipes that I can follow once the lobsters are here. Pretty awesome site, I am glad I found it just now.

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