Category: home cooking

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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Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale in Our Kitchen

A new added kitchen gadget that we both love is so pretty, this Epicurean digital kitchen scale by Ozeri is what everybody needs in their kitchen especially those who are watching carefully of their diet in order to take the accurate weight of the food they are going to eat.

I couldn’t be any happier being sent such a fancy weighing scale like this because I believe what we are getting is valuable and it truly impresses my husband who is known for being picky and won’t settle for cheap stuff. It is a beauty that I could not resist but tried it right away, it didn’t take long for the scale to give me the weight of 4 rambutan fruits pictured below. How nice can it be to be able to tell how many grams of fruits, nuts or other stuff you put in your mouth so that you will be careful not to overeat?

It does its jobs accurately and it also make a gorgeous kitchen decor!

Product features:

This digital kitchen scale includes 4 AAA batteries with an easy-access battery compartment, no tools needed. It is an award-winning design features a contoured base layered with a reflective glass sheet for understated elegance and decor.

Shatter-resistant glass weighing platform is completely separated from the touch buttons to ensure the highest possible accuracy.

Reinforced sturdy case keeps the scale in place during operation.

Two instant-response touch buttons for easy operation.

Equipped with 4 high-precision sensors that weigh up to 5000 grams or 176 ounces in units of 1 g or 0.05 oz.

Precision Tare feature instantly calculates the net weight of the ingredients.

Large high-contrast LED screen provides weights in grams and ounces.

Buy yours today available at Amazon for $34.95 PRIME.

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Easy Fix Breakfast Loaded with Good Stuff

If you are looking for a quick fix for breakfast with all the goodness in it, try checking in your pantry if you have a canned tuna in oil or water and then look in your fridge if you have greens (at least one spinach or anything leafy green vegetable), onions, garlic, olive oil (our preferred oil to use), tomatoes, one egg, ground pepper and a bit of soy sauce to taste.

Just fry the ingredients together and you are good to go! Don’t forget to make a side to go with it, I did slice some ripe avocados with mine with mayo that was served for my husband. He liked it, he loved it and he ate it all in no time.

I am a Filipina and I prefer avocado to be eaten with condensed and fresh milk and ice!

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Foods from the Grill

Nothing beats homecooked meals. A lot of people don’t realize that but once they start preparing their own food, they will recognize the big difference in taste, how much they save and the number of servings they get each time they cook their food. Not only that, they can assure what they are putting in their mouth is healthy and clean.

Anyway, here are some foods we do at home. These are from the grill and cooked the way we want them to be cooked and served. Cost us less than what most people usually pay for in restaurants.

1. Grilled giant squid. Found frozen squid big enough for grilling at Fiesta Mart last weekend for $9 for two. I cooked one and save the other one for next time. This one is so big that I couldn’t eat the entire thing for just one meal even if I shared it with my two girls.

The husband grilled it for me which he burned a little bit that made it crispy especially the tentacles. Best paired with ripe tomatoes and dip in spicy native vinegar with chopped onions. The sushi is not homemade, I bought it at the store.

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2. Grilled fish and dried fish. The fish itself was big with plenty of its natural oil that makes this perfect for grilling. Each time the oil drips into the charcoal, it makes such flavorful smell that goes straight to your nostrils once it hits in the charcoal. The dried fish was given to me by a friend and couldn’t thought of a better way to cook it but put it in the grill. Smells good for me but not for the neighbors who have never tried dried fish before.
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3. Grilled pork ribs. This one is sooooooo yummy, tender and tasty grilled by my husband. Grilling pork baby back ribs or country ribs is what he’s good at doing. Perfected throughout his grilling career. Anyone who can taste his job would say the same as me. It really is soooooo good, I promise. Makes you drool? I bet!
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Filipino Homecooked Meals are the Best!

Are you curious what I feed to my little girls at home? I am a Filipino and therefore, I cook delicious Filipino foods all the time. We rarely dine out at the restaurant so I am left with no choice but cook my own food. I am one lucky momma for both of my girls aren’t picky when it comes to eating my own food. In fact, they like it better than some American foods.

Here are just a few of what I make at home. If you are a Filipino or love our dishes, I am pretty sure you are drooling with these awesome goodness scrumptious foods I share with you today. I would say, I cannot live without eating this tummy-filling healthy foods I like. Luckily though that most of the ingredients of the dishes I usually cook are available at a Mexican and Asian markets nearby.

So scroll down in order to know the name of the dishes below. I will not give the recipes since I am posting a few of these below.

1. Vegetable stew in coconut milk paired with dry grits, fried sardine fish and dried fish. This is perfect when the temperature is chilly and can be eaten during lunch or dinner.

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2. Mung bean soup in coconut milk with spinach and okra. Those green veggies, man they taste so good and very healthy. I can eat it forever if I have to and not craving for a pizza. This way way better than a pizza if I should say.
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3. Buttered garlicky shrimp. A quick fix for brunch perfect for everybody. It is so easy to make just sautee the garlic in a hot butter, mix in the peeled shrimp and voila! Sprinkle with ground black pepper and lemon. Yum!
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4. Fried Marinated Pork Meat with a bit of fat. This is awesome goodness when you feel like you don’t want soup in your plate. Just eat pork with rice and you’re good to go. Best paired with lemonade or a bit of coke hehe. I love it cooked a bit scorched and chewy. Takes forever to chew but I grew up eating it the way it is.
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5. Chicken with malunggay (moringa oleifera) leaves soup. This is what most Filipinos crave for when the weather gets very cold. Have a bowl of very hot chicken soup and it sure gives you sweat afterwards. This has ginger in it that its taste a little spicy that makes you sweaty. It is very good if you are curious how it taste.
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6. Holiday brand corned beef Philippine brand. This one is the simplest and the easiest to prepare of all. It is not bad to crave for canned meat sometimes so here it is. Great for breakfast and doesn’t take long to cook. Although it has msg in it but it is sinfully delish, with rice of course!
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7. Dinuguan or pork blood stew. For Americans, it looks gross or yucky knowing that a pig blood is the main ingredient of this dish but for us Filipinos, this is one hell of a good dish to eat. Not all Filipinos in America or other parts of the world can get to eat it but I do and I’m in Texas. Yeah, as long as the basic ingredient is available then I can certainly make it anytime I want to. You can cook it with just pork meat with fat and blood with it but when I cooked this one for the second time, I also put pig stomach in there that gives it a soft/tender kinda chewy texture when you scope some and put in your mouth.
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Purple Yam Dinner

Here’s a solution to my hunger tonight, a steamed purple yam. I’ve had it for over a week now so I really must do something with it. Since I don’t feel like making pork bone soup, I just cook it the simplest way. Purple yam when cooked gets dry and tasteless.

In order for it appealing to my taste buds, I sprinkled some white sugar in it and paired with salted anchovy and kimchi! Voila! Dinner solved.

Purple yam is best with bone soup for it absorbs the soup and the seasonings gives it a thick and rich taste of the soup. Try it, you know will love it!

Dioscorea alata, known as purple yam and many other names, is a species of yam, a tuberous root vegetable, that is bright lavender in color. It is sometimes confused with taro and the Okinawa sweet potato. photo ube_zps3f5227e5.jpg

Odong Noodle Soup for the Poor

Back in the Philippines, when a mother serves her family this easy to fix noodle soup with sardines that means the family is in tight budget. I grew up eating this soup and learned to love it. Even I am now living in America, my poor intestines still crave for “odong”.

Today is the perfect day to be fixing soup like this because three of us are unwell and it is cold outside. Feeling unwell in this cold weather is just miserable so a very hot soup can help ease it somehow. As soon as I got done cooking my odong, I dug it in, slurp it to my stomach’s content. Oh so yummy!

To cook this doesn’t take long, all you have to do is fry the minced garlic in hot olive oil followed by the sardines. Once hot, pour two cups of water into it and bring to a boil. Once boiling, put the dried noodles (at least 4 small packs, if you want it watery, add 2 more packs if you want less water) then let it cook for 5-7 minutes. Once noodles are tender, pour the chopped green onions then voila! It is ready to serve!

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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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Filipino Dishes that I Cook in Our Kitchen

When it comes to Filipino dishes, I can very well cook them to satisfy my intestines. Some of my friends who don’t have access to these kinds of foods consider me lucky for I get to eat most Filipinas crave for. Luckily we are just located 23 minutes away from a big Asian Market that has almost everything I want.

I am a full-time homemaker so I have all the luxury to cook for my children delicious foods. Below are some of the dishes that I cook in our own kitchen except that pork blood pudding in the first picture that looks like chocolate. I bought it yesterday at the market as well as the jackfruit that tastes of so sweet. The third photo on the left is of my vermicelli soup made from scratch, it is so easy and simple to make that fills a hungry stomach. Just fry the garlic, onions and chicken meat, pour some broth in there and let it boil.

After boiling, put the soaked vermicelli noodles and cook it for a few minutes, then add the shredded cabbage and bell pepper last. Voila! Fourth photo is of my chicken soup with moringa oleifera, delicious and good for cold days. Kids love it!

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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.