Category: home cooking

Quick Fix Lunch: Garlicky Shrimp with Green Beans

For stay-at-home moms like me, I can have all the time cooking healthy and nutritious foods at home but sometimes I tend to get busy too like today. I got mountains of tasks need to be done and the fact that I have been working since I got up this morning, you might think that I couldn’t find time feeding my girls a really good lunch.

Well, cooking lunch doesn’t have to be long and difficult. I can think ahead of time on what to prepare before lunch time and I thought a quick fix garlicky shrimp with green beans was a good idea. I probably have done this dish for less than ten minutes from sauteing the garlic and onions until the food is served. See, I did not stand long in the kitchen plus my girls had something to eat that they really liked.

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Native Vegetable Stew

My mother is known in our place for her love of making the best native vegetable stew. She fed her children the best she can and would always find veggies to serve in our plate. Even at my age today, when I come home, she is still cooking me and the rest of my siblings the same old recipe she ┬áloves cooking. It is what we call, “utan bisaya”.

I guess most Cebuanos love the watery soup in their meals, and so do I. I can’t blame them for it never fills my stomach eating grits/rice without soup. Utan bisaya is easy to prepare and is good especially for growing kids for it does have all kinds of vegetables that you can buy in the market for cheap prices. Just add some lemongrass, onion bulbs, ginger or whatever that gives it an aromatic smell and a bit of subak then that’s all it.

Look at the photo below, don’t you drool? I can imagine its smell and the taste of sweet bamboo shoots, squash and horseradish in my taste buds make me hungry and eat a lot again.

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Advanced Birthday Celebration Prepared by My Mother

So nice of my mother for preparing me these yummy food before I left the Philippines last May 20. She said it is for my advanced birthday celebration coming June 21. It serves as my farewell meal as well. Deep inside I am more thankful than ever to have a mother who cares and thought about me greatly.

I am most touched when she bought me the purple yam cake from Red Ribbon that I so wanted to buy but couldn’t… we went to Gaisano Mactan the last day of my stay in Cebu and she knew that I really liked that cake but due to some unexpected major expense I was low on cash, I had almost nothing left in my pocket to buy the cake and she bought it for me so I could have a taste of the cake before I leave the country. Thanks mother for looking up to me when I am in your place.

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Fried Tilapia Our Dinner Tonight

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At last I got to eat fried Tilapia again after such a long time of not having it. People in my Facebook list keep posting their fried Tilapia that made me drool and for some reason I kept forgetting to buy frozen Tilapia when we go grocery shopping. Last time we went to Walmart I made sure that I would get me some and I am glad I did not forget it.

Since today was a very beautiful day I decided to fry them outside with my electric skillet according to my liking, a bit burned and crispy is how I want my fish to be. How scrumptious and good timing I have six pieces of calamansi I brought from our recent trip in San Antonio. Just so lucky the Filipino restaurant’s owner we went to gave me some of his grown calamansi. Fried fish is best paired with rice and dip in soy sauce and calamansi you know…

Scrumptious Breakfast

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This is what I served to my two girls this morning. Greasy yet scrumptious food I know but I don’t think it is bad to eat such food like this as long as it is not everyday.

In our plate are fried rice with tiny squared pieces of ham and egg, fried daing milkfish, some tomatoes, slices of apple and banana plus lemonade. For me nothing beats Filipino breakfast, period! It is so much better compared to pancake or waffle. American breakfast doesn’t fill my poor stomach, yes I can stand eating it but it doesn’t stay long in my intestines. Two hours after that I will be looking for food again in the kitchen!

Our Dinner – Pork Bone Soup and Tuscan Style Roasted Asparagus

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This is what I prepared for dinner tonight. One for the Filipino taste buds and the other one for my husband. Since I craved for a soup, I made myself and the girls this tasty pork bone soup with young corn and bokchoy paired with rice. As for the husband, I only prepared him the Tuscan style roasted asparagus with minced almond nuts. It is my first time to try such and it turned out good, though it needs a  pinch of salt lol.

I am just so glad I got a really good food magazine in which I can quickly fix my husband’s dinner. Their foods are really good and healthy yet easy to do. Looking forward to trying new dishes in days to come from the same magazine that I receive monthly.

Recipes of Taste of Home Magazine

I am thankful I subscribed to Taste of Home Magazine for I am getting delectable, simple and quick recipes for my American husband. There are tons of really awesome recipes that I could follow with no sweat. Two of which are Italian Sausage pizza and Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower that saved my husband’s dinners for two nights.

I am getting what I paid for in this magazine and I have no regret for my subscription. I am pretty sure the next issue will be much more exciting for me for there will be new easy recipes that I could do. I don’t normally cook American dishes but with this magazine, it helps me a lot to not worry too much about feeding my family good and healthy dinners.

Photos below are actual snaps of the food I made the past nights. I am kind of proud of myself because the husband did like them. In fact, he encouraged me to cook more dinners like these and do not stop making him more. LOL.

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Seafood Noodles for Long Life

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This is the only dish I cooked for Jadyn’s birthday yesterday. We don’t need that much for I am the only one eating most of the leftovers. Better cook just one dish that I really love eating so it won’t end up in the trash can.

I think I made a pretty good job making this seafood noodles yesterday for it really tastes great. The husband ate some too but he put some water and salt in it after putting in the microwave, I can only understand that for he doesn’t normally eat Filipino noodles or what we call “bam-e”.

This dish is cooked normally on birthdays because it represents long life for the celebrant. I cooked mine with bacon in it and used the bacon grease to sautee the garlic, onions and red bell pepper. I also added some jumbo shrimp in it to add flavor to the dish.

Simple Cure for Banana Craving

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There are times when I crave for fried bananas for afternoon snacks just like what I had in the Philippines. Since I don’t see the kind of bananas (saba) for frying I can just use plantain banana instead and fry them. So simple and easy to make that surely cures my craving for banana Q. Plantains are good enough, if ripe they are naturally sweet so I don’t need to add sugar in them which is healthy.

Round Scad Inun-unan

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I made quite a lot of people drool when I posted this delectable round scad inun-unan on my Facebook album. It truly is yummy. It has been such a long time I have not eaten this kind of fish. It is best cooked in vinegar with onions, garlic, finger pepper and eggplant/okra.

When I had this, it didn’t last long. I paired it with semi scorched grits and fed three mouths in this house. You see, even the little girls loved it too. I can’t wait to cook another one like this soon. Good thing I bought two packs of round scad when I went to the Hongkong Market last year.