Category: home cooking

Crispy Fried Fish

It’s one of my favorites, crispy fried fish with head on. It is not complete without the head. If I eat this, nothing will be wasted for I can eat the entire fish and if the bone is crispy enough to chew, why not eat it too? It is best partnered with spiced native vinegar and freshly cooked grits. Yummy!

I am pretty sure just by looking at the picture you are drooling also? Because I am and I wish this fish is available in the freezer but it’s not! Poor me! Talking of which, I am so hungry right now, I have not eaten brunch yet but I don’t know what to eat. I have lost my appetite eating food these days.

Kare-Kare For The First Time

I cooked Kare-Kare for the first time in my life for lunch today. I guess it was my first time to taste or eat this type of Filipino dish haha, how poor. It tastes good and it wasn’t hard to do although there are some ingredients lacking in my recipe yet I liked it. I ate it with rice and sauteed shrimp paste with my Jadyn. I still got some left for the next meal but I won’t be eating it tomorrow. Original recipes are using oxtail for it but it’s not available so I used prawns instead.

I will have to cook another dish again ‘coz it’s kind of “bidli” man oy, maybe I put too much peanut butter in there after eating a plate full of food and drank a cupful of water. The recipe I followed is from by the way. It’s my favorite food blog that I follow whenever I feel like trying out new Pinoy recipes.

Kare Kare is a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce. The commonly used meats for this dish are ox tail, tripe, and pork leg; on some occasions goat and chicken meat are also used. Besides the peanuts, this dish depends on the shrimp paste (on the side) in order to be fully enjoyed. Traditionally, “palayok” (clay cooking pot) is used to cook this dish and it is also used as the serving pot.

Big Brunch

It feels good feeding your family with some great and healthy meals. By doing so, you feel like you have accomplished something in that particular day (at least I do because I don’t cook to my husband often only during weekends). We can have good food cooked at home that our family loves without spending so much money for it.

What we can order at the restaurant can also be cooked at home. The advantage of cooking your own meal at home is that you can ensure the quality of ingredients you are using, you know the food is clean for it is prepared by any of your family and most of all, the servings are great/big that can fill the stomach of the whole family without worrying too much how much are you gonna pay for over eating lol.

This great combo of meal pictured below was cooked by no other than ME. We had this yesterday and my family sure loved it. Such a big brunch we had that fueled our body the entire day working on our fence.

…this was my husband’s plate… in the plate are fried eggs, 3 pieces toasted wheat bread, New Zealand corned beef with lots of onions and garlic plus grape jelly to go with his bread while mine had rice as a substitutre to the bread.

Shark Fish

I bought a shark “fish” last weekend and I just cooked it today. When I saw it at the market, I thought it could make a delicious soup and paksiw so I got one but when my husband saw it, he kind of gave me a sour grimace on his face. He said that shark is full of mercury and that I should only eat it rarely.

I didn’t really know how it taste. When my soup is done, it taste like “barilis” in our native tongue. It didn’t even have a foul fishy smell, lol. My paksiw is sitting on the stove and haven’t tasted it. I hope it tastes good just like my soup but my kiddos can’t eat it. I just choose not to feed them with shark fish.

Seafood Was My Dinner

So nice of the husband for bringing me to the Asian market today. I wasn’t thinking about going shopping there but he was the one who asked me so I couldn’t say no. In fact, I love it when he brings me there for I get to eat delicious seafood.  It is like a treat to myself.

I had all the crabs I can eat tonight. I boiled all that is in a tray so I don’t have to do the cooking next time I feel like eating crabs. There are two easy ways of cooking crab. First is frying it with garlic and onions then with coconut milk added to it. That is one fancy way to do it. I prefer the second option, I just boiled it seasoned with Louisiana style mild spicy powder with a dash of salt, onions and voila! So easy and quick  and oh taste so good makes me wanna go oh oh ah ah! Kidding!

that's a lot of crab


my dinner plate

Warm Soup Helps

I had quite a bit of drama in the kitchen this afternoon. My husband was there too preparing for pork ribs to cook. I am sick, taking care of the baby at the same time and I was starving. So I went to the kitchen trying to see what I can prepare for warm soup.
I felt like having real freshly cooked warm soup so I asked some of pork ribs and boil it. While preparing for ingredients, I told my husband, “times like these I wished I had my mother over here”. He was kind of surprised by that statement for he knows I don’t get along well with my mother. I explained that if she was here, I don’t have to do the cooking myself when I’m sick because she can cook what I want to eat.
Anyway, that soup I cooked turned out pretty yummy. I satisfied my craving, even my big girl loved it and ate some veggies that was in the soup. Warm soup truly helps when you feel cold or when you’re feeling ill. It made me feel a bit better.

Baked Chicken Drumsticks And Bibingka

I found a healthy way to cook chicken. I always wanted to eat fried chicken but to fry them on stove top makes a lot of mess that is why I rarely do that. Besides, eating fried chicken often is unhealthy. So last night I searched on the internet an alternative to frying chickens, baking them instead! Photo below is my baked chicken drumsticks that turned out to be yummy. My husband and daughter both loved it weeww! I followed a recipe from 
….. here’s some of freshly baked bibingka that I had for dinner to go with my chicken drumstick. They may not as yummy looking but I can assure you they sure taste really good and bouncy! 

My Best And Not So Good Cooking

Here are the kinds of food that I can live with everyday. I tell you what, nothing beats the Filipino dishes in my own personal opinion. Not even a steak can compare to the satisfaction it gives to Filipino’s tummy. Ask any Filipino you meet out there and we will see if they say the same thing.

……… photo above is our lunch today. A big fat fried Pompano fish with tomatoes, soy sauce and vinegar…… below photo is my screwed up banana nut bread. I must have copied a bad recipe for it turned out pretty dry or it’s because I overcooked it? 
…….. below photo is a dessert called “Taho”… it is a popular street food in the Philippines that is sold every morning… people of all ages love it!
…. and below is my vegetable stew with coconut milk. This is special for I also include young yellow corn as the new ingredient… it is best suited during cold winter days!

Something Fishy

I have had these dishes few days ago. As soon as it cooked, I posted these photos in my food album on Facebook and got a lot of people drool over these delicious fish recipes I have. These are perfect in cold weather especially the soup. Foods like these are what many of my friends crave for. 
I consider myself lucky to have found this kind of fish at the Asian market. This is something I missed a lot because of its taste and texture of the flesh when it is cooked. 

…… paksiw or inun-unan in our dialect cooked in vinegar, olive oil with eggplant, onions, garlic, finger peppers, ginger and a dash of salt.

Homemade Pizza

I always prefer preparing our own food at home, this way I can make sure what goes into my food and I can choose any stuffing for our pizza. 
This is the first big pie of pizza I made although the crust is ready made bought from the store. I stuffed it with mushrooms, pepperoni, red bell pepper, pizza sauce and mozzarella shredded cheese! I didn’t put any seasoning to it nor a pinch of salt that kinda taste arggggggg lol…