Category: seafoods

Tuna Steak Soup is Just What I Need

There are times in your life when you don’t want to spend too much time standing in the kitchen cooking, then this delicious tuna steak soup is perfect to make. I don’t feel good and all I need is this kind of clear watery soup as what my husband call it.

Just a tomato, 3-4 pieces small cut tuna steak fish, some onion leaves, a piece of ginger, sword pepper or what call in Bisaya ” siling espada”, half of knorr cubes, a pinch of salt and voila! It only takes 30 minutes from preparation and cooking. The result is awesome goodness hot and delicious soup that I like especially if it is served with a bowl of newly cooked rice paired with steamed veggies and fried dried fish!

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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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Ingredients:
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.

Fresh Fish Anyone?

It is sad to know that we can no longer eat freshly caught fish like this photo below. In the Philippines, we can get to eat fresh fish everyday without going to the market simply because there are people that go in our neighborhood and sell fish. Prices of fresh fish ranging from 100-180 per kilo. I think that is a pretty good deal knowing what we get has got all the tastiest flesh in them. Filipinos call this kind of fish “isda sa bato” perfect for “paksiw” or “inun unan“. Inun-unan by the way is an easy method of cooking fish with garlic, vinegar, a bit of water, sword peppers, onions, salt and boil it until it is cooked.

Here in Texas, it is just so impossible to buy fish that is not frozen. Everything is like has long been dead with ice and I can greatly differentiate the taste between a fresh fish and frozen ones.

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Seafood for Breakfast

I had an early day. I started out by waking up at 5 in the morning for church. The mass was finished at 7:30 in the morning so I had enough time left to roam around the Opon wet market. So many things to see, fresh seaweeds, fresh fish, all different kinds of meat, fruits and a whole lot more. Two of the many things I bought today are these fresh seaweeds we call “lato” and a fillet fish ready for “kinilaw”. The kinilaw itself doesn’t look appetizing but it tasted good to me. The lato was fresh and I ate a bunch of it. My two girls loved it too.

My Sunday is complete, I fed my soul with the words of the Lord and so is my stomach. I am taking advantage of the foods that are available to buy while they are still in front of me. When I go back to Texas, I know for sure I am going to miss these kind of foods and it would take me a while before I can eat them. So don’t blame me if you see I put on a little weight in the pictures I post on Facebook.

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A Pot of Crawfish

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You think I can eat it all? It might be a little too much to eat for a woman like me but I cooked it all in one time so whenever I feel like eating crawfish, I can just go to the kitchen and heat some. I actually ate most of it and threw some in the trashcan afterwards it’s because it is not a good idea to store them again in the refrigerator. They have been frozen for a long time so might as well discard the remaining crawfish.

As expected frozen foods don’t taste as good as the ones that are newly cooked. The smell has changed and the meat’s tenderness has changed as well. Duh, we live far from the ocean so what we can buy here are frozen stuff. Wait until I visit my home country again, I will not forgive every fresh seafood I see in the market for I’m gonna eat them all.

It is Possible to Buy Seafood Online

Of my over six years of residing here in Texas, I don’t remember eating fresh seafood like what I used to when I was growing up. There are select seafood available at the Asian market but they have long been frozen with ice. One of the many things I missed being in my country is the easy access to a wet market where I can buy all the seafood I wish to eat. This is something that I cannot do here where we live obviously because we are too far from the ocean. Five hours drive is how far away we are from the ocean, imagine that.

I heard that to buy seafood online is possible. I have not tried that before but I might do it once I can no longer hold my craving for seafood. I know everything is possible in America and I hope buying me a fresh seafood will also be possible.

I may just have to ask some friends or people I know who have tried ordering seafood from the internet and ask how it went or if what they received is worth the money. For sure by doing this, the prices plus the cost of delivery would be expensive.

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!

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Fresh Seafoods

I took my family out for dinner the next day I arrived home. I want them to celebrate our safe arrival with me by treating them out. This happens only once in a blue moon and I am glad I did. In our meal, I ordered one kilo each of these foods shown below. We had lapu-lapu fish soup, squid adobo and grilled danguet. It was yummy and what made the dinner so special is that my whole family was with me except my brother Wing2x who is not in the country and my other younger brother Anderson for he had a class at that time.
These are the types of foods I so long to eat. This is something I cannot get from the Asian Market in Texas. Thank God I was able to satisfy some of my cravings. I better be prepared for I got plenty of time to stay here and pig out.