Misua with Sardines

MISUA is a very thin flour noodles originated from China. Misua is a lot different with Bihon and Sotanghon which made from rice and mung beans. I always use misua everytime I ran out of time and idea on what to pair with a fried dish. It would only take me about 3 minutes cooking Misua in a boiling water. Misua can be cooked with beef, pork, egg, and chicken. You can also add some vegetables like sayote and patola for a healthy dish in just one bowl . MISUA WITH SARDINES 2 tbsp cooking oil 200 grams misua 1 large can mackarel sardines 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced 2 cloves garlic, peele and crushed 1 liter water salt pepper So that the garlic begins to infuse the oil even before it starts to cook, put the garlic and the oil in a large non-stick skillet, then set the skillet over very low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic softens. Add onions, cook until aromatic, about 5 minutes. Pour the mackarel sardines. Saute over medium-high heat, stirring constantly and cutting the fish into pieces with large spoon, about 5 minutes. Add water, bring to full boil. Add misua, cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with rice while steaming...

Pinoy Pork Picadillo

PICADILLO is a spicy meat concoction, much favored in South American counties. In Cuba, warm picadillo is served with rice and beans as a main course. Vietnamese picadillo is served with warm four tortillas, lettuce or crackers. In Mexico, Picadillo is a filling usually used for tacos. Filipinos love to modify dishes from other countries like Chicken Curry of India and Pork Asado of China. Pinoy version of Picadillo is fragrant soup dish made of pork, sometimes beef, lots of garlic, onions, tomatoes and potatoes. This stew is traditionally served with steaming white rice. I previously wrote about Picadillo using pork cubes. But here is the ground pork version for Pinoy Pork Picadillo. PINOY PORK PICADILLO 1 tbsp cooking oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 2 medium onion, peeled and crushed 1 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/2 kilo ground lean pork 1 cup water 2 finger chilies or siling haba fish sauce pepper Heat cooking oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute garlic and onion until aromatic. Add in the tomatoes. Cook until soft, stirring constantly. Add the ground pork into the pan and cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add water. Bring to slow boil. Add potatoes, covered, stirring often until cooked. Add finger chilies. Season with fish sauce and pepper. Serve with hot white...

faMEALy day TODAY!

Today we are observing the NATIONAL FAMILY DAY as declared on the 30th day of September 2010, or otherwise known as Presidential Proclamation 1895.The declaration states that the Filipino Family Day is commemorated every 4th Monday of September. For many generations, the family meal has been an important family ritual. During this time, members of the family sit together around the dining table, eat shared food and listen and converse with one another. Now, because of many kinds of economic and technological factors, families are taking these important mealtimes for granted. Studies show that children who dine with their parents grow up to be more healthy, happy, and productive individuals. This mealtime also strengthens the relationship between parents and their children. I saw a couple of commercials off youtube about Filipino Family Day that tell of facts most likely to happen when parents take family meals for granted. The National Family Day was made not to give opportunity for families to sit together on mealtime during this day, but I guess, so that families can remember the importance of having family meals at home. I believe that there will be a great impact on the positive upbringing of kids if parents commit to observe the family mealtime every day. Besides that, I think family meals keep members of the family connected and give opportunities to engage in fun conversation and worthwhile family...

Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs...

My family and I spend of Sunday lunches at my mom’s house to pay a visit, spend great time talking about whatever thing and an opportunity to boast a new or improved dish. Though painful for me as a food blogger, I should and must admit that my mom is a great cook, far way better than I cook. I guess that is also one reason why we always want to stay at my mom’s house. She makes sure all ingredients are in the dish, perfectly cooked and exact combination of flavor and spices. But everytime I ask her what she put in the dish, she would always say, “Secret”. Argh. Since, I already perfected my Pork Meatballs recipe, I cooked them again and made a sweet and sour sauce for a SWEET AND SOUR PORK MEATBALLS dish and brought it at my mom’s house a while ago. My mom is a strict food critic but good thing she loved it. When she asked me what was the ingredient, it was a perfect moment to teasingly tell her, ” Secret.” The Sweet and Sour Sauce I made is more of a Pinoy blend of calamansi juice and tomato sauce. I gave the recipe, of course. Hehe. SWEET AND SOUR PORK MEATBALLS Click here for Pork Meatball recipe. for the sweet and sour sauce: 2 tbsp. calamansi juice 1 tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 cup water 1/4 cup tomato sauce 2 tbsp. banana catsup 1 tsp. salt 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced 1 medium red/green bell pepper, seeded and sliced 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered In a small skillet, combine all ingredients except carrots, bell peppers and onion. You may adjust the taste by adding some of the ingredients....

Beef Macaroni Soup (Beef Sopas)...

SOPAS or MACARONI SOUP is one of the many popular breakfast soup dishes in the Philippines. I even already featured a macaroni soup recipe using CHICKEN but this time, I will be using ground lean beef in a creamy macaroni soup for a bowl packed with benefits of protein. Oh well, we all grew up loving Sopas cooked in many different ways, changed in many variations and added with different spices and vegetables. So I am very sure all will love this beefy version of macaroni soup. BEEF SOPAS 2 tbsp. butter 250 grams ground lean beef 250 grams uncooked elbow macaroni 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped 1 liter water 1 small can of evaporated milk salt pepper In a large saucepan, melt butter. Saute garlic and onion. Add ground beef until meat starts to brown. Add water, then bring to full boil. Add elbow macaroni. Cook covered until macaroni is al dente, about 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add carrots. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Pour in the milk. Then, serve while...

Choco Oatmeal with Peanut Butter Squares...

I love oatmeal for the its countless benefits that is why I am addicted to it. I always make sure that we don’t run out of oatmeal in our jar. Royce once found me putting a homemade oatmeal mixture on my face, I was embarrassed with my creepy look but then I was relieved when he asked me to put some on his face too. Oatmeal is not only good for the skin but great for lowering blood cholesterol and a great help as I am striving to lose weight. I guess I deserve a round of applause for slashing 10 pounds since I gave birth. It has been 5 months and it is a slow improvement but 10 pounds is still a reason for me to hail oatmeal, exercise and good diet. CHOCO OATMEAL with PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES is an improved recipe of my previous post of CHOCO OATMEAL BAR. I added some peanut butter which made it more moist and tastier. I baked these Choco Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares as a welcome gift to our new neighbor from Laguna and I guess I delighted the family specially the kids who asked me the next day what was that I gave them and requested for more. So, I may say that the experiment is another hit. CHOCO OATMEAL with PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES 3/4 cup melted butter 1/2 cup peanut butter 2 1/2 cups oatmeal 2 eggs 2 1/2 cups flour 2 cups brown sugar 2 tbsp. baking powder pinch of salt for chocolate toppings: 1 tbsp. peanut butter 1/2 can condensed milk 1/2 tbsp vanilla 2 tbsp cocoa Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Mix milk, vanilla, and peanut butter and cocoa in a bowl. Set aside. Sift flour, salt and baking powder...

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