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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bicol Express

I was feeling nostalgic the other day so my mind was filled with thoughts of things from back home. To ease up my homesick feeling, I made us some bicol express. Hubby love this dish even though he doesn't like shrimp paste taste hehehe.

Some people in Bicol cook this in oil but I love to cook it with coconut milk with lots of hot pepper.
I'll share the recipe if someone asks hehehe. Need to go to the store NOW..

Okay here is a simple recipe in making bicol express..

You need:

  1. 1 lb pork (some like the fatty ones.. I don't lol), I use stew meat.
  2. a can of coconut milk
  3. onion and garlic
  4. tomato
  5. shrimp paste
  6. hot peppers
  7. salt and black pepper to taste

Preparation:
  1. Cut the pork according to desired size.
  2. Slice the tomato and onion/crush the garlic
  3. Slice the peppers, the hotter the pepper is the better (wink).
  4. Open the can of coco milk and put it in the pan, add the onion, garlic, tomato, a spoon of shrimp paste, and salt and pepper
  5. Let it simmer and add the meat, stirring the coconut milk so it won't form a lump.
  6. When the meat is cook, add the hot pepper.
  7. Serve it with rice and you have a nice smokin' hot meal!
Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Stuffed Pepper

We saw some fresh pepper at Walmart when we had our grocery shopping the other day. Hubby immediately winked at me which means that he would love to have some Stuffed Pepper. Stuffed Pepper is one of the dishes that I like and learned how to make ever since I came here in the States. I like making it because it doesn't require a lot of ingredients and it is very simple to prepare.

We always want those very hot pepper like Hungarian type but this one that we bought isn't. You can also use bell pepper if you don't want it hot. Make sure to wear gloves when you remove the seeds of the pepper. To remove it you need to cut off the head and slice it open.

You need sauce (I love using spaghetti sauce), italian sausage, bread crumbs, eggs and the peppers. After removing the seeds, you mix the sausage with bread crumbs and eggs.

When you're done, you can stuff the pepper with your sausage mix.

Then top it with the sauce. You can also use the pepper, onion, and sauce mix. Bake it for 90 minutes. I always covered the baking sheet with alum. foil first before I put the baking ware and then cover the top with AF so that when the sauce starts to boil, you won't have a mess.
When it's done, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese and bake it for 5 minutes. And here is the sumptuous stuffed pepper match with a plate of rice. Yum! My in-laws love to eat this with bread but I like mine with rice.
Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lumpia

We were so busy yesterday that I really did not have much time to blog (I managed to visit all the participants to Nostalgia though, thanks to all who participated). I planned to update my blogs and adgitize on night time but when we arrived from the Carnival (10:30), our internet was acting up. Hubby tried to fix it which took him until 12 but nothing happened. So I just went to sleep. Sorry guys if I am ranting here, I was just disappointed last night.

But anyhow, back to my post today. I made some lumpia last week because hubby was missing it already.

I did not fry them all, I freeze more than half of it so that when he craves again, I'll just pull it out in the freezer and fry it.
Whenever I make lumpia, my tester is our son EJ. He love lumpia so much! John could eat like 4-5 lumpia in one eating hehehe.

Look how he enjoy eating it..
This post is so late and I blame it to our internet connection and to Blogger who is acting up lol. I couldn't upload photos this morning.




Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lechon Kawali

It's not really a lechon Kawali hehehe, I just called it that way because when my husband asked me what kind of menu is it, the first thing that came to my mind is "Lechon Kawali" miss ko na kasi lol. But seriously, even if I just pan fried this with onion, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste, hubby liked it a lot!

He is getting tired of my adobo and other menus kasi so I tried cooking the pork that way and voile, he liked it.



Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Donut Lover

When we went to Tomlinson Run a couple of weeks ago, we stopped by the store on the way home to get the kids something to drink. Our sweet tooth saw this box of donuts and would not leave without it. I asked him if he could just get the individual piece of donut since one box is a lot but he refused.

When it comes to eating sweets, you can never get away from this sweet tooth little man. Just look how he passionately eat this donut.
He love this donut very much because blue is his favorite color and he love sprinkles lol.




Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Menu

We celebrated the Mother's day at Raccoon State Park in PA with the Worthington and Brady family. We made some foods to eat while were in the middle of nowhere lol. My daughter wanted to help me with the pork bbq but I told her that it's a little messy and I suggested for her to make some fruit kebabs from the available fruit in our fridge. This is what she came up with.

Here's the pansit and bbq.
My friend Raquel made some chicken wings and the maja blanca dessert. Shy brought some hotdog and grilled it at the park.

From the park, we went straight to my FIL's house where my SIL and her daughter's family celebrated the mother's day. They prepared vegetable salad and Chicken.
I also love the cheese cake that my father-in-law has made.
Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pancit canton

I cooked one package of pancit the other day. I am missing the kind of pansit (noodles) that is called pansit bato hehehe. I think that it is more tasty than this pancit canton that we're buying over here.

I also prefer bihon over pansit.

I always put a whole garlic in making a dish because my husband love garlic so much (I don't lol). I always gag when I chew on a garlic even if it is just a tiny bitty piece
Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Domino Pizza

After we brought Rylie to the doctor last weekend, we dropped by at Domino and ordered us tow of their specials. I love their Hawaiian pizza and the kids love their pep & mush combo.

Usually EJ would pick all the olives first and eat it, then he would pick the pepperoni next, then would eat the crust lol..

Here he is doing his thing, pick-an-olive...

Here's the silly duo doing their funny faces while eating.. I was busy taking pictures because I did not eat with them, I had to go to the dentist afterwards and I don't want to brush my teeth again lol (tamad).
Hubby misses Pizza Hut though.

Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Pigs In a Blanket

It has been months since we last made pigs in a blanket so last Friday, me and my daughter made some. Actually, we intended to do some mini pizzas using her pizza maker but then the ingredients are incomplete so I asked her if we could just make pigs in a blanket and she agreed. What I like about making this snack is that it's fun to do with kids and its very easy. All you need is a can of biscuit roll dough and smoke sausages or hot dogs and you have an instant snack after 30 minutes.
Here's my daughter who love to do anything in the kitchen, anything that involves baking.


Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sea Foods Overload

I grew up in a coastal area so we pretty much eat seafoods almost everyday because my father was a fisherman. So when I migrated here in the States, that was the most difficult challenge for me, finding the food that I used to love eating in my own country.

But when you're far, you have to do what you gotta do to survive, even if it meant, getting the foods that are frozen, can goods, in exchange of the fresh ones that you have in your own country. That is how we live here in foreign countries. But even so, you get to appreciate how good those things are if you find them in the store, you feel like you're "At Home".

I am blessed that my husband can tolerate the smell of seafoods when I cook it, some don't allow their wives to cook them inside their house coz they think that it's insulting or disrespectful (based on what I read).
My kids and I love fish, especially my daughter. My husband can eat fish but it has to be fried and it has be galunggong.
We also love shrimp (daughter and I), be it halabos or sinigang, it doesn't matter. Hubby always buys us a box of shrimp which cost $20 or some bucks but its worth it.

The last time we went to the oriental store, I saw some fresh bitter melon or ampalaya, so I bought a piece. I wanted to make pakbet but since I did not find any other veggies to goes with it, I just cooked it with shrimp and coconut milk. Ampalaya is not my favorite veggie but sometimes i crave for it.

Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

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