Throwback : Cow’s Ear Biscuits (Tainga)

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 photo P7070004e_zps93a810da.jpgDon’t worry these aren’t literally made from cow ears but they just look like them. Cow’s Ear Biscuits are delicious snacks that are notable for their sweet and salty taste.
 photo P7070003e_zpsda16b7db.jpgThese are certified classic “merienda snacks” that are still available today yet hard to find.
 photo P7070002et_zps7379f6a9.jpgI remember me and my grandma used to love these treats which we referred as “Tainga”, a Tagalog term for Ears and I don’t think i should explain it much further. I recently learned that it is more commonly known as Cow’s Ear Biscuits or Snackers which is very popular in HongKong, Malaysia and other parts of Asia.
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How To Cook Chicken Menudo (With Photos)

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P9040044eMenudo is one of the popular traditional dish from the Philippines. Even though it shares the same name with another popular dish from Mexico, Philippines’ Menudo is cooked and done in a very different manner. Menudo is basically a kind of stew that is usually made of diced pork and liver (usually from pigs) along with other ingredients.
P9030002eThis time, we’re going to make a twist that instead of using diced pork, we will used chicken strips. This is actually my mom’s recipe so enjoy! This dish is good for 10 to 12 servings!
P9030011eIngredients:

  • 1 kilo of Chicken Strips (Marinated on Soy sauce, Onion, Pepper and garlic)
  • 3/4 Kilo pork liver (cubed/ diced)
  • 1/2 kilo potatoes (diced)
  • 1 kilo hotdog (sliced)
  • 1 can of Garbanzo beans (chickpea)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pc onion (diced)
  • 1 pc bell pepper
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Atsuete (achiote seeds) soaked in 1 cup hot water
  • Tomato Sauce or tomato powder

P9030013ePork liver P9030017e 1. Fry the diced potatoes on a pan until golden brown and set them aside first.
P9030021e2. Using the same pan, saute garlic and onion until they are golden brown.P9030029e3.Put the marinated chicken strips and saute until they are all golden brown.
P9030032e 4. Add the hotdog slices and the pre-cooked potatoes and mixP9030034e5. Add the garbanzo seeds and the bell pepper.P9030035e6. You can now add the Tomato sauce or the tomato powder. My mom prefers the LuckyMe NamNam.
P9030036e7. Add the pork liver. The liver is added last because if you heated it too much it tends to become rubbery and hard to eat. P9030037eP9030038e8. Took out the atsuete seeds from the water and pour the colored water on the Menudo. This will act as a natural food coloring for the dish. You can also add the sauce from the marinated chicken strips to make it even tastier. Then put salt or pepper to taste!P9040044e Once everything is mixed evenly for 10-15 minutes,it’s done. Viola! The Chicken Menudo! It is very ideal for Fiesta and other relevant celebrations or even just a normal day!


Throwback : Iced Gem Biscuits

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It’s Throwback time. Do you still remember Iced Gem Biscuits? I remember I used to have this as my “baon” in school. We used to have it on our school tray as well. For me, the best way to eat this is to take off the icing on top and eat them separately. I used to sort them by colors too.
P5030043Ice Gem Biscuits is a classic Filipino favorite snack and is also a product of Ritz Food along with other classic products like Fiesta Assorted Biscuits and Butter Stick.
P5030051Ice Gem Biscuits is still available today in a 30g pack but I also saw some stores selling the biscuits in huge amount.
P5030053 How about you what’s your favorite snack?


Bonjour! I Wanna Speak French!

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Nothing can be more fascinating than learning how to speak French. Learning how to speak English fluently is impressive but learning to speak French is even more captivating and it does make you so much cooler! But who would have thought that learning French is more beneficial than you could ever thought it would be? Last night, I was searching a job portal online when I came across their dashboard filled with a lot of job vacancy. To my surprise, they are looking for some fluent French speakers and translators and guess what, they are offering a very high compensation for this job. How I wish I could apply for this vacant position but I barely know how to speak French.
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Interestingly, I learned that there are so many sites today that allows you to take some french language courses in a very competitive price. Isn’t fascinating to get in touch with your French tutor online and learn those things that are way far beyond your knowledge? Learning how to speak French is very beneficial in so many ways. Aside from some wonderful job opportunities you can find, you can also visit other local French restaurants and you can give them your orders not by pointing what’s in the menu list but by pronouncing their actual name confidently. So how about a yummy
Escargots à la Bourguignonne for appetizer, Pot-au-Feu for main dish and sweet Croquembouche for dessert!

See, learning French is cooler than what you think. It also allows you to broadened your knowledge and explore other things. Once you master it, you can also try other languages too like Spanish, Japanese or Chinese.


Halloween Finger Party Foods

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Halloween Is here and it is very ideal to organize a Halloween Party. Last Night, I was able to attend a Halloween Parade and It was such a blast. They wore a lot of creepy costumes and you can really see how much efforts they gave just to come up with some highly realistic prosthetics and more. Interestingly, before the Halloween Parade, my neighbor organized a small Halloween Party. It has been a tradition for them to organize such event every Halloween. Aside from their creepy props and costumes, one thing that took my attention are the Halloween finger party foods on the table.
GEDC0319eThese are Halloween-inspired treats. They use hotdogs for these finger-like foods, they prepare gelatin, fruits, and other nicely-decorated items on the table.
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Starting A Healthy Lifestyle

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My blood sugar went too high last week. Surprisingly, it went up to 248 compare to it’s normal value which ranges from 60 to 110. It was really depressing to find out but I just have to bare with it. The doctor asked me to take Metformin three times a day and I have to establish a healthy lifestyle. My work is taking so much of my time that I never had enough to exercise or to sleep well. But then, it is too late for me to realized it and now I have to face the consequences. Thanks God, i had my Fasting Blood Sugar test earlier today and it went down to 152. Still high indeed but not compare to my first readings. So now that I am trying to set things right, I have to start taking meals that are very ideal for me. I lessened my rice intake and took out 3/4 of its value. So today I start making my own sandwiches!
GEDC2307An easy peasy dish that everyone can make..

Ingredients:

  • Tomato (Sliced)
  • White Onion (Sliced)
  • Cucumber (sliced)
  • Lettuce
  • Mayo
  • Ham
  • Wheat bread

I don’t think you need any explanation here. Just put all the ingredients together, pile them inside the bread and that’s it!


MiniStop Gravy Pork

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There’s definitely a MiniStop branch near you. Their almost everywhere with hundreds of outlets nationwide, it is not really surprising. Anyway, one of their products that I patronize the most is their ‘Toppers”. For a rice meal lover like me, I just can’t help but to try out all their Topper dishes.  It is an ideal student meal which could be avail for as low as Php29.00 (The Burger Steak in particular). Gravy Pork is one of my favorite and I used to order it every night since my job requires me to work overnight, I need something to keep me going and good thing there’s a Ministop branch near us.
P4210625The Gravy Pork Topper is available at Php50.00 and it is really worth it. It is actually enough to satisfy your hungry tummy. I am not a picky eater so I don’t really want to compare their meat to those typical meat dishes you can find in restaurants. It’s a fast food after all!
P4220667Although, I must say that the Gravy itself is somehow inconsistent (I’m referring specifically to the Ministop branch near my place). Sometimes it gets too thick (the way i like it) while sometimes it gets too watery. You can ask for additional gravy by the way for Php4.00


Chowking’s Happy Pao

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P9250162eI’m sure you have already tried the new Chowking Happy Pao! It is their newest version of Siopao which comes in two variants. The Piggy Pao and the Panda Pao.  Well, these are the kind of food that you don’t really want to eat not because of their taste but due to their overwhelming cuteness.
P9250155eThe Happy Pao is available in all Chowking PH branches in a very afforadable price. Each Happy Pao sells at Php39.00 but the price will vary for some store.  You can avail them in single or three-piece pack at Php117.00. It can also be sold with drinks.
P9250158e The Three-piece Happy Pao PackageP9250165eThe Panda Pao is a bun filled with creamy chocolate. The taste actually reminds me of MiniStop’s Belgian Kariman at some point.
P9250164eThe Piggy Pao , on the other hand , is filled with the classic Chowking’s chunky Pork Asado.
P9250171eNow I wonder if they will release new set of Happy Pao soon. I am looking forward for their Happy Pao’s version of Bola-Bola. How about a Kitty Pao? LOL I don’t think that is a good idea considering that there are rumors spreading that Siopao are made from cats haha
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How To Cook “Saging Con Yelo”

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Every summer, one of the ideal desserts to try here in the Philippines aside from the classic “Halo-Halo” is the so-called “Saging Con Yelo” (also known as Saba Con Yelo). It is a very simple and easy to prepare dessert but this time we added some twist as we included sweet potato (kamoteng dilaw in partiicular). Here are the ingredients you need.

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 10 pieces of plantains (saging na saba) sliced. This amount is good for 10-15 servings and ideal for bigger occasions.
  • 1/2 kilo of Brown Sugar
  • 5-6 cups of water
  • 1 kilo of Kamoteng Dilaw (sweet potato) cubed
  • 1/4 langka (Jackfruit). Sliced and Caramelized
  • 1 cup sago
  • 1 Can evaporated Milk
  • Crushed Ice

P4180535Procedure:

  1. Simply mix all the ingredients in a huge pot including the sliced bananas, cubed kamote, water, all the sugar together.
  2. Set the stove in low heat and let them boil. Wait until the the saba and the camote cooked and the sugar to caramelized.
  3. Stir the pot from time to time to prevent the sugar from being burned.
  4. Once the caramel is staring to get thick, placed the langka slices and sago and stir.
  5. If you already achieved the desired thick of the caramel. Turn off the stove and leave the sweetened plantain for few minutes.
  6. Now to serve, put an adequate amount of the sweetened plantain and camote in a small bowl. Topped it with crushed ice and pour a right amount of milk.

 


How To Cook Bacalao (Bacalhau)

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Bacalao
Bacalao or Bacalhau is a popular dish that is often being served during the Lenten Season of most Roman Catholics in the city of Cavite. This dish that is originally came from Portugal is often included in Caviteños special menu during the Lent season because this is the time that the Church forbade eating meat so they used Bacalao meat instead.  There are different ways to cook Bacalao but  the recipe I am going to share below came from my grandma’s very own version of Bacalao.

Ingredients

  • 1 Kilo  Daing na Bacalao (salted cod fish) or Daing na Labahita (salted surgeonfish)
  • 1/2 Kilo Potatoes (pared and quartered)
  • 1 whole Cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 cans of Garbanzos
  • Atsuete seeds with Lye Water (lihiya)
  • Garlic (half bulb minced)
  • 1 Large Onion (chopped)
  • 2 pcs Tomato (minced)
  • 3 Bell peppers

Bacalao
Procedure:

  1. Soak the Salted fish on a warm water and leave it overnight. On the day of cooking, drain, shred and debone the fish and set it aside.
  2. Fry the potato cubes on the pan until it’s golden brown and set it aside.
  3. Saute the onion, garlic and tomato.
  4. Put a cup of water and add the extract from the Atsuete See with Lye
  5. Let it boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the shredded salted cod fish or labahita, the garbanzos, bell pepper and shredded cabbage.
  7. Stir and add the potato.
  8. Simmer it again for another 15-20 minutes. Stir it from time to time.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste. (although the fish will already provide a natural salty taste to it)

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