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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beef Caldereta

I love beef more than any other meat. I don't eat pork no more, I removed it from our diet almost 5 years ago. The meat that I eat are beef, chicken, turkey, goat and venison. Whenever there is an occasion in our house, most of the time we cook beef caldereta. I just love the taste of this recipe. My hubby and my siblings love it too.

Ingredients:

1 kilo beef, cut into chunks
1 big can (350g) liver spread or ground liver
5 onions, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup tomato sauce
3 green peppers, diced
3 red peppers, diced
4 pieces hot chili peppers, minced
3/4 cup grated cheese
2 cups beef stock or water
1/4 cup cooking or olive oil

Cooking Instructions:

In a casserole, sauté: garlic and onions in oil. Then add tomatoes, red & green pepper and chil peppers.

Add in the beef, tomato sauce, liver spread and water or stock. Salt to taste and let simmer for at least 1 hour or until the beef is tender.

Add cheese and olives (optional) and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens.

Serve with plain rice.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fitness Business Cards

I'm so sleepy tonight. In a little while I will hit the bed but I have to make this post yet. Tomorrow, hubby and I need to wake up early and do our morning exercise which is of course walking. I haven't been into it the past couple of months since my li'l sister was sick. I had to stay with her most of the time and attended to her need. I've seen a newly opened fitness establishment. I wanted to take hubby there because he too had gained a lot of weight and he needs to shed off those unwanted fats in his belly. I just wonder if they have some fitness business cards so I can call their office and inquire how much they charge their new customers.

This morning before we went to church, hubby tried a few of his shirts and most of it are already tight to him. I told hubby that he need to shake off the unwanted weight. If not, he need to buy new set of clothes to wear on different occasions. Hubby just need to have a determination to go to the gym to exercise and lose weight.

Pusit Adobo

My hubby loves to eat pusit (squid). He likes it any way I cook it whether grilled, adobo, fried or stuffed. Before he met me he never ate pusit but after he got to eat the pusit adobo which I cooked after we got married, pusit adobo became one of his favorites seafood recipes.

Ingredients

• 1 pound medium-size squid
• 1/4 cup soy sauce or salt
• 1/2 cup white vinegar
• 1/4 cup chopped onion
• 1 cup water
• 2 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
• freshly ground pepper to taste
• 1 head garlic, minced

Directions:

1. Wash and clean the squid thoroughly, removing the cattle. Put squid in a saucepan (not aluminum) with the vinegar, garlic, pepper, soy sauce or salt and water.
2. Cook over low heat until squid is tender, making sure it does not get overcooked and rubbery. Drain and set aside the squid broth.
3. Heat oil in another saucepan and stir fry the cooked garlic until brown and onion until transparent.
4. Add the squid and simmer for 3 minutes. Transfer squid broth over mixture and bring to a boil. Serve hot. Serves 4.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Taking Photos...

I love taking photos of just about anything like my cute, li'l niece when she's having fun and trying to show off her talents to us. I also love taking pics when hubby and I go somewhere especially to places that I've never been to. Scenic views, nature, parks, flowers, beaches, plants, trees and mountains captivates my attention. I love clicking my digicam whenever I see these interesting subjects. Of course I won't forget taking souvenir photos on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, etc. The memory card of my camera is already full that's why I'm thinking of transferring the photos to a CD or have them developed.

I already have a bunch of photos printed out and I put them in photo albums and every time we have some visitors, I show it to them. Some of the photos were printed in the store like Wal Mart but then hubby got so lazy to drive and wait on me whenever we go to the store to have our photos printed so I asked him to buy a printer, ink and photo papers. Now, I am the one printing our photos. Cool isn't it? I just need to buy more photo albums for our photos.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mixed Veggies

Once again, I cooked my favorite veggies which I love and I won't get tired eating. It's a combination of squash, okra and bitter gourd mixed with ground beef. I taught my American hubby to eat veggies. Before he met me, he told me he didn't like to eat veggies. All he ate were hamburger sandwiches, pizzas, potatoes, beans, chicken fried steak, etc. But after we got married, I always cooked veggies and I introduced it to him. He began to eat and like it. He told me that the veggies I cooked taste a lot better than the veggies being cooked in the US. I have to agree with that. Hubby and I went to eat many times to buffet restaurants in the US but the veggies they serve there don't taste that good. It has a so-so taste according to hubby unlike my cooking which is so yummy and delicious.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Celebrating Our Anniversary

Hubby and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last September 11th. How time flies! It feels like it's only been yesterday when we said "I do". This is the 3nd time that we celebrated our anniversary here in my homeland. The first time was in the year 2004 and then 2009 and this year 2010. We planned to just go out and eat because I don't want to prepare and cook. It's so tiresome and I just want to eat and enjoy but then my sister needed my help. She's been sick and she needed to have a dextrose that day. Hubby understand so we ended up cooking in the house. I asked Jhun to cook goulash and my brother Celso fried the chicken wings and my 2 nephews grilled pork chops and my brother made dinakdakan. We ordered pancit and bought ice cream so that was it. We ate supper just us and my family. We didn't invite anybody.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sweet Potato Bake

I know it's been a while since I updated this blog. Finally, I'm here now and making a new post. It doesn't mean that I haven't been doing anything in my kitchen. In fact I've been cooking a lot lately than the previous months. Only, I was just too busy and lazy to make a post here.

The other day I cooked the sweet potatoes that I bought. Actually, I bought 6.5 lbs of sweet potatoes in the market. I gave some to my sis and they boiled it and ate it just like that. The rest I cooked and made sweet potato bake. It's the 2nd time that I made this recipe and my hubby always love it. He loves sweet you know. I gave some to my nephews too. Here's the recipe:

Sweet Potato Bake

INGREDIENTS

* 4 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes (without added milk and butter)
* 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 3 eggs
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* TOPPING:
* 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup chopped pecans or rolled oats
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
* 2 tablespoons cold butter

DIRECTIONS

1. In a mixing bowl, beat sweet potatoes, sugar, milk, butter, eggs, salt and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, pecans and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over potato mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Birthday Celebration

I celebrated my birthday last August 5th with my family, friends, relatives, neighbors and my Sunday School kids. I just had a simple celebration with just 5 menus and 2 roll cakes. I wanted to have more foods but it's hard to cook a lot and I only have my brother to help me. It's good my sister-in-law came home early from work at around 3: PM so she was able to help us. She helped prepare the veggies and she cooked chop suey. I cooked goulash and my brother cooked beef caldereta, chicken adobo, rice and fried chicken legs. My guests arrived at around 5:30 PM but we finished cooking at around 7:00 PM. We started eating at around past 7 and the first menu that was gone was the chop suey. We only had a few fried chicken legs so we did not really serve it openly. I forgot that one pack of uncooked chicken legs were still in the refrigerator. I didn't see it when we were cooking. My brother only cooked one pack of chicken legs. My 2 nephews love the fried chicken legs, they said it's like the chicken joy from Jollibee.

Cooking a lot makes me tired so maybe next time that there will be another occasion I will just ask my neighbor who is a caterer to cook foods for me. Anyways, my guests got full and some of them even took home foods for their housemates who were not able to come. I enjoyed my birthday and I thank God for another blessed year in my life. Hubby didn't give me any gift but his mere presence and love is enough for me. I can live without any gifts as long as I have my loved ones who love and care for me and my Jesus who is my rock, Healer, Lord and Savior of my life.





Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Green Chile Beef Enchilada


This recipe is easy to make but it's delicious. I got this recipe from my step-daughter Shelly. She cooked this on her birthday 2 years ago. My hubby loved it that's why I made the effort to cook it for him. We ate this during supper and we just paired it with vegetable salad. Here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb ground beef
1 can cream of chicken
1 4oz can of chopped green chilies
1/2 lb shredded cheddar cheese
1 onion, chopped
6 corn tortillas cut in half

DIRECTIONS:

Brown meat in skillet, drain. Pour into saucepan the cream of chicken, green chilies, 1/4 can of water and heat to almost boiling. Begin layering in a baking dish corn tortillas, meat mixture, onions and cheese. Make 2 layers. Bake at 325 degrees until it bubbles around 30 minutes.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vernice's Birthday

My niece Vernice just turned two last Wednesday and of course we celebrated with family, friends and loved ones by eating the foods that we prepared. My brother cooked pancit, beef caldereta and fish patty and my sister-in-law cooked chop suey. On the other hand, I cooked goulash, lumpia and chicken afritada. Hubby and I also bought a birthday cake for her. It was a late dinner but we had fun. My niece is now officially in her terrible two's and she's been acting that way a few months ago. Despite that, she's still lovable, sweet and cute and she's the apple of our eyes.





Monday, June 7, 2010

Get Together Lunch

Last Thursday, my God-child Aika and her family came over at our house to have lunch with us. My brother and I prepared the foods that we're going to cook as early as 9:30 AM. I cooked chicken afritada and my brother cooked ginataang kalabasa at sitaw, ampalaya with eggs and fried fish. I also prepared vegetable salad and macaroni with fruit salad. Aika brought buko salad and we had a good time eating those Filipino foods. My brother and I are both good cooks, he-he!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Squash With Okra and Bitter Gourd

It's been a while since I posted here. I know I've been lagging behind but what can I do. I haven't been cooking much lately. It's my youngest brother whose done the cooking most of the time. I just enjoyed eating without getting tired cooking, LOL! But this week, hubby and I are up here in the city of pines enjoying the cool weather. My brother is not here to cook so I have been cooking the past 3 days. What else would I cook but my favorite vegetable recipes of course. So here's my recipe of squash one more time. They said squash is good for the eyes. I hope it would improve my vision which is getting blurry due to constant exposure to the computer.

INGREDIENTS:
1 squash, peeled and cubed
10 pcs okra
2 pcs ampalaya (bitter gourd), sliced
3 pcs tomatoes, sliced
salt or fish sauce (I used liquid aminos)
cooking oil
1/2 lb ground beef
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
2 cups water

DIRECTIONS:
Pour the cooking oil in a pot and saute the garlic and onion. Put the ground beef and brown it. Add water and let it simmer. Add salt or fish sauce, and all the vegetables. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Serve with rice.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Homemade Meatloaf



One of my favorite recipes that I learned to cook in the US is meatloaf. It's easy to cook and I often cook it whenever I have my organic ground beef. My hubby loves homemade meatloaf. In fact he's the one who taught me how to cook it. I just modified it and added some ingredients and it tasted better.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp spicy brown mustard or Creole mustard
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 red or green bell pepper
1 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried leaf oregano

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ketchup and bread crumbs. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Shape into a round loaf. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

If desired, spread about 1/2 cup of ketchup over the top of the meatloaf 15 minutes before it's done.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Ginisang Chayote
















I love eating ginisang chayote so I often buy chayote in the market or whenever we go to my brother-in-law's house, we always get chayote from their backyard. It grow there pretty good. In fact, we just went there last weekend and I got some chayote including the tops. So the best recipe for it is of course ginisang chayote.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, sliced thin
3 chayote, sliced
Patis (fish sauce), to taste
Ground pepper

Directions:

Heat pan to medium heat and saute’ the ground beef in a tablespoon of oil until it turn brown. Add garlic and saute until it becomes fragrant, 1-2 minutes then add the onions. Cook for a few more minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the chayote, stir fry for a minute or two then add about 1/2 cup of water. Season with patis or salt and pepper, cover and simmer until the chayote is tender. Adjust seasonings and serve over steamed rice.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Baked Empanada

It's been a while that I haven't cooked empanada. My hubby likes it so I decided to make some yesterday. I just cooked 8 pieces the other day and I put the remaining dough and filling (I used chicken) in the refrigerator. Then this afternoon I cooked all of it, 11 pieces. After I cooked, hubby came in the kitchen and grabbed a piece. It was still hot, fresh from the oven. I prefer baked empanada than fried. My hubby loves it and he said he can eat it all. He said they are so good. Oh my, I told him to leave some for me because I was going to take a shower. I told him I will eat after I shower. He told me to hurry up before he can it them all. I know he was just teasing me. He just ate three pieces then when we ate our supper we also ate the remaining empanada. It was all gone in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients:

Dough:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
ice water (enough to make a ball)

Filling:
1 chicken breast, boiled and himayin
2 medium potatoes, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
canola oil
salt
pepper

Instructions:

Mix the ingredients for the dough. Knead it well using a rolling pin. If the dough is already okay and doesn't stick to your hands no more, cut it into pieces according to your desired size. For the filling, sautee the garlic, onion, chicken then add the rest of the ingredients. Put salt and pepper according to taste. If it's already cooked, let it cool first. Then form a ball of the dough that you cut into pieces and roll it with the rolling pin to flatten. Then put the filling about 1heaping tablespoon. Then wrap it. Use a fork to seal the edges. Beat 1 egg and just use the yolk. Apply it to the empanada using a brush before baking. Bake it for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fish Sarciado


When my mom was still alive, she often cooked fish sarciado. I learned to cook this recipe from her and this has been a family favorite ever since we were kids. I love eating fish more than meat and this afternoon, we had fish sarciado for supper. Everything was gone and all eaten up. Yummy...

INGREDIENTS:

Fried fish
4 cloves garlic
1 diced onions
3 diced tomatoes
1 cup water
oil for frying
1 beaten egg
salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE:

1. Saute the garlic and onion first then add the tomatoes and cook it until soft.
2. Add water and put the fried fish, season to adjust taste
3. Add beaten egg last. Eat with rice. Yummy!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sauteed Organic Vegetables


I love eating fresh vegetables especially if it's free from insecticides. That's the reason I prefer buying veggies that are organic and free of pesticides like squash, okra , string beans and bitter gourd. You can't beat these fresh, organic vegetables. Hmmm....Yummy!!!

INGREDIENTS:
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 whole kalabasa (squash) peeled and cut into big cubes
1 bundle of sitaw ( string beans) sliced into 1-2 inches
10 pcs okra
2 medium size bitter gourd, sliced
1 med. onion ( sliced)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
3 tbsp. fish sauce
1/2 cup ground beef
1 cup water
salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a pan put olive oil.
2. Saute garlic and onion.
3. Add ground beef and continue cooking until golden brown or fully cooked.
4. Add fish sauce, kalabasa (squash), sitaw (string beans), okra, bitter gourd (ampalaya) and water.
season with salt & pepper
5. Simmer for a few minutes or until vegetables are tender.
6. Serve hot with rice.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Squash Soup

More than a year ago, I attended the Ladies' Fellowship with the ladies in our church at Sherman, TX. I enjoyed eating the foods that they served on the buffet table. One thing that really got my interest was the squash soup which they served at night. It was my first time to have a taste of that kind of soup. We told the ladies who served it that the squash soup was really good so they gave us the recipe the next day. I asked my hubby to buy the ingredients and I cooked it. Oh how my hubby love it! He ate a lot during lunch and he finished the left over during supper. He ate it with bread. I'm so glad my hubby enjoyed the foods that I cooked. Here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
3 large yellow squash, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cans chicken broth
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 small package Velvetta cheese (you can use the Mexican style if you like spicy)

DIRECTIONS:

Cook squash, onion, in chicken broth until done then add Rotel tomatoes and simmer and then add Velvetta cheese, cook until cheese is melted. Serve with French bread.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Holiday Blasts

It's been a while since I updated this blog. I was busy during the holidays and hubby and I enjoyed celebrating Christmas and New year here in my homeland. We celebrated Christmas in Baguio with my family and friends. We had lots of foods on the table last Christmas. We gobbled and gobbled and ate to our hearts' delight. Then we opened our gifts and we had a blast.

On New year's eve, we again prepared lots of foods and we welcomed the 2010 with a bang. Hubby had bought some firecrackers and some fireworks. They lighted it at exactly 12:00 midnight on New year. We made some noise and then we had a devotion. Then we ate the foods that my sister and I prepared. We had some friends and neighbors with us that night as we ate our Media Noche foods. Then after that we had some karaoke singing. We went to bed so late that night of New year but we had fun.