Friday, February 27, 2009

String Beans with Pork/ Ginisang Batong

This is one of my favorite Filipino food, Ginisang Batong or String beans with pork meat. My Nanay (Mom's aunt) used to cook this always for us since they had string bean plants on their backyard. The beans were fresh and not fertilized so it really tasted good. Oh I miss it! This is easy to prepare. Just like any other Filipino ginisa dishes, the meat and other vegetables such as garlic, tomatoes, onion, red or green pepper are fried on heated oil first. Then the meat is added. When the meat is cooked, water can be added then the vegetables or the string beans. String beans should not be overcooked to keep its crunchiness. Green beans can be used in substitute of the string beans. Enjoy this healthy, delicious dish.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ground Beef and Cabbage

I don't know what this dish is called but my Mom used to cook this for us. This Ground beef and cabbage recipe makes you eat more rice. For a rice eater like me, this dish is perfect for my rice. Below is my recipe. By the way, aside from cabbage, I added some cauliflowers to it too. Isn't it a healthy recipe?
red or green pepper
1.5 lb ground beef/hamburger meat
1/2 slice cabbage
1 14.5 oz can beef broth
cauliflower (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
soy sauce (optional)

cooking oil (optional)
On a skillet, cook the ground beef till golden brown (medium-heat). Drain the meat (get rid of oil if necessary). Pour a bit of cooking oil if necessary to cook the garlic, onion, tomato and pepper. Put the meat back on the skillet. Add the broth and let it boil. Add cabbage and cauliflower. Cook for a few minutes till the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. You may add soy sauce if necessary but before adding it, taste the broth first. Simmer for 1 minute and serve immediately while hot.
When I cook the ground beef, I don't add oil anymore. I just use the extra oil from the meat to fry the garlic and other vegetables.

Find Hub

Every time I visit my blogs, I always check the visitors and the live feeds. I am also interested to see the Search Engines that direct the visitors to my sites. It is amusing and flattering to realize that there are a lot of computer users who are really visiting and using my sites. Especially with this food blog. I would like to try the other searching sites if my kitchen will be searched too. Maybe I could use Find Hub. It is another search engine that people can use to browse and search about something. You can use it too if you are interested and want to try something new. You may make it as your new homepage. Let me check it now!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ginisang Kangkong

Here is a Filipino dish that you surely love. For Kangkong lovers like me, you should try this. Kangkong can be bought at your nearby asian or filipino store. You may substitute it with spinach as they are similar in taste. This ginisang kangkong is prepared easily. You will just need the following:
pepper (red or green)
meat (chicken or pork)
cooking oil
soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
water (if necessary)
Heat (medium-heat) the cooking oil in the skillet then add garlic, onion, tomato and pepper till tender. Add the meat. Stir-fry for a few minutes until no pink remains or until cooked. Add a little bit of water. Let it boil; add kangkong and cover the skillet. After a few seconds, add soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
Thanks to Isahdora for the picture.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sloppy Joe

This is an easy recipe for sloppy joe. Instead of using a patty, the hamburger meat is mixed with a sloppy joe sauce in cans. It is quick and easy. Simply cook the ground beef first then add the sauce. It does taste good. Now you can make a sloppy joe sandwich using the ready-to-cook sauce.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pork Shoulder Blade Country Style BBQ Ribs

Try this easy recipe of the BBQ ribs. I just defrosted the pork ribs that hubby bought and prepared it for grilling. I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ sauce which really tastes so good. You should try it. Below is the recipe for the BBQ ribs.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add ribs and boil gently for 35 to 40 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
Brush both sides with BBQ sauce.
Grill uncovered over medium coals, or medium high heat on a gas grill, until well-browned on both sides, about 8 minutes per side.
Baste with sauce as desired.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vegetable Chicken Enchilada

Lately, I was craving for Mexican food. I ordered chicken enchilada and chili rilleno with rice and beans, my all-time favorite. I always have the same plate every time we dine in a Mexican place. I don't know when I will be tired of the taste just like before. All I know is that I like it as for now. I can even eat everything on the plate. Looking at the picture makes me want to eat enchiladas. I tried making enchiladas before and hubby liked it. Unlike the above picture, the enchilada recipe below has vegetables so it is healthier. This is called the Vegetable Chicken Enchilada.

nonstick cooking spray
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large zucchini, chopped
1 cup cooked, chopped chicken breast
3/4 cup red enchilada sauce
2 (8-ounce) cans no salt added tomato sauce
8 (6-inch)corn tortillas
2/3 cup shredded reduced fat Monterey Jack Cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Spray a large skillet with cooking spray. Saute onion for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper and zucchini; cook for 5 minutes more. Stir in chicken; set aside.

Meanwhile, combine enchilada sauce and tomato sauce in a small bowl; add 1/2 cup to vegetable and chicken mixture.

Soften tortillas on the stove top or in the microwave oven. Dip each tortilla in sauce and place equal amounts of vegetables and chicken mixture on one side. Roll up and place in a 13x9-inch baking pan. Pour any remaining sauce over the top.

Cover loosely with foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove cover and sprinkle cheese over top; bake for 5 minutes more. Serve while hot.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Spanish and Portugese missionaries to Japan developed tempura because it reminded them of foods from home. The Japanese have extended the concept to include many types of fish, shellfish and vegetables. Hence, Tempura became a Japanese specialty. Below is the recipe from Wok Cuisine Book. You can use the tempura batter for shrimp, fish and vegetable.

8 ounces fresh or frozen peeled and deveined medium shrimp
8 ounces fresh or frozen fish fillets (about 1/4 inch thick)
cooking oil or shortening for deep-fat frying
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 beaten egg yolks
2 cups ice water
3 cups mixed fresh vegetables (asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces; broccoli flowerets; sweet potato slices; mushroom halves; sweet peppers, cut into thin strips; and/or carrots, cut into thin strips)
Sherry Dipping sauce (see recipe below) and/or Chili Dipping Sauce, Sweet-and-Sour Dipping Sauce, Spicy Dipping Sauce, Chinese Mustard Sauce, Honey Dipping Sauce, or Vinegar Dipping Sauce (optional)

*Thaw shrimp and fish, if frozen. Cut fish into bite-size pieces. In a wok or 3-quart saucepan heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of cooking oil or shortening to 365 degrees. If desired, prepare one or more of the dipping sauces. Meanwhile, for batter, in a mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Combine egg yolks and ice water; add all at once to flour mixture. Stir just till combined (a few lumps should remain).

* Dip shrimp, fish and vegetables into batter, a few pieces at a time, swirling to coat. Fry, a few pieces at a time, in the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or till golden, turning once. Using a wire strainer or slotted spoon, remove food from oil. Drain on a wok rack or on paper towels. Keep warm in a 300-degree oven while frying remaining pieces. Serve warm. If desired, serve with dipping sauces. Makes 10 appetizer servings.

Sherry Dipping Sauce: In a saucepan combine 1 cup chicken broth, 2 tbsps soy sauce, 2 tbsps dry sherry, and 1 tbsp white vinegar. Heat mixture just to boiling. Serve warm.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Embutido (Steamed Meatloaf)

An embutido is a Filipino dish that shares the same name with Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese's sausage. Filipino Embutido is better described as a kind of steamed meatloaf. It lacks a casing compared to Spanish embutido which is is served wrapped in the skin of the pig's intestines.

1 lb. ground pork
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1 cup (6 slices) finely chopped (sweet or cooked) ham
3 tbsp. minced green bell pepper
3 tbsp. minced red bell pepper
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup raisins
3 whole eggs
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
dash of liquid seasoning
salt & pepper, to taste
1 tbsp. cornstarch
slices (wedges) of hard-cooked eggs
slices (wedges) of Vienna sausage
aluminum foil, 10″ x 12″ sizes

Prepare a steamer and set aside. Alternatively, prepare a baking pan and a wire rack and preheat oven to 350°F.

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix until well blended.

Divide the mixture into 2 to 4 portions (depending on how many you want to make).

Spread and flatten the mixture onto the center of each foil, divide the slices of hard cook eggs and Vienna sausages.

Place each slices at the center of each mixture. Hold the foil onto your hand and roll until the ends of the mixture covers the eggs and sausages. Alternatively, by holding each ends of the foil, roll the mixture back and forth until it covers the slices of eggs and sausages in the center.

Finally, roll the aluminum foil into a tightly packed log about 1″ to 2″ in diameter, sealing on both ends. Repeat with the remaining pork mixture.

Place the embutido in a steamer and steam for an hour. Alternatively, place embutido in a wire rack on a baking pan, half filled with hot water.

Cover with aluminum foil (Be sure the steam will not escape). Steam-bake in the center of the oven for an hour.

Remove from the oven. Let it cool and slice into rings. Serve with your favorite catsup or sauces.

Refrigerate unused embutido.

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Today's Meal

Today's meal includes a hot Italian sausage, western cubed potatoes and beans 'n' caramelized onions. The meal is delicious for me yet not perfectly healthy since I prepared processed meat instead of grilling fresh meat. It has fresh vegetables though and I ate only small portion of each side dish. You can prepare the same meal and try grilled meat or steak instead of hot links or sausage. Try it and you will love it!

Shower Curtains

I am looking for new shower curtains for our home. Maybe the ones that can be washed well and do not contain vinyl. The curtains that we have right now need to be replaced. Hope I can find the best deals and environment-friendly as well.

Stuffed Mushrooms

I found this light Stuffed Mushrooms recipe from The picture above was taken from Isahdora and Chuck's Christmas party. Isah prepared a tasty stuffed mushrooms and I wanted to try it. So this light stuffed mushrooms recipe took my attention.

24 large button mushrooms (about 1 3/4 pounds)

* Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat
* Coat pan with cooking spray
* Preheat oven to 400°.
* Coat 13x9 baking dish with cooking sprap
* Set up the mise en place

* Clean mushrooms
* Trim and remove stems; finely chop stems.
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 garlic clove, minced
4 ounces 50%-less-fat pork sausage (such as Jimmy Dean 50% less fat)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs

* Add onions and garlic
* Sauté 1 minute
* Add sausage, and cook until browned, stirring to crumble
* Add the reserved mushroom stems, red pepper, salt, and black pepper
* Sauté 2 minutes or until stems are tender
* Remove from heat
* Stir in cream cheese and breadcrumbs

Baking the mushrooms

3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Cleaned mushroom caps

* Stuff 1 tablespoon sausage mixture into each mushroom cap
* Arrange mushroom caps in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish
* Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan
* Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until lightly golden and thoroughly heated.

Food Notebook

It is Warm Today!

I was surprised when I went out this noon and noticed that it was warm outside. I thought that winter was really over. I like it warm since winter is really cold here in Bakersfield unlike the Scottsdale Arizona weather. My step-son lives there and he said it is nice there with an 80 degrees F. I might want to live there in winter time. I am not sure if the houses there is expensive but maybe someday, my husband and I will live there. California is hot during summer, but AZ is hotter as what they say. I just want to stay there during winter.

Western Cubed Potatoes

If you are tired of mashed potatoes or baked potatoes on your dinner table, you better try this Western Cubed Potatoes recipe. Another potato dish that is different to your taste. Hubby and I love it. The recipe was taken from the Taste of Home recipe book. Hope you like it. It is good!

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 medium potatoes, cubed
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add potatoes and toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish.
Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until the potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6 servings.

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Aside from cooking, I am also fond of beading. In fact, I used beads on my winter scarves and even used some as gifts. I bought the beading supplies downtown and would want to buy more because I am planning to sell scarves. Right now, I am scouting for stores that sell cheaper supplies. I might consider They have low priced beading supplies and liquidation pricing on beads, findings, gemstones, tools, beading wire and all of your jewelry making and beading needs. Indeed, Foxy Findings brings the best of both worlds in beading and jewelry making. The supplies are in limited quantities and at these super low prices they won't last long. Let's see if I can have some.