Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mung Beans and Ham in Coconut Milk

This is the first time that I tried cooking mung beans/munggos with Coco Milk. It turned out good and addicting too! I soaked half of the mung beans pack in water over night and simmered it till tender the next day. We have plenty of left-over ham so I made cubes of it and added a lot to the mung beans. I added 1 can of coco milk (about 1 1/2 cups) then just let it boil before adding flavor. As for the seasoning, I only used half of the pork bouillon cube. Then when done, I added plenty of spinach, my favorite! Served it on top of steam rice.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


It's my first time to try this snacks. They say it's an Ilocano delicacy. It is similar to what we call Maruya or battered and crisp bananas. But my friend used Gluten rice flour. Her version doesn't have squash or karabasa/kalabasa and she added butter to it too. Below is the recipe that I've found online. You may use it as a reference.

Baduya Karabasa Hawaïï
20 oz. Mochiko ( Gluten rice flour )
3/4 c brown sugar
1 c cooked and mashed pumpkin (karabasa)
1 can coconut milk
oil for deep frying

Mix mochiko, sugar, pumpkin and coconut milk together until a soft dough is formed. Heat oil. Drop by tablespoonful into hot oil. Cook until golden brown. Balls should float to top of oil when done.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Yolly's Chicken Curry

This is my first time to try cooking chicken curry. Actually, I was just helping a friend preparing this and it came out really good. Yolly was not used to make curry using curry paste, so I was helping her with it. We just read the directions on the back label of the curry paste pack which is for Chicken Curry recipe. She was using only a pack of coconut milk but I read that it should be 2 packs which is equivalent to 4 cups of coconut milk mixed with the paste. So the ingredients are: chicken parts, potatoes, bell peppers, onions, coconut milk and the curry paste. The chicken meat was cooked first and the potatoes were cooked separately as well as the curry sauce. The vegetables were fried separately and mixed to the meat after everything was cooked. The sauce was made of the coco milk and curry paste, cooked separately till blended well. Then the curry sauce was added to the meat pot and was mixed, stirred thoroughly. It was then served and eaten with right. Yum!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fair Trade Mark in Cooking and Everyday Life

I wonder if you guys have heard of Premcrest Fair Trade. I came across with their website. it's actually an online fair trade wholesaler. They have a variety of Premcrest Fair trade wholesale brands. I know you guys cook and eat daily. Premcrest have 40 years experience in selling fair trade food and drink products so they can guarantee that they can serve you right. At Premcrest, we can save money if we buy wholesale brands. They do have clearance items too.

It would be nice to use fair trade products in cooking and every day life. I am browsing their product and would want to explore more. Hope you guys will visit the site too.

Mac Enchilada

If you are craving for enchilada, you might want to try this dish. Another way of making enchilada, it's called Mac Enchilada. I have tried it at a friend's birthday party and it was really good. I love Mexican/Latino food so I like trying any dish prepared. Hope you will like it too.


1/2 cups large elbow macaroni

1 pound ground beef

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sour cream

1 cup milk

1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 can enchilada sauce

1 small can sliced black olives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add water to a medium saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Add macaroni and bring back to boil, stirring occasionally. Cook for approximately 8 minutes.
While pasta is boiling, brown ground beef, breaking into small pieces, and drain if necessary. Set aside.
In the same pan, add butter and melt. Remove from heat and add flour. Add back to low heat and stir in sour cream and milk. Constantly stir for several minutes until mixture is thoroughly heated and starts to thicken.
Add in cheese by stirring in about 1/2 cup at a time until cheese is melted into the sauce and smooth.
After pasta is finished, drain and run under cold water.
Mix together macaroni, beef, cheese sauce, and olives and place in large casserole dish. Pour enchilada sauce over the top of the macaroni mixture. Top with additional cheese and olives. Bake for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spinach Casserole

Oh this is yummy! For those who are a fan of spinach, this is a dish that you should try, tasty and healthy. On top of that, it is easy to prepare. I got this recipe from Thanks to my friend Gena who made the dish and let me try it. I love it!

2 (15 ounce) cans spinach
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
8 ounces sour cream
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of celery soup
fresh parmesan cheese

1 Drain spinach.
2 Mix all ingredients together.
3 Pour mixture into casserole or baking dish.
4 Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese.
5 Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.