Friday, July 30, 2010

Shrimps with Coconut Cream (Ginataang Hipon)

This is my version of ginataang hipon. I usually cook this over low fire until oil separates from the coconut milk.

shrimps (medium sized)
coconut milk
garlic and ginger
green chilies (optional)
vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste

It's very easy to prepare. Saute garlic. Add the shrimps and continue sauteing. Simmer with the coconut milk and ginger and chili if you wish. Add the coconut cream (the thick one) and continue cooking until it's done. Season with salt and pepper. Best served on rainy days!

Brownies Delight

A very dear aunt of my kids sent two boxes of these heavenly goodies for us. We all loved it, promise!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

My Sotanghon Guisado

To keep my kids energetic, I always see to it that they always have enough carbo (aside from rice, of course) everyday. This is one of those recipes that I can cook, literally, with eyes closed. :-)

It's very easy to prepare this piece that's why a week won't be complete without this dish being prepared as morning snacks or lunch fare of my kids.

Ingredients :
A pack of sotanghon
sweet peas
garlic, onion, red bell peppers
soy sauce, olive oil
water, broth
salt and pepper to taste

Cooking this dish is really easy. You just need a wok or pan and a wooden ladle. You just have to put a little of everything while stir frying. I don't have exact measurement of the seasonings since I just rely on my instincts and taste buds while doing this simple but appetizing dish.

This is best served or prepared as baon with calamansi on the side!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hampalaya (Bitter Gourd with Ham)

I have no problem with my kids when it comes to eating ampalaya. Children normally abhor the bitter taste of this veggie but in my case, I created a dish that made them love this veggie for life! I named this recipe as Hampalaya. It's a simple and nutritious viand ideal for breakfast and baon for the kids when they go to school.


ampalaya (medium sized)
sweet ham (sliced thinly)
garlic, onion, tomatoes
olive oil
salt to taste

It's very easy to prepare. Saute garlic, onion, tomatoes in olive oil. Add in the ham ( no need for longer cooking time because its pre cooked) and ampalaya. Cook uncovered to retain the color of the veggie. After a minute or two, put in the egg and salt to taste. No need for MSG because the ham will already enhance the taste of this recipe. Best served with fried rice, coffee/milk, fresh fruit and a smile!

n.b. A thing I learned from my Lola and found it effective, never touch or mix the ampalaya until it looks done so that it won't have bitter taste. Just let it cook in its own juice and the heat coming from the other ingredients.

Friday, July 16, 2010

My Kittens in the Kitchen

I have always been fascinated with food. Good food. My grandmother who reared me up used to tell me before that good food must be considered if you want to have smart kids later on. Good food need not be expensive at all. All you have to do is to take into consideration the nutrients of the food you are going to cook and see to it that the cost needed for the ingredients and its preparation is within your budget. This has been my guiding light inside my kitchen world!

These people here could attest that I can cook. . . really good food!
Ladies and gentlemen, these are my kids and their Auntie Vangie.
They are my kittens in the kitchen!

From this time on, I will be sharing with you my friends things that I do, I am doing and I will be doing inside my world, the kitchen!

I will be featuring here also real nice food from the outside world! We will learn and enjoy together with this food trip. . .

Bon appetit!