Thursday, March 29, 2012

Super Baby Shrimps

I came across these super fresh baby shrimps during the early morning mangrove planting we had yesterday. Can't help it but beg the lady carrying a bagful of this to sell a portion of it to me. Good thing that she succumbed to my charm and persistence ;-D

During brunch, I prepared these two simple dishes out of the 10-peso worth of baby shrimps I bought earlier.

This used to be a childhood fave of mine. I  could still remember  the smell of of our house then - an aroma that could make everybody present there - frown ;-D However, buying those freshly caught from the bay shrimps made me see the difference between fresh and not so fresh seafood commodities. It's glaring! Yes, mamma mia, even my kid who was awakened by the delicious smelling dish I was frying can attest to my findings ;-D

baby shrimps
beaten eggs
salt, pepper, garlic powder
spring onions
vegetable oil

Mix the first four ingredients and deep fry in vegetable til it turns golden brown.
Best served with vinegar and garlic dipping sauce.


so easy to prepare . . . I just picked all the available veggies in my garden. Cooked in boiling water without oil . . . ahhh so refreshing to the palate!  Could make you crave for more . . .

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hmmm Marang

This is one of my favorite fruits

The marang tree of my uncle is at the peak of its fruiting season now. Fruits looking like christmas lanterns made me salivate everytime I look at them ;-D

I was awakened this morning by the very sweet smell of this heavenly treat. My uncle picked several tree-ripened marangs and with his generosity it reached our dining table at once. ;-D

True enough, it was bliss!

flesh so white, sweet, and tender
what more can I ask for?

Can't hardly wait for the next batch of fruits to ripen ;-D

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rainbow Pasta salad with Bacon Bits

raw pasta

I love the colors of this pasta dish. It is so appealing to the eyes.

cooked pasta sprayed with black pepper

cooked pasta mixed with pineapple tidbits, bacon bits, cashew nuts, mayonnaise, milk, a dash of salt and pepper, and olive oil

the finished product

this is best served after chilling for an hour . . .

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Yummy Creamy Pork Chop

This is a recipe derived from my friend Tina's (Pinay inTexas) website. :-D

The sister of my mother-in-law and her grandson are here in Gensan for a short vacation. They stayed in our home over the weekend. Did my marketing Friday afternoon consisting of bangus, tilapia and porkchop and only to find out that my MIL's sister does not eat at all said varieties of fish. It is a good thing that my pantry is full of ingredients for pasta dishes so preparing a dish that requires the same things comes easy and handy for me.
I whipped up this creamy pork chop recipe ;-D


3/4 kilo pork chop
olive oil
sliced mushroom (canned)
cream of mushroom
evaporated milk
garlic powder
onions (sliced into rings)
fresh parsley (from my garden)
ground pepper and Thai fish sauce

- rub the pork chop with ground pepper, garlic powder and a little fish sauce. Let stay for around 30 minutes.
- pan fry the pork chops in a minimal amount of olive oil over medium heat then set aside. (don't overfry pls.)
- in the same pan, saute the onions and sliced mushroom. Set aside.
- in a separate pan, simmer the evaporated milk and cream of mushroom. Season according to your liking with minimal garlic powder, ground pepper and Thai fish sauce. Add the pre-cooked pork chops together with the onions, sliced mushroom bits of fresh parsley. Simmer for the last time over low heat for 2 minutes.
- Serve hot with plain rice.

happy eating!

note : the best compliment I've heard from my mom-in-law's sistah "ang galing mong magluto!" ;-d

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shrimp and Sweet Corn Soup

Whipped up this very delicious soupy dish over the weekend. So easy to make and so good for chilly mornings ;-D

5 pcs. sweet corn on the cob (freshly picked - if bought,
make sure with outer green covering on)
25o g shrimp
butter and vegetable oil
garlic, onions, red bell pepper, spring onion
corn starch
pepper and thai fish sauce

- Heat a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add butter and oil
- Saute garlic, onions, bell pepper. Add shrimp
- Add water and let it boil. Add the sweet corn kernels
- continue boiling for around 5 to 10 minutes then reduce heat. Add in pepper and Thai fish sauce
- Taste and adjust seasonings. Add beaten egg
- Continue stirring. Add the corn starch to thicken the soup.
- Garnish with finely chopped spring onions.

Serve while still hot. :-D

cooking tip: add a little iced cold water to the beaten egg before you put it in your soup for better texture.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I Love Krispy Kreme Breakfast!

half slices of Peanut Butter & Kreme
and Hershey's Cookies & Kreme variants

Downed these two slices of doughnuts with black coffee - and it was simply heavenly! ;-D