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Pretty Mangoes

Isn't she getting prettier every day? I can't wait to get my hands on her.

Bakareta

Ingredients:
3 lbs. beef roast, cut bite size
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup soysauce
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 med. carrots, cut bite size
2 pcs. med. potato cut to eight pieces
1 pc. med. size red bellpepper
1 pc. med. size green bellpepper
1 can snowpeas /guisantes
1 med. size onion
1/2 garlic head, crushed
1/2 cup liver spread
salt and pepper to taste



















Cooking Direction:
On a wok brown the slices of beef till golden brown and set aside. On a deep pan place saute garlic, onion and the browned beef then cover with enough water and bring to boil. Keep adding water till the beef is almost cooked. An hour after add the soysauce, tomato sauce, groundpepper and salt to taste on medium heat. When the meat is tender enough to eat start adding the carrots, potato, green bellpepper, red bellpepper and the snowpeas for five minutes. Last add the liverspread and the grated cheese. Now your dish is ready to serve.

Bulalo con Nilaga

All I wanted is a lot of veggies and soup for dinner.
Seven bone beef boiled with peppercorn and onions for 2 hours or so (till the beef is tender enough to eat). For shorter boiling time you could use pressure cooker. Add veggies starting from carrots, potato, red bellpepper, petchay and napa cabagge. Season with fishsauce. If you want you could use salt instead of fishsauce (patis) and extra ground pepper.
After adding the napa cabbage to the dish make sure to remove the pot from the heat. That will avoid the veggies from over cooking. Also you can remove all the veggies from the pot and place on a separate bowl and serve as a side dish with fishsauce for dipping.

Rubys Diner - Fullerton, CA

I got a coupon from Rubys Diner for buy one get one free. They have a huge selection and everything looks great. The servings are huge too.
Tuesday night kids eat free? We're there....
THE "REALLY" BIG BREAKFAST
Three eggs served with three strips of smoked bacon, three sausages and two slices of country ham for a "really" big appetite!
DELUXE CORNED BEEF HASH & EGGS
The diner stand-by goes deluxe! Two farm fresh eggs cooked any style alongside the leanest, most delicious corned beef hash you've ever tasted!

Indian Mango

New pictures taken minutes ago. Looks like this bunch is almost ready to eat.
This bunch for sure will wait for me.

Potatoes and Herbs

Ingredients:
2 lbs. red baby potatoes, boiled (aldente) separate and cut in four
1 med. onions, cut cubes
1 small red bellpeppers, cut thin
a pinch of italian seasoning
a pinch of dried basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Cooking direction:
In a pan saute bellpepper and onions using olive oil. After few minutes add the boiled potatoes. Stir and cook for 3-5 minutes. Season with the italian seasoning, dried basil and salt and pepper to taste. Ready to serve.

Best as a side dish for baked/broiled steak or baked chicken.

Steak and Potato

7 Bone Pot Roast marinated with italian seasoning, garlic salt and lemon & pepper seasoning salt, cover with aluminun foil and baked for 3 hours on 425f.
After few hours in the oven the meat gets so tender and juicy. Give it a try. Best specially when the meat is on sale.

LoSiLog


Breakfast choices for today. I went light and had pandeleche and eggs. My hubby had LOnganisa, left over SInangag from last night and itLOG.

Palabok

From Pinoy Fiesta for $2.99. I like this idea where they already have this ready pack to go. I sometime buy me this to take to work the next day.

I got lazy today and decided not to cook thingking I could survive with green salad but I was dead wrong. It was already 4 p.m. when I asked my hubby to drive with me to Pinoy Fiesta to get some muchies. Wrong idea going to a Pinoy Resto with an empty stomach. Thingking just grabbing few muchy but I end up with $26.- something bill... see below the rest of my munchies..

Flat Tops

From Pinoy Fiesta for .79 cents for this little bag of 10 pcs. Reminds me of high school days where everytime I get my allowance I always buy me a bag from Washington Supermart.

Paborita

Paborita biscuits from Pinoy Fiesta for $1.99. My old time favorite biscuit growing up.

Kropek

Shrimp cracker from Pinoy Fiesta for 99 cents.

Pata in Hoisin Sauce

Another recipe of UT-Man from Abu Dhabi, http://overseaspinoycooking.blogspot.com/.
He is now my new idol in cooking. This is the second recipe I got from his website and so far both of the recipe turned out really good. I know this won't be the last...... Thank's Mr. Ut-Man!
I got interested in Braised Pork Leg with Hoisin Sauce recipe of Ut-Man. Seems to me like a chinese recipe and it looks so good that it's worth a try. After two hours of slow cooking on medium heat it's all worth it because it is what I expected. Really tasty and reminded me of Summer House Restaurant in Iloilo. I just can't remember what they call this menu.
Recipe of http://overseaspinoycooking.blogspot.com/:
Pata, pork leg
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
1 head garlic, crushed
2-3 pcs. dried chili
1 pc. star anise
1 tbsp. cornstarch (I did not use cornstarch)
1 tsp. sugarsalt

Cooking direction:
Ask the butcher to saw cut the pork leg into large serving pieces. Wash thoroughly and remove all traces of blood. In a saucepan put cut pork leg, pour water to cover, bring to a boil and simmer for a minute. Now drain first boiled water and rinse off all scum. Return cut pork leg in the saucepan pour fresh water to cover, add in garlic, soy sauce, star anise and dried chili. Bring to a boil and simmer at low to medium heat for 1 hour, add more water as necessary. Add sugar, hoisin sauce and oyster sauce simmer for another 25-30 minutes or until the meat is tender and the pork skin is soft like gelatin and the liquid is reduced to about half. Thicken sauce with cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup water. Season with salt to taste if required. Serve hot with a lot of rice.

Yang Chow Fried Rice

I made some changes with the ingredients. I used chinese sausage, ham and shrimp instead of bbq pork. The way I always order from Bamboo Restaurant in Brea, CA.
I done have any other veggies so I used some carrotts and bellpepper and it worked. Try using mixed veggies. I think it will be better. Cooking direction:
Start by frying eggs (beaten), cut cubes and set aside. Using the same wok pour a spoon of cooking oil. Add chinese sausage (cut cubes), ham (cut cubes), shrimps (peeled and cut halves), bellpepper and carrotts. When it starts to sizzle pour in 2 to 3 tblspn Char Siu Sauce and mix. Few minutes after add the cooked plain rice and keep mixing for at least 5 minutes. Last, add the cooked egg and mix again. Remove from heat and ready to serve.

Masagana Tuna

After looking at Jorp's blog (Flavors of Iloilo) I felt the urge of having tuna in can for dinner. Run out of Century Brand so I settled for this.

If you look closer you will notice two slices of pineapple and a slice of red bellpepper. Actually that is all the pineapple and bellpepper in one can.
Not bad or I was just hungry. Did not even bother cooking it. Just pour it straight on top of the rice and warmed for few minutes in the microwave and I have an instant dinner.

Happy Saint Paddy's Day!

Green Cookies
Green Sprinkle DonutsIrish Soda Bread

Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.
In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick's Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland 's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows. (from history.com)

Grilled Tahong

Grilled in charcoal and served with lemon and tabasco sauce.

Happy Birthday CJ!

Just like yesterday, CJ is turning 7 on the 17th. They had a little celebration yesterday.

Monggo Guisado

Ingredients:
1 bag monggo beans
1 pck. chicharon
2 pcs. petchay cut small
6 garlic seed minced
1 small onion sliced thin
salt and pepper to taste
Cooking direction:
Boil monggo beans till almost done and set aside.
On a separate pan saute garlic and onion till glazed then add the chicaron. Pour the sauteed mixture on the boiled monggo and continue to boil over low heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the slices of petchay. After few minutes remove from heat and serve.

Great Fries and Steak


This is my favorite out of all food place in Brea Mall Food Court... They make a killer french fries. Cut fresh with skin and fried. I ordered Super Steak sandwich with grilled mushroom, onion, melted cheese and lettuce.

Thank you my friends!

Thank you Jorp and Amy for this special Iloilo edition Food Magazine.
Thank you Nat for carrying this all the way from the Philippines and sending it to me.
Thank you Lee for being part of this!
Thank you my dear blogger friends!
I am so excited! This is the most special gift I ever recieved this year. I owe you one guys!

BBQ Oysters

Grilled and served with lemon and tabasco sauce...namit!Juicy and meaty but I still prefer the oysters from Alan's in Oton.

Hinanggop

Picture credit to Jake M. of http://weekendpastime.com/.
Don't remember the last time I had hinanggop or even binuro nga hanggop. Now I am dying to have some. I think I still have some dilis in the freezer.
Thank's Jake for sharing this dish/apetizer.

Indian Manggo Tree

We planted this tree 3 years ago in our house in Iloilo. It's up to my knee when we first planted this tree and now it's above the roof of our house and already have fruits too. (click on the picture for a better viewing)

ToSiLog

Tocino, Sinangag at Itlog
Sunday breakfast.....
Rice cooked with a lot of crusched garlic and soysauce.
Scramble egg & Pork Tocino cooked well.

Norms - Anaheim, CA

Breakfast at Norm's...
I love this restaurant specially the breakfast menu. Cooked old fashion way. Choices for breakfast: Steak cooked medium well, eggs cooked sunny side up, hashbrown cooked well and white toast.

House Salad

Dinner served....Garden Salad with French Fried Onion for extra flavor on Honey Mustard dressing.I went to see my doctor today for a check up. I don't want to discuss the details (I don't really know how to explain) but it got to do with acid. She gave me prescription for Prevasid 30 mg. I now have to watch (again) my diet.
I did my research on what food is high on acid and to my surprise almost everything. Mostly from the list are veggies, fruits, seasoning, etc. It was a very very long list and seems like meat is not included. Surprised! Nothing left for me to eat :(...
Lately I have been watching my diet. My cholesterol is not being nice. I have been eating lots of veggies and fruits.
Now I am so confused. What is left for me to eat?
My favorite salad dressing w/c is honey mustard is on the list too. I guess it got to do with the vinegar in the mixture.
Yes, it's not only from what I eat but also the way I eat. Proper diet is eating a small portion every 3 hours instead of a full meal 3 times a day.
I am still researching what is the best to avoid this weird feeling in my tummy.
Any opinion?

Ampalaya Guisado

This is a simple dish and healthy for those who loves bittermelon like me.
Ingredients:
1 lb. ampalaya, cleaned and cut bite size
1 med. onion, sliced thin
2 pcs. small tomato, sliced thin
4 pcs. garlic, crushed
1/4 lb. shrimp, peeled
salt & pepper to taste
Cooking direction:
Saute garlic, onion and tomato till caramelized on medium heat. Add the shrimp and stir then add the slices of bittermelon. Season with salt and pepper. After few minutes add 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil in low heat. Wait after few minutes then stir and remove from heat.

Balut Tagalog

Food find from O'Manila. They have it on a steamer on top of the counter next to the register. My hubby was drooling so I agreed to get him some not knowing that we could finish all four pcs. I am not a balut eater but I don't mind the yellow part. That only after my hubby opens it for me and separates the yellow part. It was hard for me taking this pic but for the sake of blogging.