Posted in Cooking experiment, Family matters, Married Life

Cooking for someone you love- Our 7th year Wedding Anniversary

How did i missed to post our simple  seventh wedding anniversary. This year we decided to have a quiet dinner at home and opt out of the expensive supper date . And for me there really is nothing more romantic than cooking a wonderful dinner for the person you love. Someone once told me a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. 

I cooked Spinach Carbonara, Chicken Parmigiana and Ham and Cheese Roll.          Part of cooking a romantic anniversary dinner is not spending the evening in the kitchen away from your loved one. So i didn’t bother to bake sweets for dessert.After all, this was MY anniversary too and didn’t want to spend the day baking away.  

An evening of delicious food and great company made this a romantic anniversary dinner at home.

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Posted in Cook's Nook, Cooking experiment

To-Go-Baked Pancake with Your Favorite Hotdog



We loved pancakes. We loved Purefoods hotdogs. How about pancake and hotdog in one bite?! Pwede di ba..

The idea is to use a basic pancake batter recipe, fill up a muffin tin with batter, then top off each muffin with hotdog.



This plain pancake mixture is actually quite tasty all on its own.  You could make this baked pancake without any additional toppings and it would be delicious.



These are such an awesome grab-&-go breakfast.  They are also perfect pambaon ng kids.👍



Posted in Cooking experiment, Uncategorized

Monggo Beans Buchi

Our family loved the buchi from chowking but we are too lazy to go out. Instead yesterday, I tried making buchi for the first time.

For those wondering what buchi is. Buchi is a sweetened mongo beans are deliciously wrapped in glutinous rice flour and deep fried. This is popular merienda in our country.

I made everything from scratch and I was able to make 20 pieces of buchi…and now, they’re all gone!

I can’t share the recipe kasi I didn’t get the result that I was hoping but hubby said that it was delicious. I’ll try to make it again and if everything works fine, I’ll definitely blog it again.

However, if you want to try it you can check panlasang pinoy blog.

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Posted in Cook's Nook, Cooking experiment, Sister bonding

Let’s Celebrate – Roasted Pork with Mushroom Sauce

To savour the success of my sissy (passing the DHA exam) daddy A cooked his special cuisine.

A dinner experience that combines great food with a creative twist. No one does it perfect!

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Daddy’s Roasted Pork with Mushroom sauce..

Best paired with Yang Chow Fried Rice and Buttered Corn.

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Congratulations sissy! So proud of your achievement!!

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Posted in Cooking experiment, For the love of baking

Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon and Sugar Pretzels

Who says you have to be an excellent baker to create desserts?

Sweeten your day with a cute little mouth-watering pretzels that your hubby and your kids will surely praise you for such a wonderfully delectable dessert!

Okay don’t think that I’m intentionally trying to kick you from your healthy living habits . But I guess we will all agree that you can never say ‘NO”with that amazing aroma of fresh pretzels baking in the oven.They’re just SO GOOD. So buttery and warm. So chewy and soft. Sweet,savoury and sinfully delicious. I’m lost of adjectives how can I describe the taste of Auntie Anne’s pretzels!

If STRICT DIET means NO SWEETS then you better stop reading this post and just stick to fruits and vegetables snack.

 But let me tell you- this is the real deal! You’ll thank me for this small burst of warmth in your home..

And because you can never have enough chocolate, feel free to add some extra chips..I swear these pretzels will be your signature entrée..

Here’s how you do it…

Ingredients

pretzel dough

1 1/2 cups warm water (110-115F)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter (melted)

topping

1 tablespoon of cinammon powder

1/2 cup sugar

poaching liquid

10 cups water

2/3 cup baking soda

Directions

In a large bowl, add 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, and yeast to 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Let the bowl stand about 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. It should bubble.

Add the flour and melted butter and mix until completely combined.

drop the dough on a smooth surface and knead for 7-10 minutes (trust me, it’s not hard).

Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for an hour. The dough should roughly double in size.

After it the dough has risen, preheat the over to 450F and start boiling the 10 cups of water in a large stock pot. Once you have a rolling boil, add the 2/3 cup baking soda. Prepare a baking sheet with a very lightly oiled parchment paper.

Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into 16 inch ropes. The dough is very elastic, so it will tend to shrink a few inches as soon as you stop rolling it out – that’s normal.

To make a traditional pretzel, take the rope and form a ‘U’ shape. Twist the ends twice, then fold them back down onto the base of the ‘U’
For the traditional pretzels, lower them carefully into the boiling water with a spatula. They will sink initially, but float up to the surface after 15-20 seconds. Let them boil for about 45 seconds then lift them out with a spatula, and move them to the baking sheet.

Brush the butter on the tops of the pretzels, then sprinkle some (mixed cinnamon and sugar) over the top and add chocolate chips (use as much as you’d like).

Serve warm with a nutella-whiping cream dipping sauce.

Nutella/whipped cream sauce – Start with Nutella and add the whipped cream until you like the creamy consistency. Yum!

It’s a day of indulgence- so enjoy it for what it is!!

Posted in Cook's Nook, Cooking experiment, For the love of baking

Cook’s Nook – Eggplant,Cheese and Chicken Muffins

Do you want to tease your taste buds? Then you should try this super easy,super yummy and super hit meal to your family. It’s like twisting a simple recipe to make it more alluring and resto- worthy.

Can I applause whoever invented mixing the eggplant with eggs.C’mon, how can someone knew exactly that egg and eggplant goes well when cooked.What a brilliant idea!

Well, I’m talking about the favorite dish of us Filipinos. In Tagalog we called it Tortang Talong or Eggplant Omelette para sosyal..hehe.

Basically it’s a variation of the eggplant and egg but this time it has an extra ingredient which is the ground meat.

Garlic,Onion,2-3  large  eggplants,milk, 2 eggs, grated mozzarella cheese,chicken mince & dash of pepper and salt

Here’s how to cook the dish:

  • In a skillet or frying pan, saute garlic, onions and ground meat until tender and lightly brown then add eggplant.Season with salt and pepper and saute for 3 to 5 minutes then remove from heat.
  • In a separate bowl beat the eggs and milk.
  • Spray cooking oil to the muffin pan then pour batter and 1 tablespoon of the cooked chicken. Covered with grated cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated 180oC oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Serve with hot plain rice or garlic rice.

Start your week with an healthy meal to remember and enjoy eating!!