Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Feel Good Chicken Soup

Miguel was feverish since last night due to sore throat and extreme cough but it was not anything that his yaya can't handle so I didn't really think I had to skip work today. But my heart just melted when he looked at me with those pitiful eyes of his with tears running down his face as if saying, "Mommy, please stay." So I stayed home and played mom, yaya and nurse the whole day.

He is not able to eat much because of his sore throat so I cooked his favorite sopas. It's actually a complete meal in itself because it has carbo (macaroni), protein (chicken) and vegetables (potato, carrots and bell pepper). The original recipe had spinach in it but I couldn't find spinach in the market today so I skipped it. Anyhow, Miguel still liked it so much that he had 3 bowls of it.


Feel Good Chicken Soup
Recipe from www.yummy.ph

Serves 4 to 6  Prep Time 15 minutes  Cooking Time 15 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 kilo chicken breast, boiled and shredded
  • 2 11-gram chicken broth cube
  • 1/2 cup small diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup garbanzos (I use elbow macaroni or shell pasta)
  • 1 liter water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium roasted red bell pepper,diced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose cream 
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  1. Heat olive oil. Sauté onion and chicken for 2 minutes. Add chicken broth cube and stir until completely  dissolved. Stir in potatoes and garbanzos; cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour in water and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add bell pepper and simmer for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour in all-purpose cream. Add spinach and serve hot.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pork Siomai

Anyone who knows me know how much I loooooove siomai. And so I thought of trying to do it on my own. Here is my first attempt........

  • 1 kg ground pork (suggested proportion of fat to lean meat is 1:3) 
  • 1/3 cup chopped water chestnuts or turnips (singkamas)
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 medium or 1 large minced onion(s)
  • bunch of spring onions or leeks
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 50 pcs. large or 100 pcs. small wanton or siomai wrapper

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl. 
  2. Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture into each wrapper. Fold and seal.
  3. Meanwhile, boil water and brush steamer with oil.
  4. When the water gets to a rolling boil, arrange the siomai in the steamer and let stand for 15-20 minutes, longer for larger pieces.
Serve with soy sauce, calamansi and sesame oil. Chilli paste is optional.
1st batch

2nd batch

My family's feedback:

Hubby - it tastes like Almondigas
Nanay & Sister Kath - Good
Sister Mai - good but needs a little more singkamas

I think the overall taste is okay but the wrapping definitely needs a lot of improvement. Just look at the pics above, do they look like siomai to you? Anyhow, I guess I'll just have to do it again until I get it right. =)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chicken with Butter, Garlic & Mixed Vegetables

I was getting tired of the usual chicken recipes that our househelp cooks day in and day out. So I did a little googling and stumbled upon this food blog whose recipes seems to be truly "lutong bahay". Simple recipes with simple instructions. 

One of his chicken recipes caught my attention and cooked it for lunch today. Hubby and little Miguel loved it. Recipe below courtesy of  http://mgalutonidennis.blogspot.com/

Mga Sangkap:
  • 1 kilo Chicken legs cut into serving pieces 
  • 2 cups Mix Vegetables (Carrots, peas, corn) 
  • 1/2 cup Butter 
  • 1 head minced Garlic 
  • 1 large size White Onion Sliced 
  • 1 pc. large Tomato sliced 
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Basil 
  • 1 pc. Knorr cubes 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
Paraan ng Pagluluto:
  1. Timplahan ang hiniwang manok ng asin at paminta. Hayaan ng mga 30 minuto.
  2. Sa isang non-stick na kawali, i-prito ang bawang hanggang sa mag-golden brown ang kulay. hanguin sa isang lalagyan.
  3. I-prito ang manok hanggang sa pumula lang ng kaunti ang balat nito.
  4. Ilagay na ang kamatis, sibuyas at knorr cubes. Lagyan na din ng 1 tasang tubig. Haluin ng bahagya at takman hanggang sa kumonte na ang sabaw.
  5. Ilagay ang mix vegetables. Halu-haluin.
  6. Ilagay ang tinunaw na cornstarch para lumapot ang sauce.
  7. Tikman at i-adjust ang lasa.
  8. Hanguin sa isang lalagyan at ilagay sa ibabaw ang piniritong bawang.
Ihain habang mainit pa. Enjoy!!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sitcoms I Grew Up With

Sometimes the world looks perfect,
Nothing to rearrange.
Sometimes you get a feeling
Like you need some kind of change.
No matter what the odds are this time,
Nothing's going to stand in my way.
This flame in my heart,
And a long lost friend
Gives every dark street a light at the end.

Standing tall, on the wings of my dream.
Rise and fall, on the wings of my dream.

The rain and thunder
The wind and haze
I'm bound for better days.
It's my life and my dream,
Nothing's going to stop me now.