Spicy Tuna Pasta

As mentioned before, am trying to cook and bake more now.  I miss cooking, though I don’t regret asking ate to do it if it means more time with Liam and Dino. 😉

One of Ate Lilia’s weakness talaga is Pasta, so last week, decided to cook an easy peasy pasta dish.  I got this idea from Oh Georg1 restaurant here in Cebu during one of my lunch dates with Dino. 😉

Spicy Tuna Pasta
Spicy Tuna Pasta

Ingredients: (serves 3)

  • Linguini Pasta (a handful)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic (grated)
  • Century Tuna Hot & Spicy
  • Parmesan Cheese

How to:

  • Cook the pasta in boiling water with salt and a little oil and set aside
  • In a wok, saute grated garlic in Olive oil til fragrant
  • Add the oil and half of the meat from Century Tuna Hot & Spicy
  • Add in cooked pasta and toss til pasta are well coated
  • Put remaining tuna meat on top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for added yumminess

Pair with garlic toast and enjoy with your loved ones.


Tomato and Basil Pasta with Baked Chicken

Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!  Definitely, one of our favorite food.  When I was younger, only pasta I know exist were Spaghetti and Carbonara.  Ang dami pala nila.. hehehe.. This is also one of Dino’s favorites.  I’ve tried preparing all types of Pastas pati Ravioli tinahak ko na.. (un lang, it was not that successful.. haha, am still gathering more courage to try it again..)

Anyway, I got the pasta recipe from my SIL, Leah of The Bright Spot. So I will just share my Baked Lemon and Herb Crusted Chicken Fillet.  Been trying to create diet recipes and this came to mind.  here goes..

Tomato & Basil Pasta with Baked Lemon and Herb Crusted Chicken Fillet
Tomato & Basil Pasta with Baked Lemon and Herb Crusted Chicken Fillet


  • Chicken Breast Fillet
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic (grated)
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Dried Basil Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Chopped Parsley

How to:

  • Mix oil and garlic
  • on a separate bowl mix bread crumbs, parmesan, basil leaves, parsley and pepper
  • Season chicken with salt
  • Dip each chicken into the oil mixture then crumbs mixture
  • Arrange breaded chicken in prepared baking pan and top with remaining crumb mixture
  • Bake for 30 mins in a preheated oven (175 deg C)
  • Serve with your favorite pasta and drink


Special thanks to my SIL for sharing the recipe and to my good friend Jessilyn Uy for the fresh basil. 🙂

Beef and Cheese Quesadillas

Been a while since I really prepared breakfast for Dino. (and yes, may parinig na din sya on the side, hehe) We usually have bread for breakfast. Brown bread saw saw sa kape, or ham and cheese sandwich. After one of Dino’s long trip and since we both are missing our authentic Mexican Resto, decided to make quesadillas for him for breakfast. Well, it’s more of a welcome home meal na din.. hehehe


Beef and Cheese Quesadillas
Beef and Cheese Quesadillas (photos from IG)


  • Ground beef
  • Garlic (grated)
  • onion (finely chopped)
  • Jalapeno (optional) or Cayene Pepper
  • Cumin Powder (used McCormick)
  • Oregano (used McCormick)
  • Tortillas (Village Gourmet)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (bought the shredded ones in resealable packs)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (used the ones bought in containers)

How to:

  • Saute Garlic and Onion until fragrant
  • Add in the jalapeno pepper if you’re planning to use some
  • Add in the beef and saute
  • Once half cooked, season with oregano, cumin, cayene and salt
  • Mix well until beef is cooked thoroughly and set aside
  • Place one tortilla on a non stick pan
  • Arrange mozzarella, cooked beef, parmesan and more mozzarella
  • Fold the tortilla (you may also opt to cover with another tortilla – sandwich effect) and flip til both sides are toasted enough
  • Serve with Salsa and Enjoy with the family



Adobong Manok sa Gata

Am so glad that my tastebuds changed course already. For past 10 years, I really don’t like eating anything with gata.  (mind you, Gata dishes are one of de Leon’s favorite.. so boohoo for me.. but this is also the reason I knew they love me, as they will always prepare something for me.. hooray!) But now, anything with gata is oh so sarap with Kanin!!

So since, my tongue accepts gata, I searched and tried recipes with Gata already… Sayang lang, was not able to take pics of the other dishes we tried. (mental note: always take pic! always take pic)

Without further ado, here’s my version of Adobong Manok sa Gata, original recipe from Yummy.ph.

Pinatuyong Adobong Manok sa Gata
Pinatuyong Adobong Manok sa Gata



  • Chicken
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Garlic (pounded)
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Ginger (julienned)
  • Bay Leaves
  • Gata (I used canned coconut milk)
  • Fish Sauce
  • Jalapeno Chilies



  • Marinate chicken in soy sauce, vinegar and cracked pepper for at least 2 hours (the longer the better)
  • Saute garlic, onion, ginger and bay leaves til fragrant
  • add marinated chicken ’til half cooked
  • add fish sauce to taste
  • add the chilies and pour in coconut milk
  • simmer til cooked

In my case, since this was a Sunday and we don’t have help on a Sunday and Ate Donna went to church, I have to leave the simmering  to attend to Liam, when I asked Dino to turn stove off, it was already dried.  Kaba mode for me, but to our delight.. It was delish!! Dino had his second serving.. muntik na di makakain si Ate Donna. hehehe

If you have good gata recipes, please share. 🙂

Angel Hair Pasta with Spanish Sardines and Broccoli

Last Christmas, one of our big bosses gifted us with Smoked Salmon.  The box has a recipe for pasta, but some of the ingredients are not available and not known to me (actually more of this than the first, hahaha) So I searched for a good recipe on the net and found this.  First time I tried this recipe was so so, since all the spiral pasta got soggy.  Second time was better but forgot to take photo, hence no post for that, haha.

Yesterday, my SIL was here in Cebu and I decided to cook pasta for her.  I used Spanish Sardines instead of Smoked Salmon and added some broccoli flowers.

Angel Hair Pasta with Spanish Sardines and Broccoli
Angel Hair Pasta with Spanish Sardines and Broccoli



  • Cooked Angel Hair Pasta
  • A bottle of Spanish Sardines
  • Garlic (grated)
  • Onion (diced)
  • Broccoli flowers
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  • Remove fish bones from the sardines (optional) and set aside the sardines oil
  • Saute garlic and onion in olive oil til fragrant
  • Add in the sardines and saute for a minute
  • Squeeze some lemon juice to the pan
  • Add in cooked pasta
  • Put some salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Put the broccoli flowers last and mix well
  • you may add some of sardines oil if pasta is too dry
  • Serve and Enjoy!

VOILA!! Easy dish to prepare for a lazy Sunday.  I paired our pasta with Hungarian Sausages and freshly squeezed lemonade juice!  Everybody enjoyed our simple yet so yummy lunch.

Beef Noodle Soup

In line with celebrating the Chinese New Year, I cooked Beef Noodle Soup for long life!  This is also one of Liam’s favorite dish and it’s been a while since I last prepared this for them. 🙂

mommyjuvs' Beef Noodle Soup..
mommyjuvs’ Beef Noodle Soup..


  • Beef cubes
  • Garlic (pressed)
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Peppercorn
  • Star Anise
  • Kikoman Soy Sauce
  • Patis
  • Salt
  • Japanese Miki
  • Pechay
  • Boiled Egg

How to:

  • Saute garlic and onion til fragrant
  • Add in peppercorn and star anise saute for a while
  • Add the beef and simmer for 3 minutes
  • add in patis and mix well
  • add in water and kikoman soy sauce
  • Simmer til beef is tender
  • While waiting for beef to cook, blanch the pechay and boil the miki
  • Throw away water and pour cold water to miki to stop it from cooking
  • assemble miki, pechay and egg into the bowl and pour soup
  • Serve and enjoy with the family

We often pair our bowl with Siomai or Siopao and a glass of Wintermelon Juice!  YUM YUM!! 🙂

Korean Beef Stew

One of my favorite dish to cook. Very easy yet so Yummy.

Korean Beef Stew
Korean Beef Stew


  • 1 Kilo      Beef
  • 1/2 cup  Kikoman Soy Sauce
  • 6 tbsp     Sugar
  • 1 whole  Garlic (peeled)
  • 2 whole  Onion (peeled)
  • 3 pcs       Ginger (thumb size; peeling optional)
  • 2 pcs        Star Anise
  • 4 pcs        Siling Haba
  • Radish cut into cubes
  • Peppercorn
  • Salt and Chili Powder to taste
  • Dahon ng Sibuyas
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds

How To:

  • Place beef in a casserole covered with water
  • Add in all ingredients except for Radish, Onion Stalks and Sesame Seeds
  • Let boil and scoop out scums
  • Leave to simmer til beef is tender
  • Add in radish and cook til tender
  • Adjust taste by adding salt and chili powder
  • Serve in a bowl sprinkled with Onion stalks and sesame seeds
  • Enjoy with plain rice

O diba!? Easy!?

Anyway, maisingit ko lang.  I’ve mentioned I wanted to make Meringue Kisses.   It was successful and here’s my finish product!

My meringue kisses na di korteng kisses.. haha :
My meringue kisses na di korteng kisses.. haha 🙂

I  just beat the the left over egg whites, add a little cream of tartar (1/4 tsp), add a little lemon essence and a cup of sugar.  Beat it until firm to touch and spoon or pipe out onto a lined baking pan (line with aluminum foil). Then baked it for 1.5 hrs in preheated 200 degrees Celcius oven!  Voila! Dino and Liam liked it a lot. They ate 2pcs each right after I took it out from oven. Kung di ko pa pinigilan, baka naka tig 3 pa sila.  🙂

Adobo Pasta

One of my dilemma’s lately is what to cook for Dino and Liam.  Am out of ideas now a days (or tamad mode lang? hehe).  Anyway, good thing I run into Maqui’s recipe.  A little tweak (as in little) and VIOLA!! Adobo Pasta for everyone. 🙂

Hmm.. smells good.. 🙂


  • Cooked Angel Hair Pasta
  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Chili Flakes (Optional)
  • Left over Adobo
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Additional Oil for frying

How to:

  • Fry shredded Pork til crispy
  • Saute garlic in olive oil til fragrant
  • Add Adobo Sauce and remaining adobo chunks (if any)
  • Add in angel hair pasta and mix well
  • Add salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste
  • Serve on a dish topped with crispy adobo pork floss

Enjoy!! 🙂

PS:   Thanks Maqui for sharing! My family (well, that’s Dino and Liam lang) loved it! 🙂

Beef Misono (ala Tokyo Joe)

I guess it’s true what they say that babies prefer food that their mommies eat when they are still in our womb.  I remember when I was still carrying Liam in my tummy and still having morning sickness (can’t understand why they call it morning sickness when you feel it all day long, anyway) I don’t like eating out.  If there’s a time that I should go on field work and have no choice but to eat at restos, only restaurant I can tolerate is Rai Rai Ken.  I only like Kamameshi Fried Rice, Miso Soup and California Maki.  Other than that… ULK!!

Now that Liam eats with us na, we notice that the only cuisine na hindi kame nahihirapan pakainin sya is Japanese Food! Yes, you read it right, Liam loves it!  He loves Miso soup, Misono and any noodles they have. But his favorite is Beef Misono Bowl in Tokyo Joe.  So I thought of looking for a recipe in the net.  Misono pala is stir fried, kasi all recipes I found is dry. The one we are having in TJ’s is very saucy.  Thus, I tried creating my own.

After a few attempts, I think I already got it!

Beef Misono


  • Beef Sukiyaki Cut
  • 4 portions Water
  • 1 portion Kikoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 portion Mirin
  • 1 portion Oyster Sauce
  • few drops of sesame oil (depends on how strong you like)
  • Salt, Pepper and sugar to taste (Note to self:  Do not add these til last 1 minute of simmering)
  • Finely chopped Garlic
  • Chopped White Onions
  • Conr Starch
  • Toasted Sesame seed (optional, I did not add this in our meal, since Liam’s also eating)

How to:

  • Mix all liquid ingredients and garlic in a pot.
  • Bring to boil
  • Add the beef slices (I dropped them one by one)
  • Simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add in chopped Onions
  • Simmer til onions are translucent
  • Adjust taste to your liking by adding salt, pepper and sugar
  • For thicker sauce, add dissolved cornstarch to the pot
  • Serve on top of Rice with sauteed Bean Sprout on the side
  • Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds
  • Enjoy with family

Hainanese Chicken

After enjoying this dish during one of our Saturday lunch dates,  I’ve made it a mission to cook this meal for Liam and Dino.

Last night was the perfect timing since Dino just came back from a 5days hike in Ifugao (oh, how I miss Batad..).  It was already 5 years since Dino’s last climb and his uphill run last month was not enough to prepare him for the adventure.  He was complaining how tired he is and sakit daw katawan nya.. hmm.. siguro dala na din ng age!? hahahaha..

Oh well, I make it a point to cook something special tuwing uuwi sya from his long out of town/country trips, para he’ll always have somwthing to look forward to pag uwi nya. Pero after his sakit sa katawan, kahit di ata ako mag cook, he would love to come home.. haha

Anyway, my boys loved the dish, yes! Liam ate well last night, until Dino showed him the Chocolate cookies from Don Merto’s. Tsk! Tsk!

By the way, I got my recipe from Bee Yinn Low of Rasa Malaysia.  This is my go to recipe site pag asian cuisine ang peg ko. 🙂


Hainanese Chicken Rice



  • One whole Chicken (organic preferably
  • Spring Onions
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Carrots


  • 2 cups of uncooked Rice
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Chicken Broth

Sauces: Chili Sauce

  • 4tbsp Chili Sauce (any brand, but I read another post that Sriracha Chili Sauce is good. I  used Lee Kum Kee)
  • 2tbsp Chicken Broth
  • Garlic and Ginger (grated)
  • Lemon or Lime
  • Salt and Sugar to taste

Sauces: Soy Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chicken Broth
  • 3tsp Sesame Oil

How to:

  • Rub chicken with rock salt to remove unwanted residues
  • Stuff chicken with spring onion and ginger
  • Submerge Chicken (breast side down) in pot of water (chicken should at least be 1″ under water)
  • Boil until Chicken is cooked
  • Once Chicken is cooked, carefully pull out chicken and submerge to ice bath (this step will stop the chicken to cook further)
  • Set chicken and broth aside for later use
  • Wash uncooked rice and soak for 10 minutes
  • saute garlic, onion and ginger til fragrant
  • add in soaked rice and saute a little (this will give rice more flavor)
  • transfer to rice cooker and add broth to cook rice (amount of broth will depend on rice’s requirement.  Consider reducing water amount since rice was already soaked.)
  • Prepare the sauces by mixing all ingredients (recipe I read used a blender to mix the ingredients for the sauce.  too lazy to wash all parts of the blender, that’s why I opt to grate my ginger and garlic instead. 🙂 )
  • Plate the chicken and rice with some cucumber and Enjoy the meal with your family