Happy Heart’s Month

Happy Heart’s Month guys!

Before I start writing about how we celebrated our hearts’ month, I just want to share a little something about Dino and me.  Well, we are not the usual couple who give gifts and make reservations for dates during special occasions.  We don’t wait for occasions to do these.  We give each other gifts anytime we can, and we make sure that we go out on a date once a week.  Especially now that Liam is hoarding all our time, not that we are complaining.  🙂  Fancy restaurants are not our thing either.  Though we still do this once in a blue moon.

It’s always nice to reminisce how we used to date before.  We usually go back to our cheapest yet sweet and memorable date spending only 120 for our dinner.  I wanted to eat lugaw that night and with Manila’s hustle and bustle, we opt to go to SM and eat at the food stands beside the supermarket.  We ordered lugaw, shawarma rice and 2 sago’t gulaman.  Eating while standing, talking and laughing all the same time.  Saya lang to be carefree.

We also have this habit, when we still use to commute, to stop by manang’s place where we have tuhog tuhog.   This is not the usual fish ball cart, Manang has a store and she sells fish balls, kwek kwek, hotdogs, fried tofu and squidballs outside.  We never fail to stop by her store to buy and eat some before Dino would walk me home. One of the things we look forward to when Dino is on color coding.   Haaay, those were the days.

Anyway, this year, Dino made our Valentine’s a little extra special and hmm.. a bit long. 🙂

A week before V-Day,  he asked me on a date (ehem!! yes, he did in his not-so-sweet ways, hehehe. Pero for me, it was kilig! haha). He made reservations in La Maison Rose, a french restaurant here in Lahug.   Lunch was okay.  What amazes me was their menu book.  They use iPad’s where you can browse their menus and place your orders at the same time.  You can even add remarks for your special requests.  Cool no!?  For food photos and comments, do check out Dino’s blog.

Parang bridal photo shoot lang no!?  I love the fresh flowers.. so nice! :)
Parang bridal photo shoot lang no!? I love the fresh flowers.. so nice! 🙂
while waiting for our lunch...
while waiting for our lunch…

 

Feb. 14, 2013, V-Day!!  Knowing that all couples will be crowding the road, we opt to celebrate it at our favorite Mexican restaurant.  Aside from the great food, it’s just walking distance away from our home. 🙂 Yes, we walked to and from La Lagrima.  Had a little chit chat while we are walking.  Looking back at 11 years of togetherness. 🙂 We weren’t able to take photos na, but you may check what Dino have to say about this authentic Mexican food in his blog.

Just the other day, before February totally says goodbye, Dino asked me out again! Knowing that I wanted to go back to David’s Steak House, he invited for a dinner date.  We tried this first with our boss, where I shared an eat-all-you-can cowboy steak with our boss.  Dino on the other hand ate a Steak Sandwich that was also ohhh so good!

This time around, since it was just me and Dino, we did not get the eat-all-you-can.  Dino ordered the same sandwich and I had a rib eye steak.  Sarap!

For our drinks, Dino had a Dalandan Slush and I got Strawberry Shake
For our drinks, Dino had a Dalandan Slush and I got Strawberry Shake
Dino's Steak Sandwich with Fries..
Dino’s Steak Sandwich with Fries..
My 500gram Rib Eye Steak! (before you all say am matakaw, I shared this with Dino, hahaha)
My 500gram Rib Eye Steak! (before you all say am matakaw, I shared this with Dino, hahaha)
Photo Opt while waiting for our dinner
Photo Opt while waiting for our dinner

 

There!! We had 3 dates this month to celebrate our love. 🙂 If you will ask me which of the 3 is the best, I would say (and I bet Dino would agree with me) it was the Mexican date where we were able to walk to and from our home holding hands and talk about some sweet and not so sweet stuffs. (but if it’s the food, David’s hands down! hahahaha)

 

 

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..

Ingredients:

  • 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!! 🙂

Frozen Brazo de Mercedes

Everybody who knew me knows how I love desserts and Brazo de Mercedes is one of my favorite.  It’s already been years since I planned to bake one for us. But never put my hands on it until last week.  While researching for a good recipe, I ran through a Frozen Brazo de Mercedes recipe from Yummy.  Why not do this instead.  Dino likes this better than the classic Brazo de Mercedes.  So the baking begins. 🙂

My very own Frozen Brazo de Mercedes
My very own Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (taken from my instagram)

Ingredients – for the crust:

  • 1 pack Crushed Graham
  • 1 stick Butter (melted)
  • Sugar

for the custard:

  • 1 can Condensed Milk
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • Cornstarch diluted in water
  • Lemon Flabouring

for the Merigue:

  • 6 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • Confectioner Sugar for dusting
  • a tub of Vanilla Ice Cream (you may also opt to use other flavor)

How to:

  • Prepare crust by mixing all ingredients together and press down onto baking dish; set aside 
  • Prepare the custard by whisking egg yolk and condensed milk
  • Cook in a saucepan stirring constantly
  • Pour in diluted cornstarch while stirring
  • Add in Lemon Flavor; set aside to cool
  • Prepare the Meringue next by beating the egg whites with the cream of tartar until frothy
  • Gradually add the sugar until stiff peaks form
  • Pour the mixture into wax paper lined pan and bake at 150 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes (brush wax paper with butter)
  • Turn the baked maringue on another wax paper dusted with confectioner sugar
  • Pour cooled custard onto Graham crust
  • Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream to create another layer
  • Last, top the layers with Meringue (Brown side up)
  • Freeze again and enjoy with your loved ones – YUMMY!!

Another reason why this dessert came out really good…

Look who's my sous chef....
Look who’s my sous chef….
One.. Two.. Three.. :)
One.. Two.. Three.. 🙂
Yum! :)
Yum! 🙂

Korean Beef Stew

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

Korean Beef Stew
Korean Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 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.. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 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

Ingredients:

  • 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. 🙂

Enjoy!

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Ingredients:

Chicken:

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

Rice:

  • 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

 

 

Spinach and Mushroom Rubber-ioli

Dino’s been craving for Raviolis these past few weeks and i added it to my list of must cooks.

Boy! will I not make these Raviolis no more! Grabe ang pawis at pagod!!  Unles, I add these to my exercise routine.. NOT!  The Outcome!? It’s more of a Rubber-ioli. Hahahaha.. My pasta was so thick, the outer part (where I pressed it to hold the fillings together) was hard!  We have to trim our raviolis so we can eat it.  Filling and sauce was good though…

Ingrredients:  Pasta

  • 3 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • vegetable oil

Filling:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Button Mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • Spinach Leaves chopped
  • Cream Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Sauce:

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic (Crushed)
  • Tomatoes (diced)
  • Button Mushrooms (sliced)
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Mix together ingredients for pasta till flaky
  2. Knead about 10 minutes
  3. Set aside for 20 mins (refrigerate)
  4. Prepare filling
  5. Saute Garlic and Onion til fragrant
  6. Add button mushroom til all liquid evaporates
  7. Add in spinach and cook for around 2 minutes or til wilted
  8. Add Cream Cheese and mix well
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
  10. Prepare the Raviolis
  11. Flatten the dough super thinly (use pasta machine – highly recommended)
  12. use dough cutters to cut into round or square pieces
  13. Put a tablespoon of spinach and mushroom filling to one of round dough
  14. cover it with another pressing the outer part together to keep filling intact
  15. repeat 13 and 14 until all dough and fillings are done
  16. Cook prepared raviolis in boiling salted water til pasta is done
  17. prepare sauce while cooking raviolis
  18. Saute garlic and tomatoes until tomatoes are wilted
  19. add mushroom
  20. season with salt and pepper to taste

VOILA!

 

Note to self and Dino.. Don’t do this again.. Go to a fine Italian restaurant for a date if we want raviolis. 🙂

Roasted Chicken in Tarragon with Herbed Baby Potatoes

Ang haba ng Title! kalowka!! hahahahaha

This is one of my favorite dish to prepare and munch lately. Dino liked it as well. Ever since kinulit ko si Dino to buy me a small Oven, I made sure na masulit ko sya. Dino love baking and grilling. Since this will entail less oil, he feels na healthier siya. and I think so too. 🙂

This is one of my original recipes.  I wanted to roast chicken one time so I checked what I have lang in our cupboard. It turns out well naman.  Experiment stage lang is the time of cooking and how hot will we cook it in. 🙂

Roast Chix and Baby Potatoes. Dino is complaining about my plating, no color contrast daw. hehehe..

Roast Chicken Ingredients:

  • Chicken Quarter Cut (any part you like, but thigh with legs are better for this, since breast will be too dry for roasting
  • Lemon
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayene Pepper Powder (optional, you may also use Paprika for less spicy taste. But Dino loves spicy food, so Cayene is the answer)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Herbed Baby Potato Ingredients:

  • Baby Potatoes (washed and cut into halves or bite size pieces)
  • Butter
  • Finely chopped garlic
  • Rosemary and Thyme Leaves
  • Salt to taste

How to:

  • Squeeze a little lemon juice on the chicken
  • Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayene
  • top with dried tarragon leaves
  • leave to marinade for around 15 to 30 minutes
  • Roast at 150°C for about 10mins or until chicken turns white
  • Increase heat to 250°C and roast until done (this will cook chicken faster, make it more juicy and crispier
  • While roasting, you may put baby potatoes into salted water and boil until cooked
  • Once cooked, on another skillet, melt butter and saute garlic until fragrant
  • add in cooked potatoes
  • season with rosemary and thyme leave
  • add a little salt to taste (skip this if you’re using salted butter)
  • Serve and enjoy! 🙂

By the way, I served this with fresh lemonade. Sayang naman the remaining Lemon. Nagutom ako while writing this post. hmmm.. yum! yum!

Sausage and Brocolli Pasta

My sister will kill me na. (buti nalang am in Cebu) She’s been nagging me to cook for her and telling me how she missed me. Then Dino’s been posting images of our meal. Lalong lagot. Inaasar daw namen sya.. hehehehe Oh well, ganyan lang ang lambingan nameng 2. 🙂

Anyway, chanced upon this recipe in Home Cooking the Costco Way recipe book our Boss’ Wife gave us.  Buti nalang din I saw this. Dino kasi loves pasta and mapurga naman sya if laging Spaghetti diba?! hehe.. We’re not so much into white sauces din kasi, kaya this one is really perfect.

thanks to my loving bobe for taking this pic. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Cooked Spaghetti (I usually use Linguini for this dish, but we have spaghetti pa in the cupboard, so I used it for this one)
  • Olive Oil
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Blanched Brocolli Flowers
  • Chopped Chicken hotdogs (you may also use frankfurthers)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

How to:

  • Saute garlic in olive oil until fragrant
  • Add in chopped tomatoes, saute til wilted
  • Put in Chicken hotdogs and brocolli flowers, saute til hotdogs are cooked
  • Add in cooked pasta
  • Sprinkle Parmessan Cheese, Salt and Pepper
  • Toss til well mixed
  • Serve and Enjoy

I served this last night with Fried Chicken. We used ready mixed seasoning and I asked Ate Lilia to cook it for us lang. 🙂 You may also pair this with Steak or Chicken Fingers. Yum! 🙂

Note:  Original recipe used Italian Sausage instead of Hotdogs.  I tweaked the recipe lang to our liking.  🙂