Once in a while, I see it in the wet market and it looks so fresh that I am always tempted to buy. This morning, my son and I did our twice a month marketing and saw it, there were just four bundles on sale, I bought two and we had it for lunch along with lumpiang shanghai.
Locally, fiddlehead ferns are called pako. They are wild and nutritious greens which you can make into salads or cooked in coconut cream. Either way, they taste wonderful. Here’s the simplest way to prepare this delicious treat. I just blanched it then topped it with fresh tomatoes, red onions, strips of fresh ginger and sautéed ground pork.
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Posted in baking, dates, family life, food, recipes, tagged baking, date bars, food, life, Pitted dates, the joy of baking on January 24, 2014 |
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Two weeks ago, a friend from Hongkong sent me three packs of pitted dates and a pack of dried yellow raisins. Eating the pitted dates direct from the plastic pack is not really an option because I find them too sweet to my liking. I searched the internet for a simple bar recipe for dates. What do you know, it came out really yummy. As usual, I reduced the sugar since the dates are naturally sweet.
If you want to try this, here’s the recipe.
You would need:
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar (reduced it to 3/4 cup since the dates are sweet)
1 cup old-fashioned oats (I always use rolled oats when baking)
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (equal to 1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, diced, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 °F. Rub butter on an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Set aside. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to simmer in a saucepan. Add dates, simmer until very soft and thick, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature then stir in vanilla.
Combine flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl, stir to blend. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until moist clumps forms. Press half of oat mixture evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Spread date mixture on top. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture by pressing gently. Bake until brown at edges and golden brown and set in center, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack. Cut into bars and serve.
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Posted in AFCC Global Tambayan, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, blessings, blogging, Closer to God, entertainment, food, friends, friendship, guilty pleasures, journeys, photography, tagged Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Closer to God, Faith, food, friends, friendship, get-together, guilty pleasures, life, photography on January 14, 2014 |
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Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”
- Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
I’ve been a lazy bug lately. No, don’t get me wrong. I am just resting my weary body from fatigue. The last few days, I was so busy that I was not able to check my blog and post something. Finally, I found time to sit here for a while and update my blog. When you haven’t been blogging for a week, it seems as if you’re starting all over again.
It’s all worth it though because our little potluck lunch party was a success – lots of food, laughter and sharing. Those precious and priceless moments that only friends can enjoy together, something worth-reminiscing and the thought of it makes me smile. We were joined by two priest friends, Fr. Tacky, a Franciscan and Fr. Boy, a Dominican. Not that it matters that they belong to different congregations because they both studied in Rome and met there. We took lots of pictures of course, what’s a party without those wacky poses and shots that make us laugh. We even have to use a tripod so we could all fit into the frame. There is this picture window at our house that never fails to attract our friends and visitors to have their pictures taken there. Believe me, it has become some sort of trademark for the members of our Catholic community who drop by when they are on vacation.
We had an exchange of gifts just for fun. Imagine the laughter we had when we simultaneously opened them and found things like a roll of tissue paper which Darlene said she will take with her on her trip back to Abu Dhabi, a small bottle of efficascent oil from Reena which Matt got, packs of marshmallows and so many more. What do you think, the gift should only be worth P30 and what can you buy with P30? Reymon, aside from bringing three whole roast chicken gave us individual bags of gifts from Bench.
They were surprised to learn that eating green mango with the skin on is the best way to eat one. I asked Joan to bring me some and when they saw me eating a slice, they all tried it except Matt :) Endless laughter!
We can’t get enough so the party extended on to early dinner with ice cream, Fuji apples and suman na pinipig (the best suman I’ve tasted) for desserts. And they all said, “sa uulitin”. Until next time guys.
One of the best gifts that we could ever have is the gift of friendship.
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||Meat & Seafood
||Quick and Easy
The term teriyaki means shining(teri), broiled or panfried(yaki). Mirin, a sweet fortified rice wine is used. This is one of the recipes that I have collected from our BPI Culinary Club many years ago. It is very simple to make, you can use either pork, beef or chicken.
1/2 kilo pork (lomo)/beef(serloin)/chicken
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Vino blanco or Anisado wine
1 onion, chopped
8 pcs. garlic – poundDirections:
Mix all ingredients and cook over small fire for about 2-3 minutes.
Let cool, then marinate with the meat/pork/chicken for about 6-24 hours.
Grease pan with little oil, stir fry fast until brown
Serve with bun, loaf bread or rice.
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Posted in blessings, family life, life, rituals, what's cooking?, tagged Christmas 2013, Christmas countdown, Faith, family life, food, life on December 21, 2013 |
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Before you think I am super excited about Christmas, I am. Since December 21 is about to end in a few hours, let my count be, it’s three days to go before Christmas.
It was a busy day for me (weekends are always busy days). We went back to the wet market to buy last-minute things that we need to prepare for Noche Buena. I’m finally done cooking embutido, our Filipino version of meat loaf. My son requested that I put whole hotdogs inside so I also bought Purefood’s tender juicy hotdogs. I normally don’t put hotdog in my embutido recipes but it’s Christmas anyway so I let my son indulge a bit. This afternoon, I made a lightning visit to the grocery store to buy confectioner’s sugar since I am also planning to bake chocolate crinkles (another request from my son) but I was a bit disappointed when the sales clerk told me that he doesn’t know what confectioner’s sugar is. They have baking supplies in their shelves and he pointed to the baking powder lined up there, such a shame because they clearly lost a customer because I am not going back there. I am reminded a few months back when I was looking for baking soda in another supermarket and the sales clerk told me that it was quite sometime since they had a box in their shelves. I asked how could they sell all those baking goodies when the ingredients are not even complete. On my next visit, I was surprised to see small boxes of baking soda prettily lined-up along with all-purpose flour, cake flour, rice flour and boxes of baking mixes. I smiled. At least they listen to the needs of their customers.
Christmas time is a perfect excuse to make those sinful and calorific sweets. I don’t eat much of them anyway because I usually give them to our neighbors and friends. There is nothing like a home-cooked food to share, right? I am planning to bake chocolate chips cookies with cashew nuts. Yes, you heard it right, cashew nuts. Although there are plenty of cashew nuts here, they don’t come in cheap but compared to other nuts like pecan or walnuts which cost an arm and both legs, they are more practical to use. Come Christmas Eve, I’ll make carrot squares to go with the traditional pancit bihon and fried chicken. I usually spend my time laboring in front of the stove after the holy mass come Christmas day. This will probably be the only time that I won’t do it because I can always prepare the Callos and macaroni salad the day before. Would love to spend my time playing with Nate when they come over to celebrate with us.
And Christmas will always be the best time of the year to share love and joys and make peace with those who may have offended you at some time in your life. I remember a year ago, I posted this message on my wall, Happy Birthday Jesus! And a child of nine, a relative asked me, “why happy birthday” so I told him, He is the reason why we celebrate Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone!
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Posted in food, photography, recipes, what's cooking?, tagged Chinese recipe, family life, food, life, photography, siomai soup, siomai-making on October 5, 2013 |
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It’s been a busy week but son managed to make siomai a few days ago. We were able to buy fresh molo wrappers and thought of preparing one of our favorite Chinese recipes, siomai. Even my nine-year old niece knows how to prepare it (sans the cooking of course) because it is also her favorite. I put half of it in the freezer and thought of making siomai/molo soup but I could not find fresh noodles in the supermarket. When there is no expiry date attached to it, I ignore it no matter how fresh it looks unless you buy them in wet market from a suki. And since I don’t want to reheat it and steam it again, I decided to make do with vermicelli noodles, a lot cheaper than other noodles but taste good just the same. Using a few stalks of green onion from the garden, a bit of garlic and chopped red onions, salt and pepper, it turned out yummy. And a hot soup is perfect for that unexpected rainy evening.
Siomai soup, anyone?
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