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Juicy Seafood Please
Feb 17th, 2016 by niceyfemme

The main reason why I love travelling is FOOD. This I know for sure. In the Philippines with all our islands I’ve been hunting that delicious fish and other seafoods but so far I have not had any luck yet. It’s not that they’re not fresh; but because it’s always overcooked! Which for me is the worst you can do to seafood. They get so dry and rubbery you’ll give your jaw crazy exercise. Oh like the fish we ate in Coron in one of the tours there last year, so fresh but overcooked. 🙁

So yum and so cheap!

So yum and so cheap!

So last weekend I bought some fresh fish and was looking for fresh big enough squid with the intention to stuff it with salsa but nada. Only very small squids are available I still bought them that can do.

I haven’t been feeling this excited with cooking since time I can’t remember well since I became a mom! So excitedly £ cleaned the fish and seasoned them with just sea salt. Then I basted them with my special basting oil (hehe) and was careful not to overcook it.

Wow this has been one of the best meals I have had in a long time! They fish tasted fresh and juicy there’s really something about perfectly cooked fish! The squid was cooked great too and was awesome. I just realised this is why I lost interest in grilled seafood because I never get them cooked properly. Now I’m waiting for weekend to come (it can’t come any sooner!) for another grilling session. Yum can’t wait.

Chicken Macaroni Noodle Soup (Chicken Sopas)
Sep 12th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I’ve been having Sinigang na Baboy way too often that Mommy has been complaining already. I want an ulam with soup that’s why. So I cook Chicken Sopas instead. It’s as filling and healthy as well. I add in lots and lots of veggies.

I feel like a child that’s been allowed to roam freely in the biggest Christmas Store there is whenever I have this. Is it just me or is it the pregnancy hormones? Nevertheless it’s heavenly. It’s nourishes my soul until the next day especially true when we have leftovers of this and I have this for breakfast. YUM.

Saucy Pancit Canton
Sep 12th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I have finally reached that phase where I can’t stop myself from eating. I wasn’t like this in the previous months, just now. And when I want to eat something, I really have to have it. Lately that’s pancit canton for me, the saucy kind. Could have been more perfect if I can have it with chicken liver but no I still can’t eat liver. Bummer.

I have gained too much these past weeks tsk tsk. I can’t wait until we can all see Baby J. And maybe I can feel like myself again. The acme thread observer type of person that I am. Yeah such a weirdo. 🙂

Corn Muffins ala Kenny Rogers Roasters
Sep 3rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

I’ve been having way too much cravings recently now that I am near my due date much more than when I was in my first trimester when I just couldn’t eat. I’ve been trying and rediscovering different foods. One time I ate in Kenny Rogers because I wanted spaghetti but I am sick of Jollibee’s spaghetti which was my go to spaghetti. I ordered a combo meal which came with the muffin and to my delight, it was the muffin that I enjoyed the most and not the spaghetti which disappointed me a bit. There was a time in college when I loved Kenny Rogers’ corn muffin but through the years the quality has declined but now I find myself enjoying it again. Oh can I say that I miss their blueberry muffin as well?

So I made a mental note to try to bake a corn muffin that taste like theirs and buy corn meal. Problem is corn meal isn’t available in the supermarket where there’s one everywhere. I bought a box before in Trinoma and so when I found myself in the area I just had to buy a box asap. (BTW can I just say that in all the malls in the Philippines, Trinoma has the most expensive parking fee I have encountered. Grrrr)

I found two seemingly alike recipes online. Read the rest of this entry »

Linguine in Pinoy Style Sauce
Aug 17th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Alright, this is just like regular pinoy style spaghetti but I used linguine instead. I have always been using different pasta shapes ever since and there was a time that linguine became a favorite. This pasta made a comeback a few weeks back and I used it for this “spaghetti” dish and I also used it for chicken sopas and I actually liked it.

I cooked this at the same time with cinnamon muffin. Carbohydrates overload but they kind of goes well together. I can actually win a trophy at AwardsForAnything.com was what my cousin said for all these dishes I am cooking which is very much appreciated by people who get to taste them.

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Shawarma Burger
Aug 12th, 2012 by niceyfemme

It was only a few weeks ago when I kind of had a minor obsession with my home made burgers. Well home made because I made the patties from scratch. I love how I have full control of every ingredient I put in there. Of course being pregnant right now I have to be wary of what I put in my mouth.

Then one day I run out of burger buns but I have all other ingredients like the beef pattie, cheese, tomatoes and cucumber. Then an idea came to mind… I miss chappati! I could use chappati in place of burger buns and I could easily make it at home as I always have flour on hand. I cut the patties into smaller cuts and assembled everything on top of the chappati. Then I realized it is kind of like shawarma. It is a shawarma but is also a burger. Haha I liked this very much. Especially after all the hunger I felt after I looked for the misplaced leather repair kits. I truly believe food tastes better the more hungry you are. Try it.

Cinnamon Muffin
Aug 4th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I wanted to bake something bready one time so I again searched the net for a simple recipe that calls for simple ingredients that I already have. I happen to crave for something with cinnamon so I chose this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk just until mixed.
  2. Transfer half of the mixture to a 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar. Sprinkle three-fourths of mixture over batter. Top with remaining butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
*I added raisins, about 1/2 cup.
This is really good and very easy to make. Also, I just love the smell of cinnamon that fills the house whenever I bake this. But this recipe has inspired me to bake my tiny raisin cinnamon rolls. That’s more flavorful, has more cinnamon and has more love. I might have a problem with kneading though. Ah pregnancy….
Penne in White Sauce with Beef
Aug 3rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

Alright, I had a hard time naming this recipe because this is a made up recipe I didn’t even know about before.

I was supposed to make some Baked Ziti. I want it with bolognese sauce and bechamel sauce.  But what I wasn’t aware of is that I don’t have spaghetti sauce in stock so I just went ahead and sauteed the beef and sausage until I have the spaghetti sauce hopefully a few hours later.

I also went ahead and made my dependable bechamel sauce recipe. The penne pasta was also cooked already.

Then hunger struck. I couldn’t wait for the spaghetti sauce anymore. So I just went assembled what I already have, the sauteed beef with sausage and herbs and the bechamel sauce. Was I completely surprised that this tasted really good! I didn’t even miss the red sauce. Now this is a recipe I will keep on preparing from now on. 🙂

Tosilog
Jul 27th, 2012 by niceyfemme

My favorite silog meal. This is ♥.

There’s a new gasoline station close to where we live and I gas-ed up there once. I notice a silog restaurant (together with a bakery and car parts store that also displays photos of harley davidson parts) and of course that did excite me since I’m a big fan of silog meals. To those who doesn’t know, silog meals consists of SInangag which is fried rice, LOG which is the last syllable of itlog which is egg in english and a viand that could be anything like say TOcino which is sweet cured pork. Put together all those syllables and you have TOSILOG. So I decided to have our car washed there and try the new silog place.

I ordered Tapsilog which comes with Tapa or cured beef even though the place offers so many other silog choices. There’s tosilog but I am usually disappointed with the tocino that these kind of places usually serve. Sometimes there’s too much fat or the tocino doesn’t even taste or look like tocino at all so no I didn’t order that. I wasn’t happy with the meal they served because first of all the fried isn’t even fried. It’s like regular rice with yellow tint. The tapa I can’t even describe. I was so disappointed I had to have a silog meal at home.

This is how tosilog should be. The rice should really be fried, every single grain of it. With garlic the better. It must come with a side dish of fresh tomatoes or atchara. Then the tocino must be sweet and soft and yet cooked through, not overly cooked and burned.

This really is one of the simple pleasures in life and it’s no wonder why most Filipinos love this dish. I just can’t understand why it’s so hard to find a restaurant that serves at least decent if not great tasting silog meals. Oh I know but I’ll zip my lips for now.

Pregnancy Craving: Pancakes with Chicken Sausages
Jul 27th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Recently I’ve been finding myself staying away from plain rice. I am ok with fried rice though. And I’ve been cooking my pancakes pretty frequently like 3-4 times this week.

I’ve been trying to cook my pancakes like how I used to make them in Singapore, I made it perfect even without a recipe, just putting in ingredients by feel, because I made it almost everyday because our housemate’s son Xavian liked it very much. I haven’t been 100% successful at replicating it but I am close.

And now I like my pancakes with butter (of course!), maple syrup and chicken sausages. It’s a really nice combination. I eat this with a glass of my Anmum chocolate flavored milk with lots of ice and eat this in one of our computer carts or in front of the television. Haha I know I shouldn’t be eating in front of the tv but I can’t help it. 🙂 In these days when I find it hard to find contentment in most of the food I eat, it’s a relief to have this. And soon I’ll have the perfect recipe of my pancakes and I’ll try to note it down this time.

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