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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.

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.

Pinatisang Baboy (Pork in Fish Sauce)
Jul 26th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Don’t be deceived by this photo. It doesn’t look like it’s going to rock your world but it did rock mine. 😉

This is a dish from Bulacan. I’m half Bulakenya by the way. More than a month ago, I reached a point in my pregnancy where no food satisfied me and I’m one person where satisfaction is a big deal. (This made me realize I am at that point again, no contentment with food grrr.) And it’s as if I’m missing and craving something I can’t put my finger on. Then it hit me. I’m missing the dishes I grew up with, the dishes my Nanay prepared for me and my cousins. Then I set a date to go back there and it’s not near where we live now. Without traffic it will take me around 2 1/2 hours of driving and that is without traffic. So I headed there early in the morning before 6am and wow it was heaven driving in Edsa at that time. In around 30 minutes I was already in NLEX. 🙂 Yes guys that is possible in Edsa even I couldn’t believe it you just got to have extra scorpion motorcycle helmets on hand. 😉

Going back, I asked my aunt to show me how to cook this dish and Tinumis which is the Bulacan version of Dinuguan which is pork in blood stew. It sounds yucky but it is at least for me one of the best dishes in the world. I tried my best to document the steps through video and by writing it down but it got a bit confusing since she was cooking these two dishes at the same time. I went home with big containers of Tinumis and Pinatisang Baboy. I froze them after putting them in smaller containers and we had enough supply to lasts us for months.  It’s amazing how much rice I can eat with gusto with this dish. Now my tummy is quite large now and I shouldn’t be driving to far places so I guess I will have to try to make this dish myself. I truly hope I can make this dish and make it taste like the original version. Fingers crossed. 🙂

 

Cream Puffs (Improvised)
Jul 26th, 2012 by niceyfemme

One time I went to Mommy’s office and her colleagues ordered some cream puffs. I had one then another. It tasted new to my taste and I liked it and made a mental note to try to make it myself. I relied to the internet (I love internet!) with step by step instructions… It’s easy to do I found out…


Freshly baked.

It’s a different kind of dough from the ones I already made before. Why? Because you have to cook the dough stove top then bake it. Then you make the custard filling and let it cool completely before you stuff it in.

I didn’t have the ingredients to make a thin ganache so I just melted some fruit and nut chocolate which we always have since it’s the one I like. Read the rest of this entry »

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