Friday, December 2, 2016

Beef Tapa

One of many things I missed back home is the availability of good food any time. When I said anytime, I mean even on 12 midnight. Oh yeah, small restaurants that we called carinderia (eatery) are open 24 hours a day. They can really make my tummy happy always. 

These eateries normally serve foods like congee (lugaw) and rice combos such as ToSiLog, LongSiLog, CornSiLog, TapSiLog and the menu continues. The rice combo meals compose of meat of your choice, fried rice (sinangag) and fried egg (itlog). That is where the names came from. 

I am a big fan of these dishes so imagine my dismay waking up late and wanting to have them but no eatery around to serve me those. Well, I'm far away from home but I can keep some in my fridge for rainy days. There is a solution for every craving. 




Beef Tapa

Easy
Serves: 2
Prep: 12 - 24 hours 


Ingredients:

½ kilograms sirloin beef (thinly sliced)
4 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
4 tbsp white sugar
1 whole lemon (squeezed)


Method:

  • In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, salt, ground black pepper, white sugar and lemon juice. 
  • Slice the beef thinly and put in a container with lid. 
  • Pour the pre-mixed seasonings and mix thoroughly. 
  • Put in refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. 
  • After marinating for the 24 hours, the tapa is now ready for frying. 



Recipe by : Luto ni Nanay (Mom’s Cuisine) 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

15-minute Pasta and Pesto Recipe

Normally, I just go to a nearby shop to buy pasta and pesto. Not anymore. Out of my curiosity to cook new recipes, I ended up pulsing my food processor (you can also use mortar and pestle), trying to create a pesto sauce. I'm so delighted I tried it because the end product was so good. 

Pasta and Pesto 
Pesto Sauce can go with any kind of pasta you like. May it be penne, farfalle, spaghetti or macaroni. Since it's so easy to make, freshly prepared is better rather than buying a ready-made in the grocery. Plus, making your own gives you the liberty to adjust the taste based on your liking. You can even change few ingredients if you want. Just like what I did in this recipe. I incorporate cashew nuts instead of using pine nuts. 

In cooking pasta, I always love mine 'al dente', meaning a little firm or with some bite. I heard from one of my favourite chefs that pasta is easily digest if cooked in such way. Besides, who wants mushy pasta? I don't. 

For me, Pasta and Pesto is better served with other side dishes. I tried mango salsa and boiled egg. The combo was near to perfection. You can also try other side dishes like garlic bread, coleslaw, tuna salad and plenty more to choose from. But you can also have it on it's own.

Here's the recipe for 15-minute Pasta and Pesto. Hope you'll like it and remember sharing is caring.


Easy
Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes (for the pasta only)


Ingredients:
Penne Pasta or any other kind of pasta you desire

For Pesto
½  clove Garlic (chopped)
½ Lemon (squeeze the juice)
½ cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Fresh Basil leaves picked and chopped
¼ cup Cashew Nuts (or pine nuts)
salt and pepper to taste

Method
  1. Using a food processor, pulse the basil leaves and salt.
  2. Then add the garlic and cashew nuts or pine nuts.
  3. Transfer in a bowl and add ¼ cup of parmesan cheese.
  4. To bind the ingredients, pour extra virgin oil. Adjust it until you have an oozy consistency.
  5. Add some salt and ground black pepper based on your taste.
  6. Add the rest of the parmesan cheese and stir more oil.
  7. Squeeze some lemon juice, just enough quantity to create a little sour kick. (this is optional)
  8. Finally, mix the pesto sauce into a cooked pasta of your choice.






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Friday, November 18, 2016

Me, My Kitchen and Groupon #ad #spon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way. 


I remember the first time I fried an egg. It was supposed to be a sunny side up but ended as burnt scrambled egg. Thanks to the sticky frying pan (which I nearly throw in the bin if only it’s mine).

It was not the only time my kitchen tools messed up with my dish. And it sucks. Waste of money and effort. If only I can doctor everything. But not. Sometimes the decision of using old pots and pans can lead to a disaster, hungry husband and mad wife.

Then I recall my mother telling me to get quality kitchen tools to help me through the day. She said there are plenty of good stuffs out there that will not hurt my pocket. That is true.


Let’s Go Shopping

Normally, I go to the malls for buying what I need. But I having a 2-year old now, shopping online sounds a better idea. Don’t you think?

Since it’s the time of the year to make a wish list, Groupon will be my best friend. Finding what I need and saving at the same time are the goals. Browsing Groupon Goods made me realized that I need new slow cooker, pots, smokeless stovetop grill, titanium pans, wok, shoes. (Wait, shoes?)

Yes you heard it right, shoes and clothes are available in Groupon too. Wow, it amazed me even more to see that Groupon Goods have lots to offer from Electronics down to Home Improvement. This is indeed a one stop shop for all our needs. I found great deals in items I searched so far. I am so pleased to see that there are loads of brands to choose from. I can truly save a huge amount of money for my Christmas shopping. I also love the fact that it's so easy to sign up and for free. Plus the website is easy to navigate.

Hmmm...my mind can't stop thinking of what I need now.


Do you want to save for your Christmas Shopping using Groupon?
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mango Salsa

Salsa is a Spanish word which means sauce. Normally, it is tomato-based with few add-on ingredients. This can be spicy or not (depends on what you prefer). In some occasion, salsa can be made of different fruits and vegetables. One of this is Mango Salsa. With the name itself, you already know that the main ingredient of this dish is mango.

This is my first time to share with you a simple yet sumptuous dish that can be eaten on it's own or as side to any food you like such as pasta, barbeque or any fried foods. Do not just take my word that it is delicious, you have to try this, really.


Mango Salsa @lutoninanay

Mango Salsa

Easy
Serves: 3-4 
Prep: 15 - 20  minutes




Ingredients:

1 whole mango (diced)
2 tomato (diced)
1 cup cucumber (diced) 
½ cup red bell pepper 
½ cup green bell pepper
½ cup yellow bell pepper
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp granulated sugar 
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon 
1 tsp of honey


Method:
  1. Diced the mango, tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, green red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper. 
  2. Mix all the ingredients stated above in a big bowl.
  3. Season it based on your  preference. 
  4. Served cold or hot ( whatever you like) on its own or as side dish. 


I would love to hear your thoughts about this recipe. You can leave a line or two below. Thank you and don't forget sharing is caring. Bon Appetit!


Recipe by : Luto ni Nanay (Mom’s Cuisine) Mango Salsa





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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Filipino Cakes on All Saints Day

The smell of freshly made latik (solid coconut curds) bring me back to the celebration of Undas (All Saints Day and All Souls Day) on my childhood days. The food, the lighted candles, the candle wax balls, flowers and short break from school. I clearly remember all that. 

These days means extra time to play with cousins and friends. But when I smell the aroma of the coconut coming from my nanay's (mom's) kitchen, I hurried back home as fast I could. That's because I want to be around whenever mom is cooking . I was so interested on what and how she's doing (and for me to taste it first). I normally helped  my mom in the kitchen even on my early age. From mixing to eating.  :) 

Being away from my family is sad especially when there's an occasion or holiday. But being away also gives me the courage to try things on my own like cooking different Filipino dishes and delicacies. Besides, my nanay is just a call or text away to guide me on my kitchen adventure. 

Here are some of the famous Filipino delicious cassava and glutinous rice cakes on All Saints Day. 






These cakes are pretty heavy on stomach. I suggest, get your tea or coffee ready on the side if your having a slice and don't forget to share no matter how good it is.





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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Quick Garlic Sauce

Breaded mushrooms, fish and chips , shawarma. These foods call for delicious garlic sauce. To be honest, this is so easy to make. Few notes though, do not put too much lemon juice as it will ruin the whole batch. Another thing, little salt and pepper will be just fine. Otherwise, adjust to your own taste.





Quick Garlic Sauce


Easy
Serves: 3-4
Prep: 5 minutes


Ingredients:
1 clove garlic (very finely chopped)
8 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon parsley (finely chopped)
Salt and pepper


Method:
In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients. Let it stand for few minutes and your dipping sauce is ready to enjoy.

As you see, making this garlic sauce is pretty easy. In that regard, I don't prepare much of this sauce. Besides, freshly mix sauce is better.

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