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Cooking everyday is something we do back in the Philippines. Not just once but thrice or more. Yes, we cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner and sometimes, snacks. I grew up eating freshly cooked meal. We don’t have fridge, nor microwave that is probably why, they need to cook all the time. My mom is a busy mother but she always manage to feed us proper breakfast. When I moved to my grandparents house when my father died, my grandma or my Aunt  always cook breakfast too and never let me leave for school without anything in my stomach. We may not be rich but I grew up like that and made me realized hey I am rich! Rich with loving relatives.12047699_914155175342753_316491862_n

I must admit, I hate cooking! I was asked to cook several times when I was younger  but I never enjoyed it, not until my family and I moved to America and have to learn how to cook or my family will either end up broke eating out or starve to death! I can’t really say I am a good cook now, I am still in the process of learning. But I am proud to say I can cook without looking at the internet/recipe now, and can even make up my own recipe (wink! wink!). My husband seemed gaining weight by eating too much (thank  goodness, he is doing some exercises now!), my kids are not complaining except when you give them vegetables (LOL) so evidently I am doing an OKAY job. (what do you think?)  I am not gonna hide how proud I am to myself. I never imagined myself cooking dishes that I always thought was hard to make. I am hoping to expand my knowledge and learn more recipes. NO,  I still don’t love cooking but I do it for my family and will do it forever coz I LOVE watching them eat and enjoy what they are eating!



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This was our lunch last weekend…slices of carrots and celery, baked spicy chicken wings and our all time favorite  – Lumpiang Shanghai or most commonly known as Spring Rolls. I’ve been eating spring rolls my whole life in the Philippines but last year was my first time to make some since I am craving for it, then I realized it’s not that hard to make but a lot of process. Usually if you go to a party, this appetizer is always present! For most of the people this is classified as appetizer but not for most Filipinos like us  coz we love to eat it with steamed or friend rice! Preparing it is a little bit complicated because you have to grind   most ingredients with food processor or blender if no other choice.  Let me try to write my version of recipe for some people that asked for it… IMG_146810333036_633023386789268_374482674_o

Lumpiang Shanghai Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground pork
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup cabbage (optional. I wanted more veggies for my kids thats why I added it.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon soysauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Lumpia wrapper (you can find it at ACHAU in Rogers or at MANNA ORiental in Springdale)
  • cooking oil

Cooking Procedure

  1. Grind the carrots, onions, cabbage, garlic , parsley  and green onions using food processor one ingredient at a time
  2. Mixed all ingredients in a bowl starting with the onion, carrots, cabbage, green onions, parsley, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and 2 pieces raw egg. Mix well. (You can use 1 raw egg only if you want and use the other one egg for wrapping, but in my case, I used both eggs and I used water to seal the wrapper)
  3. Once all ingredients are mixed, scoop 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon of our mixture and wrap it with thr lumpia wrapper. (but the large square wrapper instead of the small one. You can wrap it the way i did and cut it after frying in small portions or you can cut the wrappers into 2 triangles and make 2 spring rolls out of it.
  4. Heat the cooking oil in a pan or deep fryer. Deep fry your lumpia until golden brown. Remove from the fryer and put in a paper towel to remove dripping oil.
  5. Transfer to serving plate with Sweet and Sour sauce in a separate saucer and voila! Enjoy your SPRING ROLLS!!!!

You can always leave a comment for questions and suggestions.

NOTE: If you think you cannot finish everything in one meal, don’t fry them all. Just like frozen products we’re buying in store, it can also be stored in freezer and fry it next time you feel like eating Srping rolls again.

Thank you for visiting!!! ENJOY!



It’s Saturday and I feel like using a TIME OFF for just one day. I’m lazy and don’t wanna do anything in my kitchen so I ordered pizza, sliced some carrot and celeries and opened a bottle of coke for dinner! Tell me if it’s just only ME or it also happened to other moms in the world?

I love DOMINOS pizza, I’m contented with the HAWAIAN FLAVOR or HAM and BACON Toppings. I love the crust and not to mention the garlic sauce! Hmmm…yummy! I am not sure actually if I am just lazy to cook or I just wanted to eat pizza once in a while haha! Aside from that, you know what is cool about ordering online is this pizza tracker (see pic below). I am always enjoying this while I wait at home. You can actually change the setting but I love this particular regular setting.  Oh well…delivery is here! Chao!

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I discovered a new, easy and delicious recipe last Christmas. Our company’s christmas party was held at La Quinta Hotel. Everybody brought something, ofcourse I didn’t cook so I just bought disposable utensils while others brought different specialty of their own. Don’t ask me how they taste like coz it didn’t stick in my mind tastebuds. What caught my attention was the Sopapilla Cheesecake. One of my close friend/ co-worker made it so I asked the recipe right that moment!

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My first Sopapilla Cheesecake

Here is the recipe my friend wrote for me:

Ingredients: 

– 1 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese (softened)

– 1 and 3/4 cup of sugar

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 1 (8 oz) cans of refrigirated original crescent rolls

– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

1/4 cup honey

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F then prepare 9×13  inch baking dish with cooking spray

2. Prepare the Cream Cheeese Mixture – Beat the cream chesse with 1 cup of sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth, set aside.

3. Prepare the Butter Mix – Stir 3/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and butter , set aside

4. Prepare the Cake – Unroll the cans of crescent dough, use a rolling pin or just press it into the bottom of your pan/baking dish,  spread the creamcheese mixture on top evenly then cover with the remaining crescent roll. Dot the butter mix on top of the cheesecake.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for  30 minutes or until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown. Remove from the oven after and drizzle with honey. Cool pan then cut into squares.

I hope you like it like I do. Serve it warm, ENJOY!

Tip:  Store left overs in the refrigerator. Heat in an oven for 8-10 seconds and serve!

 

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 | Desserts, Fun Food, Holidays, Ocassions, Snacks | No Comment Yet


Cooking different recipes is really one of the exciting stuffs to do in the kitchen, much more in discovery new ones. Yet, sometimes a whole day of is really tiring. With that, we end up in ordering fast food instead.
Fast food is only good if taken occasionally but when you say everyday… it’s no longer healthy at all. With that, cooking at home is still the best thing to do. But for instances like tired from work, searching for healthy foods to order is more convenient rather than choosing fast food chain.
Varieties of restaurants include foods that are far from the food served in fast food chains such as vegetables, sea foods and so much more. Unlike fast food chains, mostly restaurants care about the health of their customers (although, some don’t actually care at all). With that, ordering in restaurant that promotes healthy foods is more convenient than those who just care about their business.
Just like fast food chains, most of restaurants nowadays do accept orders online. And with that, people don’t need to get worried in case they can’t prepare for dinner since they can buy seafood online or even other food which they can select on the menu a restaurant has. Indeed, very convenient!
Posted on Nov 17, 2012 | Everyday Dishes, Fun Food | No Comment Yet






The kids enjoyed Easter Egg hunt adventure in our friend’s house last Easter Sunday. We had our simple celebration with Ihaw-ihaw  (grilled) foods, play time in their backyard, easter egg hunt and egg decorating.

 Before we had lunch, the kids enjoyed the new trampoline our friend got in their backyard.  They loved it and even asking if can buy it too aside from the patio swing that they keep on asking us to buy. Unfortunately we can’t have this stuff until we got our own house in the future.

After playing we had feast on the Ihaw-ihaw foods…

Grilled Liempo, Grilled Fish and Chicken, fresh fruits and veggies :)

And finally, EGG HUNT and EGG Decorating time!!


HAPPY EASTER everyone!



I was watching a koreanovela entitled PASTA in Netflix yesterday and I suddenly craved for Macaroni Salad, weird huh?  In that series they are making different kinds of foods that made me drool and crave for different dish. I am done cooking with shrimp scampi the other day, yesterday I end up eating cup noodles because I saw it in PAST too and now I am making ….

Chicken Macaroni Salad

1 cup elbow macaroni (not cooked)

1/2 lb boneless chicken breast or ham (cooked/cubed)

1pc apple (cubed)

1/2 cup onion (chopped into small pieces)

1/2 cup raisin

1 hard boil egg (cubed)

1 1/2 cup mayonaise

1 tsp salt

and

1 tsp pepper

Making Macaroni Salad is as easy as abc..all you have to do is boil the macaroni noodles, cook the chicken if you don’t have the canned chicken breast, boil the egg and of course chop the ingredients that needs to be chopped.

After preparing all these ingredients, start mixing the elbow macaroni and the mayonnaise together. Make sure to mix them evenly the start mixing all the other ingredients too. Put some salt and pepper to taste.

Now my appetizer is ready! Hmmm yummy!

ENJOY!

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 | Appetizers, Fun Food, Ocassions | 3 Comments





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