Monday, November 01, 2010

mango frozen delight

modified recipe a.k.a. mango pavlova, mango torte

you will need:
oatmeal cookies (since no graham crackers here), can also use butter cookies
cream (used whipping cream coz no nestle cream here)
condensed milk
ripe, sweet mangoes (peeled, sliced)
yoghurt (any flavour) - i added this coz cream was not enough!
cinnamon powder


1. crush oatmeal cookies until fine, and put a layer on the bottom of baking pan or glass dish; set aside; also keep some for topping later
2. in a bowl, mix cream and condensed milk; put a layer over the cookie layer
3. add a layer of sliced mangoes
4. add a layer of yoghurt
5. add a layer of mangoes
6. add a layer of cream and milk mixture
7. sprinkle top with remaining cookie crumbles and cinnamon powder
8. freeze for at least 12 hours

You can modify this by adding some crushed peanuts or cashew nuts. And adding more layers depending on your supply of ingredients.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

yakisoba egg noodles

my first time to use this kind of noodles, which i bought from foodland the other day. it is similar to our fresh pancit but a little more rounded and thicker. i modified the recipe (as usual!)

bacon - cut into small pieces
carrots - cut into strips
enoki mushroom
cabbage - cut into strips
yakisoba egg noodles
knorr cubes
soy sauce

1. cook bacon until oil comes out
2. fry garlic and onion using oil from bacon
3. stir together until brown
4. add carrots
5. add mushroom
6. add a bit of water, then the knorr cube, soy sauce, pepper, chilli sauce (optional)
7. boil a bit, then add the noodles, stir to mix
8. add about a cup of water and bring to boil
9. add cabbage, stir to mix, and remove from fire

this will taste better with shrimp and liver...
mix with lemon juice and some chilli powder if desired

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fish dish

A couple of weeks ago while doing our grocery shopping at Foodland, we saw some mullet fish. We call this 'gisaw' in Kinaray-a (banak/talilong in Tagalog). I always associate this fish with simple cooking such as paksiw or pinamarhan ...although here in Thailand we can often order it deep fried with garlic or herbs. So how do we cook this fish at home? It is simple.

1. Put the fish inside a pot (to be used for cooking).
2. Add some vinegar (until half of the volume of fish)
3. Add salt or soy sauce, chopped garlic, sliced onions, pepper
4. Optional: pepper corns, bay leaf
5. Add some water
6. Boil until it is nearly dry. Add some olive oil if preferred.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Kitchen is open again!

More than a week ago my husband and I decided to do our own cooking again. Living in Thailand makes it easy to just go out and eat. It is more convenient, and saves time, money and effort. So we did just that for ages now. But then a couple of weeks ago, while eating lunch bought from the cafeteria, I smelled something from the food we bought. It seemed that the oil used for frying is not a new or fresh one. I could smell it. I wanted to spit the food out. I was eating alone at that time. Later in the afternoon I told my husband about it and we agreed that we better cook our own food. It would take a lot of our 'free time' to go to the supermarket and cook. We have established a routine now. When we arrive from work in the evenings, we would prepare our food for lunch the next day. Just like when we were in the UK. Then the remaining food we keep for dinner. So far we have done this last week, for 5 days. Below are the meals I cooked:

Friday -Stir fried kwangtung leaves and carrots with S&P Italian sausage
Monday - Spaghetti with tuna and mayonnaise
Tuesday - Pork adobo with carrots (dry)
Wednesday - Chicken adobo with brocolli (with sauce)
Thursday - Bitter gourd omelet with corned beef
Friday - Stir fried kwangtung and grilled chicken with black pepper

I took note of them so that I could cook them again. I asked my husband what else he wants to eat and he replied: pinakbet and sinigang. I have never cooked pinakbet the Ilocano way (served in Pinoy parties) but I can find the recipe and try it. I have my own list as well, which includes pesto spaghetti (as per my BFF Lalaine's recipe), sweet and sour fish, & other stir fried menus.

So far we have survived eating our food without heating them by also bringing cup soup so at least there is something hot. Also we have a small bottle of chilli powder with fish flavour to get that spicy taste! It is very appetizing.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Fried noodles

Fried noodles is one of the simplest meals to cook. You just need to mix spices and vegetables then add the noodles.

meat (pork or chicken)
other VGs if available (beans, bean sprouts)
fresh egg noodles (can be any noodles)
seasoning: soy sauce, pepper,
optional seasoning: oyster sauce, sesame oil, chilli sauce or powder
olive oil (or any oil if not health conscious)

1. Saute garlic and onion in olive oil
2. Add meat and stir until brown
3. Add shrimp and stir
4. Add the hard vegetables (except cabbage) and mix well
5. Add some water or stock to boil the vegetables in; sometimes enough water can come out of the VGs but you don't want to overcook
6. Add some seasoning
7. Add the noodles and mix together; let the bit of sauce to boil
8. Reduce fire
9. Add the cabbage and mix properly
10. Taste and add some more seasoning accordingly