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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Chicken Soup or Tinola

Since my kids loves my Tinola I often make it at least once a week. They'll love it with steamed rice and can eat almost the whole pot. Well, the 3 of them! I love it myself too. Is it somehow the easiest and quickest food to prepare for them. So last Monday I made them the special Mummy's Tinola for their supper. And they were all happy and exciting when I told them just in e bus what they are having for dinner. Imagine that? If they are happy, I am too!

Here's the picture after as well as my ingredients:

Whole Chicken (chopped into big cubes or any cut sizes)
Bell pepper
ground black pepper
Sweet cabbage/spinach/string beans
Potato and carrots (optional depending on what I've got in the kitchen)
Sayote (would be great)
Onions
Garlic
Garlic granules
Chicken cubes/all purposes maggie magic sarap
salt
Oil

Ask me my recipe, or cook it your own way as you prefer lol

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Mung Bean Soup

This is my lunch today and it is so delicious that I had to have 2 bowls of it. Mind you, I already had my first batched of lunch which was about quarter to 12 and now its quarter to 2 already so I think it is my in between meal food 😀 Here's how I cook this delish mung bean soup from my own made-up recipe and just sharing it in here for anybody would like to try :)

Ingredients:
1 cup of mung beans ( or as much you prefer to cook)
1/4 cup of spring onions ( or 2 pieces then chop it)
1 tablespoon of red onions (chopped)
1 tablespoon of garlic (chopped)
1 bell pepper ( chopped thinly)
2 handful of string beans ( or again as much as you like)
1/4 teaspoon of table salt ( or a pinch will do)
1 teaspoon of all purpose magic sarap (optional)
1/2 teaspoon of black ground pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic granules (optional)
1 tablespoon of oil (vegetable oil or olive oil)
6 cups of water ( boil one as it is quicker and you could add more water if needed)

Procedure:
1) In a cooking pot pour the mung beans and wash it at least twice then add 3 cups of water and bring to boil but check regularly to make sure it has still enough water. Add more water if necessary until the mung beans get soft and the skin are totally peeling or separated. Then check it water are all soaked dry to the mung beans and stop the heat. Then leave it to dry for half an hour or you can do it overnight if you prefer to. Meanwhile, get all other ingredients ready and chopped as possible as it is a quick and easy process.

2) In a pan heat the oil then add the chopped garlic and followed the chopped onions. Wait until brownish before adding the softened mung beans. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes.

3) Add hot water then bring to boil (approximately 20-30 minutes). When its boiled add dried seasonings such as, ground black pepper, garlic granules, salt, all purpose magic sarap along with the bell pepper. Bring to boil again for 10 minutes.

4) Add the string beans and simmer for 10 minutes.

5) Sprinkle the spring onions then leave to simmer for 1 minute then done!

6) Serve and enjoy!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Fish Meal

Lately, i have decided to go for a seafood diet. Part of the reason is the lent season and thought i should give it a try. Other reason is to become leaner and healthier. Surely, its going to be a challenge but I'm proud to say that I'm on my 2nd week. Hooray! Hang-on a minute! Have I just cheered myself too early? Oh well, never mind! Its really typical of me to believed that going seafood would reduce this annoying blob hanging off my belly, I don't think so especially when you munch it in with a huge bowl of rice. That is why I'm also reducing my carbs intake so have switched to brown rice too. Well, I just have to do something with my unwanted meat purely because I can't seem to fit all my jeans. It is definitely a struggle, I tell you :( - so I really hope that in a months time I can actually see a slight weight drop. Finger cross for that as I'm still bad on snacking in between meals. Anyway, when I say I'm going for a seafood diet, its literally on the day I mentioned it which was exactly a week ago. And look at my first ever meal on that day...

Shallow-fry tilapia served with sautéed string beans and of course dip in a soy with cut tomatoes. And oh, I had a steamed potato with it but forgot to include it in the picture :) x

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mamon Recipe

I got this recipe from my parents. I remember way back in the province where I grew up and our way of living was used to be selling kinds of sweet breads everyday to our neighbours as well as to the local stores in our town. My Dad used to work at Julie's bakeshop and was Mrs Julie's trusted man to build his bakeries. And was able to get closed to the bakers and observed the way they bake breads. From it, he was inspired to start a little venture of selling breads in our town. He provided Mum a capital while he carries on working at Julie's. I was then first year high school when Mum and big sister started this small living and I used to bring some to my school to sell. Everyone loved our Pandesal (sweet bread roll), Francis, Mamon (Filipino sponge cake) and many more. It lasted until I graduated high school but never really expanded because the profit was just enough to cover our daily expenses. In short, we badly managed the money but I must say it was the sole source of our daily basic needs. When I went back and visit them 2 months ago I copied few bread recipe's. I hope one day, I can provide my parents a capital to start their bakery business again. It is Mum's only wish so I better start saving for it. Anyway, here's my attempt of making the Mamon. It is ideal for an afternoon snacks along with a cup of coffee or cola :)


Ingredients

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 eggs, yolk separated from white


Cooking Instructions


  1. Mix in the cake flour and baking powder well. Set aside.
  2. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar then beat until the mixture becomes really fluffy.
  3. Gradually add sugar then continue beating until the texture becomes even fluffier. Use high speed for this process that should take around 4 to 8 minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice and egg yolks and mix it all again.
  5. Put-in vegetable oil then mix for a few seconds then gradually add cake flour-baking powder mixture. Continue mixing until the texture turns smooth.
  6. Heat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit = 176-180 Celsius / Centigrade = 4 Gas Mark
  7. Make sure to grease the molds using brush or your hand then scoop some of the mixture into the mold but do not fill it as it will grow as it cook. Continue doing this process until all the mixture is used-up.
  8. Bake it for 13 to 16 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool then sprinkle some sugar on top of each Mamon.
  10. Then serve, share and enjoy!















Friday, 22 February 2013

About

I love food! Any kinds that is! Well, try to invite me over to yours for lunch or dinner and you'll know exactly how I can easily be please. You can serve me pretty much anything from bland to spicy and I would happily eat it. I love green tea! But coffee and normal tea would do me just great. I love seafoods too! And oh, I'm honestly mad about grilling and oven baking! Sweets are my guilty pleasure - but it doesn't mean I can eat it all day! Occasionally, i indulge myself :) I'm such a sucker with anything in orange flavour, cinnamon and creamy! I admittedly used to believed that I can't cook and actually refused to try cooking more than an omelette with the fear that it won't taste good. Until I was brought to lived here in UK and had no choice but to fix food for my kids and husband. There were many times of trials and errors, no doubt with that but I carry on trying until I succeeded. Thanks to my significant other and my precious children for all the praised and encouragement! So, here's a food crib of a trying hard mama who is is hoping to do better in the kitchen. I believed that to be healthy and to live a healthy life is a choice! So, I came-up with 'Cuisine ala Haze' as it sounds pretty to me. It is created today and here I will post my daily kitchen adventure - hoping it will inspire other Mama's out there. Remember that home-cooking is way better than eating out.

Note: All the recipe's that is going to be shared in here will not be all mine. I'll give credits to whoever and wherever I get it ;)

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