Sunday, March 31, 2013

Healthy and Delicious :)

Full Me Every day :)
Vegetarian or not vegetarian? Every great meal starts with the simple and different ingredients. If you learn to mix it all up and put a great flavor that everyone will love, it’s great, it's Picture Perfect.

My sister loves cooking and I love eating. I tried every dish she cooks and I claimed myself—food expert because I can tell if the dish is tasty enough or lack of flavors—just for fun. And I call her sometimes Chef, when I want to tease her. And after that we find ourselves laughing while eating. 

Shrimp and Chicken Chopsuey
Chopsuey is a healthy food. The combination of vegetables, seafood and meat are terrific. If you are health conscious, this is the right dish for you. Some kids don’t like trying veggie but if you want them to learn how to eat vegetables at early stage you can try Chopsuey for a change. It consist light flavour but creamy at the same time. Don’t overcook all ingredients because it will be saggy and crushed but don’t undercook either. To get the best result, it’s okay to cook them separately before you mix it up at the end. For example; you can steamed the broccoli, cooked the beans in separate water then drained them while the cold water is running to it—so the color will not change from dark green and still look fresh. Kids will definitely love the taste and the flavor. For sure, you will reward yourself for a great job.

Lapu-lapu is a native fish named after the very first Muslim hero in the Philippines. There’s a saying, “who killed Lapu-lapu? The answer is Ferdinand Magellan, but today Fisherman kills Lapu-lapu”. Because Fisherman caught the fish, sometimes it can sounds funny but sometimes not anymore. Anyway, lapu-lapu is very versatile fish. You can cook it different ways but the most love dish is the sweet and sour. First, you can deep fry the fish and cook the sauce separately before pouring it on top. It is healthy because tomato sauce has dietary fiber and some healthy vegetable like carrots also helps. The fish is already so rich and tasty and the combinations of its sauce make it more delicious. Actually, you can put your own twist on this dish. It is advisable to put your own line of veggies to make it more fun.
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Shrimp with Veggie
Coconut milk is mostly use in many dishes in the Philippines. This shrimp with veggie is one healthy dish where we use coconut milk. Squash, chorizo, shrimp and malunggay or moringa leaves (a native tree vegetable that can be found in the Philippines, is proven one of the green vegetables that have vitamin B1 & B3 and ascorbic acid to name the few essential mineral in its leaves). Cheap and healthy. Is the right tagline for this tasty and delicious dish—and we can add 1 cup of rice to seal the deal. So, can we eat now?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Best Native Desserts!

Camote cake, ube and maja de Blanca are one of the favorite desserts in the Philippines.
Back in the day; in provinces home, neighbors in remote areas, and street—native desserts are widely known. Today, they made a twist or some changes to modernize the serving and packages of these desserts, so it can compete to the new levels of cooking and techniques. I have to say when it comes to popularity; these native desserts are not treated very well unlike before, maybe because today when it comes to food you can find lots of options. But it doesn’t matter, yes lots of changes in everything. The favorites of yesterday maybe took a step back a little bit but it has a great appreciation for most food lovers. And I considered myself one of those people that appreciate and love what my culture gave me.  

I don’t really eat camote cake or ube or maja de Blanca every day. But when I do see someone selling it or I drop myself to some store and I see some deliciously made native desserts, definitely I will buy some. It’s like my birthday or any special day if I eat camote cake, the sweetness and richness of flavor blend together, not chewy but it’s like going to melt in your mouth as you make a bite of it. And ube is very flexible to use in any kind of dish, and this sweet dessert will make you wanting for more. To top it all, my personal favorite of all time is maja de Blanca. Since I was a kid, when my parents and my siblings made a desserts after every meal—I always look forward to find maja de Blanca and make sure I will have the biggest part because that’s how good it is. I love most when I can still eat the tiny bits of corn and the entire maja, it’s like sweet soft jelly creamy yummy for me. Those three desserts are my comfort food until now, truly a Picture Perfect.