Pork Menudo



3 slices of lemon

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 kilo of pork, diced

1/4 kilo of pork liver, diced

2 large carrots, diced

2 large potatoes, diced

3 pcs garlic, crushed

1 medium sized onion, cut

4 pcs bay leaves (laurel)

1 table spoon black pepper

2 table spoons gourmet fish sauce (Barrio Fiesta)

2 cups Del Monte tomato sauce

2 table spoons cooking oil

1/2 cup water


celery, chopped

2 pcs bell pepper, sliced into thin strips.

1/2 cup green peas

  1. Marinate the pork with the lemon extract and soy sauce for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Put some lemon extract on the liver, as well, to remove the “bloody” odor.
  3. Saute the pork for 5 minutes with onion, garlic, black pepper and bay leaves. I include the black pepper and bay leaves to release their unique taste.
  4. Pour the tomato sauce and 1/2 cup water and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Put the fish sauce and liver and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Put the vegetables and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.

In cooking, timing is everything. You don’t want to undercook your pork or overcook your vegetables. Menudo is a popular dish in the Philippines and it’s commonly served during birthdays or fiestas. Happy eating!


From Fried Fish to Fish Soup

At home, we normally have left-over food that I put in the refrigerator for breakfast. Last Sunday, we had left-over fried milkfish and fried round scad (galunggong). When I was about to re-heat them on Monday, they looked dry and hard so I thought of recycling them into another dish, instead of throwing them away.


2 pcs. medium-sized sliced tomatoes

3 pcs. crushed garlic

1 pc. medium-sized sliced onions

1 tablespoon of gourmet fish sauce (I use Barrio Fiesta patis)

2 tablespoons of cooking oil

2 bundles of jute (saluyot)

4 cups of water


  1. Saute garlic, tomatoe and onion. Do not burn the garlic.
  2. Put the fried fish and saute for a minute.
  3. Pour the 4 cups of water and let it boil.
  4. Put some fish sauce.
  5. Put the jute leaves.
  6. Let it simmer for another minute.

Note: You can add other vegetables like squash and eggplant. Others use fish paste (bagoong) instead of fish sauce (patis). Be creative and customize according to your taste!


Easy Milo Cupcake

Disclaimer: I am just an average cook. The reason why I decided to make my own cupcakes is because the ones available in the market are very sweet!

What you need:

  • baking pan (in the absence of baking pan, good old leche flan llanera will do)
  • mixer (hand mixer, electric mixer or even fork will do)
  • bowl
  • steamer and pan or oven


  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons of sugar (brown sugar will do)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of powdered Milk (I prefer Alaska)
  • 3-4 sachets of Milo
  • 3 tablespoons of Star Margarine (any butter will do)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons of water
  • grated chocolate (I use Beryll’s)
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  1. Put the flour, baking powder, sugar, Milo and salt in a bowl.
  2. Mix.
  3. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour the egg in the mixture then mix until smooth.
  5. Low heat the pan to melt the margarine.
  6. Pour the margarine in the mixture and mix.
  7. Put some water on the mixture for a smoother effect.
  8. Put the grated chocolate on the mixture and mix.
  9. Put some chocolate syrup on the top of the mixture.
  10. Put the baking pan on the steamer and steam for 20 minutes. If you have an oven, you can set it at 5-8 minutes. Don’t forget to test the baking by picking a toothpick on the cake.

Others like moist cupcake while some prefer a dry one. If you want it super dry, you may extend the steaming to another five minutes.



Why Lunch or Dinner Meeting Won’t Work For Me

Taken from the web.

Taken from the web.

My family knows how much I give quality time to eating so any sort of interruption and negativities are a big NO NO.

During breakfast, I have the habit of turning off the morning news so that I can fully concentrate on eating. Morning is supposed to be the most positive time of the day but we’re bombarded with depressing news from the NLEX-hostage taking to the victims of summary execution to the PDAF Scam to the Binay issue etc. The media have the habit of sensationalizing news so expect graphic semi-blurred images of accident victims and even the caterpilar attack in Davao.

At work, selected managers have this weekly lunch meeting for fellowship purpose where they can also discuss pressing issues of the week. I imagine myself being the odd man out if I were in their company because for sure, I would be focused on eating rather than discussing.

I think that modern and fast-paced living is the reason why meals are not as treasured as it was generations ago. People would rather hurry finishing a meal than take his time to appreciate God’s graces. As a result, we tend to overeat because an unsatisfying meal will lead to eating a follow-up meal after the main meal.

Relax. Take your 15-minute quality meal and enjoy the taste!

That Funny Bloated Feeling!

I have been feeling bloated since last Sunday and my husband said that I gained weight.
Two weeks ago, I was losing weight FAST and I worried about my health.
I am not into stringent dieting that is why I find it alarming to be losing more than 3 lbs. per week.
That was so two weeks ago because this morning, I weighed myself and found out that I gained 13 lbs in two weeks!
Yes, 13 lbs!
I recalled my activities for the past two weeks like:

1. Eating/drinking more sweets like chocolate bars, Stick-O and Bear Brand Choco.
2. Eating too much salty foods. Salty foods can cause water retention that may lead to bloating.
3. Eating 1/2 cup of rice instead of 1/4 cup.

But I guess this water weight gain is attributed to item # 2.
Ironically, I read that the best way to treat water retention is to drink more water to flush out the retained water in our system!
So I would be drinking more than 8 glasses of water today. I hope I can do it.