Pork Menudo

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Ingredients:

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

Optional:

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!

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

 

 

Ang Paboritong Almusal ng mga Pinoy

1. Pandesal- Mamili ka ng palaman: peanut butter, margarine, ham and cheese o kahit yung coco jam.Sa Balanga, Mulawin pa rin ang leader sa paggawa ng pandesal. Hindi mo nga akalaing mapataob nya ang Julie’s Bakeshop kung pandesal lang ang pag-uusapan. Malaman, malambot, mainit—hindi gaya ng pandesal sa iba na tuyot na nga, matigas pa!

2. Champorado- Masarap syang kainin pag malamig ang panahon, lalo na pag ber-month. Tuyo at champorado ang trip ng iba. Pag lagi kang on the go, pwede na yung oatmeal na hinaluan ng Delfi cocoa. Pero the best pa rin yung batirol na tsokolate o yung mga tsokolateng galing Bohol.

3. Lugaw- pagkain daw ng mahihirap. Sa halagang 10 hanggang 15 pesos, may lugaw ka nang mabibili. Meron din namang lugaw sa restaurant na nagkakahalaga ng 50 to 80 pesos. Gaya ng champorado, mabigat sa tyan. Pwedeng-pwede kung di mo feel ang mid-morning snack.

4. Sinangag at Itlog- tapsilog, longsilog, hotsilog–bahala ka na basta may sinangag at itlog. Hindi ako mahilig sa mamantikang sinangag kaya iniiwasan kong kumain nun sa mga restaurant. Mas okay ang sinangag with little oil, margarine na lang ang gamitin for an added flavor.

5. Kape lang- may taong hindi sanay kumain sa umaga pero kape ang hinahanap. Sa imported, okay ang Taster’s Choice. Sa local naman, Cafe Puro. Nagtataka nga ako bakit hindi makaabante ang Cafe Puro sa isang kilalang coffee brand eh samantalang mas okay naman ang lasa nito. Iba talaga pag nakagisnan na ang brand.