Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Sweet Relish Batch

All the vegetables I am using came from my garden. Yes, I'm supposed to grind the vegetables but I opt to chopped them all up instead.


The only thing missing are the onions. I was cooling it down inside the fridge before chopping them.


Soaking in hot water with salt.


Boiling for 30 minutes.


Preserve in a hot jars. I made six pints this year. Tomato soups next, as soon as all of my tomatoes ripened. Goodbye HFCS, most sweet relish have them except for Wos-Wit Pennsylvania Dutch Foods brand. Hopefully they can keep it HFCS free until they can. Thumbs up to you for making products that are healthy for human consumption.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Salad

I got very hungry all of a sudden after doing my everyday workout, ten minutes for hard boil egg while I am rinsing & cutting the vegetables. Quick enough for me and very filling. Garden salad with egg & Caesar dressing.


Just to clarify, I workout so that I can eat everything I want.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Eggplant Rollatini

Just like the restaurant makes. And yes the process is very time consuming. I started the fillings, the sauce, & everything I needed the day before to save some time the day I am serving this. But the taste...YUMMY! Try it out. I would like to thank someone for sharing this recipe. Sorry, I can't remember who you are.


Pic was taken before I added the extra sauce & cheese on top. And I forgot to take a picture after cooking it in the oven for 30 minutes. Way too busy to take pictures before serving.

Ingredients:
1 large eggplant
1 tbsp. salt

Sauce:
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 c. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
1/2 c. chicken broth
1/4 c. tomato paste
2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. crush red pepper flakes

Filling:
1 15oz. ricotta cheese
1 c. (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. minced fresh Parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/8 tsp. pepper

Coating:
3 egg, lightly beaten
1 c. seasoned bread crumbs
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. minced Parsley
Dash with salt & pepper

Oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Peel and slice eggplant lengthwise into fifteen 1/8-inch thick slices. Place in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with salt and toss. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a large saucepan, saute onion in oil. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until flavors are blended, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Rinse and drain eggplant.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients, set aside.
  5. Place eggs in shallow bowl. 
  6. In another shallow bowl combine the bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper. Dip eggplant in eggs, then bread crumbs mixture.
  7. In an electric skillet (i use regular skillet), heat 1/2 inch of oil to 375 °F. Fry eggplant in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  8. Spoon 1 cup sauce into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spread 2 rounded tablespoons filling to each eggplant slice. Carefully roll up and place seam side down in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over roll-ups. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 375 °F for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.








Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Lunch Yesterday

I said "my" because I ate most of it, except for the ice cream.



Below is what Filipino called "turon." Plantain banana sprinkled with brown sugar, wrap in eggroll wrappers then fried in oil. Then I sliced it and decorate the ice cream with one whole turon.


Crunchy and sweet dessert.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Banana Cupcakes

I used the same recipe for this here. DD have been wanting cupcakes & this one did the trick. Not actually a tricked but she likes anything cupcakes.





Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Recipe

Two years ago while attending DH friends children birthday party, I tasted such great dish called "Eggplant Rollatini." I search online for recipe and found one, however, its not quite the same taste and very watery.

A few days back, I searched again for a recipe. I found one from "Taste of Home" and I made it today for the very first time. Yes, it was very time consuming but the finish dish is awesome. Everyone love it. I would recommend it to anyone. It tasted just like the one in the party I mentioned above.

I didn't have time to take photos of all the dish today because everyone was waiting for the food to be done and serve. I kinda feel embarrassed taking pictures when people are waiting to eat. :D So, I promise the next time I make it, pictures and recipe will be included.

Have a great easter gathering everyone!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Our Dinner Tonight

My very first meatloaf meal since we move in our new (new to us) house. I planned on cooking this last weekend but DH had other plans and I didn't had a chance to make it then.


And of course meatloaf with side of mash potatoes and gravy. I was stuff.


For dessert, brownies with whipped cream or...


...with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!


Monday, March 10, 2014

HEALTHY JUICES

I got this from the fb wall of my friend, so I am sharing the following for healthier US. Most of these ingredients will be available in our local grocery store now that spring and summer is coming. Enjoy the healthier you.


  1. Carrot + Ginger + Apple - Boost and cleanse our system. 
  2. Apple + Cucumber + Celery - Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and eliminate stomach upset and headache. 
  3. Tomato + Carrot + Apple - Improve skin complexion and eliminate bad breath. 
  4. Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk - Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat. 
  5. Orange + Ginger + Cucumber - Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat. 
  6. Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon - To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney. 
  7. Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi - To improve skin complexion. 
  8. Pear & Banana - regulates sugar content. 
  9. Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango - Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization . 
  10. Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk - Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and strengthen body immunity. 
  11. Papaya + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism. 
  12. Banana + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation.


I will be trying this out, one recipe at a time and find which one I find more tolerable going down in my throat.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Gadget for my Kitchen

Actually this is DH idea. He said he used to have one like it when he was little and wanted to do the same for our children. He also told me that people whippet the nitrous oxide (NO2)that comes with it. I was like, "WHIPPET?" What is that? And he told me...ha ha ha


So, now that is winter is almost over he got one. I can't even put some whip cream on hot cocoa anymore. Well, I can still do, but cold days are almost over and I will not be making it very often. Every dessert will be having some whip cream from now on. Whip cream anyone? :D

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Big Kitchen/Dining Room

Finally our big kitchen/dining room has all the wall up. I'm hoping we can finish the wood floor before DH go back to work. Did I mention he procrastinate a lot? Yup, that's my DH.


After everything was away, we found out that we can easily have an island in the middle of the top pic and the bottom pic. We also notice that the bottom pic look bare on the top. So, guess what? We will add an island and a few more cabinets there. Maybe a display shelves of some sort. My pots rock will go on top of the upright freezer at the bottom picture. That freezer will be moving to the pantry of by the laundry room. Whichever got more room, I guess.

DH is not confident enough to do the spackle. We will hire someone to do it. Also I decided to put a murals in the wall of the sink and stove. Since my color scheme will be wood/white/light green/red, I want a mural with red. And the backsplash will also have some red, then I will paint the wall light green. Hopefully we can finally have some company/gathering in this big kitchen on 2014 Thanksgiving & Christmas.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rice Pudding (Biko)

This is Filipino delicacy. While chatting with my HS friends I got myself making this because we were talking about what to put on the table for "Media Noche" (a family gathering and eating at midnight December 31st). It's a Filipino tradition to welcome the New Year.


I do not have friends, well friends that willing to drive to my house and hang out during Media Noche. So, I don't usually slave myself in the kitchen after dinner on December 31st. However, I was tempted on tasting this delicacy so, I made half a batch for myself and whoever wanted to taste it with me in my household.


DH and DD tasted it. DD wasn't too crazy about it, but DH helped me ate it. They are many ways to make this and I picked the bake one. I love the brownish crusty sweet on top. For recipe you can simply google it.