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Meatballs with Misua Soup

Posted by in Beef

We call this Meatballs with misua, Almondigas in Tagalog. In our family, the meatballs are prepared by just mixing together your choice of ground meat with finely chopped onion, an egg and salt and pepper. These are then formed into balls and dropped into a broth that has come to a boil and misua added during the last minutes of cooking. A variation of this is when my mom would add chopped green onions to the meat mixture and place a (cooked) quail egg inside the meatball. To make this…read more

Layered Napa Cabbage and Pork Belly Hot Pot

Posted by in Pork

I have planned to make this hot pot once I knew we were going to be hit with a blizzard over the weekend. A cold blustery winter night is the best time to enjoy this comforting savory soup. I got this recipe idea from this site and it is pretty easy to follow. It also kind of reminds me of this nilaga dish I made before. To make you will need one big napa cabbage, a pack of thinly sliced pork belly, a knob of ginger, 1 clove garlic, a…read more

Palitaw Snowballs

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

Palitaw is a type of Filipino rice cake very similar to mochi. Palitaw in Tagalog means to float or rise up. This delicacy was named in the manner it is prepared. The rice cake is dropped into boiling water and you know it’s done once it floats up to the surface hence the name “palitaw”. To make you will need glutinous rice flour, sesame seeds, sugar and grated coconut. First place half a packet of rice flour into a bowl and add about 1-1 1/4 cup water. Stir until mixture…read more

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Posted by in Vegetable

After indulging during the Christmas and holiday season I am now trying to include as much vegetables as I can into our meals. I decided to make stuffed zucchini for dinner one day. I used grey squash for this recipe. It is rounder and it has a light green color with silver flecks on it. First, wash your zucchini and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the insides of your squash and set aside. Place your sliced zucchini in a microwave safe dish and add about 3/4 cup water (I…read more

New Year Daruma Bento

Posted by in Bento, General

Daruma dolls are considered to be an important part of New Year celebrations in Japan. It is believed to be a symbol of good luck and fortune. During their first visit to the shrine that year, people would buy daruma dolls, have them blessed and return their old dolls for ceremonial burning. To start my bento series for the year I decided to make a Daruma bento. Daruma dolls are usually made out of paper mache. It comes in only one shape but in various sizes. It is traditionally red…read more