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Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl

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Smoked Salmon is one my favorite food. I love it on toast or bagel and could eat it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Recently I broke tradition and decided to add it on my rice. This for me is what cooking is all about, letting your imagination run wild and not limiting yourself to the expected. I have to admit this could not entirely be called cooking but more of putting your ingredients together. Start by placing your cooked white rice on a bowl. You can use brown rice, quinoa or…read more

Pan Seared Swordfish with Herbed Butter Sauce

Posted by in General, Seafood

I am just loving the newly opened Whole Foods Market in our town. I have been there almost everyday since it’s grand opening. Last Sunday a display of a whole swordfish right outside their store immediately caught my attention. They were on sale for $9.99 a lb. and were even sampling it for their customers. Who can resist that bargain so I bought a piece that was just a little over a pound for our dinner that night. To prepare, I cut the swordfish steak in half since it was…read more

Quinoa Bowl with Oven Baked Meatballs

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Quinoa is a great option if you are watching your carb intake or wanting a gluten free diet. Though it looks like a grain, it is actually a seed. It provides essential vitamins, minerals and fiber and is much healthier for you. We now use this as a substitute for rice in our diet. It is very versatile and you can do so much with it. It can be eaten on its own or added to soup, salads, your main dish and even desserts. To make, cook quinoa according to…read more

Paksiw na Bangus (Milkfish) Belly

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This is another recipe in my seafood series. As I have mentioned before, we are trying to incorporate more fish in our diet and this is one of the many seafood recipes I have prepared so far. I have made paksiw in a previous post using milkfish or bangus. This time I am making it using my favorite choice cut bangus belly. This only takes a few minutes to prepare. In a medium sized pan, place your bangus belly and pour about 1/2-3/4 cup cane vinegar or what we call…read more

Pate Sandwich

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My love for duck liver pate is mainly due to my dad. He was the one who introduced me to this delicacy. My dad being an executive would receive yearly Christmas gift baskets from Manila Peninsula and the Mandarin Oriental and it would include a ceramic pot of duck liver pate. In the beginning I was put off with the smell but after some coaxing I was able to get pass it and was hooked. As a teen I remember eating this with some crusty farmer’s or sourdough bread for…read more

Korean Seafood Tofu Soup

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It’s almost the middle of October and we were still experiencing really mild to warm weather. Today the air has started to turn chilly at last. It seemed to be the perfect time to serve up some soup, so I decided to make spicy tofu soup for dinner. My family get this everytime we go to Tofu House restaurant in Edison. This is not difficult at all to prepare since you can buy a soup starter kit to make this. This is my own take on this dish and not…read more

Zucchini Blossoms Three Ways

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My search for zucchini or squash blossoms has finally come to an end at Union Square Market in NYC. Was really overjoyed at my find and had to literally stop myself from hoarding since I know it won’t keep well. I was in the middle of my vacation and still have to bring it back home to Jersey. I bought two packages, the male blossoms which is attached to a thin stem and has fuller petals and the female blossoms which has a miniature squash/fruit attached at it’s base. The…read more

Bangus Belly Rice Bowl

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Here is another quick and easy recipe for a rice bowl. I discovered this is just the perfect meal for me and my husband now that our girls are in college. Not only is it easy to throw together but also just the right portion for us. This is also a neat way in serving bangsilog (Bangus + sinangag + itlog). This is the Filipino fare of fried fish, garlic rice and fried egg. I have been loving the frozen bangus belly lately that I make sure I always have…read more

Bangus Belly Sinigang

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My husband and I have been trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Meaning eating fish, chicken and vegetables and avoiding red meat and saturated fats as much as possible. This is not an easy feat mind you specially if you own a food blog. But I was able to manage to serve an all fish dinner for more than a week. This is one of the dish that I made during our seafood diet 🙂 Bangus or milkfish is available in any Asian grocer. It is a favorite in most…read more

The Search for Zucchini Blossoms at Union Square

Posted by in Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry, Vegetable

I love going to Farm Markets, it’s exciting to see produce available for the season. Seeing all the fresh vegetables, fruits, bread and meat gives me such a high and enthusiasm to run back to my kitchen and just cook or create something. I always make it a point to visit the world famous Union Square Market everytime we visit the city. I was there for a weekend get away with the husband and being a Saturday I knew there would be more vendors and selections to choose from. That…read more