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Spicy Tuna Pasta with Olives and Capers

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

This is another recipe that is quick and easy to prepare. The secret to making this dish is using the right kind of canned tuna. I prefer using the Hot and Spicy Century Tuna, which is a Filipino brand. I just supplemented it with another canned tuna in oil since I’m making a big batch of pasta. To make, cook 1 pack of spaghetti according to package directions. While your pasta is cooking you can start making your sauce. Heat a pan and add 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil. Then…read more

Egg Salad with Cucumber and Dill

Posted by in Brunch, Tofu and Egg

Egg Salad is somewhat our go to lunch when I want something quick and easy to prepare. It’s no fuss and I have all the ingredients most of the time at home, which are eggs and mayonnaise. To make it extra special, I added fresh dill and diced cucumbers. I already created a blog post on this before. This is an updated recipe, where I served it in brioche buns. It makes for a fun presentation and would be great for brunch or afternoon tea. To make, place 5 hard…read more

Budae Jjigae (Army Stew)

Posted by in Dinner, Tofu and Egg

Army Stew is a favorite of my girls. They would always order it whenever given the chance. This dish was created after the Korean War, a time when there was limited supply of food. People that time made use of the surplus food from US military bases which are mostly processed meat products like spam, hot dogs, canned baked beans etc. and added the local spices and ingredients to create something of their own. Today, it is has become a very popular hot pot dish specially during the winter time….read more

Spanish Sardines Pasta

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

Mary Grace cafe is my favorite restaurant in Manila. During our last visit to the Philippines, we ate there several times. I just love their pastas, specially their sardine pasta. I have tried to recreate their sardine pasta a couple of times without much success. The pasta becomes too fishy even after adding capers, olives and other spices I can think of. Until I had a sort of epiphany – omitting onions in the recipe. I find that sautéing garlic, onions and tomatoes to make the sauce makes it taste…read more

Malunggay Pesto Pasta with Longganisa

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

Malunggay a common backyard plant is now getting international attention and is acclaimed to be the next superfood. Aside from having high nutritive value studies show it has a lot of healing properties. Malunggay is widely used in cooking not only in South East Asia but in South Asia and the Caribbean as well. Fresh malunggay leaves is hard to come by here in the Northeast, though I know that you can get these in most Asian grocers in California. I chanced upon a bottle of Malunggay Pesto at Legaspi…read more

Homemade Tocino

Posted by in Breakfast, Pork

This has unintentionally become a breakfast series. I first started with a beef tapa recipe. It’s a meat dish that has become a Filipino breakfast staple because of the popularity of Tapsilog a coined term for Tapa, Sinangag (garlic fried rice) and itlog (fried egg). This then led to the many silog combinations such as Longsilog where long stands for longanisa (Filipino sausage); Tocilog – Toci is Tocino (a sweet savory cured meat usually made of pork); and spamsilog for spam the canned meat. I made two versions of Tocino…read more

Skinless Longanisa (Filipino Sausage)

Posted by in General, Pork

This skinless longanisa is so easy to make, you won’t ever buy the pre-made ones at the store. Making homemade lets you control the ingredients you put in your sausage thus making it a healthier option for your family. I do have a recipe for longanisa which I used for my Filipino Burger, you can definitely use that too to make skinless longanisa. For this recipe, I used 1 lb ground pork to which I added the following: 1 Tbsp. salt, 3 Tbsp. white vinegar or cane vinegar, 1 Tbsp….read more

Beef Tapa

Posted by in Beef

This is a revised recipe of my beef tapa and by far this is my favorite one. My original recipe has lemon juice. I think lemon juice makes it more like the Filipino bistek (beef steak). For this recipe vinegar was used which I believe gives it that distinct flavor of tapa. To make, slice your beef (about 1.5 lbs.) into thin strips (a personal preference for faster cooking time). Then add 4-5 cloves minced garlic, 1 Tbsp. salt, 1 tsp. ground black pepper, 2 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar, 1-…read more

Crispy Adobo Turkey Flakes

Posted by in Poultry

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and as expected we have leftovers. I did something totally new with it this time, I made adobo flakes. I had my first taste of adobo flakes at Via Mare Cafe, where it was originally created by the owner Glenda Barretto. They serve this with garlic rice and egg. It’s like toasted chicken adobo that is extra crispy, crunchy and flaky. One usually makes this from leftover adobo. Since I didn’t have adobo just leftover turkey meat, I had to cook it into adobo first…read more

Beef Mechado

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Authentic Filipino beef mechado is a larded piece of beef that is braised in a mix of soy sauce, calamansi, tomatoes, ground pepper and bay leaf. The meat resembles that of a roast and when done it’s sliced into rounds. In our family this is served most often for Sunday lunch at my maternal grandmother’s house or at home. Meals are always extra special during Sunday’s when everyone gathers after church services. Nowadays, mechado has evolved into a kind of beef stew where meat is cut up into chunks. Probably…read more