It always happens. Sometimes we have unexpected guests. Easiest is when friends of our kids suddenly come. There’s always the delivery service. 😜 Usually McDo or pizza.
The most challenging of all is when Fiki comes home from work and there’s no food because we ate out for dinner, or when Mik comes home from a flight after midnight and he hasn’t eaten yet.
This afternoon, (well, it’s yesterday afternoon, actually) Andres’ best buddy, Ryumei came over for a playdate. I just cooked some chicken popcorns, chicken nuggets and re-heated some waffles for their snack. I haven’t thought of dinner yet when Andres asked me if Ryumei can stay for dinner. 😱 Of course he can! First he has to ask his mom if he can, second, I haven’t thought of what to prepare yet! 😜 Ryumei was given permission, so the fastest way was to order pizza!! 😀
There was a confusion on the delivery, though. I ordered 2 pizzas but only 1 was delivered. They already gave me a refund for the other pizza, but I also knew, there won’t be enough for Fiki and Mik, in case they haven’t eaten yet.
When Fiki came home, it was already 1:30am. There was 1 slice left. I let him eat it and started thinking of what to prepare for him.
There was still a handful of the boiled chicken breast fillet cubes left in the fridge. Saw an opened can of cream (covered with a cling wrap), basil and 1 baguette.
I sautéed the chicken with garlic and onion, added little water and chicken powder (broth can be used, too). I lowered the fire and added the basil and then the cream.
I just got 2 thick diagonal slices of the baguette, spread some butter on both sides and then pan grilled the bread slices on both sides until golden in color.
I served the chicken on top of the bread slices. I love it when Fiki kisses me on the head after he eats and says, “Thank you, Mama!” 😊💕
It was almost 2:30am when Mik came home from his flight. His flight got delayed because of some technical problems at the start of their flight. When asked if he’s hungry, he said he hasn’t eaten yet. 👀😱
Sometimes I’d like to believe that I work better when I am cramming…. Or maybe when I open the fridge door, I see an answer. Hahaha! ‘Cause that’s what I usually do, open the fridge door, then ask, “What to cook?” I saw the Lucban longganisa and then an idea came into my head.
I removed the casing of the longganisa, put it in a small pan over fire to toast it a bit. Then I got what’s left of the baguette and removed a portion on top, making a rectangular well. I covered the bottom of the well with slices of butter and then covered it again with slices of Camembert Cheese. I popped it in the oven to melt the cheese a bit, took it out again and added the Lucban longganisa on top of the cheese. Then covered it with provolone cheese, gave it a push to somehow mix it wirh the meat and put it back in the oven for a few minutes.
I served this with my Chicken Potato Salad. Hubby….. Happy! 😜😘💕 My kitchen never sleeps! 😂😂😂
Breakfast at home varies. In order for me to have breakfast, I have to be awake for sometime already. My kids are like that, too. Like me, they don’t eat breakfast before going to school. Not even a glass of milk. They told me, they eat before classes start, if there’s still time, and if they’re hungry.
That’s why usually, I make brunch. And that is only if hubby’s here. 😊 My goal is to make his tummy happy, especially before he leaves for work. 😜 Oh, ok. If Fiki gets up early, I make breakfast for him too. But that’s very seldom…. waking up early. 😄
For two days now, I’ve been making breakfast for the two boys, Mik and Fiki. 😊 Yesterday, I just made an omelette with toasted bread.
Before making the omelette, I sautéed the onions with the tomatoes, seasoned it with salt. I also cut 2 slices of ham into cubes. I also sliced some basil and took out the grated cheese from the fridge.
In a heated pan, I melted some butter. Then I added the eggs (whisked), until it covered the base of the pan. I scraped the eggs from the edge to the center, when the eggs started to solidify, I quickly put the onion-tomato mixture, ham, cheese and basil. Then I flipped the side toward the center and rolled it to wrap the filling with the egg.
I sliced a whole baguette diagonally and spread some butter on it. I pan grilled the slices with the buttered side down until golden in color and turned it over for a few seconds.
Mik’s reaction after eating, “So yummy and light, Hon!” 😜💕
Today, since Fiki requested a take 2 of the steak sandwich, and there were still some mayo-mustard spread and tomato relish left, plus both men will be going to work, I made the steak sandwich again but this time, I used bagels. Then I realized, it was easier using bagels than the baguette the other night! 😜 But of course, in every type of bread, it’s another experience eating it. 😊
I still served it with the Chicken Potato Salad, and that’s what I ate for brunch today. 😊
Breakfast on weekends is another thing, my kitchen usually turns into a mini coffee shop. They all have different requests, that is if I am up to it! 😊
I was in the laundry area when Fiki said he’s leaving early because he’s going to meet someone to buy for his friend a guitar accessory. With the front door already opened, on his way out of our room because he kissed his dad, he got a message that the transaction’s off already. The seller changed his mind! Fiki was disappointed because he woke up early for this. So I told him, just close the door and I’ll prepare breakfast. 😊
Something filling but not too heavy. There’s smoked salmon, cream cheese and bagels. 😊 Perfect combination. I cut the bagel in half, spread some butter and heat it in the oven. Then I spread some cream cheese, put baby spinach on top and then arranged the smoked salmon on it. I mixed some mayonnaise, yellow mustard and some dill leaf tips and put some of the mixture on the salmon. I also topped it with ground pistachios.
Mik loved it. Both Fiki and I ate it like a sandwich. Mik ate it open faced so for the other half (of the bagel), he went inside the kitchen and asked me if he can have some more for the other half. 😊
After I picked up Andres, I treated him for pizza at a nearby mall. He ordered 2 slices. He was about to bite the second slice when he gave me a cute look and said, “Can we just bring this home, Mama? I’m kinda full already.” So he had it wrapped to take home.
Before Mik left this morning, I told him that we’re having steak sandwich for dinner and that I have already prepared a chicken potato salad this morning and it’s already in the fridge to be chilled.
For the salad, I already have some chicken in the fridge (Remember the chicken for the Chicken Sopas? See my post dated 20July2016). I boiled some potatoes, peeled them and cut them in cubes. I also washed some apples, cored and cut them in cubes, too. Then I mixed some mayonnaise with salt and pepper, mixed it with the chicken, potatoes and apples.
When Mik came home, this was how I served my Steak Sandwich with Chicken Potato Salad. 😋😊💕
Andres ate his pizza, by the way (Gosh! Pizza for lunch and dinner!)😊 There was even a sandwich left for Fiki, which I wrapped in foil. When he arrived, I was going to tell him that there’s a sandwich for him when I saw him munching on it already! Hahaha!!
I love making sandwiches. 😊 It gives me the freedom to express myself by making my own version. 😜
Thought bubble: “Lunch: for me and Andres only.” I had to think of something to cook that would’t have any leftover after we eat. Hmmm, think, think, think. I know I kept the leftover soup of the sinigang the other day. I have 2 slices of steak (bought from the supermarket) and kangkong in the fridge.
Cooking mama switch…. ON!
In a very small saucepan, I boiled about 2 cups of the leftover soup. I then added the steak (sliced into strips). I let it boil again and then simmer, until meat’s tender.
I picked up Andres from school and when we came back, I added the kangkong to the beef mixture. I let it boil for 2 minutes.
Tadaaa!!! Instant Beef Sinigang! 😁🤗
Beef Sinigang on rice!
While everything’s happening, 😜 I boiled 2 chicken breasts (better if bone-in, I didn’t know it was filleted already) with water, whole onion and peppercorn and salt. Then I cut the breasts into cubes. I know hubby likes to have Chicken Sopas, so I started the preparation, while I’m in the kitchen already! 😊 (Apparently, I saw a lot of things in the fridge! Hehe! 😜😂)
I got 2 cups of the cubed chicken, the rest I kept in the fridge for future use.
In a pot, I sautéed the chicken cubes with garlic and onions. I then added the broth and then I let it boil. Upon boiling, I added the macaroni noodles. I waited until it boiled again, and let it simmer until the macaroni’s cooked. I saw some japanese cucumber in the fridge that needed to be consumed already. I decided to add this to the soup. I sliced the cucumber, removed the seeds and then sliced them into small pieces. I dumped them into the soup. I also added some chicken powder for added flavor (chicken bouillon can be used, too). When the noodles are done, I turned off the fire and added milk.
Dinner: Beef Tapa with Salted Egg and Tomatoes Salad together with Pinangat
My tapa is usually on the sweet side. This time, I made it “garlicky”. I mixed together some soy sauce and garlic powder. Added some pepper, too. To tame the saltiness, I added a bit of sugar. (Just a bit. 😉) I always use Beef Sukiyaki, for quick cooking. 😊
I used very little cooking oil to cook the tapa.
While cooking the tapa, I mixed the salted eggs and Tomatoes (both diced).
The Pinangat was given by our friend Sai from Bicol. 😊 After thawing the frozen Pinangat, I placed it over fire and added some coconut cream.
Brunch was Lucban Longganisa, which I brought from the Philippines. Also some Chicken Popcorn (store bought and fried) for Andres. I still have some spinach and homemade dressing in the fridge. I just made some candied walnuts to add to the spinach.
Candied Walnuts: For every cup of walnuts, I add a quarter cup of sugar and a tablespoon of butter. This has been, so far, the best measurement of the ingredients. I put everything in a heated skillet on medium heat. When the sugar mixture started melting, I stirred constantly until the sugar’s melted and nuts are coated. I then transfer them immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away, using two spatulas until they are separated out on the parchment paper.
It was a busy day. Morning, Fiki and I went to a bank to transact something for the hubby. We had brunch at a pinoy stall at the food court of Century Square at Tampines, then went to pick up Andres. We also accompanied Ika to Temasek Poly for her interview in the afternoon. By the time we came back home, I realized that we really need to go to the supermarket. I just cooked something light for dinner for Mik, Ika and Andres. Fiki and I will just have something from the food court at the supermarket. Supermarket is until midnight. 😜
I made Tuna Casserole on Bagel. In a skillet, I sautéed some garlic and onions with butter. I added some sliced mushrooms (I usually use canned mushrooms but since I still have a few shitake mushrooms left, I sliced and added the shitake to the pan.) I then added the tuna (drained) and then added some cream.
I sliced the bagel and toasted it in the oven for a few minutes. Lastly, I topped the Tuna Casserole on the bagel slice.
I prepared this pork dish that my Mom used to make for us. It’s a pot roast in ToyoMansi (a mixture of soy sauce and calamansi) but since I didn’t have calamansi, I used lemon instead. To the “toyomansi”, I added some water and a dash of salt and pepper. I let it boil and then submerged the lean pork loin in it. I just let it cook until it’s tender. Then I removed the pork, sliced it, added some oil to the toyomansi mixture then I put the pork slices back and let it boil for a couple of minutes more.
I forgot to take a photo of the finished product. I was in a hurry because I needed to rush to accompany Ika to Ngee Ann Polytechnic for her interview. 😊 Mommy duties… 😜
Lunch was Pork Sinigang. 😋💕 I think this is comfort food to a lot of Pinoys. I haven’t done it from scratch like my mom used to. I have no plans of trying. Hahaha! What I’ve realized, I like the mix with gabi for pork. I use the regular mix for shrimp or fish. And I like my Sinigang really sour. I also make sure that the soup really got the meat’s flavor.
First I boiled the pork. I used Liempo (pork belly) with an onion, whole peppercorns and salt. When boiling, I added a packet of the Sinigang mix with gabi. I let it boil again and simmer till pork is tender. At this point, soup should be a bit oily because of the pork juices extracted upon boiling. I add some more of the mix, to taste. The veggie available was only kangkong. Usually I also put eggplant and sitao, and sometimes radish, too, but the kangkong should always be there. 😊
Just before serving, I let it boil again, added the kangkong, covered it, and let it boil for about 2 minutes.
At the end of the day, there is always an excess of the soup. I don’t have the heart to throw it away, so I keep the left over soup (I strain it) in a tightly covered plastic container and put it in the fridge for future use. 😜
Originally, my task was to prepare Tokwa’t Baboy and Halo-halo. A friend of mine gave me an Ice Shaving machine for my birthday. 😊 Days before the party, I have been preparing the sweets for the Halo-halo: Minatamis na Saging na Saba, Kamote, Munggo, and Langka, and Halaya Kamote (Ube Flavor). I asked Amy to make the Leche Flan and the Minatamis na Beans.
But this morning, I read Ruth’s message that she won’t be able to make it. Her task was to make the Chicken Arroz Caldo. Since the get together is at our place, I volunteered to make it on her behalf. I already have some chicken winglets and drumlets in the fridge. I just asked Ika to buy some more.
For the “minatamis”, I boiled the bananas and sweet potatoes (all cut in cubes) and the langka with water, sugar and butter. The munggo, i soaked the red beans in water overnight before boiling it with water, sugar and butter.
Since I cannot find ube here in, Singapore, I used the purple sweet potatoes. I boiled the sweet potatoes in water, peeled and then mashed. After mashing, to have a finer texture, I sieved the mashed sweet potatoes on a strainer. In a separate pot, I melted some butter, mixed in some evaporated and condensed milk and added vanilla extract and ube flavoring. I then added the sweet potatoes and constantly stirred the mixture until I got the thickness that I wanted. I transferred the mixture on bottles greased with butter and let it cool before covering the bottles.
I stored all the sweets on separate containers inside the fridge and took them out on Saturday to put on glass bowls. 😊
To make the Halo-halo, put at least a teaspoon of each “minatamis (except the langka) and halaya in a glass (tall glass), add shaved ice, put evaporated milk then top it with the langka and leche flan. A scoop if ice cream can be added, too!
For the Arroz Caldo, I sautéed the garlic with onions and ginger (sliced), added the chicken pieces and let cook for a few minutes, until they change in color. Next, I added the rice (washed), gave it a few stir for a few seconds. Then I added the broth (or water). Chicken cubes or powder may be added according to taste. I added some saffron for added flavor and aroma, also some fish sauce and pepper while stirring as often as possible until the rice is cooked and right consistency of thickness is achieved. This was served with chopped spring onions and toasted garlic.
While I was cooking the Arroz Caldo, I started to sear the pork in a pan before roasting it in the oven. i used a roasting pan with a rack and put water underneath the rack. This helps in making the meat tender and juicy. Yestervpday, I already washed, patted dried and sprinkled with salt and pepper the pork belly then wrapped it with foil and kept it in the fridge. I took it out in the morning. I just checked the doneness of the pork from time to time by testing the meat with the tester and by looking at the skin. The skin should be crunchy. After letting it cool, I cut or chopped it in small pieces.
For the Tokwa, I cut it in small pieces and then deep fried it until golden brown on all sides.
For the Tokwa’t Baboy sauce, I just mixed some vinegar, a bit of soy sauce, a bit of sugar, salt and pepper and some garlic powder.
It was really a fun filled merienda (snack) themed party. My classmates brought Pancit Palabok, Lumpiang Togue, puto, cutchinta, palitaw, biko and chocolate cake. Amy also brought the leche flan and sweet beans for the halo halo. Can’t wait for the next get together!! 😄💕
When Fiki arrived home from work, the first thing he said was…. “What’s that smell?! When the elevator door opened, it smelled of feet!” And when I opened the front door, the smell was coming from the house!!” 😳
Hahaha!! Well that’s because of the cheese!! I made some Roast Beef and I baked some baby potatoes and topped them with cheese. I saw this small piece of cheese in the fridge and it’s a Raclette…. 😊
The beef was part of the steak I bought for our Japanese night with the Sacro’s. I tied the beef using cotton twine in about 3-inch intervals. I rubbed some salt and pepper, seared it in a pan with very little oil with some fresh thyme and garlic before putting it on a pan with rack and some water underneath. I baked it for 30 minutes.
Since I was doing some chores while baking it, I forgot to check on it before the time ended. It was way after 30min when I remembered I was cooking something, so I assumed that it was overcooked because it stayed in the oven even after it automatically turned off.
I took it out and let it rest before slicing.
I turned on the oven again, baked the potatoes and when the potatoes were tender, I topped them with the cheese and put it back in the oven to melt the cheese.
I used the drippings to make the gravy. I made a roux by mixing butter and flour, added the drippings and some water (or broth). I added some liquid seasoning and some salt and pepper.
When I sliced the beef, it was still tender. (Yey!)
After the potatoes, I made some garlic toasts. I cut the baguette in 1/2inch slices, brushed one side of the slice with melted butter with garlic then put them on a tray and baked it for a few minutes, until it was golden brown and crunchy.
We had a smelly house but the dinner was good!! 😜😊
It was just the day after we arrived from our Manila vacation when my friend, Sai (Sacro) told me that she has with her the ice crusher that I asked her to buy for me and that since my birthday’s coming up, it would be her gift for me. (Yey!!) The school holiday was ending too, so I asked her if we can still have an activity before school starts again. They had visitors that last weekend (and her youngest David’s birthday) so we’ve decided to have our get together today at their place. 😊
We agreed on a Japanese theme. I suggested that we just prepare Sukiyaki, Teppanyaki (beef, chicken and veggies), Salmon Teriyaki and Hibachi style fried rice.
My assignment was to buy the beef needed for the Sukiyaki and Teppanyaki, and also the glass noodles for the Sukiyaki. When we were planning this (on Whatsapp), I mentioned the ingredients needed and I was surprised yesterday that Sai was able to buy almost all!! 😂😜 I prepared the sauces at home to minimize our cooking time.
For the Sukiyaki sauce, I mixed and boiled together around 2 cups of beef broth, 1/4-1/3 cups of soy sauce (preferably Kikkoman) and a quarter of a cup each of sugar and sweet rice wine or mirin.
For the Teriyaki sauce, I mixed and boiled together half a cup of soy sauce, a quarter cup of water, 2 tablespoons of sweet rice wine, 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of brown sugar or 2 tablespoons of honey, a quarter cup of white sugar, some minced garlic and ginger to taste.
We didn’t talk about dessert so I decided to make Red Velvet cupcakes around 3 hours before our target time to leave the house. 😜 I used the recipe from allrecipes.com. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/212429/red-velvet-cupcakes/. Sai, on the other hand, made brownies and served it ala mode! 😋
We reached their place past 6pm. The boys went to swim right away, the dads and the girls (our daughters) watched a movie on tv while the moms (Sai and myself) started cooking.
For the fried rice, I sautéed some minced pork with garlic then added chopped carrots. I added the rice (3cups), seasoned it with salt, pepper and soy sauce, and then added 2 eggs.
For the sukiyaki, In a skillet, I sautéed the sukiyaki beef with garlic then pushed it on one side. I then mixed together some leeks (sliced), shitake mushrooms (sliced), and carrots (sliced). I then poured the sukiyaki sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes. Then I added the tofu (cubed), the petchay Baguio (snow cabbage or chinese cabbage, sliced) and the noodles and let it simmer for a few minutes.
For the salmon, in a skillet, I mixed together some teriyaki sauce and water and then put the salmon. Covered and let it simmer for a few minutes.
For the Beef Teppanyaki, I first seared the steak on the grill for a few seconds, while adding a dash of salt and pepper on each side. I then cut the steak in cubes and put them back on the grill. I added some soy sauce and mirin, flipping over the cubes, so that all sides will be cooked. (Be careful not to overcook the meat!)
For the Chicken Teppanyaki, I did the same procedure with the beef, only after cutting them into cubes, I added garlic (minced) and ginger (I used ground ginger, just a few dash) together with the soy sauce and mirin.
We simmered the remaining Teriyaki Sauce to reduce it and used it as a dipping sauce for the chicken. We just used the soy sauce (Kikkoman) as dipping sauce for the beef.
Lastly, for the veggies, I sautéed the bean sprouts and carrots with garlic. Since there were still some drippings left on the griller from the chicken, I didn’t add soy sauce and mirin anymore. 😊
After eating, they resumed their movie watching while the 2 moms resumed their “catching up”…. 😜😂😁
It was a celebration of sorts. During the planning stage, we were saying it’s a post birthday celebration, but it was really only a reason for us to get together, to catch up on “what’s the latest” and to let the kids play. 😊💕
Start of a new month and start of a weekend. 😊 Friday brunch was just for me and Mik. I just made some Ham and Cheese Bread Toasts. Mik would be flying so normally, I just prepare something light.
I toasted the baguette slices with butter in the oven until golden in color, topped it with camembert slices and honey breakfast ham.
After picking up Andres, the three of us (Me, Ika and Andres) decided to watch a movie in the afternoon. When we got home from school, I prepared our dinner so that we will just eat at home after the movies. I prepared Andres’ favorite, Chicken Tinola. (Simple pleasures…. | In My Own World…. The Cooking Mama…
We watched “Finding Dory” 😊. It’s a feel good movie so we welcomed the Tinola with a smile. 😄😋
The next morning, I knew that everybody will be getting up late. Only Fiki will get up a little early because he has work. Surprisingly, Mik woke up earlier than usual, so I made him a very simple brekky.
I cut a bagel in 2, put butter, toasted it. Then I spread some liver spread, added a slice of provolone cheese and ham. I fried an egg (sunny side up) and put it on top of the ham….
It was already past 2pm and I still haven’t seen Ika and Andres come out of their room!! Since Andres will have his catechism class in the afternoon, I thought I better start making lunch. Saw some leftover rice so I thought of just preparing their all time favorite anything goes fried rice!
My fried rice had the following, butter, garlic, bacon (cut into small pieces), shrimps (leftover frozen shrimps in the fridge), rice, soy sauce (for some flavor and color), egg, salt and pepper (to taste).
After cooking, I called the kids and told them to eat and to take a bath after. (It was almost 3pm!, Catechism’s at 4:15pm.) We heard mass after Andres’ catechism and had dinner at Subway at the White Sands. 😊
Back home, my daughter and I watched a Harry Potter film with our feet up, 😜 while Mik had an early night and Andres played in their room. 😊