Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fresh Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Nothing beats a refreshing salad.  The best thing about making it at home is you know what goes into it and you can adjust the flavors as you wish!

Fresh Salad

Variety of salad greens
tomatoes sliced
cubed roast chicken meat (S&R)
balsamic vinaigrette
cubed cheddar cheese (or grated parmasean cheese)



Balsamic Vinaigrette

Quarter cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4-5 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar (you can add more if as you wish)
Rosemary
Freshly crushed pepper
Dash of salt



Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  Best to use a hand mixer or a blender for this but I don't mind just beating the mixture with a fork.


Mix salad ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle with balsamic vinaigrette.


Serve and enjoy! :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tofu Steak

Here's another very easy tofu recipe.  I served the tofu steaks with truffled mashed potatos and caramelized onions and mushrooms.


Tofu Steak

2 blocks of tofu
Salt
Pepper
Oil

Paper Towels

Squeeze out all the water from both tofu blocks with the paper towels.  Make sure that most of the water is squeezed out.  Best to wrap the tofu in paper towels and with a weighted object on top for about 30 mins.  If you don't have the luxury of time, just make sure to squeeze out most of the liquid.

Season with salt and pepper and fry over medium heat.

For this particular dish, I had used a used frying pan after Mr. Man cooked his version of real meaty steak. :)

Truffled Mashed Potato

Boil 2 medium sized potatoes and mash.  Add sour cream, a bit of butter, parsley, salt and pepper.  Sprinkle slivers of truffles or just add truffle oil and serve.

Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Saute onion rings and mushrooms in a frying pan over medium heat until cooked.  Add a tiny bit of red wine and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Super Easy Soft Tortilla

This easy soft tortilla recipe can be customized depending on what you have in your fridge.  I used a hot plate for this recipe (cause my stove broke) but you can easily use any griddle or fry pan for yours if you don't have a hot plate.


Super Easy Soft Tortilla

1 medium sized eggplant, thinly sliced
roast chicken meat
shredded cheese mix (this time I used cheddar, cheswick jack)
wheat flour tortilla
rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, olive oil

Season sliced eggplant with herbs, salt and pepper and olive oil.  Make sure that all slices are coated with oil.  Put seasoned eggplant slices on the hot plate and cook.  Make sure both sides are nice and roasted.


Cooked Eggplant Slices
Take wheat flour tortilla.  Feel free to use regular tortilla if you can't find wheat ones.  I bought these at Rustan's



Heat one side of the tortilla on the hot plate for at least 30-45 seconds depending on how hot your hot plate is.  Leave on hot plate and put shredded mozarella on the tortilla.


Sprinkle roast chicken meat and eggplant.  Feel free to use store bought roast chicken (it makes it a lot easier if you don't feel like roasting your own chicken from scratch).



As you add the chicken and the eggplant, all your cheese should have already started melting so it should look something like this.



Sorry the photo is a bit dark
 Season with additional salt and pepper if you wich.  Once you're satisfied with your melted cheese, fold the tortilla into half and serve on a plate :)

This is what it would look like if you re-open your tortilla :)


Enjoy!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Easy Healthy Low Cal Breakfast

I've been experimenting with tofu the past few months since I've been eating healthy.  This is a fast, easy and healthy breakfast for someone on the go.  I accidentally created this when I was rushing to a meeting and didn't know what I wanted for breakfast.  At that time I was getting tired of eating a banana and peanut butter sandwich for brekkie.  The ingredients in this dish were put together since these were the only vegetables I had in my fridge at that time but I think this will work with other veggies you usually put in scrambled eggs or even in omelettes.  If you're watching your calorie intake, this will only set you back 230 calories (without the toast = 58 cal) :) 

Remember, a good and healthy breakfast sets your appetite for the rest of the day so best to always have a full and healthy breakfast!



Easy Healthy Tofu Breakfast

1 medium egg
1 tofu
2-3 mozarella slices, cut into cubes
1 medium tomato
half a medium white onion
2 portabello mushrooms
2-3 sprigs of parsley
3-5 sprigs of coriander (wansoy)
rosemary
italian seasoning
salt
pepper
olive oil for frying
dash of truffle oil (optional)

In a small bowl beat the egg. Break the tofu into little pieces with your fingers and add to the beaten eggs.  Set aside.

Dice tomato, onions, mushrooms and put everything in a bowl.  Chop parsley and coriander and add to the veg mixture.

Heat olive oil in a small frying pan.  You can also use spray veg oil but I like the flavor of olive oil in my eggs.  Once oil is hot, saute the veg mixture until cooked.  Add egg mixture and cook over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, rosemary and italian seasoning. After a minute add cubed mozarella and cook until cheese becomes gooey.  Turn off heat and add dash of truffle oil. Serve with toast and enjoy! :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bol-anon Goodies!

We just got back from Bohol and since my parents are from there, I knew what to get for pasalubong.  I want to feature some of the yummy products that I bought and will use some of the items I bought for a few recipes in the future.

Bohol Bee Farm - I had to stop myself from getting all of the items from the store. These goodies are great, healthy and cost efficient! 

 




Yummy Pesto Spread, wonderful on toast or crackers!



 


This Honey Spread wasn't so bad. You don't really get the same taste as when you put butter and honey on toast. It tasted more like sweetened margarine to me. 



 
This is one of their best sellers - locally produced honey.  There are a variety of honey that's available so you need to check with the sales lady as to what kind are the sweeter vs. more bland ones.  

As a kid, I would eat half a bag of Bohol Broas everytime we had them at home.  I had always wondered why the broas from Bohol were different from the ones in Quezon.  These pastries are sweeter and crunchier and they have a distinct flavor to them.  The Quezon counterpart to me is always too dry and bland so I've always preferred the broas from Bohol.   Sampaguita's doesn't only sell Broas but a myriad of other pastries that you would need to try.  They actual "factory" (which is really a house with a small store) is just behind the Baclayon church so its easy for you to get these freshly baked goodies.  Don't worry if Sampaguita's run out of broas, you can always visit the other houses nearby (its a family run business) and they would gladly sell you the same stuff :) Broas are excellent not just for pasalubong but for making refrigerator cakes - will post sample recipes in my future blogs.
For those of you who don't know Bohol makes excellent tablea (cocoa).  These are used for making hot cocoa (pure) or can also be added to a variety of chocolate recipes.  The hot cocoa made out of tablea works perfectly with suman and mangoes.  Will be posting the recipe to tablea hot cocoa soon!
                                                             

Although I don't eat pork (or beef), I bought a kilo of chicharon (pork rind) for pasalubong to my friends and family.  The chicharon in Bohol is always fresh.  And just like the makes of the pastries, these are done out of people's homes. 
Hilda's Chicharon is one of the best selling chicharons in Bohol.  They have a stalls in the market area (however they only open after lunch I think) but you can also go direct to the source.  When you buy though, be prepared to wait a few minutes as they only pack the chicharon when you are there.  You can buy them by the pack but usually they're sold by the kilo.


If you're a chicharon junkie, you won't be able to resist this! Even the smell wafting out of the plastic bag is enough to drive you insane!  When I was a kid I remember eating this with rice and it was divine! :)

Here's a snapshot of a kilo of freshly cooked Chicharon.



So there you have it - my Boh-anon goodies!  Will post recipes on these yummy items soon! :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Makeshift Shoe Cabinet

We recently moved out of our place to move to a temp condo.  As we'll only be staying at the temp place for 6 months I really don't plan on getting huge and/or permanent items.

We have a smaller space in the current place so I had to be creative with organizing my stuff.  Unlike our old place, this new one doesn't have a shoe cabinet.  So what I did was to convert the linen closet to a shoe closet (it was the most convenient location).  The only problem I had was the shelves have so much space in between each other making my shoe space limited.  So what I did was to search for a shoe rack that would serve as an "extension" of the current space.

I checked Ace hardware but didn't find anything.  Luckily, my instincts told me to go to Japan Home - you know that place that sells everything for only 88 pesos?  And guess what? I found what I needed! They actually had a shoe stack but it only fit a pair so I bought the generic space expander and now one linen cabinet shelf has 3 shoe rack levels! :




See how many shoes I can fit on the top shelf compared to the bottom shelf?

The only drawback for me is that since I have really high heeled shoes, some of them won't fit in the makeshift shelves.



I also bought those flip flop hanging organizers from Storage Solution at Cash and Carry. So I was able to utilize the area behind the closet door.


With a little patience and some creativity I was able to convert a space into what I needed.  Hopefully I still get to use these 88 peso stackables at our next place :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto on Angel Hair and Maple Mustard Chicken

This is a super fast and easy to do pasta recipe.  Another good thing about this is that you can do it in advance and store in the fridge. My stored bottle only lasts about 1 week but I reckon it will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.  You just have to watch out for the basil leaves and make sure they're not too wilted.




Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Ingredients:

300 grms of Sun Dried Tomatoes - I just use any brand that's available
1 pack of sweet basil leaves - I just buy the pre packed ones at the grocery, the more basil leaves the more flavorful
1/2-1 cup of grated parmasean cheese - better to use fresh but the dried bottle ones work too
1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil - can be adjusted depending on how much basil leaves you use
Salt & Pepper to taste

Angel hair pasta (or any kind of pasta)

Procedure:

Grind sun dried tomatoes (with oil) and basil in a food processor, put in EVOO if mixture gets too dry.  Put mixture in a bowl, add parmasean, salt & pepper and mix.

Cook pasta as indicated on the box.  Mix sun dried tomato mixture while pasta is still hot and serve! Easy!

Maple Mustard Chicken

This chicken recipe is also very simple.  The original recipe is for chicken thighs but since I didn't have any, I just used wings.  The danger with using wings is burning the tips so make sure you watch the chicken closely if you're using wings.

Ingredients:

Half a kilo of chicken wings/thighs
2 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp Grainy French Mustard
Salt & Pepper to taste


Pre-heat oven 350F.

Mix all ingredients except for chicken in a bowl.  Place chicken in an oven safe dish and pour honey mustard mixture over each pc. 

Bake for 40 mins or until juices run clear.

Serve with sun dried tomato pasta and enjoy! :)