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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)
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! :)

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

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…

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.

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 an…

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 …

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 s…

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 cabin…

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
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)
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 p…

No Bake Graham Cracker Brownies

I bought crushed graham crackers from Rustan's the other day and thought of trying out the no bake recipe on the package. It seemed pretty easy enough so I decided to just make revisions to the recipe as I went along.  Besides I didn't want to keep left over crushed graham crackers so I did 2 batches and modified with whatever ingredients I could find at home.  The receipe is below with my modifications in magenta. :)

ps. Mr. Man enjoyed these - as usual he ate them with ice cream :)

MY San Graham Brownies (CovertHousewife version) Ingredients: 1 Cup (10 crackers) M.Y. San Graham Honey, crushed (1 pack 200g Crushed Graham Crackers) ¼ cup peanuts, toasted, chopped (1/2 cup crushed cashews) 2 TBSP Confectioner’s sugar (none – didn’t have any) 1 TBSP Peanut butter (2 TBSP Peanut Butter) 1 TBSP Condensed Milk (4 TBSP Condensed Milk) 2 TBSP White sugar (2 TBSP Caster sugar) 3 TBSP Cocoa Powder (6 TBSP Cocoa Powder) ¼ cup butter or margarine, melted (1/2 cup melted butter/1 stick unsalted mel…

Spinach Lasagne (no pasta) low cal

Years ago, I did a bit of research on how to make healthy lasagne.  Since then, I can say after several experiments that I finally got it :)  This dish is a staple in our household and is often made when people are "dieting". :)
I don't like measuring stuff when I cook (non dessert dishes) so it was a bit of a challenge to approximate this recipe.  In any case I did my best and I think the recipe is pretty accurate.  Just a warning though, I couldn't find my camera the time I made this dish so all the photos were taken with my webcam. 
I often just use an entire pack of Spag Sauce just cause I don't like storing left over unused sauce in the fridge.  I forget about those pretty easily so my solution is to just cook all of it.
You can also use fresh Spinach if you prefer. I've used fresh Spinach before but I find it too tedious to clean them.  I don't have a stay home helper so it's really more convenient for me to just buy these in cans.  You just have …

Holiday Feast Part 3 - Desserts - Wheat Chocolate "Chip" Cookies

I came across Fuji Mama's Blog Site over the holidays whilst looking for a new Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.  I was so intruiged cause she made a side by side comparison of the differenct cookie recipes she experimented with. Apparently less butter makes for softer 'chewier' cookies! Who knew, right?

So inspired by her experiment, I made some tweaks on the final recipe Fuji Mama ended up with by changing and addingsome of the chocolate and changing the flour.  Since I had some wheat flour, I decided to use that for the cookies (I was kinda worried that they were going to get rock hard but I crossed my fingers and it worked)!

Click on the link to Fuji Mama's blog at the top of this post for the full review on the Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe.   
The original recipe is found below with my tweaks in pink font.

@nestlefoodie’s Toll House Chocolate Chip CookiesRecipe from Chris Garboski, adapted from the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Makes 60 cook…

Holiday Feast Part 3 - Desserts - Mango Cake & Red Velvet Cupcakes

Before 2011 ended, my team (yes, work team) and I did a year-ender R&R.  Since each member of the team gets to pick his/her R&R of choice when his/her turn comes, we really couldn't say no when one of our team members decided to sign us up for a cooking/baking class.  Personally I thought it was apt since the NY was just around the corner and I could use new recipes and tips to jazz up my dessert menu.

This post would probably be pretty short - no recipes, just photos.  Since we bought the recipe and my friend uses these for her business, I won't be posting the recipes for you guys.  Instead, I will just post photos of my finished goods which I made for my fam.  I'll also post details on how to order these cakes from my friend at the end of my entry.

Mango Cake (not sure if it's called Mango Cobbler but that might be it)

This is my version of the cake - at this point it was getting ready to be transported to my dad's place.  The plating was done there …

Holiday Feast Part 3 - Desserts - Brownies

Here's my recipe for brownies that I customized from the recipe on the actual chocolate package.  The difference here is you will have to use Mini Chocolate Kisses instead of choco chips.  Since I can't find the original recipe, I'll just post the one that I made.  Again, if you want to try the original recipe, just buy a pack of Hershey's Mini Chocolate Kisses and read the recipe on the back of the package.

Ingredients2-1/4 cupsall-purpose flour1 cupHERSHEY'S Cocoa1 teaspoonbaking powder1 teaspoonsalt3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margaine, melted 1 cup brownsugar1 cup honey*2 teaspoonsvanilla extract2 eggsAn entire package (10-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S MINI KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates      * You can substitute all honey if you don't want the brownies too sweet or just opt for 1 cup of honey and just take out the additional 1 cup of sugar. DirectionsHeat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl.…

Holiday Feast Part 2 - Chicken Ala King

Ok, I know I've been delinquent - I was supposed to post recipes and photos each week but I've been crazy busy I haven't been able to do any writing.  So despite the slight (ahem) delay, I'm posting my other creations.

For now, I'll be talking about my Chicken Ala King.

Okay, I'm not an expert cook but I like experimenting - and being the true Filipino that I am, I love to take an original and turn it into my own creation.  For this recipe, I used a recipe I found on a milk can label/flap and tweaked it a bit to come up with what you see above.

Here's the original recipe courtesy of Alaska Milk (

Servings: 10-12
24 slices loaf bread
½ cup melted butter
2 tbsp butter or oil
½ cup onions
2 tbsp minced garlic
500 gms diced chicken
¼ cup flour
½ cube chicken cube
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup diced green bell pepper
¼ cup green peas
1 cup Alaska Evaporated Filled Milk
½ cup chicken stock
¼ cup grated…