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Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!!

Celebrate the holidays with...

Coquito!

2 cans Evaporated milk
1 can Coconut milk
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup Coco Lopez
1 1/2 cup Coconut Rum
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Add all ingredients in a blender, blend, pour in a pitcher or empty rum bottle. Serve cold.
Enjoy!!!
Feliz Navidad!!!



Monday, December 3, 2012

Oyster sauce in a delicious recipe

I love Chinese food and I always try to make it in my kitchen failing every time.
I can't quite get that delicious flavor, I don't have a seasoned Wok and I just can't cook sometimes ha ha ha.
Well watching tv, I saw a recipe from Ming Tsai. One of his one pot cooking recipes. It looked so good, it ignited my passion for cooking something yummy in my kitchen.
Spicy Chicken with cashew nuts. The ingredients were roasted cashews, honey and Oyster Sauce. I've never cooked with that sauce so I gave it a try. Followed all the steps from Ming Tsai's video that he has posted on his website, and my goodness, when the dish was done, it was the best Asian dish I've ever made in my kitchen! The flavor I've been wanting to make so badly!
I'm a huge fan of Oyster Sauce now and the yummy honey roasted cashews with cayenne pepper, that alone are a super delicious snack!
The recipe is awesome get it here at Ming's website

http://www.ming.com/in-your-kitchen/chapter-5/wok-stirred-chile-n-cashew-chicken.htm

Enjoy!

P.S. I love cooking and tasting new foods, this recipe I enjoyed lots!












Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

My apologies for not posting here often.
I hope everyone enjoyed had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family.

I enslaved ( I love cooking lol) in my kitchen and truly enjoyed making my families dinner.
I made homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing with apples nuts and berries and mashed potatoes with a super delicious gravy.



I roasted my turkey in a bed of potatoes, carrots, celery and pearl onions and after the turkey was done I collected the goodies and made the gravy and mashed potatoes.

My family enjoyed it all and so did I.

Time for some football and kick back and relax. I'm not hitting the stores. Never liked all that running around finding "good deals". I'm more of a cyber shopper and last minute in store shopper.

Anyways here are some pics

Happy Thanksgiving everyone

Enjoy!




Sunday, September 23, 2012

My homemade Sofrito

Going to keep it short cuz I'm having a Sancocho coma ha ha ha!

These are the basic ingredients in my
Sofrito.

I add olive oil and chicken broth. There are different variations of it. Annato or achiote oil is added also.

I stewed Sancocho and added the freshly made sofrito, oooooh! it came out so good!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Refried bean stew

Bare with me and the way Im choosing to blog my recipes from now on. I'm posting from my phone and I like to be quick just like when I cook in my kitchen, easy, quick and simple.
I made this delicious bean stew based on the Doenjang stew. I improvised and put my Latin flare into it.
I basically wing it in my kitchen, I followed the same steps from the previous recipe, even used starchy rice water.

The recipe and ingredients :)
Sautéed 2 chopped chorizo sausages, 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped and 1/2 a cup if sliced green onions, added the rice water(2 1/2 cups), tossed in a cup of cubed zucchini squash and stirred in an entire can of refried beans. Simmered on medium low heat for 25 minutes. Salt to taste.
Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and fresh pico de gallo.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Doenjang Stew

I like trying different food. I made this stew. Is adored by Korean men and it's considered comfort food. I was curious of the flavor so I made some. I didn't like it but my daughter loved it.
I'm keeping this short. This was not a hit with me. I might make this a different way and substitute with refried beans but then it won't be the same but I know I will like the flavor.
You start making it with starch water about 2 1/2 (rinse rice and use that water) simmer the water and add 6-7 anchovies and some sea weed/kelp for 5 minutes then remove the anchovies and kelp. My anchovies dissolved(I didn't use dried anchovies). Then stir two tablespoons of soy bean paste add fresh chopped garlic, green onions,zucchini squash, chili powder, and cubed firm tofu.
Simmer for about 20 minutes, I served it with sushi rice. Garnished with enoki mushrooms, green onions and sliced chili pepper.
Enjoy!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Korean Food

I was watching a movie Le Gand Chef 2: Kimchi battle and it made me want to try Korean food, specially Kimchi.
I went to a local restaurant in Fayetteville North Carolina called Shila and ordered Bibimbop, Bulkogi and Kimchi with pork.
I enjoyed the beef a lot, some spicy, some slightly sweet and also detected lots of sesame seed oil, smell and taste it.
The Kimchi was good, great texture and spiciness. It's an aquired taste. Sadly I didn't really get too fond of it.
I want to make my own Kimchi with cucumbers one day. Maybe giving it my own flare I'll start liking it.
The movie I watched made Kimchi seemed so delicious I just had to try it. But I wasn't impressed with the flavor.
Anyways here are some pics of the food I got from the restaurant. I really liked the beef and will visit in the near future.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dumplings

I went to my local Asian foods store and purchased a bamboo steamer and dumplings. They were so good.
I steamed small shrimp dumplings, they tasted so yummy and the big dumplings were filled with pork.
I'm going to try to learn how to make dumplings.
My family enjoyed the dumplings. I could eat them daily if I could.
Bola Bola Siopao :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pork lettuce wraps

Quick easy and delish recipe!
Season thin sliced pork loin with adobo, Sazon, and fresh minced garlic, sauté on olive oil until meat caramelizes and browns a bit. Add minced garlic at the end of sautéing for better taste.
Serve and wrap with butter lettuce.
Enjoy!
:)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bonus! Bacalao soup

Made a soup with the bacalao fillets I had left.
In Puerto Rico they make Caldo de Bacalao con Funche. Fish broth with what I think it's a corn meal mush. I'm not too fond of it. I've never made it. I do not like it. Fish broth is quite tasty. The one from this soup is superb.

This is the first time I've ever made a fish soup.

This one is pretty easy and basic and totally improvised. I did not make this with the corn meal mush.
I used the rest of the unused bacalao I had left to make this soup. Hubby is into soups. I've never made fish soup. So here we go!

Use about 2 bacalao fillets that were soaked over night to remove excess salt.
Add sliced celery, red and orange pepper, sliced shallot and about 4 cups of water. Black pepper and salt to taste. Watch the salt it might not need it. Salt is not very good in excess observe moderation.

Anyways,

Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.

Serve hot

Enjoy!

Bacalao guisao'

Or Bacalao Guisado in the fancy towns and fancy well spoken people of Puerto Rico.
Bacalao guisado is stewed fish.
My mom used to make this when I was little. I didn't appreciate this dish when I was a little girl. But I do now, specially because my mom used to make it. It was so good! I love this puertorican dish.

Here's what you need:

Bacalao (follow instructions in the package)
1 can of Goya Tomato sauce
Half an onion sliced
Chopped tomatoes
1 cup Pico de Gallo(I added this for flare) I love doing that.
Half a packet of Sazon with saffron

Cut up the bacalao, remove the bones, rinse off the salt. Make sure you soak the fish over night.

You'll need about two fillets. Or use the entire package. Double the ingredients if you're going to do that.

Sauté the onions, tomatoes, pico de gallo in olive oil. Add sazon, tomato sauce, a cup of water, let the fish and simmer on low heat until the fish falls apart. Sprinkle black pepper to taste. You don't need salt. Only if you completely removed the salt in the soaking process. I usually soak it enough but only leave it slightly salty.

Serve hot over white rice and a slice of avocado on the side.

Enjoy!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Paella

I love seafood so for this beautiful day I made myself a Paella.
Mishaps in the kitchen happen, oh well. I didn't burn anything lol.
I just kind of overcooked the rice, added too much water, overcooked shrimp and octopus a lil' because they were already to eat but it still tasted delicious. White wine, saffron, tomato sauce, spicy!cayenne pepper, chorizo, sautéed onions, and chicken broth made the flavors in it succulent. I also added crab meat. Mussels so juicy! It tasted like the ocean, so good! Don't forget the sweet peas!
I couldn't add lobster, crab legs, squid and clams though but that would've made this dish super awesome. Made this with nice crunchy Tostones on the side. Hubby also bought crab cakes, I need to learn how to make those! Spicy!
Next time trust me, Ill make this dish with the works!! I love this dish that much, I will make it again until the rice comes out perfect.

My family enjoyed this dish as much as I did. They gave me gifts and let me enjoy my day. I haven't eaten that much in a while.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fried Green Tomatoes

I love the movie and I've always wanted to try them. Here I go tasting new things I usually don't make in my puertorican kitchen. I like trying new foods :) I love cooking.
These were yummy, I didn't have a dipping sauce, so I ate some with ranch dressing. I liked them a lot more with ketchup and hot sauce!

Ingredients
4 large, firm green tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
1 cup finely ground self rising cornmeal
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs
Vegetable oil


Preparation
1. Sprinkle the tomato slices with the salt and pepper; set aside.

2. Combine the cornmeal and paprika in a shallow bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs.

3. Cover the bottom of a heavy skillet with 1/2 inch of oil, then place it over medium-high heat.

4. Coat the tomato slices in the egg, then dredge them in the cornmeal mixture.

5. Fry as many tomatoes as fit comfortably in the pan until nicely browned, about 2 minutes a side.

6. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined platter. Repeat until all the tomatoes are cooked.

Eat them ASAP cuz crunchy is better!




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Must learn how to make Sushi! Must keep eating healthy.

I love Sushi. Not the type with raw fish. I don't like raw fish, eggs uh no. I need to learn how to make sushi rolls and tempura. It's so delicious!! I love the sweetness of the sushi rice and the seaweed wrap and the crunchy cucumber. Let's not forget the seafood. I won't eat raw fish but I love crab meat and shrimp. I've tried caviar eggs once and I liked them but I'm picky with which kind.
I'm going to learn how to make delicious sushi. Made some for the family but I used the wrong type of rice. You have to use Sushi rice. It's stickier and slightly sweet. I'll post pics here when I try to make them again. In the meantime enjoy the yummy treats I got at the commissary. I'm buying healthier foods now but it's so expensive! My daughter wants to be a full vegan now. I'm not giving up my seafood. I was confused at how little I purchased yet I paid so much for it. Almost $100. Pic of the groceries below. Some hummus and vegan foods not a lot for my big family, I have to go back and buy more food and make sure its healthy even though is costly. But compare it to eating unhealthy and the cost of healthcare once you're sick from eating junk food. It's worth it to eat healthy in the long run.
My apologies for the large pics making my page look a little whack. I need to resize the photos.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Eating healthier

Decided it was time to take the healthy eating more seriously. I honestly feel so much better when I do, and when I'm dancing around in my kitchen making yummy food. I will be posting delicious recipes though don't get me wrong. I haven't posted here in a while and I discovered an iPhone app I can post directly!! Woohoo!
Here's just a few pics of what I've been eating lots of lately.
I'm into salads and crunchy cucumbers and sweet baby carrots.
I love ranch dressing, I dip my veggies in it and I'm in love!!!with sweet potato patties. I'll be posting a sweet And delicious healthy recipe soon.
Drinking lots of seltzer water mixed with grapefruit juice and Yerba Mate tea sweetened with Agave syrup.
I'll post more often, my apologies.
In the meantime try to eat like me lol! Eating healthier is good for you. Try to avoid over processed foods, eat more fresh fruits and veggies. I'm also cutting down on meat. I miss it but I've done this before and I can do without meat once in a while. I love food people!!!
Enjoy the pics I'm posting straight from my phone :D
Enjoy!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Adobo



This is what I grew up knowing that is Adobo, a delicious seasoning for meats but in the Philipines is something else.
I heard about the dish and I searched the internet for recipes and watched videos on YouTube. I wanted to taste the dish, it sounded preety good.  I made Pork Adobo and Chicken adobo. Is a Filipino recipe.  The recipes are similar but one has a slight sweetness. Very easy to make.  There are different variations to this dish.  I like this version.
   I literally memorized this recipes in less than an hour and was dreaming of making it.  Super easy!  My kids liked the chicken a lot and the pork was quite tasty. Here are the recipes below. I hope you enjoy this two recipes as much as I did.
Pork Adobo

Ingredients:
4 lbs pork cut into small cubes
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1/2 cup of soy sauce
1 tblsp of peppercorns
1 tblsp of chopped garlic
1/2 cup of water
1 tblsp vegetable oil for sauteeing the pork
6 bay leaves
Combine all the ingredients and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour or overnight will be even better.
Add the pork to a hot cooking pot. Cover and simmer on medioum low heat for 30 minutes or when meat is tender.
  Remove the meat from the pot saving the sauce and sautee the meat in a pan with some cooking oil until it browns. Place the meat over white rice and pour some of the sauce over the pork. Garnish with sliced green onions.


  Chicken Adobo



Ingredients

4 lbs of chicken(thighs or legs) skin on
1/2 cup of Apple cider Vinegar
1/2 cup of Soy Sauce
4 Tblsp of Honey
2 Tblps of finely chopped garlic
1 tblps of peppercorns
1/2 cup of water
6 Bay Leaves

 Combine the ingredients (soy sauce, vinegar, honey, oil, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns) in a bowl and mix until the honey is dissolved.  Crush the peppercorns if desired or use ground black pepper if you prefer. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or a few hours or over night.

Put the chicken in a pot and add the 1/2 cup of water and cook the chicken on medium low simmer for 30 minutes.

 Preheat your broiler on high. Remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a broiler pan (or a sheet pan with wire cooling racks placed on top). Place the chicken under the broiler until it is brown and crispy on top (5-10 minutes), depending on your broiler).

 Rapidly boil the sauce to reduce it into a nice sauce and it reduces in volume for about 5 to 10 minutes.

When the chicken is done on the broiler, place the chicken in a bowl and pour the sauce over it, move it around and coat it with the sauce.
Serve over white rice.  Garnish with chopped green onions.

Enjoy!