Friday, March 29, 2013

Kamote Que

Kamote Que

( Deep fried sweet potatoes covered with caramelized brown sugar )

Spring is little shy this year, I'm just hoping that we gonna have nice weather this coming Sunday for Easter egg hunt, at Aunt Mo's house, Luckily I'm off to work! yay!!! I noticed that, when Easter season is coming up, the sweet potatoes is always on sale. So, I grab couple the other day at the store and make this Kamote Que yesterday. 
Kamote Que is one of the very popular snack in the Philippines,you can find this at market street just flooded with Kamote Que vendors, on the schools area, just basically everywhere. Every Filipino I know, knew how to make this delectable snacks.  What I like most about this snack, they are very affordable, fulfilling and just simply good. 
Below is the recipe for: Kamote Que

2 Large Sweet Potatoes
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
Barbeque sticks

1.) Put oil into the pan about, 10-15 minutes until its HOT enough to fry.
2.) Add the brown sugar, wait until the brown sugar floats and then you can add the sweet potatoes.
3.) Turn the sweet potatoes from time to time to spread the caramelized sugar coating.
4.) Try the sweet potatoes by poking it, using the barbeque stick. You know when its DONE when the sticks comes out so easily.
5.) Take it out in the pan, and skew it into the barbeque stick. Enjoy!

 Happy Easter Everyone!:)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spanish Roll Recipe

Spanish Rolls with Sweet Bean filling

 Spanish Rolls are one of a classic Filipino bread next to Pandesal and Ensaymada. This is one of my favorite growing up! until up to this days, I have no idea why they called it Spanish Rolls. I don't think there is Spanish into it. I tried to do some research but I can't get any answered right.
Typically Spanish Rolls are soft bread dough rolled into a sheet, brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with breadcrumbs and sugar. This time, I made the filling out of sweet bean paste instead of the classic butter, sugar and breadcrumbs, but the process remain the same.
A perfect way to start your day with a glass of hot chocolate next to homemade bake Spanish rolls.
Below it the recipe of Spanish Rolls with sweet bean paste filling.

 Note: You can just totally use butter,sugar and breadcrumbs for filling:)
1 cup peeled mung beans
1 1/2 cups water- add as you go:)
4 teaspoon brown sugar- taste according to your preference
Splash of vanilla
1.) Bring the peeled mung beans and water to boil. Let is simmer until it soft and mushy. 
2.) Add the sugar and splash of vanilla. Let it stand until it thicken until it became like paste.
 3.) Let it cool and refrigerate overnight for best results

3 1/2 cups flour                        
2/3 cup- Lukewarm water                 
2/3 cup- Lukewarm milk                   
1/2 cup sugar                                  
1/4 cup butter melted                          
1 pack yeast                                          
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Coating/ Sprinkles:
In medium bowl combine sugar and breadcrumbs together. Set aside

1.) Mix the flour, sugar, salt and yeast on the big bowl ans set aside.
2.) Pour the lukewarm water and lukewarm milk into the dry ingredients and mix it well.
3.) Pour the melted butter into the mixture, mix well. Knead the dough until the dough is smooth and elastic bout 15 minutes or so.
4.) Let it rise for 1-2 hours
5.) Divide the dough to 18-22 pieces. Flatten it out, spread the sweet bean paste filling, fold the dough and roll into a breadcrumbs and sugar mixture.
6.) After rolling and coating, covered it with plastic wrap and let it rise for 30-45 minutes.
7.) Bake on 350 preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, until its golden brown:) ENJOY!

( I made 20 pieces of Spanish rolls and they're good!)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Shortcut Chili Recipe

Chili Recipe 

( The Shortcut Way )

It's been a busy week for me, both home and work. My schedule have been so hectic that I wasn't able to open my blog for couple days, but now I'm back on track again:) I been waiting for spring and yet we have little snow yesterday, It's cold! So, I made some chili for the whole family to enjoy. This is my version of chili, the shortcut way! Its because the ingredients are really simple, just throw everything in one pot and whola!,A taste of traditional Chili in in one bite!1.. YUM! Its one of my comfort food!
 My in-laws made the best chili I've tasted so far, It just so good! It have some sausage, chunk of beef , ground beef and all kinds of stuff you want for your chili, It just takes longer to cook and a lot of ingredients.So,when I stumble upon this recipe on internet long time ago, I can't even remember what site it is, I was so happy! I made this chili recipe many times ( countless!) hhehe and I'm telling you! Its good! Isn't it nice to make Chili less than 30 minutes, just let it simmer until dinner is ready. This is just the perfect recipe for you, if you love chili as I do..:)
My kids loved it and of course the Daddy too, along with this scrumptious meal, We had chocolate chip cookies for dessert! 
1 1/2 lbs.Ground beef
 2 cans  Kidney Chili beans
1 can Tomato with green chilies
Chili powder
1/4 cup Tomato sauce
Salt n Pepper- to taste

1.) Brown the ground beef in large pan for couple minutes. Drain the excess oil and put it back on the pan.
2.) Add the tomato with chilies, chili beans and tomato sauce. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes
3.) Put some chili powder, salt n pepper and let it stand for 5 minutes. Taste according to your preference. ENJOY!

I prefer rice instead of crackers on my chili bowl :) Happy Weekend Everyone!
 P.S.- I just realized that I spelled the Chili wrong after reading some of your comments.. (hahaha) Thanks!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shakoy Recipe

"Shakoy" or Twisted Donuts Recipe

( Deep fried twisted donuts coat with sugar)
 Shakoy is one of my favorite snack or merienda since I was little kid, I always looked forward having shakoy after school or on weekends. This twisted donuts coated with sugar is very popular in the Philippines as " Shakoy" , I don't know why local called it that way. There's lot of street vendors selling Shakoy at the streets, even bake-shoppe sell this yummy snacks too. Today, As usual my craving strike, and so here it is! fresh from my kitchen, and it tasted like back home! It's sweet, soft and ummhh..just simply good! I ate 3 pieces already (hahah) Don't tell!!
My kids just watched me the entire process of making this yummy snack, I think they're curious what I'm doing, which by the way I loved. I finished it really quick! ( smiley face ) and my 3 year old daughter took picture of the shakoy / twisted donuts before frying. 
My kiddies are so behaved so I awarded them by having the first taste of Shakoy.. and this is exactly my little boy said ....YUM! mommi...and hubby loved it. He gonna take some to work tomorrow..Yay! and I have 2 left for our snack tomorrow..:)
Next time, if your thinking about something for snack or dessert, this is the best recipe for you! Simple ingredients mostly you already have in your household and very easy to make..

( after 2 hours )
2 cups flour
1/2 cup water, lukewarm
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or 4 tablespoon - cold and chopped into cube
1 pack yeast ( 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast )
1 tsp. salt
extra sugar- for coating
oil- for frying ( if u have deep fryer, much better:) )

1.) In large bowl combine flour, sugar, yeast, salt and butter. Mix well until everything incorporated.
2.) Add the egg into the mixture and lukewarm water and start mixing together.
3.) Knead the dough in clean floured surface until smooth and elastic. Let is rise for 1-2 hours.
4.) Divide the dough into 14 pieces. Start rolling dough into cigar and twist it. ( like the picture on top)
5.) Let it rise for 20-30 minutes. (Enough time to heat the deep fryer on medium low)
6.) Fry it for about 1-2 minutes each side. Let is cool. Put in the plastic bag with sugar and shake it.
7.) Best when serve hot along with your favorite drinks, like coffee or hot chocolate. Enjoy~

 We enjoyed eating "shakoy" today with my family. Definitely gonna make more soon!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Raisin Scone Recipe

Raisin Scone Recipe 

( My first scone ever! )

I been thinking about making scone for last couple days, So, I do some research to give me some idea how to make perfect scone. They're plenty of variety of flavor for scone out-there, But I was more interesting on raisin, lemon or orange, since those three ingredients is already in my household. And I want it to be less ingredients as possible. This morning instead of making pancake and eggs for my kiddies breakfast, I just decided to make scone instead. It's really quick to put everything together, 16 minutes in the oven; not bad! By the time, I'm done cleaning up, the Raisin Scone is ready to be devour. It was ready good breakfast and snack later on.. wink:) By the way, I'm munching on it right now, while writing this blog.. It's very good, soft, not too sweet and the little chuck of raisin just give that perfect bite of .. I would say ..
perfection!  Below is my simple recipe for scone and I'll be making more of this scone in different flavors. It's fun to experiment food, especially if it turn out the way you want it to be...:)

 2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
6 tablespoon COLD butter- ( cut into cubes )
1/2 cup raisin ( roughly chopped)

Preheat oven to 375
I made 8 delicious scone:)
1.) Combine flour, sugar,baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Set aside;
2.) Add the beaten eggs into milk mixture. Set aside;
3.) Mix the cut butter into the flour mixture and mix well, I use fork to mix butter into the flour.  ( You can use your food processor in this process)
4.) Add the milk and egg mixture and mix well.
Tip: Don't over mix the dough. It will result to hard scones
5.) Pat the dough into floured surface, cut into (8 triangle pieces )
6.) Place on greased pan, (I brush my raisin scone with whipping cream and I sprinkles sugar on top before baking._
7.) Bake at 375 for 16-18 minutes until golden brown on top- (I put my scone into broil for couple second in order to get that perfect golden brown on top )

Raisin Scone freshly bake! Perfect with hot chocolate :)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pasencia Cookie Recipe

Pasencia Cookies

 ( Filipino Meringue Cookie )

 (Pasencia Cookie! fresh from the oven..:) )

(Happy Birthday, Sweetie! Mahal Kita:) )
Today is my Hubby's birthday, So, I made him a simple chocolate  fudge brownie cake, with vanilla icing and orange frosting for little decoration on the side. While doing the finishing touch for the cake, lot of ideas popping to my head, what else?? I could make to make this perfect night for the whole family. Aha!  I'm gonna try the recipe that I found last night while doing some random research about food, I stumble upon this blog ( Apple, Pies, Patis and Pate) its blog about food and they all look really good, But I was intrigue with this, Pasencia Cookies, to my surprise there's only 6 ingredients. Today is the perfect time for me to give it a try for the first time, It's very easy and really good! This would be perfect for light snack while watching our favorite show tonight. I was really excited making it, as soon as it comes out in the oven, I tasted it with no hesitation, even if it is really hot ( hahah). It's really yummy! crunchy, light, little chewy and not to sweet! Aside from that, this Pasencia cookies is also perfect for light snack, or family picnic, company coming over, any occasion or I would say just because ( wink). I would say double or triple the ingredients if making it for large group since there small bite size and there very light, I would say, somewhat between cookie and meringue in texture, Just little perfect bite! 
This is very easy and all the ingredients is already in your household, If you're thinking trying new recipe this is the perfect one to try.

 ( Before baking )

 1/4 cup All purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp lemon juice
splash of vanilla
1 tsp granulated sugar

1.) Preheat the oven to 275 degrees
2.) Shift the flour and  powdered sugar together. Set aside;
3.) Using the electric mixer beat the egg whites until fluffy, add the lemon, vanilla and the granulated sugar . Mix well until it double in size. ( like meringue cookie )
4.) Slowly add the shifted flour, fold it gently in one direction until everything combine.
5.) Using pastry bag, Pipped little circle on the greased baking sheets. Put it on the oven for 20-25 minutes
6.) Cool it down completely before taking the cookies out ( it's easier to take them out in the baking pan) ENJOY!

( after 20 minutes )

I probably made like 55-60  bite size pieces

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fried Rice

Fried Rice ( No Recipe )

I woke up extremely early today, not a bad idea for a glass of hot chocolate and two pieces of binangkal on hand, perfect way to start my day. I have bunch of ideas running through my head right now, I just don't know where to start..( hhehe) This is the result of waking up so early, I guess! 
Last week, I started making some sweet goodies for my friend. Now, I'm started thinking about doing it for real, but I'm not sure how this things works out for me. As of now, I enjoyed doing it and that's all matters. I'm happy to share how everything unfold. (wink)
We have Fried Rice with Chicken Tocino last night and everyone loved it, Including my little kiddies ( which by the way is still sleeping right now )
I called this Fried Rice " No Recipe" for the reason that everyone have different version of how they cook their fried rice. Excellent use for left over rice. I can eat this delicious Fried Rice for breakfast or dinner or anytime of the day. I just simply love fried rice!
 I'll show you, my version of fried rice and its very simple and easy. ( feel free substitute or use anything you have on hand )

Rice- ( left over )
soy sauce
salt n pepper- to taste

1.) Pour oil into large pan, stir in onion and sauteed for couple minutes. Add the vegetables fry until crisp-tender.
2.) Stir in beaten egg and cook until done. Add the left over rice, soy sauce. Mix well. Add salt and pepper if desired and serve!:) Enjoy!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Sweet Week

Sweet Sale!

( Bibingka- rice cake )
 It's all started last week when one of my friend asked me if my sweet pastry for sale.She spotted the photo of Monggo Bread that I recently posted on my Facebook.She I asked me if I take orders, I said, No, but I can make you some if you want and that's how everything started. I made her a dozen of Monggo Bread, delivered it to her house and that was my first sale.. ( hahaha ) It's very exciting and I'm so happy after knowing that she liked the bread. I was really thrilled after making 4 more sales to my friends this week, and I'll be making a tray of cassava cake tomorrow for my friend, Rose. I'm enjoying doing it and that's all matter. I'll be posting some recipe's next week and I'm happy to share some photos of the goodies I sold this week. Happy Weekend Everyone:)

                                                       slice of cassava cake

(Bibingka- rice cake bake over banana leaf)
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