How to cook: Chicken Fillet in Shiitake Mushroon Gravy

1. Marinate chicken fillet strips in salt, pepper and rosemary. Set aside for 20 mins.

2. Pan sear chicken in olive oil. Set aside.

3. To make gravy, melt butter and sauté mushrooms until cooked.

4. Add flour to make a roux.

5. Pour milk to thin.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

7. Pour gravy over chicken. Top with fried garlic.

Enjoy! ❤

How to make: Kwek-Kwek

Kwek-kwek or dragon ball is one of the most popular Filipino street foods. They are bright orange battered and deep-fried hard boiled eggs that are served with a vinegar dipping sauce.


When we crave for some, here’s how we do it at home. 😊


INGREDIENTS:

12 hard boiled chicken eggs or 2 dozens quail eggs

1- 1/2 cups + 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1- 1/3  cups water

Few drops of red and yellow food color

Salt + pepper

Cooking oil for deep frying

PROCEDURE:

1. Boil eggs for 15 minutes. Peel off shell and set aside. 

2. Whisk together 1- 1/2 cups flour, cornstarch, water, food color and salt + pepper to taste. Batter should be smooth and thick. 

3. Dredge the eggs with flour using the remaining 1/2 cup. 

4. Drop eggs to the thick batter and coat them using 2 spoons. 

5. Carefully drop coated eggs one by one into a pre heated pan with cooking oil to deep fry. Do not overcrowd. Make sure there’s room to roll eggs into the oil to maintain it’s form. 

6. Cook until coating is crisp. Let excess oil drip using a colander or paper towel. 

DIP

Combine apple cider vinegar or any vinegar of choice + salt, pepper, sugar & chillies. 

Enjoy! 😊

Ampalaya Mojos ®

My hubby, Jupi, reinvented ampalaya! Instead of the usual sautéed ampalaya paired with our fried fish, he made them into crispy chips! Yes, chips! Our kids loved ampalaya even more. 💚

AMPALAYA MOJOS ®

Core and slice ampalaya thinly. Pat dry using paper towel. Season with salt + pepper and cajun spice. Dip ampalaya slices lightly on scrambled egg, shake to drip off excess egg then dredge into flour + cornstarch mixture. Deep fry until crispy & golden brown. 💚

Dipping sauce: mayonnaise + catsup + pepper/chili flakes

Enjoy! 💚

How to cook: Spicy Ginger-Garlic Shrimps 

My hubby and I love to cook…and eat! Here’s one of his specialties and he’d like to share the recipe with all of you. 😊

Jupi’s Spicy Ginger-Garlic Shrimps

Season 1 lb. (about 1/2 kilo) of shrimps with salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and ginger juice*. Marinate for 15-20 minutes.*For the ginger juice: grate a palm sized ginger, extract juice and set aside. This step will make the dish more flavorful. Add half of the ginger juice to the shrimp marinade. Toast the ginger pulp until light golden brown then set aside.Finely chop 1 head of garlic then saute in 1/4 c butter and a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle 2 tsps of flour. Whisk until combined. Add a little more salt and chili powder + sugar. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water or clear soda. My hubby put sake for a more distinctly flavored sauce. Add shrimps. Cook until they change in color. Do not overcook. Add remaining ginger juice. Continue cooking until shrimps are fully coated with sauce. Sprinkle toasted ginger pulp on top. Happy cooking and eating!  💕

How to make: Sushi Rolls

You’ll need the following:

Sushi mat, steamed Japanese rice, Nori (roasted seaweed) wrapper, Kani (Crab sticks), ripe mangoes, cucumber, kikoman sauce for dip and wasabi.


Here’s how:

Spread a layer of rice over nori.


Arrange strips of mangoes, kani and cucumber on top of rice.


You may add Japanese mayonnaise to this layer for added flavor and to glue the fillings together. Use a catsup dispenser to make a strip.

Start folding the sushi mat away from you so it forms a roll. Be careful not to squash the roll as you go along, but make sure that it’s firm.


Like so…


Use a very sharp knife to slice your roll.


Make some more, share and enjoy! 😋

How to cook: Chicken Parmigiana

Sink your teeth into this moist chicken breast fillet coated with crunchy bread crumbs, fried into perfection, made savory with marinara sauce and gooey parmesan and mozzarella cheese toppings.

Procedure: Flatten chicken fillet using a kitchen mallet or slice thinly, then pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, dip in scrambled egg, then coat with panko/ Japanese breadcumbs, seasoned with herbs. Fry until golden brown. Spoon marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce on top of chicken fillet. Add shredded parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top then broil in oven until cheese has melted. Enjoy! 💕

How to make: Burrito Sauce- 2 ways

TOMATO-BASED SAUCE:

1. In a pan, melt butter and saute onion.

2. Blend in flour. 

3. Gradually add water or broth, stirring to keep smooth.

4. Add tomato sauce, garlic powder, salt and hot sauce.

5. Simmer for 5 mins. or until thick. 

CREAMY SAUCE: 

1. In a bowl, combine sour cream or yogurt and grated fresh garlic, about 2-3 cloves. 

2. Add juice of 1/2 lemon or lime + chopped cilantro.

3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Cheesy Broccoli

Do you find it hard to feed your kids healthy? Do they always say no to greens and beans? Well, my secret ingredient is always cheese. My kids never knew their love for broccoli if not because of this recipe. Now, get ready to say cheeeese!

EASY CHEESY BROCCOLI

A bunch or more of broccoli flowers  (blanched)

1 tetra brick all purpose cream

1 box (200g) cheese (grated)

1/2 stick butter

6 cloves of garlic
  
Blanching is cooking by immersing briefly in boiling water until the color is bright green. To avoid overcooking, stop the cooking process by removing them from the boiling water and by dropping them in a bowl filled with icy water, then drain. Arrange them in a baking dish/pan and set aside. 

In a separate pan, melt the butter over low heat. Then, saute finely chopped garlic until light golden brown. Do not burn them. Set aside.

For the cheese sauce: Combine the cream and grated cheese in a sauce pan. Use a wire whisk to continuously stir until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the cheese sauce onto the pan of broccoli and put it in your oven, setting the broiler at high heat. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden. Drizzle garlic buter on top and broil for another 3-5 minutes. Serve while hot. Enjoy! 😘

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How to make: Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings! One of our family’s favorites! Crispy breaded chicken wings, coated with spicy- tangy- finger-licking red sauce! Yum! 

So, we made a homemade version and we have been making them ever since! 

This is how we do it:

Fried Chicken– Wash and split chicken wings. Season and marinate in patis or salt + pepper according to taste. Sprinkle with flour, enough to cover the chicken, making a batter coating. Then dredge back in flour. Shake off excess flour before deep frying until golden brown. Set aside. 

Sauce– In a sauce pan over medium high heat, melt butter. Add tomato catsup, hot sauce, sugar, pepper and a drizzle of worcestershire sauce. 

Toss chicken into sauce. 😊

Dip– Grate 4 cloves of garlic then add mayo, milk to make the mayo thinner, then salt + pepper to taste. 

Enjoy! 😊

If you enjoy this recipe and this test kitchen, please be sure to share your good news with us and others. I welcome your comments, as well as your own recipes and kitchen tips. As our test kitchen grows and reaches a lot of households, I hope to provide an even stronger community of support, reflection, and shared blessings. Greetings of peace and love to you all.💋💞