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Sunday, July 29, 2012


Español: Callos
Español: Callos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

It is my mother who really knows how to cook. My mother learned it from her mother also then she would cook it for us from then on. Mother has really captured the same taste that my grandmother specialized. Before, she would even cook it for others as she'd give packed and frozen callos to close friends and family during Christmas. Now that mom is no longer here, I have taken over cooking for family-gathering and I make sure it's at par with her cooking. The secret really is slow cooking - to catch the flavor. Like the callos that takes hours to cook, this recipe will take long to forget as it carries with it a lifetime of memories.


English: Filipino pork adobo
English: Filipino pork adobo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Cooking is an art and many families has been gifted with this. No wonder there are families where meals were always festive events for them. Everything revolved around breakfast, lunch, and dinner and every single one was orchestrated by either the father or mother and until the mere spectators, the children, would  get busy preparing the very dishes they enjoyed from decades past.

Pancit Guisado

English: Yam wun sen (Thai script: ยำวุ้นเส้น)...
English: Yam wun sen (Thai script: ยำวุ้นเส้น) is a spicy Thai yam-style salad made with glass noodles (a.k.a. cellophane noodles), minced chicken or pork and seafood; most often mixed seafood, prawn or squid. The version in this image is with minced pork, prawns and "cloud ear fungus". The basic dressing contains shallots or onions, chillies, Chinese celery, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. This version additionally features Thai mint and spring onions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

While most recipes will have all ingredients just thrown in the pan, this pancit guisado recipe involves steps, making each of the ingredient's flavors very clean and apparent.

Tocino del Cielo

Español: Tocinillo de cielo.
Español: Tocinillo de cielo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

A friend of mine has been attending cooking classes since she was 12 years old. But none of those compare to the class she had right in her grandparents' home, especially since her grandmother was her teacher. She would tell her everything and even insist [on her old ways of cooking]. In making this tocino del cielo, she doesn't use a candy thermometer. When her grandmother makes the syrup, she can tell if it has reached the right temperature just by looking. My friend recounts that all those home study surely paid off. She learned a lot especially making this tocino del cielo, they're like mini leche flans, but only this time thicker and more flavorful.

Asadong Manok de Carajay

Marinated Chicken, Soy Sauce Chicken (豉油雞) Chi...
Marinated Chicken, Soy Sauce Chicken (豉油雞) Chicken with soy sauce in Yi Xi Restaurant. 益新食館豉油雞 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

It can be said that my family is a family of cooks. Our elder sister trained at the prestigious Culinary Academy; father once managed a number of restaurants; and grandmother, well, "she was always in the kitchen". This asadong manok is one of the dishes my grandmother always cooks. It's something that we always looked forward to.

Corn-Beef Soup

English: Beef noodle soup
English: Beef noodle soup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Who would have thought that you could cook a hearty, rub-your-tummy-scratch-your-head meal using canned goods from your neighborhood convenience store? Try this recipe and become a true convert. If you don't have onions, omit it totally without worrying about the flavor and just mix all the canned goods together and simmer. This dish was a surprise, but even better, it's absolutely yummy. Eat alone or serve with hot toasted pandesal.

Deli Pizza

English: A pizza from the oven. Français : Une...
English: A pizza from the oven. Français : Une pizza sortant du four. Deutsch: Eine Pizza aus dem Ofen. Italiano: Una pizza dal forno. Español: Una pizza del horno. Magyar: Egy pizza a sütőből. 日本語: オーブンからピザ。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

A deli is the grownup's version of a toy store. All the imported cheese, cured meats, and ingredients will make you want to reign in your kitchen. This dish extends those precious meats and cheese into something the whole family can share. This pizza makes use of tortilla bread for the crust. The trick to making it crispy: Bake it in a preheated oven at high heat. It also helps to place one or two unglazed terracotta tiles directly on the floor of the oven and the prepared pizza on top of that to make the crust even more crispier.


English: shabu-shabu
English: shabu-shabu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Shabu is Methamphetamine that increases alertness and energy but in high doses can cause euphoria. This is a prohibited drug that is most likely avoided but when you heard of Shabu-Shabu here in the Philippines, it doesn't mean a twin increase of alertness and energy, it is an indulging food that will surely boast your stamina for eating. 

Kani and Edamame Salad with Miso-Soy Dressing

English: Salad is any of a wide variety of dis...
English: Salad is any of a wide variety of dishes including: vegetable salads; salads of pasta, legumes, or grains; mixed salads incorporating meat, poultry, or seafood; and fruit salads. They include a mixture of cold and hot, often including raw vegetables and/or fruits. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Do you know what's the mystique of the Japanese specialty shop? You could very well buy something without knowing for sure what you are purchasing. This food combination is a classic - and you may just find yourself eating gallons of this salad daily. All you need in this recipe can be found in any Japanese store of your choice. This is now your time to try tossing your salad without even sweating looking for the ingredients. Everything is just so quick and easy in this recipe.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

various potato dishes: potato chips, hashbrown...
various potato dishes: potato chips, hashbrowns, tater tots, baked potato, and mashed potatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Who would have thought that only potatoes can be mashed and made into sumptuous dish? That's what I thought until I happened to be at the Sunday Market that seemed like heaven on earth for foodies. The best of the best is on display - the best produce, the freshest fruits, and the most delicious prepared house specialties from home cooks around the Philippines.

Supermarket Crispy Catfish Fillet with Brown Butter and Pine Nuts

Catfish (Photo credit: rdpeyton)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Our grandmothers must marvel at how sophisticated, complete, and convenient our grocery stores are today. No longer limited to dry goods and frozen items, a modern supermarket like any other offers seafood in tanks with live suahe, hito, and lapu-lapu swimming about. This dish involves practically no work on your part because half of it is accomplished by manong fishmonger when you buy the live fish and have it filleted. Just leave the skin on-it's what makes this dish so special!

Kinilaw na Tuna

Peruvian Cebiche (ceviche) cooked by the author
Peruvian Cebiche (ceviche) cooked by the author (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

For a tempting tuna treat, just soak in vinegar and you'll have a no-cook, no-fuss seafood dish ready in no time. This recipe requires for you to know the right time to eat kinilaw, its when the seafood, meat, or vegetables reach that stage between being raw and being fully cooked by the acid. With fish, it is marked by a slightly opaque color yet is soft to touch.

Chicken Pasta Pinsec

The closeup of a salad. Ingredients include le...
The closeup of a salad. Ingredients include lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, cucumber, runner beans, mushrooms and yellow peppers with parmesan cheese on top and a dressing of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, mint and parsley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

My good friend acquired her passion for cooking Oriental dishes from her late grandmother who was of Chinese origin. Now, having married a man who's absolutely crazy about Italian cuisine prompted her to come up with this recipe, incorporating two cuisines in one simple dish.

Pinangat na Alumahan Recipe

Pepper Pot stew, slow-simmered with diced toma...
Pepper Pot stew, slow-simmered with diced tomatoes, black beans, and seasonings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Palayok or clay pot is an old-age kitchen helper for most Filipino homes. This was the very first pots used in the Philippines long before the presence of any stainless kitchen wares. This recipe will make use of the kitchen comeback of clay pot for this dish to become more flavorful and less fatty.

Adobo, Four Ways

English: Peruvian Adobo Chicken (made from Aji...
English: Peruvian Adobo Chicken (made from Aji Panca) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Everybody's all-time favorite Pinoy dish is really a cook's best friend. It may be the simplicity of the process or the easy cooking that makes this adobo appealing to most of the cook but definitely the main reason could be its unparalleled taste that anyone would love.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Need Some Cooking Ideas? Check Out These Tips!

English: Mussels in the Netherlands are tradit...
English: Mussels in the Netherlands are traditionally served in an enamel pan. A few dipping sauces (in this photo: garlic sauce, cocktail sauce, curry sauce) are also served with the mussels. Side dishes are French fries and a salad. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Dorsey T. Emanus

Getting educated about the right cooking techniques to use may seem to be quite overwhelming. You are sure to use the tips and information that is in the article to help you in your culinary learning experience. Absorb the information that is included and include it to your cooking methods and prepare a meal that you are sure to love.

Try These Basic Advice For Better Nutrition

English: Healthy nutrition pyramid with 7 to 9...
English: Healthy nutrition pyramid with 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables to get precious phytonutrients to feed your body at the cellular level. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Dax Ulma

You probably know what kind of foods you should stay away from, but do you actually eat what you are supposed to? These tips should help you adopt a better diet: find out how you can easily introduce healthy habits into your daily life. Lose weight, live longer and feel better thanks to a good nutrition.

The Ideal Waffle Makers for the Best Breakfast Experience

Brussels Waffle (known in the USA as Belgian W...
Brussels Waffle (known in the USA as Belgian Waffle) with Strawberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Ben Panny

You can get many kinds of waffle makers out there in the market. You could buy them throughout a wide range of selling prices as well. Thus, you need to learn from all of these guidelines right before you start shopping and regret for getting the bad waffle iron.

Fast Dessert Using Blueberries and Bananas

Banana bread - recipe at stonesoup.
Banana bread - recipe at stonesoup. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Anukriti Parsai

Banana Bread is a well-loved breakfast because of its delicious taste and added health benefits. The following quick banana bread recipe isn't just straightforward to prepare but will also disappear quickly from the serving plate.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tuna Fettucine In Brown Butter Sauce

Balsamic parmesan pasta (3552916238)
Balsamic parmesan pasta (3552916238) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Whenever I get the chance to hang around with my nieces and nephews during the weekends, I would really make sure that they are all pegged out when I will hand them again to their respective parents. This kind of special bond I have created with them has made me realized that I am putting something in their hearts that can't be erased with time. And after filling them, I can always have hugs and kisses in return. Just like when I made this tuna fettucine recipe during our dinner, I could hardly hear them talking because they were busy savoring the butter sauce that I have added on it. After that dinner, it was me who was dumb-founded because of the chorus of thanks that I heard from them. Such a heart warming experience that I can't forget with them.

Pork Stir-Fry

English: Cashew nuts and vegetables stir-fry p...
English: Cashew nuts and vegetables stir-fry pork Français : Porc sauté aux noix de cajou et légumes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

For stir-fry fanatics, pork stir-fry is just the right dinner for you. This will only take you about 5 minutes to prepare and 12 minutes cooking time. So easy to do yet so healthy to eat and just don't forget to retain texture and flavor, the pork and vegetables are cooked quickly on high heat. Then serve immediately with rice for a yummy dinner meal.

Beer-Steamed Clams

Cooked clams on a plate.
Cooked clams on a plate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

If you have a husband who prefers to be with his drinking buddies than eating together with his family, do not nag about it. Impress your hubby with this dish and he might just go cold turkey on the nights out with his drinking buddies. After all, the easiest way to his heart is through his stomach so just fill him and he will never go astray even a single meal.

You will need:

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 dozens live Manila clams, scrubbed well

2 cups beer

3 tablespoons butter

1 bunch cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Here’s how:

Fry bacon in a medium pot for about 3 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and continue cooking until the onion becomes translucent.

Stir in the clams along with the beer and bay leaves. Scrape bottom as you stir to get more flavor. Cover the pot and steam the clams for 5 to 10 minutes, until they open. Discard clams that remain closed.

Add butter and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Stir gently then serve.

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Creamy Beef Rice Topping

Beef Stroganoff-03
Beef Stroganoff-03 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

In places where rice is the staple food like the Philippines, it is always a need to have viand for the unflavored rice. Most often Filipinos would spend much money with viand than in buying rice. The easiest solution is rice toppings, you don't have to spend much with either your viand or your rice.  I

Breaded Chicken With Lemon Glaze

Lemon chicken
Lemon chicken (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

For our family, Monday is not just an ordinary day. Though it means the beginning for another week-long of work and play, it is also the very day when our family is gathered together every week for our Family Home Evening. It is a family activity whom we have come to get accustomed with. This is where prayers are said, counsels are made, scripture reading is mastered and the most exciting part of all is the refreshment where my mother would let us guess what she will serve at the end of the program.

Crispiest Apple Crisp Recipe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Ben Panny

This particular Apple crisp recipe is one thing which had been tested by many apple crisp lovers. Tried and tested, this kind of recipe brings the crispiest apple crisp you will ever have according to individuals who have genuinely tried it! This recipe makes use of a secret additive and that's no other than "Grape nuts". This is a breakfast cereal that contains neither nuts nor grapes, yet is really made of whole wheat and barley. This recipe is a great and worth-keeping one. With grape nuts, the secret ingredient that produced such amazing crisp, this apple crisp has been transformed into a healthy treat.

Bagoong Fried Rice

English: Khao phat nam phrik narok (Thai scrip...
English: Khao phat nam phrik narok (Thai script: ข้าวผัดน้ำพริกนรก) literally means "rice fried with chilli paste from hell". The rice is fried with nam phrik narok, a very spicy chilli paste made with fried catfish, grilled onion and garlic, grilled (dried) chillies, sugar, fish sauce and shrimp paste. Here it is served with mu yang (grilled pork) and nam chim chaeo, a spicy dipping sauce made with dried chillies, sugar and ground dry roasted rice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

This traditional Thai rice dish is usually served with caramelized pork pieces to complement the salty rice and sour mangoes. Cook the pork just like adobo but with more sugar and simmer until the sauce caramelizes and coats the pork pieces.

Stir-Fried Morning Glory With Chicharon

English: Asian styled stir fry ipomoea aquatic...
English: Asian styled stir fry ipomoea aquatica served in chili and sambal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Very inexpensive and easy to cook, morning glory (commonly referred to as kangkong) is an ideal ingredient for a quick-cook dish. Remember not to overcook the veggies so that they remain crisp. The chicharon pieces add a pleasing crunch to the dish.

Pork Binagoongan sa Gata

English: Filipino pork adobo
English: Filipino pork adobo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

This easy time-friendly recipe is very much a Filipino dish with the presence of bagoong.  The cooking time of this dish is dependent on the size of the pork cubes - cut them smaller if you're pressed for minutes. If you're not into creamy stews, skip the coconut cream. A very flexible dish that can be cooked even without some of the ingredients but the taste has never been dependent in one missing ingredient. Try this and you will be surprised how you can turn everything just right. Even the cook will go nuts with its surprise! 


You will need:

1 kilo pork belly (liempo), cubed

2 tablespoons corn oil

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1 white onion, minced

5 small tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup shrimp paste (bagoong)

3 tablespoons vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

salt and black pepper to taste

3 eggplants, sliced diagonally

1/2 cup coconut cream

Here's how:

Place cubed liempo in a stockpot. Cover with water and let boil for at least 15 minutes. Prepare the rest of the ingredients while meat is cooking.

Pour corn oil into a hot pan. Saute' garlic and onions until softened. Add tomatoes and cook until softened too. Stir-fry bagoong until aromatic then put in boiled pork pieces and 1/2 cup of the boiling water used to cook the pork. Simmer until pork softens, then add vinegar and sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more pork broth if necessary.

When pork is fork-tender, add sliced eggplants and coconut cream. Bring to a boil and simmer until mixture thickens and eggplants are soft, about 10 minutes. Served with steamed rice.

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Lechon Kawali Stir-Fry

English: Phat khanaeng mu (Thai script: ผัดแขน...
English: Phat khanaeng mu (Thai script: ผัดแขนงหมู): Stir-fried khanaeng (Sprouts of Chinese broccoli) with pork, garlic, oyster sauce, fish sauce and white pepper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

When meat and vegetables are being served, with just one wink of an eye, the meat's gone. Too often, the young ones prefer meat than vegetables and this made mother's reinvent the usual individually served menu by combining dishes or even adding ingredients, making it more appealing to the eyes  of the little ones and more tasteful to their selective taste buds.

Chicken Tapa

Garlic chicken and fried rice from Ping in San...
Garlic chicken and fried rice from Ping in San Jose, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

It is always good to start your day with a simple nutritious breakfast but too often because of the tight schedules, one can hardly cook a single dish just to catch up with time. I shared this same dilemma almost everyday. The easiest thing for me to do is to keep my leftover rice that evening so I would only have sinangag the following day and never hurry so much for my cooking since I would just make a simple sinangag paired with fried egg and my morning's done.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tangy Tanglad Roast Chicken

English: Roasted chicken Español: Pollo asado
English: Roasted chicken Español: Pollo asado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

I have learned from my late grandmother that lemongrass or tanglad as commonly called here in the Philippines, has many celebrated uses. It can help prevent cancer, speedy cure to fungal infection and mosquito bite not to mention its savory goodness when added as food flavoring to most of our dishes here. Still I learned from her how to get the most of this tanglad whenever I do my cooking lessons with her. No doubt I still love to include tanglad in my cooking because I can easily find it in my backyard and even when I have to buy it, it's just so cheap that sometimes the price is just equivalent to a word of thanks.

Cinnamon Raisin Churros

Funnel cake with confectioner's sugar at the M...
Funnel cake with confectioner's sugar at the Minnesota State Fair. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

The main ingredient of baked goods is flour which is usually milled from wheat. It contains the proteins gliadin and glutenin, which when combined with liquid, forms gluten. When expanded and heated, gluten gives structure to the baked product.

Cooking Ideas That Anyone Can Try Out

Chicken soto with eggs and tripes satay
Chicken soto with eggs and tripes satay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Dorsey T. Emanus

Cooking can be a fun and challenging activity; a hobby for any skill level. Whether you are just learning how to cook basic meals for the first time or are proficient in the kitchen, this article provides helpful tips designed to make your time in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable.

One of the things that you will need to realize when you are making meats or fish is that you need to spread your seasoning evenly. Adding too much seasoning in one area of your food can reduce the flavor or lead to a tangy taste that will reduce the quality of your meal.

Ways To Prepare A Long Lasting And Healthy Bread

Four loaves.
Four loaves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A different diet program would mean avoiding store-bought white bread. It likewise entails looking out for healthier bread or making your own. The second option can be quite challenging. I, for starters, feel challenged since I don't really know what to add to nutritious bread to lasts for several weeks. Maybe only bakeries who order unique ingredients created from chemical mixing are aware of the way to prepare long lasting bread.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Adobo Cream Pasta

English: Polish spaghetti pasta with sauce
English: Polish spaghetti pasta with sauce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

I know I have shared already with you from my previous posts that Filipinos love adobo. It is the commonly found viand of the rich and poor family here. When adobo is present in a meal, it is a feast already in the household. The rich flavor of adobo has reached far and wide and many other people try cooking them when they get to their own homes.

Citrus-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

English: Pork tenderloin sandwich - Joensy's R...
English: Pork tenderloin sandwich - Joensy's Restaurant, Solon, Iowa, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

This juicy pork tenderloin recipe is flavorful on its own, but if you'd like gravvy to go with it, make one by adding some white wine or chicken stock to loosen pan drippings. Let mixture reduce or thicken with a mixture of flour and water. Then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sungkaang Ensalada Filipina

Carved jicama flowers
Carved jicama flowers (Photo credit: wallygrom)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Sungka was a part of my childhood and specifically, of our family getaways to places in the Philippines. As I grew older, the gameboard of my youth got buried deeper and deeper in our storage room and I lost touch with it. Then a few years back, I received an invitation to a friend's wedding in Baguio. Number one on my list of things to buy was a sungka. Of course, my intention was to play sungka as I did when I was a little girl. But as I was staring at the empty sky one day, an idea came to mind - why not use it to serve food? So I hosted a get-together at home and my friends had so much fun with the presentation!

Fresh White Corn Soup With Halaan

A cup of corn crab soup.
A cup of corn crab soup. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

The key ingredient of this recipe is native white corn - smaller, starchy and chewy cousin of the golden sweet version readily available at supermarkets. Typically, white corn is only sold at wet markets (look for it at the bananas and root crops section) but it is worth the extra effort to source white corn instead of golden sweet corn.
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