Calamari Salad


Ingredients:
500 grams squid, clean and cut into rings
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika(optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
cooking oil for frying
1 pack romaine lettuce (greens)
4 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
6 pieces pineapple chunk
chopped toasted nuts (optional)
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
chopped cilantro for garnishing

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Add squid and dip in beaten egg, deep-fry for a minute or until golden brown. Do not overcooked. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a serving bowl, arrange lettuce, tomatoes, pineapple and toasted nuts.
2. Combine lime juice, wine vinegar, salt and pepper then drizzle into salad.
3. Top with fried calamari and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Salted Caramel Sauce


You can use this salted caramel sauce to drizzle on your favorite pastries or even on smoothies, or just eat it on its own as a dessert. You can prepare ahead of time and store in the fridge for future use.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon butter, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoon all purpose cream
1/4 teaspoon salt

Procedures:
1. In a pan over medium heat, put the sugar and wait until it starts to melt. Do not stir the unmelted portion as this will cause the sugar to harden. The sugar will turn to thick amber colored liquid. You may now start stirring careful not to burn the sugar.
2. Stir the butter until completely melted.
3. Slowly drizzle the all purpose cream . The mixture will bubble rapidly, continuously stir until the cream is evenly incorporated.The mixture will thicken once cooled.
4. Remove from heat and stir half of the salt. You may add the other half depending on your preference to the saltiness of your salted caramel.

Note: Put in a bottle and cover tightly if not yet to be used. You may store this in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Soy Garlic Shrimps


Ingredients:
500 grams shrimps, head removed
1/4 cup soda
6 cloves garlic, pounded
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil

Procedures:
1. In a pan, Add shrimps and soda then simmer over low heat until fully absorb.
2. Add oil, soy sauce and garlic then toss until brown.
3. Transfer to serving plate then serve with cold beer.

Korean Barbecue Calamares


Ingredients:
500 grams squid, clean and cut into rings
2 cups Korean BBQ Sauce
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup flour
1 cup breadcrumbs(optional)
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying
toasted sesame seeds for garnishing (optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Add squid then dip in beaten egg then roll in breadcrumbs. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat oil and fry the squid for 1 minute or until golden brown. Do not overcooked.
2. Remove squids and drain on paper towels.

Part 3
1. In a small container with lid, place fried calamares and Korean BBQ sauce then close lid. Shake until well coated.
2. Transfer to serving plate then sprinkle with sesame seeds, serve immediately.

Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:
1/2 head green ice Lettuce, remove leaves and tear into serving pieces
2 slices watermelon, cut into cubes
200 grams grilled meat(pork, beef or lamb), cut into small pieces
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olives(optional)
2 tablespoons capers(optional)
1/2 cup balsamic dressing

Procedures:
1. In a large bowl, arrange lettuce, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, olives and capers.
2. Add grilled meat then drizzle with balsamic dressing. Serve immediately.

Oysters in Adobo Sauce


Ingredients:
500 grams fresh oysters(talaba), cleaned and drained
3 tablespoons canola oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
12 pieces peppercorns
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 green chili(siling haba), sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and peppercorns.
2. Add oysters and vinegar then cook until almost dry and brownish.
3. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, pour soy sauce and water then bring to boil.
2. Add green chili and simmer until liquid is reduced.
3. Put back the oysters then adjust seasoning according to taste.
4. Simmer for a minute then turn off the heat. Serve with steamed rice.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

Filipino Style Recipe: Cheesy mashed potato balls or croquette is a small fried breadcrumbed ball filled with mozzarella.

Good for 15 pieces

Ingredients:
3 medium size potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 tablespoons chopped spring onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
breadcrumbs
1 raw egg, beaten
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter, softened
mozzarella, cut into small cubes
cooking oil for frying

Procedures:
1. In pot, boil water with 1 teaspoon salt then cook potatoes until soft. Drain.
2. In a mixing bowl, mash potatoes then mix together with butter, salt and spring onion until well blended.
3. Scoop a tablespoon of mash potato then roll into ball. Fill with each ball with mozzarella.
4. In a bowl, mix egg and flour until well blended then dip each ball into mixture.
5. Roll into breadcrumbs until evenly coated.
6. Deep fry each ball until golden brown. Drain.
7. Transfer into serving plate then serve with your favorite dip.

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Fritters

Ingredients:
2 medium sweet potato, peeled and julienned
1 cup sliced mushroom
1 cup chopped spinach
100 grams flour
1/4 cup milk
1 raw egg
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil for frying
Mint leaves for garnishing (optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the flour, milk, and egg then season with sugar and salt.
2. Continue stirring until well blended.
3. Add spinach, sweet potato and mushroom then mix until evenly coated.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat oil then scoop a tablespoon of mixture. Fry over low heat until golden brown both side. Drain on paper towels.
2.Transfer to serving plate then garnish with mint leaves. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Baked Bacon Oysters

Filipino Style Recipe: Baked Bacon Oysters is another easy and simple dish made of fresh oysters, steamed until the shells open then baked together with bacon and cheese.

Ingredients:
24 fresh oysters
8 bacon strips
1 tablespoons chopped parsley
100 grams cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, cook bacon over medium heat until shrunk but not crisp. Drain on paper towel.
2. Chop bacon into pieces and tidbits. Set aside.

Part 2
1. Rinse and brush oysters to remove dirt.
2. Steam oysters for 3-5 minutes or until shells open.
3. Remove top shells using a knife.

Part 3
1. Arrange oysters in a baking pan, add bacon tidbits then cover each oyster with cheese.
2. Bake in a preheated oven over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
3. Transfer to serving plate, top with bacon pieces then sprinkle with parsley.
4. Serve immediately.

Nachos with Chili Con Carne

Filipino Style Recipe: Nachos with Chili Con Carne is a Mexican dish usually served as snack. The dish is consist of tortilla chips covered with chili con carne, sour cream and cheese.
Ingredients:
100 grams tortilla chips
1/4 cup sour cream
1 Jalapeño pepper, sliced
1/4 cup black olives, sliced
2/3 cup cheese sauce/spread

Chili Con Carne:
500 grams ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons cayenne or chili powder
1 medium-sized red bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 large-sized tomatoes, chopped
1-2 teaspoons dried or fresh oregano(optional)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup beef stock or water
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part1
1. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the ground beef. Cook over a medium heat until color turns to brown.
2. Saute the onion, garlic and chilli. After sauteing, mix with ground beef and simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Add beef stock, tomato paste and tomatoes then simmer for 20 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
4. Add the oregano, cumin and bell pepper then adjust seasoning according taste.

Part 2
1. Place nachos in a serving plate, add chili con carne on top.
2. Drizzle with sour cream and cheese.
3. Sprinkle with olives, onions and jalapeno. Serve.