Ampalaya Con Carne with Mushroom


Ingredients:
300 grams pork belly, cut into small pieces
1 medium-sized bitter gourd(ampalaya), cut in half then removing the seeds and sliced crosswise
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon sesame oil(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, sugar, salt and pepper then mix well.
2. In a separate bowl, combine bitter gourd, 1/4 cup salt and enough water then soak for 15 minutes. Rinse, drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add pork then continue sauteing until light brown.
3. Pour 1/2 cup water then simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add bitter gourd and mushrooms then stir cook for a minute.
5. Add soy sauce mixture, and oyster sauce then simmer for 5 minutes or until tender. Add water if necessary.
6. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
7. Remove from heat then serve with steamed rice.

Stir Cooked Tofu and Spinach


Ingredients:
300 grams tokwa (firm tofu), cut into cubes
100 grams pork belly, cut into small pieces(optional)
a bunch of water spinach, trimmed
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/4 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
4 tablespoons cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
a dash of chili flakes(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then stir fry pork until light brown. Remove and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, saute garlic and onion.
2. Add tofu then stir cook for 3 minutes. Put back the pork then add oyster sauce, water and chili flakes.
3. Adjust seasoning according to taste then cook for a minute.
4. Add spinach then simmer for another minute. Serve.

Easy Lasagna


Ingredients:
1/2 kilo instant Lasagna pasta

Meat Sauce:
1/2 kilo ground lean beef
6 gloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 big can four cheese pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried basil

Bechamel Sauce:
1/3 cup butter
1 big can evaporated milk
4 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Toppings:

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Procedures:
Part 1
Meat Sauce:
1. In a sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion
2. Add ground beef, salt and pepper. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until tender.
3. Add four cheese pasta sauce, basil and brown sugar. Cook for 10 minutes.
4. Adjust seasoning according to taste. Remove from heat. Set aside.

Part 2
White Sauce:
1. In a separate pan, melt butter and add flour. Mix until well blended.
2. Add all evaporated milk .
3. Mix well until thickens. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix until well blended.Set aside.

Part 3
Assembly:
1. In a rectangular(12x8inch) baking dish, put a thin layer of the meat sauce. Arrange pasta sheets above it.
2. Spread a layer of meat sauce, a layer of white sauce, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
3. Repeat alternate layering up to 4 layers is formed.
4. top with grated cheddar cheese and dried basil.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 100 degrees Celsius for 60 minutes.

Tomato and Basil Salad with Crouton


Ingredients:
200 grams croutons
6-8 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 red onions, chopped
1 tablespoon capers
3 tablespoons black olives, sliced
a bunch of fresh basil, torn into pieces

Dressing:
8 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, ground pepper, and sugar. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine croutons, basil, tomatoes, onions, capers and black olives.
2. Pour dressing over the salad then toss before serving.

Fish Fillet in Spicy Mango Sauce


Ingredients:
500 grams cream dory fillet, cut into serving pieces
cooking or vegetable oil for frying
ripe mango and green bell pepper strips for garnishing

Coating:
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Spicy Mango Sauce:
1 fresh ripe mango, cut into strips
1/4 cup rum
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch (dissolved in 1 tablespoon water)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine the cornstarch, egg, ginger powder, water, salt and fish fillet then stir to coat evenly.
2. Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat cooking oil and deep fry fish pieces for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
2. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Part 3
1. For the sauce, In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine rum and mangoes then stir cook until the sauce reduced.
2. Add honey, sugar and water then mash the mangoes until puree. Add chili flakes then adjust sweetness according to taste.
3. Add dissolved cornstarch then keep stirring until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

Part 4.
1. In a serving plate, place fried fish fillet then add mango and bell pepper strips.
2. Pour the sauce on top, serve and enjoy.

Spicy French Bean Stir Fry


Ingredients:
1/4 kilo french beans, trimmed
1/4 kilo ground pork
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon dried chopped chili
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
fish sauce, salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic and onion.
2. Add ground pork, fish sauce then stir cook until light brown.
3. Add french beans, oyster sauce, soy sauce and water then simmer for 3-5 minutes.
4. Add chili flakes, salt and pepper according to taste then simmer for another minute.
5. Transfer to serving plate then serve immediately.

Toast Stuffed Bread


Ingredients:
4 slices loaf bread
1 green/red bell pepper, diced
2 slices ham, diced
2 raw eggs, beaten
grated cheese
vegetable oil

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Slice each bread to make a hole, leaving the outer layer intact. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then fry ham and bell peppers. Remove and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, Add oil then place outer layer bread.
2. Add 1 tablespoon sauteed ham and bell peppers inside the bread.
3. Pour 2 tablespoons beaten eggs then sprinkle with grated cheese.
4. Top the inner layer bread, wait for a minute until set.
5. Flip and fry the other side until toast.
6. Repeat the procedures for the remaining pieces.

Cream Dory in Red Sauce


Ingredients:
2 pieces whole cream dory fillet, halves
2 tomatoes, cubed
1/2 cup tomato paste
4 tablespoons calamansi/lemon juice
2 tablespoons sliced black olives
1 tablespoon capers
3 garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried basil flakes (optional)
chopped spring onions for garnishing

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Marinate fillet into ginger powder, salt, ground pepper and calamansi juice for 15 minutes. Drain.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat oil then fry marinated fillet until light brown. Drain and set aside into serving plate.

Part 3
1. In a sauce pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion, and tomatoes until soft.
2. Add black olives, capers, chili flakes, tomato paste, and water. Stir and bring to boil.
3. Season with sugar, salt, and pepper to taste. Simmer until the sauce reduced.
4. Pour the sauce on top of fillet then garnish with spring onions. Serve with steamed rice.

Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges


Ingredients:
4 medium-sized unpeeled potatoes, cleaned
1 raw egg, beaten
6 tablespoons olive oil

Dry Mixture:
3 tablespoons cornstarch/cornflour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and ground pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine dry mixture then mix until well combined. Set aside.
2.Prepare beaten egg into a separate bowl.
3. Dip potato wedges in beaten eggs then dredge into dry mixture to coat.
4. Repeat for the remaining pieces.

Part 2
1. In a baking pan, arrange potato wedges then drizzle with olive oil.
2. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
3. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Pakbet with Bagnet


Ingredients:
1/4 kilo bagnet, cut into serving pieces
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
1 large eggplant, cut in halves and sliced diagonally
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut in 2-inch length
6 pieces okra, cut diagonally
1 medium-sized bitter melon(ampalaya), cut in half seeded and slice diagonally
1 bunch winged beans(sigarilyas), sliced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 piece onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced in strips
3 large tomatoes, diced
4 tablespoons shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, fry bagnet until crispy. Put into a strainer and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, remove excess oil then saute the garlic, ginger, onion and tomatoes.
2. Add shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add water then bring to a boil.
3. Add squash and cook for another 3 minutes or until texture becomes soft.
4. Add the rest of the vegetables, then season with salt and pepper. Add water if necessary.
5. Cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables are tender. (Do not overcook the vegetables)
6. Transfer to serving plate then serve with bagnet on top. Share and Enjoy!