Crema de Fruta


Ingredients:
sponge cake, slice into 2 layers
1 can slices of peaches, well drained
1 can slices of pineapple, well drained
1 small bottle cherries, well drained

Cake Syrup:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Custard Cream:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 cups evaporated milk
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Gelatin:
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar

Procedures:
Part 1 (Custard Cream):
1. In a saucepan, combine flour, milk, water and sugar then cook in a medium heat. Stir constantly until thickens.
2. Add egg yolks, butter and vanilla extract, cook for another 2-3 minutes or until well blended. Stir well and let it cool, set aside.

Part 2 (Cake Syrup):
1. In a saucepan, pour water and add sugar, cook over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

Part 3 (Gelatin):
1. In a saucepan, boil water and add unflavored gelatin, pineapple juice and sugar.
2. Simmer until gelatin is dissolved. Set aside.

Part 4 (Assembly):
1. In a rectangular container, arrange 1st layer of sponge cake.
2. Pour half of cake syrup over the sponge cake, spread the custard cream on top and arrange the fruits.
3. Place the 2nd layer sponge cake then repeat step 2.
4. Pour gelatin on top, refrigerate over night or until gelatin is firm. Serve chilled.

Notes:
1. You may also used fruit cocktail.
2. Sponge cake is also available in grocery or bakery stores. (Sponge cake recipe).

Sponge Cake

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, sift flour and baking powder together. Set aside.
2. In another bowl, put egg yolks and sugar. Stir until light and fluffy.
3. Add sifted flour and baking powder into egg mixture. Stir until well blended.
4. In a saucepan, combine milk, butter and vanilla extract. Cook until well blended.
5. Pour milk mixture into egg mixture. Stir until well blended.
6. Pour the mixture into non-stick 7 inch baking pan and bake in 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes or until done. Let it cool.

Creamy Clams Carbonara


Ingredients:
500 grams spaghetti or any pasta
800 grams clams(halaan)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 head garlic, peeled and chopped
4 strips bacon, cut into cubes and fried
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup sliced shiitake mushroom
1 big can evaporated milk
2 x 250 ml all purpose cream
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for garnishing(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and mushroom then saute for 2-3 minutes.
2. In a same pan, add clams then cover and simmer until shells open.
3. Add the evaporated milk and all purpose cream then bring to boil while keep stirring.
4. Add the grated cheese then keep stirring for about 3-5 minutes or until beginning to thicken.
5. Add fried bacon then adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
6. In a serving plate, arrange pasta then add the sauce on top. Sprinkle with grated cheese and garnish with parsley. Serve!

Blueberry Graham


Ingredients:
2 cups blueberry pie toppings
300 grams graham crackers
2 cans (300ml) condensed milk
2 cans (300ml) all purpose cream

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In bowl, combine all purpose cream and condensed milk. Mix well.

Part 2
1. Prepare a rectangular container.
2. Dip the graham cracker into cold water and arrange a layer at the bottom.
3. Spread a layer of cream mixture.
4. Repeat step 2 and 3 up to 3 layer then spread with blueberry pie toppings.
5. Repeat step 2 and 3 up to final layer then spread with blueberry pie toppings.
6. Store in refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight. Serve cold.

Tip: You may also add fresh blueberry on top.

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.

Filipino Media Noche Favorite Dishes

Just several days more and we will be welcoming a new year!

There are many interesting superstitions and beliefs for Filipinos during New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. They say these will bring them a prosperous New Year. For example, they say if you want to grow taller, you have to jump twelve time when you get up. On the New Year’s Eve, you have to wear polka dots which signifies coins (for wealth). When the clock strucks 12:00 midnight, make as much noice as you can to drive away bad spirits, thus some uses firecrackers, blow trumpets, rev up their engines, and even use the pots as gongs!

When it comes to “Media Noche”, we also believe in serving 12 kinds of round fruits (some also believe that the seeds should not be black), and of course, different dishes for abundance.

We have listed several dishes that we have featured in FSR so you can easily choose which one you want to serve for your friends and family:

Pasta:
Spaghetti Carbonara

Meaty Spaghetti

Pansit Bihon Canton Guisado

Desserts:
Fruit Salad

Mango Float Graham

Gelatin

Rice Cakes:
Biko(Filipino Sweet Sticky Rice)

Sapin Sapin

Maja Blanca

Pork:
Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig)

Pork Hamonado Roll

Grilled Pork Belly

Beef:
Baby Back Ribs

Beef Caldereta

Fish/Seafood:
Relyenong Bangus

Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

Garlic Cream Dory

Buttered Shrimp with Garlic

Baked Cream Dory

Chicken:
Pininyahang Manok

Chicken Ham and Cheese Roll

Crispy Baby Squid


Ingredients:
500 grams baby squid, separate head from the body
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup flour
1 cup breadcrumbs(optional)
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying
1/2 teaspoon paprika(optional)
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon spring onion, minced

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, paprika, chili flakes, spring onion, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Add baby squid and deep in beaten egg then coated onto breadcrumbs.

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.
3. Serve with sweet chili sauce.

Four Cheese Pizza


Ingredients:
Pizza Crust
Pizza Sauce (optional)
Basil, chopped

Four Cheese (choose 4 any of the following)
*Cheddar
*Mozzarella
*Parmesan
*Feta
*Romano
*Provolone
*Fontina

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Place pizza crust in a flat surface, ladle enough pizza sauce into the center and spread it out in a spiral motion. Leave about 1/2 inch of unsauce pizza at the edges.
2. Top with 4 selected shredded cheese then sprinkle with basil.

Part 2
1. Preheat oven over 400 degrees Fahrenheit then bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust are crisp and the cheese is melted.
2. Remove from the oven then transfer to round sheet. Cut into 8-12 serving slices then serve with hot sauce.

Beef Nachos


Ingredients:
1 large onion, minced
1/2 kilo ground beef
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pack 40g mcCormick Taco seasoning mix
2 piece tomatoes, minced,
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoon sour cream
4 tablespoon cheese spread
1 pack nachos chips

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, combine the beef and the taco seasoning mix. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and saute onion until translucent. Add the beef and continue suateing until the beef is browned and cooked, around 10-15 minutes. Transfer the beef in a plate with tissue to absorb excess oil.
2. In a big flat serving plate, arrange the nachos. Top with desire amount of grated cheese, beef, cabbage, tomatoes. Drizzle with sour cream and cheese spread.

Shrimp Marinara


Ingredients:
500 fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
350 grams spaghetti pasta
Parmesan cheese for garnishing
Fresh chopped basil for garnishing
Garlic bread

Marinara Sauce:
3 cups crushed tomatoes
3 cups tomato sauce
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes/powder
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a saucepan, heat oil then saute garlic until golden brown.
2. Add shrimp then sprinkle with salt, cook until color turns to pink.
3. Transfer half of shrimp to a plate and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to boil.
2. Add dried oregano, basil, parsley, chili, and Parmesan cheese.
3. Adjust seasoning according to taste then stir cook over low heat until mixture thickens.
4. Put back remaining shrimp then stir. Remove from heat.

Part 4
1. Toss marinara sauce with the cooked pasta.
2. Transfer to serving plate then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped basil.
3. Serve with garlic bread.