Grilled Chicken, Apple and Almond Salad


Ingredients:
1/4 kilo chicken breasts or fillet
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
salt and pepper to taste

1 fresh apple, sliced thinly
1/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
lettuce leaves, cut into serving pieces
1/4 grated Parmesan or cheddar cheese (optional)
3/4 cup salad dressing(Dijon, honey mustard or any dressing)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Pound chicken breasts then season with salt, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and ground pepper.
2. Grill for 20 minutes or until cooked.
3. Let it cool then cut into strips. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large bowl, arrange lettuce then top with sliced apple, almond and grilled chicken.
2. Pour the salad dressing then toss to combine.
3. Sprinkle with grated cheese then serve cold.

Chocolate Chip Cookie


Yields 24 cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar(packed)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 2 teaspoon hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Procedures:
1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using electric mixer for 3 minutes or until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla, baking soda mixture and salt then mix until well combined.

2. Add the flour to the mixture then mix using a spatula. Fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips.

3. Drop large spoonful of batter into ungreased pan then top with remaining chocolate chips. (You can also freeze half of the batter for future baking)

4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from the oven, let it cool before removing from the pan.

Beef and Mushroom Adobo with Coconut Milk


Ingredients:
1/2 kilo beef loin, cut into cubes
300 grams button mushrooms, whole
1 can coconut milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
3/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 piece red chili(siling labuyo)(optional)
2 pieces bay leaves(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, combine beef, vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, peppercorns, ground pepper and sugar.
2. Marinate for 2 hours.

Part 2
1. Bring to boil for an hour or until the beef is tender. Add water if necessary.
2. Remove the beef then reserve the sauce.

Part 3
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute the garlic from beef mixture.
2. Add beef meat and cook until browned on all sides.
3. Add button mushrooms then stir cook for 2 minutes.
4. Add coconut milk, bay leaves, red chili and sauce. Bring to boil.
5. Adjust seasoning according to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Transfer to serving plate then serve with steamed rice.

Pork Broccoli and Cauliflower


Ingredients:
1/2 kilo pork loin, sliced thinly into strips
1 medium size broccoli, cut into serving pieces
1 medium size cauliflower, cut into serving pieces
1 medium sized onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small ginger, chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 cup water or beef stock
3/4 teaspoon cornstarch or flour(dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
salt and pepper to taste.

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In the same pan, saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add pork then stir cook for 5 minutes or until light brown and start to sizzle.
3. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, water, salt and ground pepper then simmer for 10 minutes or until tender.
4. Add broccoli and cauliflower then cook for a minute.
5. Pour dissolved cornstarch then simmer until thickens. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
6. Remove from heat then transfer to serving bowl. Serve immediately with steamed rice.

Seafood Alfredo


Ingredients:
400 grams spaghetti pasta or any pasta, cooked according to package instruction
250 grams fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
200 grams squid, sliced diagonally
15 pieces mussels, cleaned
10 pieces clams, cleaned
1/2 cup white wine (optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
chopped parsley

Alfredo Sauce:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 pack all-purpose cream
1/2 cup full cream milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a same pan, melt butter and add cornstarch. Mix until well blended.
2. Add all purpose cream, full cream milk, grated Parmesan cheese.
3. Mix well until thickens. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat olive oil then saute garlic and onion.
2. Add shrimp then cook for a minute.
3. Add squid, mussels and clams then cook for another 3 minutes.
4. Add white wine then bring to boil.

Part 3
1. Combine seafood and white sauce then stir until blended. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
2. Add cooked pasta and stir. Add Parmesan cheese then continue cooking for a minute.
3. Transfer to serving plate then garnish with chopped parsley.
4. Serve with toasted garlic bread.

Note: Alfredo sauce is also available in grocery stores.

Mini Chocolate Cupcake


Ingredients:
Cupcake:
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3/4 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Frosting:
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Dissolve vinegar in evaporated milk and set aside. In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sugars, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
3. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and gently mix. Pour half of the milk mixture and gently mix. Pour the remaining wet ingredients then milk mixture. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
4. Pour batter in prepared mini cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Fill only halfway as the batter will rise when baked.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
6. Remove from oven and let it cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

Part 2
1. To make the frosting, in a small sauce pan melt butter over low heat then add sugar and cocoa powder. Stir until the mixture is smooth and thick. Remove from heat then let it cool. Add milk and vanilla then whisk until mixture becomes soft.
2. Frost top of the cupcakes. Serve and enjoy!

Baked Boneless Bangus


Ingredients:
1 large-sized boneless milkfish(bangus)
6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 thumb-sized ginger, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
4 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
aluminum foil for wrapping

Procedures:
1. Rub milkfish with salt and pepper. Marinate with vinegar, ginger and garlic overnight. Drain.

Part 2
1. Drizzle milkfish with olive oil. then wrap with aluminum foil.
2. Baked in a preheated oven over 200 degrees celsius for 20 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and open the aluminum foil.
4. Put back the fish then grill for another 5 minutes or until turned to brown.
5. Serve with toyomansi dipping sauce.

Fishkatsu


Ingredients:
750 grams fish fillets(I used cream dory), cut into serving pieces
1/2 cup flour
2 raw eggs, beaten
1.5 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil for frying

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper then mix well. Set aside.
2. Prepare beaten eggs into a separate bowls.
3. Dredge fish fillet into flour mixture then shake off to remove excess flour.
4. Dip in beaten eggs and dredge into breadcrumbs to coat all sides.
5. Repeat the steps for remaining fish fillets. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat enough oil then deep fry each fish fillets for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towel and set aside.
2. Transfer fish fillets into serving plate then garnish with parsley.
3. Serve with garlic-mayo dip.

Ham and Bacon Carbonara


Ingredients:
500 grams Fettucine noodles(or any desired pasta)
1 can evaporated milk
250 ml all purpose cream
1 can creamed of mushroom soup
200 grams sweet ham
200 grams bacon
1 head garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
250 grams grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon parsley, chopped(optional)

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

Part 2
2. Fry the bacon but not too crispy. drain and cut into small pieces. Set aside.
3. Fry the ham, drain and cut into small square pieces. Set aside.

Part 3
4. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion. Add 3/4 of fried bacon and ham.
5. Add evaporated milk and creamed mushroom soup.
6. Add the all purpose cream and grated parmesan cheese. Stir and bring to boil.
7. Season with ground pepper.
8. Add more evaporated milk or a cup of water if the sauce is too creamy or salty.
9. Simmer until beginning to thicken. Add pasta then stir through sauce until blended. Remove from heat.
10. In a pasta tray, top with grated Parmesan cheese together with the remaining bacon and ham bits and chopped parsley. Serve.

Clams Three Cheese Pasta


Ingredients:
500 grams spaghetti or any pasta
800 grams clams(halaan)
1 pack Three Cheese pasta sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup sliced shiitake mushroom
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 head garlic, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
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 three cheese pasta sauce and grated cheese then keep stirring for about 3 minutes.
4. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
5. In a serving plate, arrange pasta then add the sauce on top. Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese and garnish with parsley. Serve!