Simple Mango Panna Cotta

1 cup all-purpose cream
1 cup full cream milk
2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 teaspoon white sugar

Mango Jelly:
1 large sweet ripe mango, peel and cut into cubes
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
2 cups water

Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine all purpose cream, milk, sugar and gelatin. Mix for 5 minutes or until gelatin dissolves.
2. In a pan, simmer cream mixture over low heat for 15 minutes. Strain to discard any particles.
3. Pour the cream mixture 2/3 of serving cup. Refrigerate until firm.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, dissolved gelatin in 1-1/2 cup water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
2. In a blender, combine mango, water and sugar. Blend until smooth. Strain to discard any fibers.
3. In a pan, combine mango mixture and dissolved gelatin then simmer over low heat for 5 minutes or until slightly thicken.
4. Pour mango-gelatin mixture over cream mixture. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm. Serve.

Simple Pork Hamonado

500 grams pork, cut into serving pieces
1 cup pineapple chucks or tidbits, cubed
1/2 cup pineapple juice
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 pork bouillon
3-4 cups water
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley for garnishing

1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic and onion.
2. Add pork the saute until light brown.
3. Pour soy sauce, pork bouillon and water then simmer for 40 minutes or until tender. Add water if needed.
4. Add pineapple, pineapple juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook for another 3 minutes.
5. Transfer into serving plate then garnish with parsley. Serve.

Simple Roast Chicken

1 whole chicken, cleaned
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons rock salt
2 tablespoons coarse black pepper
5 stalks lemongrass(tanglad), crushed

1. Using marinade injection, inject the milk to reach deep into the chicken meat.
2. Rub chicken including the cavity, between skin and meat with salt and pepper. Set aside for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
3. Once ready, stuff chicken with lemongrass.
4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit then roast chicken for an hour or grill over hot charcoal until golden brown while basting skin with soften butter occasionally.

Iced Squash Cookies

Filipino Style Recipe: Iced Squash Cookies is one of my favorite cookie with Filipino twist. By incorporating a local product “Squash” as main ingredient, it will satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth and give them additional nutrition. You don’t have to store it a tightly sealed container since the cookie is tend to be soft and moist.

Good for 20-24 cookies

For the batter:
1 cup mashed squash (boil slices of squash for 15 minutes or until soft then mash with fork)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 raw egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

For the Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoon milk
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Part 1
1. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg then mix until blended.

Part 2
1. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until soft.
2. Add the squash, egg, vanilla then mix until creamy.
3. Add squash mixture then mix until well blended.

Part 3
1. Drop teaspoonful of batter into cookie sheets then slightly flatten.
2. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Let it cool.

Part 4
1. To prepare the glaze, combine powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.
2. Add milk as needed to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle to cooled cookies.

Simple Sugar Cookies

Filipino Style Recipe: This is the simplest and easiest cookies I have baked so far and they are delicious. Buttery and creamy, soft and chewy, just my kind of cookies. The ingredients in the recipe are simple, you might already have them in your kitchen.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 raw egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
sugar to roll the batter

Part 1
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
2. In another bowl, combine together the flour, baking powder, baking soda.
3. Gradually blend dry mixture into the butter mixture.

Part 2
1. Scoop a teaspoon of the dough then form into ball and roll into sugar.
2. Place into ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat until all the mixture are consumed.
3. Bake into preheated oven over 350 Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 2 minutes before transferring them.

1. The dough will expand and spread when baking so leave at least 2-3 inches in between.
2. If you want a thin cookie, you can press it a bit when putting into the cookie sheets.
3. The cookies might seem too soft when you take them out of the oven but they will firm up once they are cooled.