Thursday, April 22, 2010

How to cook Kare-Kare | Karekare Pork Pata Recipe

I thought cooking Kare-kare is difficult, but to my surprised "madali lang pala sya". You just need to know what to do and what are the ingredients needed for you to start with.

By the way, for those who does not know what Kare-kare is, it is a classic Filipino food. Wikipedia describe it as a Philippine stew. A combination of vegetables, stewed meat in a thick sauce made from peanut. Karekare is not complete without shrimp paste (bagoong).

If you are going to search the internet, there are different ways on how to cook kare-kare and different meat variations. I will share to you my way of cooking it and I will be using pork pata instead of ox tail and ox tripe. So let's start.

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Kare-kare Ingredients:

1 1/2 Kilo pork pata
3 medium size eggplant, cut into cubes
1 bundle of string beans (sitaw) cut
1 medium size of banana bud, quarter cut
4-5 pieces head of pechay
1 sachet of Mama Sita Kare-kare peanut sauce mix, dissolve in 1 cup water
3 table spoon Lady's Choice Creamy Peanut Butter
2 large onions, chopped
4 head garlic, chopped
1 pork cube
2 cups water
cooking oil
sauted shrimp paste


1. Let's start with the veggies, make sure to wash your vegetables before cooking. Put a little amount of cooking oil in a pan. Fry eggplant until it turned brown both sides. Set aside.

2. Wash pork leg properly then put it in a large pan. Put half of the onions and half of the garlic. Sprinkle a little salt enough to give the pork some taste. Cover pan and DON'T put water. Cook for about 5 minutes or until pork is cooked with its own juice.

3. Put 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add water if necessary. Add pork cube and simmer for about 10 minutes or until pork is tender. Separate pork from broth. Remove all scum that was formed out from the broth. Set aside.

4. Saute garlic and onion. Add string beans, banana bud, and pechay. Cook for 2 minutes then add in pork leg. Stir cook for another 2 minutes. Pour in pork broth and let it simmer for 3 minutes. Add kare-kare mix solution and 3 table spoon of creamy peanut butter. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add fried eggplant and cook for about 2 minutes or until vegetable are cooked.

5. Serve with sauteed shrimp paste.

Enjoy your kare-kare!!! =)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Recipes for Kids

Messy kids are no problem... You can print as many Kids Cookbook recipe copies as you need!

How to Get Picky Eaters to Eat Healthy Foods When you have children, one of the biggest challenges is making sure that your child eats all of the food that he or she needs to grow in a healthy way. Healthy eating is important from birth! If your child doe not get the right nutrients in his or her food, it is possible that his or her growth will be stunted or that he or she will become ill. However, if you have a child, than you also know that getting your young one to eat healthy foods is many times met with resistance. While it is easy to get a child to enjoy chocolate cake, broccoli is another issue!

Here are some tricks and tips to helping your child get all the nutrients he or she needs. A great way to teach your children new skills as well as get them to eat healthy food is to get them to help you in the kitchen. Children as young as three and four love to help with simply things like stirring and pouring, while older children can learn to crack eggs, measure ingredients, and teens can even help to cut vegetables and cook entire meals. When a child sees what is going into food, he or she will be more likely to eat it. Children also will be more likely to eat foods that they help to cook because they are proud of their accomplishments.Teach your children how to not only eat right, but teach them how to cook. Cooking with your kids is one of the best ways in the world to not only bond, but to form memories that will be cherished long after you are gone. Check out the Children's Cookbook 4 Kids, easy children's recipe cookbook.

Another great way to get a child to eat healthy foods is to look for kid-friendly options. For example, if your child is not getting enough dairy foods, low-fat string cheese is a healthy snack option that is also very fun to eat! You can also find crackers that come in kid-friendly shapes and finger foods. If you are extremely worried about your child getting enough of the proper nutrients he or she needs for daily life, you can also find vitamin supplements to help your child?s diet. A number of brands makes vitamins that come in fun shapes and sizes so that you can convince your child to take them. There are also powered drinks and other enriched foods you can give to your child in order to make sure they get all of the nutrients they need. The bottom line is that you need to make sure that your child is staying safe and healthy, no matter how picky they may be. If you child refuses to eat a specific food, he or she probably simply does not like that food, and you should provide another choice. However, if he or she is refusing most foods, you must be firm about eating nutritious foods. Talk to your pediatrician in order to find out proportions and types of foods that your child should be eating.

Here's 56 recipe pages (Memories Made in The Kitchen) fully illustrated with pictures kids will laugh at. Your kids are going to love the easy to make cookbook recipes and memory journal. Your kids will surely love this!!
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Elegant Home Decors and Furnishings

We have just transferred from a better apartment now. When we transfer, what we only have is a refrigerator, a bed, and a dresser. So, hubby and I decided to have some furniture and other stuff to make our house a home sweet home.

I am looking for some home decors and other furniture when I stumble this Website that offers different home furnishings and decors, indoor light fixtures and many others.

It's very timely because I need some indoor lights and lamps that I could place in our room, in the living room, and in our kitchen. Our living room is very bare and we need a sofa to relax on while watching TV. In our kitchen what we need is a dining tables and chairs. Good thing I can browse the Internet and I could get ideas on what is the right furniture and accessories that I need to purchase, also I can compare prices and get the cheapest home furnishing that I need.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

How to Saute Vegetables.

For the past couple of years, this blog focused merely on recipes. This year, I'll try to change some things that would make this blog more productive. I'll discuss some things not just "how to cook what" but discuss some topics that still related to foods and cooking.

I'm not an expert in cooking but I know how to cook. I was trained since I was young with my mother and I'm thankful that cooking is no longer a problem for me when I got married. I know a lot of women out there who doesn't know how to cook and I wonder why? Is cooking hard for them to learn?

I started cooking rice when I was in Grade 4 and I was 10 years old then. During that time, we don't have rice cooker yet so what I need to do is cook the rice over fire. I still remember the feeling after I have seen my work done. It's great!!!

I don't think cooking is that hard, as long you have the interest to learn then that would be easy. Nowadays, cooking rice is not a problem anymore because there's rice cooker to help you. The main problem of others is how to cook food and even there's a recipe book if you don't know the basic then others still find it difficult.

So, starting from this post, I'll share some basic tips in cooking to help those beginners out there. Here's what you need to learn:

Saute - This is one way of cooking food quickly the right amount of oil and/or butter over high heat. Similar to the word fry, but sauteing uses a smaller amount of oil fat. In sauteing, you usually use onions and garlic but not at all times. If you know how to saute, you can create several dishes without recipe.

So, the question here is "How to saute?". First, you need to choose the suitable pan you need for the food that you want to saute. Let say you're going to saute vegetables, make sure that the pan you're going to use is spacious enough for your veggies. Let's try to saute this simple recipe I have here.

What you need is

Sauteed Vegetables Ingredients

1 md Eggplant 1 ds Black pepper
1/2 ts Salt 1 ds Cinnamon
2 ts Vegetable oil 1/4 c Fresh parsley finely chopped
2 Green peppers, sliced 1/4 c Fresh dill, finely chopped
2 md Carrots 1 md Tomato, cut into wedges

Instructions for Sauteed Vegetables

Cut eggplant lengthwise into 1/4" slices. Sprinkle slices with salt & let sit for 1/2 hour. Rinse, squeeze & pat dry. Heat oil over medium heat. Saute eggplant for a few minutes til soft. Remove to serving dish. Saute sliced green peppers till just tender. Place next to eggplant. Saute carrot till just tender & place next to green peppers. Season with pepper & cinnamon. Sprinkle parsley over eggplant & the dill over the carrots. Garnish with tomato & serve.

Source of the recipe

I just hope that with this simple recipe, you know now how to saute. Always remember, "Practice makes perfect!" Enjoy cooking!!!

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Appetizer | Green Mango Salad

This will serve as my first post for the year 2009. I was away for how many days to spend my New Year with my in-laws. So now I'm back to blogging.

Anyway guys, I would like share something here. I'm not going to post difficult recipe's now or the usual dishes that you can see here in my blog. What I'm going to share is an appetizer and I discovered this appetizer when we ate at Gerry's Grill. Yes, it's my first time to try this salad and what can I say but loved it. It's called Green Mango Salad and you can do it yourself because it's so easy to prepare. Here's what you need.

Green Mango Salad


1 green mango chopped
1 large onion chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
3/4 cup crushed chicharon
Sauteed alamang (Sauteed Small Shrimps)

1. With the tomatoes remove the seeds before chopping.

2. Combine all five ingredients.

3. Add alamang according to taste.

This appetizer is best for fried dishes and grilled recipes.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Alaskan King Crab with Mushrooms

Are you planning to cook King Crab recipes this Christmas? Well, before doing so you need to be sure that you'll get the best King Crab in the market. As a buyer you should be aware of the type of King Crabs that you're going to purchase.

Alaskan King Crab is the best type of crab that you should pick. There are three types of King crabs, the brown king crab, blue king crab and the red king crab. They are found in the different areas of Alaskan waters. These Alaskan King Crabs are some of the largest crabs in the world and many chefs recommend this type of crabs because it's best source of protein and light in calories.

That's a little information about the Alaskan King Crabs, let's go now to our recipe the Alaskan King Crab with Mushrooms...

The ingredients are:

12 ounce of Alaskan King Crab split eggs
3 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tbsp. chopped green onion
1 to 2 tbsp. dry sherry or dry vermouth
1 tbsp. lemon juice

How to Cook:

1. Cut crab legs into 2-1/2 to 3 inch pieces.
2. Melt butter in skillet; add lemon juice.
3. Sauté crab legs, meat side down; turn and push to sides of skillet. Sauté mushrooms and onion; splash sherry over all ingredients.
4. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

Enjoy this Christmas Recipe I have for you!!!
Hmmmm.... Yummy!! Merry Christmas and Happy Eating!!!

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Most Wanted Recipes Ecookbook

Hi guys! Looking for some Christmas recipes? Well, you’ve come to the right place. For sure as early as now you’re looking for delicious recipes for you to cook this coming Christmas day and also New Years Eve, right?

Christmas and New Years Eve are the perfect time for families to be together and it’s good to celebrate the holiday with great food prepared in your table.

I’ll be posting some Christmas recipes this week and also recipes that you can cook this New Years day. For the meantime, let me share this great e-book that has thousands of recipes to choose from.

You can grab a complete selection of the world’s most tasteful and mouth-watering recipes here.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Adobong Manok sa Gata

Adobo is a Spanish word which means seasoning or marinade. It can be a general term of marinated dishes. This recipe is very common and popular dish here in the Philippines reason maybe it is considered as the Philippine National Food.

Adobo has a different versions of cooking available nationwide. It can be pork adobo, chicken adobo or a combination of this two. The dish originated from the northern part of the Philippines. It has been developed commercially and adapted to other foods.

Adobong Manok sa Gata (Chicken Adobo In Coconut Milk) is another version to the traditional Chicken Adobo. A freshly squeezed gata or coconut milk, hot chili pepper and sometimes some atsuete is added to give the dish some color.

Here are the ingredients of our chicken recipe, Adobong Manok sa Gata;

1 kilo chicken, cut into serving pieces
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ teaspoon peppercorn
1 head garlic, minced
½ cup vinegar
1 cup thick coconut milk
2-3 pieces long green chili

This chicken recipe is so easy to cook. All you need to do is to combine the first 6 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer until the chicken is tender. Add coconut milk and long green chili. Cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens, serve hot.

Still looking for other recipes for chicken? Try these chicken recipes available for you that you’ll surely love.

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