All posts tagged: Filipino Food

Ensaladang Lato (Seaweed Salad)

Along with my craving for salty food I also miss some fresh salad’s from back home. Growing up in Davao we were spoiled with good quality seafood. You should see my Aunt’s house it’s garden path was once covered with oyster shells, oh yes we had a bountiful of grilled fish, seashells and seaweeds every weekend that we enjoy by the beach.   One of the seaweed that I enjoy eating and truly miss is called Lato. My sister sent me a photo of what they had for lunch paired with some grilled liempo.   I can just taste the sea with each pop of the seaweed’s tiny bulb. If only I can find some here in Dubai.   Ensaladang Lato -a bunch of Lato (about 250 to 300 grams) -2 tomatoes -3 small onions Carefully clean the lato with water. Cut tomatoes and onion in wedges. Arrange it on the plate. For the dressing our familly enjoy it with a tablespoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of soy sauce. Or just eat it that …

Cassava Cake

I have the pleasure of hosting Kulinarya Cooking Club’s February challenge with Marni of Kensington Kitchen. February is the love month of the year and what better way to celebrate February than to reminisce about once first love. We asked our fellow KCC to prepare a dish that would make one recall our first love. ohhh first love…Growing up I didn’t have any clear idea on what love really is. Back then love for me would be that cute stares across the table or that one nice gesture out of the blue. That happy feeling would last a day or two with numerous diary entries of what could happen tomorrow. Love is a fairy tale, I’m the princess waiting for my prince charming to rescue me from all the hardships and pain. I had my first heartbreak at 5 years old when I lost the one man in my life who gave me everything, my Papa. Since then I protected my heart but then some days I failed and met plenty of prince along the …

Kare-Kare Recipe

Kare-Kare

I had a chance to cook for my mother-in-law and when your husband speaks highly of his parent’s cooking it would be hard for a new member of the family to get that seal of yummy approval. There I was a new wife standing in our kitchen with a couple of printed recipe on how to prepare my MIL’s ultimate favorite food which is kare-kare. It doesn’t help that this is my first time to prepare the dish by myself.  I read through each recipe and took note of the procedure and ingredients that was familiar to me. My MIL’s eyes lit up when she saw that we had kare-kare for lunch and immediately asked who cooked the dish. My husband proudly replied “Si Gail. Sino pa ba.”  which I think has a hidden message that would translate to – Don’t worry Ma, I’ve found a wife who can cook good food for me. “hehehe” C’s parents enjoyed the lunch we prepared for them with much gusto and though I haven’t got a chance to prepare a …

ohh lovely Tuyo, why you so smelly?

  I’ve been craving for tuyo for a week now and all I have is a picture. V and I absolutely love tuyo (a Filipino word that means dried) paired with garlic rice, tomato onion salad and vinegar (spicy for me). We can enjoy this salty dried fish  for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our whole family enjoy this Filipino delicacy with much gusto – foot up on the chair armed with our hands we dip and drench this stinky, crunchy, yummy  salted dried fish on a spicy vinegar mix and ate endless tuyo with tomato and rice. As you can see it really is not that lovely to look at with the fish staring back at you. The smell oh men it just lingers for days specially when you are living in a condo. It’s not a healthy dish as well, I mean it really is just salt and more salt absorb by the fish and then it’s fried. Yet it endures migration. Endless household in the country have some kind of tuyo stash in …

Ube Macapuno Cake Recipe for FIA’s Cake-a-Thon

My fun family of UAE food bloggers celebrated its 1st birthday at Tea Junction with a Cake-A-Thon party! FIA had a sugar high birthday celebration with not just 1 cake but more than 15 cakes! Imagine a full spread of cakes in front of you, just by looking at the yummy goodies you are off  to sugar la..la..land. When I wrote this birthday post last July, there was 56 of us and after 3 months we have grown to 70 foodies. I can’t put into words how blessed and happy I am to be part of this family. Arva announced that we are going to celebrate FIA birthday with cakes I initially planned to bring V’s favorite Moist Chocolate Cake then as I was checking if I had the ingredients C suggested to bring Ube Macapuno Cake (his favorite) since he was sure that there would be atleast 2 chocolate cake on the event. You can read more FIA birthday post from FooDee, GingerAndScotch, MyCustardPie, and IriniSavva. (I may be missing some posts, will edit list if …

Pork Kaldereta for Kulinarya Cooking Club

For this month’s Kulinarya challenge our host’s Oggie of I can do that, Chef Teodore of Chef by Day, Boyet of Real and Grill and Ray of Wok with Ray asked the group to prepare something patriotic – use the colors of our Philippine Flag. Blue! I for the love of Pinoy food can’t think of anything blue. I’ve been meaning to cook Kaldereta using pork, you can also use Chicken, Beef or Lamb. So while cutting the veggies I realized that I had all the colors required for the challenge except for blue. Little V approached me and ask if he can help me cook, I told him to help mama look for something blue that we can eat…he gave me his blue fork. I told V that we can’t eat fork he just replied – “Mama, fork help us eat” Yellow- Potato; Red/Green- Bell Pepper; White- Rice; Blue- Fork Ingredients Pork Spareribs Potato, cut in wedges Carrots, cut in wedges Red Bell Pepper, cut in wedges Green Bell Pepper, cut in wedges Onion, …

Palitaw: Ube Coconut Rice Balls

I’ve been reading friends status on how delicious mochi balls are. Which started my craving for some but couldn’t find any here. Take a look how Food Librarian made some mochi balls here. Yumyum!I think mochi balls are quite similar to a favorite Kakanin called Palitaw only shaped like a ball with some filling. I had some glutinous rice flour and ube haleya and decided to make some for our merienda (snack). WhenAdoboMetFeijoada made some using Sweet Purple Potato here. Palitaw: Ube Coconut Rice Balls 2 cups glutinous rice flour1 cup lukewarm water1 cup coconut flakesube haleyaBefore preparing rice balls, boil some water on a medium saucepan. Stir half cup of water on your glutinous rice flour adding a little bit more of water from the remaining half cup till dough comes together. Firm but pliable. Flatten a tablespoon of dough into a circle then fill with ube haleya. Gather sides and pinch to seal. Slowly roll between your palms to make a ball.Drop a few ball in our boiling water. After a minute or two rice balls …