Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mini puto cheese squares

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or rice flour 7/8 + apf 1/8)
3/4 cups white sugar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/8 cups milk
2 med. eggs
3 tbsp. butter
cheese strips

ice cube tray

1.  Combine all dry ingredients (except cheese) then add eggs and milk.
2. Mix well until smooth.
3.  Pour in greased mould and top with cheese strips then steam for 10-12 minutes.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fudgy banana chocochip round brownies (stove-top baked)

My ingredients:
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon iodized salt
1/2 cup melted margarine
2 large eggs
1/2 cup mashed overripe table top bananas

My method:
*In a mixing bowl, combine melted margarine, white sugar, mashed bananas and cocoa
*Add in flour, baking powder and salt
*Mix well with wire whip or fork
*Add eggs and mix thoroughly (it's okay to overmix :).
*Transfer in 8" round baking pan and bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or until cooked.
*Tip:Cover with aluminum foil before baking to preserve a bit of moisture.

My stove-top baking experiment that worked:
Since I have no oven in my home, I tried this shot to the moon technique and unexpectedly, the brownie turned out to be a success :)
*I used the same round baking pan to put the mixture in, then I preheated a large cooking pot (with a stainless steel round wire rack in it) on the stove.  I then placed the baking pan on the rack and covered the pot with a cloth first, then the lid.  I set the stove to very low fire and after 45 minutes, voila! My very first stove-top baked brownie came out way better than expected.:).

Friday, April 16, 2010

Unsorted food pics.

My first attempt at cooking siomai. I call it the "kiss me, sioami"
Chili-garlic dip for siomai (mix with soy sauce and lemon)

Stewed pork ribs with cucumber salad on the side

Spicy chicken and pork liver adobo with spring onions

Friday, March 12, 2010

Chunky chicken chopsuey-chopsuey-an

Two-tone maja blanca de maiz

Beefy beef steak

Beefy beefsteak blended with a brigade of sweet onions sitting beside boiled bright white rice!

Level: Easy


Beef, white onions, ground pepper, sugar, soy sauce, lime, garlic, vinegar, vegtable oil, all-purpose flour or cornstarch, cooked white jasmine rice.


Everytime I cook, except for baked goods, I always apply the "tancha-tancha" (approximation) strategy in measuring the ingredients I use so you may notice that I use alot of "about" in my post. For this particular dish, I used about 300grams of lean beef from the "talaat" (local market) and I was lucky that the meat they sold me was tender :). I haven't really mastered (or just too lazy to memorize) the names of beef-parts appropriate for this kind or that kind of dish.

*Slice beef into thin pieces that look like flattened spoons then mix it in a bowl with about half a cup of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 3 tablespoons of lime juice, and about 2 tablespoons of minced garlic.

*Set aside for about 30 minutes.

*Heat a pan (frying pan, wok, caserole, long as it can contain all the ingredients that you will put in) with about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in it then fry the marinated beef pieces until they turn brown.

*Add in what's left of the marinade, a cup of water, 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour diluted in 2 tablespoons of water.

*Cover and reduce fire or heat (whatever you're cooking on-fire, coal, electric or gas stove:).

*Simmer for about 30 minutes or until beef is tender.

*Garnish with white onion rings before serving with cooked rice (of course!)