Category Archives: Home Cooking

Southern fried chicken recipe | Weekend Cook

I have been craving for Tom Sawyer’s Fried Chicken ever since I saw that it has re-opened a fastfood restaurant in Tiendesita’s over a year ago. Unfortunately, our family hasn’t been able to visit. So today, to finally settle the craving (ang tagal ah!), I Googled up “Southern fried chicken recipe” and found a recipe inspired by Paula Deen! Paula Deen equals genuine southern style cooking.

The other thing that got my attention is the part of the title that says “look out,KFC!” Game, eto na nga ang gagayahin ko!

Obviously not from the same frying batch. One is slightly browner. :D
Obviously not from the same frying batch. One is slightly browner. 😀

The southern fried chicken recipe calls for hot sauce, which I omitted in my version because V and Nate don’t like spicy food. Instead I used paprika, which other southern fried chicken recipes use. Continue reading Southern fried chicken recipe | Weekend Cook

Chicken teriyaki noodles recipe

So, I’m on a roll – both here and in the kitchen! 🙂 Last night I prepared Chicken Teriyaki tossed in fresh noodles for dinner. So voila – I have a chicken teriyaki noodles recipe!

chicken teriyaki noodles recipe

As always, it’s easy, quick, and a hit with my family. (Naks! Yes, they’re my biggest and only fans.) Here’s my chicken teriyaki noodles recipe. Continue reading Chicken teriyaki noodles recipe

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Steamed black bean spareribs recipe

I recently rediscovered this steamed black bean spareribs recipe that I used to cook years ago, when my family was small and I had more time to experiment in the kitchen. The renewed interest was inspired by this Hong Kong style sparerib recipe.

Steamed spareribs are easy and convenient for busy households. The meat is prepared ahead of time, and left to marinate in the fridge. In the morning, simply cook in a steamer while you go about your other tasks before sending the kids off to school.

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Steamed black bean spareribs recipe:

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Menu planning for school days

Here’s something new that I’ve been doing since school started two weeks ago – menu planning! Yup, in my almost 16 years of motherly existence, this is the first time that I’m actually planning meals seriously.

menu planning school lunch baon ideas

The kids, being older and wiser, just won’t settle for alternating fried egg and tocino breakfasts now. Adobo lunch boxes don’t excite them anymore either. To make sure the menu doesn’t get tiring, we thought of planning the meals.

Menu planning actually isn’t as intimidating as it appears. Here’s how we do it.

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Healthy Smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies

Helloooooooo, blog! I just wanted to share my latest fascination – healthy smoothies!

The summer went swooshing by and, before I know it, school’s about to start in less than a week! The summer was filled with activities for the kids – the girls had music classes, and Nate learned martial arts. In May, the girls resumed to their Chinese Character Canon lessons. In between were several family events and family-related tasks.

So there go my excuses for not updating my blog. 😀

Anyway, what I wanted to share today is my recent fascination with smoothies! I love smoothies. I make them everyday; I try as much as possible to include greens in them. And here’s what I also learned: I can lose weight, as much as 5 pounds in one week, by having healthy smoothies for dinner instead of a full meal.

I was inspired by this Facebook page – Incredible Smoothies by Tracy Russel. Her smoothies are awesome, and she lost weight by drinking green smoothies.

At first I was using my old blender, which wasn’t powerful enough so my smoothies would often have chunks.

On Mother’s Day, my thoughtful hub and kids surprised me with a better, more powerful Oster blender! So now I enjoy smoother, finer healthy smoothies.

I don’t intend (just yet) on going full vegetarian. But fresh fruit/veggie smoothie dinners seem like a good place to start eating healthier. Here are the smoothie dinners that I’ve been enjoying all summer, along with a few tips. 🙂

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Wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly!

Before chopping fruits and veggies for smoothie making, I soak them in a DIY veggie and fruit wash:

Mix 1 cup white vinegar + 1 tbsp baking soda in a large bowl of water (approx. 2 liters). Soak the veggies and fruits for 10 minutes, then rinse them in cold water.

This step is important for veggies and fruits that we eat with the skin on. However, I would still peel fruits such as apples and pears (which are usually waxed before being sold in the market).

green smoothie healthy smoothies

I spend about an hour every 2 days or so washing and chopping fruits and veggies for freezing and/or storage in the ref. Frozen fruits are amazing in smoothies because I don’t have to add ice anymore. Also, it’s so convenient to pop frozen fruits into the blender for a quick smoothie anytime of the day.

healthy smoothies grape pineapple carrots cucumber

Fresh grapes and carrots + frozen pineapples and cucumbers + apple juice + water. If I’m blending frozen fruits, I have to add a bit more liquid. Continue reading Healthy Smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies