Simply Filipina

Have the passion of cooking, she's sharing you the goodness and deliciousness recipes from her KUSINA to your KUSINA! Or from my Kitchen to your Kitchen that will cost less yet very comforting that the entire family would enjoy! It's all about GOOD FOOD and more!!!

Pandesal- A Filipino bread that so delicious and very comforting! It's been so long i haven't eaten this kind of a bread you know freshly bake from the oven and still HOT and melts in your mount each and every bite! They're good to start up your morning with a cup of coffee or a hot coco it's also good for snacks as well. Today i am thinking of going to try to make some pandesal, i have some ingredients in my pantry that am sure i can make few. So looking forward for it fir the first time!

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~ Manok Halang-Halang or Spicy Chicken~
Another inspired by my friend and i am craving and wanted to make one tomorrow! Recipe is easy as 1 2 3... heres how it goes:
1 whole chicken (cut in your desired sizes... i love big ones)
garlic (any amount you like....i love many)
ginger (any amount u desired, its good for chicken)
lemongrass ( i put many coz i love it, i used the paste one)
chillies (i used the flakes one so not cutting the chillies anymore)
1 and half cup of water
fish sauce
chicken cubes 1 or 2
fresh basil leaves (optional)
spring onion

1. fry the chicken in oil until it gets browned.
2. then add the garlic, then the ginger, and then the lemongrass. keep on frying. then add the chillies
3. add the knorr chicken cubes. pour 1 and a half cup of water.
4. cook for more than 1 hour in a very low heat. add fish sauce when the water is going down, after cooking for 1 hour. add the pepper.
5. before you turned it off put the basil leaves and the spring onion.

Enjoy Cooking!

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My Philippine home... wink! My friend is from Dipolog city and she just had her 2months vacation to PH not long ago and one thing i really requested her when she comes back to US are these the fish paste and shrimp paste... yum! the photo on top this is the pride of Philippines and it is a delicacies that no one can beat even a ribeye or new york steak... haha! Well, i thank my friend for sending me this one a week ago and guess what? its my meal treats for a week now.

This is one of the plate and how i compliment the fish paste or shrimp paste to the menu. Hard boiled egg which is my favorite along with slices of fresh tomatoes, steam rice, vegetables of any kind and meat, that's a pork chop. My dinner was totally rock and was stuffed. Forget the diet for a little bit! Wink.

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I had the best dinner ever the weekend ago a bowl of clam soup with basil and lemon grass paste and a plate of tuna fillet adobo style, hard boiled egg and serve with red rice. It was deliciously yummy! Haven't done this dining experienced for a long time since I've been here in the states! My place it's not easy to just grab the seafood i like so i have to get it somewhere an hour or so drive away, lol! But anyhow, it was my best dinner i love seafood so much!

~ Clam soup with basil and lemon grass~ Just bring the clams to boiled for 30 minutes or until they open. Season it with salt and pepper, dash of garlic salt, 1tsp of lemon grass paste ( find it at Walmart produce section), a little drizzled of olive oil or vege oil and 3-4 fresh basil leaves.

Meanwhile my entree is Adobong Tuna or Tuna fillet- Slice them into desired sizes, cook it like adobo style (soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, chop onions, brown sugar, pepper corn), hard boiled egg and the red rice. My tummy was stuffed and am happy!

That's it!

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Craving for these? A truly Filipino decadent that melts in the mouth banana fritters wrapped it with fresh homemade spring roll (LUMPIA WRAPPER). I was so craving for TORON but i wouldn't make unless i have the fresh wrapper so what i came up is to experiment some and i was very successful despite i have no right tools to do the thing! Since i have griddle i thought of why not use that for molding the wrapper although it's not a rounded one but it works, i still thinking to get in the future the crepe maker because it is round and for convenient.

Anyway, for the lumpia wrapper i just mix 1 cup of flour to 2 cups of cold water and mix them altogether. The mixture should be like liquidy like texture. Spray the griddle just about not to stick when you start pouring the liquid mixture. Then wait until it fully cooked then just pill it from the griddle gently and slowly set aside or you can directly put the slice plantain/banana. Do the procedure repeatedly.

For the Sauce: I use caramel sauce instead of the traditional (caramelized sugar) I added butter and all purposed whipping cream to the sugar mixture, let it boil till thicken. Pour it to the banana fritters and dash it with confectioner sugar if desire.

Enjoy Cooking!

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Thanks to Ivy for sharing a photo of her yummy looking dish that she made. I sure try to make this one later on i bet my housemates will love it as much hers do!


Ingredients (serves 4)
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 brown onion, finely chopped
• 6 rashers bacon, rind removed, chopped
• 600g fresh gnocchi (see note)
• 2 teaspoons sundried tomato pesto
• 2 teaspoons basil pesto
• 300ml carton light cream
• 2 tablespoons light sour cream
• 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
• 1/4 cup basil leaves, torn


1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and bacon. Cook for 5 minutes or until onion is soft and bacon is light golden. Remove from heat. Set aside.
2. Cook gnocchi in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until just tender. Drain and return to saucepan.
3. Add bacon mixture, sundried tomato and basil pesto’s, cream, sour cream and parmesan to gnocchi. Stir over low heat until heated through.
4. Add basil, and salt and pepper to gnocchi mixture. Toss gently to combine. Spoon into serving bowls. Serve

Enjoy Cooking always!

Thank goodness it's Friday! We have lots of things to do this weekend, probably going to go food shopping later after the husband's work. And perhaps tomorrow we will be going back to hardware store to buy some stuff for the house we need to fix something before somebody will look at our house for possible buyers you know. Anyway, need some check list so i won't forget what to get in the hardware store. Will sure get some paints, door locks and lots of LED bulbs our living room needs couple of these as well the both of the bathrooms.

I guess will remind him to get extra bulbs for her mom, she keeps asking him about it but he is so busy to remember whenever he goes to the store so i make sure he will definitely remember this time around. Oh talking about led bulbs, i want those colorful once i love it when my room is brighter and alive, lol. Even he doesn't really agreeing with me, well if he don't get one for me at the store i probably just check online so i can browse different varieties of colors and designs. Bulb America is there for me. Wink!

Am not a vegetarian leaks but sure i love eating everything! lol. Anyway, this was our dinner tonight a grilled tilapia finished it in the oven to fully cook with rice on the side. Husband loves his plate with baked potatoes meanwhile am opposite since we like veges as well we both have different kinds of side dish. I fixed his sweetcorn and as you can see mine i serve it with sawsawan. Mix with slice tomatoes, chop onions, soy sauce and vinegar. We're stuffed!