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!!!

Grilled banana skewers or as what we called ginangang in local Filipino word. I've been longing to eat this in a long time but couldn't find the saging saba here in the states. So i waited and waited until i got the bananas i wanted to make. This is very famous in Filipino delicacies simple and comforting snacks. Anywhere in the Philippines you simply find this food. I indeed enjoyed my first to the last bite of ginangang feels like am in my homeland agin! Wink.

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Got lucky for this yesterday just my kinda style of wedge shoes so i tried to counter bid for 6.49 in eBay auction and after an hour and half they notified me that i won the bidding i was happy because i love the wedge a lot and it is cheaper than in regular price out there! Can't wait to get deliver because i have already the matching dress with it! Wink!

Happy Tuesday ya'll!

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It's great to know it's weekend again. Chill everyone!

This is by far one of my favorites seafood of all time and as well my specialty! Blue crabs in coconut milk concoction. It is really sure delicious. My families specialty during get together and welcoming family abroad. Saturday was my time to go to world market and seafood's store at Nashville so i grabbed a lot of stuff for my couple of weeks consumption of Filipino cuisines. Blue crabs are seasonal so glad when i got to the store they have them. Been craving for this in awhile.

So here's my recipe of ginataang alimasag:

6 pieces blue crabs (rinse and clean thoroughly)
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil
chopped garlic 2cloves
half size chopped onion
1 chopped tomato
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
10pieces pepper corn (optional) I love pepper corn :-)
1 tsp curry powder or small size ginger ( i use curry since i ran out of ginger root)
dash of onion powder (eyeball)
dash of garlic powder (eyeball)
20 pieces spinach leaves
1 tbsp ketchup
1 cup water

  • Rinse crabs really good, in a pot boiled them until they become red and at the same time your are cleaning them. Then set aside
  • In different pot sauteed garlic, onion and tomato.
  • Add the crabs, coconut milk and water let it boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and the curry powder. Simmer till the liquid evaporate to half 20-30 minutes at the most.
  • Last add the spinach and ketchup simmer for at least the leaves cooked. Then serve.
Try it!

Enjoy Cooking!

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Ampalaya or Bitter Melon in English is considered the most bitter among all the vegetables that's why the named it self comes from the bitter taste of it but i tell you that the vegetable is very nutritious and has many health uses for healing practice! It has a therapeutic properties and mostly use in Chinese medicine or herbal supplements. When you eat this you are sure healthy! Well this is famous cuisine for ampalaya just simple pinoy dish but delicious and full of nutrients and i so addicted with it. I love the tangy and bitterness of the dish and a little bit of saltiness of the shrimp paste that's what makes the dish famous!

2-3 pieces of bitter melon o ampalaya (thinly slice like half moon shapes)
4 slice bacon (slice to minis)
1 raw egg
1 tbsp shrimp paste
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp paprika
cloves of chopped garlic
small chopped onion
small tomato chopped

  • Crisp the slice bacon on a skillet. Then saute garlic, onion and tomato along with the bacon stir occasionally and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile rinse the bitter melon with 1/2 tsp of salt in the water and press it as you can to get rid of the excess bitter taste of the veges.
  • Pour to the sauteed skillet and stir them till everything marries together.
  • Simmer for 5minutes or until the the vegetable is tender add salt and pepper to taste and paprika. Stir. Then add the shrimp paste simmer for about 2 minutes.
  • Then lastly pour the beaten egg and stir until the egg is fully cooked. Done. Serve hot with plain rice.
Try it!

Enjoy Cooking!

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We recently relocated to Texas. My husband and I bought a ranch when we retired. We always wanted to live on ranch and live the lifestyle, but both of our practices constantly kept us busy. When we turned fifty-five, we decided that it was time to sell our practices and use the money to by our ranch, which we named, Doc’s Ranch. Living on the ranch has definitely been an adjustment. We got Crystal Texas Wild Blue Service, a satellite internet service that would reach way out in the country where we are. We don’t get to see our friends too often, but we stay in touch with them through e-mail. We have also had to adjust to getting up so early to feed the animals. The rooster starts crowing at 5:30 AM most days! I haven’t been in the office until at least nine o’clock for the last thirty years! Although adjusting has been interesting, I wouldn’t change our new lifestyle for the world. We are truly living our Western dream.

These are the Suman i was craving about and i am in mode right now i make sure it will last me for a week to consume them. It is good than i expected because of the super sticky brown rice but it is really tasty. Here's the recipe if you wanted to know:

2 cups sweet rice
2 cups liquid mixture (use a can of coconut milk and the rest is water)
2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup white sugar (optional) i prefer sweet suman so i put sugar
  • Steam in the pot until the rice is cooked
  • Let it cool
  • Prepare the banana leaves
  • Then spoon serving size of cooked sweet rice to prepared leaves
  • Wrap it like you see on the photo above, repeatedly until all done
  • Boil them at least 20 minutes. Serve with coffee or hot chocolate drinks

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I was into pinoy food lately since we went to world market last Saturday i got the chance to grab some stuff for my carvings right now. I got few of them Chinese eggplants, bitter melon or shall we called it ampalaya, grab a medium size patola for my sardines/misua soup later, and few kinds of fish that the one i cook the paksiw out of it! Some blue crabs too! I have full week supply of pinoy food already, lol! Anyway, I bought Korean brown rice as well because been craving suman or biko in awhile so just took the advantage while am in that Asian store the other day. So today it's my second day for making suman supposedly i have done it yesterday already but the rice was so hard as rocks that it took me forever to steam it! I should have get the regular sweet rice but thought for a change and my folks in the PH mentioned that brown glutinous rice is a lot nicer than the white once! So i gave it a try just 48 years to boil them and so glad it cooked last night and now am wrapping it to the banana leaves for complete suman mode timely i still have tablea... perfect!

Got to to go now have a wonderful weekend ahead to all!

This is so popular in Filipino home cooking the paksiw as what we called it. We can use all kinds all fish but the best one is the tulingan or Mackerel in English term. Tulingan fish is boiled with garlic, onion and ginger with vinergar and water simmer it till the sauce soaked to the fish thoroughly then poured some vege oil so the flavor will marry altogether of course the salt and pepper corns always present. My grandmother has the best paksiw or we called it in visayan INUN-UNAN she made the best one and the entire family loves it! I use her recipe to make mine and i did a good job it is delicious just the way i like it!

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This is kinda long name for a cupcake but sure it is delicious! I called it white chocolate chip and chocolate coated raisins banana cupcake with banana cream frosting and fresh strawberry garnish. Whew! lol. My kiddos enjoys cupcakes and so the husband so even i am not into cupcakes before i kinda like it now because i always makes them every now and then and i was inspired in cupcake wars show you know and from then on i am trying to make different flavors and all that stuff! MIL as well is fond of baking and she always shares me her baking and cooking ideas.

This recipe is so easy and quick preparation. All you need are:

2 mashed ripe bananas (large size)
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 white chocolate chip
1/2 cup coated raisins

For Frosting:
1 cup all purpose whipping cream
2tbsp powdered sugar
banana extract
1 mashed ripe banana
couple drops of yellow food coloring (optional)

  • Heat oven to 350. Grease bottom of the muffin pan with cupcake cups.
  • In large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the chocolate chips and raisins.
  • Blend well on medium speed using electric mixer.
  • Stir in chips and raisins.
  • Pour batter into the prepared muffin pan
  • Bake 350 F for 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 1o minutes then remove cool completely before frosting
For Frosting
  • Mix the whipping cream till foamy add the confectioner sugar and mashed bananas gradually.
  • Drop couple of coloring continue mixing till mixture become stiff and start to decorate on top of the cupcake garnish with fresh strawberries on top if desire.
Enjoy Cooking!

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Have a happy, blessed week ahead everyone!

Finally was able to fix this dish that I've been longing it for 5 years but just can't get a chance or do favor to cook it until the other day! I am so glad that i put at least 2 sardines and misua in my lists of grocery at the Filipino store that my cousin did for me in seafood city, San Diego! Just thathe Asian store we have here is not as fresh as they've got there so i rather not get a lot of stuff and realizing it will go to waste besides i am the only one likes sardines for all we know we loves this stuff right no to doubt about that but the husband has no chance of eating them.

So anyway, in my behalf i was enjoying every bit of the soup with spinach! Nothing can't beat the taste of Filipinos home cooking!

To those who enjoy eating sardines all you need are basic ingredients:
  • can of sardines - $1.99
  • 1/2 cup misua noodles - .50cents
  • 1 clove chop garlic - .25cents
  • half of onion chop finely .25cents
  • 1 chop tomato -.25cents
  • 8-10 spinach leaves - .25cents
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a cup of water

Just sauteed the garlic, onion and tomatoes till mushy then add the sardines and water let it boil. Simmer for 2minutes then add the salt and pepper to taste and the spinach let simmer for at least 1 minute. Serve hot with rice or just soup.

Total Cost: $3.49

Enjoy Cooking!

Halloween is near, we don't celebrate it though. But it's during this time of the year when goodies and treats come flooding. It's when I get to buy stocks of chocolates and candies for the pantry. The obvious reason is because during this time, the prices really goes down and lots of great deals are available. I'd like to grab chocolates soon, not for trick and treats but to send home in the Philippines. Another thing too, those cool and goofy costumes, false teeth, wigs, and hats, they're nice for gifts. My sister likes collecting weird stuff, she likes playing prank and been asking me to send her some. She likes to have those false teeth with braces, and be goofy with her friends. I might also include face paint, I bet she'll love it. I know these kinda stuff are quite expensive there and hard to find too. Anyway, will be checking the local store soon for these items. If not then would have to grab it online, after all there's a whole lot of bunch!

Got to go, that's it for the update. See ya around folks!

One of my guilty pleasure besides chocolates! Well can't resist on bacon? surely it is good! I made baked bacon wrapped potato husband and I's favorite great appetizer bites to start up your meal or just watching TV. I mix my own sauce sour cream with sriracia i tell it was good and savory! Try it so you will know.

For bacon wrapped potato recipe:

4 small potatoes cut into wedges- $1.00
10 bacon cut it half- $2.99
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of garlic powder

For dipping sauce:
2tbsp sour cream- .99cents
1tsp sriracia sauce- .50cents

Just rolled the bacon into the potato wedge repeatedly until every wedge are done.
Preheat oven 400 degree and baked it for 40 minutes. Turn the side in 20 minutes baking for evenly brown both sides.

Total Cost: $5.48

Enjoy Cooking!

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Thanks for coming everyone! May we all have a beautiful and blessed week days ahead of us. Let our minds travel and wander. Winks!