August 29, 2013


Pichi-Pichi Coated with Grated Coconut
I love this Filipino snack made out of cassava especially when it is coated with fresh grated coconut. It is my first time to do this snack for our weekend afternoon food porn.

You will need:
½ kilo cassava, peeled, grated fine, and squeezed to remove the juice.
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 tsp pandan extract (boil 1 cup of water and 2-3 leaves of pandan until only ¼ cup of the water remained)
2 cups fresh grated coconut for coating
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August 26, 2013

Pork Kilawin

Pork Kilawin
I learned to cook this dish when I was 10. Mama called this one as pork kilawin while others referred this as variety of pork igado minus the veggies. Well, whatever they called this one, I’ll just share it.

You will need:
1/2 kilo pork meat, sliced
½ kilo pork liver, sliced
1 medium-sized onion, minced
4-6 tbsp vinegar
3-4 laurel leaves
Patis and pepper to taste
Chili, optional if you want it spicy
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August 23, 2013


This is one of the dishes I really like. Some want this spicy and paired with steam rice while others with beer as their pulutan.

You will need:
1 kilo pork lungs, boiled and chopped finely (just close to minced)
1 medium-sized onion, minced
½ cup minced carrots
1 cup minced radish
1 tsp annatto (achuete) powder, I prefer Mama sita’s brand
¼ cup vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Chili, optional if you want it spicy
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August 20, 2013

Batchoy ala Chemist Dad

Batchoy ala Chemist Dad
I learned how to cook this dish when I was in high school. I know there are many ways how to cook this soupy dish. This is perfect for the rainy days.

You will need:
500 grams pork innards (heart, pancreas and liver) cut into strips
200 grams pork lean meat, cut into strips
1 thumb-sized ginger, minced
1 medium-sized onion, minced
200 grams miswa noodles
Salt and pepper to taste
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August 17, 2013

Do It Yourself: Tissue Core Pen Holder

Today, let me share with you how to make a pen holder out of your empty tissue cores. Actually, my son and I made it as part of our homeschooling activities. So here it goes;

Here's what we will need:

Empty tissue core, scissor, adhesive tape and wrapper or any paper tocover the empty core

Before we start here's my son playing with the tissue cores:

Matt playing with the tissue core

Matt uses the tissue as a telescope

Matt uses the tissue as a telescope while watching TV

Now going back to the tissue pen holder, here's how we made it.

Cut the wrapper or any paper just to fit as a cover of the tissue core. You may just paint it if you want. Any design will do =)

Matt cutting the paper
Then cover the tissue core. Oh by the way, I cut the tissue core into 3/4's so my son's crayon will fit inside.

Matt covering the core

Mommy and Matt wrapping

You also need a base, it maybe a used card board or hard folder. And also, you will need a glue stick and a gun to stick the core unto the base.

Now, we are done!

Tissue Core Pen Holder

My son wasted no time. He happily arranged all his pencils, crayons and even his scissor. 

Matt arranging his pencils, colors and scissor

Here's the finished tissue core pen holder.

Easy right?

Please do share your DIY's or re-use/recycle ideas. I would love to know other things we can do from scratch or used materials.

Happy crafting!

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August 16, 2013

Stir-Fry Veggies With Tokwa

Since I have a goal of reducing extra pounds, shifting to veggies is one of the best options. Here is another easy-to-do veggie recipe.

You will need:
250 grams chicken breast, cut into cubes
250 grams green beans sliced
250 grams tokwa, fried and cut into cubes
1 medium-sized carrot, julienned
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August 13, 2013

Pork Igado

Igado is one of the popular Ilocano dishes consists of pork meat and innards like kidney liver and even heart. There are many ways of cooking this dish and here is my own version.

You will need:
250 grams pork, cut into strips
250 grams pork liver, cut into strips
2 pieces pork kidney, cut into strips
1 medium-sized carrot, cut into strips
1 medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 small can green peas
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