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09 July 2010

Lumpiang Sariwa

One of my favorite recipes.

It may be a little tedious to prepare and cut the veggies into those small cute bite sized pieces, but after tasting it, it's all worth the time and effort.


What you need:

1 medium sized singkamas (skinned, cut into small strips)
2 small pieces of yellow camote (skinned and cut into small strips)
3 small pieces of carrots (skinned and cut into small strips)
1/4K of baguio beans (cut into strips)
1/2 of a small cabbage head (cut into strips)
a small bundle of kinchay (chopped)
1/4K of shrimp (shells removed)
2 pieces of tofu (diced)
2 cloves of garlic
1 small onion chopped
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons cooking oil

For the sauce

3 tablespoons of cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 cup of water
soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

What you need to do:

Pre heat the pan with the cooking oil, saute galic, onion and shrimp.
When the shrimp turns orange, add the tofu
Add the singkamas and camote, when it's half cooked, add the carrots and beans, while the carrots and beans are still crunchy, add the rest of the
vegetables, season with salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 2 minutes. It's cooked!

For the sauce:

Boil 1/2 cup of water, add the cornstarch, add the water with the cornstarch stir continously
Add 1/2 cup of soy sauce and wait for it to simmer while stirring
Put in sugar, pepper and garlic, stir and wait for it to thicken. Once it's thick, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes and then turn off the heat.

To serve:


Put the veggies on a plate, top with the sauce, some crushed (chopped) fresh garlic and crushed peanuts.

You also have the option to roll it in spring roll wrappers and add a lettuce leaf.


Pan de Amerikana - Marikina City

Last Saturday I was able to convince my hubby to go with me to Pan de Amerikana and have lunch there before going to the grocery.

Going inside the place, I found a very cool looking restaurant! They even had a man made lagoon/pond inside the restaurant!

We went to the counter to place our orders and I was surprised at the prices, they were sooooooo affordable.


Looking for our meal, I wanted to try most of their food, so we asked about the family platter, the crew said it's good for four to five people. There were only two of us, so we decided to look for something that's good for at least 3 people. We had the sinugba platter


It has 2 pieces of grilled tilapia, 2 sticks of pork barbeque, a slice of liempo, 2 pieces of grilled eggplant, a couple of steamed okra, slices of tomatoes, achara and a small serving of bagoong balayan and calamansi.

We had a great meal! The eggplants were sweet and it was cooked right, the skin may have looked burnt, but inside it was soft and moist.

The fish was tender, the liempo had a nice taste to it and the barbeque, let's just say it's something that you would want to go back and have again.

Overall, the meal was superb, served on time freshly cooked.

As for the ambiance, it's a 10/10
Food 10/10
Price 10/10 because we only paid a little over 300 pesos for everything, including 2 cups of rice and a pitcher of iced tea.

Their other products include a giant pan de sal which they sell for 55pesos and it took the two of us 3 days to finish the whole thing.

A highly recommended place to go to.



02 July 2010

More Than Just An Ice Cream House

It was a long day for me, I went around the City of Marikina to scout for places of interest and taking photos of them.

I never knew that there were so many places to go to and nooks and crannies that I have yet to discover.

Tired and beaten, I found this Ice Cream House in the Riverbanks Center.


I first asked if they have the brownie ala mode available, but they didn't so I had to settle for something else


Lady's Treat

It's served with broas and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. I was hesitant to try it first but after the first bite, I felt like I was in heaven, chocolate heaven! The ice cream did not melt fast and it was a gooey creamy goodness!

Being the ice cream addict as I am, I wanted the sugar rush, I got this


Strawberry Float

It was the best float ever! A cross between a shake and a sundae!

The place wasn't big, the tables were close to each other, but it definitely is a place to go to when you want to try some home-made classic tasting ice cream. By the way, they also serve pizza and coffee if you want something more filling.




This recipe is one of my all time favorites!


What you need:

1K ground beef or lean ground pork
4 small pieces of potato diced
2 medium carrots diced
1 medium green bell pepper diced
6 pcs regular hotdog sliced diagonally
1/4K of frozen green peas
1 regular sachet tomato sauce
3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 medium onion chopped
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons cooking oil
*optional boiled quail eggs skinned

How to make it

1. Fry the potatoes and carrots until cooked in a pre heated frying pan with cooking oil and remove them after they are half cooked.
2. Put the bell pepper and hotdogs next and fry until half cooked.
3. Saute the garlic and onion, add the ground meat after the onion is caramelized.
4. When the meat is cooked, add the potatoes, carrots, hotdog and bell pepper.
5. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 1 minute
6. Add the frozen peas and boiled quail eggs and simmer for another 5 minutes.
7. Serve and enjoy


Hubby loved it so much that he asked me to pack some for him.