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27 May 2011

Chicken Pineapple Menudo

It's been a while since I last shared a recipe and I dearly miss it.

Here's a simple, yet yummy treat for you guys! I got the base recipe from Food Magazine's insert about Del Monte Products. And I decided to make this just to give the ordinary pork menudo a twist.



What you need:

1K chicken breast (or any part of your choice) fillet
1 small can of pineapple tidbits
100g of hotdog, sliced
100g potato, cut into cubes and fried
100g carrots, cut into cubes and fried
1 250g pouch of tomato sauce
1 pc each of green and red bell peppers, cut into cubes and fried
cooking oil
1/4 cup of water
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Saute chicken in oil for 3 minutes. Add hotdogs, potatoes and carrots. Saute for another 3 minutes, then add the pineapple syrup. Cover, simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce, water, salt and pepper, simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pineapple tidbits and the bell peppers, then simmer for another 5 minutes.

Preparation and cooking time between 30 and 45minutes.

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Brightest Blessings!


Halie


Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

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23 May 2011

Menu Planning




It's my first time to hop over to Menu Plan Monday and here's my share for this week's plans:

Today (Monday) - Soft tacos, chicken filling and homemade chunky salsa

Tuesday - Spicy Buffalo Wings

Wednesday - Spaghetti (lean meat)

Thursday - Hotdog sandwiches with some veggies

Friday - Sweetened Pork


Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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20 May 2011

Sbarro's

I'd like to apologize for the delay of the posting of this review. Blogger had to undergo maintenace last Friday (at least according to them), thus the delay.

Hubby and I love Italian food and since our bellies were complaining when we went to SM Megamall two weeks ago, we decided to go to the first restaurant that we saw that serves pizza and pasta. Sbarro seemed to be the most logical choice that time.

Here's what we had:



Lasagna, I think y'all know by now that I love lasagna. This serving was so huge that hubby and I had to share in order to finish it.

The taste, it was with the right amount of the sour tomato taste that we love.

The downside, there was just not enough meat in it. The first bites were all filled with the sauce and pasta, but we were looking for the meat.


Hubby had a slice of their meaty pizza. I had a bite or two of it and it was good. Cheesy with the right amount of gooey-ness to it.




My choice of pizza - Hawaiian. I got full from this slice so I wasn't able to eat much of the lasagna. But I didn't regret it. The thin, chewy crust of this pizza made the whole thing easy to eat.

Pros of Sbarro

* Quite affordable (we paid less than Php500 for the meal which included two large glasses of ice tea)

* Big servings

* Delicious food

Cons

* When we placed our order for the pizza, the server asked us if we want to have our pizza with mozarella cheese. We said, "Of course we do." When we saw our bill, we saw an extra charge for the cheese on our pizza.

I don't agree with this style of upselling. The staff of Sbarro are ill trained with bad business practice. They were trained to suggest things to the customers WITHOUT informing them that they would be charged for it. (This is actually the second time we experienced this. The first time this happened was when we went to Sbarro in Ali Mall, the staff there asked me about my preference for my lasagna, would it be meatballs, tomato sauce, etc. They also asked us for our preferred cheese on our pizza - mozarella, etc. What we didn't know was that they were actually putting EXTRA stuff on our food and that we would be charged for it. I complained to the manager of the restaurant and it seems like management didn't listen.)

Sbarro should really change this very bad practice. People eat in their restaurant because of their food, but I for one DO NOT want to be fooled by false advertising or upselling techniques. If I want something extra on my food, I'll order it myself. I don't need someone suggesting something to me and then CHARGE me for it.

Upselling should be a suggestion but is it too hard to ask the customer if they want "EXTRA" something on their food. The mere fact that one is asked for additional or extra whatever would give the message that they would be charged for it.

The food may be good, but if this restaurant keeps on doing this to their customers, I would NOT be surprised if first time customers would not go back again.

My suggestion, if you eat at Sbarro and someone asks you if you want something, if you say yes, please be prepared to see an extra charge on your receipt. If  you're not willing to pay for a suggestion, please say no.

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Brightest Blessings!


Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

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18 May 2011

Rice Trivia

One of the food items that usually makes its way to the table

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But did you know that:


  • Arkansas is the largest producer of rice in the U.S. accounting for about 46% of U.S. rice production.
  • California is the second largest rice producing state, growing about 17.7% of the U.S. rice crop on more than 500,000 acres.
  • September is National Rice Month.
  • Rice is the first food a new bride in India offers to her husband and the first food offered to newborn babies.
  • Rice is the main dietary staple for more than 1/2 of the world's population.
  • One seed of rice yields more than 3,000 grains. It is the highest yielding cereal grain and can grow in many kinds of environments and soils, which is why it is grown everywhere.
  • According to Shinto belief, the Emperor of Japan is the living embodiment of the god of the ripened rice plant, Ninigo-no-mikoto.
  • Americans eat a little more than 24 pounds of rice per person each year. Asians eat as much as 300 pounds per person each year, while in the United Arab Emirates it is about 450 pounds, and in France about 10 pounds.

SOURCE: Food Reference




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Brightest Blessings!

Halie





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16 May 2011

Pizza's Smile for Weekend Feast of Memories

Last week was about my craving for Italian food. This past weekend was the same.


Sbarro is quite expensive so we can't really afford to buy a slice of their heavenly pizza whenever we want to, but hey, we were craving for some slice of pizza.

Fortunately for us there is a Pizza's Smile branch at the market near our home. We went to the market, bought raw ingredients for our week's food supply and then we went to Pizza Smile and grabbed a box of their Ham and Cheese Pizza. And for a pizza that was enough to fill our bellies (hubby's and mine), it was quite okay. We only paid Php120 for an 8in sized serving.

One thing I could say about it is that it reminded me of the old 3M Pizza, those stalls that sold pizza slices for about 2 or 3 pesos that time. Good old memories!

If you have any fond foodie memories, you may want to share it with us. Link up using the comment luv form and maybe this coming June, I'll open up a linky party for all our foodie memories.

Have a great week!



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Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.


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10 May 2011

Quail Eggs


One of the ingredients that I rarely use is quail egg. I don't use it often because of the nutrition value that used to be associated with it.

But did you know:

Quail eggs can:

help remedy digestive tract disorders

help eliminate stones from the kidneys, liver and gallbladder

promote good brain activity

strengthen the immune system

SOURCE: Genius Cook


*Caution: If you are unsure of the effects of quail eggs on your health, ask your doctor about your recommended consumption.


Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

09 May 2011

Weekend at Sbarro's

Before I start, I'd like to apologize for the new layout of the blog. I'm currently using the old post editor and it does not give me options to resize my photos online, please bear with me. Photobucket does not offer different photo sizes, I'm using the original uploaded size of the photos which is 640x480px.


Last Saturday was grocery day. Hubby and I decided to go out malling before we do our errands for the day. We left the house early and decided to have a late brunch in a restaurant that serves pizza and pasta.

Arriving at Megamall, we were hungry and a bit thirsty so instead of going to Shakey's which is our pizza/pasta/chicken craving solver, we went to the first restaurant that we saw and that was Sbarro's.

What I had:


A slice of Hawaiian Pizza. (Review to follow within the week) All I could say at this moment is, I got full after eating that slice.


Brightest Blessings!


Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

05 May 2011

Leche Flan


One of the desserts that make me drool literally is a good serving of leche flan. My mom taught me how to make some but she was quick to admit that she never learned my deceased grandfather's recipe.

I have tried so many different leche flans from so many different stores and I only fell in love with two. One of them was from a neighbor selling some and the other is the leche flan from Lola Consuelo's.

Who would have ever thought of putting coffee in leche flan, I personally never tried it. Anyway walking around Eastwood Mall, we chanced by this stall selling a lot of native delicacies. The seller asked me to try their products and I was quickly drawn to the taste of their Coffee Leche Flan. It was good, not too sweet and not too thick to the point that you'll get overwhelmed by the taste of coffee.

If you want to try their products, please drop by The New Eastwood City Mall Food Bazaar on the second floor of the mall.

Or you can contact

Lola Consuelo's Heirloom Recipes
8284474
0920-927.8188



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Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

04 May 2011

Paprika Trivia


We all love spices because it adds aroma and flavor to our dishes.

One of the well loved spices that we can find in the kitchen is paprika, but did you know:

Paprika is the dried, ground pods of Capsicum annum, a sweet red pepper. It is mildly flavored and prized for its brilliant red color.

Early Spanish explorers took red pepper seeds back to Europe, where the plant gradually lost its pungent taste and became "sweet" paprika. A Hungarian scientist won the Nobel Prize for research on the vitamin content of paprika. Pound for pound, it has a higher content of Vitamin C than citrus fruit.

Domestic Paprika is characteristically fresh, green and vegetable-like, while the Spanish Paprika exhibits a more fermented and piquant flavor. Historically, the Central European varieties were more pungent, but they now exhibit a sweetness similar to Spanish Paprika.

Ninety percent of the international spice trade is in whole spices, paprika is only ground spice sold in any significant quantities.

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Brightest Blessings!

Halie