Salmon Egg Rolls

I saw a former high school classmate posted a photo of her shanghai rolls on Facebook. What was interesting about it was instead of using the usual filling which is ground beef or pork or plain vegetables, she used fish. This is highly unusual. Prior to her post I have never heard anyone make fish shanghai rolls. When I asked her what kind of fish she used, she said it was a local salmon. I asked for her recipe, but I still haven’t heard back from her. A few days ago, despite my on and off migraine that started all of a sudden (I am blaming the heat!) I was able to experiment on making my own salmon egg rolls. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how it’s going to turn out. So I just made a small batch. Surprisingly it was actually pretty good! We all loved it!

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Beef Giniling Guisado

It has been 2 weeks since my last post so I thought it’s just about time to take my laptop out of hibernation and start writing again.  I have so many things I’d like to share with you, I don’t even know where to start. I have taken numerous pictures of food that I have made and kids’ crafts and toddler activities that I have done thinking I will write about them, but never got to.

So let me start with this… another Filipino dish that I just made last night in my attempt to make supper with very few ingredients in the house. We went away for a week and haven’t really done much grocery shopping than a quick trip to the store for some bare necessities like milk, eggs and fruits. So when I found out the only things I had were carrots, potatoes, garlic, and onions, I knew I had to make one of my go to Filipino dish – Giniling Guisado. 

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Simple Pork Adobo Recipe

pork-adoboIn the Philippines, pork adobo is a dish braised in garlic, soy sauce, oil, and vinegar. Due to its popularity, ease in preparation, and long storage life, it is considered the national dish among the Filipinos. Another great thing about adobo is its versatility. This dish is not just limited to the most commonly used meats – pork or chicken. Others cook their beef, veal, goat meat, shrimp, squid, water spinach (kangkong), bamboo shoots (labong), or bok choy in the same manner. Continue reading

Amazing Pork Skewers (Filipino Style)

filipino-pork-bbqThe best pork skewers I’ve ever had was not cooked by a chef in some fancy 5-star restaurant. It’s quite the opposite actually. These pork skewers were marinated by the hands of a mother who never even got to high school, but ran a small food stall at night in a busy street so she could send her kids to school.

Her food stall was just right across the street from where I grew up in the Philippines. Among all the street food she sold, I think this was her specialty. Her pork skewers (commonly called barbeque in the Philippines) sold pretty fast! I remember there were nights I would go home disappointed because I didn’t get there in time.

Since I have left the Philippines, I never had such amazing pork skewers, until now! I think this is the closest I’ve had to actually copying the taste of her deliciously awesome pork on sticks. Continue reading

Easy Pork Binagoongan Recipe

Cute Baby Announcement Photo Ideas

I’ve been thinking of creative ways to publicly announce our good news! When we had our first, three years ago, I carved a pumpkin and posted it on Facebook. I did it during the Fall season when pumpkins were readily available. To read about my step-by-step on how I made our Fall theme baby announcement, click here. For our second baby, I didn’t do anything since I took almost a year and a half sabbatical from Facebook. We did have maternity photos taken by a photographer (and then we took pictures of her ourselves when she arrived) and I used those to make a thank you card to give to friends and family.

Now that I am back on social media… and not only Facebooking, but also blogging (for the first time!) I thought I should probably do something creative to publicly announce that our family is expanding. Continue reading

Effective Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites (First Hand Experience!)

mosquito-bites-on-toddlerOur toddler has an allergic reaction to mosquito bites. She swells up pretty bad! And when she scratches them, they sometimes get infected, leaving the affected area more swollen and purulent. I also noticed that when her swelling starts to subside, some of them bruise up.

A pharmacist suggested I give her oral Benadryl for children (5ml every 6 hrs) and apply a thin layer of hydrocortisone cream on her mosquito bites, 2-3 times a day.  I did this for about a week while we were away on our trip. She was so itchy, and I was desperate! Eventually, the swelling and itchiness went away.

mosquito-bites-on-babyA week after we got back home, we went camping. The campsite was infested with mosquitoes! A mom’s worst nightmare when you have a kid who is notoriously allergic to mozzie bites! She ended up with yet another round of swelling, this time even on her face. I was heartbroken to see her face end up disfigured from the swelling. Even her younger sister who didn’t have a bad reaction to mosquito bites before ended up with awful swelling. (She still managed to keep her happy disposition despite it all). So our camping was cut short, and we went home the next day.

This time I opted for a more natural solution. And I’M GLAD I DID! Continue reading