Arroz caldo

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The past winter here that seems to be lingering has been rough for little ones. There’s a bug that has been going around that has made kiddos and their moms and dads sick on and off. It was towards the end of winter when this nasty bug made its way to our home. It was awful. Our first born got it first and then passed it on to her dad, and then to her baby sister. I was very much pregnant with our baby boy at the time. When I felt I was coming down with something too, I increased all our dosage of vitamin C, which kept me from getting sick, and helped my family recover from the cold much faster.

I’ve also made several big batches of arroz caldo to nurse my family and some friends back to health. I have just made this again today because our middle child has been under the weather lately, and I heard that my friend’s son has been sick too.

Arroz caldo is a Filipino dish I grew up eating. Some would call it Lugaw. It’s a Spanish-influenced rice soup, similar to a congee, that is often served to the ill and to the elderly because it is warm, soft, and easy to digest. But you don’t have to be sick to enjoy this hearty meal. It’s an awesome dish during the cold and wet months to keep us warm. Continue reading

Our oldest turned 3!

“The nights are long, but the years are short.”

I’ve read this once somewhere, and even though our oldest is just 3, it feels like the years are already slipping out of our fingers so quickly. I still distinctly remember when she was born like it was just yesterday. Now, not only do we have a 3 year old, we also have her 19 month old sister, and a baby due 2 days ago, but has decided not to come out yet.

Mira has grown quite a fascination with Paw Patrol so I thought it would be the perfect theme for her 3rd birthday party. She was pretty excited about it and helped me with some of the preparations.

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I worked on her birthday banner first.

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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