Tortang Dulong

Tortang dulong is a simple dish that’s included in my weekly menu. It is a favorite comfort food among many Filipinos. Dulong is a very small fish, much smaller than dilis and is sold at Php100 per kilo in local wet markets. It is best eaten with your favorite dippings – with catsup or vinegar and crushed garlic.

dulong

 

 

dulong when cooked

Ingredients:

Dulong

2 Eggs, beaten

Salt

Pepper

Onion, diced

Palm oil

 

Procedure:

Wash dulong in a strainer through running water; let the water get fully drained before mixing it to the bowl of beaten eggs.

Add the diced onions, salt and pepper to taste. Mix it thoroughly.

Mold round cakes out of the mixture.

Heat the pan with palm oil, and then fry the dulong round cakes until crispy golden fried.

Serve while hot with rice.

 

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Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna

I love to see big fishes in the market, sometimes I am tempted to buy the real big ones, but on second thought, it will be just a waste of money because there are only four of us who are going to eat it  :).

Salt water fishes are more delectable to eat than fishes grown in freshwater . Weekends, especially Saturday is our market schedule.  I happen to see a perfect sized yellow fin tuna which I bought for our lunch.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 medium sized yellow fin tuna around 1.5 kilogram

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 pcs. calamansi, juiced

Soysauce and calamansi sauce for dipping

 

Procedure:

Season the fresh yellow fin tuna with olive oil, salt and pepper and calamansi juice.

Wrap it in a foil.

Preheat the grill for medium heat. Place the foiled tuna on top of the grill, turn it once in awhile until the fish is cooked.

You may grill the tuna directly on the grill if you want it well done or just simply open the foil while it is still on top of the grill and turn the tuna inside the foil once in a while to preserve its juiciness.

Transfer to a serving platter, then make a calamansi and soysauce dip.

Serve immediately with rice.

 

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Lumpiang Shanghai

lumpiang shanghai

 

Spring rolls or Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the easiest meal to prepare and cook that is well loved by the whole family. It is commonly served in the family table during weekends, parties or get together with friends. Kids especially picky eaters love it, thus it can be included in the weekly menu for our kid’s school packed lunch.

 

Ingredients:
Lumpia wrapper
Ground pork
Salt
garlic, minced
Pepper, ground
Onion, chopped
Parsley or Kinchay, chopped
Egg, beaten
Palm Oil

 

Procedure:
Mix salt, pepper, chopped onion, kinchay, minced garlic, beaten egg and ground pork. 
Put enough amount of the mixture in lumpia wrappers, then roll it.
I use a little water, damp it on the ends of the roll to let it stick or get pasted to avoid also the roll to loosen up.
Fry the rolls until it turns golden brown and crispy. 

Serve while hot with sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy :)
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Easy Family Meal Ideas For Those On A Budget

family meal ideas

Photo credits – https://flic.kr/p/kaBZU5

 

Many people are feeling the financial pinch these days thanks to the unfairness of the current system. Food banks are busier than ever before. Desperate people, who are shouldering an unfair amount of the burden to repay debts created by others, must ask for  food donations to feed their loved ones. it is a shocking state of affairs that one of the richest countries in the world should allow this to happen.

 

Now people are looking for ways to make meals cheaply and easily. Doing so doesn’t mean that they cannot enjoy good food; they just need to broaden their culinary horizons to produce fine food easily.

 

Here are a couple recipes my old grandmother used to make that have been handed down through generations.

 

Beef Wellington

People either love or hate beef wellington. It is an interesting meal where a fillet of beef is covered with puff pastry and baked. Some say that the meat is not cooked enough, and others judge it as being perfect. Try this recipe for yourself and see what your family think. Here are the ingredients for my simple version.

  • Two pound fillet of beef.
  • One pound of puff pastry
  • Egg White
  • Seasoning
  1. Place the fillet of beef in a roasting tin with a little olive oil and cook in the oven on gas mark seven, two hundred and twenty degrees centigrade for fifteen minutes.
  2. Roll out about one third of the puff pastry and place it on a baking tray.
  3. Place the beef onto the pastry
  4. Roll out the rest of the pastry and place it gently over the beef.
  5. Seal the edges of the pastry and trim it where they join.
  6. Brush the pastry with the egg white and place it back into the oven for a further twenty minutes until the pastry is golden.
  7. Let it stand for five minutes before serving.
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Lechon Macau Recipe

 

There are various Filipino dishes which had been influenced by the Chinese cuisine and one of them is Lechon Macau.  Lechon Macau is oven-baked pork belly, an alternative to the classic all time favorite lechon or whole roasted pig in most occasions. Because it is oven-roasted it has a moist meat and crunchy skin.

 lechon macau

 

If you wonder why this dish is so crispy, the key is to prick the skin with fork before oven baking. One more thing, the combination of the Chinese five spice powder, pepper and salt rubbed on the pork gives its rich and palatable flavor.

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Christen Your Brand New Kitchen with This Indian Inspired Dinner Party Menu

What better way to christen a brand new kitchen than by hosting a dinner party for friends.

These deceptively simple dishes will impress them, and more importantly, give you the opportunity to get familiar with all of the appliances and accessories in your lovely new kitchen!

 

Aperitif:

No dinner party would be complete without a special tipple to whet the appetite and toast your cooking accomplishments.

dinner party

cucumber and mint cooler via manjulaskitchen.com

To complement your Indian menu, give your guests a choice of either a cucumber and mint cooler, which is ideal for those who don’t drink, or a mango lassi cocktail for those who do.

Both drinks are equally delicious and refreshing, and more importantly, unlike simple wines or beers, they give you the chance to use your new accessories and show of your skills in the kitchen.

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