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Pinatuyong Adobong Manok (Dried Chicken Adobo)

Pinatuyo in English means "to dry." This dish literally means dried chicken adobo. I learned that in some areas in the Visayas, this is how they cook their adobo. 
This is different from the two adobo recipes I featured before - chicken adobo with pigeon peas and chicken adobo with lemon grass. In this recipe, you cook the adobo until the liquid mixture dries up. This can also be done for pork and squid. I will feature these recipes soon.
Ingredients
500 gms chicken, cut into serving pieces (retain the skin of the chicken)5 cloves garlic, minced1/2 cup soy sauce1/3 cup vinegar1/2 cup watersalt and pepper  Preparation
1. In a pot, combine all the ingredients and cook over low to medium heat.
2. Cook until the liquid mixture dries up. 
3. Serve.

Buttered Spinach

Spinach is a versatile vegetable. It can be added in salad, soup or stew. It can also be cooked lightly and served as a main dish.
In this recipe, spinach is sauteed in garlic and butter. Just make sure not to overcook the spinach. Also, adjust the amount of butter according to taste. Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 bunch spinach1 tbsp butter3 cloves garlic, mincedsalt and pepper Preparation
1. In a skillet, heat butter over low heat and saute garlic.
2. When garlic is done, add spinach and cook for a few minutes.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Serve.

Ginisang Ubod (Sauteed Heart of Palm)

Ubod or heart of palm is the innermost core of certain palms. This vegetable is often bought to make lumpiang ubod, another Filipino dish. It can also be sauteed, stir-fried, made into salad and added in soup.
Since ubod has a bit of a bland taste, it is best to add ground chicken or pork when cooking this vegetable.




Ingredients
2 cups ubod, sliced thinly1 cup carrots, sliced thinly1/4 cup ground pork3 cloves garlic, crushed1 small onion, sliced2 tsp vegetable oil1/2 cup waterfish saucesalt and pepper Preparation
1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute garlic and onion.
2. Add ground pork and cook until lightly browned. Add fish sauce and      water and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add ubod and carrots and cook until tender.
5. Serve.

Macaroni Salad

Every Christmas, it has been a tradition in our house to prepare macaroni salad for Noche Buena. Our macaroni salad consists of elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, chicken bits, cheddar cheese, pineapple tidbits, sweet pickle relish, onions, red pimiento and some seasoning. It is so easy to make since all you have to do is to prep all the ingredients and mix it in a bowl. Enjoy!

Ingredients
500 gms macaroni noodles2 chicken breasts, boiled, salted and flaked 1 medium onion, chopped1 can red pimiento1 can pineapple tidbits1/2 cup sweet pickle relish500 ml mayonnaise1/2 cup raisins2 cups cheddar cheesesalt and pepper Preparation
1. Cook macaroni noodles according to package instructions. Set aside.

2. In a bowl, combine onion, red pimiento, pickle relish, flaked chicken breast,
    pineapple tidbits, mayonnaise and cheddar cheese.

3. Add macaroni noodles and mix well.

4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

5. Refrigerate before serving.

Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a combination of various fruits with cream or syrup. It is often served as an appetizer, salad or dessert.
Here in the Philippines, it is a favorite dessert during special occasions like birthdays, weddings, Christmas and other celebrations. It is easy to prepare and delicious.
Most people buy the canned fruit cocktail and they just add other fruits such as shredded buko, apple, cantaloupe, kaong, nata de coco and others.

Ingredients
2 cans fruit cocktail, drained1 can pineapple tidbits1 Nestle cream1/2 cup cheddar cheese1/2 cup raisinssugar (optional)
Preparation
1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Refrigerate before serving.

Chopsuey

Chopsuey means a combination of "different foods." It is a mix of vegetables with either chicken, pork, beef or shrimp. Some even add chicken liver, quail eggs, squid ball and even fish. In this recipe, chicken meat is sauteed with vegetables such as broccoli, snow peas, carrots and cabbage. A thickened sauce of soy sauce, cornstarch and water is added. This chopsuey dish is not only colorful to look at but healthy and nutritious as well. Enjoy! Ingredients1 piece chicken breast, sliced3 cloves garlic, crushed1 onion, sliced1 carrot, sliced 1 broccoli, cut into florets 1 cup snow peas1/4 cabbage, sliced 2 tsp vegetable oil1 cup water2 tsp cornstarch1/4 cup water to dissolve cornstarch2 tsp soy sauce salt and pepper Preparation 1. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup water. Set aside.

2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute garlic and onion.

3. Stir in chicken and cook until lightly browned. Add soy sauce and
    water and simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Add carrots and brocc…

Humba

Now that Christmas is only a few days away, here is a humba dish which you can include in your Noche Buena. This recipe is adapted from Recipes of the Philippines by Enriqueta David-Perez. For those who are not aware, humba or umba is a popular pork dish in the Visayan region. In some areas in the Visayas, they caramelize the brown sugar and add the pork (no soy sauce added) while some add banana blossoms to their humba.
In this humba recipe, pork is mixed with soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, water, cooking oil, bay leaf, oregano and some seasoning. It is then cooked until the pork is tender. This dish is best served with plain rice or garlic fried rice (sinangag). Enjoy!    

Ingredients
500 gms pork, cubed4 cloves garlic, minced2 tbsp soy sauce2 tbsp brown sugar2 tbsp cooking oil1/2 cup water1 tsp salt1/4 cup vinegar2 pcs bay leaf1/8 tsp oreganosalt and pepper  Preparation
1. In a pot, mix all the ingredients and cook until pork is tender.

Chicken Adobo with Pigeon Peas

Pigeon pea or kadyos is a legume commonly found in the Ilocos region. The young pods of kadyos are known as 'pusi" in Ilocos and usually added in dinengdeng, pinakbet and other vegetable dishes.

When we were given a bunch of pigeon peas recently,  I added it in my chicken adobo. It turned out okay. Hope you like this recipe.
Ingredients
500 gms chicken, cut into serving pieces 2 cups pigeon pea or kadyos5 cloves garlic, crushed1/2 cup soy sauce1/3 cup vinegar1/2 cup water 1/4 tsp sugar (optional)salt and pepper
Preparation
1. In a pot, combine chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, water, garlic,      salt and  pepper.
2. Cook over low heat for about 45 minutes.
3. Add pigeon peas and cook until tender.

4. Serve.

Java Rice

The first time I heard Java rice, I thought it was an Indonesian recipe. Later on, I learned that Java rice is a Filipino dish consisting of leftover rice and fried in annatto (atsuete) oil with garlic and onion. The yellow to yellow-orange color of rice comes from the atsuete oil when mixed with rice.
Java rice goes well with barbecued meat. They make a perfect combination. How do I make this recipe? All you need are the following: annatto (atsuete) seeds, leftover rice, garlic, onion and some seasoning. Hope you try it!

Ingredients
2 tbsp annatto (atsuete) seeds4 cups leftover rice4 cloves garlic, crushed1 medium onion, minced2 tbsp vegetable oilsalt and pepper Preparation
1. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat and add the annatto (atsuete) seeds.     Cook until the oil becomes rich yellow to orange color. Remove the seeds.
2. Saute garlic and onion.
3. Add rice and stir continuously to separate the grains.
4. Season with salt and pepper.

Pork Sinigang 2 (Sinigang na Baboy)

Sinigang is an authentic Filipino sour soup. Meat, chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp can be used in this soup. A number of 'souring ingredients' can be used such as tamarind, calamansi, guava, kamias or green mango but the most popular is tamarind. Although, some use tamarind mix which can be bought in stores and supermarkets.

Sinigang na baboy or pork sinigang is cooked by sauteing garlic, onion and tomatoes. Pork and water are then added and boiled. Vegetables often used in  making sinigang are radish, okra, taro, kangkong, stringbeans and eggplant. Some even add finger chilies (siling haba) to provide contrast of sourness and saltiness.
Here is a version of mine of pork sinigang. The only difference with my previous pork sinigang recipe is that it has more vegetables (okra, eggplant, stringbeans and kangkong) but the taste is still the same. Hope you try out both versions.
Ingredients
500 gms pork, cubed4 cloves garlic, crushed1 onion, sliced2 tomatoes, sliced1 sinigang mix1 b…

Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple Chicken)

Pineapple is a versatile tropical fruit. It can be used in food preparation in any form. Pineapple chunks are added in main dishes while crushed pineapple is used in ice cream, jam, sweets and many more. The juice of pineapple is served as a beverage.

I love adding pineapple chunks in my dishes because it gives a sweet taste. It is also healthy and nutritious. Pineapple offers a lot of health benefits. Among these are for strong bones, keep gums healthy, prevents macular degeneration, relieves arthritis, prevents cough and colds and many more.
This dish pineapple chicken or pininyahang manok is a delicious chicken dish. Its main ingredients are chicken, carrots, pineapple tidbits and coconut milk. Most recipes use evaporated milk but I use coconut milk since it is tastier and creamier. Hope you try this recipe!
Ingredients
500 gms chicken, cut into serving pieces1 can pineapple tidbits3 cloves garlic, crushed1 medium onion, chopped2 carrots, sliced1 tomato, sliced1 small red bell pepp…

Garlic Fried Rice

Filipinos love to eat rice for breakfast. One of the most popular rice dish is garlic fried rice or sinangag. It is made by sauteing garlic and leftover rice in oil with some seasoning. It is often paired with dried fish like tuyo, daing and danggit. Other even pair it with eggs and hotdog.

Sinangag is a favorite of mine for breakfast together with eggs and hot chocolate. It is very filling especially when you have a busy day ahead. Enjoy♥!


Ingredients
2 cups leftover rice6 cloves garlic, minced2 tbsp vegetable oil salt 
Preparation
1. Heat oil and saute garlic until golden brown.
2. Add leftover rice and stir continuously to separate the grains.
3. Season with salt.


Chicken Sopas (Chicken Macaroni Soup)

Sopas comes from the Spanish word, sopa which means soup. Chicken macaroni soup or chicken sopas is a delicious creamy soup. It consists of elbow macaroni, chicken breast, Vienna sausage, carrot, cabbage, milk, celery and some seasoning. There are several variations of this dish. Some add hotdog, ham or luncheon meat while others add other vegetables such as green beans, asparagus and others. Am sure all of these are delicious. It is an ideal dish for breakfast or merienda.
Personally, I love to prepare this dish during rainy days. What I love about this dish is that it has meat, vegetables, milk and macaroni in it. A very comforting dish on a rainy day. Try it!  
Ingredients
2 tbsp butter3 cloves garlic, minced1 medium onion, chopped3 pcs chicken breast, sliced thinly1 cup elbow macaroni3/4 cup Vienna sausage, diced1 cup carrots, diced1 cup cabbage, sliced thinly3/4 cup evaporated milk5 cups water 1/2 cup celery fish saucesalt and pepper
Preparation
1. In a large pan, heat butter ov…

Bangus in Soy Sauce

Bangus or milkfish can be cooked in a variety of ways. It can be grilled, steamed, dried, stewed, stuffed, and made into kilawin to name a few.
Another way to cook bangus is to fry it and add onion, soy sauce and calamansi juice. If calamansi is not available, you can add lemon juice. This recipe is easy and delicious. Enjoy!



Ingredients
1 medium sized bangus, cut into 4 pieces1 medium onion, sliced3 tbsp soy sauce2 tbsp calamansi juicevegetable oil Preparation
1. Clean the bangus well. Rub salt and set aside.
2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and fry the bangus.     Set aside.
3. In the same pan, saute onion and add soy sauce and calamansi juice.
4. Pour over the fried bangus.

Fried Honey Chicken

This chicken recipe  is a bit sweet. I often prepare this dish when friends come over to the house. I usually fry it but when I have time, I grill it. Grilled or fried, chicken tastes delicious.
Here are some tips for this chicken recipe. It is better to marinate chicken in soy-honey sauce overnight. This way, the soy-honey sauce will be absorbed better. Also adjust the amount of honey according to taste. Enjoy!



Ingredients
500 gms chicken thighs or wings2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup soy sauce1/4 cup vinegar2 tbsp honeyvegetable oil for fryingsalt and pepper
Preparation

1. In a bowl, combine garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.

2. Marinate chicken thighs or wings into the mixture for 1 hour.

3. In a frying pan, heat oil over low heat and fry the chicken thighs or wings.

4. Serve.

Spinach Cracklings

Looking for an appetizer for your upcoming party? Why not try this spinach crackling recipe? This would make a delicious side dish/appetizer. It is easy to make and requires less effort.

Just make sure to thoroughly wash and dry the spinach leaves before dipping it in the batter and drain off excess oil in paper towel.
Ingredients
1 bunch spinach1/4 cup flour1/4 cup cornstarch1 egg, beatensalt and peppervegetable oil for deep frying Dipping sauce 1/4 cup vinegar2 cloves garlic, minced1 small onion, chopped
Preparation
1. Separate spinach leaves from the stems. Wash thoroughly and set aside.
2. Mix flour, cornstarch, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl.
3. In a sauce pan, heat oil (about 2 inches deep) over medium heat.
4. Dip spinach leaves one at a time in batter and deep fry.  
4. Serve with dipping sauce.

Ensaladang Mangga

Whenever our 15 year-old mango tree bears fruit, we are able to harvest more than 5 kaings. This becomes a "problem" for me since I have to think of ways to utilize all the green mangoes. Aside from giving it away to friends and neighbors, turning it into green mango smoothie, using it as an ingredient in sinigang and pickling it, we also make ensaladang mangga.
Ensaladang mangga recipe is an easy-to-prepare salad. All you have to do is chop all of the ingredients and mix it in a bowl. You can either add shrimp paste or salt to the green mango mixture. This goes well with grilled and fried foods.
Ingredients
2 green mangoes, cubed2 tomatoes, chopped1 small onion, choppedshrimp paste or bagoong
Preparation
1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients. 
2. Chill and serve.

Eggplant Salad

I recently harvested some eggplant from our mini garden in our backyard. Aside from eggplant, I also grow other vegetables such as okra, finger chilies and pechay. I plan to add other leafy vegetables such as napa cabbage and lettuce.
Going back to the eggplant I havested, I decided to make it into eggplant salad. This eggplant salad is easy to prepare. All you have to do is grill the eggplant and add the mixture consisting of vinegar, garlic, onion, tomatoes, salt and pepper. You can also add a pinch of sugar if you want it to have a sweet taste. Enjoy!
Ingredients
2 eggplant (grilled and peeled)3 cloves garlic, minced1 medium onion, diced2 tomatoes, sliced1/4 cup vinegarsalt and peppersugar (optional) Preparation

1. Grill eggplant over charcoal or stove top. When slightly charred, peel off the skin,
    mash and put on a platter.

2. Add garlic, onion, tomatoes and vinegar.

3. Season with salt and pepper.

Chicken Curry

According to Wikipedia, "chicken curry is a common delicacy in South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as in the Carribean." There are a lot of variations in making chicken curry. Ginger is usually the main flavoring ingredient but in other countries, they add a variety of spices such as turmeric, cardamon, cinnamon, coriander and a whole lot more.
Here in the Philippines, aside from ginger, curry powder is added to enhance the flavor of the dish.This chicken curry recipe is easy to make and has a nice flavor and aroma. Hope you try it!
Ingredients
500 gms chicken, cut into serving pieces4 potatoes, cubed1 red bell pepper, sliced4 cloves garlic, minced1 medium onion, chopped1 can coconut milk1 thumb ginger, sliced 1 tsp curry powdersalt/fish sauce1 cup water2 tsp vegetable oil Preparation
1. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat and saute garlic, onion, ginger
    and red bell pepper.
2. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned. Stir in fish sauce and water      and simmer …

Pork Giniling

My favorite pork dish is pork giniling. I love the combination of ground pork with carrots, potatoes, raisins and tomato sauce. It is also easy to prepare.
This dish is quite similar to menudo especially the ingredients added. The only difference is the kind of meat used.  Menudo uses diced pork while pork giniling uses giniling or ground pork.
In the Philippines, this is a popular dish because it is delicious and colorful. It is often sold in carinderia, restaurants or simply cooked at home.
Ingredients
250 gms ground pork3 potatoes, diced1 carrot, diced4 cloves garlic, minced1 medium onion, chopped1 can tomato sauce1 cup raisins2 tsp vegetable oil1 cup watersalt/fish sauce1/4 tsp sugar
Preparation

1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute garlic and onion.

2. Stir in ground pork and cook until lightly browned. Add fish sauce
    and water and simmer for about 20 minutes.

3. Add tomato sauce and sugar and simmer for a few minutes.

4. Add carrots, potatoes and raisins and …

Snow Pea and Carrot Stir-Fry

Snow peas and carrots are two of my favorite vegetables. Whenever I go to the local market or supermarket, I make sure to buy these. 

Whenever I cook this dish, I usually add chicken or pork and stir-fry it. I also add sesame oil to give it an Asian flavor.
Although this dish is simple, it is a healthy treat for your family and friends because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Carrots and snow peas are good sources of vitamins A and C. Both vegetables are also rich in fiber.
Ingredients
250 gms snow peas1 medium carrot, sliced 1/4 cup ground pork4 cloves garlic, crushed1 medium onion, sliced2 tsp vegetable oil1/2 tsp sesame oil1/4 tsp sugarsalt and pepper
Preparation

1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and stir in garlic and onion.

2. Add ground pork and cook until lightly browned.

3. Add carrots and snow peas and cook until crisp and tender.

4. Combine sesame oil and sugar.

5. Season with salt and pepper. 

Sinigang na Manok (Chicken Sinigang)

Sinigang is an authentic Filipino dish. The basic ingredient of sinigang can either be chicken, pork, fish, beef or shrimp with a lot of vegetables. The 'souring ingredients' often used are either tamarind, calamansi, kamias or guava. Although, fresh tamarind or tamarind mix is the most popular 'souring ingredient.'

For this recipe, I used chicken, tamarind mix and vegetables such as radish, stringbeans (sitaw), kangkong and finger chilies (siling haba). Other vegetables such as okra, eggplant and pechay can also be added. Enjoy!
Ingredients
500 gms chicken, cut into serving pieces4 cloves garlic, crushed1 medium onion, sliced2 tomatoes, quartered1 tamarind soup mix1 bunch stringbeans1 large radish, sliced diagonally1 bunch kangkong2 finger chilies (siling haba)5 cups water2 tsp vegetable oilsalt/fish sauce
Preparation
1. In a pot, heat oil over medium heat and saute garlic, onion
    and tomatoes.
2. Stir in chicken and cook until lightly browned.
3. Add water, tamarin…

Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir-Fry

Broccoli and baby corn are two vegetables which are packed with nutrients. Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin C, folic acid and reduces blood cholesterol while baby corn is high in folate and other nutrients. Aside from its nutritional benefits, this dish is easy to make and tasty as well.
To make this dish, just saute garlic, onion and ginger and add the marinated chicken breast, broccoli and baby corn. Enjoy!   



Ingredients
1 broccoli, cut into florets8 pcs baby corn, sliced diagonally1 cup chicken breast, diced4 cloves garlic, crushed1 medium onion, chopped2 tbsp soy sauce2 tsp sesame oil2 tsp vegetable oil1 tsp fresh ginger, minced1/8 tsp sugarsalt and pepper 
Preparation
1. Marinate chicken breast in soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar. Set aside.
2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and stir in garlic, onion and ginger.
3. Add marinated chicken breast and cook until golden brown.
4. Add broccoli florets and baby corn. Cook until crisp and tender.
5. Season with salt and pep…