Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sweet and Sour Shrimp and Lettuce Wraps



Chicken and Mushroom Lettuce Wraps and Sweet n' Sour Shrimp is what I made for dinner on Memorial Day. I used my mom's recipe for the lettuce wraps and the same sweet n' sour sauce recipe I made last time. Both were absolutely delicious! If you want to try this recipe, make sure you make a lot because your family will love it!



How to make chicken and mushrooms lettuce wraps.

Ingredients: Keep in mind that I don't have exact measurements. I always eyeball the ingredients to my own liking and the cooking time depends on how much meat I have.
  • ground chicken
  • mushrooms chopped in tiny pieces
  • chopped garlic, onions and ginger paste
  • chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper 
  • chopped cashews
  • 2 tbsp of hoisin sauce
  • 1 head of lettuce that has been cut in half, washed and air dried.
Directions:
  • Heat olive oil in a saute' pan o medium heat.
  • Add garlic, onion, and ginger paste and cook until fragrant.
  • Add ground chicken and cook until color changes about 5-7 minutes. Mix often so the meat won't stick to each other.
  • Add mushrooms and allow to cook. You can tell the mushrooms are cooked when they shrink into very tiny pieces.
  • Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 15 minutes or so.
  • Turn off the heat and add hoisin sauce and cilantro.
  • Serve on lettuce and add crushed cashews.
  • Enjoy!






On how to make sweet n' sour sauce, refer to the recipe HERE and just add cooked shrimp!


Hope this post made you hungry!





Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chicken Dijon

Chicken Dijon Rotisserie Grill is our new favorite casual dining place. We love their rotisserie chicken, hummus and killer garlic sauce!!! Their food is also healthy and affordable too. 

Here's what we had...

1/4 Chicken (dark meat) with a side of hummus, garden salad, pita bread and garlic sauce.

Chicken Caesar Sandwich with garlic sauce.

Mezze Sampler Platter






And I got Kiko with his favorite Mocha Boba drink bought from a donut shop nearby :)


Have you been to Chicken Dijon? How do you like it?

www.ChickenDijon.com




Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Breakfast For Dinner: Longganisa with Eggs and Rice



We love breakfast anytime of the day! I made pretty plate of Filipino breakfast for dinner last week. This is what we typically eat for breakfast back in the Philippines: Longganisa (a Filipino sausage) fried eggs and rice (or garlic fried rice). It's pretty easy to make and super tasty too. You can buy the longganisa at your local Filipino market of specialty food stores.

The photo below is what the longganisa looks like after they cook. I boil them in an inch of water and wait until it evaporates and cooks in it's own sugary, fatty and sticky sauce. Looks gross, but it's sooo good. 




Have you had longganisa before?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe



I got the recipe for the sweet and sour sauce from a Filipino celebrity, Tuesday Vargas (Tuesday_V). I follow her Instagram and she post her home cooked recipes all the time. She's always cooking up a storm and her food looks really good. This taste taste so legit, it will knock your socks off! You can use this sauce with any meat. I used it with chicken because that's what I had on hand.

Ingredients:
  • 2 of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • chopped onion
  • choped garlic
  • chopped ginger (you can use the ginger puree from the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (use can use white, red wine or rice wine)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • chopped carrots
  • bell peppers
  • a medium can of pineapple chunks and little bit of it's juice.

  1. In a sauce pan, heat the oil and sautee onions, garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar, lemon juice, 2 tbsp on tomato paste and 2tbsp of sugar and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Mix and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Add pineapple chunks and it's juice
  5. Add carrots and bell peppers.
  6. Cover and let the carrots and bell peppers cook for a few minutes.
  7. Pour on any cooked meat.
  8. Enjoy!




Saturday, May 26, 2012

Frozen Food for Dinner Kind of Night...

On nights when I don't feel like slaving in the kitchen, I turn to frozen food. I turn on the oven and bake whatever frozen food we have in the freezer. I do buy frozen food for nights like these. I know they lack in nutrition, but I'm not going for a healthy dinner here, just a really tasty one.

Baked Kroger Breaded Shrimp with left over fried rice. I used up a whole bag because eats them like pop corn. They came out crispy and pretty tasty from the oven.


Waterfront Bistro Crab Rangoons. I haven't had these in awhile. They are mini appetizers with crab meat and cream cheese filling. They were pretty tasty too and came out from the oven crispy. Yum!


3 Cheese Pizza. Dang it, I forgot the brand. I bough it at Vons because it was on sale. We rarely eat pizza, but this was pretty good and had a hint of sweetness. It's a thin crust pizza with 3 kinds of cheeses and I added dots of minced garlic to add more flavor. 






What's your favorite frozen food?





Late Mother's Day at Melting Pot

Kiko and I took his mom for a late mother's day dinner at The Melting Pot fondue restaurant. We love this restaurant. It's the only restaurant I know that requires me to poke my food and dip it in cheese and chocolate and I like that ^_^.

We had the Big Night Out for 3 people. I thought they would give us more food since it's the 3 of us, but they gave us the same amount for 2 people. Hmmm...

We started with Spinach and Artichoke cheese fondue with bread, apples and vegetables for dippers.


Our server didn't mix the cheese with the broth very well so the consistency wasn't creamy at all. It was still delicious though.



For the salad,  I had a lettuce wedge with ranch dressing, bacon bits, blue cheese and sliced tomatoes. They really know how to make good salads. The dressing with the bacon bits and blue cheese was just delicious.


For entree, we chose a Mojo cooking style. A vegetable broth with Caribbean seasoning with a splash of citrus. We always choose this because it sounds the most flavorful out of all the cooking styles.


We had the Lobster Indulgence. A plate of 2 lobster tail, shrimp, pot stickers and 2 more meats that I forgot what they were. For $95 for 2 people, this plate was just not worth it. But oh well...


We got an extra plate of meat, the Pacific Rim. Teriyaki marinated sirloin, shrimp, marinated pork tenderloin, duck breast, chicken breast and pot stickers. The lobster indulgence didn't look like it was going to be enough for 3 people.


Cooking is the fun part! Some people might disagree with me, but I like how we were able to cook the meat to out own liking and chat and interact with family as we wait for the meats to cook.


The sauces are my favorite. They are supposed to compliment certain meats and seafood, but I though they all tasted good with everything I especially love the Garden Goddess it has cream cheese, sour cream with herbs. Yummy!


For dessert, we had Cookies and Cream Marshmallow Dream. Melted dark chocolate with marshmallows and crushes cookies and cream.


For dippers, we had cake cubes, marshmallows, bananas, cheese cake, rice krispy and strawberries.



Overall, we had a great experience. Kiko's mom really liked it. As long as she had a smile on her face, that's als that matters :)




Monday, May 21, 2012

I make the best Lumpia in the world!



I would like to think so *evil laugh*. I made Lumpia 2 weeks ago for a potluck dinner. It's been awhile since we had a potluck, and I was so happy and excited to eat and catch up with my friends.

The way I make them is pretty traditional with my own twist. Usually, Lumpia calls for ground pork, but my best friend is allergic to pork, so I use ground chicken instead. I add minced shrimp, diced celery, onion and garlic, fish sauce (or salt), pepper and my secret ingredient that I refuse to tell you ^_^.  It's also supposed to have shredded carrots but I forgot to buy some so I wasn't able to include it. It would've added a hint of sweetness to it. 


We had Pico De Gallo with jalapenos and oranges made by Moni. Yummy!



Imitation Crab Ceviche by Lupe.



Shrimp Ceviche, also by Lupe






Lupe's Chocoflan. My friend Lupe makes this all the time. Chocolate cake and flan, how can you go wrong?








Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Big Breakfast Plate


Made a big breakfast plate for Kiko and I on Saturday morning. I made buttermilk pancakes, fried egg and  sauteed turkey hotdogs with onion. Pancakes is one of our favorite food. We can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

I had a full glass of milk. I need to drink milk more often.



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pork Chorizo Spaghetti



This is a recipe from an old college friend of mine. It's an odd fusion cooked pork chorizo meat with bottled spaghetti sauce. It works and it's really goooood! It just a bit spicy to my liking.

You can buy pork chorizo at any grocery stores. Just make sure you cook it thoroughly. 




Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tuna and Spinach Salad



Tuna and Spinach Salad. I made my own dressing using balsamic vinegar, mustard, oilive oil, salt and pepper. It 's light and delicious!

Garlic Pot Roast



It was my first time making pot roast and it was a success!!! I stuffed a 3 lb beef chuck with lots of garlic cloves. Then, I rubbed it with little salt and pepper and did a quick sear on a hot pan 4 minutes on both sides until it gets a nice crust. I placed it in a baking pan and added 2 cups of beef broth then roasted it in a 350 degree oven for 4 hours. It came out soft and tender! Yum!




Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cinco de Mayo 2012..Gordonises, Guacamole and etc..


Here is a beautiful plate of my food on Cinco de Mayo. Kiko's brother invited some friends and family for a small bbq in his backyard. He grilled some Gordonises or cornish hens. They taste like chicken to me, but juicer. We also had the usual sides like pinto beans, Mexican rice, pasta salad and corn tortillas of course. 


My condiment plate of salsa verde, salsa roja with lots of garlic and guacamole.


Here is a closer look of the pasta salad. I made the dressing for it. It has mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper. It's a bit sweet and tangy! 





I made the guacamole. When it comes to making it, I always keep it simple. I don't like it when people put a bunch of stuff that in my opinion, doesn't belong. All you need are lots of avocados, tomatoes, onions and cilantro, fresh lime juice, season with salt and garlic powder and that's it! And if you want to add some spice, add some diced jalapenos or seranos. 



For dessert, we had Tres Leches cake and a huge tray of Bioniocos. Bionicos is a Mexican fruit salad with fruits like melon, strawberries, magoes, bananas and etc with a sweet cream, granola and shredded coconut. It's so good!!!






Here's a cool pic I took of the fire that kept us warm as we watched the Cotto vs. Mayweather fight. Oh and those beer bottles are not mine. Just sayin...lol.


How is your Cinco de Mayo???




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