This recipe for pan fried tofu with teriyaki sauce is starting to become a favorite tofu recipe of mine!
… aside from the tofu and pork rice bowl recipe I have been using if I have my mind set on having tofu for dinner. I am a huge fan of m.e.a.t, and tofu will probably be my last choice if it was sitting beside chicken and pork. I try to eat healthy (keyword: try) as much as possible – stuffing vegetables into my plate and having fruits for dessert – but sometimes I crave meat so much I just want to run to our favorite burger spot and order a freakin’ burger!
I am a huge fan of food on skewers. To me they are sort of like a treat that you get on a stick without having to worry about sharing. In the Philippines, my mom used to prepare for Sunday lunch by marinading pork pieces the night before, then I get to help her thread the meat (perfectly!) onto the bamboo skewers the next morning. My brother would then start prepping the grilling station until the skewers are ready. We always have extra food prepared because you just never know when relatives decide to visit. Our Sundays were pretty much like this and it always felt like a celebration to me, and this is one of the things I miss about my hometown. read more
My husband and I have been talking about camping at Orca’s island right after we started getting glimpses of sunny days here in Seattle. Then just last week, my husband reserved a camping spot for the weekend! The good side? camping spots were almost full but we managed to grab a nice spot near the Cascade lake. The bad side? we had a day to prepare for the trip. It didn’t stop there though.
I just cannot believe that I have stopped blogging – and taking food photos – for almost a year! I remember saying I was only going to take a month break, but apparently, a month turned into more months (8 to be exact) and here I am back again.
Wow, what a very busy week! But I am back with this herby recipe from Cooking light’s magazine. This magazine has got to be my favorite. Aside from gorgeous food photography from front to cover, they also have some of the easiest and healthiest recipes I’ve ever tried. It’s a plus that you can see how many calories you are preparing for yourself and family! Anyway, this recipe is perfect if you have that bundle of parsley leaves that you bought even though you know for sure that you will have more than enough. When I made this, I was amazed at how the pesto stayed emerald green!
This has been a very busy week for me and my brain. I won’t go into specific details and bore you out but I can just tell you that I have been dealing with my naturalization process, and as of yesterday, I am now officially an American citizen! That was quite a long journey for me and my husband, but all our hard work have been finally paid off since I have taken the oath of allegiance. read more
Can you believe I’ve only started using “the oven” for about 4 years now? The kitchen that I grew up in the Philippines doesn’t have any “ovens” or “dishwashers”. That’s right, we clean all our dishes by hand, and our gas stove has been serving us at least 3 times a day; no wonder us Filipinos love fried food. Thanks to the internet, cooking shows and Betty crocker’s brownie mixes, I have learned (and still learning!) how to use the oven. read more
I was 16 when I first stepped into the US soil. My mom and I flew to Orange county to visit a family friend, and that is when I was first introduced to the American food court. Hello Panda express! I remember getting hooked on orange chicken and chow mein noodles, and oh that huge drinks! Don’t laugh at me, because in the Philippines you are lucky enough if you can get a decent portion size on drinks and food. By decent I meant an 8-ounce drink filled with ice and a piece of folded napkin to go along with your meal. Anyway, Panda express was one of my earliest memories being in the US. Oh, the life of an immigrant. read more
“If the US have McDonald’s, then the Philippines have Jollibee” – this is what I tell my friends in the US if they ask me what Jollibee is. Jollibbe is the biggest and one of the most popular fast food chain restaurants in the Philippines. So popular, in fact, most babies learn “jabee” as one of their first words. It is very well-known amongst Filipinos, especially kids, since most of them celebrated their 7th birthday with Jollibee (ahem) They not only serve delicious burgers and chicken, but the cost is very economical and appeals to the masses. I remember when I was highschool, my friends and I would hang out at a Jollibee after class having ice cream or french fries. Ahh those days… read more
Tilapia has got to be my favorite fish mainly because of it’s mild flavor and growing up, my mom would cook fried tilapia – bones and all – served with white rice and sweet chili dipping sauce. Fried tilapia is actually one of the first dishes I have tried -and failed miserably -making on my own when I was younger. Apparently, I was too impatient to heat the pan and oil thoroughly so as to avoid the fish from sticking. My dad took over the frying and he didn’t mind doing the dirty work so he can have a perfectly looking fried tilapia on his plate for dinner. Now that I am married, and away from my parent’s delicious cooking, I had no choice but to learn how to cook my own fish. read more