Sweet and Fluffy Pancakes

Happy weekend everyone! Weekends are meant for spending time with our loved ones. What better way to do it than to prepare something special that will surely delight their taste buds. For today’s breakfast, I was able to cook Sweet and Fluffy Pancakes for my loveys. Here’s how I did it:

SWEET AND FLUFFY PANCAKES

Ingredients:
1 medium egg, beaten
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup of White King All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tbsp Calumet Baking Powder
1/4 cup of water
1 tbsp of butter, room temperature
Jolly Claro Palm Oil

Procedure:
1. In a bowl, beat egg and add salt.
2. Add brown sugar and mix until well blended.
3. Put in the flour and baking powder. Mix thoroughly.
4. Add water to the mixture and stir conitnously.
5. Add butter and mix well.
6. Heat the frying pan and put just enough oil.
7. Pour in 1/4 cup of the batter on the pan.
8. As soon as more bubbles start to surface, flip the pancake to cook the other side.
9. Serve with your choice of syrup and toppings.

Makes 3 servings.

For our pancakes, I used my leftover cream cheese frosting and spread it liberally on each serving. My boys loved it so much that I am inspired to make these Sweet and Fluffy Pancakes more often :) I will share pictures of this comfort food next time 😉

You might want to try out fhis easy pancake recipe, too! Happy cooking!

Homemade Pastillas Rolled in Brown Sugar

I’ve been watching a local TV series titled Dream Dad recently and one episode inspired me to make our own homemade pastillas. I used this recipe as my guide. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly as indicated because I just used whatever we had on the fridge. Thus, the Homemade Pastillas Rolled in Brown Sugar.

Homemade Pastillas Rolled in Brown Sugar
I added Nips chocolates, too!

My output turned out great and was actually delicious according to my nephew and niece. My two-year-old and I feasted on these milky treats the night we made it. I had to exercise self-control to ensure that there’s more left for the following day 😀

I am planning to make another batch soon and use candy sprinkles instead of brown sugar. I’m sure that the kids will go crazy over these colorful and sweet treats!

Do you love pastillas, too?

Be a Doña Elena Cuisinera!

If you have been reading my blog, you would notice that I have been into a lot of kitchen adventures. It’s a mix of dishes which I was able to cook successfully and those that I need to improve on. Through all of my kitchen adventures, I aim to expand my cooking horizon (if there is such a thing) and make every meal that I whip out from my humble kitchen palatable and satisfying for my husband and our son.

Getting this invite from the Doña Elena Cuisinera Club was one of the happiest mail I have received :)

Dona Elena Cuisinera Club

I am so excited to learn new recipes that I can add up to my holiday menu. The Doña Elena Cuisinera Club Holiday Special event will be filled with informative talks, food tasting, games and raffle plus a live cooking demo from Chef Golda Liamzon. This event is open for everyone but reservation is a must. See you on Saturday! :)

Kitchen Adventures: Beef and Broccoli

For this season of my Kitchen Adventures, I now bring you my own version of Beef and Broccoli!

Beef and Broccoli
The photo doesn’t look nice but this Beef and Broccoli really tastes good ;)

Judge not, peeps! Judge not the photo! I know that I still have a lot to learn when it comes to food photography. Time will come when my photos will look more appealing. For now, let’s settle with a decent-looking food photo 😉

The first time that I tasted this dish was at my parents’ house. I didn’t like it back then because I am not a fan of broccoli. The main reason why I included this dish in last week’s menu was because I wanted Louiji to be more acquainted with this veggie. I was so happy and proud that he liked it the first time he ate it at a cousin’s wedding. And so, when I have found a reasonably priced broccoli and beef at the supermarket, I thought of cooking it for my boys. I did not looked for a recipe nor asked my Dad for help (he was the one who cooked it at home). I just had a memory of what it tastes like and so that’s where I began. The following are the list of ingredients and the process by which I prepared and cooked my version of Beef and Broccoli.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ kilo of beef, cut into bite-sized strips
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 pcs of calamansi
  • Garlic, crushed
  • Onions, minced
  • Broccoli (small bundle), cut into smaller portions
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • A dash of pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar*

Steps:

  1. Marinate beef in soy sauce and calamansi for at least an hour.
  2. Place the marinated beef with its marinade in a pot with just enough water to cover the meat. Braise it for 2 hours or until tender. You may braise the beef for less time if you will use a pressure cooker.
  3. Add onions and garlic.
  4. As soon as the beef is tender, remove the pot from heat.
  5. Heat the wok. Add butter and saute broccoli.
  6. Add in the braised beef and stir fry with the broccoli.
  7. Add in ¼ cup of soy sauce** and ¼ cup of water.
  8. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Add in brown sugar and simmer for a few more minutes.
  10. Serve hot.

* I used 3 tbsp of brown sugar for this recipe because I find our broccoli a bit bitter. The result is that my dish tasted a bit like asado sauce. You may adjust the amount of sugar that you will add in depending on your taste preference.

** Again, this is about preferences. Add in the soy sauce gradually and taste what you’re cooking to adjust accordingly.

The end result? My husband was raving about my new recipe! This was a successful Kitchen Adventure! What made me happier was that our little one loved everything in it that he ate a lot. I was so glad that all of my efforts in preparing and cooking this dish paid off.

‘Til my next Kitchen Adventure! :)

 

Kitchen Adventures

I love eating. So, I love cooking and baking! But cooking and baking don’t love me as much as I love them. Hence, my Kitchen Adventures!!!! :)

Kitchen Adventures will be a regular in my blog. It is where I will chronicle my triumphs and struggles in whipping up gastronomic edibles. Hopefully, I can post more of the former than the latter. I’d love to hear sincere “Masarap, Hon!” (It’s delicious, Hon!) comments from The Husband rather than “At least, naluto siya!” (At least, it’s cooked!) from him. Over the year, my KitchenAdventures will also show how my kitchen prowess will progress.

Care to join me in my adventure?

Leaf of the Week: Spinach

Popeye would be happy if he would know that we are eating his favorite leafy vegetable, too.

My husband and I are both determined to live a healthier lifestyle that includes eating a healthy and balanced diet and doing exercise. These are good habits that we must get used to in order for us to set a good example to our toddler. Being the wife, I am the one in charge of planning and cooking our meals. My idea of putting nutritious but yummy food on our table each time is to incorporate (or add more) veggies on our soup and main dish. I have already started on adding parsley on our pasta and pumpkin soup. This time, I am using spinach for our other dishes. I have added shredded spinach on our corned beef the other night.

Spinach
Spinach is our leaf of the week

 

Corned Beef with Spinach
Shredded spinach leaves on corned beef (I promise to take better food photos next time!)

 

For yesterday’s lunch and dinner, I have added a quarter of a cup of shredded spinach leaves on our pork stew. This dish was actually a product of my kitchen adventures :) I hope that my husband would like it :)

Pork Stew with Spinach
Pork Stew with Spinach

 

What about you? How are you making sure you eat healthy each day?