Sunday, 28 October 2012

FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES



I do not bake cookies a lot. I probably like savoury snacks more than sweet ones. This one, though, is one that I really like, and if I am in the mood to bake cookies, this is most often the one I make.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

CRISPY PORK BINAGOONGAN (CRISPY PORK WITH SHRIMP PASTE GLAZE)


One of the most outstanding characteristics of eastern cuisines, that is not present in the west, is pungency. It is probably a food description that some find off putting, but believe it or not, it is that certain taste that makes food umami rich, tasty and, ironically, fragrant.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

FILIPINO STYLE SPAGHETTI


Spaghetti, though an everyday food, brings fond memories of special occasions. Every birthday party probably has spaghetti as one of the dishes served. For me, spaghetti brings to mind Christmas. We always serve spaghetti for Christmas brunch. All the children (as well as the adults) look forward to spaghetti. If we are lucky enough to have leftovers, we look forward to eating pan fried spaghetti for breakfast the next day. The pasta with sauce is heated in a pan with a touch of oil. The spaghetti becomes dry and caramelized with toasty bits of meat and cheese. Super delicious!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

MUNG BEAN, BACON AND ROCKET SOUP


Global warming has changed the weather around the world. When I hear about typhoons that are going to pass through the Philippines, I'm gripped in a sense of panic. A few years ago, torrential rains in proportions never witnessed before caused massive flooding in my hometown. This was unheard of when I was growing up. In fact impending rain gets us kids excited. It means we can play in the cool, refreshing rain. How great it felt to feel the first splash of water on our hot, sticky skin.

Monday, 15 October 2012

FISH SAUCE CHICKEN WINGS


Fish sauce is an ingredient that people either love or hate. The smell is a bit overpowering but the flavour, in tempered amounts, might just be the very thing that would wake up the flavour of any savoury dish. If you have yet to be converted, do read on.

The ubiquitous fish sauce is the tasty agent that sets these wings apart. Recipes that greatly vary from each other are popping up in lot of food sites and I was just intrigued. After reading the recipe for Ike's Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wings (popularized by the Pok Pok Restaurant in Portland Oregon), I just had to make it.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

CRISPY BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRITTERS (UKOY)


Inexpensive food that falls within the poor man's budget are the type of food that are usually sold in the streets in the Philippines. One of them is ukoy, a vegetable fritter that's eaten as a snack or a side dish, usually paired with rice congee. 

Monday, 8 October 2012

THAI STYLE STIR FRIED CHICKEN WITH BASIL


I was still enjoying the last vestiges of summer when I heard the countdown for Christmas. Chunks of time seem to have disappeared and I can't remember what happened between the beginning of summer and now. I know that I can't think or move fast enough to make up for lost time but I can surely plan spending every bit of time wisely from now on.

With all the recipes I have on hand, I still am at a loss at times on what to cook at times. I usually just defrost something the night before and think about what to do with it the following day. I tend to cook in a hurry on weekdays and the best and quickest way for me to get dinner ready is to make a stir fry. 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

CARAMEL CAKE WITH SUGARED PECANS


Time flies especially when you're blogging. I've said that before and will say it again. 

Adora's Box is two years old today! I wish to thank all of you readers who regularly visit here. You have contributed to keeping this blog alive. I hope you'll keep on doing so, and as long as you do, I will be here to welcome you with the only way I know how...with food!

Monday, 1 October 2012

CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM ROLLS


When we go to Costco, one of the things we never give a miss is eating at the cafe. Both of my children love their chicken bake which is basically a stromboli filled with a creamy chicken filling. They love it although they do complain that it is quite greasy.