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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Hi everyone! it is Tuesday once again.  obviously, i didn't cook yesterday as i got so tired from work. Last night was Noodles night (which am not fond of)! I just came from an eight hours straight work from Hayat and Sahara Mall. When i entered our little kitchen, i discovered that we ran out of almost everything! A few packs of hotdogs, beef and Bangus are available. The veggies as well won't be enough to prepare a luscious dinner. Okay, it's gonna be tough task ahead.
I have few pieces of long green peppers, 2 pieces of eggplants and, a little bunch of sitaw, 1 can of coconut milk and 1 kilo of sirloin beef. How about binagoongang baka with gata? By the way, there is no need for the beef to have it boiled for more than an hour as it is a tender kind. The preparation took me only 15 minutes and the cooking time is only 30 mins.. Kumusta naman yun? I can still have an ample time to do my homeworks for tomorrow's meeting and a li'l quality time playing with my baby Kebz (my spoiled British long hair cat).
I hope you will like it guys!

for those who would like to try this simple recipe, here's how:
BEEF Binagoongan Ingredients: 

1 kilo sirloin beef; cut in serving pieces
1/2 cup shrimp bagoong
4 cloves garlic; minced
1 small onion; chopped
1 medium tomato; sliced in 8 pcs.
1 teaspoon of native pepper (siling labuyo)
5 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 eggplant and string beans; cut in slices
1 can of coconut milk

BEEF Binagoongan Cooking Preparation:

Boil beef until tender and cut into cubes. Set aside.
Sauté garlic, onion, and tomato. Add beef and shrimp bagoong. Stir fry for few minutes until beef starts to render fat and edges turn to brown. Add vinegar and siling labuyo. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season with sugar and drop the eggplant. Add the coconut milk.Continue cooking in low fire until the eggplant is done. Serve hot!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Moroccan Couscous with Chicken

What a long day it has been! After the hard work in the main warehouse, me and my team have decided to treat ourselves in a hotel nearby. Amidst the long array of work loads, a tasty yet not-so-expensive food is a must! Some of them wanted to have grilled lamb chops and chicken, others choose a bowl of salad (on diet daw!) Pero ako hindi, i wanna try something unfamiliar para may mailagay ako sa blog ko ngayong araw na to. hehehe. So, Folks, here it is...Moroccan Couscous (rice) with chicken.
To help those who would like to try out a middle eastern recipe, most of the ingredients are available in Tamimi or Panda. Sa mga sanay kumain ng matigas na kanin, this is not for you kasi at first, akala ko kaning baboy ang sinerve sa akin.. ganon pala talaga yun! This is actually not my first time to have this dish, i know one hotel in Jeddah that serve Moroccan dishes - Al Khelaiji  Hotel along Faisaliah District.. they have the best bbq there and the ambiance is really amazing! 

Preparation time :     15 minutes
Cooking time :     35 minutes
Serves: 6 persons 


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion or 200 g, chopped
500 g skinned chicken breasts
3 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup fresh parsley or 35 g, chopped
¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
¾ teaspoon ground coriander
¾ teaspoon dried ginger powder
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon saffron filaments
3 medium tomatoes or 450 g, diced
2 medium carrots or 200 g, cut into cubes
1 small cinnamon stick
1 cup water or 250 ml
2 cubes MAGGI® Chicken Less Salt Bouillon
1 can canned chickpeas or 400 g, drained
2 medium zucchini or 200 g, cut into cubes


Warm oil in a large pan and fry onions over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add chicken, garlic, parsley, all spices and saffron. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, carrot, cinnamon, water and MAGGI® Chicken Less Salt Bouillon cubes. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is almost tender.

Add chickpeas and zucchinis and cook for 10 minutes or until cooked.

Serve with cooked couscous.

Other tips :     Carrots are the richest source of Vitamin A. Being an antioxidant, Vitamin A is a potent anti-cancer compound.

Nutritional Information:
Fats :     11.00 g
Protein :     22.00 g
Carbohydrate :     29.00 g
Energy :     303.00 Kcal

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Finally, i have my own blog spot in the web! i have been staying in the kingdom for 12 years, it may seem difficult to others as the cultural orientation here is totally different from what we have in the Philippines.. even the foods too. Yes, foods!
When i started working here, i have learned to love KABSAH, an authentic Arabic dish primarily composed of flavored rice and chicken. On my next blog, i will try to do my own version of this hearty dish that is somewhat similar to Paella or Arroz Valenciana. Of course, a lot of spices and herbs are in it. Ill tell you about that, folks.. Just give me time. :-)

Okay, since its my first time to blog, let me introduce my own version of BEEF and Tofu saute in olive oil with a dash of soy sauce and fresh tomatoes.. Some like it with salted black beans (which i usually do) but unfortunately, i do not have it now and i don't even wanna go outside to buy it. It's cold outside!

It's my flatmate's birthday tonight, di nya sinabi kaya wala siyang handa.. hehehe. Instead of preparing Pansit and Lumpiang Shanghai, which will surely eat my time, I opted to prepare this yummy dish which he will surely love! i'll post some photos later and let's see what they can say.. hehehe!

On my next blog, i will try to include the complete recipe if you want to prepare it for your loved ones.

Hanggang sa muli, Bon Appetit!