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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pinoy Food Marathon

Before I got married, I didn't know how to cook. It was always Mom who cooks good food for us. But when I got married and moved here in the U.S., I know that I need to learn how to cook. It was very difficult at first. Oftentimes, I had to call Mom just to ask for instructions on how to cook even simple meals. Spending so much time on the internet have helped me as well. I've found good recipes from friends' blogs and other famous food and recipe websites. Eventually, I didn't just learn how to cook but I started to enjoy doing it. I still don't consider myself good at it though but the willingness and interest to learn is there, unlike before. I guess it's an improvement and I'm quite proud of it. I'm happy with hubby because he eats whatever I serve. He's not picky at all. He appreciates me cooking and he always tells me I'm such a good cook even if I know I'm not, haha! He loves chicken and pork adobo, lumpia, pansit, bola-bola, bistek, pork giniling, tortang baboy, to name a few of his favorites. Lately, I've been cooking a lot of Filipino foods, hehe! There's always leftovers since it's just the two of us in the house so he would bring some leftovers to work. The nosy co-workers couldn't help themselves from getting curious on what food he's eating, lol! One time he brought some chicken adobo and one of the guys said something about the color of the chicken ain't right, haha! Du'h! Adobo has soy sauce, man! I wish I could have hubby bring some dried fish and dried squid to work to see how they would react to the smell, haha! Well, it's not gonna happen though. Hubby couldn't even stand the sight of my stinky little friends.

I was inspired to cook "ginaling" after I saw it from a friend's blog.

Bam-i..yum..yum


This was my 3rd time to make "Bola-Bola" and I was pretty happy with how it tasted this time around. See, sometimes in cooking, it's just a matter of trial and error, haha!

Pork Steak courtesy of my Mama. Red bell pepper is what's supposed to be used for this recipe but I found none in the fridge so I used green instead. See, in cooking, you can also improvise sometimes, haha! It didn't come out bad so no harm done here.

Now, Brussel Sprouts is definitely not Filipino-ish, but one night I made it as a side dish as we get tired of eating meat all the time. I wish I had put some bacon with it but anyway, I love the buttery taste and hubby said it's good for the health.

We indulged our sweet cravings last night and shared a pint of Haagen-Dazs Rocky Road ice-cream for dessert while watching Dexter. It was divine!

How about you? What kinds of food do you cook at home? Do you crave for Pinoy foods too?

29 replies:

kim said...

wow! everything looks yummy!

Mommy Liz said...

Ang sasarap naman ng mga pagkain dito. Pareho tayo ng brand ng pancit bihon, excellent.. Mahilig din ako magluto, kaya mahilig din ako kumain, kaya ang katawan ko eh mahilig din mag store ng fat, ahahaha! Way to go!!

lira said...

love everything but not ice cream lol

shydub said...

What a parade. kugihana nimu cook sis bisan duha ra mo mo kaon. daghan pa jud hehe. hmm pila kaha na ka days mahurot.

meretrisha said...

haha net. ingon si stephen, italian daw iyahang mga recipes... LOL.. i just cooked my famous caveman spaghetti LOL.. my favorite is humba and utan (what a healthy combination)!

eden said...

mao gyud ni akong gipangita ang pinoy foods lolz. taud taud naman kong wala kakaon gud.

by the way, thanks sa visit ug comment, Jenn. I will do the same. Have a great weekend

scott and vikki said...

your bola bola looks like really yummy meatballs. i love all foods and enjoy eating them equally ;) i love Italian and asian foods the best

Cacai M. said...

OMG all are delish! And the last is the best.. heheh.. same here with me Jenn, Haagen-Dazs rocky road is my very fave... (mmm)

joy said...

YUMMY! nagutom tuloy ako....now i'm craving for pansit and ice cream.

Bchai said...

Jenn, hun---you're so CRUEL for posting pictures of food that makes my mouth water this early in the morning. LOL. Okay, in addition to the travel blog, I think you need a food blog too. You need to share some of those recipes with us!

Right now, I'm craving dinuguan (one of my favorite dishes), but it's too complicated for me to make it. LOL. Actually, I crave lots of Filipino dishes!

As for favorite dishes I love to cook--->yakisoba (japanese stir fried noodles). Haven't made it in awhile though. ;)

""rare*jonRez"" said...

shikes!!! i regret scrolling down! i hate to see this haagen-dazz rocky road! aguy, sayo pa sa buntag, naglaway na ko. gihurot baya gabii ni triz among chocolate ice ice cream sa fridge, huhuhu! di bale, grocery namo unya, will stock 3 jud of my fave! hahaha!

i like the bola-bola jenn! nag-hina man mi kaon karon ug meat gud, ambot ug ngano nga nawala man among gana mangaon ug meat. nag-sige lang ko ug luto gulay diri, inato kaayo. pero ang ice cream di jud inato! di na jud ko maglangay kay naglaway na jud ko, promise! hahaha

Twerlyn said...

looks yum! daw prof chef man nagluto ah! hindi halata na bag-o lang ka nag tuon luto Jenn.

bingkee said...

Motan-aw ko sa photos , naglaway nako...pagkalami ba ani uy. May pa ka naay interest in cooking. Me? I'm lazy to cook although naa koy nahibal-an nga few recipes kay napugos ug kat-un. Pero karong naa koy bana mahilig magluto, asa man ko moluto ....hehehe

poray said...

giunsa mn ni pgluto ning pork chop girl? i have had this food before pro d ko kamao luto pwed share ka sa recipe? ty

Dhemz said...

holy cow..am drooling like a pit bull...lol!

just like you pretty jenn...I don't know how to cook when I was in the PI...my mom barely cook...our helpers are the one who serves food on the table....dire ra jud ko tawon nakabalo ug luto.....now, I can rate myself as a good cook...waaa....kapal...hahahaha!

you did a pretty good job....kalami kaau woi..gutom na nuon ko da...lol!

Vernz said...

Wow! kabalo na jud ka muluto .... pagkahuman ba aning tanan syaru!

Bitaw ... kursunada ra man jud na Jenn, tan-awa gilaway nuon ko.. mura pud ug pitbull ingon si Dhemz ... LOL...

Hazelicious929 said...

Hello Jenn! Pagkalami na lamang sa tanan sa food nimo. Wala man ka nag invite namo Jenn, ka-walay batasan nimo hahaha... kamo kamo lang jud nagkaon ha hehehe... Your giniling looks good. Magluto ko ana someday hehehe

And the haagen-dazs ice cream! super lami, my fave and it is so creamy. Mahal baya na sa Pinas Jenn hehehe

Gayle Herbert Robinson said...

Thank you for sharing these mouth-watering photos. I love Filipino food, but I'm not able to find many restaurants where I live. However, when I visit Hawaii, (twice a year) I get to indulge until my heart's content. Where can I find these recipes?

Jenn said...

@shydub
-wla man lingaw luto nalang, haha! sauna kadtong naa pa ko work cge lang mi kaon gawas. mao lage kami ra duha mukaon dili man pud noon kaau dugay mahurot, dili man sad kaau daghan ako lutuon, ang leftover igo ra jud dad on nya sa work ug ako pud paniudto the following day para every dinner ra jud ko magluto kay kapoy pud bya cge luto oi. :)

Jenn said...

@meretrisha
-haha unsa nang caveman spaghetti jo? mao na kadto imo gihimo for tefen pag Vday? sosi kaau si tefen dah Italian diay iya mga recipes, hahaha! share sad diha beh sa recipe. :)

humba? bitaw sah lami-an man sad ko ana, pero wla pa ko katry.

Michelle said...

kalami sa mga pagkaon oi. naka try ka visit sa panlasangpinoy.com? nahan ko sa mga recipes kay sayon ra pero usa pa akong na try, ang munggos. hehe

Jenn said...

@Bchai
-i love dinuguan too. last time i had it was when i was in PI last year. i don't know how to make dinuguan, yeah you're right it's too complicated, haha!

food blog? hmm, nah..hehe it's funny cause I don't really have recipes for most of the filipino foods that I cooked. well except adobo. but most of the time, it's just all estimates, and modifications from mom's and sissy's recipes. :)

Jenn said...

@recel
-healthy noon nang veggies 'cel. puol pud bitaw cge lang karne. bitaw sus weakness kaau na namo ni jeff ang ice cream, chocolates ug puddings ug uban pang sweeets, haha.

kada grocery jud na naa jud tam is, hehe

Jenn said...

@twerlyn
-haha salamat lerms. ala chef man jud, haha. di intawn oi, trial and error lang gani perme pero at least makaon man hinoon, hhee

Jenn said...

@bingkee
-that's great kay maau diay mucook si hubby nimo bing. si jeff muluto man mo ni pero ang nahibal an pang ulitawo man na luto like baked chicken na perteng simple-la, hahaha.

malooy man pud ko cya pa ako palutuon inig abot from work kay kapoy bya then ako cge lang yaka sa balay, hehehe.

Jenn said...

@dhemz
-haha i hope someday i can rate myself as a good cook pud. :)

Jenn said...

@hazel
-mao ba? naa diay pud ni na brand sa pinas? wala man ko kita before pero mao jud oi lami kaau. mao na ni ako favorite here sa US. hehe

pagluto nya ug ginaling haze. lami bya cya.

poray said...

dri lng email palihug jenn, elaiza_danica@yahoo.com...maayo gani nang simple na recipe ky pra dli lisod sundon hehehe..lamat daan :)

Scotty's Princess said...

I am drooling over here!

Kalami ba gud ana imong mga recipes, Jenn! Giunsa nimo na pagluto?

Inggit kaayo ko ba labaw na kanang kabalo jud magprepare sa kusina. I am actually a frustrated cook. I even enrolled in Hot Cook Kitchen and Baking 2 years ago kay gusto lagi ko makabalo. Kabalo man tuod gamay pero kay I wasn't able to put everything I've learned to good practice kay intawon gatrabaho man ko uy. Di na makaya jud. Maglaway-laway nalang jud ko ani ug tutok sa inyong mga nilutuan nga napilit sa blogs, hahahaha!

BTW, it feels good to be back here at your blog. I was in absentia reading some of your updates kay hectic kaayo sa work. Nagconcentrate ra ko ug update sa akoang blogs, LOL!

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