Sunday Special: Hawaiian pork burger

It was Sunday again yesterday and that only meant one thing: it’s time for our family’s special dinner! I was excited since it was my turn to cook and I’ve been wanting to try out the technique I read in making the perfect potato chips. Obviously the chips won’t do for a full meal (haha) so I decided to cook a Hawaiian pork burger to pair it up with 🙂

Hawaiian pork burger

I got the recipe for the burger here. I must say that I really enjoyed this home-made burger — its flavors were just right. And it’s also my first time to make a patty without adding flour or egg to help retain the “patty shape”. Writing this post is making me crave for another burger!! Hahahaha

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Sorry if the quality of the photo is not that nice. I just took them using my phone 🙂

As for the potato chips, I actually saw the article from Yahoo News and I knew I just had to read it. Haha! I love potatoes! Be it French fries, mojos, mashed potatoes or potato chips. But I’ve never done potato chips that were like Lays or Pringles (LOL) so this was something new and exciting for me!

My family loved it!! I’m so happy 😀 Can’t wait to cook for them again teehee 🙂 though I’m still pretty clueless what I’d like to cook.. I just want it something that we don’t eat everyday but is doable by an amateur cook like me hahaha! Any suggestions? 🙂

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Sunday Special: Tomato-Garlic Pasta

Last Sunday, my brother prepared dinner for the family. He’s really good in creating his own dishes; unlike me, he can cook without a recipe book. Haha! So, he cooked an oil-based tomato-garlic pasta with shrimps and cream dory on the side 🙂

042413_tomatoGarlicWhile my brother was still cooking, I was already able to smell something good from the room I was in! I wasn’t much surprised that indeed, it tasted good 🙂 I forgot my diet for a while and helped myself to fill up my pasta-loving self hahaha

 

Sunday Special: Chicken Pizza

October last year, I made a chicken pizza in creamy garlic sauce for my family. I really love pizzas but I wanted to prepare something “unusual” thus the creamy garlic sauce hehe 🙂 I got the recipe here 🙂 I didn’t make the crust from scratch though as I don’t know how to. LOL! I just bought two frozen pizza crusts from the supermarket and still baked it together the toppings (of course) hehe

I tried putting pepperoni in the pizza so that we’d have two kinds of pizza for dinner. It tasted good but the flavor of the pepperoni is quite too strong for the creamy sauce

I’m glad my family loved it cause I did haha 😛 I wasn’t expecting it to be that good but it was. Yey 😀

Sunday Special: Pork Steak

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For our Sunday dinner, we had pork steak with grated carrots and turnips in vinaigrette 🙂

We used a store-bought steak sauce as marinade for the meat. My mom marinated it for about 6hrs before it was pan-grilled. It almost tasted like the one in Racks — one of the famous restaurants for grilled steaks here in the Philippines 🙂 yum! The vinaigrette-d veggies were also good! Another happy tummy on a Sunday evening 😀

Summer in Bataan – Day 2

On our second day in Bataan, my family and I decided to hop on a boat to go the the reefs nearby. Though we have seen better reefs than the one in Bataan, we enjoyed playing with my new underwater camera hehehe 😛

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That's my brother :)

That’s my brother 🙂

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Spot the fish ;)

Spot the fish 😉

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On the way to the reef, we passed by the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. Too bad we weren’t able to take a tour in the facility. We got to inquire a bit too late on our first day. Since our second day in Bataan fell on a holiday, there were no employees in the Power Plant to tour us around.

So after our boat ride, we washed up and left West Nuk with smiles on our faces — happy with our inexpensive summer getaway 🙂 But before we headed back to Manila, we stopped by the Pawikan (Sea Turtle) Conservation Center not too far away from the beach resort. They have a cheap entrance fee of P20.

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We were accommodated by a volunteer who oriented us with the three kinds of turtles who usually lays eggs in Morong’s shores: Olive Ridley, Green Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle. They have one adult of each specie in their care. The volunteer told us that those have abnormalities that is why they decided to keep them in captivity. They also have a representation of a turtle’s life cycle. I think the figures of the turtles are life-size and that is pretty cool 🙂

You may read my post on our first day in Bataan here 🙂

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Toasted cashew, sun-roasted cashew and cashew butter :) Yummyyy!!!

Toasted cashew, sun-roasted cashew and cashew butter 🙂 Yummyyy!!!

I’ve read in a blog that one of the specialties in Bataan is cashew nuts. The blogger especially recommended buying cashew butter which is like peanut butter but they used cashews instead haha! Out of curiosity, we bought a small bottle which costs P100 (on the roadside. I think it will be cheaper in the marketplace :)). I somehow wished we bought the big bottle because it tasted so good!! For me, it’s better than peanut butter 🙂

Other places worth visiting in Bataan are:
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
This resort features old houses in the Philippines. Guests can have a tour to know of each architectural background and history.

Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
This place was built during Ferdinand Marcos’ presidency to generate electricity for the country. However, its operations were given a red light due to many oppositions. If you plan to visit West Nuk, you may inquire about the Power Plant tour with them 🙂