Sunday Special: Tuna Puttanesca

Sunday has passed and that only means one thing! Another food post is up haha! So, it was my brother’s turn to cook and he did a pasta dish for us — tuna puttanesca with chunky tomatoes 🙂

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I have always wanted to try this pasta but somehow I always gravitate toward other dishes whenever we dine in a restaurant. Well, there was no escaping anymore for me to try out puttanesca! After having a mouthful or two, I wished that I have tried this out a looong time ago. Puttanesca has officially been added to my favorite pastas 🙂

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As for dessert, my brother prepared a jellied fruit cocktail in goblets.
It will be my turn this coming Sunday. I haven’t decided yet what to cook >_< you’ll all find out next week! Haha 🙂

Sunday Special: Laing Del Monte style

Last Sunday was my mom’s turn to cook and she decided to prepare a dish wish we used to eat quite often before when I was young. It’s a recipe from Del Monte, one of the famous food brands here in the Philippines. They ensure that the recipes they create are healthy and affordable 🙂

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Laing is actually a dish from Bicol comprised of basically taro leaves and coconut milk. Chili pepper is added to make it an “authentic Bikolano” dish since they are known for spicy foods 🙂
But for the Kitchenomics recipe, pechay or bok choy was used to wrap grated squash and shredded buko or young coconut meat. Then it was cooked in coconut milk and tomato sauce.

Ah, what is better than eating something you loved as a kid after a long time? It makes me remember my childhood days. Good old days 🙂

Evo-living

As part of our Mother’s Day celebration, our family went to Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to have a fun and relaxing time. There are many activities to be done in Nuvali for little or no cost. I’ll share to you some of them 🙂

First is their Koi fishpond. People can opt to buy a bag of feeds for P15 to enjoy themselves in feeding the hundreds of kois in the pond. Kids were mainly the ones throwing feeds into the water and parents were just enjoying the sight haha!

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Scrambling for food!!

Scrambling for food!!

Docking board for the boat ride :)

Docking board for the boat ride 🙂

Second is the boat ride. A somewhat short ride will cost P30/person. If you’re not much of a water person but wants to experience riding a boat, this is for you! The waters are not too deep and there are no dangerous water creatures to scare you 🙂 hahaha!

Third is biking. We were suppose to do this but my parents were wearing sandals and so the people in charge didn’t allow them as they require closed shoes. The bike rental will cost P60/hour and I think that is already a fair price. You can already go far (and to their other attractions) in an hour. They have bicycle lanes in the area which makes it really safe for bikers 🙂

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I guess, visitors may also have picnics in the area as there are grassy spots. Just don’t litter 😉 As for us, we just took a stroll and took pictures along the way. Obviously we had fun! Hahaha 😀

One of our many Lacoste-like photos. LOL!

One of our many Lacoste-like photos. LOL!

Obviously, my brother is better in these kind of jump-shots haha!

Obviously, my brother is better in these kind of jump-shots haha!

To cap off our afternoon stroll, we ate in Conti’s. It’s a popular bakeshop and restaurant here in the Philippines; they are most famous for their Mango Bravo (which I have yet to try!!). My parents shared a plate of lasagna, bananaliscious pie and each had a small halo-halo. Halo-halo is a very popular type of dish in the country. I’m not sure if I should put it in the desserts category or in the snacks since Filipinos eat it either way. Haha! Halo is mix in English, so halo-halo is like mix-mix HAHA! There are different versions of halo-halo, depending on the place or what the restaurant wants to put in. But usually it contains, sweetened Cardaba bananas (saba), nata de coco, cubed gelatin, sweetened mung beans (monggo) or white kidney beans, jackfruit, sweetened palm fruit (kaong), macapuno, purple yam jam (ube) and leche flan. It is topped with shaved ice then milk is poured on it before serving. To eat, one has to mix it first — thus halo-halo 🙂

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Clockwise from top-left: Lasagna, Angel Hair Puttanesca, Halo-halo, New York Cheesecake, Conti’s logo, Italian Supreme Pasta and Bananalicious Pie

My brother had angel hair puttanesca and New York cheesecake, while I had Italian supreme pasta and a small glass of halo-halo as well. You may safely assume that that was my heaviest snack ever!! Hahaha! Happy tummy, happy family 😉 😛

Mother’s Day Special

Last Sunday, many countries celebrated Mother’s Day to honor mothers for their hard work  dedication and love for their families. And so for this day, we made sure our mom (or Mama, as we call her) would have a relaxing day 🙂

She’s been very vocal on having a cake for her day and so we made her one. We made a carrot cake with cream for icing. We topped it with crushed walnuts and mini, silver candy balls 🙂

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We also made chicken-sardines pesto thin-crust pizza. That was a pretty long name haha! It was my brother’s recipe.

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And that was it for a light dinner on a Mother’s Day 🙂

Sorry if the photos look grainy. I just used my phone since my camera is getting a check-up hehe

Sunday Special: Chicken Honey-lemon

This is a week-long delayed post >_< Was very busy the past week. Anyway…
Last Sunday, my dad cooked for us a Chinese dish which is chicken honey-lemon. This is common in Chinese restaurants here; I’m not just sure if this kind of dish is offered in China hehehe 🙂

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I was happy for my dad to be able to do this since he claims that he doesn’t really know how to cook. His dishes proves his claims wrong, I guess haha! And since it’s summer here in the Philippines, we had chocolate milk shake to cool us down 🙂

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Another night of a happy tummy 🙂