Sunday Special: Pasta in Coconut Milk

Last June 30, it was my mom’s turn to cook for us and she made this unique dish: pasta in coconut milk. I was pretty excited to taste this since I never thought of coconut milk being the pasta sauce. I just don’t know where my mom got the recipe but this dish is really worth a try! πŸ™‚

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Honestly, I forgot that there was coconut milk in there. It somehow tasted like carbonara but with a tiny-itty bit of different flavor. Haha! I dunno how to describe it but it was REALLY good! Hahaha πŸ˜›Β For dessert, my mom fried slices ofΒ saba or cardava banana and drizzled coconut jam over it. Simple but yummy!

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And with that we closed the Sunday Specials for the month of June looking forward to what each of us will cook for the next month haha πŸ™‚

Sunday Special: 4-course Meal

Last June 23, our family’s Sunday Special resumed with our dad as the “chef” and wow! He prepared a feast for us! Haha! We had a 4-course dinner! πŸ™‚

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To start, we had pumpkin soup. It was smooth and very tasty. Not being biased since my dad was the one who cooked but this soup was one of the best!

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Then we had vegetable & apple salad in vinaigrette dressing. For our main course, Papa prepared Roast beef in Korean barbecue sauce. I thought it would be spicy (haha) but it wasn’t and it was really good!!

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For dessert, we had ice cream sandwich with honey-cinnamon frosting πŸ™‚ surely, our tummies were happily filled from all those dishes my dad prepared. We also felt the pressure of preparing something that grand whe our turn comes! Hahaha

P.S. the frosting came from the cupcakes I made the day before. I’ll blog about it in a few days!

Food Trip in Bicol

Tinuktok and Mother Bangus
In Guijalo Port, my dad and my brother bought kinunot and fried saltwater milkfish from a canteen. Kinunot is made with shark or stingray meat cooked in coconut milk with malunggay leaves. The milkfish, or Mother Bangus as the locals called it, is a huge one and it tastes better that those grown in freshwater. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of it :\

Bigg’s Diner
Bigg’s diner offered burgers and spaghettis since their atmosphere is somewhat like an American diner. But since they’re based in Bicol, it only seemed fitting that they offer Bicol’s delicacies as well, like laing and pili pie ala mode.

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Porkchop with laing

Porkchop with laing

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Fried milkfish with pinangat

Fried milkfish with pinangat

Pili pie ala mode

Pili pie ala mode

Pinangat and Tilmok
The town of Camalig is known for their pinangat and tilmok and so of course, we didn’t pass the chance to buy some! πŸ™‚ Pinangat is made up of folded layers of taro leaves cooked in coconut milk. Tilmok consists of shrimp or crab meat wrapped in layers of taro leaves which is then cooked in coconut milk. Customers have the option of buying spicy and non-spicy ones πŸ™‚

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We bought ours from two stores: Let’s Pinangat and a store near it but I forgot the name :\ it was cheaper in the other store though πŸ˜‰

Laing is somewhat similar toΒ pinangat except that the taro leaves are not layered and folded up πŸ™‚

Smalltalk Cafe
After our ATV adventure, my family had late lunch in a cozy restaurant called Smalltalk Cafe. They offer Western food with a Bikolano twist πŸ˜‰

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Laing pasta

Laing pasta

Laing ravioli

Laing ravioli

My dad and I had laing/pinangat pasta, my brother had laing ravioli and my mom had tilmok (no photo). We were asked if we wanted or dishes spicy or not. My parents and I said we’d want ours to be a bit spicy and my brother had his dish regularly spiced. To our surprise, our dishes were muh spicier than we expected!! Haha! And for someone like me who has LOW tolerance for any spicy dish, this was very overwhelming. Hahaha! Well, I guess these local cooks are very used to spicy dishes that what they served us was just a bit spicy for them. LOL πŸ˜›

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On the way to Legazpi, we passed by locals selling maruya (banana fritters), kalingking (sweet potato fritters), etc. along the road. I got no pictures of those food though as I was driving when we bought and ate them hehe πŸ™‚

Sunday Special: Chicken in Salted Egg sauce

Salted eggs for a sauce?! Isn’t that very salty?? I’d say it was but the dish’s flavor wasn’t just pure saltiness; it also had a mild spiciness to it. That is what made this dish unique and tasteful πŸ™‚ I got this recipe from the internet as I was looking for something to cook for my family last Sunday. It’s not a Filipino dish but it’s an Asian one.

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I had a few alterations to the recipe though. It called for curry leaves and chili but I replaced them with curry powder and red pepper instead because I didn’t have any at hand. For the salted eggs however, I intentionally used less as it only called for yolks and they are known to be high in cholesterol. I also lessened the use of salt a little bit.

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The only missing thing in my dish are colors! Haha! If only I had curry leaves and chili. LOL!Β  We had mango fruit shake for our drink. I’m glad my family liked the food even though it was quite unfamiliar for our taste haha πŸ™‚

Wicked Oreos

I don’t know where wicked Oreos originated from but I first got to taste it in a restaurant called Flaming Wings. If you’re a sweet tooth, you’ll love this dessert! Oreos + ice cream?! YUM!!!

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Since my family enjoy eating food at home than in a restaurant, I decided to make this dessert for them so they’d get to try one of my many favorite desserts haha! I actually got the easy technique to make this from my thesis-mate πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

  • Pancake mix
  • A pack of Oreos
  • Cooking oil
  • Ice cream (preferably vanilla :))

Procedure:

  • Prepare pancake mix according to instructions but lessen the water so it won’t be runny. To be safe, start by pouring only half of the water in the instructions. Just add more if the batter is too thick.
  • Pour oil in a deep fryer. Heat it up.
  • Coat the Oreo cookies with the batter and fry them until they’re golden brown. You may opt to remove the excess oil by letting it sit on a paper napkin for a few minutes.
  • Serve them with a scoop or two of ice cream

That’s it! Enjoy πŸ™‚ Have a happy weekend!! πŸ˜€

This is actually a “throwback” post. I did this dessert late last year and now I’m kinda missing it already haha