It was been a long time since I have no update with my food blog, maybe because I don’t cook anymore. I was asking my younger sister to look after this blog but she is not interested, I was giving it to her since she was the one who does the cooking which mean she can write better about the food.
When they went to town a week ago they bought cassava for ₱20.00 per pile, it was cheap since it is cassava season. We are initially planning to just boil the cassava in coconut milk but since my father had a few heads of coconut we made a “suman” out of the cassava. Suman is a native Filipino rice cake (kakanin) that consists of grated cassava, brown sugar, and coconut cream. The mixture is wrapped and sealed individually using banana leaves.
- grated cassava
- 1/2 kg brown sugar
- wilted banana leaves for wrapping the suman
- By using a cheesecloth, squeeze the grated cassava to remove the juice from it and after combine the grated cassava, brown sugar and grated coconut in large mixing bowl.
- Get a portion and put over the wilted banana leaves then roll and wrap properly.
- Arrange them in a pot, and boil them with water or coconut milk until done.
The other day we had milk fish in sour soup but instead of using tamarind powder, we used raw tamarind. The tamarind was bought in the local market, there’s plenty of fresh vegetables since it is market day.
Milk Fish, Tamarind, Green Pepper, Onion, Vegetables (Ladies Fingers, Eggplant, String Beans and Water Spinach)
- Separately boil the tamarind to create sour soup, then squeezed the tamarind to get more juice out of it
- In a new pot, use the sour soup and add the vegetables, simmer a little
- Add the fish, green pepper, onions and let it cooked for 5 minutes
- When it is almost cooked add the water spinach and seasoned with salt to taste
- Serve with hot rice
A few days ago someone came by selling crabs, they were fish out from the river in our barangay. They were sold for P20.00 per dipper and since there’s only small left in the pail, the seller gave it all to us. They got a lot of crabs when it rained and the water came down from the mountain, they prepared traps for the crabs.
The crabs were cooked first in a hot wok without adding water or anything. Then they were cooked in coconut milk with papaya and moringa leaves as garnishes. This dish is really superb, I can’t stop myself from eating a lot of rice, any food cooked in coconut milk is really my weakness.
Crabs, garlic, , salt, moringa leaves, papaya, coconut milk, turmeric
- In a large pot put the crabs and add the coconut milk from second extract of grated coconut
- Add the garlic, salt, turmeric and pepper and let it simmer
- Then add the papaya, as well as the coconut milk from the first extract of the grated coconut
- Cooked it for few minutes, and when it is nearing to be cooked add the moringa leaves
- Serve with steamed rice, enjoy!
One of the best thing when you are living in the province is you can get things for free, it is either from your own garden or from neighbor’s backyard. The other day we decided to cook monggo beans or mung beans in coconut milk, we had two head of coconuts from a neighbor. Mung beans is a high source of protein, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients and have some huge health benefits to offer, including helping to lower high cholesterol levels and protect against heart disease.
Mung beans, garlic, onions, salt, moringa leaves, coconut milk
Cooking mung beans in coconut milk is very simple, all you have to do is boil the mung beans in second milk extract of grated coconut and once the mung beans are cooked, you can start adding the ingredients as well as the first milk extract from the coconut.
Meat is seldom to be found on our diet, we usually prepared vegetables and fish but this time is different. From the meat keep in the fridge we had “Afritada with a touch of Menudo”.
Meat bones, afritada powder, green peas, potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic and onions, oil
- Heat cooking oil in a pan or wok.
- Saute garlic & onion.
- Add the pork. Simmer until tender.
- Add the Afritada mixed powder, simmer and let it boil
- Add the potatoes. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
- Add the grean peas, salt to taste, black pepper and the hot dogs
- Remove from heat & transfer to a serving bowl.
- Serve with hot steamed white rice. Enjoy!