Crispy Seaweed Recipe

 

Crispy Seaweed

Peter and I love crispy seaweeds.  We always order it as one of our starters when we dine out in Chinese restaurants.

There is something about its crispy texture that is rather pleasing to the tastebuds.

Of course we are well aware that this seaweed is not really seaweed as we know it.  It did not come from the sea. 🙂  In fact it is made from finely shredded spring green cabbage.

Peter asked me why is it then called a seaweed?!!! To hazard guest, I think because it does look like a seaweed when it is being prepared and cooked. Its corrugated crispy texture is like seaweed.

Anyway, as I have said, it is quite delicious and here a recipe for it.

Crispy Seaweed Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 250 g Spring green cabbage (Kale is a good substitute)
  • 1½ tsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp shrimp powder (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Prepare the spring green by washing it completely and ridding it of grits and little insects, you never know!  🙂 .  Trim off the tough stalks that run through each leaf.  Drain the leaves thoroughly with kitchen paper towels.
  • Using a good chopping board and an equally good and sharp knife, sliced the leaves into thin ribbons.
  • Spread them in a flat surface for 10-15 minutes to allow them to completely dry.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or a deep-fat fryer.
  • To cook the finely shredded cabbage evenly, they must be done in batches.  Carefully lower a bit of the spring green shreds into the hot oil.  When they have been cook they would crinkle and float.  Remove them with a slotted ladle and put them over kitchen paper towels to soak up excess oil.  Do the same thing with the rest of the batch.
  • For the topping, mix the the sugar and salt with the shrimp powder and sprinkle over the cabbage.
  • Serve immediately as a starter.

Talk About Money

 Talk About Money

(Thought For The Day)

I don’t fell like I get germs when I hold money.  Money has a certain kind of amnesty… When I pass my hand over money, it becomes perfectly clean to me.

– Andy Warhol

 

Yep, I totally agree. Money Money, Money.

Money has a cache, which is all of its own.  You might not be beguiled by it but it doesn’t lack fans, which I am one, in this world.

Money rules.  The more you have the better it gets.

Money, money, money

Bisquick Recipe

Flour

My good friend, Bess Mercado, cooked Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits which has bisquick as the main ingredient.

By all account this Red Lobster Cheddar bay biscuit is rather delicious.  It is therefore worth finding out how it is cooked especially as I have never heard of a bakery selling them in London.

I am not familiar with bisquick to be honest. But I want to know what is it.

Thank goodness, I found and easy recipe for it which as follows.

Bisquick Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¹/3 cup butter or margarine

Method of Preparation:

  • To correctly mix the baking powder and salt with the flour, they must be sift three times into a mixing bowl.
  • Cut the butter or margarine into small cubes and rub them in to the sifted flour until they resemble bread crumbs.
  • Now it is ready to go; it can be cooked immediately or keep in the fridge for a few weeks until needed.

 

Fried Prawns (Shrimps)

Prawns

Prawns, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Fried Prawns (Shrimps)

Prawns and shrimps are my favourite seafood.  The simpler they are cook the better.

Below is that kind of recipe, easy to follow and can be done in the least possible time.

 

Ingredients

  • 12 large prawns
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt, according to taste
  • vegetable oil

Method of Preparation:

  • Wash the prawns in warm salty water.
  • Put them whole in a large lidded pan with the water and a little bit of salt.
  • Cover the pan and cook until the water has evaporated.
  • Add a couple of tablespoon of cooking oil into the pan. Stir fry the shrimps until covered with the hot oil.
  • Serve hot with some sliced tomatoes and shallots.
  • Enjoy

 

Kissing Bow – Romantic Christmas


Kissing Bow – Romantic Christmas

Let’s make Christmas that extra more fun and I dare say romantic as well.  Forget mistletoe, let’s have a kissing bow.

Making one will bring out the artistic side in you.

Add anything you want like apples, grapes, garland of ivy, tinsels, etc.  You are only constraint by your imagination.  Hold these together with a wire coat hanger.

Blue Peter’s John Noakes with the Advent Crown

If you are familiar with Children BBC’s Blue Peter, then a kissing bow should be a doddle.

Making a kissing bow is pretty similar with building and creating the  Advent Crown.

Another thing to add to this kissing bow to highlight it are lights.  Thank goodness you can have a fire-proof battery operated Christmas lights now widely available in the market for a pound or two.

Sungka – Filipino Mancala Game

Sungka Board, photo by JMorton

Sungka – Filipino Mancala Game

I used to be obsessed with this board game when I was a little girl.

For whatever reason my mother used to discourage us playing sungka.  She was really adamant that we should not play it.  I think I heard her say that it was a game of the dead or something.  She made it sound like there was something sinister about it.

But I’ve  always  had a mind of my own, and the more I was told ‘NO’ the more I had to do it; it was like a red rag to a bull to me, a fascination of the forbidden. 🙂  I was a tad naughty!  LOL

Probably that was the reason I loved playing sungka.   I used to ask a neighbour, Lagring, who was a year or two younger than me to play sungka.   We did not bother with the wooden board; at my instigation we would just dig little holes similar to those in the wooden board on the ground under our mango tree.  We would then gather little stones and away we play for what seems like hours.  🙂

My mother always knew what I was up to as I would come home with dirty hands and even dirtier finger nails.  And of course those little holes which suddenly appeared all over our backyard!  🙂

In the end, knowing that I would not really listen, she just gave up on her embargo against sungka.  Funnily enough as soon as the ban was lifted I moved on to another obsession, Jack’s Stone!  🙂

By the way the photo above was taken at late president Ferdinand Marcos childhood residence in Batac, Ilocos Norte.  It seemed President Marcos used to play sungka as well.  🙂

Click here to see a quick tutorial.

I actually want one for Christmas, thank goodness they are easily available here.

Spicy Spare Ribs in Banana Ketchup

Spare ribs, photo by Mae Mercado-Sanguer

Spicy Spare Ribs in Banana Ketchup

Banana ketchup has a very distinct taste.  It is sweet and spicy.

Apparently this condiment was created during the second world war by a Filipina food technologist, Maria Y. Oroza.

This came about because there was a shortage of tomatoes but there was an abundance of bananas.

What does Maria have to do to assuage hungry tummies wanting sauce for their less than appetising meagre repast.  Eureka!  Banana ketchup!

Not before long, Mafran was mass producing the product and the rest is history.

Banana ketchup is not just a condiment for the dinner table.  It has become a major ingredients in many a Filipino recipes such as in Filipinised Spaghetti Bolognese, omelette, etc.

Below is a spare rib recipe, which by the way can be made from beef or pork.  To maximise the taste, it is advisable to leave the ribs to marinate overnight.

 

Ingredients

  • 2½ lbs beef or pork spare ribs
  • 1 can Sprite or 7Up
  • salt
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup Banana Ketchup
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced to a paste
  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 bird’s eye chillies (labuyo), chopped finely
  • 2 onions, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar

Method of Preparation:

  • Wash the ribs and let it drain.  Rub them with salt and then set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Put the ribs in a large bowl and Pour the Sprite or 7Up over.  Leave to marinate for half and hour.
  • Using a mixing bowl, put together the banana ketchup, garlic, butter or margarine, chillies, onions, black pepper, bay leaf and caster sugar.  Give it a thorough mix.
  • Pour this to the marinating ribs in Sprite.  Give it a good stir to cover the meat completely.
  • Cover the bowl of ribs with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan or deep-fryer.
  • Scrape off the juices and sauces from the ribs and carefully lower into the hot oil.  Fry them in batches.
  • Cook until golden all over.
  • Pour the marinade into a pan and heat until bubbling hot.
  • Serve this as a sauce for the ribs.
  • Enjoy with some salad and boiled rice a la Filipino style. 🙂

 

Sotanghon Guisado


Sotanghon Guisado

Ingredients

    • 1 pack Sotanghon (glass noodles)
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
    • 1 cup shrimps, shell removed
    • 1 large chicken breast, sliced thinly
    • 1½ cups chicken broth (chicken bouillon dissolved in 1½ cup of hot water)
    • 1/2 Chinese cabbage, sliced
    • 100g mange taut (sitsaro), topped and tailed
    • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 carrot, peeled and julliened
    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
    • fish sauce or salt

Glass Noodle (Sotanghon) Photo by Bless Mercado

Ingredients, photo by Bless Mercado

Method of Preparation:

  • Prepare the sotanghon according to the packet’s instruction.
  • Heat the wok or a large frying pan.
  • Add the oil and let it heat.
  • Saute the garlic until brown but not burnt.
  • Add the onions and cook until translucent.
  • Tip in the chicken and stir until it has changed colour to ‘whitish”.
  • Add the carrot, mange taut, cabbage and bell pepper.
  • Stir in the shrimps and cook for
  • Pour in the the chicken broth and soy sauce.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Check that the vegetables are cooked.
  • Then add the sotanghon.
  • Correct the seasoning by adding fish sauce or salt, according to taste.
  • Give it a good stir.
  • Serve immediately as an afternoon snack.

Don’t forget to spritz with a touch of lemon or calamansi.

Yummy

 

Beef in Oyster Sauce

Beef in Oyster Sauce, photo by JMorton

Beef in Oyster Sauce

Beef cooked in oyster sauce is a great family favourite.  We order it when dining in restaurants and also when we do not have time to cook and we just want a Chinese take-away 🙂

Below is an easy to follow recipe for your convenience 🙂

 

Ingredients

  • 300 g beef steak
  • 1 tsp Demerara sugar
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine (dry sherry is a good substitute)
  • 1 tsp cornflour paste
  • 1 small carrot
  • 60 g mange taut (sitsaro) topped and tailed
  • 60 g bamboo shoots (from the tin or can is suitable)
  • 60 g straw mushroom (canned ones are suitable)
  • 300 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 stalk spring onion cut into inch segments
  • 1 inch ginger, julliened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp water

Method of Preparation:

  • Prepare the beef by cutting it into thin small slices.
  • Place the beef slices into a bowl.
  • Stir in the Demerara sugar.
  • Pour in the light soy sauce, rice wine and cornflour paste all over the beef.
  • Give it a good stir, then set aside to marinate for at least half and hour.
  • Slice the carrot and straw mushrooms thinly to be in uniform in size as the bamboo shoot and mange taut.
  • Heat the wok, and when smoking hot :), carefully pour in the oil.  Heat it up.
  • Add the beef and stir-fry for a minute or two.
  • Remove the beef from the oil using a slotted spoon/ladle.
  • Pour out the oil leaving about a tablespoon only in the wok.
  • Stir fry the carrot, straw mushrooms, bamboo shots, mange taut and spring onion for two minutes.
  • Add the beef, oyster sauce and water.
  • Season with salt.
  • Blend throughly and cook for a minute.
  • Serve immediately with freshly boiled rice.

Enjoy!

 

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