Last month during my visit to my daughter and her family in Georgia there was an epic snowstorm in the East Coast. My grandson, Devon, requested I make him some “Sinigang”. I was surprised that he even knew what it was, but it seems that one of their friends makes it. Of course I said yes, after all that’s what Nanas do, cook for the grandkids! This Shrimp Sour Soup is the perfect comfort food for cold rainy (or snowy) days!
This was one of my favorite childhood dishes and I was happy to find out that my grandchildren love it too. Like many Filipino dishes this soup is very easy to prepare. Traditionally my grandmothers used tamarind (sampaloc) or the small Filipino limes called “Calamansi” to make the soup sour. These days it’s so much easier, you can buy the powdered soup base at most Asian markets or even order it on Amazon! (Affiliate Link)
This dish is typically eaten with steamed white rice with a side of “Patis“, Filipino fish sauce also available at Asian markets and on Amazon. It can be made with fish, shrimp, or meat with assorted vegetables like spinach, radish, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, or string beans. This time I made it with shrimp, spinach, radish, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno pepper. I like to add the pepper to give it a bit of spice, we all love spicy things in our family.
In most Filipino households this shrimp soup is made with whole shrimps, meaning shrimps with shells and heads on. I’m not a big fan of shrimp heads so I use shrimps with shells on. You can also use prawns if you have any handy.
Nothing says Halloween than sweet treats. Sure you can buy bags and bags of candy and have at it, but you can turn that candy into special treats in just a few easy steps with these easy homemade treat recipes. You can even let the kids help out!
Here are 3 recipes for Homemade Halloween Treats I found on the web. Each really cute and super simple to make. Enjoy!
Pancit Molo is a Filipino soup dish that makes you wonder why it’s called pancit. Pancit refers to noodle dishes, and this dish doesn’t have noodles at all. It uses wonton, soimai or molo wrappers. Not to mention most of the pancit recipes are dry while this pancit molo is a soup.
Pancit Molo is a soup dish composed of a mixture of ground pork wrapped in wonton wrappers, shredded chicken meat, and shrimps. This dish is a well known Filipino dish that resembles the Chinese dish called wanton soup but the finest ingredients and flavor makes this dish stand out.
Today I will give you my version of this dish, I’m sure you will love it.
1 onion, peeled & sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
1 tbsp. cooking oil
10 cups homemade broth
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 pc. green onions, ends trimmed and chopped
1 cloves fried garlic bits
½ tsp. salt to taste
¼ tsp. pepper to taste
For the Homemade Broth:
3 pounds bone-in chicken parts (wings, thighs)
12-13 cups boiling water
1 onion, peeled & chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
1 tsp. pepper corns
1 tbsp. cooking oil
2 pcs. bay leaves
1 tbsp. salt to taste
For the Wontons:
2 pounds ground pork
1 pack (30 pcs.) wonton wrappers
1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
1 tbsp. soy sauce
½ cup green onions, finely chopped
½ cup water chestnuts, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tsp. salt to taste
1 tsp. pepper to taste
For the Homemade Broth:
Heat oil in a deep pot over medium heat then add onions and garlic and cook until limp and aromatic.
Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 to 7 minutes or until chicken changes color. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 17 to 20 minutes or until chicken releases its juices.
Raise heat to high and add boiling water.
Add bay leaves and peppercorns, season with salt.
Lower heat and return to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
With a slotted spoon, remove chicken pieces from broth.
Allow to cool to touch. Remove meat from bones and shred.
Set aside chicken meat and keep warm. Break bones to expose marrow and return to pot.
Continue to cook at barely a simmer, uncovered, for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until liquid is reduced and concentrated. Using a cheesecloth, strain stock to remove bones and aromatics.
For the Wontons:
In a bowl, combine ground pork, water chestnuts, green onions, soy sauce, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-distributed.
Separate wrappers into individual sheets. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of meat mixture on middle of wrapper and then gather sides to form a cup around mixture.
For the Final Pancit Molo:
Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.
Then Add onions and garlic and cook until aromatic.
Add broth and bring to a simmer.
Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
Add wontons and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.
Add chicken and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.
Divide wontons, shredded chicken and broth into serving bowls.
Who says Halloween is just for kids? After the kids have returned from Trick-or-Treating and they’ve wound down for the night put them to bed it’s time for some adult fun.
Whip up some adult treats ahead of time, hide them from the kids, and take them out for a bit of spooky fun with your friends, or snuggle up with your significant other for drinks and nibbles as you watch a scary movie.
Here are a few recipes for Halloween treats and drinks for adults.
The Blackbeard cocktail from Honestly YUM is made with chocolate stout. It looks lethally YUMMY!
For many of you the weather has become quite cold and snowy, winter has definitely set in. Those of us in Hawaii are lucky enough to have good weather although our temperatures have dropped to the high 50s to low 60s; and for us that’s pretty cold!
Well in our house cooler weather means it’s time to bring out the comfort food. And what is more comforting than good old Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?
The gooey goodness of melted cheese oozing from two slices of perfectly grilled bread brings back memories of childhood winters. That first crunchy bite can transport you back to the years when you stepped into Mom’s kitchen after a hard fought snowball fight with the neighbors to find hot soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.
Well in Hawaii we don’t have snowball fights or any other winter activities, but we can have cool damp days that call for grilled cheese sandwiches. At our house we love to pair grilled cheese sandwiches with creamy tomato soup. It’s a perfect combination!
Most folks make grilled cheese sandwiches by slapping a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread and frying it in butter; others use a grilled cheese maker, an electrical small appliance that looks like a waffle iron, it grills both sides of the sandwich once you close the lid. Simple and basic right?
But really grilled cheese sandwiches have gone gourmet. There are cafes dedicated to this once simple sandwich. They’ve added everything from breakfast meats, eggs, and assorted veggies to create the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.
I haven’t gone that far, but I do make mean grilled cheese sandwiches, my grandkids love them, specially paired with my creamy tomato soup!
Cheesy Chili Mac is usually served during rainy and cold seasons. It is packed with vitamins and minerals that is good for your kids. Besides of its very easy to prepare and to cook, it is also a budget meal and 100% sure that your kids going to love this and beg for more cause it tastes cheesy rich and flavorful.
This is my version of Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe!Enjoy!
2 ½ cups uncooked macaroni noodles
1 cup frozen corn kernels
15 oz. can kidney beans
1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
15 oz. can pinto beans
15 oz. can black beans
15 oz. can dice tomatoes
15 oz. can tomato sauce
2 ½ cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 cloves garlic
1 pc. yellow onion
1 tbsp. virgin olive oil
In a large pot over medium heat, pour in olive oil then add and sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes or until onions are soft and transparent.
Then add the flour and chilli powder, continue to stir for about 2 minutes, or until flour and chilli powder begin to coat the bottom of the pot.
Drain and rinse the kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans.
Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoe the 3 kinds of beans, the corn, and the vegetable broth to the pot.
Stir very well to dissolve any flour and chilli powder off the bottom of the pot.
Add the uncooked macaroni noodles and stir well.
Turn the heat up to medium high, and let it boil. Stir every other minute to loosen the noodles from the bottom of the pot as it heats up.
When it boils, turn the heat down to low so it continues to simmer gently. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the liquid is thick and saucy.
Stir frequently as it simmers just to make sure the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
When the pasta is tender, you can now add the shredded cheddar and stir until melted.