Shrimp Sour Soup – Sinigang na Hipon

Shrimp Sour Soup – Sinigang na Hipon

Shrimp Sour SoupLast 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.

Ingredients:

1 lb. Shrimp shell on

10 cups water

1 large tomato, thickly sliced

1 large onion, thickly sliced

1 packet Knorr Tamarind Soup Base powder

1 bunch radish, peeled and quartered

1 bunch spinach, stems cut and leaves separated

2 large jalapeno pepper whole

Directions:

Boil tomato and onion in the water for about 5 minutes

Add soup base powder, stir until dissolved

Add shrimp and radishes, bring to boil

Boil for another 5 minutes

Add spinach and jalapeno

Cover and reduce heat

Simmer for about 15 minutes

Serve with steamed white rice and side of patis for dipping


Shrimp in Sour Soup
Shrimp in Sour Soup - Sinigang na Hipon
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Shrimp in Sour Soup
Shrimp in Sour Soup - Sinigang na Hipon
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Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Persons
Instructions
  1. Boil tomato and onion in the water for about 5 minutes
  2. Add soup base powder, stir until dissolved
  3. Add shrimp and radishes, bring to boil
  4. Boil for another 5 minutes
  5. Add spinach and jalapeno
  6. Cover and reduce heat
  7. Simmer for about 15 minutes
  8. Serve with steamed white rice and side of patis for dipping
Recipe Notes

Stir the shrimp after adding to make sure all the shrimp cook evenly.  Shrimp cooks fast so be careful not to over cook it.

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3 Easy Homemade Halloween Treats

3 Easy Homemade Halloween Treats

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!

Homemade Treats

Courtesy of Pillsbury.com

Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies use store bought ready to bake cookie dough. So easy!  Let the kids make them, they’ll have a blast!

For a variation use different cookie doughs; I’m sure you’ll find various fun Halloween themed cookie dough in your local supermarket.
Recipe click here.

You won’t be able to stop eating these salty sweet treats.  These Pretzel Hugs by Sally’s Baking Addiction really are addictive!

We made several batches, they disappeared quickly!

Recipe click here.

 

Homemade Snacks

Courtesy of Just A TasteThese frightfully cute Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops by Kelly Senyei on justataste.com will be a hit at your Halloween Party.  You can make them ahead of time and store in your fridge until you need them.

Recipe click here.

 

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Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!

Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!

19-IMG_2480-copyPancit 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.

 

 Soup Ingredients:

30 wontons

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

 

Directions:

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.

Top with green onions and fried garlic bits.

Serve hot,

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Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!
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4-6 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Homemade Broth
  1. Heat oil in a deep pot over medium heat then add onions and garlic and cook until limp and aromatic.
  2. 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.
  3. Raise heat to high and add boiling water.
  4. Add bay leaves and peppercorns, season with salt.
  5. Lower heat and return to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken pieces from broth.
  7. Allow to cool to touch. Remove meat from bones and shred.
  8. Set aside chicken meat and keep warm. Break bones to expose marrow and return to pot.
  9. 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.
Wonton
  1. In a bowl, combine ground pork, water chestnuts, green onions, soy sauce, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-distributed.
  2. 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.
Soup
  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Then Add onions and garlic and cook until aromatic.
  3. Add broth and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add wontons and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Add chicken and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Divide wontons, shredded chicken and broth into serving bowls.
  8. Top with green onions and fried garlic bits.
  9. Serve hot,
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Halloween Treats for ADULTS

Halloween Treats for ADULTS

 

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.

Black CocktailThe Blackbeard cocktail from Honestly YUM is made with chocolate stout.  It looks lethally YUMMY!

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Pumpkin cheese ballWhip up this Nacho Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Cincy Shopper, it’s creamy, crunchy, with a bit of spicy!

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Spiderweb DipDip the nigh away with this zesty south-of-the-border dip from Mr. Food.com

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Mummy BrieAdd a bit of sophistication to your Halloween with this Mummy Baked Brie found on Babble.com.

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Smoking MartiniHere’s a lovey Smoking Martini created by Thomas Johnson from Cocktailatlas.com

Perfect for Halloween!
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CocktailThe Grave Digger Cocktail is a concoction of hard cider, whiskey, and ginger ale designed by Boulder Locavore.

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The Ultimate Comfort Food – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Creamy Tomato Soup

The Ultimate Comfort Food – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Creamy Tomato Soup

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?

grilled cheese sandwichesBut 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!

I don’t use fancy ingredients, nor do I own a grilled cheese maker.  I use my good old Circulon skillet to fry up my grilled cheese sandwiches.

Here are my secrets to my Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Creamy Tomato Soup!  Both super easy and super yummy!

Try it for lunch or dinner on a snowy day.  Your family will love them!

 

 

Creamy Tomato Soup

1 Can Campbell’s Tomato Soup

1 Can Half & Half

Combine both ingredients together in a medium sauce pan and heat.  You must stir the mixture as it heats to make sure the Half & Half is well blended into the soup.  Serve hot.

 

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 slices of Texas Toast per sandwich – you can use frozen or fresh.  If using frozen toast thaw it out first.  Texas toast is buttered on both sides.

Deli Cut Ham or Turkey slices

1-2 slices American Cheese per sandwich

Directions:

Place 2 slices of Texas Toast in a skillet and cook for about 30 seconds.

Flip 1 slice of toast over and place cheese and meat on top.

Place second slice of toast on top of filling, cooked side down.

Cook for about a minute or until the bread is brown.

Flip sandwich over and cook the other side until it is brown.

Serve right away.

 You can make your own Texas Toast with slices of french bread.  Mix softened butter with minced garlic and finely chopped parsley.  Spread butter mixture on both sides of the slices.

 

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  1. Place 2 slices of Texas Toast in a skillet and cook for about 30 seconds.
  2. Flip 1 slice of toast over and place cheese and meat on top.
  3. Place second slice of toast on top of filling, cooked side down.
  4. Cook for about a minute or until the bread is brown.
  5. Flip sandwich over and cook the other side until it is brown.
  6. Serve right away.
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Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe!

Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe!

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!

 

Ingredients:

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

 

Directions:

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.

Serve while it’s hot.

Share with your family and friends! Enjoy!

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Drain and rinse the kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoe the 3 kinds of beans, the corn, and the vegetable broth to the pot.
  5. Stir very well to dissolve any flour and chilli powder off the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add the uncooked macaroni noodles and stir well.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Stir frequently as it simmers just to make sure the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  10. When the pasta is tender, you can now add the shredded cheddar and stir until melted.
  11. Serve while it’s hot.
  12. Share with your family and friends! Enjoy!
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