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Anyone claiming that bitter melon is a favorite veggie would be considered as unusual. Most people do not like the bitter and pungent taste of bitter melon or bitter gourd. Here is a secret way of cooking ampalaya to reduce its bitter taste.
Milkfish cooked in vinegar is a good dish to cook during weekends because it tastes better when served after a few days inside the refrigerator. Just put several pieces of everything in a bowl and heat in the microwave oven. Paksiw na bangus is best teamed with rice.
Eggplants are the veggies to serve the family before and after special occasions when dining tables groaned under heavy weight of meat dishes and sweet desserts. Loaded with lots of fiber and zero fat content, eggplants will help get rid of toxins from the body.
Pork sinigang is one of the many popular Filipino dishes in many parts of the world. Pork meat cooked in tamarind soup is a healthy and satisfying feast. The sour spicy taste of this sinigang dish tickles the tongue to repeat savoring the thick broth.
Fish is also a good source of Vitamin D as well as protein and good fatty acids. Catfish is a freshwater fish like the carp and often considered as delicacy but very affordable. In Asian cuisine, catfish is cooked in different ways. Most common technique is frying.
Here's a quick and easy vegetable recipe for the busy homemaker. The mungbean soup is packed with nutrition and goes easy with rice or as one-bowl meal. Takes less then 30 minutes to cook.
Adobo is a Filipino dish that has become very popular because of its versatility. Originally a pork dish, the adobo meat can be replaced by chicken, fish, squid, and vegetables. Adobo can be cooked in any technique you want -- stewed, sautéed, or baked.
Centuries ago, a lot of Chinese dishes were introduced to the Filipino palate. Through the years, the original ingredients for each favorite recipe were modified and the cooking methods adjusted to fit the Filipino temperament in the kitchen. Enjoy cooking the popular Chinese Filipino dishes at home!
Stories about goblins, elves, or little creatures hiding in shadows are often used by the elders to make sure that youngsters stay at home before twilight. This strategy for imposing discipline may be useful in rural places where ‘night life’ is often viewed as special occasions like a funeral wake or a town party. Was this technique effective on the writer?
Living a freelancer's life often means staying inside the house day-in and day-out while working on unlimited projects. Cooking food is often done in absent-minded manner and eating time can be a harried occasion. Rice is a good source of energy and packed with nutrition when mixed with veggies and meat. We live on these simple dishes made mostly from leftovers and done in minutes during weekdays because weekends are often a treat!
The best hanging-out places in Manila are easy to find, reasonably-priced, and -- friendly. So that whenever you have a need to unwind or relax, you can ride anything: a taxi, an electric train, a bus, a jeepney, or even a ‘pedicab’ (bicycle with a carriage attached to the right side). The best destination to go hanging-out? The Rizal Park! Also affectionately known as Luneta.
Filipinos food lovers also have strong sense of loyalty. More often than not, a restaurant that was most favorited by Filipinos will have a greater chance to exist for many decades. As was the case of lasting existence of several restaurants listed here. What triggers this loyalty sense? Delicious foods, of course. An authentic ambiance, a charming and hospitable service, and reasonable prices.
Tapuy is a Filipino rice wine originated in Batad (a place in the Banaue Rice Terraces), Ifugao, Philippines. This native wine from fermented rice is also produced in the Cordillera Province; particularly in Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga, and Mountain Province. Other names for tapuy in these parts are: tapey or bayah.
The Philippines is a country formed of many islands, big and small. It is no wonder varied influences from surrounding countries reached the islands and seeped into the tradition; then all combined to form the rich Filipino culture. The earlier Philippine cuisine has originated from Malayo-Polynesian and it gradually evolved when other Asian cultural influences mixed in. The western culture was injected strongly when the Spaniards discovered the Philippines in the 15th century.
Rice cakes are often considered as delicacies as well as everyday snack. They are traditionally offered during birthdays and festive celebrations. Rice cakes are given different colors to look more delicious. They are cooked in many ways: steaming, boiling, frying, grilling, roasting, and even searing. Some are salted and served with meat or shrimp sauce; but most rice cakes are sweet and served with cold or hot beverages.
Tired of the usual bowl of cereal, cup of coffee, and buttered toasts on the breakfast table? Perk up your appetite to start a new day right. You don’t have to spend more money to have a change of breakfast menu. Using a bit of imagination and most of the left-overs inside the refrigerator, anyone can easily whip out an appetizing and mouth-watering fried rice dish for the morning banquet.
The traditional Japanese knives are divided into 2 classes based on the forging methods (class is according to method and materials used). Honyaki knives are made from true-forged high-carbon steel. Kasumi knives are made through forging high-carbon steel and soft iron together. At present, most Japanese kitchen knives are made of stainless steel.
A herb is a plant with variety of uses in both culinary and medicinal. Unlike vegetables, herbs (and also spices) are used sparingly. Herbs and spices are valued for their aroma and flavor, not as food substance. A spice is any part of a plant (except the leaf) that is often dried and used as food additive to get desired color and flavor. A spice is also a good substance that kills or inhibits harmful microorganisms in food preservation.
Because cottage cheese is packed with muscle-building protein and unbelievably low-fat, bodybuilders and weightlifters favorited cottage cheese as important ingredient to snacks, meals, and desserts. As a milk product, cottage cheese has high-calcium content. It is so healthy, more pregnant women preferred it over other calcium-rich foods.
Maize is the top cereal grain cultivated and produced in many parts of the world. It is a grass domesticated for its seeds or kernels. Maize is the top crop grown in the United States; next top corn producer is China. Wheat is on the 3rd spot as the world’s widely grown cereal grain, next to maize and rice. Historically, wheat has been domesticated since 9,000 BC. Wheat has been a staple food in some parts of Turkey. Commercially, wheat is considered as a cash crop because the popular foods that
Rice is the staple food in most countries, particularly in Asia, Latin America, and the West Indies. For the last 25 years, survey showed that one in five Americans consumed white or brown rice (half serving each day). All rice varieties do not contain gluten. Rice production is the second highest in the whole world; Corn production is the first. Rice is rich in nutrients like protein and amino acids but still needs to be combined with other sources like meat, seafood, and vegetables. Long-grain
Due to global recession, most people cring from throwing a party even for very special occasions like weddings, baptisms, eighteenth birthdays, and many more. During these hard times when cash is short and the budget is limited, it is almost unthinkable to host even a small party. But who says you have to spend beyond your means so that you can share happy moments with family and friends? The temptation to splurge for a happy celebration is always hard to resist. It’s a harsh truth that you must
According to one survey on MP3 users: more males listen to MP3 players than females -- plus they are young, educated, and have high incomes. The main advantage of MP3 is its compact size. MP3 music files are smaller than a typical audio CD.
Clogging of pipes is caused by liquid fats, coffee grounds, and small bits of food. Films of grease will form on the pipe walls and create build-up of small waste particles.
The term ‘upholstery' originated from the words ‘up' and ‘holden', or ‘to hold up.' Upholstery is the work that provides furniture (particularly seats and beds) with the following: padding, springs, webbing, and fabric/leather covers. However, the word ‘upholstery' is commonly used to refer to the covering of domestic furniture; and also in automobiles and boats.
The kitchen paring knife is quite small in size. Designed with a plain edge, a paring knife is intended to be all-purpose, just like chef’s knife but smaller in size. A paring knife can be an extension of the hand because of its size and lightness. It is mainly used for peeling fruits and vegetables. Because it can be used in controlled and detailed cutting, a paring knife is also used in de-veining shrimps, removing seeds from jalapeño peppers, and cutting shapes/designs for small garnishes.
Whole turkey can be cooked in different ways: roasted (with or without stuffings inside), baked, grilled, smoked, and deep-fried. Turkey meat is also processed as hams and sausages. Sold as sliced, ground, and whole, turkeys are generally preferred bought as fresh by most consumers. Mainly because frozen turkeys, particularly whole and large-sized, often take several days to defrost.
Most people, especially those who grew up in the cities, may be reluctant to eat meat dishes with liver and kidney as ingredients. But many Asian and fusion restaurants have concocted mouth-watering recipes to make these unusual dishes look delicious and taste palatable. Common cooking methods for the liver and the kidney are sautéing, grilling, and frying. Some are poached and seared.
There are more than a thousand sources of money online for moms at home; but there are also many scams lurking in all corners of the Internet so beware. Just keep in mind that you're browsing these websites to find ways to earn money - not spend it. However, not all sites charging some fees are scammers. You just have to try the free sites first.
Without a set of good tires, your car will not run smoothly and your engine will use more gas than it should. Your safety will also be at risk if you’re using the wrong tires for your car. There are a lot of quality tires offered in the market so it is wise to do a bit of research first before rushing to the nearest tire store. Look at the markings on the sides of your car tire. These may look nonsense to you but understanding the numbers and letters will help you choose the right tires for your
It is more fun to cook -- and to eat -- outside, especially when the weather is balmy and cooking in the kitchen makes you feel sticky. A barbecue party is easy to organize because you can grill the foods that you’ll be serving in front of your guests. No need to heat up the kitchen while entertaining friends. The grilling stations with built-in food preparation areas and storage spaces are eventually giving way to the more efficient and more elaborate designs for cooking grills.
The term ‘sisig' refers to the spicy and fatty - but oh-so popular - meat dish all over the Philippines. It is considered a specialty food because the long and arduous preparation of ‘sisig' is really a ‘labor of love.' But after hours of cooking, the aroma alone can make anyone hungry. ‘Sisig' is best served with a mug of ice-cold beer. It has a unique blend of spiciness of chili peppers, sour taste of vinegar, and the saltiness of salt and soy sauce.
The term 'banana' usually refers to the 'dessert' banana with the soft and sweet flesh. The bananas that have firm and starchy flesh are called 'plantains,' or 'saba' in many parts of the Philippines. These bananas are from a group of cultivars, which taste somewhat blandly sweet. The unripe plantain banana fruits are dried and ground to make banana flour.
'Sinigang' is a favorite dish in the Philippines. It is a soup that is fairly prolific because it can be cooked in different ways and with different sets of vegetables and meat (pork, beef, chicken, various fish and seafoods). 'Sinigang' is usually eaten with rice, and typically served hot at lunch. Because of its sour taste and various vegetables, sinigang is refreshing to the palate.
Undergoing liquid diets are the popular way to lose weight these days, especially with celebrities who wanted to land a coveted role in movies. But how healthy are these liquid diets? Are there risks involved? Liquid diets are also nicknamed as 'detox diets' or the 'lemonade diet.' In fact, several diet programs are developed thru use of liquids and fluids. One program is well known for its efficiency. Some of its users claim that they lost about 20 pounds in just 10 days!
The lawn is commonly found in the front part of the house. Most homeowners take pride in having immaculately green grass on their lawns. A small fortune is invested on fancy sprinklers and lawn mowers for proper maintenance of the lawn. Lately, most lawns are being sacrificed due to shortage of funds. Lawn grasses are left to grow tall and unruly because mowing is not a weekly routine anymore. Or the grasses die because water is being conserved, too.
Chicken meat has more protein and less fat--unless you drown it in oil while cooking as in deep frying. Chicken is also cheaper than pork and beef. However, a lot of people know only 2 ways to cook chicken: fry or grill. Some just flake the white meat and toss with green salad, turning chicken into a tasteless source of protein. But, hey, chicken can be cooked into delicious and savory dishes, especially when sauteed with certain spices. Don't worry, the recipes are very quick and easy.
Green beans are always abundant in the market. This vegetable is planted by farmers all-year round; though the plant requires semi-cold climate to produce crunchy and plump string beans. Green beans can be mixed to almost any vegetable dishes: sauteed, stew, grilled, baked, and stir-fried.
Grilling is a method of cooking food over charcoal, wood, gas, over the stove or inside the oven. Grilled meat, fish, vegetable or fruit are popular because they gain distinctive flavors when cooked over extreme heat or hot flames. Grilling is often associated with barbecue parties and other outdoor activities such as: camping, picnics, and beach or weekend family gatherings. Grilled meat or fish are often accompanied with green salads and cheese, or over hot rice.
When we stretch our money to meet all needs, we tend to cut on our food expenses. This is alright--as long as we do not cut on the nutrients and taste, too. With just a little creativity, the frugal meal that we cook could turn into nutritious and delicious gourmet food. And with a little effort on shopping, we can still save more from our food budget. Interested? Read on. You'll find budget-saver recipes and some helpful hints on food preparation.
Home-cooked food is more tasteful and more healthful than those lunches you eat in fastfood restos and cafeterias. Packed lunches can also save you money because you can extend last night's dinner into your lunch the next day. Not having leftovers in the fridge is also a good idea. All you need is some creativity and some food containers.
Are you a homemaker who wants to earn money in your free time? Are you a regular employee who hates traffic and rush hours? More and more career-oriented mummies are opting to stay at home now. They have clear priorities: family first, career second. Nowadays, even daddies do not mind looking after the kids. Of course, earning a few bucks on the side--without leaving the house--will surely be highly-appreciated by these family persons.