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Knorr #LutongNanay Sinigang

Recipe: Knorr #LutongNanay Sinigang with Pakwan

It’s me! I’m back. I know, I disappeared on you guys again. I’m sorry. It’s just, you know… Life. 

So, it’s been a month since my last post. Since then, we celebrated our first home-iversary. Yes, Casa Cuyugan turned a year old, and I never got to write about it! Basically, we celebrated with a nice big pot of sinigang

Why sinigang? Because it’s the first thing I ever made in my brand new kitchen, and we’ve decided to make celebratory sinigang a tradition. Since it was a special occasion, I made sure that my sinigang was special, too. I used leftover frozen Zubuchon instead of plain pork. Soooooo good.

So obviously I was feeling proud of myself for making more than just the usual sinigang, right? Well, lo and behold, days later, I learned a few more ways to jazz up this old favorite. This happened at the Knorr #LutongNanay event at The Cookery Place in BGC, which was hosted by celebrity mom, Camille Prats.

Knorr #LutongNanay sinigang
Class photo at the Knorr #LutongNanay event!

 

You guys have to understand, my pantry is stocked with Knorr products in real life. I grew up with food made from these recipe mixes, soups, broth cubes, and seasonings. I learned to cook using them, too. The sinigang mix in particular. This is the only way I know to make sinigang

I’m beyond excited to be part of the Knorr #LutongNanay campaign. Feel na feel ko sya. I’m a home cook, and I take pride in the dishes that I prepare for my family. Food really is my love language. Meal time is bonding time for us, too, so I really do my best to have hot, fresh favorites ready for the occasion.

Knorr #LutongNanay sinigang
It’s like a baby version of my pantry! Only, I have fewer pretty plates.

 

Knorr’s Senior Brand Manager, Czarina de Leon-Manalo, shared with us that the goal of the campaign is to bring back the value behind home cooked meals especially since people choose to eat outside or even alone in this fast-paced world.

She said, “Knorr aims to help more moms bring the family together through the best flavors in their cooking. Cooking is a force for good. When a mother cooks, it is often seen as a way for her to ensure her family’s well being – and through Knorr, moms can serve nutritious meals without sacrificing great flavor.”

I love it.

After the introductions and presentations, Chef Sari Jorge of 25 Mushrooms Kitchen started off with a demo of Knorr Sinigang with Pakwan. Truth – I wasn’t too sure about the idea of having watermelon in my sinigang. But guys, you have to try it. The pakwan adds a nice touch of sweetness to the broth. Extra rice levels.

Knorr #LutongNanay sinigang
Chef Sari Jorge teaching us how to make Knorr Sinigang with Pakwan, with the help of Camille Prats and Peachy.

 

Here’s the recipe.

Knorr Sinigang with Pakwan
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Ingredients
  1. 500 grams
 Pork Belly, sliced 3 inches x 1 inch
  2. 3 tbsp Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  3. 2 tbsp 
vegetable oil
  4. 1 liter water
  5. 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  6. 1/2
 onion, cut into 2 wedges
  7. 3 tomatoes, sliced into quarters
  8. 1 inch fresh ginger, cut into fine matchsticks
  9. 1
 lemongrass stalk, white part only
  10. 2 pcs fresh kaffir leaves (optional)
  11. 200 grams gabi, sliced into cubes
  12. 500 grams seedless sweet watermelon, peeled and cut into 1inch cubes (divided into 2 parts)
  13. 1 22g pack Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi Mix
  14. 1 Knorr Beef Cube
  15. 1 tbsp
 fish sauce, plus extra to taste
  16. 1 tbsp soy sauce
  17. ¼ tsp 
freshly ground black pepper
  18. 2 long green chillies, sliced
  19. 150 grams
 sitaw, cut into 7 cm lengths
  20. 100 grams
 okra
  21. 1 bunch 
kangkong
  22. Steamed rice, to serve
  23. Fish sauce to serve
Instructions
  1. Marinate the pork belly in Knorr Liquid Seasoning for at least 30 mins.
  2. Place a large casserole over medium-high heat. Add the oil and, working in batches, cook the pork until evenly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and onions to the casserole. Add the tomatoes, ginger, lemongrass, gabi and watermelon and cook for 2 minutes before returning the pork to the casserole.
  4. Add the water, Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi Mix, Knorr Beef Cube. Cook for a further 1–1½ hours until the pork is tender.
  5. When the pork is tender, remove the pork from the casserole and set aside. Strain the liquid and add the fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the remaining watermelon, beans, chilies, and okra and cook for 20 minutes, before adding the water spinach and cooking for a minute until all the vegetables are tender.
  7. Serve with steamed white rice and fish sauce for dipping.
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Knorr #LutongNanay sinigang
It’s our turn to cook!

 

After the demo, we were split into four groups, and each one had to prepare an out of the ordinary sinigang recipe. Ours was Knorr Sinigang na Grilled Liempo. This was super similar to my lechon sinigang, with a smoky-tart-salty broth. I love that it’s a creative way to use up leftover grilled meat, too.

 

The one I am super excited to make at home is this Knorr Sizzling Sinigang. Isn’t it so interesting? I heard that there’s a restaurant that serves this, but I’ve yet to try it. 

Knorr #LutongNanay Sinigang
I never thought you could serve sinigang on a sizzling plate, but diba, this looks so good?

 

Another team made a Knorr Surf and Turf Sinigang, and the last group prepared their version of the Knorr watermelon sinigang recipe.

Knorr #LutongNanay sinigang
Knorr Surf and Turf Sinigang. Classy!

 

It was such a fun afternoon, and I’m extra happy because I now have four new dishes that I can make for dinner at home. I wonder which of these Knorr sinigang versions the boys will like best? Keep you posted!

Knorr #LutongNanay sinigang
Knorr Sinigang with Watermelon. It’s actually good!

 

Do you do sinigang differently? Tell me about it in the comments!

*All photos courtesy of Knorr Philippines

Recipe: Chicken Tinola

I haven’t been sharing as many recipes as I would like, and to be honest it’s because I’m usually too lazy to take photos of my cooking process. There, I said it. Lol.

Yesterday, though, for some reason, I decided to post a sorta step-by-step cooking demo on Snapchat. Yep, this app has me completely hooked. I love how it helps me deal with my camera shyness (which doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m any less awkward on-camera.)

So, about yesterday’s Snapchat cooking session – I had one chicken and I made two dishes out of it. Chicken Tinola was the first. This dish is great because it’s easy to make, it freezes well, it pairs well with other viands, and you can make it really healthy.

Truth: I’m not a fan of tinola. But my boys seem to like it (the husbandry actually loves it,) so I make it anyway. 

For my tinola, I used the breast, back and neck portions of the chicken. I opted to keep the skin on because it really just makes the dish a million and one times more delicious, but if you are more health-conscious than I am, then I recommend you go skinless. 

Start by cutting your chicken up into proper-sized pieces. While you’re at it, get your onions, garlic and ginger ready, too.

Heat some oil in a big enough pot. I use canola oil when I cook at home.

When the oil is hot enough, saute your onions, garlic and ginger (in that order) for a few minutes until fragrant, aka super sarap-smelling.

Next, arrange your chicken pieces in your pot. Cook, and turn, until they are brown on all sides. I don’t like eating pale, soggy chicken skin, so this step of browning is a must for me whenever I prepare chicken dishes.

Once the chicken is nicely browned, add enough water into the pot to cover all the pieces. And then, boil, boil, boil.

Some people choose to season the dish before adding water, but I like to season towards the end of the cooking process. I honestly don’t know if it makes a difference if you season before or after adding water. If anyone knows, could you please tell me?

Moving on… While waiting for the tinola to boil, wash your leafy greens and slice up your green papaya into wedges. Yesterday’s tinola had no papaya because there wasn’t any at the grocery when I went shopping. 

Once you reach a rolling boil, lower the heat and allow the chicken pieces to cook. Add the papaya wedges into the pot. When the papaya is tender, add a chicken broth cube into the pot, then season the dish with patis and pepper. 

Finally, put in your greens – typically it’s dahon ng sili but I didn’t have that either, so I used kangkong leaves – stir, then remove the pot from the heat. And you’re done cooking!

Tinola is best served with steamed rice, plus, in my opinion, fried or grilled meat or fish. Yummers.

Chicken Tinola
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small red onion, chopped
  2. 6 cloves of garlic, sliced into slivers (I like biting into big pieces of garlic. If you don't, you can mince yours)
  3. 1 thumb of ginger, cut into strips
  4. 1kg chicken pieces (I used the breast and back portions)
  5. 6 cups water
  6. 1 small green papaya, cut into wedges
  7. 1 chicken broth cube (I used Knorr)
  8. Patis and pepper, to taste
  9. 1 pack of dahon ng sili, or 1 bundle kangkong, leaves only
Instructions
  1. Heat cooking oil in a medium-sized pot. Saute onions, garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  2. Arrange chicken pieces into the pot. Cook and turn until nicely browned on all sides.
  3. Pour enough water into the pot to cover all of the chicken pieces. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once it has reached a rolling boil, lower the heat and allow the chicken to cook.
  5. Add the papaya pieces and cook until tender.
  6. Add the chicken broth cube, and season the dish with pepper and patis.
  7. Finally, add the dahon ng sili or kangkong, and stir the pot. Remove from the heat.
Notes
  1. For a healthier pot of tinola, remove the skin from the chicken before you start cooking.
  2. This will keep for up to a month in the freezer. It's better if you freeze tinola without the veggies so they don't get soggy. You can always add the papaya and leaves when you reheat the dish anyway.
Adapted from Yummy
Adapted from Yummy
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So what do you think of my Snapchat cooking session? Should I do this again? And guys, let me know if you try this recipe at home okay? Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Calamansi Muffins

Recipe: Calamansi Muffins

Fact: I am obsessed with Real Coffee’s calamansi muffins.

I really make it a point to have some whenever I go to Boracay. I’ve also asked quite a few friends to bring boxes of the stuff home for me when they go. I knew that it was only a matter of time before I tried making these muffins myself. I finally did, and they were good.

After searching online, I decided to use Pepper.ph’s calamansi muffin recipe. I was hopeful from the moment I read this recipe, which promised to be just like my favorite island snack. The good news is that I was not disappointed.

Calamansi Muffins
Hello, beauties!

 

I honestly don’t think that the finished product tasted exactly like the calamansi muffins from Real Coffee. These, were lighter and softer, which to me means that they were actually better. Hooray! Notice that I speak of them in past tense? That’s because they’re all gone.

There are, however, two things I think I will change next time I make these. First, I’ll do away with the paper liners and just make them directly in a greased muffin pan. This is how they do it in Real Coffee, and I feel that this will make the bottoms of my muffins a little crustier. 

The other change I plan to make is to use brown sugar instead of white.

 

Calamansi Muffins
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 pcs eggs
  4. 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1/4 cup milk
  8. 1/4 cup calamansi
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine milk and calamansi.
  2. In a third bowl (yes, lots of washing afterwards,) cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add eggs one at a time to the sugar mixture, and mix well.
  4. Add the milk mixture, followed by the flour mixture. Mix until well blended, but don’t over mix.
  5. Distribute batter evenly into paper-lined muffin cups or a non-stick muffin pan.
  6. Bake in preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 18-23 minutes.
Adapted from Pepper.ph
Adapted from Pepper.ph
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I feel like this recipe would work well with lemons, too. When I do make a lemon version, I’ll add some zest into the batter along with the lemon juice.

I’ll probably wait a few days before I make another batch, though, coz this one disappeared far too quickly. These muffin experiments are making us all extra fat. :p

Do you bake? What are your favorite recipes? I’m always looking for something new to try.

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Recipe: Baked Fish in White Wine Butter Sauce

Another week, another meal plan!

This week is going to be a busy one for me, and so I’ve chosen meals that are easier to prepare (as in, can be made or marinated ahead,) especially where baon is concerned.

I also have a lot of leftovers sitting in the refrigerator and freezer, and I really have to make sure to use these up before my next grocery trip. At the moment, I have no room to put in anything new. Time to get creative with recycling, and mixing and matching. Sigh. Small fridge woes.

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2016 Meal Plan #2

 

If you’ll notice, Saturday is “assorted leftovers for lunch day” again, just like last week. I often find myself with small containers of random things, like a piece of fried chicken, 3 slices of tapa, tiny portions of corned beef, etc. and this is my way of making sure none of them go to waste. We sometimes call this our weekly Tupperware buffet.

Speaking of last week, I made a really nice, super easy baked fish dish for a potluck dinner party with the family over the weekend. Here’s the recipe for that, in case you guys wanna try making it at home, too. 

Baked Fish in White Wine Butter Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. One pack of fish fillets (You may use sole, dory, pangasius or tilapia)
  2. Salt
  3. Pepper
  4. Parsley or thyme
  5. Paprika
  6. Olive oil
  7. 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  8. Half a head of garlic, minced
  9. 1/4 cup White wine
  10. The juice of half a lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Season fish fillets with salt, pepper, parsley or thyme, and paprika. Arrange in a baking dish and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.
  3. In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Once melted, add the minced garlic and cook until it is as toasted as you desire. Add white wine and lemon juice. Allow to simmer then remove sauce from the heat.
  4. Spoon sauce over the fish fillets. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until flakey. Serve hot.
Notes
  1. The sauce may be made in the microwave by simply placing all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and nuking it on high for a minute or two.
  2. If you don't have an oven, this dish may be prepared on the stove. Make the sauce in a deep-ish pan, then once cooked, arrange the seasoned fish fillets over the sauce. Cook, covered, over very low heat.
Adapted from from a Pinterest pin that I can no longer find
Adapted from from a Pinterest pin that I can no longer find
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So, on to this crazy week, then. Wish me luck! And while you’re at it, maybe you could share what meals you prepare for your families on hectic days and weeks. I’d love to have more ideas for my future meal plans.

Have an amazing week, everyone! 🙂