food recipe: MOCKING CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Mocking Chocolate Mousse

A recipe shared by my brother-in-law… this dessert is so easy to do with easy to find ingredients as well. It’s quite experimental but has the potential to make you crave for eat. More than your sweet dessert, it can also be your midnight snack while watching movies with family and friends.

It’s not technically chocolate mousse based on the ingredients used. Yet, we used some ingredients quite similar to the real thing but not exactly. That’s why I decided to call it the “Mocking Chocolate Mousse”. It has three layers but the main ingredient is chocolate. We did not use any dark chocolate but instead, we alternate it with a chocolate brownie. There’s no egg or whipped cream present but there’s an ice cream that takes place. Anyway, before anything else… here’s how.

Ingredients:

Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Ice Cream (but any flavor will do depending on your choice)

Procedure:

1. Drizzle chocolate syrup in a clean flat plate. You can be artistic and form some abstract in drizzling for presentation.

2. Slice a single brownie horizontally in half. Preheat in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Then, lay it on top of the drizzled chocolate syrup on plate.

3. Scoop an ice cream and put it on top of the sliced brownie. Then serve. Enjoy!

Photo by: Sukito San

food health: PANDAN and LEMONGRASS DETOX DRINK

Pandan & Lemongrass Drink

A decoction of “Pandan” and “Lemongrass” leaves can make a good detoxifying drink. By the way, “detoxification” or “detox” for short is the medicinal way of removing toxic substances in our body.

How To Make Your  Own Pandan and Lemongrass Detox Drink

boiling pandan and lemongrass drink

Simply pick 5-6 leaves of “pandan” and “lemongrass”. Wash it with clean water. Then, tie the two kinds of  leaves in a separate knot. Fill 3/4 of the medium-sized pot with potable water and let it boil for 45 minutes with the tied “pandan” and “lemongrass” in it. Remove the leaves afterwards. Chill it slightly and add a small amount of honey to add some sweetness in taste… then stir. Now, it’s ready for drinking! You can have it cold if you wanted it to be a refreshing juice or you can drink it hot enough… if you prefer it as your tea. It’s easy to do and healthy at the same time.

Health Benefits of Pandan

pandan

Aside from its aromatic smell and slight flavor when added while cooking rice or making gelatin, “pandan” or “screwpine” leaves can be considered more as an herbal plant. It can reduce fever and relieve headaches. It can also treat chest and ear pains, wounds, smallpox, arthritis and even leprosy as well. It has beneficial aids for stomach spasms and has healing effects on some skin problems with a bonus of strengthening our gums.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass

lemongrass

Lemongrass or popularly known as “tanglad” in the Philippines is not only limited as an aromatic flavoring in any cuisine or was stuffed inside “lechon”. It is best known for its detoxifying properties and as a body cleanser agent for the pancreas, kidney, bladder, digestive tract, and the liver while lowering the blood pressure as well. It also reduces stomach pain, fever, nausea, and prevents us from colon cancer as it boost our immune system.

Health Benefits of Honey

honey

If you wanted your honey to be nutritious with vitamins and minerals, have it raw and pure. The darker the color of the honey, the higher its antioxidant contents. Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and probiotic. It can prevent us from cancer and heart disease, and good for blood sugar regulation. In addition to that, it has the ability to reduce ulcer, cough, and throat irritation. Also good for healing wounds and burns and can help us to have a blooming skin. Still, it wouldn’t be good if you overdose yourself with honey.

Photos by: Sukito San

food tool: CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN

chocolate fountain

One of the best way to serve chocolates on your table is to let it flow through a chocolate fountain. This appliance will surely be enjoyed by your family and friends… most especially the kids. It will make a lovely effect on your table in any occasion like birthdays, weddings, baptismal, business meetings, parties, and holidays as well. Visually yummy as the melted chocolate flows while being surrounded with all the fruit slices such as bananas, strawberries  and melons, bread sticks, biscuits and marshmallows… waiting to be dipped in this sweet brown treat.

chocolate fountain parts

Its parts consists of the tower (the brown one on the right side), the screw (the black one below the tower) which will be inserted in the middle of the tower, the motor block (the three brown screw head-like on top of the appliance’s reservoir) where the tower will be placed, the heating switch and the motor switch (the two red buttons near the base of the appliance).

You can use pure chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate in the said appliance. AVOID using chocolate with raisins, almonds, and nuts for these will block the rotation of the screw. NEVER use cold liquid in the fountain or even adding it in the melted chocolate for it will stop it from flowing. Just make sure that you are going to use completely melted chocolate. You can add oil if needed to make it really thin. For the chocolate preparation you can melt the chocolate in the microwave oven or in a saucepan or you can buy an already melted chocolate fondue in a pack.

For adult parties and for a different taste, you can add liquor by using a measuring jug. Desired liquor taste such as Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Frangelico, Cre’me de Menthe, and Godiva Liquor to name a few. You can also add chocolate flavors with taste of orange, hazelnut, mocha, mint, and coconut.

chocolate fountain with plug

Buying a chocolate fountain of any brand comes along with a warranty and user’s manual or guide for proper usage that SHOULD BE FOLLOWED for SAFETY use.

Photos by: Sukito San

food tips: FRUIT SALAD from LEFTOVER FRUITS

fruit salad

One of the things that we have to deal with after our New Year’s feast is how are we gonna consume all the food on the table that we have already served before its expiration date. Leftover fruits are one of the main concerns of “should be consumed” before its rotten state. 

Just one tip… slice all the unconsumed fruits in your refrigerator in your desired shapes and sizes. Mix it all in a big bowl. Add enough amount of cream and condensed milk according to your taste. Avoid adding any citrus fruits like oranges and lemons in your salad if there’s any milk ingredients present. Mixing together of citrus fruits and milk may cause vomiting and nausea aside from its not so pleasant taste when combined. Anyway, after mixing the sweet tasting fruits with milk and cream… chill it and serve! Now, you can have it as your appetizer or dessert. Enjoy 🙂

Photo by: Sukito San

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food moment: NEW YEAR TABLE

New Year Table

New Year Fruits

Celebrating New Year with just delicious food isn’t enough if you’re not sharing and eating it with your loved ones. It’s really your family and friends that you’re dining with… on your New Year’s table that counts.

New Year Cake

Welcoming 2014 with a bang! Happy Bountiful New Year!

Photos by: Sukito San

food recipe: TINOLANG MANOK

tinolang manok

One of my favorite Filipino dish is the appetizing “Tinolang Manok”. My father always cook it every weekend because he loves chicken dishes with broth. So, here’s how he does his specialty cuisine.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp olive oil (cooking oil will do if there’s no olive oil available)

1 pc red or white onion, small diced

1 head garlic, crushed and sliced

1 small ginger, julienned (cut into strips)

1 pc green papaya, cut into thin pieces

1 sheaf sili leaves

1 pc whole chicken, cut into 8-10 pieces

4 cups of rice washing (the third wash)

5 stalks of malunggay leaves (optional)

small amount of salt or patis to taste

Procedure:

1. Saute’ onion, garlic, and ginger in olive oil for 2 minutes.

2. Add chicken, then stir and cook for 5-6 minutes.

3. Pour the rice washing and let it boil, scoop and remove the foam. Then, simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Add the sliced green papaya and simmer for about 10 minutes.

5. Season with salt or patis according to your desired taste.

6. Add the sili leaves and stir… followed by the malunggay leaves (if there’s any) for a different twist.

7. Remove from heat and transfer into a serving bowl then serve.

Important tip:

When you add the sili leaves and the malunggay leaves or any leafy vegetables in a dish while cooking,

DO NOT COVER the pot to attain a lively green color of the leaves.

Photo by: Sukito San

food moment: CAKE AND DONUTS… A Halloween Treat!

halloween cake

donuts

Thank you for the cake and donuts that set the mood for our little Halloween treat!

Filipinos doesn’t usually celebrate Halloween in a party way. Instead, we spend it in a day of prayer for the loved ones who passed away and visiting the cemetery. But, as the time went by, pinoys tend to adopt the Western culture of celebrating the said holiday in a colorful and festive way wherein colorful and different costumes were worn by the party goers while spending it in a happy mood and not in a too much serious manner. Other subdivisions in town have organized a “Trick or Treat” event within their whole neighborhood.

halloween party

Anyway, in our part… our family used to do it the traditional way with prayers and the like. Yet, at the end the day… we chose to celebrate it in a festive mood. So, we’ve organized a Halloween party unexpectedly for the kids in our mini-family reunion. Since, we have no time in cooking extravagant dishes… we just bought a Halloween cake and lots of colorful donuts that will surely make the kids crave for it. It was such an instant and quickie party but it turned out to be a very enjoyable and memorable celebration that tightened our quality family bonding time with some fun games on the side.

Happy Halloween!

Photos by: Sukito San

food trivia: YAKULT

yakult

Have it ever crossed your mind why “Yakult” always come in a small bottle?

When I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to find “Yakult” in a 1 liter bottle.  Obviously, I didn’t succeed. I have thought that maybe it will easily get spoiled when exposed and that is why you have to consume it all in one drinking session to avoid it from getting wasted.

“Yakult” is a cultured milk drink made by fermented mixture of skimmed milk combined with Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain which is a beneficial bacteria. It was created by Minoru Shirota, a Japanese scientist who graduated from Kyoto University.

Based from the companies of “Yakult” in Australia and Malaysia, the favorite cultured skimmed milk drink is sold in small bottles to prevent it from getting contaminated. If it will be contained in a bigger bottle, drinking the unconsumed beverage later or the next day will compromise the quality of the probiotic dairy product due to its good bacteria content. One small bottle consumption of 80 ml “Yakult” each day is enough to keep the drinker healthy. On the other hand, it is available in a 65 ml and 100 ml bottles in other countries. In Singapore, “Yakult”  has 3 different flavors, namely… grapes, orange, and apple in a single pack of five including two bottles of its original flavor.

Drinking “Yakult” aids in gastrointestinal infections, modulates the immune system, and regulates well our bowel habits and constipation. But more than being a thirst quencher,  its slight sweetness and palatable taste makes it really delicious that you will want to crave for more.

Photo by: Sukito San

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakult

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/03/12/10/just-curious-why-yakult-bottle-so-small

food recipe: How to Make “KUNDOL” or WINTER MELON Candy

kundol

A “Kundol” vine growing on my sister’s backyard starts to bear lots of  fruits. We usually pick the young ones and cooked with other vegetable dishes or as a yummy soup that taste a little sweet when eaten. Since it’s plenty, my mom decided to make candies out of the mature ones for a change. Commonly known as “kundol” in the Philippines and popularly heard as one of the vegetables mentioned in a local “Pinoy” folk song “Bahay Kubo”… this fruit vine was known in other English names as winter melon, white gourd or ash gourd. It has a protective white powdery covering on its fruit and you can see and observe that when you touch it. Anyway, here’s how my mother made her “kundol” candies.

INGREDIENTS:

sliced kundol

sliced “kundol” or winter melon

lime

lime

sugar

brown sugar

clean water

PROCEDURES:

peeled kundol

1. Peel off kundol and wash it afterwards.

2. Slice it into halves and remove the seeds in the middle.

3. After removing the seeds, slice the halves into another half and have it diced in small pieces according to your desired shapes.

sliced kundol in lime solution

4. Soak diced kundol overnight in clean water mixed with enough amount of lime solution. The lime will make the kundol candies crunchy enough to munch and to neutralize its taste as well.

5. The next day, remove the soaked kundol from the lime solution using a strainer.

6. In a separate big pot, boil water which is half amount of the pot mixed with brown sugar. The amount of brown sugar that you’re going to add depends on how sweet you want your candies to come out.

diced kundol cooked in water and sugar mixture

7. Next, put diced kundol in a big pot together with the water and sugar solution.

8. Keep on boiling it until the water and sugar solution runs dry or when the kundol completely absorbs the sweetness in the solution.

9. Take a bite and remove it from heat when it’s crunchy and dry enough to be eaten. Cool it down and store in glass containers or candy bowls.

kundol candy

Enjoy eating your dessert and taste its sweetness with your family and friends while watching your favorite movies at home. Happy eating!

Photos by: Sukito San

Recipe by: Prime Bermudez

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