food moment: PAKUMBO

Pakumbo

When we had a family outing in Laiya, Batangas, Philippines… I’ve noticed something sweet being sold by the locals on the shores of the beach. Out of curiosity, I came to know by the vendor that it’s called “Pakumbo” or “Pacombo”

pakumbo on the beach

“Pakumbo” is a sweet delicacy with the use of young coconut meat strands as its main ingredient and boiled in coconut juice with brown sugar until done with its translucent form. It is usually recognized for its packaging in a dried banana bark. Locally known and sold in the beaches and nearby towns in the provinces of Batangas and Aurora, Philippines. 

pakumbo vendor

It is sometimes mistaken as “Bukayo”, only that it is served in a dried banana bark and not on the leaf. Nowadays, this yummy treat have evolved with different twist and flavors like being added with ripe langka (jackfruit) strips, peanut, and cashew nuts.

Photos taken by: Sukito San

food recipe: BUKO PANDAN

buko pandan

“Buko Pandan” which is mainly made out of “buko” or coconut is one of the famous Filipino dessert that completes the table in any occasion.

Here’s a simple recipe of this sweet course eaten at the end of the meal.

Ingredients:

½ cup shredded coconut or fresh coconut strips

1 medium can condensed milk or creamer

1 pack all-purpose cream

1 ½ teaspoon refined sugar

1 box buko-pandan flavored gelatin

1 ripe mango cut into cubes (optional)

¼ cup shredded cheese (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Prepare the buko-pandan flavored gelatin according to package direction and add sugar according to your desired sweetness.
  2. Pour the mixture into a glass container for the gelatin to cool down and set. Then cut it into strips or small cubes when it’s already in its viscous or gummy state.
  3. Combine the shredded coconut, condensed milk, cubed gulaman or gelatin. Then, cheese and mango if you have any.
  4. Chill and serve. 

Enjoy eating!

Photo taken by: Sukito San

food photos: VERY STRAWBERRY

The Strawberry Festival is a week-long event that was celebrated in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines every March. In relation to this, I am about to share on this entry some photos of strawberries in its many forms as our favorite fruit, food ingredient, and flavor.

strawberries

Strawberry Fruit

strawberry sundae

Strawberry Sundae

strawberry ice cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

strawberry-filled wafer

Strawberry Wafers

strawberry taho

Strawberry Taho

strawberry jam

Strawberry Jam

strawberry sticks

Strawberry Sticks

strawberry cinnamon roll

Strawberry Cinnamon Roll

strawberry candies

Strawberry Candies

strawberry-filled biscuits

Strawberry-filled Biscuits

strawberry rolls

Strawberry Rolls

strawberry jelly

Strawberry Jelly

strawberry doughnuts

Strawberry Doughnuts

mediterranean strawberry cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

strawberry cream cheese croughnut

Strawberry Croughnut

strawberry ice cream-filled chocolate bar

Strawberry Ice Cream-filled Chocolate Bar 

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

strawberry farm

Strawberry Farm

Photos Taken By: Sukito San

Strawberry Cake Photo By: Entz Gomez Alcaraz

 

food recipe: TUNA FLAKES WITH QUAIL EGGS

Tuna Flakes with Pugo Eggs

For people who’s always on the go and just rely on canned goods to cook a special meal… here’s a simple recipe of tuna flakes in can with a twist.

Ingredients:

2 cans tuna flakes in oil

pugo or quail eggs (of your desired number) 

3 potatoes cut into cubes

1 calamansi fruit

1 white onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic chopped

small piece of ginger chopped or julliened

salt 

water

Procedure:

  1. Pre-boil pugo or quail eggs for 10 minutes in a separate pot. Chill and then peel its shell afterwards.
  2. In a separate wok or pan, saute white onion, garlic, and ginger using only the oil of the tuna flakes in can. 
  3. Add 2 cans of tuna flakes to the sauteed ingredients.
  4. Pour enough amount of water as its broth and stir. 
  5. Add the cubed potatoes and let it boil in the broth until tender and done.
  6. Put the pre-boiled pugo or quail eggs. 
  7. Season it with a little amount of salt to taste.
  8. Turn off the fire and squeeze your tuna dish with a calamansi juice then stir.
  9. Serve hot with rice on the side.

Enjoy eating with family!

Photo taken by: Sukito San

2015 in review: SUKITOSPOON

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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food photos: CAKE GALORE

I will always cherish my taste encounters with these cakes. And I really love having these slices of heaven over and over again for my dessert!

Mango Cake

Mango Cake

Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake

Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake

Oreo Cake

Oreo Cake

Mango Graham Cake

Mango Graham Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Sans Rival Cake

Sans Rival

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Ube Cake

Ube Cake

Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake

Photos by: Sukito San

Other Photo Contributors: Jonelyn Santiago (Cheesecake & Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake), Entz Gomez (Strawberry Cake)

 

2014 in review: SUKITOSPOON

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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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

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