food recipe: MILKY CAIMITO

milky caimito

Caimito or Star Apple is one the summer fruits in the Philippines. Since its plenty during this hot season… the best way to enjoy eating this fruit aside from tasting it from being freshly-picked from the tree, is when you have it chilled.

Here’s how you can simply make your own “Milky Caimito”.

You’ll need:

  • Caimito
  • Condensed Milk

Procedure:

  1. Cut the caimito in halves. Scrape it with spoon and remove the seed.
  2. Place the scraped fruit pieces in a mixing bowl. Add condensed milk according to your desired sweetness. 
  3. Chill inside the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more of your desired coldness.

milky caimito dessert

Now, you have your homemade dessert ready to be served. Enjoy eating 🙂

Photo by: Sukito San

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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 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

food recipe: BLESSED COCONUT OIL on GOOD FRIDAY

coconut oil

Once a year, whenever “Holy Week” comes… I always see my mother extract oil from coconut on Good Friday and have it blessed on Black Saturday in a mass called “Blessing of the Fire”. It was believed that the blessed oil and water from this mass can heal sickness and can cure “spiritual illnesses”. This tradition were followed by devout Catholics during the Season of Lent and should be cooked with the use of wood through an “ulingan” and be extracted from coconut oil. This custom in cooking became vital not only in Philippine cuisine but also among the conservative Catholics especially those living in rural ares or in the provinces. Anyway, you can also use it as an alternative cooking oil for your specialty dishes or just by simple frying. It’s also healthwise because it’s natural and free from any preservatives. You can also use it by oiling your hair with it… 20 minutes before you take a bath to achieve thicker volume and to avoid a dry crowning glory.

You will need:

gata

coconut milk or gata ng niyog (4 coconuts will do)

pandan

4-5 clean and washed pandan leaves (for aromatic scent)

oregano

4-5 oregano leaves (optional)

calamansi leaves

6-7 calamansi leaves (optional)

ulingan

ulingan or any improvised stove wherein you can use wood or charcoal to fuel fire

Here’s how:

1. Have your coconut milk ready.

2. Fire up your ulingan using scrap wood or charcoal.

3. With the use of a wide mouthed pan or “kawan” heated in your “ulingan”, Pour in your coconut milk.

4. Cook it with cover for around 20 minutes while stirring it once in a while to prevent it from getting burned and to maintain the good consistency of the coconut milk.

5. Add pandan leaves. Stir it a little.

6. After a while, you can add up the oregano and calamansi leaves followed by slight stirring.

langis

7. After an hour or more, keep on stirring it once in a while. As the liquid dries up, you will just see the natural oil from the coconut on the pan with the “latik” or the coconut curds. By the way, the “latik” or coconut curds were commonly used as a main topping or as a garnish on local Filipino desserts like “biko“.

8. Keep on stirring until only the pure coconut oil remains on the pan and the “latik” as well.

latik

9. Cool it down for a while and use a strainer in filtering to separate the “latik” from the oil.

10. Put the oil in a dry, clean and empty bottle or medium-sized container for lasting storage.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. You must cook it on Good Friday and it should be done before 3:00 pm (which is the time of the death of Christ).

2. If you wanted it blessed. Take it with you and have it blessed on a Black Saturday mass which is the “Blessing of the Fire”. Then, you can place it in your altar at home.

Photos by: Sukito San

food recipe: GREEN CARBONARA

     Another pasta treat from my sister for merienda from Del Monte Kitchenomics recipe. Not her original recipe but she just wanted us to taste it after she tried it herself. My sister used spinach fettuccine pasta as an alternative for the common spaghetti pasta to make her carbonara version green in color. Personally, I like its creamy luscious taste and this recipe never fails to satisfy my tummy!

Ingredients:

1/4 kg. Del Monte Spaghetti, cooked

(alternate spinach fettuccine pasta if you want it green)

150 g. bacon, fried until crisp then crumbled

2 tbsp. butter

1 piece chicken bouillon cube

2 tbsp. all purpose flour

1 cup evaporated milk, mixed with 3/4 cup water

1/4 cup diced cheddar cheese

Procedure:

1. Melt butter. Add chicken bouillon cube, flour, and salt to taste. Stir until blended. Add combined milk and water gradually with continuous stirring until smooth. Continue cooking over low heat while stirring for 20 minutes or until thick.

2. Add bacon and a half of cheese. Pour over cooked Del Monte Spaghetti. Top with remaining cheese.

    This recipe promotes growth for kids and good source of lysine which is an essential nutrient for human health and plays a vital role for our bones and tissues. It makes 6 servings.

(Photos taken by: Jonelyn Bermudez Santiago)

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