Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pancit Miki Guisado

Pancit Miki Guisado

Hubby is not a pork eater  that's why I was really surprised when he ate a plate of my pancit miki today :D I bought the miki noodles from Seafoods City, Las Vegas quite awhile ago and it was really good!

 Just sharing :D

Have a good one!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Special Papaya Pickles or Achara

Achara ala Bechay :)

Every time I see fresh green papayas at the Asian Store in Reno which is very seldom, I'd always buy one or two. The other time I was there I got lucky so I bought two big ones for this recipe. 

I made 3 jars and gave them away thinking that I could buy fresh ones again during my Citizenship interview which I really did but I was too busy in my new home so the papayas just turned soft and bad in the corner of my kitchen. Sigh.

Anyway, this recipe is special because of its ingredients. I put ampalaya, string beans, of course carrots, among others. Pineapple is one of the ingredients too but I forgot to put some this time.

The recipe is here which has been  posted  already to my other blog 2 years ago.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Puto Cheese

soft and buttery
I made some today for my friend Ann.

Sharing the recipe which I got from a fellow girltalker.

You will need:

3 cups all purpose flour 
1 1/2 cup white sugar 
2  tbsp baking powder
3 eggs or egg white only- today I used egg whites
1/2 cup melted butter 
3 cups fresh milk or evaporated milk 
Eden cheese (for toppings)
puto mold (I got them from the Philippines)


1. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar). Sift.
2. Put eggs, milk and butter. Mix the batter well.  
3. Put the batter in small muffin pans and let it steam for 10 minutes or until inserted toothpick becomes clear. 
4. Put cheese on top and let it steam again until the cheese melts.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Egg with Ampalaya


After a long time, I have finally had egg with ampalaya. Thanks God. And thanks to my good friend Emy. She bought them from Seafood City in Sacramento, California.

A lot of people don't like ampalaya because of its bitter taste but I am the other way. I love ampalaya. I can eat it raw or grilled, of course with vinegar and salt, tomato and onion. 

How about you? Do you also like ampalaya?

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pork Barbecue Pinoy Style (with Veggies)

I'm glad I have found this recipe online. Thanks to this website. I had half a pound of pork only so I had to make "estimation or calculation" on how much to use for each ingredients. In tagalog "tantya2x lang" based on your desired taste. You may visit the source of this recipe for the exact measurement.

You will need:

soy sauce
garlic (smashed)
lemons or kalamansi
7 up or pineapple juice
ground black pepper
brown sugar
banana ketchup
Veggies like zucchini, bell pepper and white onion (optional)
bamboo skewers (soaked overnight to avoid burning)

Combine all ingredients thoroughly except Pork. Pour marinade unto pork. Cover and marinate overnight. Grill until meat is done.

Tips: While grilling, baste the pork with the remaining marinade for more flavoring.

If with veggies, slice them according to the photo shown above, put them in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, add in a little olive oil and herb then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight before grilling them with the pork.

Thanks for the visit!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Creamy Ice Candy

mango and peanut flavor

Since the summer has began, I have made ice candy more than 5 times already. And I could eat 5 pieces continuously while watching TFC. Geez. Yep, I eat a lot! 

You wanna make some? Visit my other blog here. You may omit the nestle cream but make sure to stir all ingredients thoroughly to make it creamy.

Thanks for visiting!

Cheese Crisps

Yesterday, hubby made some cheese crisps for our snacks. My daughter Jen used to make cheese crisps for her daddy when she was here still in the US.

If you love cheese, you may want to try this recipe.

You will need:

medium sized Flour tortillas
cheese- any kind
mexican sauce or hot sauce
whole green chili (canned) -  I omitted this ingredient because it was unavailable in my pantry.


Please do refer to the photos below.

Spread butter evenly over the flour tortilla

Turn it over. Then spread cheese. (Just refer to the photo how to do it)  

 I used tabasco hot sauce in my tortilla

 Hubby put cheese and cooked ground beef in his tortilla

And he used chipotle sauce.

Bake for 8 minutes then turn it over for 4 minutes, a total of 12 minutes cooking time.

They're really good!

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Yema Balls

After being lazy for so long, I've finally been able to blog. Bless my heart! Teehee!

Anyway, last week, I made some ice candy and yema. I was surprised when hubby liked the latter. He requested to put some in his lunch bag. That made my day :)

I had some water cellophane so I wrapped the yema balls nicely.

Sharing the recipe below:

You will need:

1 can (big) condensed milk
1 tbsp melted butter or oil
1/4 cup ground peanuts
2 tablespoons white sugar
water cellophane - optional


In a saucepan, combine melted butter and milk thoroughly.
Cook over a low heat .
Continue mixing it to avoid sticking.
Add peanuts and continue cooking until the mixture is thick enough to shape into small ball.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a small bowl.
Shape into small balls or form the shape you want. 
Roll balls in sugar.
Wrap them if you want.

Have a nice day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Truffle Cookies

You will need:
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed lilght-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate truffles, roughly chopped (if truffles aren’t handy or you’re looking to economize this recipe a bit, you can substitute with dark chocolate or even milk chocolate, but allow them to exist in larger chunks (between twice and three times the size of a regular chocolate chip).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you have a food processor, grind the 3 cups of oats into a fine powder. If not, don’t worry, you can skip this step.

In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

 Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl as necessary. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined.

Gradually add oat mixture; beat just until combined. Add chocolate truffles or chunks and mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto two baking sheets. Bake until cookies are golden brown but still soft, 12 to 16 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

If you have sweet tooth, this recipe is for you, trust me :)

Thank you for the visit!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Hubby wanted a homemade soft oatmeal cookies for his baon this week so we agreed to bake cookies together.

We just did :)

The recipe is very simple and easy.

You will need:

1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups-all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 ground cinnamon
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats


1. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar (white and brown) together. Beat in eggs one at a time then stir in vanilla.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

3. Mix in oats. Cover and chill dough for at least an hour.

4. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease cookie sheet or line the sheet with a wax paper. Roll the dough into 1-inch sized ball and place them 2-inch apart on cookie sheets.  Bake for 8-10 minutes in pre-heated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

If you like cookies try this recipe.

Thanks for the visit!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mango Float

I bought a box of ripe Manila mangoes (20 pcs) last month and I made some Mango float out of it. I wish my son was here, Mango float is one of his favorites.

Here's the recipe if you want to try.

You will need:

2-3 ripe mangoes
1 big can nestle cream or all purpose cream
1 big can condensed milk
200 grams graham crackers
crushed graham


1. Slice mangoes into thin wedges.
2. Combine condensed milk and nestle cream/all purpose cream.
3. Layer the graham crackers in a square glass pan or other container.
4. Put on the crackers a layer of mango wedges, all purpose cream and condensed milk mixture.
5. Repeat by putting layers of graham crackers then a layer of mangoes, and all purpose  cream/condensed milk mixture until you've used them all.
6. Top the final layer with graham crackers.
7. Put in the refrigerator and chill overnight. Mango float as a frozen treat tastes even more delicious when you put this dessert in the freezer.

Thanks to the source of the recipe.

And thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Oven Roasted Asparagus

I love Asparagus!

Luckily, they were on sale the other day so I bought 2 bunches for me to enjoy :) I normally steam them but this time I roasted them for a change. They were really good!

Roasted Asparagus

Sharing the very easy recipe:

You will need:

2 pounds asparagus
1/2 cup buter, melted
2-4 green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt


Place asparagus in a shallow baking sheet coated with cooking spray or put wax paper in the baking sheet. Combine the butter and green onions, spoon over asparagus. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yield: 6 servings

If you love asparagus, try this recipe.

Thanks for dropping by.

Have a good afternoon Philippines! Goodnight Nevada!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pecan Sandies

Bechay's Pecan Sandies :)

Hubby has a sweet tooth so I make sure that he has something sweet in his lunch bag at work all the time. 

I'm getting addicted to baking so I suggested to bake his own cookies instead of buying them from the store. He asked me to look for a Pecan Sandies recipe online. I browsed allrecipesdotcom and tasteof homedotcom. All needed ingredients are available in our pantry so I decided to make some for him right away.

Pecan Sandies Recipe

You will Need:

1 cup butter-softened
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar- optional


1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar, stir in water and vanilla. Add flour until well blended. Stir in pecans; mix well. Chill for 30 minutes.

2. Roll into 1-inch ball; place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 (pre-heated) for 10-15 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown.

Cream buter and sugar.

Make sure that the butter is softened not melted.

I forgot to sift the flour. My bad. Hehehe.

I did not chop my pecans because hubby said he likes them whole.

After mixing everything, I put the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. I set my kitchen timer.

I made 30 1-inch balls.

This is the indicator that the sandies are done. 

Hubby doesn't like to roll them in confectioner's sugar so I leave them as is.

Try this recipe. It is very quick and easy!

Thanks for the visit :) I appreciate it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Banana Pancakes

Finally, I have been able to make banana pancakes this morning, after months of wanting. It was my first time to make banana pancakes. They're really good and nutritious! I love its  texture and its flavor :)

Jenny, my stepson's gorgeous wife makes yummy banana pancakes. I got this idea from her. I really wanted to ask for her recipe but I decided to just look for one online.

The shape of the pancake doesn't look like a "pancake", hehehe, but I swear, it's so yummy.

Hubby likes his pancakes with syrup and butter but I don't because syrup is too sweet for me while butter is too "oily" for me.

I would like to share the recipe which is good for 3 servings.

You will Need:

1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 egg beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 ripe banana, mashed


 1. Combine flour, white sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and banana.

2. Stir flour mixture; batter will be slightly slumpy.

3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides; serve hot.

If you want bigger number of servings, check this source of the recipe here, change the number of servings you want and hit the word "calculate".

Thanks for dropping by.

Have a good one!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Banana Loaf Bread

This photo is just taken recently. 

My Banana bread!
It's my first time to bake something from the scratch today and I feel very proud of myself, hehehe!

When I saw these over-ripe bananas in our dining table, I thought of making something out of them then I remembered the Banana bread recipe posted by my co-blogger Cecil D. Thanks so much to her. Her recipe somehow triggered my curiosity because it has mayonnaise. Yup, you read it right.. Mayonnaise.

When I checked the other needed ingredients, I find them all in my pantry plus the instructions are very easy so I thought to give it a try.

The ingredients. You need flour, sugar and salt too.
I mixed the egg, mayonnaise and mashed banana in a bowl using an electric blender.

Then I mixed the dry ingredients like flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and pecan nuts in a separate bowl.

Next, I mixed the wet and dry mixture throughly. Then followed the rest of the instructions.

The product: nutritious and delicious Banana bread

Here I posted the recipe if you want to try it. Trust me, it is very easy to make.

Oh, by the way, I am happy to post it here that finally, I've been able to use the Pyrex glass loaf dish which I got from a yard sale two years ago, hehehe!

You will Need:

1 egg
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 1/3 c. mashed bananas (approximately 3)
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar (light or dark)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. nuts or chocolate chips (optional)- I used pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat egg and dressing and bananas in large bowl with whisk until well blended. Mix remaining ingredients in separate bowl. Add to banana mixture and stir until moistened. Pour into 9x5 greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Tip: Make a tent on the bread while cooking to prevent from too much browning.

Thanks for the visit.

Here I hope you could make a perfect banana bread should you decide to make a loaf or two. And I wish you good day/evening... Bechay

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ninja Kitchen System

Introducing my new kitchen buddy :)

I can't wait to try it!

Thanks to hubby for buying this for me.

And thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bacon and Smoked Ham Sandwich

Hubby just left for work and he did not know what's in his lunch bag for today. I cooked his favorite ground beef with cabbage over mashed potatoes and I also made his favorite Bacon and Ham sandwich.

Sharing here how I made the sandwich.

The Bacon n' Ham Sandwich

wrinkled bacon- hubby likes it when its almost "burned"

smoked ham from the deli

tomato, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, shepherd's bread (2 slices), mayonnaise

mild cheddar cheese

looks good na :)

Hubby loves alfalfa sprouts.

Bacon over the sprouts

looks good already :)

2 sandwiches I made

ready to be placed inside hubby's lunch bag

I like it everytime hubby goes to work because of his unending "Thank you Mahal ko" for being there for him, for preparing his baon, and for everything, hehehe! Yup, he is OA.

Thanks for dropping by :)