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 :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Manila Mango?!

It's mango season here already. It's the best time to make mango float :) That's what I'm gonna do very soon.

In the supermarket this afternoon, below was the price of the mango, that is "each" not per pound. Actually, they're already on sale or discounted because the regular price of which was $1.79/each. Last week, in a different store, the discounted price was 2 for $1. A little bit cheaper. I bought 2 pieces only to try if they are sweet. In fairness, they were sweet and juicy.

Price at Raley's

Manila Mango

Well, the issue here is, why are they called Honey Manila Mango or Mangoes wherein these mangoes are products of Mexico? You may read the labels when you xoom the photo.

I know that there must have an explanation behind this but it's just that, it has caught my attention at some point, hehehe!

Just sharin' :)

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ginataang Tahong- Thai Style

I had yummy dinner tonight with my Filipino friends. We had rice noodles (bihon), fried pampano fish and ginataang tahong and of course, rice. We also had fruits like Pomelo and Mango. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the singkamas with salt :)

Anyway, I would like to share my the recipe of the Ginataang Tahong- Thai Style which I got from the internet. It's really good.

Frozen tahong

Tahong or Mussels can be bought fresh or frozen here in US. I prefer to buy the frozen (half shell) ones because they have good quality and they are meaty.

You will need:

1 box frozen mussels (2 lbs)
1 can coconut milk
3 tbsp canola oil or olive oil
1 thumb size ginger
2 serrano pepper
2 cloves garlic
2 stalks green onion
2 stalks lemon grass, sliced into 1-inch long
1 chicken cube


1. Heat a large pan and add oil.
2. Saute ginger and after 1min add garlic, lemon grass and stir for 1min or until garlic is slightly golden brown.
3. Add mussels, cocomilk, ground pepper, serrano peppers and chicken cube.
4. Simmer until mussels are cooked, stirring occasionally.
5. Add green onion for garnishing and serve.

As you can see in the photo, there is no green onion garnished because I did not have one in my kitchen, maybe next time. Then I would change the photo :)

Try this recipe, I'm sure you'll like it.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fresh Pineapple-Orange Juice

Fresh Pineapple-Orange juice is one of hubby's favorites.

He likes to put the pineapple in the juicer unpeeled. Yup, you read it right, unpeeled... just like in the photo. So I make it sure that the fruit is throughly washed in running water. The orange on the other hand, of course, should be peeled because its skin tastes bitter but the white part under the skin should be saved because according to hubby, it is very rich in nutrients.

Pineapple and Orage

ready for juicing

Put the pineapple first

juicing with Juiceman


almost full already

Voila! Fresh, yummy and healthy Pineapple-Orange Juice

If you love fresh fruit juice, buy a good brand of juicer and try this recipe. You may want to try this Fresh Apple-Carrot-Celery juice recipe  too.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I Just Baked M&M's Cookies :)

I was looking for something in the pantry this morning when I saw this gift jar cookies  in the corner. It's been sitting there for two months. I thought it's about time to use them. And I know hubby would love to have them in his baon bag.

 As you can see through the glass, the ingredients are: Oatmeal, brown sugar, raisins, M&M candies, pecan nuts and flour. According to hubby, there is also baking powder inside. And when I pour them into a bowl, I smelled cinnamon powder.

 That's the directions, also stating the additional ingredients.

 After following the directions, my two cookie sheets were filled. 
I put them in the oven altogether.

The first cookie sheet. Almost burned. Almost.

 The second cookie sheet. Perfect. But they stuck with each other
because there is no enough space for all of them.

The whole gift jar has yielded two dozens of colorful cookies. And I shared the half to my Filipino friends. They said that they were good and that they liked them.

I hope hubby liked them too. I would ask him when he gets home tonight :)

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Budbod Malagkit or Suman Recipe

My step by step recipe with photos is in my KUKABILDO blog. Here.

You will need:

3 cups glutinous rice- washed and soaked in water for 4 hours, drained
3 cans coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
banana leaves- wilted


1. Drain glutinous rice.

2. Boil the coconut milk, stirring constantly.

3. When mixture is almost dry, add the sugar and salt. Stir.

4. Then add the soaked glutinous rice. Stir again to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the wok.

4. When there is no trace of liquid anymore, you can start wrapping it in wilted banana leaves.

5. Tie in pairs, and steam for about 45 minutes in a big pot.

6. Serve with hot chocolate.

This recipe is inspired by my best friend Lalay and my other friend Inday C.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Fresh Apple-Carrot-Celery Juice

Hubby loves to drink fresh juice. His two favorites are Pineapple-Orange juice (my favorite too!) and Apple-Carrot-Celery juice.

Sharing how to make the latter.

Apple, Carrot and Celery

Juiceman is my juicer


The juice: healthy and yummy

Next time I'm going to post how to make pineapple-orange juice.

Thanks for visiting!