Thursday, February 17, 2011

Recipe: Beef Tapa (Pinoy style)



1 klo beef tenderloin, sliced half inch thcik across grain
1 cup dark soy sauce
1.5 cup cane vinegar
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp cloves
3 pcs bay leaf
1 small cinammon bark


In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
Let the beef tenderloin sit in the marinade for about a day and a half.
Remove beef from marinade and arrange on a flat tray and allow to air-dry for half a day.
Fry lightly in vegetable oil.
Boil marinade for about thirty minutes until slightly thick.
Pour over beef tapa, but not to overwhelm the beef.
Serve with fried egg, garlic- fried rice, and pickled papaya.

acknowledgment:  FB page- The Heart of Chel

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Recipe: Pasta in Creamy Crab Sauce

Here's another pasta recipe for you pasta lovers out there.  I lifted this from my friends facebook page.  I hope you like it!  I'm sure my son will love this since he is so into pastas with cream sauces....



1 cup crab meat, cooked
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1/8 tsp ginger powder
1/8 tsp dried sage
1/8 tsp dried basil
1 tsp chopped fresh, flat parsley
250 gms cooked pasta (spaghetti)
2 cups cream
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter
splash of dry white wine
olive oil
fresh ground black pepper
rock salt


Make a roux by meting the butter in a pan and add the flour and mix well until flour is smooth and combined well with the butter, forming a roux.
Add the cream and continue to a simmer, but do not allow roux to thicken so much.
In another saute pan, heat olive oil and saute garlic and onions.
Add the roux and the crabmeat, sage, basil, pasta and a splash of white wine.
Continue to cook under medium heat and season with salt and pepper.
Top pasta with chopped parsley before serving.

Acknowledgment:  recipe & photo lifted from FB page, "The Heart of Chel"

Recipe: Nilasing na Hipon (Drunken Shrimps)

Here's a shrimp recipe that is a good viand, pica-pica or a "pulutan" for the beer drinkers out there.



1/2 klo shrimps, shell in
2 cups beer
1 tbsp white sugar
rock salt
vegetable oil for frying
flour for rolling


In a mixing bowl, combine beer and sugar.
Marinate shrimps in the mixture overnight.
Before frying, drain shrimps of excess liquid and roll in flour.
For deep frying, prepare a wok and heat oil.
Deep fry shrimps to a crisp.
Drain excess oil from shrimps.
Serve on a platter and top with rock salt.
Use garlic-soy vinegar as dipping sauce.

Acknowledgment:  recipe courtesy of The Heart of Chel

Thursday, February 3, 2011

recipes: Chicken strips

If you're looking for a simple recipe that your kids will simply love, here's a recipe for chicken strips that I got courtesy of Oprah's website. sorry but i can't get a pic.  just wanted to share it with you.
 Servings: Serves 4
Chicken Strips
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder (optional)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
Preheat the oven to 375°. Combine the salt, pepper and chili powder with the bread crumbs and mix. Dip the chicken in the egg, then in the spiced bread crumbs. Place on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is firm and the bread crumbs are browned. While the chicken cooks, mix together the mustard and honey. Serve the chicken with the honey and mustard sauce.
Lifted from

Simply loving the weather

Blame it on global warming....or the cold front,  but for a person who lives in a tropical country, the cold weather these days is such a relief.  I love it!!!! No more migraine attacks.  Thank God. Except for the occasional hot streaks....
I hope it lasts till my birthday!

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Get your potbellied pig to mate

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Soil and its Uses

My son had an assignment in his Science subject.  They were asked to find out the important uses of soil.  To help out those of you who might be looking for the same, here's what we found:

Soil is a natural body consisting of layers (soil horizons) of mineral constituents of variable thicknesses, which differ from the parent materials in their morphological, physical, chemical, and mineralogical characteristics.
It is composed of particles of broken rock that have been altered by chemical and environmental processes that include weathering and erosion. Soil differs from its parent rock due to interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and the biosphere.It is a mixture of mineral and organic constituents that are in solid, gaseous and aqueous states.

Uses of Soil:

1.       Soil is used in agriculture, where it serves as the primary nutrient base for the plants. Soil resources are critical to the environment, as well as to food and fiber production. Soil provides minerals and water to plants. Soil is used to make plants grow healthy.  The types of soil used in agriculture (among other things, such as the purported level of moisture in the soil) vary with respect to the species of plants that are cultivated.

2.       Soil is used in constructions and arts. Soil material is a critical component in the mining and construction industries. Soil serves as a foundation for most construction projects. Massive volumes of soil can be involved in surface mining, road building, and dam construction. Earth sheltering is the architectural practice of using soil for external thermal mass against building walls.  Soil is used to make pots.

3.       Soil play an important role in filtrating and purifying water. After coming down as precipitation, much of the rain water is percolated through the many horizons of a soil profile and renamed as groundwater. As the water moves through different areas such as wetlands, forests, and riparian zones many pollutants are removed. Pollutants such as viruses, oils, metals, excess nutrients, and sediments are filtered out by the soil and surrounding organisms.

4.       Waste management often has a soil component. Landfills use soil for daily cover.  Septic drain fields treat septic tank effluent using aerobic soil processes.

5.       Organic soils, especially peat, serve as a significant fuel resource.

Source:  Google