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Hormel SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey

>> Tuesday, January 24, 2012


If you live in the United States, you wouldn't just be looking for cowgirl boots at BootCity.com, but you may have SPAM included in your everyday breakfast list, as it is after all common there. But here in the Philippines, unless you are well to do, you will not have SPAM on a regular basis. You may not have SPAM even on a monthly basis. Technically, you will find SPAM at the imported section of the grocery. And if you are running your household on a tight budget, you will not have SPAM in your grocery list.
After TS Sendong hit our city, we were running on a really tight budget. With our house and vehicles up for repairs and clean up, we knew that expenses are gonna be bumpy. Plus expenses for other things will surely arise. It was a depressing scenario but we managed to smile when my father, out of humor, brought home this Hormel SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey. A day after that, it was cooked and served during breakfast. That particular day, we were about to start cleaning up again after the Christmas holiday. That afternoon that he bought the Hormel SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey, was actually the afternoon he received his differential from his retirement fund. We asked him why he bought such a pricey canned good, and he said that with all the canned goods we have been receiving, we must at least have something that will make us want more out of life. I couldn't quite figure out what he meant, but it was like, after Sendong hit you and you have been spared, been given canned goods that actually have the same labels, you must have one that must be unique to keep you wanting for more out of life. If I am to put that in simple words, it would be "a canned good for inspiration" with a twist of my father's humor. I guess that is quite understandable...
So yeah, after that SPAM was devoured, my sister told me that we should be able to stand up after the storm that passed. Otherwise, we may not have another chance to eat SPAM again, lol.. Kidding aside, I think it worked. 

Anyway, if you wanna know more about Hormel SPAM you can find data here.


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Basa fillet (commonly called Pangasius Fillet)



Another type of fish that we have been buying since the TS Sendong devastation is this Pangasius Fillet imported from Vietnam. We have plenty of them at our local supermarket. And that is quite a blessing. 

This white fish meat is actually very popular everywhere in the world, not only for its tasty meat, but also because of its cheaper price. And what's really good about this fish fillet is that, it is boneless, so no hassle for the cook or for the eater, lol. 

How we cooked the Pangasius Fillet comes in a variety of recipes. Here are two ways we cooked the Pangasius Fillet. This one below was just sauteed with a little garlic, onions, some chili peppers and other spices.
 There's the breaded fillet which we pan fried..
Of course, there are many other recipes for this kind of fish. One very good ingredient if you prefer light meals, or if you wish to substitute meat in a meat recipe. If you have a recipe to share, do leave them as a comment here, as I am very much interested to know how you cook Basa fillet or Pangasius Fillet.



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The Poor Man's Bangus Belly Soup..



After TS Sendong has devastated our city, we have not been able to eat fish because we were afraid of buying fish. Let alone, what we could see in its belly... But then, one day, we just couldn't take eating pork, chicken and beef alternate with the canned goods that we have plenty of. So one time, we decided to buy Century Bangus Belly. It's quite pricey if you compare it with the fresh Bangus that our supplier always sell to us. But even our supplier have temporarily stopped her fish business after TS Sendong passed through... 

Well, here's what we did with the Bangus Belly. Some soup minus the vegetables to go with it.. We didn't have any vegetable to go with the soup. Some cabbage or Petchay would have been perfect. You could say it's a poor man's Bangus Belly Soup, since it lacked some of the ingredients, lol.. 
Anyhow, it was still a pretty good soup.. We just love how Bangus Belly is when cooked this way. Other recipe would call for steamed Bangus Belly, or Baked Bangus Belly. Well, maybe next time. So far, after Sendong, we have only been able to buy frozen and prepacked fish. I so miss the fresh ones--- Well, it's better that nothing at all. On a lighter note, do you know that when i looked for wind spinners online, all I have been seeing are milk-fishes hanging by threads of different colors? Am I hallucinating or just day dreaming? hahaha...


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Crazy Over Dodol...Special Dodol...

>> Saturday, January 21, 2012



Here's one treat that I think I have already posted about in the previous posts. I am posting this again because this one is quite different from the previous treat I tasted.. 
Last week, my mom came home with this yummy treat from her office mate. This is a huge special dodol. Special indeed because this is not too sweet or too oily. The taste is quite different from previous dodols I have tasted. 
Dodol is actually a treat more common among our brothers and sisters of Islamic faith here in Mindanao. At least the kind that I am featuring here on this blog. It's a sweet treat they serve during celebrations customary to their faith. Of course, when it is served, it shall be placed in grandiose dishes befitting the occasion.  The taste and texture is quite similar to a hardened Calamay, the treat that Bohol is famous for. But if you go to Cebu, a certain place there serves Calamay that is hardened, much like the dodol.. So in a way, Dodol and Calamay are quite similar.

Anyhow, if you search about Dodol online, you will learn that there are many different kinds of Dodol. 


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Ice Cream and Pizza Combo



My daughter and brother had been asking me for pizza and ice cream since Sunday, but we didn't have time to buy some, so last Tuesday, we ordered from Alberto's Pizza two kinds of pizza and pint of ice cream too. I would not have been able to buy some or order, if Alberto's staff didn't call me to inform that I am only two points away from my free pizza. 

 The ice cream had always been our favorite since we first tasted it...
 The Alberto's Pizza varieties comprised of All Sausage Pizza and All Pepperoni.

Ice cream in rich chocolaty goodness, combined with spicy pizza was a knock out! We all loved the said food combination.. If you ask my daughter to choose between this food combo and a set of personalized bracelets, she will definitely give you a yummy answer..


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Banana Bread Galore...




Sorry I was not able to update right away. I had been busy. Anyway, here's one update that will surely leave you craving for bananas and all other recipes with banana as the main ingredient. 


But let's just focus on what my sister made from the bananas that my cousin gave us.. It's Banana Bread--- though some call it, Banana Cake. 

In the course of baking, my sister was able to bake 8 of these babies.. The bananas given to us were actually export quality Dole Bananas, and my golly! There were too many of them. We were told that it will take a month before they can be eaten but 3 weeks after, they were ready. So much bananas and so few of us to eat all of them, so we ended up giving most of them away.. Some of the baked goodies too were given away to friends and family.. That's what I call, sharing blessings.. perhaps next time it will be Golden Eagle gold bullion that we shall share.. That is when luck falls in place after the Chinese New Year. Well, we'll see.


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Welcoming the New Year

>> Monday, January 2, 2012



Christmas eve and New Year's eve came and gone. It's officially year 2012. The year-ender was quite devastating, yet we continue to hope for a better new year ahead. During Christmas, we tried so hard to be happy and thankful that none of my family members died, but knowing that we have friends and neighbors who lost family members, we were devastated as well. It was not the same Christmas celebration compared with those of the previous years. We may have cooked and prepared food, but we didn't have a table to place all of them on, as well as the zest to be merry. So yeah, we had a thankful celebration, but not a merry one. Come to think of it, it was more like a rest day for all of us who had to clean up and wash clothes after the storm. And funny, even now that 2012 has arrived, we are still not done.  On the lighter note,  we did enjoy the food, for when we got hungry, we had food to eat.

Earlier in the day, prior to New Year preparations, CDO Bloggers distributed Media Noche treats in Barangay Pita, Kauswagan, in Macanhan and in Balulang. And I could say that my family, although a survivor as well, are way better than their current condition.

 We didn't have to chase cars of people giving relief goods, or race with each other to have more...
We didn't have to sleep in the cold pavement in the night, and stay there in the heat of the mid morning, high noon and afternoon..

We had food, though not as grand as the previous New Years.. No Lechon, no table.. no house of our own... But we had the following...

 Beef Nilaga cum Bulalo...
 Manang Bebing's Ginataang Langka...
 Sauteed vegetables...
 Beef Caldereta...

 Squid Rings and Fried Chicken..
 Tapioca/Fruit Salad...
 Chocolate Cake...
Manang Bebing's Biko Espesyal with Buko and Peanuts...
Sotanghon with lots of chicken...
Oro Ham...
And fruits... It's not exactly like the previous years where we have a complete assortment of Christmas fruits, but they're good enough.. We have each other, and that's all that matters, right? But with no table, we also didn't have any family photo for 2012..  Somehow, we slept through the New Year, except for the short time watching fireworks outside.. Not quite a happy new year, but it was all okay.. Hopes are high, though spirits are low..

Well, from my family to yours, from TS Sendong survivors to the world, Happy New Year... a blessed one for all of us.. 


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