Binagoongang Lechon Kawali sa Gata

I found this recipe on a magazine. One of my favorite dishes is the one that has gata or coconut cream on it. So when I saw this recipe, I went ahead and gave it a try. By the way,  I already did the frying of the Pork Belly before and you can find the recipe Here. So what I will share with you is the recipe for the Gata Sauce. Here it is:

Gata Sauce:
2 tbsp    oil
2 pcs      medium red onions, sliced
1/2 cup   garlic, chopped
1 cup      tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup   leeks, sliced(don't have this)
1/2 cup   bagoong, raw
3-4 tbs    vinegar
2 pcs      finger chili, sliced
2 pcs      bay leaves
1 cup      water
1 tsp       MAGGI MAGIC SARAP
1 cup      coconut cream(don't use the canned ones, fresh is better)
              cooked pork belly cubes

Instructions:
1. In a wok, heat oil. Saute onions, garlic, tomatoes and leeks till soft. Add bagoong and cook for 2-3 minutes.Pour in vinegar and simmer.
2. add finger chili, bay leaves, water and Magic Sarap. Let simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Pour in coconut cream and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
3. Pour sauce over cooked pork belly cubes.


Cheesy Special Mamon(Filipino Yellow Sponge Cake)

This is the second time that I've done Mamon and the only reason I am doing it just now is that I really don't like separating the egg yolks and egg whites and this recipe has 8 eggs to be separated! Wow that's a lot of eggs :)

But since I really love mamon, I said to give it another try and use a different recipe this time. What I wanted to accomplish was to bake a mamon that's like the ones selling at Red Ribbon which is their Butter Mamon. Their mamon was the best one I've tasted! It was so soft, creamy and fluffy! I can eat 6 of it in one seating :)

Anyway, I love the outcome! So soft, sweet and creamy, it was really delicious! I also added a topping of combined icing sugar, butter and vanilla and finally sprinkle grated cheese on top of each one. Wow, I really can't stop eating, haha!

By the way, I yielded 17 mamon on big molders :)
Check the recipe here: Special Mamon
Here's the recipe in case you can't access the site above:

Ingredients
8 egg yolks
8 egg whites (separate the whites from the yolk in different bowls)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 3/4 cups sifted Cake Flour
1/3 cup melted Butter
1/3 teaspoon Orange Extract
1/4 teaspoon Lemon Extract
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
3/4 cup sugar

Procedure
1. Beat in a mixer at high speed until thick: 8 egg yolks (at room temperature), 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/3 cup water.
2. When you cannot feel the sugar granules from the mixture anymore, at low speed — add 1 tbsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1-3/4 cup sifted cake flour, 1/3 cup melted butter (cooled down), 1/4 tsp. orange extract, and 1/4 tsp. lemon extract.
3. In a separate bowl, beat 8 eggwhites with 1 tsp. of cream of tartar at high speed. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff (about 4 minutes).
4. Fold in the yolk mixture into the whites.
5. Grease 14 big mamon molds or 20 small molds with softened or melted butter on all sides.
Note: I prefer softened butter. This way, I can control how much butter I want to grease the pans with.
6. Pour the mamon mixture into the greased molds, 3/4′s full. Thus, the resulting mamon will be high and soft.
7. Bake mamon at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.
8. When done, brush the mamon with softened butter and roll in a plate of sugar. You can also add grated cheese.

Other Notes:
1. Put extra butter, melted, at the bottom of the molds.
2. When you beat the eggwhites, you can change the direction of your beating BUT let 1 minute elapse before changing the direction of the beating.
3. Do procedure no. 3 first (the egg whites).
Try it. You’ll love the sweet, buttery and soft texture of this Special Mamon.

Lechon Kawali (Deep Fried Pork Belly)

For Mother's day last Sunday, I decided to cook a very easy dish that is a staple in pinoy cooking... Lechon Kawali!

I just happened to read a magazine when I came across a recipe using Magic Sarap and that is a recipe for Lechon Kawali. You should try this because it's really delicious and so easy to make! My family loved this!

Lechon Kawali (I halved the recipe)

Ingredients:
1 kg              pork belly
1/3 cup         garlic, crushed
1 pc              bay leaf
4 sachets       MAGGI MAGIC SARAP (8g)
1 tsp             pepper

Procedure:
1. Combine ingredients in a pot and fill with enough water to submerge pork belly. Boil until tender(mine was tender after 30 minutes).
2. Cut pork belly into cubes. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.

See it's that easy! Now go and make this and don't forget Mang Tomas Sarsa to complete this meal..yummy!

Baked Mac

Hi! I was able to make baked mac at last! I used Panlasang Pinoy's recipe though I made modifications coz I only have an 8x8 pyrex dish. Below are my modifications in red:

Baked Macaroni Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb uncooked elbow macaroni (I used about 3/4 of this)
Meat Sauce:
  • 3 tbsp butter (2 tbs)
  • 1 lb ground beef (1/4 kilo)
  • 1 ½ cup diced tomatoes (canned) (used fresh tomatoes, 2 pc)
  • 1 small onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced (used 1 medium size)
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste (used about 100 grams)
  • 1 tsp paprika (1/2 tsp)
  • 1 piece beef cube
  • 1 cup water (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbsp sugar (1/2 tbs)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Mornay Sauce:
  • 3 tbsp butter (2 tbs)
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour (2 tbs)
  • 2 cups fresh milk (1 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (1/8 tsp)
  • 1 ounce grated parmesan cheese (90 grams)
  • 2 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (don't have this so I just used parmesan cheese)
Finished product was delicious! Though I just wish I didn't just used parmesan cheese coz the mornay sauce became a little too dry. Next time I will definitely use cheddar cheese!
 
 
inside the oven!

Easy Chicken Lollipops

I was tasked to take care of 3 kids today aged 6,5 & 4(2 are my nephew and niece and the other one is my daughter Hannah) so you can imagine the chaos in our house with all the jumping in the sofa and bed and running all over the house! How stressful, but I just try not to mind them too much or else I'm gonna have a heart attack..haha!

Since I just bought chicken wings in the supermarket I thought of making chicken lollipops for the kids for I'm sure they will love it because of its crispiness and well because it's chicken :)

I tried to find the easiest recipe on the net and as usual panlasangpinoy.com did not fail me. For the flavoring, only salt and pepper was used for the chicken. How easy was that? Besides I have all the rest of the ingredients so it became very handy for me. I just had a hard time separating the chicken wings to make it as chicken lollipops. But as I go with the 4th chicken wing it became easy already. If you have kids you should try this recipe! They would surely love this!
Chicken lollipop after
Chicken lollipop before
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For making Chicken Lollipops out of Chicken Wings, please follow complete instruction here: Panlasang Pinoy's Chicken Lollipops
 

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