TCBC: ASIAN BOODLE (FATHER’S DAY)

As a last hurrah for the month of honoring our Fathers, as well as the other fathers in our families, we threw an Asian Boodle feast. We carefully chose a dish or two from certain countries that will complement the other dishes (explaining why we did not add curry as it may be overpowering). We drew lots which just made cooking more fun since we got to cook items we have never tried, or would not have chose (Tempura is quite tedious to prep!!!!). Sorry that we didn’t have photos of humans enjoying the fight since our hands got dirty pretty early and we just forgot to document and focused on stuffing ourselves. It was a very good line up! Here are our assignments: Bettinna: Tempura, Sweet Chili Cabs & Steamed Lapu-Lapu Kat: Chinese Fried Rice, Pad Thai & Laing Nica: Sweet & Sour Pork, Korean Bulgogi, Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls Oh what fun! We turned the recipes into recipe cards that you can easily take screen shots of or grab and drag to your desktop. The hands down winners: Tempura, Pad Thai, Sweet & Sour Pork & Spring Rolls! Oh I am drooling again just recalling the past weekend! Enjoy […]

The Cookbook Club for Oster

Last May 27, I, together with The Housewives of The Cookbook Club celebrated Mother’s Day (for the last time this year, before The Fathers’ month  comes in) with an intimate group of Moms and their kiddos to prepare family favorites using the latest Oster product – The Oster Ball Mason Jar Blender. It is a privilege for our Cookbook Club to host the first #OsterKitchenConversations again in a long time and to be launching their new baby as well. Thank you Oster! In honor of Moms who are naturally SUPERMOMS, we decided on a laid back, casual Country Fair theme,  where food is always familiar, comforting, and satisfying – something Moms always bear in mind when serving their families – yet are such a breeze to prepare with Oster’s help. A no-sweat menu our Moms can prepare for the entire family simply because prep time has been cut down to more than 50% off the time and so with more time to spend on plating and styling, making homemade food even more appetizing than straightforward, casual country fair food presentation. There sure is something for every member of the family at a fair! However, being the modern housewife wannabes that we are, […]

TCBC featuring: Boodle Boodle Gang

On May 20, The Housewives prepared a Pinoy Boodle Feast for Nica’s youngest brother, Carlo. He only requested for Chicken BBQ and ensalada with itlog na pula (Pinoy Salted Egg Salad) as well as crabs. He wanted the crabs though to be cooked Singaporean style. And although it was out of theme but because it was HIS day, we gladly obliged… and The Housewives saw to it to give more than expected – as always, as every housewife should. Laying out everything we cooked on banana leaves had to be strategically done… The sloppy Singaporean Salted Egg Crabs had to be on top of the rice. Of course. To cushion and save much of the golden sauce. The contents of the spread… With sawsaw-ones… Not just 1, not 2… but 4. Hahaha! (Sorry, just had to!). The ideal housewife gives several options 😉 The battle we all gladly faced 🙂 We all had this view and was clueless where to begin. You see, us Housewives don’t just cook and serve our families a complete spread from scratch. We do our best just as well taking the perfect top shot. Nice one, Nica! #BuwisBuhay Right before digging in… Oh we were […]

TCBC Housewives X Gummy’s 6th!

Even if I say that Gummy will only have a party if its her 1st or 7th or 18th birthday, Mothers really cannot help but celebrate their child’s life yearly. So we, the member of the Housewives Cookbook Club, threw Gummy an intimate (40 peeps) Moana-inspired Luau-Tiki-Hawaiian party to celebrate her 6th! I honestly did not think it would be possible and successful with only just a day’s notice and preparation! (Four pairs of hands are always better than one! Thank you Housewives for helping Mummy Bites!) We are blessed to be living in a condominium compound that has a vast, grassy lawn where we can have picnics everyday and children can run around and play. The setting of our outdoor party was breezy and laid back – perfect for an afternoon of stories and laughters over themed homemade, handy and bite-sized food. Our long tables with shorter legs were supplied by UrbanWillowPH. Nice took care of the mallow-dogs, fresh fruit bowl and refreshments. Ate made the SPAM Musubi and Coleslaw topping for the Pulled BBQ Chicken. Of course Ton made the cake as Gummy is guaranteed at least 2 cakes every year – a homemade, all edible cream cheese or buttercream-frosted […]

THE COOKBOOK CLUB: Espanyol Espesyal

So for our second meeting, the Housewife wannabeez decided to cook up a Spanish Storm for our loved ones – our families, of course, in celebration of Valentine’s! And by a storm we meant a FEAST enough to feed 20-30 people! We did not expect our output to be that much. I guess we really have that much love to give, if you know what I mean! 😉 Assignments were as follows: El Apertivo y Tapas (appetizers or starters) were split between Nica and Ate Kat. Starch and centrepiece dish on me. Nica prepared Gambas Al Ajillo (Spanish style Garlic Shrimps), Sautéed Mushrooms and Spanish Chorizo. As well as “adult-friendly” (less alcohol for our parents) Sangria. Ate Kat made Fabada or Spanish bean and chorizo stew; two versions of Mussels – one smoked (without the use of a griller, just some life hacking skills which she will share with you) and one with white wine, Beef Salpicao and as an addition to our mains – Callos a la Madrileña, a traditional Spanish stew composed primarily of beef tripe, chorizo de bilbao and garbanzo beans. I, on the other hand was tasked to prepare Arros Negre or Paella Negra (flavoured and blackened by squid ink) and Cochinillo Asado – […]

EVERYBUDDY LOVES BUDDY

So everybody knows THE BOSS was in town for TLC Festival 2016 this weekend, right? Buddy Valastro, who despite being known for his title as CAKE BOSS, true to his name really is just everybuddy’s Buddy, a gentle unassuming warm person to everybody. I’m not gonna say much about this unimaginable surreal experience and just let my photos do the talking. But allow me to share just two things I brought home with me last Sunday. His heart, humility and hardwork. How Buddy managed to gain the respect of everybody twice his age when he took over his father’s baking business at the age of 17 was done through modeling exactly what he wanted his people to learn and do. He was always the first in the kitchen and last to leave as he would be scrubbing floors with them, which he says he does up to this day. He believes in doing something yourself first before asking others to do it too. And you can’t demand people to do something you yourself do not do. He wanted his people to work hard so he showed it. He wanted his workers to respect him so he showed it first. It […]

EARLY CHRISTMAS AT EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST CLUB

I cannot emphasize just how much I LOVE breakfast food. And how great breakfast makes my day. And how collaborating with our favorite breakfast place for 3 years now pretty much made our year! Excited is such an understatement when Early Bird approached me to collaborate with them for my favorite season of the year. I was over the moon and beyond thrilled to actually pitch and contribute items for their holiday menu. I love how my concepts and fusions and life stories were integrated and transformed into actual, tangible, tasty dishes. Rightful commendation to Chefs Matt and Matt (Yes, there are 2 Matthews in the EBBC kitchen). Allow me to share with you the stories and inspiration behind every dish we co-created with Early Bird Breakfast Club. To start with why not munch on Malunggay toasts smothered with Tinapate? I love bread. In whatever shape, color, size, softness or crust they come in, I love them. I can live without rice but certainly not without bread. I also love making our own bread at home (from scratch, hand-kneaded that is) as a table staple. Pandesal is the reason why I got into bread making and baking. I grew up with […]

KID-FRIENDLY BEEF BOLOGNESE

Pasta is truly one of the easiest dishes to make. In fact the sauce is so versatile it can even be as base for pizza or dipping sauce for bread or chips. You have the freedom to use spaghetti, macaroni, angel hair, penne etc. It can be baked or mixed as is. One of the challenges though as a Mom is to make your children appreciate the true flavors of dishes. At some point you want your kids to acquire the taste of adult spaghetti – the unapologetic italian version full of herbs, and not just grow up only knowing spaghetti in the familiar, typical sweet Pinoy-style we all were accustomed to. Although that one is undeniably comfort food for kids and kids at heart, children should also appreciate how adults like their food. So how do you reconcile and tweak a classic and meet your kids half way? I did it by making a purely tomato based, herb-infused sauce with just a hint of guiltless sweetness using Coco Natura and still added the staple hotdog slices – or cheesed rather, after the specific request of my Gummy. You can even add minced mushrooms for more protein. And they will […]

MY LOUSY LAING STORY

If there was a Pinoy dish that I was very eager to make as a first-time cook, it was Laing. I am sure that you will all agree that there is something about Laing that makes you drool and scream for rice. You GATA love Laing! (Another witty wordplay right there! Kidding!!!) Laing as most know is quite a tricky dish to cook especially when you are under experienced in the kitchen. Some say if you do not do it properly, the gabi that you add tend to make your tongue itchy. However I still pushed for this dish. Although I have had some tantrums that my Mom and Wowa (who are great cooks in their own right and kitchens!) had to endure along the way as I perfected this recipe. I remember one time I wanted to cook Laing for a group of people at work. I was so confident I could do it. And it turned out undercooked as the aing leaves didn’t quite absorb the coconut cream  while the bottom was already burnt! And the gabi was nothing but MAKATI! I felt I could still remedy it ON MY OWN. But my very thoughtful Wowa, in her […]