Thursday, March 28, 2013

Summer Time means Halo-halo time in Philippines

Yes, at last, after so many months of waiting to be back in my own country, baby and I were able to relax by enjoying our vacation in the Philippines.

 Truly it is hot and summer is in. I do like summer in the Philippines although one thing I don't like is the unpredictable weather change in our country. But for now, what I can say is that I enjoy here in Makati City. The sun is high, the sky is blue, ahhh some breeze over here and there. Baby took a bath outside and it was fun seeing him enjoy his ball toy while splashing water in the wash basin. Anyway, this blog is still going to talk about food.

 It is about Halo-halo, one of the most favorite summer snack treat of the Filipinos. Halo-halo is a sweet, cold treat for everyone who has a sweet tooth. Halo-halo or in layman's term is called mixed mix in English is composed of different ingredients like sweet potato, pearl balls or tapioca, gulaman or gelatin, leche flan, ube, langka or jackfruit, with sweetened white beans, garbanzos, corn kernels, some evaporated milk and sugar for blending it and ice cream if its really a special order.

                                                 Have some Sweet treat this summer

 Well, my brother bought this halo-halo in the neighbor and we just added ice cream that we bought yesterday. It was really a fun way treat for this Holy Week and were on stay-cation (just at home and stay). You can add more concoction for halo-halo if your adventurous and quite playful when eating like nata de coco (one of my favorite ingredients), kaong and macapuno strips.

                                                Yummy Ice cream on Halo-halo

The invention is endless and the fun stays even more when shared with families and friends. How about you? Have you tasted Halo-halo? You can just crush ice and mix it with the ingredients I have mentioned above.Try it now to cool you down on a hot summer day!

                                                      Tempting isn't it ?! heheh!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mataar Paneer (Green Peas with Tofu)

Wow, I haven't posted anything for so long and this time ,I'm glad I can post again after being a mommy. Well anyway this food is one that I prepare for my baby although I don't cook it with too much spice so that it can be palatable for baby. The authentic mataar paneer recipe is kinda chilli since this is original Indian recipe and a favorite and easy to prepare. All u need is green peas, be it fresh or frozen there's no issue what you can use. You also need all purpose cream to make it creamy and yummy. Soft tofu which is made of soya not the milk since the tofu produced from milk is more tough and hard and I don't suggest it. What I prefer is the soft tofu or made of soya. Just slice it into bigger cubes and you don't need to fry it. 
 200 g. Green peas
 1 big onion
 2 medium tomatoes
 2 cloves of garlic
1 tbps. ginger garlic paste
a pinch of turmeric powder
 a pinch of chili powder (optional)
 garam masala (1/4 teaspoon)
 tofu (soya paneer)
salt to taste
all purpose cream
 wansoy or fresh coriander leaves (for garnishing)
1/4 tsp. jeera or cumin seeds

 How to cook:

 Put oil and when the oil is hot, put the jeera seeds and then saute garlic and onion and put salt to your onion. After that you can put turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, chili powder and masala powder. After this you can now put the chopped tomatoes and put a bit water. Once the tomato is mushy and soft you can now add the green peas. Cook the green peas well so that it won't be hard and difficult for your little one to eat. Once your green peas is done, you can now add the tofu and then put the all purpose cream and sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves or wansoy. Just check the taste if you still wanted to add salt.

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