Category Archives: Salads
Food in the future……………………My fellow bloggers, I would love to share you what we did in our 2012 Christmas Party in our Church. There is a competition were every group needs to design and create a futuristic dinner booth. And I am very happy to tell you guys that we won the first prize. Yes, the overall champion booth. Who knows this might be the start of a new generation that food in the future might come into a capsule. A flavored capsule which you can choose a wide variety of viand such as roast meats, vegetables, dessert, soups and etc. What you think?………..The lovely tomato flower curving was made by my wife!!!!!
Ingredients and preparation:
Lots of love and team efforts!
Salad……..Another simple salad selection that is so healthy and a great starter to your “mains” or a quick salad to your buffet. I remember every time we run out of an idea what to place in salad section, the easiest way is to cut in dice every vegetable you got in your pantry. If you have onions, tomatoes and cucumber plus some green salad and some feta cheese, well you will have a simple chopped salad. you can also add if you have some left over ham, smoked chicken or beef to this salad. hmmmmmm….Yummmmmm!!!!!
- 3 pcs tomatoes in dice
- 1 pc white onions in dice
- 1 pc cucumber in dice
- some green salad such as mesculin, cos lettuce or any lettuce, chopped
- feta cheese in cubes
- 3 capsicum, green, yellow and red, diced
Simple vinaigrette Dressing:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp minced green capsicum
- 2 tbsp minced onions
- 1 clove minced garlic
pour in a container jar and Shake well
- Combine all vegetables in a salad bowl
- Tossed with vinaigrette
- Serve and smile!!!!
- salt and pepper
Eggplant…………This is one of the common salad especially in the rural areas or provinces in my country. A simple salad made of grilled or boiled eggplant with chopped tomatoes, onions and steamed kangkong (river spinach) served with a shrimp paste(alamang guisado). It is best paired with fried pork or fish. This is one of the favorite side salad of my wife………..Did you know that eggplant is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which can help protect against colon cancer and keeps the digestive system regular. The vitamins in eggplant consist primarily of vitamin A, B vitamins, folate and vitamin C. Eggplant is also rich in minerals, boasting a large quantity of potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. With no fat, eggplant makes an excellent addition to any diet..
Ingredients: serves 2-3 persons
- 2 pcs eggplant (boiled or grilled) sliced
- 2 whole tomatoes (big diced)
- 1 large white onins (big diced)
- 2 tbsp shrimp paste (alamang guisado)
- 1 bunch steamed kangkong or bok choy
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients together. best tossed with the shrimp paste
- Transfer into a serving bowl
- Best paired for fried dishes.
Steamed bok choi……………..I am not sure if I will be posting this, maybe I just want to give you an idea on how to enjoy simple green leafy steamed vegetables. Consuming alone might not be a good idea but since we are having a yam cha lunch here at home, I decided to add this steamed bok choy with my chilli chicken feet and pork siomai. Well, As I said to my wife, I will be posting every little recipe we will make in our kitchen………………..Did you know that bok choy contains glucosinolates which may be important for your immune system and to help prevent cancer. Chopping bok choy or eating it raw may be best. Enzymes in bok choy that produce the cancer-fighting compounds inside your body are preserved when bok choy is left uncooked. On the other hand, cooking bok choy can improve the absorption of another class of health-promoting compounds. The carotenoids found in bok choy may be better absorbed if you gently cook bok choy first and then serve with a meal that contains some fat. To get all the health benefits of bok choy, eat it raw in salads on some days and on other days, do a quick steam or saute with other vegetables and enjoy……….
- Bunch of bok choy
- Boiling water
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 cup dried chillies
- 1/2 cup fresh chillies
- 3 pcs star anise
- in a small sauce pan, heat oil and fry chillies and star anise in low heat setting. set aside and place into a small bottle with cover.
- In a sauce pan, boil water and blanch bok choy, set aside
- Serve hot with chilli sauce
….A very quick and easy salad appetizer. There will be no cooking involve on this recipe as it is just composed of sliced cucumber, vinegar, little olive oil and sugar, salt and pepper and chillies if you prefer. Who will say no to a fresh and crisp skin of a cucumber? This is a simple starter I paired with my grilled pork chops. Back home, we used to have this as a appetizer especially when we are having a hard drinks such as gin, vodka, whisky and etc. Yes, I am a heavy drinker (that was 10 years ago)………………………….Did you know that cucumber is from Cucurbitaceous family like zucchini, melon, squash and pumpkin. Like watermelon, these mostly contain water and are low in calories. These contain a lot of nutrients. Its flesh is crunchy and dense but also contains a lot of water. Cucumber is a very good source of dietary fiber. Cucumber skin contains silica that helps in forming healthier connective tissue for the skin giving the person a healthier skin, cartilage, bone, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Cucumber is very useful for skin problems, sunburns and also for curing swelling under the eyes. Beauticians have been using cucumber generously and advice placing cucumber slices on the eyes. It contains caffeic acid which assists in preventing water retention. Placing two cucumber slices on eyes for ten minutes can reduce the puffiness considerably…………….
Ingredients: serves 2-3 persons
- 1 large cucumber (sliced)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- chopped chillies optional
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except cucumber. mix well then pour over cucumber slices
- In a serving plate, transfer cucumber salad and topped with chopped chillies.
- serve cold.
Fancy Ceazars’ Salad………….Again, If you are still with me, this dish is part of our 7 course meal with my friend. This will be our salad for the dinner course. For those who just tuned in, I already posted canape of melba toast last monday, baked mussels with triple cheese on tuesday and sopa de marina with eggs and nest yesterday as our soup. Today, My version of Ceasar Salad. You might be asking me why the name is “fancy”, I used fancy lettuce instead of using the COS lettuce, because this lettuce s easy to present and more crispy and tastier than any other lettuce you may liked. This not much different from the traditional ceasar salad as it has bacon bits, parmesan cheese and a special ceasars dressing with anchovies. This is the 4th course, wow we all have a big appetite. Stay tune, because tomorrow it will be the main dish………………………………Did you know that salad greens such as lettuce is a rich source of vitamin K, Vitamin K has potential role in the increase of bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone. It also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. Fresh leaves contain good amounts folates and vitamin C. Folates require for DNA synthesis and therefore, vital in prevention of neural tube defects in-utero fetus during pregnancy. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant; regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
Ingredients: serves 7 persons
- 1 bunch of fancy lettuce approx 300 grams (washed and chilled)
- 3 toasted whole meal bread- buttered and mixed with herbs as our croutons (cut in cubes)
- 10 pcs crispy bacon(in bits)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Ceasars dressings
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp anchovies
- 2 pcs egg yolk
- 1 tbsp mustard
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
* in a food processor, mix all ingredients and transfer into a clean jag or a ketsup dispenser. Use for salad dressings