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Spanish Omelette


Spanish Omelette

Hungry for breakfast?……Try an omelette. Its a quick and easy breakfast as you can add anything you want. My one is chorizo sausages, onions, capsicum herbs and spices plus my favourite garlic bread matched with a cup of coffee. This is a perfect breakfast for me…Yummm:……………Did you know that eggs are a very good source of inexpensive, high quality protein. More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Egg yolks contain more calories and fat.

Ingredients:

3 eggs with 1/4 cup of cream, slices of sausages, onions, capsicum, salt and pepper, chopped parsley and chili flakes. must try…………

 

Courgettes and Corn Fritters


FritterCourgette and Corn Fritter……………….Who can say no to a freshly made – vegetarian, dairy free(without the sour cream topping) and a gluten free fritter? Part of going healthy on our restaurant, I am revising this classic corn fritter to a much healthier version by using little gluten free flour (rice flour) and loading up with some courgettes and other healthy vegetables…………..Did you know that courgettes is very rich in vitamin C, and we all know that our body needs a lot of vitamin C during the day to help us protect from some serious diseases. By adding this healthy courgettes in your diet, You might decrease the risk of having some cancers such as gallbladders, heart disease and stroke to name a few…….Eating healthy vegetables is a must to everyone’s diet. .. Do you eat vegetables?

Ingredients: no exact measurements as you can add any vegetables you want.

-Corns, eggs, gf flour, salt and pepper, courgettes, onions, chopped capsicum, thyme and rosemary little g flour

Procedures:

-combine all ingredients together, in a hot Teflon pan, pour in olive oil and fry in both sides

-you may serve tomato sauce or relish and sour cream on the side. yumm!!!

 

Classic Fettuccine Carbonara


DSC_0774Fettuccine Carbonara………A truly classic recipe! Back home, this is the first pasta I have ever known. I did not know that it will be as easy to prepare as it only needs bacon, cream, egg and salt and pepper.  some doesn’t even have cream. So, come in new zealand, I dont have this confident to bring this in our restaurant as it is very easy recipe that i am afraid no customer will appreciate and order this recipe. But my opinion was wrong, When I introduce it from the first day, it was a super blockbuster!!!! Well to make a little twist and non-traditional, i drizzle my carbonara with pesto sauce. just imagine, white creamy sauce blending with pesto-herbs sauce! yummm!!!!…………………Did you know that pesto sauce main ingredients is basil leaves? and basil leaves are Basil is also known to have extremely powerful antioxidant properties, especially when it is used in the form of an extract or oil. The natural antioxidants found in basil can protect the body against damage from free radicals, thereby preventing cellular aging, common skin ailments, and even most forms of cancer. Antioxidants are an important part of maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, and basil may be a safe and effective source of these potent, life-giving compounds.

Ingredients:

30 gms butter

120 grams cooked egg fettuccine noodles

1 pc egg

3 pcs streaky bacon (chopped and bit toasted)

50 ml cream

parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

drizzle with pesto sauce

garlic bread

 

Procedures:

in a teflon pan, pour in butter and bacon bits, add in egg fettuccine and pour in cream and seasoned with salt and pepper. simmer until its hot. drop in egg and remove from heat. drizzle with pesto and topped with parmesan cheese and garlic bread. serve hot!

Warm Seafood Salad with poached egg


Warm Seafood Salad

Warm Seafood Salad

Warm Seafood Salad…………..It is a combination of fresh grilled seafood of your choice served in a cold garden salad topped with poached egg accompanied by croutons and dressed with sweet chili sauce……Need some quick and easy healthy recipe? starters? salads?.. Well, here we go, I am sharing you one of the most popular dish that runs on summer to fall chef’s specials in our cafe. …….Did you know that seafoods is an excellent source of many important minerals, including iodine, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It is also rich in many vitamins, especially the B group. Seafood is also good source of flourine, which in addition, well known role in keeping teeth healthy and help calcium loss from our bones.

 

Ingredients:

120 gms of marinara mix

20 ml sweet chili sauce

salt and pepper, thyme and marjoram

garlic croutons (french bread with herbed butter with crushed garlic)

Salad Greens (any greens of your choice)

1 poached egg

 

Preparations:

assemble salad in a plate, toast croutons and place on the plate together.

On a very hot teflon pan with olive oil, place in marinara mix, s/p, herbs and when its 100 % cooked throw in sweet chili sauce. and serve on your salad topped with poached egg

Chicken Fried Rice


Chicken fried rice……………Just want to share you one of my fried rice collection. Everytime I make a fried rice, I always re-use any leftover food. Well, instead of re-heating them as is, why not create a recipe out of it. This simple fried rice is more exciting to eat than a microwaved leftover rice. What do you think? Make sense?…………..

Ingredients:

  • Leftover rice
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • left over fried chicken – cut
  • some onion leeks
  • 3 pcs beaten eggs

Procedures:

  • In a non-stcik pan, scramble egg in little olive oil set aside. should be runny.
  • In the same pan, saute galic in little olive oil, add in rice and leftover chicken and scramble egg
  • seasoned with salt and add in onion leeks.
  • Serve hot

Lea’s Burger Patties for kids


Lea's Burger Patties (1024x683)Kids burger patties….. I will call this kid’s burger patties as this patties is loaded with meat and vegetables. Yes it is not a common 100% pure beef patties as i used lots of extenders such as vegetables specifically carrots, onions, potatoes, leeks and many more and I used lean pork mince instead of beef. Because my daughter hardly eat veggies so that’s why we hide it inside the burger. At first she is separating those tiny chopped veggies but since this is her regular meal n her lunch box at school, she doesn’t have time to do it. Now she love does tiny little veggies present in this burger patties. ……

Ingredients: makes 20-25 patties depending your desired size

  • 1 kilogram minced lean pork mince
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 large minced onions
  • 1 big carrots small diced
  • 2 potatoes small diced
  • onion leeks chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 pcs eggs
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp seasoning soy sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste

Procedures:

  • In a bowl, mix all ingredints together and form a patties at approx 80-100 gms each
  • Then place in a container and freeze. last up to 3-4 weeks.
  • Method of cooking – pan-fried or grill

Pinangat sa Sampalok (fish in tamarind fruit)


Pinangat sa Sampalok (fish in tamarind fruit) (1024x683)Pinangat(sour dish)…..Using tamarind fruit as the main ingredients in your sour dish would add excellent flavor especially in fish recipes. They said this dish can last upto a week without placing it inside your fridge. That’s why there is a joke for the word”pinangat” which originated from the word “pangat” when you add to another word it will have a different meaning as “pangatlong araw na ulam” meaning everyday food, re-heated and heated until you finish. You probably didn’t get it. As it is very hard to explain in english..hahahaha, back to the recipe. Yes, it can last upto a week because it is mainly compose of sour ingredients such as vinegar and tamarind fruit. A great lunch box idea for picnic for most filipinos. Try it!

Ingredients: serves 2-3 persons

  • 1/2 kg of baby jack mackarel cut in half
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 thumb size ginger sliced
  • 1 medium size onions sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 4 pcs tamarind fruit
  • 2 pcs long green chillies
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup vinegar.

Procedures.

  • In a medium wide saucepan, place and arrange everything and bring to boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and prepare a dipping sauce made of fish sauce and chillies
  • Enjoy!

Tahong Guisado (NZ mussels)


Tahong Guisado (1024x683)Tahong(mussels)……..Just lately, I was really craving for mussels that I almost have this for our dinner every other day. so meaning 4 times a week. We had, mussels stew, stir-fry, grilled mussels and steamed mussels. Yes, that’s a lot of mussels. Well New Zealand mussels is quite famous all over the world. I think this will be the second time I will be posting this recipe.hYUMM!!!!!! Another 5 dollar meal challenge recipe. Quite cheap!…………………………….. Did you know that mussels are high in protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and iodine. They are relatively low in calories and fat and have exceptional nutritional value. Omega-3 are the ‘good oils’ that are beneficial for the heart by helping lower cholesterol. Omega-3 also has anti-inflammatory properties. Selenium is an anti-oxidant compound that fights free radicals in the blood stream. Iodine is essential for natural production of thyroid hormones that contribute to basic metabolism as well as helping your body to efficiently burn calories……

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small red onions
  • 1 thumb size ginger crushed and sliced
  • 2 pc tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 kg mussels(cleaned & rubbed)
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 green chillies
  • some greens such as kangkong or chillies leaves

Procedures:

  • heat sauce pan with olive oil, saute garlic, onion, ginger & tomatoes for 2-3 mins.
  • Add mussels and cover with a lid and simmer for 3-5 mins or until they are opened.
  • add water, seasoned with salt & pepper, chillies and some greens.
  • Serve hot!!!

Pork and River Spinach (kangkong)


Pork and river Spinach (1024x683)Kangkong………….River spinach, one of my favorite green leafy vegetables. It might be quite boring if we eat this by its own, so i decided to cook it the adobo way. As I find lots of unwanted pork cutlets in my fridge, stir-frying pork and this river spinach might be a good dinner for us. Well, since we have lots of expenses these days. I decided to create a 5 dollar meal challenge for my wife and my daughter. …………Did you know that kangkong or river spinach is rich in iron, calcium, phosphorus, carotene, sitosterol, protein, vitamins A, B1 and C and has a lot of health beneficial amino acids. Other pharmacological effects includes antitoxin, laxative, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, homeostatic and sedatives (sleeping effects). Water or river spinach has a good effect in the intestines as it has purgative properties because of its fiber content. It also acts as insulin-like properties to control blood sugar for diabetes prevention.

Ingredients: (serves 2-3 persons)

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 150 grams unwanted cut pork meats
  • 1 medium liced onions
  • 3 bunches of kangkong
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 pcs dried chillies(optional)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • pinchof salt

Procedures:

  • in a pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onions, add in pork and brown for 5 minutes or until tender. then add kangkong seasoned with salt & pepper and add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 minute.
  • serve hot!!
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