Friday, December 16, 2011

How to Make Paklay Recipe

Paklay (Pork intestine, pork liver, pork blood) - 1 kilo
Carrots- 2pcs.
Chayote- 1pc.
Bell pepper-2pcs.
Cooking Oil- 3tablepoon
Garlic- 2 tablespoon
Onions- 2 tablespoon
Ginger- 2tablespoon
Soy sauce- 2tablespoon
Tomato Sauce- 3 tablespoon
Brown Sugar- 1 tablespoon
Pineapple chunks- 1 cup

Cooking Preparations:
1.      Peel Carrots and wash then cut thinly by 2inches elongated form.
2.   Peel Chayote and wash then chop. Don’t include the seed. To cut chayote it is the same with the carrots.
3.  Cut the red bell pepper and take the seeds out. Then wash and cut the same with the carrots and chayote.
4. Peel Garlic, onions and Ginger then mince.
5. Chop the meat again in thin size.

Cooking Instructions:
1.      In a big casserole put 3tablespoon of cooking oil, apply heat then add minced Ginger then Garlic and Onions.
2.      When it turns golden brown, add Bell pepper then mix.
3.      Add the Meat (paklay) mix with all the spices and let the juice comes out.
4.      Reduce the juice by half before putting vinegar and soysauce. Then Mix.
5.      Add Carrots and Chayote. Mix well.
6.      Turn the heat in medium; and every 2 minutes check the recipe, to prevent not to stick in casserole.
7.      Check the meat and vegetables if it is tender. Then, add tomato sauce then mix.
8.      Add salt to have taste, and then add brown sugar then mix. After a few minutes taste the recipe again.
9.      Lastly, add the pineapple chunks. Mix and then serve immediately.


When you buy this type of meat, make sure it is already boiled because it is smells stinky if it is not yet in the process of boiling. As we all know paklay meat are inside parts of the pig, cow or goat.

And the best time to buy the meat is in early in the morning and to assure that the meat is fresh it's better to buy in the public market. However, you don’t have worry if you can buy in the late afternoon as long as it is already boiled you’re safe.

Just to remind you guys, if you have the meat at home cook right away or if you want to cook by the following days please put in the refrigerator.

For additional information Ginger is the most important among all spices because it gives more scent and it will make to have a good appetite so don’t ever forget this recipe.
Thank you so much!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

How to make home made Popcorn Recipes

Made it just so easy for you…

Cooking Oil
Cooking Instructions:
  1. In your casserole put 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and a little salt, then apply heat.
  2. Next, put the ½ tea cup of popcorn then, cover casserole to prevent the pop through outside and adjust the heat into a very low volume.
  3. Always shake the casserole to prevent over cooked and to let all the popcorn to pop.
  4. Keep on shaking, and if the pop stops, it’s time to turn off the heat and put the cooked popcorn in a big bowl.
  5. To cook the remaining popcorn, just repeat the 1 to 4 instructions.
  6. It’s optional, if you like to put flavor it’s either cheese or barbeque. Just transfer the popcorn into a clean big plastic, then put the flavor, mix and shake it.
Tips: Popcorn is so available in any grocery stores in Malls and supermarket. And it is so popular in theater; it is being eaten during movie time. So, guys if you’re crazy of watching movies, you can save a lot of monies and time if you stay at home and watch movies while eating your popcorn. In other way, popcorn is really the best to have with hot black coffee while you also work at home, popcorn is the most affordable and simple recipe to make. It’s like 10 blink of your eyes you’re finished. It’s really quick preparation. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

How to make simple Egg Recipe with Tomatoes

Eggs- 3 pieces
Ripe Tomatoes-6pieces
Garlic- 1 tablespoon
Onions- 1 tablespoon
Salt- 1/2teaspoon
Ajinomoto- just little
Cooking Oil- 3 tablespoon

Preparation Instructions:
1. Break eggs and place into a bowl, add the Salt and Ajinomoto.
2. Then stir well to mix all the white, egg yolk the salt and Ajinomoto.
3. Peel Garlic, Onions and chop very small.
4. Wash the Tomatoes and cut as your desire shapes and thickness.

Cooking Process:
  1. Heat the cooking oil in the pan then add the chopped garlic and onions stir.
  2. To be followed by add the chopped tomatoes, mix and stir well. Just apply low heat.
  3. Add the stirred egg slowly into the tomatoes and be sure that the tomatoes are placed in a scattered way within the pan.
  4. Always apply low heat to prevent overcooked of the eggs.
  5. Serve immediately.

This recipe is quite good to serve in breakfast because eggs contain lots of energy so; it takes longer time to get hungry again to eat for lunch. Yet, egg recipe alone is not enough for breakfast it must have soup, to fasten the digestion of the food and if there is no soup at all, at least it has milk or coffee.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

How to make Squid Soup Food Recipe

Squid- 1/4kilo
Eggplant- 2pieces
Garlic- 1 tablespoon
Onions- 1 tablespoon
Ginger- 1 tablespoon
Spring Onions- ½ cup of tea
Soy sauce- 1/4cup of tea
Vinegar- 2tablespoon
Water- 2cups
Cooking Oil- 3 tablespoon

  1. Wash Squid and chop in rings ring form. Do not remove the black part of the squid because it brings fragrance and taste of the soup.
  2. Wash eggplants and slice in ring like.
  3. Peel garlic, ginger and onions and mince.
  4. Clean and wash spring onions, chop.
Cooking directions:
  1. Heat pan with cooking oil then put the minced garlic, onions and ginger. Mix and wait until it turns golden brown.
  2. Then add squid combine and mix everything after that, add vinegar and then soy sauce.
  3. Add sliced eggplants mix again to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Add water; bring to boil and wait until squid and eggplants become tender.
  5. Add Salt and pepper to have taste.
  6. Lastly, add the spring onions to add fragrance and freshness of the soup.

Serve Immediately!

Please keep in mind that squid have black part it is called " ata" and do not ever remove and throw because it brings fragrance of your soup and it also gives delicious tastes. This soup is also good to prepare during dinner because it’s not heavy meal. And bear in mind about the allergy people, there are people who suffer allergy like to those who have asthma, so, before you buy in the market consult the people that you going to prepare to prevent danger. On the other way, we all know that squid is very delicious to eat but there’s somebody who avoid eating this food so beware! Thank you.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

How to Make Quick Vegetable Salad Food recipes


Carrots- 2pieces
Tomatoes- 1/4kilo
Green bell peppers- 1peice
White Onions- 1 piece
Ginger- 1 tea cup
Vinegar- 1/2tea cup
Salt-1 tablespoon
Cooking Instructions:
  1. Peel Carrots and wash then cut thinly in elongated size about 2 inches.
  2. Wash tomatoes and cut by half then cut slice thin it either half circle or elongated.
  3. Wash Green bell pepper, take off the seeds and then cut thin elongated size.
  4. Peel white onions and cut by half then slice thin circle size.
  5. Peel ginger and chop it very tiny so that the smell will penetrate to other ingredients.
  6. In your big plate, combine well the carrots, tomatoes, green bell pepper, white onions and ginger.
  7. Add the vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. No need to add hot chili pepper because the ginger works it out.
  8. After finalizing the taste, cover it and leave for about 10 minutes to able to cook the ingredients by the vinegar.
  9. Serve then.

Tips: Vegetable Salad it’s good for fatty food like deep fried chicken, Lechon Manok, Lechon Baboy and Pork and Beef Grill. Vegetable Salad brings your appetite to the fullest. This recipe is good during thanks giving like fiesta, birthday and it is quick and simple preparation.

How to make Binignit | Healthy Sweet Soup Food Recipes

Camote | sweet potato- 1/2kilo
Ripe Saba Banana- 5pieces
Landang | Palm flour - 1/4kilo
Sago- 1 tea cup
Coconut milk-500grams or Grated Coconut use only 1 piece of raw coconut
Brown sugar- ½ kilo
Pilit Rice | Sticky Rice- ¼ kilo
Ripe Jackfruit- 1 tea cup

Cooking Preparations and Directions:    
1. Peel camote | sweet potato. Wash and cut into square size by 1 inch thickness.
2. Peel Saba Banana and cut thinly.
3. Wash landang | Palm flour using filter to trap all small particles.
4.      Wash Sago. This product is kind of colorful small circle sizes.
5.      Using raw coconut to make milk this is how it works, just put 1 tea cup of hot water and 1 glass of tap water in grated coconut and then squeeze it many times to produce more milk, after that squeeze once more to let the milk out and then separate the grated coconut from the milk. Filter the milk again to trap the tiny matter and squeeze the remaining grated coconut.
6.      In a big casserole place pilit rice or sticky rice and put water that level to the amount of the rice. Boil until it will become tender.
7.      In the same casserole, add the chopped camote or sweet potato and landang or palm flour add more water just above the level to the amount of rice, camote and landang.
8.      After 10 minutes add Saba banana and sago. Just estimate the level of soup if it is still enough, no need to add water, just mix it to prevent the sticky rice will stick into the casserole.
9.      Later, check the Saba banana and sago if it is cooked, right after that, add the coconut milk, jackfruit and the brown sugar.
10.  Mix it for 1 minute to contribute the sweetness of sugar and the coconut of milk. Let it boil.
11.  Taste it and serve immediately.

Tips: Once again this recipe is good for light meals, very useful to those who have their balance diet. Binignit is a Cebuano term or Filipino language. In Philippines there are lots of language and Cebuano | Visayan language is one of those varieties. Cebuano means CEBU. I am just explaining to let those people especially from other countries to know the meaning of the words that I used and to prevent confusion for everybody.
This recipe is quite simple and a very healthy because the ingredients are mostly all natural, except the sago it is processed, but it is healthy.
If you have more questions to clarify please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll answer quickly.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Milk Fish | Bangus nilagpang food recipes

Milk Fish | Bangus- 1/2kilos
Tomatoes- 4pieces
Onions- 1 pc.
Green onion- half
Siling Labuyo | Red chili pepper- 2pieces
Boiled water- 2 cups

Cooking Preparations:
  1. Remove scales, gut, gills, head and slice bangus | milk fish thinly elongated.
  2.  Slice the tomatoes
  3. Peel and slice the onions.
  4. Remove the roots of the spring onions. Chop it in 3cm.
  5. Place sliced bangus in a pan, and then mix with tomatoes, onions, spring onions and siling labuyo.
  6. Put the 2 cups of water to the mixed ingredients and let it boil until bangus becomes tender.
  7. Season with salt and to have taste and serve immediately.

This recipe is best for dinner because our body in the nights needs only light meals especially soup or low in fat food ingredients,  to make the body sleep early and rest well.

The disadvantage of heavy meals like pork and beef, our body demands more energy to digest the food and it result of late sleep or  else if we force our body to sleep it can cause to experience nightmare.
In other words, bangus or milk fish it is has very affordable price and it is easy to buy anywhere in the public market and it also gives good health for our body due to less fat.

Yet, please be aware of the tiny bones of bangus for you children’s safety and watch them eating this kind of fish.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Crispy Banana Rolls | Turron Recipe

Saba | ripe plantain bananas- 24pcs.
Fresh jack fruit- 1/2cup optional
Lumpia wrapper- 24pcs.
Cooking Oil-2cups
Brown | Refine sugar

  1. Peel bananas. Slice each piece in half lengthwise, then each half slice into three strips lengthwise. It must be 10cm.
  2. Slice jack fruit into strips. Thin slice only because it only gives flavor to lumpia.
  3. Cut each spring roll wrapper into 4 small square pieces.
  4. On each square of wrapper, put one banana strip on one edge, then 1 or 2 strips of jackfruits beside it. Roll towards the opposite side to create a small cylinder. Seal the end with a paste made with equal parts of flour and water.
Cooking Instructions:
  1. Heat the pan and pour the oil. Make sure that the oil is not too deep to prevent the wrapper will not open when frying.
  2. When you fry the rolls it must be in medium heat around 3-5 minutes, turning occasionally. When pale golden in color, sprinkle with brown | refine sugar to caramelize.
  3. Remove turron into the tray rack to drain excess oil. Let it cool to allow some space between rolls.

Turron is great rolled as thick as thumb because the oil will penetrate inside in order to cook the ripe banana and jackfruits and to make crisper taste. The Jackfruit tree bears fruit only once a year yet; there is available bottle jackfruit for sale in department store. If bottle jackfruit is the option, use only the fruit not the juice. Also about the sugar, refine sugar is okay  to use when sprinkling the rolls as long as it will caramelize and further to that the purpose of sugar is to add more sweet tastes of the rolls because lumpia wrapper is salty, so sugar must be important. Lastly, the recipe is nice in dessert and snacks preparation especially, in big occasions like fiesta, birthday, wedding and many more. It is natural after eating salty food the visitors will find sweets so; in order to save more money turron is the best solution to satisfy the need of the sweets.Once again, to buy cheap ingredients, it is advisable to go the super market or public market because there you will find the most cheapest food.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How often a beginner should do a running exercise per week?

Often times, you find yourself overweight and then you start to feel so conscious about it. You then buy a pair of running shoes and start running. Traditional wisdom teaches you that the faster and longer you run, you burn the most calories. More calories – more weight loss. So you run more than an hour a day only to find out you become injured, weak and sick at the end of the month without significant amount of weight loss. You then conclude that running exercise is not for you and finally quit running after the first month. I have seen this with a lot of weight conscious people too many times. They love to run but running does not love them. Is this really true?

According to my intuition, 99% of the beginning runners (those without a trainer or coach) do not train correctly. As a result, they become dissatisfied with the results because often times they become sick. At worse, they even gain weight during their training! The secret lies in the number of hours you should train each week and the level of effort you exert.

Full time/professional runners or elite athletes train more than 5 hours a week; mere mortals train less than or equal to 5 hours week because they still need to do other things. Assuming you are a mere mortal, you should aim to run at most 5 hours week. But specifically how much at beginning, 5 hours right away? 4 hours? 3 hours? The answer is to gradually increase your workout load.

running athlete

Running introduces some unpleasant stress to your body and if you directly aiming for a high number of hours of workout per week, you will end up burnout, fatigued and not happy with your training. It is highly advisable to check with a doctor to get proper permission to start any running workout if you have some doubts regarding your health. The correct approach is to “gradually increase” the number of hours of training per month. This will let the body to slowly adapt the routine and minimize stress. This is my recommendation based on my real experience:

First month: one hour total workout per week
Second month: two hours total workout per week
Third month: three hours total workout per week
Fourth month: four hours total workout per week
Fifth month: five hours total workout per week (maximum)

So in the first month, try to run a total of 60 minutes for each week. On the next month, run a total of 120 minutes for each week then rest. Make sure you do not exceed 45 minutes in any workout or no less than 30 minutes in any workout! So if you are aiming to run 3 times a week and your target running minutes per week is 120, it will be or 120/3 = 40 minutes per workout which is OK. When the time comes that you are capable of doing 5 hours a week workout which is already a LOT of time. Try mixing a running workout with other activities such as cycling or swimming to prevent boredom.

The next important question, is HOW FAST SHOULD YOU RUN? It is all out? Very slow? Moderate? The answer is to never exceed your “maximum aerobic speed” or else you risk being over trained or getting some injuries that can prevent you from running again. Maximum aerobic heart rate (in beats per minute) corresponds to: 180 – age. You should never exceed the limit at any time you are running. For example if you are 31 years old and a beginner in running, your maximum aerobic heart rate/limit is 180- 31 = 149 beats per minute. Use a heart rate monitor to get accurate heart rate measurements! If it reads above 149 beats per minute you need slow down right away until you are within the range.

Allow some -10 tolerance, so your heart rate training zone for all of your running workouts as a beginner would be:

Upper tolerance = Maximum aerobic heart rate = 149 beats per minute
Lower tolerance = Maximum aerobic heart rate = 149 – 10 = 139 beats minute

So the target heart rate (which you should be aiming every time you run) is the average between the upper and lower tolerance = (149 + 139)/2 = 144 beats per minute.

I can guarantee that it won't take so long and you will lose weight EFFECTIVELY, lose your fats and even run faster month after month happily and injury-free. Just don’t stop running.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Eggplant and Pork Meat with Coconut Milk Recipes

Eggplant-1/4 kilos
Pork- 1/4kilos
Grape Coconut-1 whole coconut
Soy sauce- 1tablespoon
Cooking Oil

  1. Wash eggplant and Cut into elongated half inch size.
  2. Cut pork meat the same eggplant form. Separate the fat.
  3. Make coconut milk, put ½ half cup of hot water into the grape coconut then followed by the half cup of top water. Mix it and squeeze in order to extract the milk of the grape coconut. Separate the grape coconut from the milk with the use of filter. Set aside the coconut milk.
  4. Peel and cut thinly the ginger 4pieces of cut is enough. Peel garlic and onion chop in small size.

Cooking directions:
  1. Put salt into the fat parts of pork then it in a heat pan. Mix it until provide its own oil from the fat. If the pork fat becomes brown, add the pork meat mix and cook for 10minutes then add little salt. Add ginger, garlic and onions mix it well then add soy sauce.
  2. Add the chopped eggplants mix well to make it balance.
  3. After that, add coconut milk and reduce the heat and let the milk absorb the meat and the eggplants. Cook until the coconut milk is thick.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

About the coconut milk, you can buy already made coconut milk at the department store. However, it is much better to make it fresh. Coconut is available and cheap in price at the public market. It is only 10.00 and it is very affordable. If you wish to cook this recipe, buy the coconut at the exact cooking time because, once you preserve the grape coconut in the refrigerator, the smell will change and it might the cause of the reduce quality of the food that you make. 
 This photo is the same as above recipe but this is the soup style recipe. If you want to make soup recipe, just add more water when you make coconut milk or add more additional water in your grape coconut. It is also delicious.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

How to Survive Eating Only Once a Day to Lose Weight & Improve Fitness

Planning of losing weight and becoming very fit for a long term? Consider an option of eating a full meal only once a day. Is this really successful? Yes. The secret lies on slowly conditioning your body to adapt these changes. The body will learn in the long term not to accumulate extra calories you get from your eating which can cause undesirable increase in weight.

How to make this work?

Step1.) To make this less challenging especially for three meals a day heavy eaters, you might want a slow transition to eating once a day which could take months for your body to adapt. It is because abrupt changes in meals (such as suddenly changing eating routine from 3 full meals to only one full meal a day) can cause disorders in your stomach and intense hungriness.

So at first, consider an option to decrease your food intake from 3 full meals to only 2 meals a day. Do this for three months to give time for your body to adapt.

Take note that once you start reducing your meal intake while no changes in lifestyle and activity; the first warning is slight hunger. You need to satisfy this slight hunger by either:

a.) Drinking coffee with cream.
b.) Drinking tea with cream.
c.) Drink any beverages less in sugar such as natural juice (not soft drinks).
d.) Eat fruits (like Banana, etc.)

These beverages and snacks act as a buffer to the slight hunger. As days go by, your body starts to adapt that routine. When you reduce your food intake from 3 to 2 full meals a day; it is not advisable to reduce the amount of food you eat during your 2 full meals. You can either have it the same as you like.

Step2.) Now you are getting used to eating only twice a day, but you still have not reached your goal to eating only once. After the third month, you start eating once a day IN ALTERNATE DAYS OF THE WEEK. It is not still advisable to eat only once a day after the third month for the entire fourth month! Below is a sample meal plan for the entire week. To be effective, you start replacing the lost full meal with a healthy snack session for either of the following (in addition to the previous suggestions):

a.) Biscuits low in fat content but high in carbohydrates.
b.) Oat meal.
c.) Fruits.
d.) Milk

Sample meal plan:

1st day – Eat two full meals + healthy snacks
2nd day – Eat one full meal + two healthy snack sessions
3rd day to 7th day of the week... = alternate the above options, so in the 3rd day you will need to eat two full meals again with snacks. While on the 4th day, you need to eat one full meal with two snack sessions. Alternate until the week is done; repeat this for the entire fourth month. It is important for your full meal to have a well balance diet of proteins, carbohydrates and all necessary vitamins and minerals. Also it is important that at this stage of your diet, sleep very well (6- 7 hours a day) because it helps your body to rest properly and conservative in spending energy (will make you feel less hungry during the day).

Step3.) Your body is now conditioned to eat one full meal in some days of the week. On the fifth month, you might want to increase the occurrence of one full meal a day from 3 times a week (approximate) to 4 to 5 times a week. So you will reduce the days where you are eating two full meals a day.

Step4.) On the sixth month, you might want to try eating once a meal for one straight week. Then on the next week, you mixed with two full meals (alternate) then go back again to one full meal a day for the next week. You will notice that your weight drops substantially since the first month and without any feeling intense feeling hunger, stress, etc. It is still not recommended to do aerobic, heavy exercise starting from the first month of diet. The weight loss should only be due to the reduction of excess food intake.

Step5.) Probably if things are looking very well, your body is fully conditioned at eating only once a meal per day in the seventh to 8th month. You should be able to do this for the entire days of the month. If you continue to do this for the entire year, your weight drops dramatically and you will become leaner and start to look very sexy.

There will come a time that you will eventually stop losing weight. This is normal and nothing to worry because this is the weight stabilization period (12 months to 18 months after the first diet). You cannot further lose weight because your food intake and body energy consumption are now in equilibrium. If you want to further look sexy, this is the time to do aerobic exercise to lose those excess body fats (yes you might now weighing less but this does not mean you have a low body fat percentage). To get rid of those body fats, you need to work out aerobically.

Why not go directly to any workout to lose weight? It’s very painful and stressful. Imagine you are overweight and you go directly to any aerobic workout such as running, cycling and swimming 5 times a week or even once week can be very painful to your knees. By losing weight first, you will feel lighter and injury-free the moment you hit the road for your first running workout. When you work out, you might go back to feel hungry again since one full meal a day might appear insufficient (because calories are consumed during work out). The solution is to eat MORE only on your one full meal in a day (more carbohydrate content). There is no need to go back to eating twice or thrice a day or else you will start gaining weight again!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Krua Thai in Cebu- My Dining Experience

SM Krua Thai

One of the great restaurants I’ve tried in Cebu is the Krua Thai. After a good dining experience in one their SM City Cebu branch, I found out that there is a high similarity between Thai foods and Filipino style recipes. I am not sure if this is really the case, maybe they add some Filipino taste. My companion was my husband and we decide to eat at this restaurant because it feels nice and wanted to try some new taste of Thai cooking. Actually these are the foods that we order (as I’ve remembered) from the menu (sorry for not posting a picture, not bringing a camera on that day):

a.) Crispy Pata b.) Spicy Prawn Soup c.) Fish soup d.) Lots of Rice e.) Some Beers f.) Green Mango Shake g.) Others... forgotten.

The total cost is around 900 ~ 1100 pesos for the two of us. In fact, it was one of the biggest orders we made in a restaurant and are no leftovers. After all, I am greatly satisfied with the quality of the foods they served despite the cost. I consider myself a heavy eater and probably if you are medium eater, you can average at most 350 pesos per meal at Krua Thai.

I do not know probably it’s cheaper outside SM for some other branches of Krua Thai. In Lapu-Lapu City, there is a Krua Thai branch in Marina Mall MEPZ 1. It’s near the airport road. This is the map:

There are also branches in Banilad located in this map:

Banilad Krua Thai

This is actually located in the BTC (Banilad Town Center) near Gaisano Country Mall in Banilad.

What are the good things that I’ve experienced with Krua Thai?

1.) Once you get inside they are very friendly and attend to your orders very well. 2.) They provide suggestions to the equivalent Thai food to your favorite Filipino foods. For example Crispy pata is actually Kha Moo Thod; although you can also look at the menu pictures. 3.) The waiters are very knowledgeable about the menu.

Recommended occasions for dining at Krua Thai:

1.) Dining out for anniversary. 2.) Birthday party (they offer some free foods for birthdays, just ask the waiter). 3.) Date night with your love one. 4.) Small family dinner.

I think it will be very expensive for a large family and probably their prices would change. So I would opt to look for a cheaper alternative. And also take note that this restaurant is ranked #20 out of 75 restaurants in Cebu reviewed by Trip Advisor. See more details here:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Beef Caldereta Food Recipe

Beef Caldereta
Beef brisket- ½ kilo
White onions- 1pcs.
Tomatoes- 3pcs.
Tomato sauce-1cup
Potatoes- 2pcs.
Spanish Sausage (chorizo)-1pc.
Red and green bell pepper- 3pcs.
Cooking oil
Liver spread-1 small can
Soy sauce
  1. Cut beef in cube shapes if using spare ribs, cut into 5 cm pieces.
  2. Peel garlic and mince, peel onions and chop, peel and chop tomatoes.
  3. Peel potatoes and cut into cubes leave with water in the plates.
  4. Peel carrots and cut into cubes.
  5. Slice sausage crosswise 1cm in rings.
 Cooking directions:
  1. Place beef pieces in a pot. Add water. Cover pot. Apply heat and when water starts to boil, immediately reduce to simmer and cook for 2 hour or until beef is tender. Remove beef from stock and set aside. Reserve the stock for making sauce.
  2. Before serving preheat another pot. Pour in oil. Saute garlic, white onions and tomatoes. Add beef, tomato sauce, live spread, soy sauce, reserved stock, potatoes, carrots and sausage. Simmer for 5 minutes, and then add bell peppers. Continue cooking until potato is done.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
Tips: Always serve hot. Do not over cook the meat and the vegetables to look fresh and healthy. And about tomatoes choose the red one to make it easy to peel. The beef meat is expensive but in the public market there are sellers offer much cheaper than those in the department store. Like for instance, at the mall the beef per kilo is 295.00 per kilo where as in the public market it is only 220.00 per kilo if you buy spare ribs it is only 190.00 per kilo. Lastly,  if you to decide to have grocery in public market, do it early in the morning preferably at 6:00am because their meat are fresh.

Spare Ribs

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jin Ling Green Tea China Review- An Inexpensive and Healthy Beverage

Green tea is always my most favourite beverage at any time of the day. If you want to know why I love Green tea more than any other drinks:

JinLing Green Tea China a.) It contains a strong anti-oxidant called polyphenols. This works by killing cancer or malignant cells in your body. It also kills the chemicals responsible for various diseases in the body as well as aging.

b.) Polyphenol will also lower the cholesterol level. If you have lower cholesterol level, you have a healthy cardiovascular system and lower the risk of heart disease/stroke.

c.) Strengthen your immune system and fight against common virus like colds. Green tea is rich with L-theanine, a chemical responsible for strengthening the immune system.

d.) It will rehydrate your body naturally without bombarding your body with sugar and other elements – comparing to other beverages like soft drinks which are sweet. Green tea is almost comparable to water except that it has its own unique aroma/smell after brewing.

e.) It makes you sleep better. Green tea contains only a very small amount of caffeine; a chemical that will prevent you from sleeping well at night. If you want some heavy dose of caffeine because you do not want to feel sleepy; you can try drinking a pure black coffee (no sugar).

f.) It is cheaper than most beverages. A single bottle of 250ml soft drinks cost around 10pesos but a green tea bags cost less and with even more health benefits.

I bought Jin Ling Green tea at Fooda Supermarket Consolacion Cebu. It roughly cost around half the standard and popular Lipton Green Tea. Well even though different brands of green tea are available, all teas comes from the same plant called: Camellia sinensis

This is how the Green tea plant looks like:

Also the approach of creating a green tea is similar regardless of any brand. This is created by drying the leaves and putting in the tea bags. The only difference with black tea (which is also popular) is that green tea is unfermented and requires less processing. This makes green tea, a more natural form of tea. Since it contains less processing; it has more anti-oxidants compared to black tea.
I have also tried Lipton green tea which is more popular but expensive, comparing it to Jin Ling Green Tea:

- It is a cheaper green tea alternative.
- It has richer and natural green tea aroma after opening lifting the bags from the hot water.
- It tastes great and natural (like water).

How to Prepare Jin Ling Green Tea for Beverage

1.) Put one tea bag into a cup.
2.) Pour very hot (boiling water is ideal) water to the cup.
3.) Lift the bags continuously for 3 minutes so that the tea can be brewed and mixed with the hot water.

4.) It is ready to be served and no need to add sugar or milk.
For best taste, you can only use the bag once. In my observation, I drink tea at least twice a day and the package of tea bags can be consumed in less than 2 weeks.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

5 Best Foods for Runners and Duathletes for Improving Performance

I can tell you that one of the most important factor for improving running and duathlon speed performance is on the nutrition(if rest and workout hours are already properly addressed). Below are some of the most important foods that are tested to improve performance:

1.) Rice in your diet


Rice is rich in carbohydrates and the most important fuel for speed. Typically if you are well-conditioned and well-trained athlete, most of your fuel will be derived from fats (especially for endurance and long runs >10Km). However if you are running at your aerobic speed (70% to 80%) you are still burning some moderate amount of carbohydrates. Rice should be part in your meal so that you can have a stable carbohydrate intake. In Philippines, rice is a standard part of any daily meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You can buy rice in public market at around 40 pesos per kilo.

2.) Chicken liver

chicken liver

Chicken liver is one of the most important sources of iron. Iron is a very important mineral for fat burning. If you want to become a elite athlete, you should have a a stable iron supply in your diet. Eating chicken liver at least once to twice a week can solve the problem. If you want to eat more, you need to consult with your doctor. Although there are other sources of iron, this seems to be one of the most delicious alternative.

Iron helps the formation of hemoglobin, the red blood cells in your body that transports oxygen to your running muscles. If you are lacking with hemoglobin, then you will have a limited amount of red blood cells during any workout – this means you cannot burn fat effectively and you will have a hard time improving your maximum aerobic function (MAF) speed.

One evidence of lacking iron during workout is that you will have a hard time breathing even though you sleep and eat well (but lack in iron minerals in your diet). The reason of this difficult breathing is that your lungs needs to work very hard to compensate for the lack of red blood cells circulating in your body. Your heart rate will increase also. Chicken liver is very cheap but a very useful source of iron.

3.) Milk

milk in your diet

When you are doing running workout, you will stress your bones. In the long term, running increases the risk of early stress fractures. The solution is to have a stable calcium supply to your body. One of the best sources of calcium is milk. Any milk will do, but I recommend those milk that are proactive in preventing osteoporosis such as Anlene. I recommend you should drink at least one to two full glasses of milk on a daily basis. Calcium is an important bone mineral which improves bone density and bone growth. Your bones will become stronger with your workouts instead of wearing out.

4.) Fried chicken or any pork and beef

fried chicken or any pork and beef

Cooked meats are good source of protein. Protein is very important for building muscle and repairing damaged muscle from your running workout. For example if you do a long run, you will commonly observed that your legs are tired and heavy. It is because the muscle mass gets hammered badly; the solution is to have proteins in your diet on a daily basis. Also since foods are salted, it is a good source of sodium which is an important electrolyte in your body.

5.) Fruits – Banana and Orange

banana and orange

Do not ever ignore fruits in your daily diet. For example, banana is rich in potassium which is also an important electrolyte. Orange is rich in vitamin C which will improve your immune system.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sautéed Rice Noodles Food Recipes

Sauteed Rice Noodles
Rice Noodles/ Bihon- 500grams
Pork Belly Liempo
Cooking Oil
Whole black peppercorns
Ground black pepper
Dried shiitake Mushrooms
Soy sauce
Fish sauce
Small carrots
Green beans

Quantity of the ingredients is not stated here because it is better if you are the one who decide the specified amount.
1. In a pot put water then add salt, whole black pepper, pork belly and let it boil until pork is tender. Remove cooked pork from the soup/ broth then cut the fat area of the pork. Set aside. Slice the fat and meat into strips separately. Set the pork broth aside.
2. Peel and remove/devein the shrimps. Make stock using head and shell’s shrimps.
3. Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms until soft. Cut the caps by half.
4. Peel and mince the garlic and onions.
5. Cut cabbage in a long narrow strips then peel and cut carrots in julienne strips.
6. Cut diagonally the strings beans in long strips.
7. Halve the calamansi and slice the Kamias crosswise.

Cooking directions:
1. In a wok add the portion of pork belly and render oil until crispy. Set aside then. Using the oil from fat sauté garlic and onion, shrimps, and sliced pork add the shrimp stock.
2. Season with salt pepper, soy, and fish sauces.
3. Add carrots and green beans. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
4. Add the cabbage and mushrooms and continue cooking.
5. Add the pork broth and let boil then add dry rice noodles and toss with rest of the cooked ingredients.
6. Cooked until all the liquid have been absorbed.
Rice noodles ingredients
RIce noodles
Place the cooked rice noodles in a big platter or bowls. Garnish with thin Kamias and halve of Calamansi.
Rice noodles/ Bihon don’t need to be soaked.
The most important ingredient is shrimps.
Equal size of cutting the vegetables is an additional beautification in the top of the food.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

How to maintain body fitness with cooking and eating good food

Fruits, vegetables and meat are food that is essential for the good functions of our body. To eat fruits alone is not enough because our body has different needs, vegetable and meat is also important because;

1. Meat is more on protein and this is good for who are engaged in physical exertion yet in mental exertion it has limits. For instance, farming exerts lots of energy from the body in a form of sweats. If a farmer lacks protein he might not survive to work in long hours. Even they eat lots of protein fats will not stay in their body because once they exert physically it will melt through sweat. That is why also most of the farmers are slim. While those who work in the office as managers, supervisors and CEO are mostly fat because they buy Good food and it is fatty. In cooking butter, oil, cheese and other fatty foods are ingredients of good cooking. Also, their physical exercise is limited due to their condition in setting position and instead of walking or take a bus they have cars to drive. In Life there is always balance to keep on healthy; it’s either in lower or upper class. What is money if it has a fat body? There is big a problem if exercise is not included in a schedule.

Nutritious fruits
Lots of vitamins in fruits
2. Fruits are natural resources; it is easy to eat and is not expensive. Unlike, artificial liquid fruits in a bottle contain of substance yet, it can not harm to our body though. Always remember that, to cook and eat good food it is always from natural sources and that it is raw. Processed foods are less vitamins and minerals. Minimize purchasing fruit juice because it makes you fattier. If natural fruit is limited it is better substitute the juice to water because water it is healthier than juice.

root crops and green leafy vegetables
squash is good for eyes, sweet potato delicious natural snacks
3. In vegetables there are two types; root crops and green and leafy vegetables. Root crops like, sweet potato, cassava, taro and etc. These can be substituted food to cook and eat in snacks time instead of biscuits, chocolates, noodles. Root crops are very healthy substitute food. While in leafy vegetables like water spinach, spinach, malunggay, sweet potato leafs, cabbage, sayote, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, white and yellow squash, broccoli and etc. There are lots of ways on how to cook vegetables in delicious style. To cook it is good to fry vegetables with little meat.

Keep on active not only in mind but also in physical. Cooking is one kind of physical exertion. Good food comes from the combination of natural food resources.

How to make Bangus Belly ala Pobre Recipes

Bangus bellies- 2pieces
Chopped garlic- 1 tablespoon
Calamansi- 2 pieces
Chopped olives- 1 tablespoon
Worcestershire sauce- 1 tablespoon
Olive Oil- 3 tablespoon
Cooking Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Marinate Bangus Bellies for about 10 minutes with the combination of calamansi juice, Worcestershire sauce or tamarind juice, salt and pepper.
2. Fry marinated bangus bellies in heat cooking oil. Apply medium heat wait until fish becomes color brown.
3. Place fried bangus bellies on plate with olive oil and spray with garlic chips.
4. Decorate with olive fruits and serve while it’s still hot.

This is very simple recipe to prepare for special occasions. And be reminded that, if you are not an expert to make belly bangus the vendor can do it. And don’t forget to remove the scale of the fish. Another, Worcestershire sauce is not familiar but you can have an option use a tamarind juice, or any sour than calamansi juice. Lastly, if you have excess ingredients, always put it in a refrigerator for the next day recipes.
Olive oil
Olive fruits
Bangus belly
worcheshire sauce

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