Ginisang Sayote or Sauteed Chayote is another Filipino dish that is easy to cook and requires a few ingredients only - chayote and shrimp/prawns. I've seen and tasted a lot of variations for this dish. Some would use ground pork, some would add tomato, and some would even add carrots.
The day we moved to our new apartment, first week of May 2008, was the day we got our first tank of LPG. We thought by the third month we'll be able to replace it already... but it's still not empty. Four months... five months... six months... We stopped counting the days. Until two days ago...
Two days ago, I was cooking some pork steak for dinner. If you know beef steak Tagalog, then just change the beef to pork, that's pork steak. :)
My ingredients are all ready for cooking. I've already marinated the pork in calamansi & soy sauce. So I started cooking the meat. I've semi-cooked one side of the meat already, so I'm just waiting for the other side to cook so I can put the sliced onion. A few minutes later when I checked my cooking, the sauce is not boiling... there was no heat! I checked the stove... no flame! Just when I was in the middle of my cooking! I called up the LPG supplier and they told me that they can't deliver that night and the earliest is the next morning. Waaa! How about my pork steak! :(
What did I do? I cooked our dinner in the microwave. Good thing we replaced our old and dilapidated microwave. Our new microwave has this Slow Cooking feature. So I just read the instructions on how to use the slow-cooking feature, placed my pork and the onion in a microwave-safe bowl, and slow-cooked it for 30 minutes (supposed to be more than an hour, but I changed it to 30 minutes since the meat's almost cooked anyway).
After 30 minutes... voila! Pork steak! hihihi :)
Yeah, I burned something by accident...
And this was when I was cooking pancakes!
A few days ago, I cooked pancakes for breakfast. On my last batch of pancakes, I adjusted the stove's flame so that the pancakes will cook faster. After cooking the last batch, I served the pancakes then went to the bedroom for a while to call my husband for breakfast. When I got back to the kitchen, it smelled like burnt plastic... then I saw the frying pan smoking and my plastic turner on the side. Waaaa panic!
I turned off the stove and immediately removed the turner on the side of the pan. Then I realized what I did: after cooking the pancakes, I placed the turner face-down on the pan's side... without turning off the flame! The turner's not the only thing that's damaged, some of the plastic got stuck as well on the frying pan's side.
Here's the turner with the frying pan....
I threw it away. Good thing this is my old turner! I have another one, which was still in the sink that time... hihi :) The frying pan's alright now. I was able to remove the stuck plastic on the side - I let the pan heat up on the stove again and waited for the plastic to melt a bit, then wiped the plastic away.
I've learned my lesson: before serving the food, check if the stove's turned off.
I want to learn more about cooking and baking. I've been looking for a culinary/cooking/baking school that offers simple classes, and not those months/years of studying. So I enrolled for a 1-day class. And guess what class I enrolled to... Ultimate Chocolate Treats!!!
The class I enrolled to is in Shermay's Cooking School! :) While looking for culinary schools here in Singapore, I came across Shermay's Cooking School. Since then I've been interested to enroll in one of their classes.
Shermay's Cooking School is a dainty little cooking school here in Singapore. A lot of award-winning chefs, celebrity chefs and cookbook authors conduct cooking classes there. They also have a retail shop, selling various kinds of cooking and baking supplies that are most of the time not available in malls and groceries.
The demo class class will be taught by their guest chef Joycelyn Shu. Joycelyn also has a blog, KUIDAORE, which I also visit often. :)
From what I read about this class (as mentioned also in Joycelyn's blog), Ultimate Chocolate Treats I is just the first of a series of classes. I'd definitely enroll to the next one as well.... Chocolate overload!!! hihihi!
The class is still a month away, on 14 March. All I can say is... I am so excited! :)
I'm a chocoholic... I love anything chocolate. Plus, hubby loves chocolate desserts. Once I baked vanilla cupcakes, he didn't eat them... because they're not chocolate! :P
I've been looking for a new recipe to try... something no-bake (since I don't have an oven), something easy, and something with chocolate. So I decided to search for an easy fudge recipe.
I found this recipe from Kathy Maister's Start Cooking and decided to try it out.
There! The fudge turned out delicious.
Unfortunately it melts so easily... I don't know if fudge really is like that (melts easily) or I did something wrong... damn humidity! As much as I want Lloyd to bring them to work, it's not possible because it will surely melt.
Actually, I also find it too sweet... and I already used semi-sweet chocolate (and not milk chocolate as mentioned in the original recipe). Nevertheless, Lloyd still likes it. hihi!
I think I'll continue my search for another fudge recipe. But do try this out because it is yummy. Like Lloyd, you might like it better than I do. :)
Ginataang sitaw at kalabasa is a Filipino dish, consisting mainly of coconut milk (gata), long beans (sitaw) and squash (kalabasa). There are different variations for this dish. Some would only use the long beans with coconut milk, some only the squash with coconut milk. Some would prefer pork instead of shrimps, and some would make it all vegan.
I have a limited knowledge in cooking Filipino dishes, and I'm proud to say that this is one of the Filipino dishes that I can cook well. It's a healthy dish and has a simple & easy to follow recipe.
Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa
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I'm not a chef or a cook, and I didn't have any formal lessons in cooking nor baking. But I do love cooking and baking (that is when I'm in the mood). Not only do I love to cook/bake, I also love to eat (well, who doesn't?)... dine-in or take-out, it doesn't matter. :P Ergo the use of the word foodie.
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