Filipino “Salmon” with Sotanghon

Filipino “Salmon” with Sotanghon

When I was younger, I really didn’t like this dish. My mom made these with misua (some thin salted wheat noodles) which always ended up too starchy for me. I also never got why it was called ‘salmon’ (pronounced SAL-mon, instead of samən) when it’s Not. Even. Salmon. It’s mackerel.

The most popular brand was Hokkaido–some argue that this is Hekkaido, with an e. My husband and I think that the brand Hokkaido used to all just be the Pink Salmon variety, hence homecooks called it “salmon,” but maybe some time later the mackerel was introduced. It was most likely much cheaper than pink salmon and made its way to Filipino homes, but got stuck with the name! Well, that’s our theory.  Continue reading “Filipino “Salmon” with Sotanghon”

5-Ingredient Easy Tartar Sauce

5-Ingredient Easy Tartar Sauce

There was this very frustrating time before my broken stove was fixed that I have missed fried chicken and chicken tenders that I attempted to bake it. It turned out horribly, and being the baking noob, I didn’t know what went wrong, when I followed the recipe meticulously. (You could see some uncooked white flour on the bottom part of the chicken strip. Eep! And it was horribly overcooked inside.)

The only upside of that experience was that while baking, I thought of making tartar sauce blindly–not referring to any recipe online. (The recipe did not suggest any dip.) I didn’t plan on it, nor know how to make tartar sauce, so I had to rely on memory and depend on what’s in the fridge.  Continue reading “5-Ingredient Easy Tartar Sauce”

Creamy Bacon & Shiitake Pasta

Creamy Bacon & Shiitake Pasta

I consider Fridays my rest days from cooking: he lunches with officemates, and for dinner, we go on date night. No cooking, yay!

But my husband ate all the calzone last night, therefore no leftover food for my usual solo Friday lunch. So I needed to make a choice between cooking for one, or getting McDonald’s.

I don’t know if most people feel this way about cooking for one, but I feel like the satisfaction just isn’t there. There’s nobody to share the meal with, nobody to appreciate it other than yourself–which in a way sounds so self-centered–and nobody to tell you what could improve.

Anyway, I was on Instagram when I chanced upon Va Bene’s post on Organic Eggs Tagliatelle Truffle Pasta–my absolute favorite pasta dish to date. Instantly, I was up on my feet checking my pantry what pasta dish I can make today–without going to the grocery. (Because lazy.) Continue reading “Creamy Bacon & Shiitake Pasta”

Spammage

Spammage

Vegans aside, does anybody hate Spam? I mean, it has come a long way from being the “wartime delicacy” that it once was.

The Classic can is quite too salty for us, so we normally get the one with less sodium. My favorite is actually the Sriracha one, but it’s not available locally. Boo.

However, even though that’s an absolute breakfast favorite of mine, I feel guilty just frying spam and serving it with rice and egg. (Serve it with a side sauce of Mang Tomas. If you haven’t tried that yet, you should! We learned it from a friend a couple of years back.) Continue reading “Spammage”

Creamy Tuscan Shrimp Penne

Creamy Tuscan Shrimp Penne

I’ve been seeing Creamy Tuscan Shrimp videos over and over again from different apps and Youtube, because I admit I let Youtube play endless Tasty videos when I’m alone. However, as a rice eating country, the creaminess of the recipe doesn’t make me reach for a bowl of rice. So lucky that I finally Googled creamy+tuscan+shrimp+pasta and ended up with a Delish.com recipe!

My husband lets me play with food on Sundays we call ‘experiment day’ and I take this time to shop for whatever food item I need for a dish I’d like to try, most of the time requiring something out of the ordinary Filipino pantry items.

So I actually quite followed the recipe almost to a T, but below was my exact recipe for two people. The outcome was a hit, and he thinks I should prepare this for Noche Buena (Christmas Eve dinner) this year, if only my younger brother wasn’t allergic to shrimps! It’s such a fun and easy recipe to make. A noticed I took just under half an hour making this, probably because I was mincing garlic and grating parmesan while waiting for my pasta water to boil. #multitasking Continue reading “Creamy Tuscan Shrimp Penne”