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Sardines Casserole Recipe

Sardines Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Doña Elena unveils new line of delicious tuna for the healthy holidays.

dona elena tuna
Many people treat the Yuletide season not only as a vacation from work but also a break from healthy living. Who could resist those tempting Noche Buena favorites during this time of celebration with family and friends?

Little do they know, Filipinos do not need to compromise their healthy lifestyle for a delicious spread during Christmas or any other celebration, especially with Doña Elena just around the corner. The trusted brand known for its products’ superior quality, excellent taste and abundant nutritional value, Doña Elena will satiate your family, friends, and guests’ craving for perfect home-cooked meals. The Doña Elena line prides itself with top-notch products rich in protein and fiber-rich like Al Dente pasta, antioxidant-laden Olive Oil, and flavorful Spanish Sardines. 

And as a holiday treat to Filipinos across all ages, Doña Elena unveils this Christmas season the Doña Elena 100% Tuna in Sunflower Oil, which comes in Chunks and Shredded. This newest product line of Doña Elena carries several nutrients from omega-3, protein, selenium and vitamin D of the tuna to the omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, and polysaturated fats of the cholesterol-free sunflower oil.

More than being healthy, Doña Elena 100% Tuna in Sunflower Oil in Chunks and Shredded is great tasting too making it an ideal partner to any dish, from beloved Christmas staples like pasta and stews, to everyday needs such as dips, patties, stuffing, and spreads. Above all, it’s 100% Pure Tuna meat, no extenders, preservatives and MSGs.

Enjoy the holidays even more with suggested recipes of Sardines Casserole and Tuna Pilaf using Doña Elena’s range of favorite products. With Doña Elena around, Christmas will be as merry and guilt-free as it should be.

Dona Elana sardines-casserole

Sardines Casserole
  1. 1/2 cup red and green bell pepper, cut into small cubes
  2. 1 pc. red onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 bottle Doña Elena Spanish Sardines in Olive Oil, drained
  4. 1/2 cup Doña Elena Diced Tomatoes
  5. 1/2 cup zucchini, diced
  6. 1/4 cup goat's cheese, cubed
  7. 2 pcs. egg
  8. 1 tbsp. Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil
  9. 1/2 cup Doña Elena Black Olives, sliced
  10. 1 tbsp Doña Elena Capers
  11. (to taste) salt and pepper
  12. (for garnish) parsley, chopped
  1. 1.       Preheat a pan with Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil, add onions, bell peppers and zucchini. Saute until onions are fragrant.
  2. 2.       Add the Doña Elena Diced Tomatoes, Doña Elena Black Olives and Doña Elena Capers. Simmer until slightly thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. 3.       Transfer sardines in a bake proof small casserole. Top with the tomato mixture, goat's cheese then the raw egg. Bake at 180˚C for 5 to 10 minutes. Top with chopped parsley before serving.




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BreakFestival: Strengthening Family Bonding and Changing the World One Family at a Time

BreakFestival:  Strengthening Family Bonding and Changing the World One Family at a Time

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 | 8 comments

We are a family of six (dog not included).


My husband, myself and our four children.

We live in a small apartment near the kids’ school and we share a six seater plastic monoblock dining table, nothing fancy.

Since our house is small and our dining table is quite long, we usually push it against the wall and stack the monoblock chairs so we can make space when we need a quick trip to the comfort room or we need way to go back and forth upstairs. Every meal time we have to assemble it in place so we can all eat together.  As time passes by, we all got tired of putting it back and putting it away. I decided that we should just eat in batches. Most of the time it’s the two small children first, then the two big sisters next and when they’ve all had their meals, it’s my husband and I’s turn. 🙂

And the result: no family eating time together.

Then one fine day I learned that family eating time is one of the most important activities of a family.  It’s where all the family members gather together to catch up and talk.  Eating together is not only for nutritional perspective, but from a psychological one as well.  

That one fine day was when I went to Pampanga to attend the celebration of Mekeni Food Corporation’s Breakfestival.  

Mekeni Food Corporation is a meat processing company based in Pampanga.  It’s a familiar brand name in supermarkets.  I know them best in their hotdogs.  But during the Breakfestival event celebration I was also introduced to their breakfast line: the Chicken Longanisa, Belly Bacon, Classic Tocino, Native Longanisa.



Mekeni Native longanisa


Breakfestival is a celebration of breakfast with the family.  The BreakFestival aims to get the family to enjoy breakfast together at least once or twice a week to strengthen family bonds.

Mr. Pruds shared the humble beginnings of Mekeni, he is the President and the CEO of Mekeni Corporation.


Mr. Pruds and I during Breakfestival Event Celebration in Pampanga

The story of Mekeni touched my heart.  Their story is not the story of business success itself.  It’s a story of family first, community next.  Their story tells so much about respect, trust,  hope, dream, love and it all began by sharing the dining table together.

As Mr. Pruds talk I couldn’t count how many times he said the word, Tatang, referring to his father who founded the business.

Sabi ni Tatang…

Ang turo sa amin ni Tatang…

Ang gusto ni Tatang…

It doesn’t take me long to realize how much admiration he has for his Tatang.

Mr. Pruds took over the business and continued his Tatang’s legacy to keep up their world class quality products and provide livelihood in their community in Porac, Pampanga.

I asked myself, how their Tatang brought together 5 children, all boys, to drop everything and help him fulfill his vision to expand the company and help their community.  Mr. Pruds was working in Saudi when his Tatang called him to help him in the family business.

I asked myself,  if one day I call my children and ask them to help me do something for the greater good of our people would they drop everything like Mr. Pruds does or would they hang up and tell me to go ask someone else about it? HEARTBREAKING!

My two big girls, ages 13 and 10, have not been talking to me often. I noticed that both of them only talks to me when they need something for school or if they are hungry.  I thought maybe because we have lost touch, they have been spending a lot of time in school  these days, I’m tied up with work. There’s no time in the day we could sit down and talk how our days went by.  

If we continue to have poor family communication until they are all grown-up, I think I know what I will feel like when I’m all “old-up”. HEARTBREAK!

I told myself, I have to do something about it.

After my my trip to Pampanga I thought of doing Breakfestival at home.  At least once every weekend, I arrange the table, put back the chairs and wake them early so we can eat breakfast together.  For the past few weeks of doing this, I noticed my eldest daughter started telling me stories about school.  She has been showing me photos she took at school from her mobile phone.  I also learned the name of her new best friend. 🙂

My second daughter opened up about how sad she has been because her classmates calls her “Luisa-English”.  My daughter speaks very good English, like a native English speaker.  She doesn’t understand why her classmates call her “Luisa-English”. She feels bad about it and took it as an insult to her English.  My husband and I assured her that nothing is wrong with her English and she should take great pride about it because no one in her class speaks good English like her.  In fact, she’s so good she always get the Best English Speaker award in her class every quarter.  

After a few weeks,  during one of our Breakfestival, I asked her if her classmates still calls her “Luisa-English” she said yes but this time whenever they call her that name she would say “thank you”.

Wow, this Breakfestival is really working, we are not just strengthening our family bonds but also we are building our children’s self-esteem.


Thanks to Mr. Pruds and to Mekeni Food Corporation for sharing Breakfestival, it’s changing one family at a time. 🙂  It changed ours, I hope it will change yours too. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by!  I hope you enjoy my story as much as my photos!  

Start your Breakfestival soon!




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Liempo Recipe Using San Pedro BBQ Sauce at Iba Pa

Liempo Recipe Using San Pedro BBQ Sauce at Iba Pa

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 | 0 comments

How do you like your store-bought liempo?

If you ask me, I’m not a fan. 

A friend asked me to try San Pedro BBQ Sauce at Iba Pa, I used it to marinate my pork belly for grilling and look what came up.


Tasty, juicy and tender liempo!



A few tips when marinating any meat!

1. Never marinate meat at room temperature. Marinate your meat in the fridge.
2. Never reuse uncooked marinade. If you are making a sauce, boil leftover marinade to kill bacteria.

Here’s my liempo recipe:

Liempo Recipe
  1. 1. 3 lbs., liempo
  2. 2. San Pedro BBQ Sauce at Iba Pa
  1. 1. Marinate pork belly with San Pedro BBQ Sauce at Iba Pa
  2. 2. Makes sure that the pork belly is coated well. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours.
  3. 3. You can pan fry your liempo or place it in a convection oven for 20-15 minutes.
  4. 4. Serve and enjoy!

Get your bottle/s of San Pedro BBQ Sauce at Iba pa, visit their Facebook Page. 🙂





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