Tomorrow is the big V day, are you going to brave the crowd and the traffic jam to get to the best restaurants in the Metro or you will celebrate it with some special home-cooked meals?
If the latter, here’s some of my best dessert ideas that can help you plan for tomorrow.
Surprise your Valentine with this beauty.
Usually, a parfait is served in a tall glass but you can use any glass you have to make this one. It’s a dessert consisting of layers of whipped cream, fruit and jelly. See the recipe here: http://joybites.com/strawberry-parfait/
If you do not want fancy and red dessert you can serve this simple cake slice. It’s easy to make and looks god too. 🙂 Here’s the recipe: http://joybites.com/make-simple-cake-dessert/
How about something fruity? A tart is an open pastry case containing a filling. This one is generally lovely to look at. It’s also kinda easy to make too. See the link for the recipe: http://joybites.com/mango-tart-recipe/
My family and I love soft breads, it’s easy to eat and filling too, that is why we are so glad that Universal Robina Corporation (URC) is introducing new soft bread products.
Known for its innovative snacks and beverages, (URC) has been making Filipinos’ snack time enjoyable for decades. This time, it makes breakfast and merienda time more delightful and satisfying for families with its new soft bread products.
A filling and delicious breakfast or merienda treat, the Baker John Premium Soft White Bread and Baker John Cinnamon Soft Bread are great with spreads and a perfect match with coffee or cold drinks.
The country’s leading food manufacturing company introduces Baker John, a line of premium soft bread that are made with the highest-quality ingredients in URC’s state-of-the-art baking facilities.
Moms can partner their kids’ favourite spreads and cold cuts with Baker John Premium Soft White Bread to make delectable sandwiches for breakfast or merienda; while the Baker John Cinnamon Soft Bread is an ideal match with coffee or cold drinks, any time of the day.
The Baker John Premium Soft White Bread and Baker John Cinnamon Soft Bread are available at selected Mini Stop branches and Robinsons Supermarket outlets nationwide.
It’s official, the holidays are over peeps but, it doesn’t mean festive and delightful dishes are over and out too. 🙂
Even if the holidays are over, every day can still be a feast worth celebrating with dishes and masterpieces that not only delight families, but also help bring out and year-round cheer around the dinner table.
Give your loved ones a hearty and tummy-filling experience with Crispy Menudo Lumpia and Seafood Lasagna Roll-ups, all whipped up using Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauces.
Make the crunchy fried lumpia dish even more delightful with this hearty filling.
Start off by sautéing garlic and onions. Add pork and cook until lightly browned. Add Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Pinoy Party Style, water, bay leaves and soy sauce, bringing it to a boil. Simmer, then add carrots and potatoes. Cook until liquid is mostly reduced. Mix in liver spread, hotdog and green peas, and cover for 2-3 minutes. Next, season with salt and pepper to taste, then set aside and let cool. Spoon 2 tbsps of menudo over one lumpia wrapper, roll, and secure the edges by brushing with egg whites. Finally, deep-fry until golden brown.
To see how easy it is to make this this exciting dish, check out its BiteSized.PH video at www.facebook.com/BiteSized.ph/videos/707293472756843/.
Make mealtimes truly memorable with this shrimp-layered and crab sauce-filled lasagna dish.
Start by seasoning shrimp with salt, pepper, paprika and calamansi juice. Cook shrimps in olive oil for 1-2 minutes on each side, butterfly-cut each shrimp and set aside. Meanwhile, add butter to the same pan where shrimp was cooked. Sauté onion and garlic, add the cream and simmer until thick. Mix in the crab meat, cook for about 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat and mix in parsley. Set aside.
Next, sauté onion and garlic over medium heat. Add Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Parmesan Cheese, simmer until thick and season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat and mix in basil. Set aside. Finally, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Set aside.
To assemble, lay lasagna noodles flat on a large surface. Spread about 3 tbsps. of the white crab sauce on each and top with pieces of shrimp, while leaving an inch at the top of each lasagna noodle empty. Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top (about 1 tbsp. each). Roll each lasagna noodle while securing the filling inside. Spread half of red sauce at the bottom of baking dish. Place all the lasagna roll-ups on top of the sauce, seam-side down. Keep the lasagna roll-ups close to each other to prevent unraveling. Spoon-in the remaining red sauce. Top with more mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake at 190C for 30 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves.
Check out the BiteSized.PH video of this recipe at www.facebook.com/BiteSized.ph/videos/715664575253066/.
Simply satisfying, definitely delicious, but oh so easy to make—these dishes are a sure-hit for every home. Surprise your family and learn how to prepare these and other mouthwatering Hunt’s recipes by visiting BiteSized.ph on Facebook.
Make every day a feast to remember with Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauces. To learn more about the brand, visit its website at www.yummyhunts.com/
1. In a large, non-stick skillet, heat 1-2 tsp olive cooking oil over medium/high heat.
2. Cut peppers into rings and remove the seeds and centers. Place sliced peppers into the pan and let them saute for a minute.
3. Crack one egg into the center of each bell pepper slice. Start pouring the egg in slowly.
4. Sprinkle salt and pepper over each egg. Cook for 3 minutes.
5. Serve and enjoy! 🙂
I’m so pumped up to make my Bell Pepper Egg Rings and make use of the kitchen tools I got during the Masflex Kitchen Camp held in the Maya Kitchen in Makati. Masflex has invited select bloggers to a new exciting and challenging event and I’m so happy to be included. 🙂
The Masflex Kitchen Camp was hosted by Masflex Ambassador, the Adobo Queen Ms. Nancy Reyes-Lumen.
The Masflex Kitchen Camp (Blogger’s Edition) was held in line with the celebration of it’s 25th year of excellence and innovation of high quality and affordable cookware and kitchenware of Masflex.
The kitchen camp gave me the feel of MasterChef (U.S. TV series) the part where Ms. Nancy announce what to cook next and we will all rush in front, where a long table of ingredients is available, we hurriedly pick our ingredients. It was super fun. I was nervous the whole time, I wonder if I will get kicked off if my cooking doesn’t pass to her standards. 😛
I went to the kitchen camp with my friend, Lani. When we were our way home she told me she got nervous too and felt strange in front of the cooking tools and cooking ingredients. We have been cooking our entire marriage life and we felt like first timers during the kitchen camp. The kitchen camp was really an awesome experience!
We made the famous bibimbap with blue rice. I never liked bibimbap but, what I made during the kitchen camp was different, I loved it. I brought it home and shared it with my husband he said he likes it too. It’s a true testament that Ms. Nancy’s bibimbap recipe is really good. And of course, I’ll share it with you soon. 🙂
We were also taught how to make a rainbow crepe cake. I’m one hell of a cook, I made pancake “cakes” instead of crepe cake! 😀
I went to Chef Jaja, she’s the lady at my right, she gave me tips and trick to make it really thin, like a real crepe. 🙂 Chef Jaja is a real angel, I feel like if I sit down with her for a coffee she will tell me all her cooking and baking secrets. 🙂
I love every thing about the kitchen camp. I love all the tricks and smart cooking tips of Ms. Nancy! I learned soooo much. What I realized was, learning it hands-on was different from learning it in Youtube.
Thank you so much Ms. Nancy, Chef Jaja and of course Masflex for hosting the event. 🙂
Check out Masflex’s website and who knows you might score a pass to the next Masflex Kitchen Camp!
Are you still looking for ideas to serve to your guests this holiday season, especially those who just dropped by to say hello in the spirit of the holiday season? Invite them in and serve any of these three easy to prepare snacks. 🙂
1. Gouda cheese. My personal favorite is gouda cheese, perfect for my grilled cheese sandwich. I also used ARLA’s salted butter to brush both sides of the bread before grilling. Gouda, or “How-da” as the locals say, is a Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. It is a semi-hard cheese that has a nutty and creamy flavor. 🙂
2. Unsalted butter. I also like ARLA’s unsalted butter for my oatmeal cookies. My home-baked cookies have been a family staples. I have been loyal to another butter brand for a long time, until I discovered ARLA’s unsalted butter. My husband asked me what changes I made from my recipe because it tastes extra special this time. Dang! I used ARLA’s unsalted butter and from this time forward and this will be our official butter. 🙂
3. Fresh Cheese Herbs and Spices. I’m not a fan of bread spreads but when I tried ARLA’s Fresh Cheese Herbs and Spices, it changed my mind. 🙂 A few slices of toasted bruschetta or a simple crackers with ARLA’s Fresh Cheese Herbs and Spices makes a good welcome guest food. 🙂
ARLA is an international dairy company from Denmark and its gaining popularity to local foodies like me. 🙂
This holiday season #LetInTheGoodness to ARLA’s all-natural dairy that offers no preservatives, no stabilizers or artificial colorants products.
Arla products are available at leading supermarkets nationwide. Visit their Facebook page for more recipe ideas this holiday season. https://www.facebook.com/ArlaPH/
If you are like me, I guess you are always looking for ways how to make a budget-friendly holiday favorites. Well, surprise-surprise! Chef Mitchie Sison’s recipe recommendations are here to make your Noche Buena festive yet easier on your time and pocket. And to make your holiday more special, I’m giving away Jolly Gift Packs!
You could win this!
Please make sure to follow all the mechanics below to be eligible to win.
3. Post a photo of a dish or dishes that were inspired (or anything similar) by any of the recipes below and tag me on Facebook (@joybitesme) and Instagram (@joybites)
4. Three (3) winners will receive gift packs from Jolly!
5. This is open to all Metro Manila residents only.
Submission of entry ends on Dec 31, 2016! Hurry!!!
Announcement of winners on January 03, 2017. 🙂
Enjoy your Noche Buena and family gatherings even more with suggested recipes of Quezo-Butter Corn, Garlic Chicken with Gravy Sauce, Cheesy Mushroom Penne and May-ry, Cherry and Orange Mocktail using Jolly Food Line’s wide range of products. With these on your menu for Noche Buena, Christmas will surely be merry and jolly!
1 400g can Jolly Mushrooms Pieces and Stems, drained P 47.00
1 small onion, finely chopped P 20.00
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour P 15.00
3/4 teaspoon yellow mustard P 25.00
1/2 teaspoon salt P 10.00
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper P 10.00
1 1/2 cups Jolly Cow Fresh Milk P 20.00
3 cups grated cheddar cheese P 150.00
500g Dona Elena Al Dente Penne,
cooked according to package instructions P 68.00
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley P 20.00
Total Cost: P 425.00
Total cost per serving
1. Melt half of the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add Jolly Pieces and Stems and onion; saute until fragrant.
2. Turn heat to low. Add flour, mustard, salt, and pepper; cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in Jolly Cow Fresh Milk. Let is simmer until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes.
3. Remove from heat. Add grated cheese and parsley; stir until cheese melts. Mix in pasta.
4. Transfer in a serving dish and then top with parsley.
1 400g Jolly Mushrooms Pieces and Stems, drained P 47.00
1 198g can Jolly Shitake Mushrooms, sliced P 36.00
1 cup chicken stock P 16.00
1 can Jolly Cream of Mushroom Soup P 42.00
3 tablespoons soy sauce P 10.00
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley P 20.00
Total cost: P 451.00
Serving: 6 servings
Cost per serving: P75.17
1. In a bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pan-fry chicken until all sides are brown. Set aside.
3. In the same skillet, melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Saute garlic until fragrant. Add Jolly Mushrooms Pieces and Stems and Jolly Shiitake Mushrooms. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
4. Stir in the chicken stock, Jolly Cream of Mushroom Soup and soy sauce. Let it simmer until thick.
5. Return the pan-fried chicken to the skillet. Spoon the sauce over the chicken pieces. Cover, reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
6. Transfer on a plate and top with chopped parsley.
JOLLY is a canned fruits and vegetable line marketed and exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corp., one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corp.’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. For more updates, visit jolly.com.ph or like its official Facebook fanpage or follow via Twitter and Instagram (@jollyeatsph).
Doña Elena unveils new line of delicious tuna for the healthy holidays.
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.
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.
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!