Soup… hmm…
Now that its rainy season, this is a good time to cook soup.  Here’s what I’ve got from cheapcooking.com, and this looks delicious…

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound of bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/2 pound frozen corn
  • 4 or 5 potatoes (about a pound), peeled, cubed, and simmered until tender
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a few sprigs of parsley
  • paprika for garnish if you like

Procedures:

  • Cook the bacon in a large pot or use bacon you’ve previously cooked and use some bacon grease to cook the onions. If you cook a few slices of bacon just for this, drain all but 3 Tbs of the grease from the pan. (Save it, of course, to use in things like corn bread.) Set the bacon aside and chop it.
  • Cook the onion in the bacon grease 5 minutes or so, until softened. Sprinkle the flour in and stir. Cook over medium-low heat 2-3 minutes, stirring almost constantly. I find it’s easiest if I heat the milk in the microwave during this time. Stir in the milk slowly, using a whisk or a nice flat wooden spoon. Turn the heat up to medium and bring to a boil, stirring almost constantly. Turn the heat down but make sure it’s still simmering and cook a minute to thicken the base of your soup.
  • Add the corn, potatoes, bacon, salt and pepper. Heat through. Ladle into bowls and garnish with parsley, then sprinkle with paprika if you like it like we do.

I like to try this… better put this in my menu list!

I’ll post a picture once I’ve cooked this dish.

Have fun cooking! Smiley

 

 

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Sauté is one cooking method that needs a small amount of oil in a pan over a relatively high heat.
Sautéed food is cooked quickly, by doing this, we need to move the food around the pan quickly using your spatula. This is different from pan-frying.

On the other hand, pan-frying is a cooking method that needs minimal oil in a pan but over a moderate heat. Food cooked in this method needs to  be flipped over to be able to cook both sides of the dish, like cooking a bacon.

 

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I have tried making Spaghetti with Meatballs last December 2009, now I’m making the meatballs without the pasta!

Did I say when I cook I seldom use measurements… I base it on my taste buds and sometimes my ‘cooking instincts’… Smiley

For ingredients ideas, I’ll share the ingredients I used in this menu… by the way, I cooked this the morning after the ‘Basyang’ visit…

Anyway, here are the ingredients:

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For the meatballs:

  • 1/4 ground pork, but I didn’t use all of it, let’s say… just the 1/8 of it
  • 1/2 of a whole carrot, cubed (small)
  • 1 big white onion, cubed (small)… We like our meatballs with lots of carrots and onions.
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • flour
  • pepper, some salt or fish sauce to taste

For the sauce:

  • 115g Del Monte tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 white onion
  • 1/2 pork cube, optional
  • fish sauce to taste

And here’s how I’ve done it:
For the meatballs:

  • Mix the ground pork, carrot, onion and beaten eggs.
  • Put pepper and fish sauce your desired taste.
  • Pour flour on the separate bowl, put some pepper and salt.
  • Get a spoonful of mixed ground pork, molded it with your palm in the form of a ball.
  • Fry the meatballs.

For the sauce:

  • Saute the garlic, onion.
  • Pour Del Monte Tomato Sauce, if you like you could add 1/2 pork cube.
  • According to your taste, put fish sauce.
  • Add the fried meatballs.
  • Let it simmer for 5 minutes.

And viola!

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See that’s easy, right?  Try it too! Smiley

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Having ‘little ones’ in your home requires a long string of patience, especially when its eating time…

Let’s start with breakfast.  Breakfast is the first meal of the day and is very essential too.  Food we intake during breakfast gives those little kids energy to go, go, go!  Their breakfast menu should consist of energy foods, such as carbohydrates, and sugar (but not too much).

Breads and Cereals.  These are both my little daughter’s favorite.

Pasta.  My daughter likes Lucky Me’s Mac & Cheese, but I don’t give this everyday.

Rice.  I seldom cook fried rice in the morning, eggs and hotdogs goes with it.  Or rice porridge(Champorado), she likes to eat this with scrambled eggs.

Dairy foods, such as cheese and milk.  For me, this is a ‘must’ in her morning diet, I’ll let her munch cheese (like candy) and let’s not forget her milk… she’s now drinking Lactum, chocolate flavored milk.

Pancakes, also her snack food.

And also, don’t forget the fruits… any fruits will do, but let her put some food in her little tummy first.

I will be sharing more of the recipes or food thoughts in my future posts! Smiley

 

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