Simple Banana Muffin recipe

I made banana muffin the other day. I have banana in the freezer for quite a long time. Banana muffin is easy to make as long as you have the ingredients and you are good to go. So for my banana muffin here are my ingredients.

Wet ingredients –  ¼ c vegetable oil

                                ¾ c brown sugar

                                2 eggs

                                1 tsp vanilla flavor

                           3 big overripe bananas

Dry ingredients –  1 and 2/3 c all-purpose flour

                                1 tsp baking powder

                                ½ tsp baking soda

                                ¼ tsp iodized salt

                               Chocolate chips (optional)

How do I make my banana muffin?

  1. Preheat your over to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. I star t with wet ingredients. So, start by creaming oil and sugar. Then, add egg one at a time and just continue to mix. Add vanilla and mashed banana, then just continue to mix a little.
  3. Now, for the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt sift and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add half of the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and fold it. Continue doing for the other half of your dry ingredients and fold it until everything is incorporated.
  5. Now, time to put the banana mixture in 3oz cupcake molder about ¾.
  6. Add banana chips on top (if desired)
  7. Put in the oven and bake for about 18-20 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.

So, that’s how I made my banana muffin/cupcake with chocolate chips on top. It is easy to make and this activity is good bonding with your kids.

Wanna Have Dinner Together?

Because of covid19 pandemic, most of us stay at home. In my place we were lockdown for two months. No one was allowed to go out except those who are working as frontliners like doctors, nurses, military personnel, policemen, and those who provide essential services.

Only one household member with a quarantine pass could go out once a week. There were no public transportation systems available. This one was really hard specifically to those who don’t have their own vehicles since its difficult to walk home while carrying heavy groceries. Thanks to my sister for lining up, buying, and delivering my food during the 2-month quarantine.

I bet not only here in the Philippines experienced lockdown but other countries as well. So, what did you do when you were lockdown in your abode?  Me, I cook a lot until now when not in work, I do cooking. For two months in the house, I didn’t imagine that I will be cooking different dishes from fish, meat, vegetables, bread and desserts. Honestly, I am not a good cook but I have no choice because if I won’t cook we will not eat. Well, I learned different dishes from these months of staying at home. Thanks to google and youtube because they always provide help anytime of the day. Whatever recipe you need these two will provide what you are looking for.

So here are some of the foods I cooked last 2-month quarantine period. I will share more next time. You can also view the food I made on my Youtube channel

Ginisang Labanos with Shrimp

Do you eat radish or labanos in tagalog? For a long time I only use radish as one of the ingredients to my daughter’s favorite sinigang.  I never thought that I can make delicious dish using radish. Well, I did search online on what to do with radish and surprisingly, there are many recipes that you could make out of radish. I’m not really good in cooking so I chose simple recipe which is ginisang labanos. In the recipe I saw online, he used pork and radish but he mentioned that shrimp can be used as well.  Good thing we have shrimps, so I decided to follow the recipe and come up to have a delicious dish.

You only need garlic, onion, tomato, shrimps, radish, chili and seasoning for this delightful dish. I thought it is not delicious but it is good and for sure I will make this again. My tomatoes are not completely ripen be sure to use ripe tomatoes and cook it thoroughly before adding shrimps. Chili is an optional ingredient, if you like spicy food then add as much as you want.

Easy Chicken Sopas Cooked using Elba Induction Cooktop

Recently, my sister bought Elba induction cooktop. When I first used it, I was clueless on what to do. Good thing there is manual but sometimes it is boring to read all those pages. This is under control panel and I think it is easy to understand.

• Control Panel
Front left zone keys (increasing and decreasing power)
Rear left zone keys (increasing and decreasing power)
Rear right zone keys (increasing and decreasing power)
Front right zone keys (increasing and decreasing power)
ON/OFF key
Automatic cooking timer keys
Child lock selection

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So, this is my first ever food made from Elba induction cooktop. My super easy Chicken Sopas. 

chicken sopas

By the way, I bought JML cookware because what we have in the house is not induction ready. I always wanted to buy this kind of pot. I don’t need to use too much oil when cooking, this is one way of eating healthy.  I might write about JML cookware so I will not talk too much about this stuff.


Elbow macaroni

Chicken breasts





Evaporated milk


Salt and pepper to taste

Knorr cube  

How to cook

1. Boil water in a medium pot. Add the chicken breast, cover and cook in medium heat. Add more water if needed. Separate the chicken from the water. Let the chicken cool down and then shred. Set both shredded chicken and water aside.

2. Heat oil in a pot. Sauté the garlic until it turns medium brown. Add onion and carrot. Continue to sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Add the shredded chicken. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

4. Pour the water used to boil the chicken. Add more water. Let boil.

5. Add the Knorr  Cube. Stir. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

6. Put the elbow macaroni in the pot. Cook for 10 minutes.

7. Add the cabbage. Stir and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.  Add more water if needed.

8. Pour the evaporated milk. Stir, let boil, cover and cook for another 3 minutes

9. Add salt and pepper to taste.

10. Transfer to a serving bowl. Happy eating!

While eating, my daughter is asking me if I forgot to add hotdog. Yes, I totally forgot to add hotdog. If you could see the pic something is missing and that is hotdog heheh.



Blueberry Muffin

My sister brought this Belly Crocker ready-made blueberry muffin mix from Canada when they visited us last Christmas.

I just baked it today after 7 months hiding in the closet. This is small pack so I only got 6 muffins. This one is easy to bake I wonder why I didn’t bake it before. I said easy to bake because you only need a cup of water or milk. Simply add water or milk (I used fresh milk) to this blueberry flavoured muffin mix and you’re ready to go.

I preheated oven to 200 degrees Celsius and baked for 20 minutes. It turned out delicious although they are using artificial flavor but the smell was good while baking. My daughter ate this when she came back from school. It became soft after few more hours. 

3 Quick and Easy Tahong (Mussels) Recipe

Few days ago, I bought tahong (mussels) before the only dish I could cook using tahong was making soup with ginger, water and mustasa (mustard) as main ingredients. Now, I made three dishes out of 1kilo of tahong. So first, I cooked soup. Simply, sautée ginger and onion first and then add water. Wait for it to boil and then add your tahong. Wait for tahong to open then season with salt and pepper. Finally add mustasa, cover and wait for few minutes about 1-2 minutes. Turn off the fire. Serve while it is hot.

Second dish was Sauteed Mussels in Garlic and Butter. Here’s how heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan. Put 1-2 tbsp butter, melt. Sauté minced garlic until lightly browned. Saute chopped onions, until translucent. Add in the cleaned mussels. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with chili flakes, I used chili powder. Stir fry until mussels starts to render juice and opens.

We have left over tahong from the soup I made, so I decided to bake it. Here’s how Baked mussels is done

Clean mussels thoroughly. Boil until the shells open in a pot with 2 cups of water. Drain and remove the top shell. arrange in a baking sheet. Melt ½ cup of butter in a sauce pan. Put in ¼ cup minced garlic and ¼ cup finely chopped flat parsley. (I don’t have parsley). Stir cook for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat. Scoop the butter mixture and put on top of each mussels. Top with grated cheese. Oven baked for 20 minutes.

Recipe adapted from #themommyiscooking instagram.

Chicken Tinola with a Twist

In the coming days, many of my post will be about foods. I’m now the cook in the house. My mother was the one who cooked for us but because of her health condition, she can’t do it unless she’s feeling better. She easily gets tired even just standing for few minutes.  

I’m not born with cooking ability so I need to watch cooking tutorials online. I am not the only one who will eat my food but my mother, daughter and sister so I need to do it right to satisfy their tummies. Before I don’t have courage to cook for the family but if I will not who will do it. Sometimes my sister cooks but it happens once in a blue moon. Oh well, I’m happy because I can cook different dishes now. Simple dishes but surely makes our tummy full.

Anyway, here is my first food post … When it comes to chicken soup, chicken tinola is always the dish I can cook. I grew up eating this especially during rainy days. It is best to eat chicken soup everytime it is cold and rainy.

Here’s how I cook my Chicken Tinola. In little oil sautee ginger first wait till aromatic then add garlic and onions. Add chicken (I remove skin) season with fish sauce. Cook chicken for few minutes or wait until slightly brown. Add water, chicken cube and add fish sauce, let it boil. Add papaya or chayote with this dish I put papaya. Don’t over cook papaya or chayote. If chicken becomes tender add in chili leaves. You can add malunggay leaves if no chili leaves. You now have chicken tinola so for a twist after your tinola is done cooking,  add cup of gata (coconut milk), season with salt and pepper, let it boil then turn off the heat. I learned this Tinolang May Gata through Instagram of #themommyiscooking.

Homemade Baked Macaroni


Butter/olive oil ,Onion, Garlic

Ground pork, Hotdogs

Mushrooms, Spaghetti sauce

Banana ketchup, Water

Cheese Whiz, Cheese

Salt and pepper


1. Cook macaroni shells according to package directions.

2. In a separate pan,  saute garlic and onion in butter and olive oil.

2. Add ground pork and wait till it becomes brown in color.

3. Put hotdog and mushroom, cook for few minutes.

4. When cooked add spaghetti sauce,  ketchup and water. Simmer for few minutes. 

5.. Add cheese whiz and grated cheese. Season with  salt and pepper.

6. Mix cooked macaroni shells in the sauce. Be sure to mix everything so all the shells are tasty. 

7. Put in an oven container then top with cheese. 

8. Baked in 175 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes or until cheese melted.

9. Remove from the oven and let it cool before serving. 

This is delicious.  I only used ordinary cheese but i know if i use expensive cheese like Parmesan,  cheddar and other similar cheese will enhance and level up the taste nonetheless still yummy.

Typical Filipino Breakfast

My breakfast earlier was typical Filipino food. I cooked garlic fried rice, sunny side up egg and longanisa from Lucban, Quezon. We went there last Sunday so we bought longanisa, one of their famous foods. Breakfast won’t be complete without fruit. We have leftover watermelon but surprisingly it wasn’t fresh already. Well, because watermelon was in the refrigerator for three days already. We ate the half when we bought it but half was left. Well, I still ate some portion so lesson learned eat watermelon right away after you slice it. Oh well, my tummy was  happy  this morning. This only happens if I cook in the morning and if there are available food to cook.  For the record, i’m not really good in cooking but i can cook few dishes. I love to cook garlic fried rice. My ingredients for this is really simple all i need are oil, garlic, leftover rice, turmeric powder and salt and pepper. I like putting turmeric powder because of the benefits given of this powder. The health benefits of turmeric include an improved ability to digest fats, reducing gas and bloating, decreased congestion, and improved skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in Chinese and Indian medicine for millennia.

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My Typical Breakfast – Fried Rice and Tinapa

We called this fish tinapa. It is the tagalog term that means fish cooked or preserved through the process of smoking. We have lots of tinapa here in our place so I eat this fish from time to time. Honestly, before I didn’t eat this kind of fish but when I tasted it, I like it. Tinapa is best to eat when it is hot, with fried rice and cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

This was my breakfast early this morning. Fried rice and tinapa. I put turmeric powder to my fried rice and just one tinapa solved my breakfast. Well, it will be good if I have one egg but we run out of egg.

What is your typical breakfast? Do you eat tinapa?