Ginisang Upo at Sardinas (Sautéed Bottle Gourd with Sardines)

I cooked Ginisang Upo at Sardinas (sautéed bottle gourd with sardines) few days ago. Before I used to cook bottle gourd (upo) with meat and not sardines. I learned adding sardines through my co-parent in school. I didn’t cook it right away but when I watched a video cooking this bottle gourd with sardines, I decided to cook it for our lunch. The main two ingredients are available in our kitchen so, I didn’t think twice of cooking it.

After just a short cooking, my sautéed bottle gourd (aka white squash, upo in tagalog) with sardines was ready to eat. My co-parent said it’s a simple food but healthy and yummy. Well, she was right and it is tasty with sardines. My daughter ate this food with me so I was very happy.

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  • Bottle gourd (upo)
  • 1 Mega Sardine
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

How to cook?

  • Heat the pan then add little oil. Sautee onion, garlic and tomato.
  • When it’s done, add bottle gourd and little water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover
  • When the gourd is cooked, add a can of sardine. Wait for 1-2 minutes and it is done.
  • Serve hot with rice.

Bottle gourd (Upo) with sardines is a simple food. It is easy to cook and ingredients are already in your kitchen. So it is not expensive to cook this menu. This viand is a simple one but it is healthy and affordable. Try it!

DQ at SM City Lucena

Dairy Queen (DQ) finally opened a month ago here at SM City Lucena. I was so excited that I wrote a post  even the store isn’t yet opened. Finally Lucenahin can enjoy the delicious taste of DQ products. Too bad I didn’t see the opening of the store and really clueless when will it happen. Well, the store opened last September 25 and I went to the mall after that day. I thought it was the opening day but the staff informed me that it was already their second day. It’s been a month and I hope DQ will stay as long as SM City Lucena is here, hahah! Hope many will patronize the store because of their luscious soft-served ice cream and with the way they served up side down is different from other ice cream stores. Looks like I have big loved for DQ, lol!.

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The store is not big in fact it is located under the stair but
I think better place because many are passing in that area of the mall.

I saw my sister-in-law in one of the banks at the mall and asked her to taste DQ if haven’t tried. She was too kind to treat me a strawberry banana blizzard. This was the second purchased from DQ. The first was with my daughter and if I remember right she ordered chocolate with kitkat (hope I’m right). It’s important to bring camera all the time so nothing will be missed, hahah!

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The blizzard served upside down or it’s FREE,
Php 69 for smaller size

Should Bake Again

I missed baking. I’m not an expert when it comes to baking but have tried cupcakes, loaf bread, cookies, macaroon and other breads. December was the last time I baked. So it has been months. I really missing and if I only have ingredients here, possibly I will be in the kitchen. Sadly, I don’t have ingredients now, but I hope to do baking as soon as possible. Probably will do banana loaf because this was the first I baked. I remember it wasn’t 100% successful but didn’t stop me of doing it again. I’m thinking also banana choco chips muffin because this recipe didn’t fail me. I like the taste and for me after 1 or 2 days the muffin becomes tastier.

My sister once asked me if I want to enroll in TESDA. I don’t have formal baking lessons and I only watch youtube or read online for the recipes. My sister said TESDA offers baking. I was thinking of doing it but of course I need extra money to do this. And for sure with formal lessons I will learn a lot. I want to know more about icing stuff. I have tried putting icing on top of my cupcake but not satisfied with the result. Oh well, I need to save extra bucks and might enroll. I think I have future on this (think optimistic) hahah!

Chicken Macaroni Salad (my version)

One of my favorite Filipino salads is Chicken Macaroni Salad. This salad is best served in any occasions but you can enjoy this everyday as an appetizer or food for merienda. Recently, I made my own version of chicken macaroni salad; here are the ingredients and how to make it.

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Elbow Macaroni
Pineapple tidbits
Salt and pepper to taste

How to make:

1. Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Bring water to a boil. Once boiling, add salt and chicken. Cook the chicken until done. Drain the water and let the chicken cool. Discard the bone from the chicken and then shred the chicken meat using hands.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients; elbow macaroni, shredded chicken and the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
4. Cover the mixing bowl, refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
5. Transfer to a plate and enjoy

I saw in other chicken macaroni salad recipe that they add cheese, I didn’t put but will try to add next time. I will see if cheese would make the salad delicious. I have tasted other macaroni salad and instead of chicken, they add ham, tomatoes, lettuce, pineapple tidbits, mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. I must say macaroni salad is best if you choose the right mayonnaise, so add the best mayonnaise that you could find. I add the leading mayonnaise available in the market but it didn’t taste good for me so I add other mayonnaise brand.

My Version of Sinigang na Manok

For our dinner I cooked sinigang na manok (sinigang is very popular Filipino soup). I think I already cooked this dish but for sure with the help of my mother. Earlier, I made all by myself. For me it’s a big accomplishment, hahah! I do bake but not professional and sometimes cook dishes but always have this negative thinking that whoever eats won’t like it. Anyway, back to sinigang, I’m happy because my daughter was the one to taste it and she liked it. We all know that sinigang has sour taste; my daughter likes it and even singing asim kilig, commercial of knorr sinigang. Sorry I don’t have the photo of my sinigang na manok but indeed tasted good.

Here’s what I used: onion, tomatoes, chicken, salt (I like to put fish sauce but not available), pepper, water, string beans, radish, kangkong (river spinach), siling haba (long chili) and knorr sinigang mix.

First sauté onion and when translucent add tomatoes until cooked. Add chicken and let it cook for awhile until it changed color to slightly brown. Add water and season with salt and pepper. Put knorr sinigang mix as well and let it simmer. When the chicken is cooked, its time to add the vegetables; string beans, radish, siling haba and put kangkong last maybe a minute before you turn off the fire.

For sure this is not the last time I will be cooking sinigang since my daughter likes it. And the next time I will make sure to take photo of my sinigang.

How to Make Coffee Jelly

Coffee Jelly is so easy to prepare and you don’t need many ingredients to make this delicious dessert. The best thing is it is delicious. This is one of my daughter’s favorite desserts.


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1 condensed milk

1 Nestle All Purpose Cream

2 tbsp Instant Coffee


1.    Cook Mr Gulaman according to package direction.

2.    Once cooked put in a container and set aside. Wait till it set.

3.    In a separate bowl combine nestle all purpose cream and condensed milk.

4.    Cut cooked gulaman into small pieces (cubes) and add in the cream mixture.

5.    Mix together then refrigerate.

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Easy Baked Macaroni Recipe

I really like pasta, so I tried to cook different pasta dishes though I’m not a good cook, wink! The last pasta dish I cooked was baked macaroni or simply baked mac. Here are my ingredients; sorry I won’t provide the exact amount of ingredients.

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Macaroni shells
Oil, butter
Lean ground beef
Jolly mushroom (pieces and stems)
Spaghetti sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Eden cheese
Eden melted cheese


1. Cook macaroni shells according to package direction then set aside.
2. In a separate pan, sauté garlic and onion in oil and butter.
3. Put lean ground beef until slightly brown, add hotdog and jolly mushroom.
4. When cooked, put salt and pepper to taste, then spaghetti sauce and let it summer for about 30 minutes.
5. Put cooked macaroni shells in a casserole cover with cooked spaghetti sauce.
6. Add cheese on top.
7. Bake in 180 degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

It would taste even better if you put different kinds of cheese especially parmesan cheese. But because my budget is tight so, I just put eden cheese and eden melted cheese. Well, it tasted good but again baked macaroni is even tastier if you put different kinds of cheese on top.

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How to make Banana Loaf Bread

I made banana loaf bread for the very first time.  It wasn’t 100% successful because some of the part burned especially bottom part but happy because the bread didn’t go to waste completely and besides it was my first baking experience.

Anyhow, I got banana loaf bread recipe in this site All the ingredients are easy to find and some are already in the kitchen so I didn’t think twice of baking banana loaf bread.

• 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
• 1/3 cup melted butter
• 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• Pinch of salt
• 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Yield: Makes one loaf.


I followed all the ingredients and baking procedure and patiently waiting for the outcome. After 30 mins I smelled something, my loaf is beginning to burn. I checked it and inserted a toothpick inside, just like the bakers said you will find your cake or bread done when the toothpick comes out clean. When I inserted the bread isn’t cook yet.

So I continue baking and didn’t mind the smell but instead of cooking it for one hour I only baked it for 50mins. The oven i used has function knob that allow to select heater setting. At first i selected lower setting and it took time before i changed it to upper setting. I think that’s the reason why the bottom part burned completely.

Well after 50 mins it was done. I let it cool first and transferred to plate. As expected the bottom and top part burned, I wasn’t surprised. The bottom part is burned completely sorry I didn’t capture it. Just think of charcoal and it was like that. The top part is slightly burned but inside it was cooked properly see image below.

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The family who tasted my banana loaf said it was good well not the burned part. I must say I’m 60% satisfied with my first baking experience. I’m using mini oven so I think the cooking time is different compared to big oven.

Anyhow, for sure this isn’t the first and the last and definitely I will bake banana loaf bread again, I won’t stop until I perfect it.

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 This post was created June 2013, copied from my deleted blog.

Make Magic Happen – Krispy Kreme

I rarely tasted Krispy Kreme Doughnuts  photo snowman_zps9416d012.jpgbecause we don’t have store in our place. We need to go to Manila for us to taste donuts from this store. The problem is we don’t go to Manila regularly and sometimes lucky if we would go there at least twice a year. My sister would give us some because her husband is working in Manila. Few days ago, they gave us donuts from Krispy Kreme so we were delighted. Their donuts are really tasty though very sweet but for me the donuts are definitely luscious. Well, they should be because the price is not cheap. And because Christmas is fast approaching  they have this “Make Magic Happen” wherein you could buy box of donut with Christmas theme. One of the donuts included is the cute snowman. Daughter already ate some part of snowman’s tummy and scarf.  Would love to eat donuts from Krispy Kreme, anyone could give me this as Christmas present?

How to Make A S’more (Smore)

If you love eating dessert, you should consider adding s’mores (smores) in your list. I learned from my niece this food and I consider it as one of the simplest and easiest to prepare yet it can satisfy my cravings.

Graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate (your choice) are the only ingredients you need to make a delicious s’more. I didn’t know that there is National S’mores Day that is celebrated yearly on August 10 in the United States.

Here is my first S’more and for sure this won’t be the last.

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How to prepare

1. Break the graham cracker in half. Put chocolate bar (like Hershey’s) on top of cracker,  or instead of chocolate bar you can put nutella.  Then add one big marshmallow on top of the chocolate bar. Cover it with half of graham cracker.

2. Microwave it for about 10-15 seconds or until the marshmallow starts getting bigger and melts. If you don’t have microwave, you can use oven. Just be careful with the time because it could burn the graham cracker. I suggest 1-2 minutes or until marshmallow melts.