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Smoked Salmon Frittata

It’s almost the end of the lenten season and I wanted to add yet another foodie discovery to my “meatless arsenal”.  Got the recipe from the magazine, New Idea. 😉

What’s great about this recipe is that it only uses six ingredients and is fairly easy to prepare – especially for a novice frittata maker like me!

WHAT YOU NEED: 6 eggs, 1 1/4 cups milk, 100 g packet smoked salmon (cut into thick strips), 1/2 cup bottled fire roasted peppers (drained and chopped), 1 cup frozen peas, 2 cups grated tasty cheese (cheddar may also be used)

HOW TO:

  1. Grease a 20cm round cake pan and line base with baking paper. (I opted to do away with the greasing and lined even the sides with baking paper).
  2. Whisk eggs and milk in a large bowl until combined. Stir in salmon, peppers, peas and half the cheese. Season with pepper.
  3. Pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, in a 180C oven for 1 hour, or until set and golden. Let stand in pan for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn out of dish. Serve cut into wedges.

Once done, here’s my four-step “guide” on how to best enjoy your “finished product”.

Bon appetit!

VERDICT: Definite crowd-pleaser :mrgreen:

Fab French Fungi

Before all of you let out a collective “Eeeeewwww!” at the title of my post, please do read on… I’m sure most of you will hopefully see how close to reality this “claim” is later on …  😉

As mentioned in my previous entry, thanks to my sister’s good friend (our fave French monsieur also known as “Louis Pierre”), we got over our initial biases and were pleasantly acquainted with traditional French cuisine.

Although admittedly a bit pricier than the usual “plate of the day”  in Spain or in Portugal, our gastronomic adventure led us to a quaint and cozy restaurant in the heart of Paris – Truffes Folies – where, you guessed it – the specialty is the so-called “diamond of the kitchen” – the fab fungus that is the truffle.

Sure, I’ve heard of truffles before – why, I’ve even tasted its chocolatey version! 😳  Little did I realize though how chocolate truffles were in a totally different league till I tasted the delicate flavor of the “real thing” – that I too would inevitably fall prey to the charms of this “fungal fruit”- especially after sampling these savory truffle-ized culinary creations…

Too bad I never got around asking the chef what the creamy, sorbet-like scoop was… 😦 It was delicious nonetheless!

How’s this for upping the status of the lowly omelette? 😉

My order. Y-U-M-M-Y.

Hubby’s order. Y-U-M-M-I-E-R!

And for those of us (i.e., my brother) who weren’t huge truffle fans that adventurous with their food, there’s always this…

Still tasty and delish!

Of course, if, for some weird reason, you feel that flavor was still wanting, you can always have dashes of these…

or this  – to ultimately “level up” the “delish factor” of your dish!

Needless to say, our traditional French lunch that day will set the bar “way up” for our future foodie adventures.

And if only for this, I can definitely say, “Vive la France!” 😎

Easter Eggs Reinvented

Another Easter season has come and gone.  And for most moms like me, a tricky question will inevitably be what best to do with the kids’ egg hunt loot. 😉

Good thing I could always rely on dear cousin-in-law Weng   to provide just the perfect solution for this, er, “predicament”.

So, from her treasure trove of practical recipes, these…

… are given a “new lease on life” and transformed into …

…aptly “re-christened”…

You might notice that I opted for the French-inspired name for this dish as I didn’t want to use what it is  traditionally called.  Call it weird but I felt a bit uneasy about the “original name” since it seems kind of contradictory to the “nature” of the eggs and what they stood for (being symbols of the resurrection and all… ). 🙄

Anyway, taste-wise, these turned out really good and my three gremlins were very happy to have them for their “second lunch” today. :mrgreen:

Another kitchen emergency solved.  Thanks again, Munchkin Mommy!

Eggplant Omelet (Tortang Talong)

Although my finished product is a far cry from the look of my “inspiration dish“, taste-wise, it was a winner! 😆

Our whole family loved it so much that I actually made it twice already – in a span of one week – eversince I got the recipe from blogger pal and “photonut – extra-ordinaire” Thess

And yes, the addition of cilantro to the meat mixture (btw, I used ground chicken in my version 😉 ) gave that added “oomph” that interestingly reminded me of the delicate flavor of  authentic Thai food – something which we sorely miss in these parts .

Nothing much to add except – T4 (aka Tortang Talong ala Tita Thess!) – j’adore! 😉

Starting the Day Silly

Although breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, most days it’s usually a “rush-rush affair” for our family.

So whenever I can, like this past weekend, I try and spice things a bit for breakfast (brunch, actually… since we slept in the night before 😳 ).   After all, it isn’t everyday that I get “inspired” to whip up a simple yet silly spread like this…

Join us…

 

…for a silly pancake breakfast!

And here are photos of the “silly pancakes” I especially made for our three gremlins up close…  Sadly for the pancakes, though, it was essentially a “meet and eat” encounter! 😆

 

How did I do it? Fairly simple.  I sandwiched scrambled eggs in between two pancakes and proceeded to make the “face”.  I used sliced bananas for the eyes, blueberries for eyeballs, hotdog tips for noses and cooked bacon for the mouth.  I then styled the “hair” with pancake syrup.  Pretty cool, huh? 😉

At the end of the day, we all agreed: it was definitely a “happy meal” for all of us! Me for being able to put a smile to my kids’ faces (and “hearty burps” from hubby too!) and my three gremlins for having something silly – that was edible too  – for breakfast. 🙂

 

So how did you start your day today?

 

Comfort Food

There’s something about being away from home (and cold!)  that certainly brings on a craving for the familiar and simple fare our Pinoy palate has been accustomed to.

What better way to combat the dreaded homesickness than these…

Yes, “the Bee” has finally found his way to our part of the world – yipee! 😆  And check out the buzz his arrival has created!

Now, we don’t need to go back to Manila to have our “langhap-sarap” fix!  Be it Chickenjoy, spaghetti or burger – name it, we can now have it in the comforts of our home.  “Bee-da” talaga sa sarap! 😎

And when the wind blows a little bit colder and the temp goes from comfortably cool to chilly and nippy, I find that a bowl of this just does wonders…

Yummy recipe can be found here. Thanks, Marketman!

Truly grateful that we have food like these to comfort us and ease the sometimes gnawing  angst we feel in this cold expanse of a desert we temporarily call home – for they warm not only our tummies but our hearts as well. 🙂 What can I say? They don’t call ’em comfort food for nothing. 😉

Chicken Potato Apple Salad

During this season of parties and even more parties, many times it becomes quite stressful just  thinking about what to bring to share…

Until I stumbled upon this recipe for potato salad… and things thankfully got a little bit more interesting 😉

Served this recently as a side to baked wings and then again as an appetizer for a party we hosted for friends.  Happy to say that during both occasions, it was a success!

I tweaked the original recipe a bit to accomodate what ingredients were readily available to me.  Summary of minor adjustments as follows:

  1. Replaced whole grain mustard with yellow mustard and disregarded the dijon mustard altogether
  2. Replaced apple cider vinegar with 1 tsp rice vinegar
  3. Added 4 stalks of chopped celery
  4. Added 2 pieces pre-cooked and cubed chicken breasts
  5. Added 2 pieces Gala apples (roughly cut into 2 inch wedges)
  6. Added hard-boiled eggs for garnish

For salad lovers, this is highly recommended! 😀  Happy eating!

Potato Croquettes

My entry for this week’s Lasang Pinoy Sundays (LaPiS) is a childhood favorite.  I remember eating this with gusto as a young girl in my maternal grandmother’s home. 

I didn’t have a hard and fast recipe to follow so I pretty much winged this one out 😉  Pleased to say that my kids loved it too nonetheless! Whaddyaknow? The fruits don’t really fall far from the tree… 😎

Here’s the quick and easy recipe:

WHAT YOU NEED: 3 medium potatoes, 25 g unsalted butter, 1 1/2 cups milk, 4 eggs, salt and pepper to taste, oil for frying

HOW TO:

  1. Boil potatoes until tender.  Peel, mash and set aside.
  2. Mix butter and milk into mashed potatoes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a separate bowl, crack eggs and separate whites from yolks.  Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Mix in yolks.  Season to taste.
  4. Blend in the mashed potato mixture until well coated.  Mold into desired shape(s) – I used a mini cookie cutter to make the mini-hearts you see on the photos.
  5. Fry in oil in a skillet until slightly brown.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

Say “Yeah!” if you love potatoes! 😀 

LaPiS: Easter Egg Hunt

A belated blessed Easter to all! 😀

Given our “special” circumstances here in the ultra-conservative kingdom (where all non-Moslem celebrations are not recognized and officially prohibited), I thought that our Easter activities would be limited to these…

These are the ten eggs we all painted as a family.  I later hid these in various places in our home for the kids to find.  To make it more fun and exciting for our “gremlins”, hubby and I also gave small prizes (i.e., different variants of Hershey’s Kisses) to our three “egg hunters” – to eldest son who got the most number of eggs, to second son who painted the “most originally-designed” egg and to our diva-lette for painting her first-ever Easter egg! 😎

Little did we know though that another “surprise” was actually in store for us on Easter evening.  What we thought was just a joint dinner birthday party for our friends Doms and Cher from DFS (or Desert Fox Shooters – hubby’s photography club) turned out to be a bigger, better and more fun “Easter-themed” celebration for all of us! Heck, even the Easter Bunny made a special appearance! (For more on this, check out our friend Ann’s post here).

And here’s what the kids brought home from that “Egg-siting Easter Egg-spedition”…

I can only thank God for allowing us (especially our kids) to experience the joy of Easter even in what we thought was a “holiday-forsaken” place.  Only shows that the Lord truly works in amazing ways!

May the blessings of Easter continue to renew and refresh us the whole year through! 🙂 Happy LaPiS to all!

The Return of the Okoy

It’s the last few days of lent and I’m thrilled that I got yet another yummy meatless recipe (courtesy of “co-kingdom diva” Olive) – squash okoy!

It’s basically the same recipe as my earlier okoy (shrimp-tofu fritters) except that instead of bean sprouts, I used thinly-sliced squash strips.  And yes, it’s easy as 1-2-3! 😀

 

The verdict? Certified kid-friendly and mommy-approved! 😎 We absolutely loved the natural sweetness of the squash strips (I’ll go a bit further to say that the squash is way better than the bean sprouts 🙂 ) as it blended with the rest of the ingredients.  Now this is definitely comfort food whose “comeback” to our table is always a welcome treat!

Thanks so much, Olive, for putting a new twist to this old favorite!  And happy 9th wedding anniversary too! 😉