Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cafe Mary Grace and Red Kimono

Daddy had a couple of things to do at work, last minute papers to sign/notices to give. He said it wouldn't take him too long so we decided to go with him.

We waited for him at Cafe Mary Grace at the Rockwell Business Center. Little Missy enjoyed her time there because she was given coloring pages and tons of colors. I guess at 2, it's her semi-heaven. She also had a notepad and a pen when she wanted to doodle or take a break from coloring.

What I love about the place was they also had a couple of children's books to entertain the kiddies. Again, little Missy spend hours reading them over and over. She particularly loved the book about Clifford the big red dog. She just went on and on reading, she didn't even want me to teach or help her out.

When daddy finally finished his errands, we went home. It was almost dinner time so we decided to have a go at one of the restos at Westgate in Alabang. Daddy treated me to Japanese food since he knew I was craving for some sashimi and tempura so we ended up at Red Kimono.

The food itself was good. The only thing that wasn't right was that the Salmon Sashimi had bones in it. Not just one, Daddy had 2 pieces with bones in them. We didn't even finish it because we lost our appetite with it already. The other dishes we ordered were actually ok. We left the restaurant with the manager apologizing profusely.

Daddy actually said it probably wasn't the chef's fault since they are delivered cut already. It was the supplier who was at fault. It's just sad that we started our meal on a bad note. I wasn't able to take a picture of the sashimi anymore but Daddy made sure I was ready for the next ones.

^Chicken Yakitori (I think)


^Ginger Garlic Steak

^Sizzling Tofu Steak

I'd still recommend eating at Red Kimono. I guess it was just an unfortunate incident and I hope it doesn't happen again. I felt sorry for the chef and the manager that I didn't make a formal complaint anymore. It is after all the season to be jolly.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pork Sinigang - my comfort food

It's noon and the sun isn't that hot. The smell of Christmas in the air, as well as rain coming down maybe in 4 hours or so.

It is during these times that I feel so lazy to move around. Then Daddy requests for Pork Sinigang which is my comfort food. So...

You think I'll be moving around much after lunch? I don't think so :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crispy Kare-kare

Last night I decided to order food for delivery again. I called my ever trusted Putsi Ko Noy and ordered Kare-kare. This seems to be a favorite of my little Missy. She doesn't eat the beef nor the twalya but she loves the veggies that come with it (stringbeans, eggplant and pechay).

When it was delivered, the guy told me they ran out of beef. It still had the twalya but he said this is now their Crispy Kare-kare. Interesting.

Crispy Kare-kare is crispy liempo. Instead of beef, they put crispy pork, just like their Crispy Dinuguan. I must say though, it's yummy! I love how the crispy balat tasted with the kare-kare sauce. The only thing I'd rather not have in there was the fat. The liempo was a bit fatty.

For P150, it's definitely worth it.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Riches and McDonald's

I didn't get to have pizza last night. It didn't matter anyway since I was so glued to the TV rooting for Team Riches of the Philippines to win the 4th Amazing Race Asia.My daughter and I opted to have food delivered from McDonalds. She had the 6pc nuggets with Rice and I had the Chicken Fillet meal. I didn't eat the meal though while watching, I ate the Twister Fries and Monster Green Fizz Sprite McFloat. Oh so, so yummy while watching the race.

I'm so happy that the Philippines finally won this season. I feel sorry though for Hussein (and Natasha). He just couldn't go through the challenge because of severe phobia. I don't blame him though after what happened in Sri Lanka. At his age, pushing that wire-crossing thing could have ended in a disaster with him having a stroke. It just wasn't Indonesia's time this season, in my opinion.

Photo courtesy of axn-asia.com

Photo courtesy of The Amazing Race Asia Facebook Fan Page

The highlight of the finale though was when Rich Hardin proposed to his girlfriend Andrea. Congratulations Team Riches and to the Philippines. Congrats too to Richard and Andrea.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dinner? hmmm

What to have for dinner? Was thinking of Pizza and chicken!!

It would be perfect while watching the Season Finale of The Amazing Race Asia 4! Go Philippines, Go Team Rich!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What's for Christmas?

Have you decided what to prepare for your Christmas feast? Honestly I haven't. I've been slacking in everything lately that I'm beginning to think I'm actually sick (just low in iron).

Anyway, for those who want to share what they're having, please leave me a note (comment). Maybe I can pick up this and that from what you all share :D One thing that won't be missing though... the Christmas Ham and Hot Chocolate... ahhhh, can't wait for Christmas!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Food and more food

We went to the Cuenca (St. James the Great Parish) Bazaar today. Met up with old friends and ate super great food!

We had sandwiches and pasta from PEDeli's Gourmet, plus a Snowman cupcake and Oatmeal and Chocolate Cookie for my little girl. We also had a lot of grilled treats on the side, barbeque, puso, balunbalunan and chicken bottoms.

Can't wait to blog more about PEDeli's Gourmet. Watch out for it.

Can't get enough of... crabs!

What's for dinner? Crabs in chili-oyster sauce from Putsi!

Perfect timing finally. We've always wanted to order this but it seems he wasn't buying crabs because they weren't of good quality. I was surprised to know it was available today (well, last night actually since it's almost 3am).

As always, we were right. It was so good I couldn't resist a second cup of rice. And I didn't use my utensils. It was truly finger-licking good!

Ugh, seafoods. Why can't I ever get enough of you??

(Sorry, in my excitement I forgot to take a picture. I do promise to order it again though)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pochero please Putsi?

Yesterday I blogged about craving for Putsero. I got the next best thing. Ordered Kare-kare from Putsi Ko Noy! Yummmm, even my little girl ate about a cup of rice with the vegetables.

Next step? I told Kuya Arnold maybe he can add Pochero to his menu :) If or when he does, I will be their first customer.

By the way, I'll be compiling all my pictures of the food from Putsi Ko Noy and upload them all for you :) Watch out for it.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

What are you craving for?

I've been too lazy to cook lately. I just don't have enough time in a day to complete everything I need to do.

Last night, after going through my list of for delivery menus, I suddenly had a craving. I was craving for Pochero! I used to cook Pochero at least once a month, at most three times a month before but it takes hours to prepare and cook. But I want it soooo bad now, with Ensaladang Talong.

Photo courtesy of VisualRecipes.com

I think it's time to tell hubby to be a full-time Nanny for one day, Saturday perhaps. If we won't spend the day out, I definitely have to cook Pochero again.

How about you? What are you craving for today, or recently?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pork Binagoongan - Putsi Ko Noy

I totally love their food. Even this Pork Binagoongan. Yes I can cook this, but buying it from them saves me from all the preparation and the smell it leaves the house when cooking the bagoong.

Even my little Missy ate it, the bagoong and the Pork. The Pork was tender so she didn't have a hard time chewing it, as with other pork dishes. I know it's still best to cook your own food, but for such a bargain price, sometimes I think it's more practical to buy it. Saved on washing everything you will use, pots, pans, etc. Saved time for prep and cooking. Saved time from washing the dishes afterwards too.

Just a couple more dishes I haven't tried from them but I'm pretty sure we'll try them all out real soon.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I was about to cook when...

I'm soooo late. I had to do a couple of things that it was almost 12 noon before I could prepare lunch for me and the little Missy.

So I had the rice cooking of the rice cooker while I prepared our food. When the rice was done, and food prepared (not cooked yet), I go to the kitchen and voila... no more gas!

Now I have to wait an hour or more for the gas to be delivered. I said "or more" because I need to charge up my old phone to get the dealer's phone number. Charging it up takes at least 20 minutes before it turns on. Ugh!!!

I should have just called Putsi Ko Noy or McDonald's or something. Oh well... gotta go pressure my phone to open.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Putsi ko Noy

Friends, meet Putsi 'ko 'Noy.

I've tried more than 5 of their dishes already and I can say I am very satified. I'll try and look for the pics I took.. will upload soon!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hotdogs and Onions, with Ketchup on the side please.

Okay, so ketchup really wasn't "on the side" but I thought it sounded good! For the story of this dish, please read my post about it on My Tots Exactly! soon.

Hotdogs (with cheese is better :D), cut diagonally
Onions cut in circles
Banana ketchup
oil for frying (or add a little spot of butter)
some soy sauce to taste

Serve with steaming hot rice!

Hope you enjoy your Hotdogs and Onions, with Ketchup "ON IT". Have fun!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Beef Caldereta - Putsi ko Noy

Yesterday was Crispy Dinuguan. Last night we tried their Beef Caldereta. I must say, we've only ordered 2 items from their menu but I'm impressed.

Photo copyright by My Tummy Calls. May not be used or reproduced without permission.

Daddy and I still think the serving is good enough for 3, or 2 maybe if you're really famished. I agree that the foil where it was wrapped in was pretty oily, I can't complain though since it was delivered by a scooter. It had about 10-12 pieces of beef (bigger than bite size), peas and lots of cheese. I say lots because some big restaurants don't even put cheese anymore. The sauce wasn't too spicy either, in fact my little Missy ate the sauce and cheese with her rice and she loved it.

With the success of their Crispy Dinuguan and Beef Caldereta, I'm looking forward to trying out their other dishes. We've already planned to order Kare-Kare (Beef and Twalya) and Crispy Pata on Sunday. Or maybe, we can even try out something else later tonight. With all these great stores just around the village, sometimes I find it more economical to just buy, hopefully not everyday though.

And, they also serve Rice, so all I had to do was wash the dishes and utensils afterwards :) Oh and the pitcher of juice and glass we used.

Click photo to enlarge

Putsi 'ko 'noy is located at 268 Rose Ave., Pilar Village, Las Piñas City
Phone number for delivery: 632.543.8671
Also accepts bulk orders.
They have a small area if you want to eat there, maybe good for 6 to 8 people.

I'll try to post another entry when I've taken a picture of their location when we pass them by on the weekend.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Crispy Dinuguan

Last Sunday, we had lunch at my mom's house. Since we were running late, we decided to just buy something as our share. We found this great little store along one our villages main road. We weren't actually buying for there, but from the store next to it, but the tarp bearing their dishes intrigued us. The first that got both our attention was... Crispy Dinuguan.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take a picture as eveyone dug in as soon as we opened it. Everyone loved it! I love dinuguan but hate that most of the time they contained innards. With this one, it was made from Crispy Liempo then cooked in Dinuguan Sauce! Love, love, love it! I haven't had enough of it yet, so maybe later tonight, I can have them deliver and this time I'll be sure to take a pic. And, I'll also post a pic of their menu once uploaded.

For those in Pilar Village, the store is along Rose Ave. and named Putsi 'ko 'Noy. It where the old Kowloon House store used to be, right in front of Discovery Drug.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Have you seen your dream kitchen?

We decided to eat out a couple of days back and of course, because it was a spur of the moment thing, we had to wait for a table. Fortunately, like most places, they had a selection of magazines you can browse through ranging from fashion to entertainment to home and garden. Absentmindedly, I picked up a copy of one of the latter types and lo and behold... I saw my dream kitchen.

A couple of years back, when hubby and I decided to move out, our first investment was a lot. As soon as the first payment in series of many was made, we started planning for our house. We never really finalized it until now, but I remember him telling me, that once we start designing it, I get complete control over the kitchen.

Since then, every time we'd go to a builder's depot, I would start looking around for stainless steel kitchen sink sets. That's one thing I told hubby I wanted, to have a grayscale kitchen, almost everything in stainless steel or in shades of black and white. I also started window shopping for a black or white kitchen pantry cabinet, like that of Nigella's. I absolutely love her pantry cabinet, and what's inside it.

Also, I wanted one of those nooks. I personally haven't been to a kitchen with a nook but I love how cozy it looks when I watch cooking shows. It seems so comfortable eating a quick bite in those cozy little nooks, with their cozy kitchen chair pads.

Looking at these types of magazines make me so giddy with excitement especially because we're planning on having our house designed by next year, and I get total control over MY kitchen. I have a lot plans with my kitchen, especially since I have a little girl already (who turned 2 today). I dream of baking and cooking with her, and sharing lots of mommy-daughter bonding and stories.

How about you? Have you seen your dream kitchen? Or are you already living in it?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

South Invasion

Don't you just love Facebook?

Finally, Fish & Co.'s "There's Meat to our Name" Promo hits the south. This time, the first 25 responders win free dinners to their branch at the Alabang Town Center. I don't know if I made it to the first 25, but I'm hoping I did since I've been very curious about their line of food.

I'm not much of a fish lover, thus the reluctance to eat there. But I've seen pictures of MEAT everywhere from them that I know I just might love them too :)

Let's wait and see if I qualified. If not, then... we shall still see. Who knows, my next blog may be my first experience in Fish & Co. on the 23rd. What a great birthday treat to my little girl who's turning 2 on Friday.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pork Menudo (minus the liver)

This is my mom's recipe and I'm so happy it turned out great (or maybe I'm just used to her cooking). I never learned to eat liver so I used liver spread instead.

Pork Menudo
3/4 kilo pork rump, cut into strips approx 1 inch by 1/2 inch, washed and drained
1/2 head of big garlic, crushed
1 big red onion, minced
6 small tomatoes, sliced
2-3 small boxes of Sun Maid raisins, approx 300-400 grams
2-3 pieces bay/laurel leaves
1 small pack tomato sauce
1 can liver spread (or 1/2 if a toddler will eat with you)
2 medium carrots, diced
3 medium potatoes, diced

  1. In medium sized skillet (there will be a bit of sauce in the end), saute garlic and onions. When onions have caramelized, add tomatoes and saute to soften. Crush tomatoes when soft to add flavor. When all the tomatoes have been crushed, add raisins and saute for about 2 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add pork and sear for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the pork changes it's pinkish color to white, cover and simmer on low heat.
  3. When pork is half-cooked, add tomato sauce. You can put 1/2 cup of hot water in the pack to rinse the remaining sauce, it will also thin the sauce a little. Add liver spread. You can put the 1 can in it if you want. I just used half because I have a toddler who doesn't like the taste of liver much.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, or add soy sauce to adjust saltiness.
  5. Add potatoes and carrots. Simmer for 5 minutes until they are tender.
  6. Serve hot, preferably over cooked rice.
  7. Enjoy!

Will post picture tomorrow. Waiting for hubby to come home so I can use his lappy.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sight for sore... tummy?

I know this blog is all about food! But this is Eee Pad is just soooooooooooo irresistible. I heard news from Asus PH that it's coming out in Q4 of this year! Ugh such a long wait!! Tune in for more. If only my tummy is now as full as my eyes!

Heard anything

Monday, June 28, 2010

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Another yummy recipe from "Yummy".

Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Be sure to use oven proof soup bowls as you will need to melt the cheese topping either in a microwave, oven toaster or conventional oven.
Serves 8-10
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes

3T butter
2T minced onion
2C fresh broccoli (with stems)
4 cloves garlic
1t dried oregano
4C chicken broth
1C grated Cheddar cheese
1/2C milk
1C cream
grated mozzarella cheese
  1. In a pot, heat the butter then sauté onions and broccoli until onions are translucent.
  2. Add garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and simmer, uncovered, until broccoli is tender. Cool.
  4. Transfer mixture to a blender and add Cheddar Cheese. Process until smooth.
  5. Return the soup to the pan and add milk and cream. Stir for 2 minutes over low heat.
  6. Pour soup into bowls then top generously with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Microwave or broil until the cheese is melted.
  8. Serve piping hot.
Yummm, I just looove cheese and my little missy loves Broccoli. This is just perfect for us!
Wanna try it too?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

E-book giveaway!

I'm joining Ask Ms Recipe's E-book giveaway!

Good thing about this is it's open to the whole wide world since it's an e-book. The book of course is copyrighted so it cannot be passed to anyone, if you win it. But since it's so easy to join, why not just take a chance and join with me. Let's get cooking!

Click HERE to take you to her post and join the contest. Contest starts June 21st and will end on June 28th at 5pm (whether it's EST, PST... I'm not really sure, sorry).

Good luck!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Potluck of sorts

Of sorts... doesn't sound good, right? Here's how it happened.

My uncle called last Monday to let us know that he wants a family get-together on Sunday (June 13th). It was to be a pool party in a private resort near our area. Not bad really, but the thing is, it's so hard to plan for food and drink sets when you have to coordinate with almost 5 people and rush it. They don't even reply on the same day you asked them! I had to go back and forth several times just to ask if they want a detailed menu planned or to at least match what everyone will bring.

Everyone in the family wasn't really choosy about food. What we were all after was some bonding time. Anyway, it was concluded that we just bring whatever we had that day, no plans, no arrangements. Just cook whatever you have and bring it as your "share". A Potluck of sorts.

As a result, what we had were hotdogs on sticks for the kids, ground pork afritada, grilled pork belly, steamed fish for the main food and drink all-you-can iced tea. My uncle also brought fruits from a province they visited earlier in the day. We had pineapple, watermelon, and jackfruit for dessert... yum! Ah, the taste of summer!

The kids swam almost all day while the adults... well, ate most of the time. It was great and we enjoyed our time so much. We just didn't bank on hard rain coming down at 4pm so it was a little crazy packing everything up. Still, it was so much fun.

I just wish that next time will be a little more organized. It would be great if we had more assortment of food and drink choices for everyone, kids and adults alike. Actually, I would love to be able to bring some of those cookie baskets I saw online for the children to enjoy. Yes kids, because the adults will get to feast on chocolate baskets, yay! I've seen some great priced ones online and can't wait to try them out next time, if my funds will allow me. What's great is that they also have coffee k-cups available, and that is a must for everyone.. especially if you have kids to look after. I definitely need coffee, anytime, anywhere. Speaking of which, I need a cuppa, now, with some biscuits.

Lots of love. Happy munching!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mailbox Monday June 14th

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Minestrone with Pork and Beans

Another soup from Yummy magazine that I'd love to try out for my little princess is this Minestrone with Pork and Beans. I'll try and cook this on Sunday, if I've recovered from our family get-together.

Minestrone with Pork and Beans
You don't need to stick to just the vegetables listed here. You can also add or substitute with others like mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, string beans and peas.
Serves 8-10
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes

3T extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 sprig parsley, chopped
1 to 2 stalks celery, diced
1 to 2 pieces carrots, diced
1 small head cabbage, cut into strips
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
chicken broth or water
1 big can pork and beans
1T bacon fat
1 clove garlic
4-5 pieces fresh basil leaves or 1/2t dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 to 1c grated Parmesan cheese

  1. In a large pot, heat the oil then sauté onions until translucent. Add parsley. Add the vegetables, one at a time, adding a little water or broth to cook them. When all the vegetables are in, pour in more broth to cover the veggies. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer the mixture.
  2. Add pork and beans. Bring to a boil.
  3. Mince together the bacon fat, garlic, clove and basil leaves. Stir into the cooked soup. Season to taste.
  4. Ladle into bowls and served topped with grated cheese.

Sounds yummy, right??

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Picadillo Soup

My grandmother made this a couple of weekends ago and my little one absolutely loved it. She got the recipe from a mini-magazine named "Yummy". Since it was so easy to make, cheap and delicious, I decided to ask the recipe from her to share with you.

Myra's Picadillo Soup
Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes

1t oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
1/2k ground beef
1t salt
dash ground pepper
6c water
3 small potatoes, diced
4 bunches petchay Tagalog or bok choy, roughly chopped
1 to 2T fish sauce (patis, or adjust your salt)

  1. In a pot, heat the oil then sauté garlic and onions. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Make sure to break the meat into small bits.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and the extra liquid is reduced. Add water and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes and let it boil for 5 minutes. Drop in the pechay then turn off the heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon fish sauce (or more salt). Add more fish sauce (salt) as needed. Serve hot.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Missing Mom's BBQ Spareribs

I was browsing through my grandmother's cookbook and chanced upon Spicy Honey BBQ Sauce. Immediately I was brought back in time. I miss my mom's BBQ Spareribs.

Good thing is since my helper left, she's been staying with me. She knows I can't move around the house with a 20-month old who's already in her terrible-two stage, so she helps me out with housework or looks after my little girl while I do house work.

The last batch she made was back in the 80's. She hasn't tried to do one again since her oven broke down years ago. Unfortunately, we haven't had the money to buy her a new one so she really can't clearly recall what she put in the marinade. She does say though that she has tasted a lot of good Spareribs since then, and with all the new innovations in the culinary market, it's not impossible to find a good ready-made BBQ Sauce.

Thing is, I also don't have an oven but it's one of those things I'm saving up for. I'd love to be able to do lots of baking stuff with my daughter as she grows up. I'd love to try experimenting and try to get a sauce mix almost similar to my mom's but with a twist. Since I'm an adult now, or at least I think so, I'd put in lots of Hot Sauce! At this stage in my life, I can't live without it! Okay, okay, I know I have a little girl, I'll definitely make a separate batch for her, sounds good right??

This post has got me craving for Ribs, or at least some kind of BBQ. Can't wait to hit the Sauce aisle at the grocery over the weekend!

You craving for some BBQ yet??? Thanks for visiting and hope you're having a great day/evening!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Blog Makeover

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Potato Bacon Cheese Chowder

I'm so loving all these recipes from Kay at Kay's Kitchen

Around 3 big potatoes cut into cubes
1/4 kilo Bacon chopped
1 whole onion chopped
2 stems celery chopped
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2-3 cups chicken stock
1 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp white wine for deglazing (optional)


1. Saute the onion and celery in butter (and little oil for the butter not to burn easily).
2. Add the bacon then the potatoes.
3. When the potatoes are almost tender, deglaze with white wine if you have/want else add your flour and mix. Your mixture will look like "paste" or buo-buo, this is called roux (mixing flour with butter).
4. Add chicken stock, 1 ladle at a time and stir the mixture until no lumps before adding more stock.
5. When you get the consistency that you want for your chowder that is the time you stop adding stock. Since it is a chowder so it shouldnt be too thin nor too thick.
6. Add your cream and grated cheese and stir.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

*Serves 4-6

Enjoy! Tell me if you were able to make this, would love to know your stories. :)

Meaty Mac and Cheese

Another recipe from Kay over at Kay's Kitchen

I add bacon or ground beef to my mac and cheese para di nakakaumay.


Kraft Chiz Wiz - Big Bottle (for those in the US, you may use, Campbells Cheese Soup/Sauce in can- 2 cans)
3-4 cups Fresh Milk (approximation)
5 strips of Bacon - small diced OR 1/4 kilo ground beef
diced onion and garlic
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp butter
Grated Parmesan and cheddar cheese
Elbow Macaroni noodles

1. Boil the macaroni noodles til al dente then set aside.
2. Saute onions and garlic in oil and butter then add your bacon.
(if you chose to use ground beef, brown the beef and set aside, put in a bowl, leave the oil/butter in pan)
3. Add the flour. This will turn into roux, base for your bechamel sauce.
4. Add the milk little by little, stirring until there are no lumps. Add milk until you get the consistency you want (not too thick, not too thin). This is your Bechamel Sauce.
5. Add the Chiz Wiz, whole bottle or 2 cans of Campbells Cheese soup/sauce.
6. Taste first so you will know how much grated cheese and parmesan cheese to add (a lot of these two will make it salty so be careful).
7. Pour the macaroni noodles into the sauce and mix well until all noodles are coated with sauce.

Enjoy! :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

BC Bloggers 3 now open

Calling all bloggers! Round 3 is now open... woohooo!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Honoring Earth Day

To honor Earth Day, my blogs My Tots Exactly!, My Tummy Calls, and My Game of Chance are now carbon neutral. A tree will be planted for each domain.

I really wanted to do this earlier on but waited since I thought it would be more timely today. I miss my mother's stories of trees, birds and clean water and by neutralizing my blogs' carbon footprint, I hope I am somehow doing my share if not for me, my daughter's and her future children.

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Let us all do our share to conserve Mother Earth.

Spam with Bell Pepper

Another recipe from my friend Kay over at Kay's Kitchen. I love that this is easy to cook as well as non-expensive. Basically turning a can of your ol' Spam to something else :D Enjoy!

Here's a simple recipe, am sure everybody will be able to make :) Just open a can of Spam and you have yourself a viand for lunch or dinner and not just breakfast ;).

Monday, April 19, 2010

Secret Recipe for a Happy Marriage

4 cups of Love
2 cups of Loyalty
Dash of Faith
3 cups of Kindness
4 cups of Understanding
1 cup of Friendship
1 Cup of Playfulness
5 spoonfuls of Hope
1 barrel of Laughter
Pinch of Forgiveness (no substitutions)
Dash of Thoughtfulness (not optional)

Note: This recipe should be good to go, just mix and serve... BUT

Friday, April 2, 2010

Kay's Eggplant Parmigiana

Yey! Last and final recipe from my other blog My Tots Exactly! This is Eggplant Parmigiana from my friend Kay. My next posts will be all original in My Tummy Calls! I hope you guys like it!

Oh, and if you want more recipes or know how to order from her, visit or better yet become a fan of her page in Facebook Kay's Kitchen.

Chicken Pinyaki (Pineapple)

This Chicken Pinyaki recipe is post 3/4 from my original blog "My Tots Exactly!". Original post date is March 25th. Since it is holy week, I can't cook meat, including chicken. I'll definitely cook this one up next week. Enjoy!

A good friend from college posted this. For more food pictures or recipes (she will be posting some soon), please Become a Fan of her page on Facebook, Kay's Kitchen HERE.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Tunaboo-patita

Last March 27, I posted a recipe on my other blog My Tots Exactly! for Tuna Patties. This is part 2 of 4 before I get to post new ones. Enjoy!!

Yeah, yeah! I just didn't want to write Tuna Burger Patties!

Anyway, this was what we had for lunch last Friday. Since meat isn't allowed on Fridays until after the holy week, I get to experiment with my favorite tuna. I could use other seafood but I won't... I love tuna and this is the only time I will always get what I want!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My own lumpia: Tuna and Pepper Wrap

This was first posted in my original blog My Tots Exactly! last March 13. I had this idea with tuna and chilis but that's just what it was, an idea. Now I've tried it twice and it's really delicious!

Anyway, below is the post from the other blog.

Monday, March 29, 2010

My Tummy's First Call!

Welcome to My Tummy Calls!

This blog is dedicated to whatever my tummy sees fit... just kidding. Basically, this is where food talk happens!

For my first recipe, we shall be having what I'm having for dinner... Pinakbet!