Simple birthday celebration for the man of the house

Hubby just celebrated his birthday a few days ago. We had spaghetti, pizza, calamari, and mojos for lunch and dinner courtesy of our daughter. Thanks, N.

Everyone is busy so we were not able to take pictures of the food except this Ube Bloom Cake from Red Ribbon Bakeshop. We prefer this cake variant from the other ones that we tried before because the icing is not too thick and the sweetness is just right for us.

Happy birthday, oppa! Saranghae!

Happy birthday, we love you so much. We pray for your good health and long life. May all your wishes come true. 🙂

Crispy Dulong Okoy (Dulong fritters)

My family loves fried food: fried chicken, tapa, pork chops – you name it. When my kids were young I would incorporate veggies in their meal by preparing okoy (fritters) or lumpia. So growing up, they love to eat lumpia, veggie balls, and okoy anytime of the day.

Recently, I cook dulong okoy following the simple recipe and ingredients of Panlasang Pinoy chef, Vanjo Merano. I didn’t follow the exact measurement of each ingredient because I cook more than sample recipe shown in his video.

Ingredients:

Dulong, mongo sprout (togue), scallions (young green onion leaves), flour, corn starch, baking powder, egg, water, garlic, onion, vinegar (for sauteing dulong) salt, pepper, cooking oil.

Procedure:

Instead of directly incorporating dulong in the batter, you may cook if for a bit by sauteing garlic and onion. Add in dulong. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Add a small amount of vinegar. Cook for a few minutes. Let it cool.

In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients — flour, corn starch, baking powder. Mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Add in egg and water. Mix well. Add in cooked dulong and mongo sprout in the batter. Put chopped scallions. Mix some more.

Heat moderate amount of cooking oil in the pan. Put a ladleful of okoy mixture. Fry each side until golden brown. Drain the excess oil on paper towel and you’re done.  Best served with steamy cooked rice.

For dipping sauce:

You’ll need vinegar, soy sauce, onion, red chilli, pepper, sugar.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Thanks!

Naomi’s Simple Breakfast Combo

My daughter is quite busy these days. She’s awake in the evening because of work so she doesn’t eat on time the way she used to. This combo meal is her idea and she’s the one who prepared and cooked all this. I know it’s not much, but I appreciate her effort in making her own meal.

What’s in her plate: toasted bread with star margarine, fried banana (saba) and sunny side up (almost). 🙂