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). 🙂

How to Make Attractive Meals

Food preparation and presentation takes a lot of time and creativity. But if you really enjoy cooking, making attractive meals is easy for you to do.

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  • Try to find food stores or markets where you can buy fresh vegetables, fruits and low fat meat or fish for your meals.
  • Be careful with storing food, especially if you do not have a refrigerator. Eat leftovers from meals on the same day.
  • Make your meals something to look forward to everyday, and take time to prepare them.
  • Find new ways of combining food you like with new products you’ve heard. Experiment in your cooking.
  • Use food with lots of fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and cereals, to help prevent constipation.
  • Invite a friend or relative to share a meal with you.
  • Remember, a good, well-balanced meal does not have to be expensive.
  • Make sure that you can chew your food well. You may need to consult a dentist for dentures. If you already have false teeth, see your dentist if they do not fit you well.

Source: World Health Organization

Simple Palabok Recipe

This is my first attempt to prepare Palabok. I’ve got my inspiration from Chef Tatung’s Simpol palabok recipe on Youtube. Although I made some modifications like cooking the ground pork thoroughly before adding the sauce.

Ingredients:

Excellent Pancit Palabok Noodles

For the sauce:

(I don’t have specific measurement for the ingredients. Tantyahan na lang. 😀 )
cooking oil
chopped onion
chopped garlic
dried shrimp (hibi)
annatto oil/water (atsuete)
all-purpose flour
2 Knorr shrimp cube
1/4 kilo ground pork
fish sauce (patis)
ground black pepper

For topping:

These are the only available ingredients for toppings I have in the kitchen. You can add variety of seafood for toppings such as, shrimps, mussels, squid.

chicharon baboy crushed
fried garlic
spring onions
boiled eggs
fried tofu (tokwa)

Procedure:

Boil pancit palabok noodles for 12 minutes to 15 minutes.
Saute ground pork in garlic and onion. Add dried shrimp. Add atsuete water mixture. Let it simmer. Add flour. Mix thoroughly. Add shrimp cube. Simmer. Add fish sauce and black pepper to taste. Simmer for a few more minutes.

Arrange the boiled noodles in a plate. Pour the sauce on the noodles. Add in toppings. Enjoy!

We have this for dinner last night and for breakfast this morning. 🙂