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Food For The Parents

February 2014: Of cooking for the family

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 I can’t believe that I will be home in less than 2 weeks!!! Before I left to go back here in Baltimore, I had decided that I will try to cook everyday. I know there will be some factors that will hinder me from doing this, so I added the word “try” — I have a tendency of over beating myself when it comes to cooking so I had to play it a bit safe for my sanity. So I DID, I did cook everyday for the month of February, I DID IT!

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One of the things that I always do before cooking something at home is to check what we have available.

It’s always fun exciting for me to come up with something on the spot and I often see it as a “fun self challenge”.

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My Dad and I were hanging out on our rooftop one day, and I decided to whip up something quick for him for his afternoon snack — Filipinos eat 5 meals a day so yeaaap.

All of these ingredients that I have on my board are in our fridge.I love impressing my Dad with delish left over meals.

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Took photos on my phone to send to A 😉

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So I made my Dad an open face salmon sandwich.

Raisin bread from Baguio ; lettuce and cucumber are staples in our fridge because salad makes me happy ; homemade pesto basil made by Mom — basil from our herb garden ; and smoked salmon that I got from Santi’s.

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This was so easy! I took a longer time taking pictures than assembling it 😉 And it to give that “let’s-enjoy-the-afternoon-on-our-rooftop” vibe for my Dad, I served it on my trusty chopping board! 😉

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Filipinos LOVE fried chicken especially my sister! So one day I decided to do a different version of fried chicken.

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For this recipe, I brined the chicken in 5 spices with a 8 liters of water for 12 pieces of chicken overnight.

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The kitchen smelled glorious the whole time! The aroma of the spices made me excited for our dinner the next day 😉

More spices are added to the flour and then the chicken is fried twice, in 2 different temperatures.

It has a lot of methods to it but it was very worth it! The meat was very flavorful and the skin came out really really crispy!!!!

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We typically eat our fried chicken with rice and banana ketchup but this time I made mashed potatoes and spinach salad to change it up a bit.

 

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During my almost month long goal, I did a lot of practicing and experimenting with the basics.

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Here I made a Braised Boneless Short Rib in Tomato Sauce served with Fettuccine.

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 I have to say that during my first year of learning how to cook, I was very afraid to cook beef. I’ve felt that it wouldn’t come out tender as I hope it would be (see how I over beat myself?).

But with the proper techniques and knowing what kind of cut I am working with made me appreciate the art of cooking red meats more.

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This one is the boys’ favorite. No wonder because it is on the heavy side.

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Usually, we would eat this with rice, but…. naaaah. It’s better with pasta! YUMMMMS!

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The night before I left, the piggies and I went to Family Mart. You should know that huge equipments can sometimes eat my “skillZ” and this one in particular, did no justice to me.

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Jejekid had to assist me cause I was just doing a horrible job. HAHAHA

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What did I do? LOL This is the good side, the other side is a landslide.

xx

R ❤

Comments on: "Food For The Parents" (6)

  1. YUM, can i have some? lol

  2. You should do a “what’s in your bag/purse” post! 😸

  3. […] Remember my post about me cooking something everyday until my departure ( https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/food-for-the-parents/ ) […]

  4. […] to these links https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/one-plane-ride-away/      and    https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/food-for-the-parents/  […]

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