Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sausage Penne Pasta

Last weekend, I treated my husband to a home-cooked sausage penne pasta. He arrived from a weeklong seminar in Hong Kong, so Zohan and I greeted him with our pasta recipe made with lotsa lovin! ;)

Here's the little boy trying to help me out. I allowed him to peel off the dry portion of the onions. 

I got the recipe from Real Mom Kitchen  but as usual, I tweaked it again to suit our Pinoy taste. I used Delimondo's Schublig with cheese sausage, which was my husband's favorite. I also added canned mushrooms.

Here's my version:

Delimondo Sausage Penne Pasta

  • 500 grams uncooked penne pasta 
  • 4 pcs. Delimondo's Schublig with cheese sausage
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomato (I couldn't find a can with garlic so I roasted lots of garlic first and mixed it in.)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small can of diced mushrooms
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, mushrooms, onion and green pepper in oil over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through.
  4. Drain pasta; toss with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

The picture didn't look appetizing at all because I used the wrong photo effect! But the husband said this was the best pasta I've ever served him (and I've served him a lot since we started dating!) so that should make you believe me. Haha. Even Zohan said it was good; I paired it with banana grapes smoothie.

See the look of satisfaction in his face?

I might cook it for our Noche Buena. Go try it at home and let me know how it goes :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bread Pudding Success

After my failed baking story here, I had tried my luck in cookies and other cupcakes. They all turned out okay, but the most successful of all, at least for me, was this bread pudding.

Remember my breakfast with my lawschool friends which I had written here? There were a lot of leftover foods (pan de sal included) since we were mostly talking and laughing than eating. So I thought of turning them into a bread pudding the following day.

Joyce shared with me a bread pudding recipe which she got here. I just had to tweak it a bit to fit what was available in our pantry. (Naks, kung maka tweak!)


13 pieces leftover pandesal 
2 Tbsp butter, melted
2 1/2 cups milk (non-fat)
1 tetra pack all purpose cream
1/2 c raisins (optional) 
5 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 c brown sugar 


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, all purpose cream, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

I liked it better when served after being stored from the refrigerator. 


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Another reason to love my son

One perfectly beautiful Sunday, I convinced myself I could become "the mom who bakes". Armed with a recipe in my phone, I enlisted our companions to become my baking assistants and I courageously attempted to make banana chocolate chip cupcakes.

Well, what do you know, I learned early that cupcakes and Khaye - they don't really get along. The recipe said I should stick a toothpick in one of the cupcakes to try if it would come out clean, which meant the baking was done. This should take about 60 to 80 minutes, so after putting the baking pan in the oven, I set the timer on my phone to an hour, and leisurely took a bath.

Then, my husband relentlessly knocked on the bathroom door, saying that the cupcakes were almost burnt.

Thirty minutes had passed when I made the toothpick test and it already came out clean. The cupcakes smelled and looked burnt, so I took them out.

Not only were they overbaked, they were extremely dried, with chances of bitter-tasting-portion kind of burnt. :(

Our companions were nice enough to tell me the insides were okay, it was only the edges which got burnt.

My husband, (oh the sweet person that he is), thought I might have discovered the hybrid that will give "cronuts" a run for its money. He called my creation the "cooffins" - because it looked like muffins but was every bit a cookie in its hardness. He went on the whole day annoying me with his suggested jingles for my cooffins, complete with melody and Zohan's mini guitar as accompaniment. And the name was with pun intended, of course. 

But Zohan, my darling little boy, has an entirely different story.

Look at how he devoured my cooffins like they were baked by Sonja's. It made me love him even more.

And when you asked him about it, this was how he responded:

Nanay: Anak, anong kinain mo kanina?
Zohan: Papay.. (Tinapay)
Nanay: Sinong nagbake?
Zohan: Nanay
Nanay: Anong lasa? Masarap ba?
Zohan: Popo. (Opo)

Standing ovation - slow clap.

I must cherish the moment while he's not yet aware what a real cupcake tastes like.

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