Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tuna-Lemon Fusilli Pasta

Tuna-Lemon Fusilli Pasta (photo courtesy of Ayana Grace)
This photo was taken by Ayana Grace before trying a serving from one of her favorite pasta dishes. As a matter of fact, I learned cooking Tuna-Lemon Pasta from her. This is just my second trial, this time, using Fusilli spirals.


A very simple dish which you can make in less than 20 minutes. Here's how.

Ingredients:

250 gms Fusilli pasta
2 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 can (420 gms) CenturyTuna Flakes in oil
juice of 1 piece lemon
1/4 medium green bell pepper, cut into small cubes

Steps:
1. Cook Fusilli pasta according to package instructions. Set aside.
2. Using the oil from the canned tuna, sautee garlic and onion. 
3. Add tuna flakes. Simmer for 2 minutes. 
4. Add lemon juice and bell pepper. Simmer for another minute.
5. Pour tuna mixture over pasta and serve.

Tuna-Lemon Fusilli Pasta (photo courtesy of Ayana Grace)

I'm sure your family will enjoy another quick cooking dish while enjoying one of those weekend movie marathons! Try it!
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Crispy Fried Tawilis



Tawilis, that's what this fish is called. I was fortunate to get one last scoop from the tray of my favorite fish vendor yesterday. I saw the silvery color from one corner and I didn't pass the chance of buying it. 

Googling while writing this post, I just learned that Sardinella tawilis (or freshwater sardinella or sardines) is found only in my country, the Philippines, as they thrive only in Lake Taal in the province of Batangas. Tawilis is also processed into a variety of food products and shipped into different parts of the country as daing (dried and salted), smoked or bottled in oil. It is called tunsoy in the province of Cebu.

Well, well, well, guess what, Ayana Grace, my eldest daughter had most of it as she said it's one of her favorite dishes and has missed it for some time. True because it has been months since I last served this.


Here's how I did  it.

Ingredients: 

1/4 kg tawilis
1/3 cup oil
3-5 tablespoons of flour
salt and ground pepper

Steps:

1. Wash and drain tawilis.
2. Combine flour, salt and pepper.
3. Dredge each piece of tawilis in flour-salt-pepper mixture.
4. Fry floured tawilis in hot oil until golden brown.
5. Serve hot with any vegetable as side dish.

Below are the other tawilis dishes I served in the past which Ayana Grace enjoyed.

Served with green mango as side dish, this one was cooked without flour.
Just sprinkle salt and ground pepper to the fish before frying in hot oil.

 And another tawilis dish served with tomato slices soaked in vinegar and cucumber as side dish.


Enjoy simple but healthy dishes with your family today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fruit Fiesta

Hello there! It's been weeks, I know. Today I'm breaking the silence by showcasing a festival of colors out of the various fruit presentations I've served on our dining table. 



Challenged by the result of my annual physical examination last month, my birth month, I couldn't wait for the New Year to make a resolution --- a dietary modification. I'm praying to be faithful on this. 

To begin an effective change, tell me which fruits should be removed from and should be added to the fruit collage above? Do write your suggestions on the comment box below. 

Till next post! :)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Best of Billy and Eve at 25

Days before our 25th wedding anniversary, I thought of posting a verse daily for at least three days until the day itself, but I wasn't able to execute my plan, though I managed to post this verse on my Facebook wall two days prior,

 "I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him."
Ecclesiastes 3:14

As usual, I went home tired from work and didn't have time to think about the planned anniversary posts anymore. To my surprise, my husband posted this photo to celebrate the day even while he was away at work.


The caption says, "September 2, 1989: 25 years with the woman who stood with me and by me. Silver!"

Would you believe that we got married with me having a lateral fracture on my.... oh no, how could I forget which foot now? Yes, I was actually limping during the wedding march that I had to whisper to my father to walk very, very slow. My affected foot was on cast one week before our wedding and I could still remember how my hands trembled when I removed the cast in the morning of my wedding day! I went to the church wearing a pair of soft slippers and put my shoes on just minutes before the wedding march! 

In my anniversary post last year, I featured a testimony of God's goodness and faithfulness in our marriage. Today, I still share the same testimony (click L'amour @ 24 to read the whole post) :


"We may not realize how He works miracles and wonders, simultaneously in the hearts and minds of men, but He does. He did... for Adam and me! And when He works, it couldn't go wrong. He works so perfectly, nothing can thwart His plan and will, defying physical disabilities (I sustained a fracture one week before our wedding day) and seeming constraints. All praises and glory to Him who specializes in making everything beautiful in His time that Adam and I could only succumb to His will, that is... to be united together in the bonds of matrimony, one perfect day ... such happiness!"

Well, to date, this wedding picture post amazingly garnered 323 likes and 94 comments! Billy already wrote his "thank you" comment saying, 


"To all of you who greeted us on our special day through likes, comments and PMs, 
thank you very much. You made this day extra meaningful for us!"

And so here's my own special way of expressing my thanks to everybody --- a thank you collage of our "best" photos together for the past months as we traveled together this year in celebration of this special milestone in our married life. 

Brace yourselves, here they all are!!!

Yes, poses with "Marilyn Monroe" at the Universal Studios in Singapore.

Funny because the photo op should have been done with Ms. Monroe in the middle :)) but then, I deliberately positioned myself on the other side, away from her such that my husband would be in the middle. And she was really smart and fast to catch what I had in mind!!! Take a closer look at the photo on the top left. She was actually asking us, "Oh, so you would like it to look like we're fighting over one man!" And I readily said, "YES!" because that was exactly my concept!!! :)) Well, my husband never even thought that I could think about such plot in an instant! Google for images of Marilyn Monroe in Universal Studios and you will see her always at the center. :)) She's the star, remember!!!

These photos were taken at the Malaysia Cultural Village when we came to see the Kuala Lumpur Tower. I love the ambiance at the village and I was actually elated to see that we had nice poses there. Credits to Ayana Grace and Ana Cristina for the photos. See, we didn't look tired in the photos even if we've been through a lot of walking already!

Now this is another group of photos of Billy and me together. Well, I admit, I'm not really good at taking selfies, much more a we-fie! So, what do you think? Oh, I'm sure you can very well tell which three photos are we-fies? Hahaha!!!!

Guess who's fun and who's smart?

Now take a look at some poses taken at the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. 

Can you tell what we were trying to do in the photo on the left? Hmmm... it really took us some effort attempting to get a perfect heart figure using our fingers. We could have tried harder had it not been for the queue starting to get longer in front of us! :((

You might not agree, but I really think it's CUTE!!! Hahaha! Looking at that photo with an imperfectly-shaped heart simply brings to mind the mystery of how God could allow two hearts to beat in unison and share a love that only by God's grace can grow stronger together through time. This also reminded me of our wedding verses, 1John 4: 18-19:

"There is no fear in love; 
but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth
is not made perfect in love.
We love him, because he first loved us."

Now it's getting cheesy, I know, so I better be going. Again, just my way of saying THANK YOU to all of you! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tuna-Lemon Penne Pasta

I had another chance of traveling out-of-town for a night on a weekend, following a hectic schedule and several sleepless nights. That meant cramming to pack my things while cooking at the same time... so that there will be food on our table while I am gone.

Opening the cupboard and seeing the penne pasta and can of Century Tuna Flakes, I knew exactly what to do. I just took two pieces of lemon and a stalk of leeks from the veggie bin and all the other ingredients I needed were spices. 

This is what I had in mind--- Tuna-Lemon Penne Pasta. Another fast food meal! And this is how it turned out.


Here's how I did this.

Ingredients:

Oil
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 large can Century Tuna in oil
2 pcs lemon, halved and squeezed
Pinch of salt, pepper, thyme, basil, rosemary, cayenne powder of any spice of choice
Penne pasta, cooked according to package instruction
1 stalk leeks, sliced diagonally

Steps:

1. Saute garlic, onions and tuna in oil.
2. Add lemon juice, salt and spices of your choice.
3. Add cooked penne pasta to sauteed tuna and mix thoroughly.
4. Top with leeks and serve with garlic bread.



Hmmm... I just love how the spicy flavor of the cayenne powder blended with lemon.  Have a great week ahead!