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! :)