Motherhood Stuffs

Friday, January 20, 2017

Lechon Paksiw Finally

One of my missed Filipino Dish that I’ve longed to make since I migrate to a different country. It seems like that usual food that I’ve been craving seem so hard to find but yet not too difficult to cook.

Today, I finally cooked the perfect Lechon Paksiw or leftover roast pig cooked with salt and vinegar. Or maybe comes with other condiments depends on your recipe.

Of course, with my sister’s help, cooking one is even easier and better. I have seen plenty of recipes online and I tried at least 1 of it and it’s not the flavor I wanted. I missed the flavor of an at home cook, something that would remind me of my mother .

It is not that much, but at least I will know what recipe and condiments to use when I have a leftover roast pig. 

Friday, January 06, 2017

Chicken with coconut milk and pineapple [Pininyahang Manok] with Recipe

This is the first time that I have cooked this food, and it’s sad to think that I did this at the time of my husband’s Gram’s funeral Luncheon. May her soul rest in peace.

I’m sad, she won’t be able to try another Filipino Dish, I always brought some Filipino Dish to share for everyone. It’s nice to have something different on the menu. And I was surprised to see that everyone likes it, even the ones who don’t like coconut milk [who doesn’t like that?] eat two bowls of my dish and likes it.

I didn’t get any left over [which I would prefer] and some brought home with them. I got my own recipe from a Filipino cookbook my sister in law gave me years ago.

However, I can always share you the recipe and hope you’ll enjoy the dish.

2 lbs. chicken, cut into serving pieces
12 ounces pineapple chunks, canned
2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
1 cup bell pepper, cut into thick strips
1 medium sized carrot, wedged
2½ tbsp fish sauce (patis)
½ cup fresh milk
2 tbsp garlic, minced
1 medium sized onion, sliced
2 tbsp cooking oil

Marinate the chicken in pineapple juice/concentrate (derived from the can of pineapple chunks) for 20 to 30 minutes
Pour the cooking oil in a cooking pot / casserole, then apply heat
Sauté the garlic, onion, and tomatoes
Put it in the chicken and cook until the color of the outer part turns light brown
Add the pineapple juice/concentrate marinade and fresh milk then bring to a boil
Add the pineapple chunks and simmer until the chicken is tender and half of the liquid evaporates (about 20 to 30 minutes).
Put it in the carrots and simmer for 5 minutes
Add the bell pepper and fish sauce then simmer for 3 minutes
Remove from the cooking pot / casserole and transfer to a serving dish.


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Organize clutter – effective working mom strategies

Clutter – the nightmare for almost every household. This is the key to clean and tidy home. It is not so hard to make your husband and kids to help you clean. The ordeal is to make them keep it this way. Usually everybody is in a hurry and just leaves things here or there and when there is more than one person in the house, things become really messy. Shoes, clothes, keys and millions of other big or small things rolling all over the house. We know how difficult it is to control everything and to put order everywhere. Here are some tips how to keep your home as clean as a new pin.

            Hallway. Leave on the hanger only clothes or coats you need now – today or tomorrow. Everything else must be in the wardrobe, or in the laundry. Leave only one or two pairs of shoes. The others you can keep in boxes in a proper place.

             Kitchen. Put the clean dishes in the cupboards. Leave one free for food which doesn’t need to be in the fridge. Put everything in the fridge in boxes so it will take less room and you will avoid different smells to mix up. This will also keep your fridge clean.

            Bathroom. Everybody must have their own counter. This will make things to be found easier. Also, be sure that everything empty is thrown away.

            Living room. This is the place where everybody spends most of their time. That’s why usually it’s the most untidy room in the house. What moms can do is to settle specific places for everything. Look around for old magazines and throw away the old ones. Find place or create one for the others, or put it on the book shelves. Look through your books, put them in order and separate the ones which you think you can donate.

            Kids room. Second level of difficulty. Cleaning kids room or making the kids to clean it is a real challenge for every mom. Main Cleaners say that you could make it look like a game. Your children mustn’t feel obliged to do it. Make them think that they actually want to do it. Show them where is the place of everything which needs to be put in order and give them time to do it. Tell them it is a game and they will receive a prize when they complete the task. But let this prize be a secret, it will keep their interest and motivation.

            Closet. Arrange your clothes by season and after that by color or by the way you can combine colors. This will help you save time when wondering what to wear. After every season throw away clothes you haven’t worn to make room for new clothes for the next season.

            Garage. Keep there everything that is in use, but you don’t need it in your daily pursuits. Store it by purpose and by frequency of use. For example, keep things you use more often at lower shelves.

            And here are some other declutter advices:

·        Always make your bed before everything else in the morning.
·        Always put things back in their place as soon as you’ve finished using them.
·        Put dirty garments in the hamper every day.
·        Throw away everything empty.
·        Tidy up the living room every evening before going to bed.
·        Pack for the day ahead.
·        Always make to-do list, at least for one day ahead.
·        Check if you need to throw the trash out every morning before going to work.
·        Use boxes for everything and write what the box is for.

            These and many other simple strategies will keep the stress away and will save a lot of time which you can spend with your loved ones doing something far more interesting than putting an order in your cluttered house.