Wednesday, December 28, 2011

paksiw na lechon

paksiw na lechon
better than fresh lechon, paksiw-ed lechon! my dad's 60th surprise birthday party in LA last may left us with almost an entire lechon left over (no worries, this is a belated post). what to do with all that? chopped that little piggy into pieces, froze it, and packed it in my luggage back to OAK. a few days later... made paksiw. a favorite in this household.

you'll have to eyeball the measurements, as it'll vary depending on how much leftover you have.

• lechon chunks
• crushed garlic
• sliced garlic
• vinegar
• soy sauce
• pounded peppercorn
• brown sugar
• bay leaves
• mang tomas sauce

1. place all ingredients except the mang tomas sauce in a large pot. bring to a boil, then let simmer for about 15 minutes.
2. add mang tomas sauce and continue to simmer until meat is very soft. continue to mix well and adjust taste to your preference: sweet or sour/salty. we like it semi-sweet!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

cocoa drizzled kettle corn

dairy-free chocolate drizzled kettle corn

• 1 bag trader joe's kettle corn
• 3/4 cup ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips

you'll need:
• small pot & mettle bowl (or double boiler)
• parchment paper
• 3 cup water

1. empty entire bag onto parchment paper and spread out
2. place chocolate chips in metal bowl
3. bring water to boil in small pot, then place metal bowl on top 
4. mix chocolate until melted
5. use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over kettle corn

once its cooled, place back in the bag and take to the movies!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

beef curry

beef curry. no milk, no coconut milk.
on a curry roll... this time the girls asked that i make their plate like "how hello kitty eats it". which meant, a perfectly round circle of rice with curry poured evenly, covering a perfect half of the circle. instead, i one upped their request and made a hello kitty platter. cute, no?

• 2 lbs beef cubed
• 5 cloves garlic minced
• 1/2 onion chopped
• 2 bay leaf
• 1/4 tspn crushed red pepper (no more than this for kids)
• 2 tspn curry powder
• 1 1/2 cup soy milk
• 2 medium tomatoes sliced
• 1 tbspn lemon juice 
• 2 carrots sliced thick
• 1 potato cubed
• 2 tbspn tofutti sour cream (optional)
• salt
• cooking oil


1. heat oil in pot. saute onion & garlic, then beef, sprinkle with salt. saute until brown.

2. add curry powder, bay leaf and crushed red pepper. stir well.

3. add soy milk, cover and bring to a boil.

4. mix in tomato and lemon juice, cover and lower heat to simmer for 1 hour.

5. add potato and carrot, simmer for another hour or until beef is super tender. 

6. remove from heat and stir in tofutti sour cream.

serve with hello kitty shaped rice and greens!

happy birthday auts! a hello kitty post, an ode to our childhood. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

curry basil chicken

dairy-free and coconut-free curry basil chicken
the girls use to watch these Hello Kitty dvds where kitty and her sister would eat chicken curry for dinner. so that's what sold them, they said "hello kitty eats this!" therefore, this dish is HELLO KITTY certified! :)

they had never eaten curry because it usually contains coconut milk or a heavy milk cream. i took a recipe from my cousin jamie and removed the dairy.

• 2 tbspn olive oil
• 4 large boneless chicken breast (or any chicken)
• 5 clove garlic, chopped
• 3/4 cup soy milk (i used vanilla)
• 2 tbspn tofutti sour cream (optional)
• 1 1/2 - 2 tspn curry powder
• salt & pepper
• 2 tbspn fresh basil chopped

1. in a large frying pan, heat oil. add chicken and sprinkle with salt & pepper. fry chicken until slightly brown but not all the way cooked.
2. push chicken to the side, add garlic until slightly brown.
3. stir in soy milk & curry powder, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked. about 10 minutes.
4. remove from heat and mix in tofutti sour cream. (optional)
6. top with chopped basil and serve.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

chicken adobo

• whole chicken cut up
• half head garlic
• half small onion (optional)
• 1/2 cup vinegar
• 1/2 cup soy sauce
• 1 cup water
• 3-4 bay leaf
• black pepper

1. in large pot, fry chicken to brown
2. push chicken to the side and saute garlic and onion
3. add vinegar, soy sauce, water, bay leaf and pepper
4. bring to boil then cover and simmer until chicken is fully cooked, the longer the better.

taste best the next day!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

dairy-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Bowl 1:
Use a hand mixer to blend ingredients.
• 1/3 cup earth balance buttery spread
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1/3 cup soymilk
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Bowl 2:
Mix together well.
• 1 cup flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup oatmeal
• 1/2 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate baking chips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fold in Bowl 2 to Bowl 1. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spoon in a tablespoon of the dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

chocolate dipped peeps

diary-free chocolate covered peeps

Monday, January 10, 2011

boom choco boom chocolate candy bar

boom CHOCO boom dairy-free chocolate bar
Score! We could hardly contain our excitement when we found these dairy free chocolate bars at Whole Foods. Opened one right there in the aisle and had the girls taste test. Once I got two thumbs up, we grabbed a handful. I'll be packing these now when we go to birthday parties. It'll be their cake alternative when all the other kids are having cake and ice cream.

Made by Enjoy Life Foods, it's made with rice milk and also happens to be nut, soy and gluten free.

What an exciting day.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

beef stroganoff

diary-free beef stroganoff (missing the baby spinach)
adapted from paul deen's recipe, completely de-dairy-fied.

don't use the typical stroganoff noodle, it has eggs. i used campanelle noodle, it has the same wriggly edges as stroganoff.

• 1 1/2 pound steak, cut into thin strips
• house seasoning* (see below)
• all purpose flour
• 2 tbspn olive oil
• 2 tbspn earth balance buttery spread
• 1 medium onion
• 1/2 head garlic
• 8 ounce fresh mushroom
• 1/4 cup sherry (i used any red wine, turned out fine)
• 2 cup beef broth
• 1 cup tofutti sour cream
• baby spinach
• 1 lb cooked campanelle noodle

*house seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/8 cup garlic powder (original recipe calls for 1/4 cup but this was too spicy for the girls)
store mixture in an airtight container for future use. 


1. season the steak strips with house seasoning, then dust with flour. heat olive oil and buttery spread in a large skillet and brown steak quickly. remove from skillet.

2. saute garlic and onion in the same pan until onion is cooked. add mushroom, then sprinkle 2 tspn of flour. add the steak back into pan. continue to sautee until flavors are blended.

3. add sherry, mix. add beef broth. cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

4. remove from heat, then add tofutti sour cream and mix. add spinach and cooke noodles and serve.

Friday, January 7, 2011

homemade pizza

homemade dairy-free pizza
not bad for forgetting about it in the oven. see how burnt the cookie sheet is? somehow the pizza turned out fine. an impromptu pizza made with whatever we had in the fridge. really.

pillsbury pizza crust

pizza sauce:
all out of spaghetti sauce, so i mixed ketchup with a dash of salt, oregano and garlic powder.

hot dog sliced super thin to look like mini pepperoni and sliced onion

vegan cheddar cheese

it doesn't look dairy-free, but it is!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

extreme pizza

Canadian Bacon & Mushroom Pizza
ORDER. PIZZA. WITH. NO. CHEESE. duh, don't know why i didn't think of this before. we scream "pizza night" at our house along with the rest of america now. but be careful, the popular toppings like pepperoni and sausage usually have a milk ingredient. i know extreme pizza by our house doesn't brush their crust with butter. always ask before ordering.

the girls' favorite dairy-free pizza:
1. no cheese
2. canadian bacon topping
3. with tomato sauce
4. repeat, "no cheese"

the photo is our first pizza. i ordered it with mushrooms, but the girls ended up picking it off. i actually took a bunch of pictures at the place of the girls eating the pizza, posing with the pizza, posing with the pizza box... the folks in there probably thought we were tourist.