This dish is very similar to Pinakbet, Dinengdeng originated from the Ilocos region; provinces in the northern part of the Philippines. It is composed of different vegetables and grilled fish or Bagnet (Lechon Kawali) is added. Instead of the shrimp paste used for the Pinakbet, “bagoong isda” or fish sauce was used to make this scrumptious dish.




  • 1 whole milk fish, sliced and grilled or 1/2 kg. Lechon Kawali, sliced
  • 2 to 3 cups Kangkong leaves (Water Spinach)
  • 2 cups squash flower
  • 12 to 15 pieces small to medium sized okra
  • 2 to 4 eggplants, sliced
  • 1 bundle string beans, sliced into 3 inch pieces
  • 2 pieces medium ampalaya (bitter gourd), cored and sliced
  • 1 to 2 cups squash, sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons bagoong isda (unprocessed fish sauce)
  • 2 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups water


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large cooking pot.
  2. Add the onion and tomato. Cook covered for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour-in the bagoong isda. Stir.
  4. Add okra, eggplant and string beans. Stir and add the ampalaya and squash slices. Cook in medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Put-in the squash flower and kangkong leaves. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Add the grilled fish or meat slices. Let it stay for 3 to 5 minutes to add flavor to the dish.
  7. Serve. Share and enjoy!

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Ordering Food Online

Have you ever tried ordering food online? Well, if you have not already, I encourage you to try the next time you decide to order food because it is a lot easier than ordering through telephone. It also saves you a lot of time because you do not have to deal with busy lines. Plus, it is more accurate because you only need to make a click on your orders.

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Online Foodies: A Closer Look At Ordering Food Online Gourmetlabs.net

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Homestyle Indian Curry

My siblings and I grew up loving the Japanese Curry and it was only when we were grown ups that we were introduced to the authentic Indian Curry. Here is one of my favorite recipes of the full-of-flavor Indian dish.

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Homestyle Indian Curry


  • 1 large onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 50g ginger, roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 8 chicken thighs, skinned, boneless (about 800g)
  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander


  1. Roughly chop the onion, transfer to a small food processor, and add 3 tablespoons of water - process to a slack paste. You could use a stick blender for this or coarsely grate the onion into a bowl – there’s no need to add any water if you are grating the onion. Tip into a small bowl and leave on one side.
  2. Put the chopped garlic and ginger in the same food processor and add 4 tbsp water – process until smooth and spoon into another small bowl. Alternatively, crush the garlic to a paste with a knife or garlic press and finely grate the ginger.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or sturdy pan set over a medium heat. Combine the cumin and fennel seeds with the cinnamon and chili flakes and add to the pan in one go. Swirl everything around for about 30 secs until the spices release a fragrant aroma.
  4. Add the onion paste – it will splutter in the beginning. Fry until the water evaporates and the onions turn a lovely dark golden - this should take about 7-8 mins. Add the garlic and ginger paste and cook for another 2 mins – stirring all the time.
  5. Stir in the garam masala, turmeric, and sugar and continue cooking for 20 seconds before tipping in the tomatoes. Continue cooking on a medium heat for about 10 mins without a lid until the tomatoes reduce and darken.
  6. Cut the chicken thighs into 3cm chunks and add to the pan once the tomatoes have thickened to a paste. Cook for 5 mins to coat the chicken in the masala and seal in the juices, and then pour over the hot chicken stock. Simmer for 8-10 mins without a lid until the chicken is tender and the masala lightly thickened – you might need to add an extra ladleful of stock or water if the curry needs it. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with Indian flatbreads or fluffy basmati rice and a pot of yogurt on the side.

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Foodies Turning to Subscription Boxes to Find New Ideas

When the first subscription box launched, many people thought the concept would fail. They assumed that shoppers would rather visit stores, try out products for themselves and purchase things in person. Subscription boxes let customers pay one set fee and receive a new box every month, every few months or a few times a year. Some of the newest and hottest of those boxes are the ones designed for foodies. Food lovers can find recipes from their favorite chefs, new gadgets and tools for their kitchens and even products they can experiment with at home.


Plated is one of the more popular subscription boxes for foodies who still need a little help in the kitchen. Each box comes with all the ingredients needed to whip up a delicious dish for two to four people. All ingredients come in freezer bags and cases that protect each one during the shipping process. The boxes also come with detailed instructions and full color pictures that show customers how to put those dishes together and what the finished product should look like. Shoppers visit the website every month to select the dishes they want to make from several listed.

Southern Food of the Month

Southern Food of the Month is a club that lets shoppers buy six to 12 months at a time or opt for one month. The company sends customers what it deems as the best products available in the south every month. Former months included a kit that let customers make their own boiled peanuts, delicious jams made from peaches grown in the south and grits made the old-fashioned way by a southern mill. The company does a good job of sending customers something new and different every month.

Tyler Florence Fancy Box

Foodie and food expert Maxim Gorin credits the Tyler Florence Fancy Box among his favorites. Fancy was one of the first companies in the subscription box world, and it partners with a number of famous faces, including Pink and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Celebrity chef Tyler Florence now has a box of his own that he curates himself. The box often includes some of the ingredients that Florence uses himself and products from his own line. Customers also receive a selection of food gadgets and tools, including pot holders, wine bottle toppers and cookware.

Taste Trunk

Taste Trunk is one of the few food subscription box companies that give customers more options. Shoppers can select one of four different boxes: gourmet, BBQ, health or sweet. The health box includes a range of healthier snacks, while the BBQ box comes with sauces, rubs and other barbecue items. Sweet boxes come packed with desserts and sweet treats, and the gourmet boxes feature higher end items, including expensive jams and sauces. The boxes typically come with between four and six items. While some of the items are trials and samples that are on the smaller side, others are full size.

Some of the newest subscription boxes feature regional items from specific parts of the country, while other boxes let customers sample certain products from around the world. Foodies use these boxes to find products they never heard of before, to get new tools for use in their home kitchens and to get some ideas for new dishes.

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Ice Cream Dreams: Success Stories of the Frozen Confection Industry

Ice cream is a treat enjoyed by so many of us and for some entrepreneurs, it is a dessert that has paved the way to a very successful business.

Whilst ice cream and other frozen treats will always help to conjure up images of long hot summers, the demand for delicious indulgences found in the freezer, continues throughout the year, with suppliers such as Frozendessertsupplies.com being kept busy whatever the weather.

Here is a look at some of the success stories of the frozen confectionary industry, which may well inspire you to try and emulate their good fortune.

Ben & Jerry’s

Ben Cohen was the co-founder of what has now become an iconic brand and a worldwide phenomenon.

Cohen went into business with his childhood friend Jerry Greenfield and opened their first ice cream parlour in Vermont back in 1978. They eventually sold the company for $325 million in 2000, which makes the $5 investment they made in an ice-cream making correspondence course, seem like one of the biggest bargains ever.

Once they had learned the rudimentary elements of ice-cream making, they did actually invest $12,000 in renovating an old gas station into what became their first ice-cream outlet.

Using franchising to expand the brand, flavors like New York Super Fudge Chunk, were soon being consumed across the country and later, on a worldwide basis.

Lil’ Ice Cream Dude

Maybe the Ben & Jerry story provided some inspiration for an entrepreneurial young businessman, who is still at school.

Already turning popsicles into profits long before he is even an adult, Beau Shell could well turn out to be the next success story of someone following their ice cream dreams. Working on the basis that in business, age is just a number and not a barrier to success, this enterprise has already gained the recognition of the Future Business Leaders of America.

With the aid of crowdfunding and support and guidance from his mother, this young man already has ambitions beyond his years, so watch this space.

Providing a better future for Rwandan women

Many people in Rwanda have never tasted the delights of an ice-cream, but that is rapidly changing thanks to this central African’s country’s first ever ice-cream parlor.

This is not just a story of a local entrepreneur making their way in business, as it is providing some Rwandan women the chance to change their lives by providing an income and a way of supporting their family and local community.

This business is inspiring others to take up similar challenges and with many of them operating as a co-operative and non-profit organizations, the growth in popularity of ice cream in this part of the world, may not make one person in particular a small fortune, but it will definitely provide an opportunity to change the lives of rural communities.

Our love of desserts can certainly provide some ice cream dreams and put a smile on a lot of faces while you are achieving your goals.

Laura Cardin is the daughter of an ice cream shop owner. An avid writer, she likes to help those who want to start their own ice cream and food service businesses. Look for her enlightening posts on a variety of websites and blogs.

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Product Review: Best Premium Zester Grater

I always feel excited whenever I have a new product to try. Today’s review is about the Best Premium Zester Grater.

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Product Description

Best Premium Zester Grater – Ideal for Cheese, all Citrus Fruits, Chocolate, Cinnamon & Spices, and much more! Create Citrus Zest in Seconds and Effortlessly Grate Even the Hardest Cheese! Sharp Stainless Steel Blade

Add Amazing Flavor and Zest to Your Meals in Seconds!
Effortlessly turn your meals into masterpieces with the Best Premium Zester Grater!
Picture yourself whipping up delicious, flavor-packed meals that please the whole family – and no hassle with messy cleanup. Use your Zester to
– Grate Parmesan cheese over soups and salads
– Add chocolate garnish to a chocolate-drizzled angel food cake
– Mince hot peppers to make spicy guacamole for game day
– Grate lemons, limes, and oranges to add zest to pesto sauce, dressing, pound cake, and more
– Create an enticing marinade for seafood, chicken, and meat
And the best part is, the Best Premium Zester Grater is safe, easy-to-use, and a breeze to clean up!
– Super thick handle for a safe, comfortable grip – it just “feels right”!
– Extra long, 8 inch stainless steel blade means your zest is the perfect length every time!
– Toss it into the dishwasher when you’re done for easy clean up!
– Durable, built-to-last design is backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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My Thoughts

The zester looks really nice. It comes with a plastic cover to ensure safety when not in use. Baking is one of my favorite things to do, but I don’t like it when my baked goods taste a little bitter. Some zesters tend to take off even the white part of the fruit no matter how careful you are when using them. The Best Premium Zester Grater does it right. It is sharp enough to take only the rind of the fruit and I didn’t even have to exert too much effort to get the zest. I made a cheesecake and my family loved the hint of lemon without the bitter taste.

Overall, I had a great experience with the zester. It looks sleek and cool. The thick handle makes it easy to grip and hold and it doesn’t take you much effort to grate a hard cheese or nutmeg. If you like to cook and bake or you know someone who do, this cute little gadget would make a nice gift.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Best Premium Zester Grater through Amazon. It’s fairly priced at $14.97.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Dynamite Rolls

Although I like spicy foods, I don’t normally eat a “live” chili. But, when my daughter asked me to try the Dynamite Roll in UP Diliman, it was actually really good and since the seeds were taken out, it was not that spicy. We tried making them at home and hubs loved it, too. This is a great appetizer and also good with beer or alcohol.





Dynamite Rolls


  • 10 pieces long green chilis or siling haba
  • cheese sliced in to strips
  • ham sliced into strips
  • lumpia wrapper
  • oil for frying


  1. Slice chili lengthwise and remove seeds.
  2. Stuff each chili with cheese and ham slices.
  3. Wrap in lumpia wrappers, set aside.
  4. In frying pan, heat oil.
  5. Fry chili rolls until golden brown.
  6. You may enjoy it as it is or dip in mayo and catsup.

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