Salt and Pepper Pork

I’ve been craving for something Oriental, so tonight’s dinner will be Salt and Pepper Pork. The recipe is courtesy of my sister’s friend.


While I was frying the pork, my daughter told me that she could smell it from a mile. And up until now, the whole house still smells delicious!


And the taste? It’s really yummy, so you should try it.


Salt and Pepper Pork


  • 1 pound sliced pork or spare ribs
  • 2 tablespoons chicken powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Five Spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons scallions or spring onions, cut into 1 inch strips
  • Oil for frying


  1. Mix together first five ingredients.
  2. Dry rub pork slices with the mixture and let sit 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Leave some of the mixture for the onions.
  4. Fry pork until golden brown, set aside.
  5. Using the same pan, saute diced onions until soft.
  6. Add scallions or spring onions and saute for a few seconds more.
  7. Add remaining dry rub to pan, stir.
  8. Lastly, add fried pork and mix well.
  9. Transfer to a serving platter.
  10. Enjoy!

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Product Review: AYL® Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling/BBQ Gloves Set

I was very excited when I found out I was going to review the AYL® Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling/BBQ Gloves Set. I’m back to baking and these silicone gloves are definitely useful.

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Product Description

- The Most Popular Silicone Cooking And Grilling Gloves Available!
– Heat Resistant For Temperatures Up To 425 Degrees Fahrenheit
– 100% Waterproof, Covers Your Wrist, Keeps Hands Safe and Dry
– Lightweight, Flexible, No Slip Grip Design To Allow Safe Movement Of Hot Items, Easily Grab Carved Hot Juicy Meats
– No Staining or Smell: Even After Long Term Use
– Dishwasher Safe, Easy to Clean
– BPA-Free
– FDA Approved
– 1 Size Fits All

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My Thoughts

First off, I like the overall look of the mitts. The silicone is soft, thick, and it looks durable as well. They are a bit big for my hands, but once I’ve worn them, I got a good grip with things, so I guess that is not a problem.

I was able to touch the hot baking dishes with the mitts and I even tried touching the oven racks at 400 degrees just to test it. The mitts passed my heat test. And because they’re made from silicone, you get a good grip. I used them at opening tight jar and hard to open plastic soda caps; I did them without struggling. They are also easy to wash and clean.

Overall, I had a great experience with the silicone gloves. I highly recommend these if you ever need a pair of durable mitts for baking and grilling. They are
BPA Free which means no toxic chemicals are released when exposed to high heat.

Where to buy?

The AYL® Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling/BBQ Gloves Set can be purchased  Amazon. A pair retails at $19.99.

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Safe and Satisfying Dinner Ideas for Guests With Dietary Restrictions

They are all around you: the gluten-free, the low-salt crew, the egg-free, the nut-free, and don’t forget the diabetics. What do you do when your dinner guests have more allergies or food intolerances than letters in the alphabet? You have to adjust your cooking style so that your food comes out not only delicious but also healthy and safe for your guests, too. Here’s how to do it.

Mushroom Risotto and Caramelized Onions

Even the most allergic people tend to tolerate mushrooms and rice well, and this risotto is the perfect meal for a cold winter’s night. Most people shy away from risotto, because they are not familiar enough with rice-cooking.

It is a labor-intensive dish, for sure, but almost nothing beats a good creamy risotto, and this one adds a deep mushroom and onion flavor that will make it fit for those with gluten and dairy allergies, because there’s not actually any thickeners or cream in a risotto. The creaminess comes from the constant whipping of the rice until the starch gives up and comes seeping out of the grain.

Dal Palak

Dal Palak is sort of like a stew that has gone “solid” – solid enough that you can plate it instead of pour it into a bowl. It’s got lentils, which are an excellent vegan and vegetarian source of protein, as well as garlic for that often missed “bite” in foods these days.

Traditionally, this dish is served with bread, but some people may not be able to do gluten. For those people, you have a few options. You can either forego the bread altogether, have Bread Srsly ship you some of their old-fashioned gluten-free sourdough bread (one of the few real sourdough breads in the world which is naturally gluten-free), or try your luck with the tapioca starch and potato and rice flour creations being tried all over the country. 

Braised Coconut Spinach With Lemon

Not everyone can eat coconut, but the dairy-free crowd loves it because it’s creamy, and it mimics milk in important ways. The dish is spicy and tangy, and some recipes call for chickpeas, which you’ll have to leave out for those with serious nut allergies, but it won’t detract from the overall taste or feel of the dish.

Traditional recipes also call for a sweet potato (the dish is served with or over a baked potato). Basically, you cook up the spinach in ghee (or, if you are nervous about flecks of milk remaining in the ghee, go with something certified dairy-free or skip it altogether), with a small onion, some garlic, and some lemon. Dump in a 14-oz can of coconut milk, and add a dash of ginger and salt for taste. The heat comes from one dried hot pepper. 

Mixed Berry, Apple, and Ginger Crisp

LifeScan Canada Ltd. has a lot of great diabetic recipes, but one of the best out there is the mixed berry apple ginger crisp. This one will please almost everyone, and it has a uniquely American feel to it without being overly pretentious. The only objectionable ingredient is the oats – which gluten-free folks might not be able to tolerate as oats have a protein similar to flour gluten proteins.

Other than that, you make the crisp as you would any other, but you substitute the brown sugar with a sugar-free alternative. Molasses might be an OK addition to the recipe, depending on the specific restrictions of the individual (it is low in sugar, despite being highly refined sugar).

Joe Kee has a large family with all kinds of medical issues. An avid blogger, he likes to help others by posting his insights and discoveries online. You can read his informative articles on a variety of the current top blogs and websites.

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Nutrition tips to help you stay healthy

There are so many tips for those who want to stay healthy. Some choose to live unhealthy. We can hardly change their opinion. But if you fall in the ‘healthy’ or ‘I want to be healthy in the future’ category, we have some exciting tips for you that will help you stay healthy and at the same time, inspire others.

So, here we go!

Organic food

Well, I’ll start with this because many people are talking about it AND it is important. If you are willing to take care of your health, you should make the switch as soon as possible.

Organic food items are free from harmful chemicals and pesticides that can deter your health and make you weak. So, hope onto a farmers market and choose them. If you have no time to go out and shop for them, do it online. Online stores like are delivering local fresh produce to one’s doorstep. Moreover, they tag exciting deals to local produce to help commoners save big.

Buy fresh

If you are unable to buy organic food items, you might choose regular food. Either way, be sure that you are picking fresh pieces. Fresh food items have more nutrients as compared to the leftover stock. Also, fresh pieces taste better. So, if organic food is not an option, at least choose fresh pieces and take a step towards a healthier life.
If you have a farm, harvest them at the right time.

Storing them

Keep them refrigerated.

If you have a farm, you should look for a bigger refrigerator to store more.

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Vegetables with colors

We are not talking about the regular orange, white and green colors that we see daily in the farmers market. We are talking about purple, red and blue colors.

Well, if you think that these new colors are rarely found in the market and might not be tasty, let me tell you that the latter contains anthocyanin, which is a potential antioxidant that help in reducing memory loss, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even risk of cancer. So, live with these benefits and yes, they taste good too.

In fact, they are an old breed, which was replaced by the orange, green and white.

Before buying them, look for coupons that can be used to save money. Coupons are available for online and offline stores. Check them carefully before applying it.

Garlic and onion

Most of us HATE them, but they love us. That is why; they are here – to make us healthy and strong.

On one hand, garlic has allicin as its main ingredient (which is a healing ingredient) and on the other hand we have sweet onions that has antioxidant benefits that are equal to (or slightly less than) one-third of the total antioxidant benefits provided by other varieties.

So, look for them and add them to your list.

Shopping online for them, you might find combo deals for the two. Look for them and grab them to save more at a time, for additional savings, you can use coupons that are available online.

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Ham-Apple-Cheese Open Faced Sandwich

What to do with leftover ham?


The kids are starting to get tired of eating it and I had to think of other ways to serve, or I’ll end up eating all of the leftovers by myself. Oh, I’m not complaining. I love a good Chinese ham, but my waistline doesn’t! And besides, I am not getting any younger. I should watch out on the salty and fatty food.

I found some apples in the fridge, so I thought of putting them together, which turned out to be a really great idea. And then I thought of cheese… the gooey-when-it-melts type of cheese and the result is heavenly!

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Ham-Apple-Cheese Open-Faced Sandwich


  • Ham slices
  • 1 Fuji apple, sliced
  • Wheat bread or crostini or whatever kind of bread you fancy
  • Quick melt cheese, grated
  • Mayonnaise


  1. Spread mayonnaise thinly on bread.
  2. Place ham slices on top of the bread.
  3. Top ham with sliced apples.
  4. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  5. Toast prepared sandwich in the preheated oven for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Note: If you add a few drops of ham juice or ham sauce on top of the cheese, it will brown a little and make it look more yummy.

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Product Review: Hango Lunch Bags

Today’s review is about the lunch bags from Hango. Two sizes were sent to me and unlike many of the lunch bags available for purchase which are made from cheap material, these lunch bags are fashioned from high density polyester 300D.

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Product Description

  • It is a set of TWO SIZES for different occasions.
  • It has THE BEST THERMAL INSULATION SYSTEM – your food is kept longer.
  • Zipper made of stainless steel – much more BEAUTIFUL AND DURABLE.
  • High quality material (polyester 300D with high density) and a VERY PRETTY DESIGN.
  • We are the only ones to offer LIFETIME WARRANTY

The package includes:

1x Pink Lunch Bag (Large) 6L x 6H x 10W (inches)
1x Pink Lunch Bag (Small) 5L x 5H x 7.5W (inches)

My Thoughts

The pink lunch bags look very fashionable you wouldn’t think they are actually lunch bags. They look more like a makeup bag to me. They arrived in a pretty drawstring bag where you can store them when not in use. I can tell that the bags are made from high quality materials and they look strong enough to carry heavy food.

I love that the inside of the bags was made with thermal insulation. It keeps the food warm or cold for a long period of time. The zippers were made from stainless steel, that means they won’t rust even if you wash them often. They are easy to open and even a small child won’t struggle with the zippers.

Overall, I love these lunch bags from Hango. If you are looking for a good quality lunch bag, I recommend this.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the stylish lunch bags through Amazon. The set is fairly priced at $24.99.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me by Tresalto/Attican for evaluation purposes. No monetary compensation was received to write the review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Our Media Noche

The holiday is over and everything is back to normal… except for the food. We’re still feasting on the leftover last New Year. Oh no, I’m not complaining. It’s actually only now that I get to enjoy the food. During the Media Noche I was overwhelmed with the different aromas of the food we prepared in the kitchen and I didn’t have the appetite to eat. All I had was a small “balat” (skin of Roasted Pig) of Lechon and a custaroon. These are the food we had for our Media Noche.

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Warm Apple, Potato and Bacon Salad

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Cheese and grapes




chicken galantina
Chicken Galantina

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Rellenong Bangus


And of course, what’s a feast without the sweet enders?

Ruby Cherry Cheesecake

Custaroons from Custaroonery

fruit salad
Creamy Fruit Salad


round fruits
the round fruits believed to bring good luck for the new year.

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