Wednesday, January 26, 2011

#272_Quick Puto

Puto just out of the steamer.

If you're craving for Puto and don't have access
to the real thing, here's one alternative....

Puto topped with raspberry jam....
this is worth trying...its good!!

Whenever I make hubby some pancakes,
usually on Saturday mornings,

I'd set aside a cup or so of the pancake batter,
add some sugar and make myself some puto.

Since I only make just a few for myself
it is so convenient to use the rice cooker to steam them.

To make a bigger batch, follow the recipe for pancakes
on the back of the package, then add 1 cup of sugar.
You might want to use a bigger steamer.

Here's the Bisquick Puto recipe:
2 cups Bisquick pancake mix
1 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
1 cup white sugar

Mix everything in a bowl, (you can add food coloring if desired)
then spoon mixture into puto molds (about 2/3 full)
and steam for 10-12 minutes.


These are Puto flavored with ube, mango and pandan
McCormick artificial flavoring.

Note from MaMely:
Just grease Puto molds once. You don't need to grease them each time you fill them with batter.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

#271_Tilapia in Sweet & Sour Sauce

This Sweet and Sour Tilapia Fish recipe
beats Rachel Ray's 30-minute Meal because I made this dish
in less than 30 minutes and so can you.
This dish is real simple and easy to make and yet it is super delish!

A friend, Yaye, served this at her birthday party recently.
I loved it so much that I asked her how she made it.
She told me how and even gave me her secret ingredient!
I also asked her permission if I can post the recipe here
and of course she is kind enough to let me.

The key here to be able prepare this dish so quick is that
I used this already breaded Tilapia
from Costco which is truly a super time saver!

Tilapia fillets bake in their frozen state for 18 minutes.
(see cooking directions on back of package)

Okay, set your timer and start cooking.
See if you can beat the record...

While the fish are baking, make the Sweet and Sour Sauce:
Slice half an onion into chunks
slice 2 medium carrots thinly
jullienne a piece of ginger (slice like matchsticks)
(I already have some sliced red bell pepper ready in the freezer)

Heat some canola oil in a saute pan and saute the onion until they are almost limp, followed by carrots, ginger, pineapple chunks and red bell pepper and do a quick stir fry. Season with 2 tsp. patis, then add 1 Tbp. apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of lumpia dipping sauce (shhhh, lumpia or egg roll dipping sauce is the secret ingredient. My favorite brand is "Pantai"). Let it cook for just a minute and voila!! you have an awesome Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Arrange the baked fish in a serving platter
and top them with the Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Very good on white steamed rice.

Light and flaky tilapia...oh, so Delisioso!

Notes from MaMely:
1) When I made this dish, I just eye-balled the ingredients. The measurements listed are just approximate for your guidelines. On the egg roll dipping sauce, you can use less or more.....if you use too much of it though, you'll have too sweet sauce, so kind of experiment with it.
2) This sauce can be used to make Sweet & Sour Pork, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Sweet & Sour Meatballs and Sweet & Sour anything.
3) If you don't have access to the store-bought lumpia dipping sauce you can make the sauce from the Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe #35, click here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

#269_Birthday Cake for Yaye

A birthday cake for my friend, Yaye.

The first tier has 3 layers of carrot cake filled with cream cheese frosting.
The second tier is 3 layers of Banana-Chocolate cake, also filled
with cream cheese frosting, then wrapped with
white and purple chocolate picket fence
which are absolutely edible.

This is just my second "special occasion" cake to make.
I'm glad the birthday girl liked it and everybody at the party seemed to enjoy it.