Pinakbet, a Filipino Dish

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Pinakbet or pakbet is a Filipino dish made with several dishes sauteed together for a very nice savory meal.

This version of this pinakbet or pakbet only has the following ingredients:  pumpkin, string beans, bitter melon, vegetable oil, garlic oil, chicken bullion, soy sauce, salt and pepper.

Normally this dish would have shrimp paste or meat.  It should also have some eggplant and okra.  But I made some renditions today because these were the only ingredients I had in the fridge.  Although, I did have some shrimp paste, but my husband is not very fond of it.  So I had to make do without it for now.  I will post a recipe of this dish soon.  For now, I hope  you find these photos delectable.

Pinakbet 03/17/18

 

Bitter Melon Scrambled Omelette

Growing up my parents didn’t force us to eat broccoli.  Instead, they forced my brothers and I to eat ampalaya (Tagalog word for bitter melon).  Compared to bitter melon, eating a broccoli would be like eating chocolates. My brothers and I really hated it growing up.  But surprisingly when you grow up, you tend to crave for things that you’ve eaten when you were a kid.

I have only made this once before.  I don’t remember if my husband ate it.  This time, he actually tried it and finished a whole serving himself.  I was so happy that he finished it!

I think what helped in making it less bitter is because we squeezed it with water and salt before cooking it.  It tasted really delicious.  We finished it all before the rice was even cooked.

Want to try out cooking this bitter melon recipe?

Here’s our version of Bitter Melon Scrambled Omelette

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Ingredients: 

Eggs (2) 
Bitter Melon / Ampalaya (0.5 lbs or 2 regular pieces) 
Tomato (2 one inch diameter tomatoes) 
Salt 
Pepper 
Garlic (1 clove) – or –  (substitute:  a teaspoon of garlic oil)
Chicken Bullion (optional)

Steps: 

  1. Cut bitter melon in half – like when you’re chopping a log – have stand upright or laying – whichever way that will help you slice it in half
  2. Remove the seeds using spoon scraping all of of the seed and dry spongy type texture
  3. Once seeds have been removed you can now start half moon cut the bitter melon.  When cutting you need to cut it really thin. But not too thin that it would look like it was shaved cheese.  I would say about no thicker than 0.25 centimeters
    After chopping / cutting, the bitter melon should be shaped like a rainbow (not kidding!)
  4. Place chopped bitter melon in a bowl – a salad bowl would work nicely for this
    Add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of iodized salt
    Using your hands mix the bitter melon with water and salt while trying to squeeze the bitter melon.  Doing this, will help in decreasing the bitter taste of the vegetable.  I would say to try to do this until the vegetable look a bit thinner than when you originally cut it.  Then, drain water.
  5. Heat up the pan with vegetable oil and stir fry the chopped garlic
    Then the bitter melon about 5 minutes or until it changes color and starts to get limp – keep the pan in high heat
  6. Add the tomato (rough chopped)
  7. (OPTIONAL)   Add chicken bullion (half a cube or a teaspoon) with 1/4 cup of water and stir, still in high heat, let water evaporate
  8. Beat eggs in separate bowl and add in the pan, scramble the eggs until cooked
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste and ready to serve on a plate

This dish is usually eaten as a side with the rice.
Next time, I’ll try to take pictures of the prep work.
Let me know how yours tasted like.

Bitter Melon Scrambled Omelette – 03.17.18

The Journey Continues

I know it should say “the journey begins”, but the journey has began long time before this blog has been created.  I have been contemplating over  and over to start a blog.  I have started so many blogs over the years but have not been that interested to update them.

Over a decade ago, I had a blog.  I loved that blog. I posted so many things including the many different events that I’ve been to, places I’ve visited, the people I’ve spent time with, and most of all, the food I’ve eaten.

I’ve always been known by friends to take photos of everything, including food!  Yes, I’ve done that before phone cameras had a 1 megapixel resolution camera attached to it.  At that time, I was using my canon powershot point & shoot camera.  I loved that camera.  It was so simple and I was able to take lots of great photos of my daily life.

There were so many things to post then.  I was working a radio station as an on air personality.  I was seen hosting on different local events and have had regular listeners on the radio and also regular viewers of my blog.  At that time “vlogging” wasn’t a thing, but I did start posting videos on youtube as well. The videos were mostly of my dogs.

My blog at that time consisted of many different memories.  One day, the website that was hosting my blog had to end its services.  The company gave us an option to download our website / blog. But I disregarded it  until it was too late.  At that time, I didn’t really think anything of blogging as something as a career.  It was really more of my hobby.  A hobby that I have justified with myself on why I loved taking photos of everything.  It really made sense.  Why would I have these many photos and not post them.

Being on the radio before, it allowed me to be a story teller.  Being away from the radio for almost a decade, made me feel like I need a venue for my story telling.  No, I’m not a novelist or a writer.  I just like sharing stories of food, places and experiences that I thought would be of great help or pleasure for people viewing my blog.

Even though, I’ve long lost the blog that I’ve created more than a decade ago.  I thought that this new blog will be good place to restart my blogging days.   I don’t know if I can make up with that much lost time in the blogging world. But my life behind that was so beautiful that I couldn’t believe I didn’t get to share it.

Here’s my chance to share my stories and my world.  I hope that it will at least make you smile.  I am truly excited to start posting my photos.  I am kicking myself in the behind why I waited this long.  Oh well, no time for regrets now.  We just have to keep moving forward.

What you can take from this blog, is like having a glimpse of my crazy life and my crazy obsession with food, travel and my family life.

Nice to meet you and welcome to my blog.  🙂
Don’t forget to say hi!

Smile Always,

Ainee