Posted by: Precious | August 1, 2010

Fried plantain with caramelized brown sugar

It's blurry but you get the idea

When you’re having a bad day what do you do?   I like to indulge myself, eat something sweet.   Have you had plantain before?   They are like huge bananas but don’t really taste much like one.   I usually find them at Whole Foods market or at Kroger.    It takes some time for it to ripen.   The way you know it’s ripe is when it’s soft and has plenty of dark spots on the skin.

My recipe is very simple and adapted from my family’s “banana-Q” recipe.

1 large ripe plantain

1 tbsp brown sugar

Canola oil (I use organic canola oil)

In a pan heat canola oil.

Cut up the plantain in half.  Then cut the half in smaller pieces.    Roll in raw brown sugar.   Place in the pan and fry on each side til brown and sugar is caramelized.

You can serve this with berries and ice cream and whip cream (dairy-free in my case).   I just like to eat it plain like this.


Posted by: Precious | August 1, 2010


I forgot to post this yesterday.   My daughter ate string cheese from Whole Foods on Thursday morning.   Yesterday morning she woke up with rashes on her behind.  Huge ones.   I’m trying to figure out if it was the milk or the itty-bitty morsel of gluten-free cupcake she ate from the farmers market.

The rash was much better today.  I’m guessing it’s from the cheese, though she’s negative on the test.   Ah, my mind is full of crap that I need to sort through!   This is all very exhausting for me!

Posted by: Precious | July 30, 2010

Roasted Blue Potatoes

Have you had blue potatoes before?  The first time I had them was in Terra Chips.  They’re great for roasting and mashed potatoes.

My husband, daughter and I went to the Rainbow Blossom farmers market on Sunday and was delighted to find these exotic potatoes there.    They’re a little pricey, $4 a pound but worth it, especially if you need more variety in your diet.  Sometimes you don’t think much of the price, at least I don’t.


1 lb blue potatoes, washed and cut in half

Extra-virgin olive oil.  I used the Whole Foods 365 brand since it’s the cheapest I could find.

Kosher salt to taste

Dried rosemary about 1/4 tsp.

About a tsp of garlic powder

Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put on a baking pan.  Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.  Add all other ingredients and mix to coat all the potatoes.   Cook for about 30 minutes or until soft.


Posted by: Precious | July 28, 2010

Slow cooker Lamb with apricot

This was my first time cooking lamb.   I’m not a big fan but it’s growing on me.  The only times I’ve eaten it is when we went out to eat.  I decided to get lamb so T can have more fat and protein in her diet.   I didn’t realize how expensive lamb is!    Anyway,  I can’t upload pictures so you will have to take my word for it for now :).

Again, I’m eyeballing so I have no definite measurements for this recipe.  I only measure when I bake.

Feel free to use the cheapest cut of lamb you can find.

3 pieces lamb chops with bones

a handful of apricots(sulphur-free), cut in half

Half of an onion, sliced

Kosher salt

Sweet potato

Just put everything in the slowcooker except the sweet potatoes.   Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly and quarter it.   Add the sweet potatoes maybe 5 hrs into the cooking, we don’t want them to be soggy.  I let it cook for 8 hours.

I actually liked this!  Enjoy!

Posted by: Precious | July 27, 2010

No Words

This past week has been a nightmare for me and my family.  T had her allergy testing on Tuesday and found out she is allergic to rice.   I was suspecting it before but praying so hard it’s not for real.   I think this was the big one, since she’s gluten-free, rice is in everything she eats.   Rice crackers, rice pasta, rice chips….rice, rice, rice everything.

Her little 2.5 yr old mind couldn’t comprehend why she now can’t have rice and other things that she was eating before.

I was nearly in tears at the doctor’s office.  She also lost banana, avocado, pork, beef and still allergic to chicken.

Overwhelming and disheartening, I am out of words and tears.  I am desperate and short of selling my soul.  I know this sounds a little extreme but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Posted by: Precious | July 7, 2010

Pineapple beef

Another slow cooker recipe.  Can you tell love my Crockpot?  Sorry for the lack of photos, the food was gone by the time I remembered!

For this recipe I actually used ox tail.  It was just me and my 2 yr old eating this so I didn’t make a whole lot.  I bought the ox tail from Whole Foods.   I grew up eating ox tail.  My dad would make a Filipino dish called kare-kare.  I’m hoping to learn how to make that someday and post it here :).

2 pieces of Ox tail

1/2 can of pineapple (chunks or pieces are both fine)

Diced onion, about 1 tbsp

Ground pepper, a dash

Sea salt, a pinch

Some water enough to cover the meat halfway

Put them all the ingredients in the Crockpot and that’s it!  I should be done in about 7 hours.  I ran out of potatoes but I think this will taste good with them.

Posted by: Precious | July 4, 2010

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! Thank you to all who made freedom possible for us here in the USA! From our forefathers to the people who serve to protect our freedoms right now, thank you so much. I have no words to express my gratitude!

Posted by: Precious | July 4, 2010

A Sweet Apology

Today was a scorcher!  Tempers were flaring, including my toddler’s.   Earlier this evening she wanted me to fill her water pistol with water so she can clean the glass storm door.    I let her do it in the morning but  I didn’t allow her to do it this evening for several reasons.   Well, that didn’t fly with her!  She huffed and puffed and wanted the water in the pistol!   I didn’t back down.  She yelled at me over and over again and stormed into her room!   Wow, this is a 2-yr-old!

When she didn’t come out of her room and  I could still hear her mouthing off and yelling, I retreated to my room and laid down on my bed because I had a headache.   Five minutes later I saw the door crack open and she peeked.   Then she slowly and meekly walked in, crawled into bed and looked at me.

She said “Mama, I’m sorry.”

“Sorry for what?”

“I yelled at you earlier, sorry Mama.  I love you!”

I couldn’t help but share it, this was just so sweet.   I’m thankful that at her tender age of 2 that she knows when she did wrong even without me telling her and even more so, that she had the decency to apologize!

Posted by: Precious | July 2, 2010

Squash Pork Stew (Slow-cooked)

I love my Crockpot and use it all the time.   It’s so easy, just dump everything there and leave it alone.  Voila dinner with little effort!

Again I eyeball the spices(my hubby nags me against this practice), I’m making approximations with the measurements.   I can’t remember the type cut of the meat but it had a little bit of fat around it.  It was cut in wide strips and there’s no bone.  I apologize for my lack of knowledge of different types of meat cuts!

1 lb Pork

1 cup diced squash

small yellow onion, diced

several cloves of garlic

dash of turmeric

dash of coriander

dash of ground pepper

dash of sea salt

water enough to cover the meat

2 tbsp brown sugar/molasses

Put everything in the crockpot and let it cook til meat is tender.   The squash disintegrates and the broth is very thick and creamy.   Great over rice

Posted by: Precious | June 30, 2010

Pear Butter with the Supersonic seal

A couple of months ago I attempted to make some type of pear butter.  I wasn’t being picky, I just wanted something that resembled one or some type of a jam.  I found a recipe online but tweaked it a little because I didn’t want to use all the ingredients listed.   I know this sounds probably stupid but I put the diced pears in a crockpot for 24 hours.   I initially boiled it on the stove, then later on moved it to the crockpot.  Well the result was a disastrous brown mush that looked and tasted horrible.

I certainly couldn’t eat it and I wasn’t about to give it to my 2 yr old.

Anyway, later while shopping at a local Farmers market, I saw some pear butter.  I checked the ingredients and it seemed safe.   I was mainly making sure it had no corn-derived ingredients and definitely no gluten.   I found a hefty bottle of pear butter for $6, not bad! I felt good about my purchase,  couldn’t wait to try it!  My daughter was excited too.

So we got home and sort of forgot about the pear butter for a couple of days.  Then 2 days ago I was rummaging through the contents of my fridge and found that pear butter again.  Naturally I wanted some.   Unfortunately that thing won’t open.  It was in a mason jar and the seal was really tight!  I tapped it with a knife all around the lid.   I turned it upside down and banged it on the floor over and over.  I banged the lid on the countertop.   Nothing happened, seal stayed put.   I even posted on Facebook about the difficulty I’m having.   I gave up and put the resilient pear butter back in its spot inside the fridge.

As Robert Pattinson’s character Tyler Hawkins said in Remember Me,  “I guess it was just here to tease me!”

Another day went by and I really want some pear butter darn it!   I got that thing again and did everything I did the day before.  Nope wouldn’t budge again.   Then later on someone posted on my wall to use a can opener and open it that way.   I was frustrated and was ready to just smash that bottle with a hammer, for crying out loud.  I did find a can opener and after struggling for a few minutes I heard the familiar “gasp” as the seal broke! Yeah!  Finally, some pear butter!  It was very good too!

Note to self: Keep can opener handy for future purchases of fruit butters!

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