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Thai-Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Thai-Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Simply the best thai-spiced pumpkin soup recipe. Try this very easy to make and surprisingly tasty soup with just 5 simple ingredients. This makes a perfect appetizer.   

Thai-Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Serves 6
A delicious and easy pumpkin soup recipe.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 acorn squash, pumpkins, or other smallish winter squash
  2. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  3. 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  4. 1 teaspoon (or more) red Thai curry paste
  5. 2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt (or to taste)
  6. water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place the oven racks in the middle.
  2. Carefully cut each squash/pumpkin into halves (or quarters).
  3. Slather each piece of squash with butter, sprinkle generously with salt, place on a baking sheet skin sides down, and place in the oven.
  4. Roast for about an hour or until the squash is tender throughout.
  5. When the pumpkin/squash are cool enough to handle, scoop it into a large pot over medium high heat, add the coconut milk and curry paste and bring to a simmer.
  6. Remove from the heat and puree with a hand blender, you should have a very thick base at this point. Now add water a cup at a time pureeing between additions until the soup is the consistency you prefer - a light vegetable stock would work here as well.
  7. Bring up to a simmer again and add the salt (and more curry paste if you like)
Notes
  1. Start with a teaspoon of Thai curry paste to start and then build from there until the soup has a level of spiciness and flavor that works for your palate.
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Ginataang Munggo Recipe (Creamy Sweet Mung Bean Porridge)

Ginataang Munggo Recipe (Creamy Sweet Mung Bean Porridge)

Ginataang Munggo Recipe (Creamy Sweet Mung Bean Porridge)
Serves 5
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients Needed
  1. 1 cup mung beans (munggo)
  2. 2 cups stick rice (malagkit), washed
  3. ¼ kilo brown sugar
  4. 3 cups coconut milk
  5. ½ cup water
Directions
  1. In a pan, put in the mung beans and toast until brown. Remove from heat and cool down. Using mortar and pestle crack the toasted mung beans and set aside.
  2. Heat a cooking pot. Pour the coconut milk and let it boil. Put in the sticky rice. Simmer for a minute. Add the cracked mung beans. Add water and cook over a low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the sugar and stir. Cook until the coconut milk is almost absorbed. Remove from heat and serve hot or cold. Best serve with evaporated milk.
  3. Share and enjoy!
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Shrimp in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Shrimp in Spicy Tomato Sauce

spicy shrimp

Ingredients Needed:

½ kilo medium fresh shelled shrimps (set aside the head for boiling)

4 pcs large tomatoes quartered

1 onion sliced

5 cloves garlic minced

1 thumb garlic minced

2 tbsp spring onion chopped

4 pcs green chili pepper sliced

1 cup tomato sauce

1 tbsp white sugar

2 cup water

Cooking oil

Salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions:

In a pot, boil the shrimp head for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and set aside the shrimp stock.

In a sauce pan, heat the cooking oil. Put in the garlic, ginger, onion and tomatoes until fragrant. Pour the shrimp stock and let it boil for 3 to 5 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce, green chili pepper and sugar, stir. Put in the fresh shelled shrimp and spring onions. Simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and boil for a minute. Remove from heat. Best serve while it’s hot with steamed rice.

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Tokwa’t Baboy Recipe (Tofu and Pork)

Tokwa’t Baboy Recipe (Tofu and Pork)

tokwat baboy

Ingredients Needed:

½ kilo pig’s face (pig’s ear and cheeks)

4 pcs extra firm tofu

4 pcs green chili pepper sliced

¼ cup soy sauce

3 tbsp cane vinegar

1 tsp sugar

Onion spring chopped

Calamansi juice

Water for boiling

Cooking oil

Salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Boil water and put in the pig’s face. Add salt and pepper. Let it boil for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Use pressure cooker to save time. Remove from heat. Let it cool. Cut into bite size. Set aside.

In a frying pan, deep fry the tofu until it turns to golden brown, remove from heat. Cut into cubes. Set aside.

In the same pan, deep fry the sliced pig’s face until it turns to light brown and crispy. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. Mix well until the taste will blend.

Place tofu and pig’s face in the same bowl. Put in the chopped spring onions, chili pepper and calamansi juice. Pour the combine sauce and mix well.

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Longganisa Express Recipe

Longganisa Express Recipe

Longanisa express

Ingredients Needed:

½ kilo longganisa

8 pcs red chili pepper

2 cups coconut milk

1 cup water

10 cloves garlic grated

5 tbsp cooking oil

Salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions:

raw longanisa

Prepare the raw longganisa. Make a lengthwise slit on each longganisa. In a pan, boil the longganisa for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the cooking oil and continue cooking the longganisa until it turns to lightly brown. Remove the longganisa. Set aside.

In the same pan, reheat the combination of water and cooking oil from the cooked longganisa. Add the garlic. Put in the coconut milk and let it boil until it becomes creamy. Add the cooked longganisa and red chili pepper. Put in salt and pepper. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or more to bring the spicy creamy taste. Best serve with steamed rice.

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Halloween Party Planning

Halloween Party Planning

Halloween party planning

Celebrating Halloween is all about having fun. No one cares about pagan beginnings, superstitions, or enacting rituals—we’re just having fun pretending for one night to be something we aren’t.  And, with a bit of pre-planning, you can throw the best Halloween party ever!

These tips will serve you well whether the party is for children or adults. For instance, you’ll want to serve some sort refreshments, but a child’s menu will be different from that of an adult.

The first item up for discussion is where the party will take place. Depending on the amount of people expected, it can be held in your home, a community center, a barn, the back yard or a rented “haunted” house. The location must be checked for possible hazards that could cause harm to a guest and to protect you from liability.  Be sure to have a back-up plan if yours is an outdoor party and the weather doesn’t cooperate. Once you have deemed the location safe, move on to choosing a theme.

Halloween theme

Let me say that it isn’t necessary to have a theme. I mean, Halloween is the theme, right? But choosing a particular theme can be a lot of fun too and it helps guests decide on a costume. For example, rather than scary costumes, children might find it great fun to dress up as their favorite cartoon character (Hello SpongeBob Square Pants) or consider a well-known movie like the Wizard of Oz and pull the costumes and decorations from that. A grave-yard theme will bring out ghosts, zombies and witches!

The options for adults are unlimited. Possibly a theme from the new and popular “Twilight” series, a particular time period (roaring 20’s, the 60’s, etc.), well known heroes and villains, reverse gender, famous couples—really the sky is the limit. Be sure to think of the decorations you will have to provide based on your theme.

Once you’ve made your decisions, get the party invitations out early—at least 2 weeks ahead of time. Be clear on the theme, location and allotted time for the party. If it’s a children’s party, reassure the parents that there will be adequate adult supervision but invite them to come with their child as well. Drop off and pick up times must be clearly stated unless you plan to have the children overnight.

Have a camera ready to capture everyone in their glory! Keep a copy for yourself and either send a copy home with each guest or follow up by sending them one at a later date. If you plan to sponsor a party every year, get an album where you and guests can look back over the years together.

Choose your menu, whether it be a sit down dinner for adults or finger food for the kiddies. Keep the holiday in mind with pumpkin soup or pie, and serve “gross” food like eyeballs, bloody fingers, etc. You’ll find plenty of recipes on-line. The main thing to remember about food is to have plenty of it! Serve drinks with yucky names like nuclear waste (green kool-aid with dry ice) or sewer water (with gummy worms) and add food coloring to alcoholic beverages.

Try to have a flow to the party so that you can keep control. Plan games for kids that involve action but don’t last very long. Try tossing a little pumpkin for musical chairs or pin the broom on the witch, for example. Kids like to dunk for apples too and love treasure hunts.  For adults, pin or tape the name of someone famous on the back of their costume when they arrive. Throughout the night they are allowed to ask yes or no questions of the other guest until the correctly guess who they are. Remember that adults like to have some time to talk during a party so allow for this between planned events.

And finally, don’t let anyone leave your party empty handed. Besides prizes won at games, provide favors for all. Little bags of candy, popcorn balls, simple toys and noise makers, their photo, toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin cupcakes—you get the idea!

With forethought and planning, your Halloween party will be a success and talked about for months. Remember, it’s all about having a safe and fun celebration!

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