Archive | May, 2008

Quick Fix! Spam Minestrone (using Risoni!)

19 May

Spam Minestrone (using Risoni as the pasta)

–> Got back from getting my car fixed. Got new speakers! Wahaha.


1 cup tomato sauce

1 spam, with about 2 slices cut into strips and crisped up (3-4 tbps), and the rest cubed

1/2 of a white onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic

2-3 tbps of carrots, diced

3/4 cup risoni

3-4 cups chicken stock

basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary

salt & pepper


1. In a stockpot/soup pot, add your oil and crisp up your spam. Set aside.

2. In the same pan, add butter and saute onions, garlic and carrots. Saute til onions are translucent.

3. Add your spam. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

4. Add your tomato sauce.

5. Add your stock. Wait til it boils. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs.

6. Add your risoni. Cook as per package instructions.

7. Adjust seasoning. Serve with crispy spam on top with a piece of garlic bread.

* No pictures, as it was all gobbled up. Seriously. The soup was mad great. And people who usually don’t like eating herbs, actually liked it. So kudos to my mad cooking skills. Wahehe.

I would make this again, serve it with a dollop/tablespoon of reduced cream, or a parmessan frico? Wow. ang sarap! Next time!

*Oh and I also balanced the flavors by adding some calamansi and sugar. And finish the damn thing with more butter. Ahahaha.


So what’s been cooking?

15 May

– Got money from a far away source today. Putting up a biz.

– Must make plans to finally try and make that cookie from Cebu. That belgian cookie was just.. wow.

– haven’t cooked in a while, but i’m thinking of trying a ratatouille

– i’m applying for a traineeship visa in the States. Ehem. I said goodbye to Maldives, because it felt right.


messing with your food

4 May

They say the path to greatness comes from experimentation. Today, I experimented with the remains of breakfast.

It showed a lot of promise, but I gotta stop using just the microwave and the oven to toaster to experiment and start using pots and pans like a normal chef. Jeez.

So here’ s what I came up and ate:

1) Raisin Bread with Softened Tomatoes, Kalamansi Soy Ramen, topped with a sunny-side egg, fresh grapes, lumpfish caviar and mayo gratin

2) Raisin Bread with Peanut Ramen Noodles with a sunny side egg

The first one actually showed some promise. The second one was so-so, but I think it would be better if I didn’t use lumpfish caviar and raisin bread. I could see it on a peace of ciabbatta actually. Hmm. and Siguro I should have cheese. Hmm. The grapes were really good with it too.

Amazing! Enihoodles. my tummy hurts a little courtesy of gerd, but everything’s good.

Didn’t take a picture because they weren’t pretty. Hmm, I need to get my camera/photographic muscles a twitchin’.