I’ve been spending lots of time in the kitchen for the past two weeks. Last week, I got inspired by a book I saw in my office about Stir-fried food. So even late at night (on a workweek, take note hehe), my husband found me whipping up something in the kitchen. My first try at stir-fried food: Honey and Black Pepper Beef.

What you’ll need:

Oil for cooking
500 grams beef, cut into strips
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 onion, sliced
300 grams snow peas
2 tbsps honey
2 tsps soy sauce
2 tbsps oyster sauce
A dash of black pepper, to taste

What you’ll need to do:

There are three phases for this recipes:

(1) Cooking of Beef

Heat the wok until very hot, add 1 tbsp of oil. Stir-fry the beef in batches over high heat. Wait until beef becomes brown. Remove and drain on paper towels.

(2) Cooking of Vegetables

Reheat the wok, add 1 tbsp of oil. Stir-fry the onion, garlic and snow peas. Wait until snow peas softened (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from the wok and set aside.

(3) Cooking of Sauce

Pour in honey, soy sauce, oyster sauce and black pepper into the wok. Simmer medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Increase heat, then add in the beef and vegetables. Toss for 3-5 minutes.

Preparation and cooking time: 20-30 minutes; Serves 4.

Calories per serve: 335 calories.

This recipe was handed down to me by one of my aunts. I love doing my own Tocino marinade because at least I know how it is made and what it is made of. It is also very easy to prepare.

What you’ll need:

1 kilo pork neck, sliced thinly

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon food color (pink)

Cooking oil of your choice for frying

What you’ll need to do:

1. Marinate pork in sugar, salt and food color.

2. Refrigerate overnight for curing of pork.

3. To cook, fry marinated pork in oil.

Tocino is served during breakfast with fried rice and egg or can be served during lunch and/or dinner. Kids and adults also love to eat this for baon (take away food for lunch) in school or at work.


a. You can use other kinds of pork (such as pork chop), however, I always use pork neck as it is softer compared to others without having to tenderize it.

b. I always use brown sugar for cooking but white sugar is also acceptable if you want to use white sugar.

c. You can do without the food color as it does nothing to the flavor of Tocino, it is added for visual reasons.

d. I always use Canola Oil for frying and cooking vegetables.

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For a Wifey like me who works during the day and tries to go home on time (4pm for me) just so dinner will be ready by 7:00pm, this recipe is heaven-sent. Not only is this recipe one of the easiest to cook, it is also one of healthiest food you can serve your family.

What you’ll need:

3 pieces of Barramundi Fillets (other options: Dory Fillets or Salmon)

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

5 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce

1/2 Lemon, squeezed

5 Tablespoons of Water

What you’ll need to do:

1. Put all ingredients into a baking pan or Pyrex container

2. Bake in oven at 150 degrees for 20 minutes

Serves 3-4 persons.

I usually serve this with a siding of vegetables. Last week, I served it with a siding of carrots, beans and asparagus.

This entry is for The Filipino Mom Blog‘s Lunch Box Meme.

One of my favorite baon for lunch is making my own green salad with tuna. For today, my green salad comprises of Spinach and Baby Rocket Leaves, Tomatoes and Olives. My choice of dressing for today is French dressing.

On some days my green salad varies when I feel like adding carrot sticks and using a different dressing like Caesar, Italian or Balsamic Vinegar.

Happy Lunch!

For my first entry to the Lunch Box Meme, I will share with you how I made a Grilled Chicken Wrap for our baon today.

Grilled Chicken Wrap

I used Tortilla Wraps for the wrap, grilled chicken and spinach and rocket leaves as ingredients.

Wrap and veggies

First layer: Spinach and Rocket leaves

added the grilled chicken

Second layer: Grilled Chicken

added banana ketchup

Third layer: Sauce (in this instance, the husband requested for Ketchup)

wrap with in foil

Roll the wrap in foil.


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