Suman sa Ibos with Peanut Butter toppings

I love native snacks or “kakanin” in local dialect, usually made from glutinous rice  like suman, biko, sapin-sapin, puto-bumbong and many more. Today I have this Suman sa ibos which I bought from a kakanin vendor, I usually dip this in brown sugar or if there’s no brown, to white sugar.

 Suman-sa-ibos-with-peanut-butter-toppings

Anyways, I feel like a little adventurous today (naks!) I have a bottle of peanut butter here, why not try it since peanut butter naman is sweet di ba and it adds another flavor pa to the usual taste of suman.

Suman sa Ibus/ibos – A ubiquitous variety of suman in the Philippines, the glutinous rice is washed, and is then mixed with salt and coconut milk. The mixture is poured over pre-made coil containers of young palm leaves called Ibus or Ibos, and fixed with the leaf’s central shaft. This is then steamed using water mixed with “luyang dilaw” (turmeric) — giving it that distinctly yellow colour — and served either with a mixture of shredded coconut and sugar, or latik — (reduce coconut milk until white lumps form and simmer until golden brown). source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suman_%28food%29

 Suman-sa-ibos-with-peanut-butter-toppings snack??

So there… believe me it’s really good, I can’t wait for “Manang Magsusuman” (the vendor) to come back and buy another bunch of suman…lol. I’m sure even kids will love it.  Nice to have it for meryenda (afternoon snack) with hot cup of coffee or salabat (ginger tea) on the side or even for breakfast.

You should try it too.. Chow!!!

Designing Your Dream Kitchen

kitchen

The kitchen is one of the places in your home where everyone gathers during dinner time, at holidays and on other special occasions. Along with being beautiful, the kitchen must also be functional so you and your family can properly store and cook food. If you are thinking about starting to redesign your kitchen, here are the steps you will need to take to get the kitchen of your dreams.

Understand What You Want
Before making any plans with the professionals, you will want to sit down and think about what you want to get from kitchen redesign. Are you looking to upgrade counter tops, cabinets and appliances? Will your redesign include changing the configuration of the kitchen? Once you have an idea in your mind, you can take the next step to find someone who will be able to bring your vision to life.

Hire a Kitchen Designer
A designer that is an expert on kitchens, such as Deerfield Custom Kitchen Design, will be what you want in a professional. Like any other professional that offers a services, you will want to see if you can get some references from friends and family to start your search. Once you have a few names, you can begin the selection process. You will want to schedule a consultation and ask for an estimate. You will also want to study their portfolio of work to see if their eye for design can complement the vision you have for your own kitchen.

Learn About the Process
Your designer will take on many different jobs to get your kitchen looking they way you have imagined. They will not only create the design, but they will also serve as the materials buyer in many cases. When it comes to getting the materials you need, your designer should have at least one go-to kitchen material supplier where they can get the materials they need to make your kitchen look exactly how you want.

Your designer will also be in charge of overseeing the work done. They will often hire the contractors needed to complete demolition, install cabinets, install plumbing and setting the counter tops.

While kitchen remodels can leave you without one of the most important rooms in your home for a little while, it is worth it on many levels. Not only will you have a beautiful kitchen you can enjoy, but you will also be adding value to your home.

My Creamier Prawn Casserole

I got curious with these new cream-based sauce from Clara Olé, will it really delivered a creamier taste for my dish using one of these products? Creamy tomato, Carbonara pasta sauce and lastly, the Béchamel White sauce.

Creamy Prawn Casserole

Creamy Prawn Casserole

For this dish I used the Béchamel white sauce for my Prawn casserole.  A recipe I found at the back of the packaging. Though I followed the directions plus the ingredients, I cannot help adding my own version.. that’s the beauty of cooking, you can make your own preference and or start from scratch to create new recipe.  :)

Prawn Casserole ingredients

Prawn Casserole ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • minced garlic
  • 1 med. onion chopped
  • 1 canned button mushroom 250grms
  • 1 pack mixed veggies (carrot, green peas, corn)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper quartered
  • 250 grms. shelled prawns (available in the market)
  • 1 pouch Clara Olé Béchamel White sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chili and garlic powder for added taste

Cooking Preparation:

  1. Saute garlic and onion in butter
  2. Add in mushrooms, mixed veggies and bell pepper, cook for a minute or two
  3. Add prawns and cook over medium heat until done.
  4. Pour Clara Olé Béchamel White sauce, lower the heat and continue simmering for 3 minutes
  5. Season to taste.
  6. Sprinkle with chili and garlic powder for added taste and heat (optional)
  7. Serve with steamed rice or freshly toasted bread.
Prawn Casserole with chili and garlic powder

Prawn Casserole with chili and garlic powder

I can honestly say, creaminess of this Clara Olé Béchamel White sauce gives this dish a new dimension in the palate, so rich and flavorful and yet hindi nakakaumay (not overwhelming).

I also cooked a delectable tomato pasta using Clara Olé Tomato Pasta – Creamy Tomato Pasta delight in my Happy Meals site.

For updates and new recipes, visit www.claraole.com or like their Facebook page www.Facebook.com/myclaraole or follow via Instagram @ClaraOlePH and share your unforgettable cooking encounters and dining experiences using Clara Olé Carbonara, Béchamel White Sauce and Creamy Tomato. You can even catch exciting Clara Olé “Pot Sessions: A Cook Without A Book” adventure webisode series via their Facebook app: https://www.facebook.com/myclaraole/app_566691690034303.

Disclosure: I was given a product sample to try and review, all opinions are 100% mine.

 

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