Filipino Dishes

I was looking for dishes to study how to cook.

I hand-picked these from a Pinoy Cooking Recipes site:

Tinolang Manok

Adobong Sitaw

Beef Steak

Beef in Corn and Cream of Mushroom

Beef Tapa

Beef with Brocolli

Chicken Afritada

Chicken Chopseuy

Daing na Bangus

Fried Tofu in Oyster Sauce

Ginataang Hipon sa Kalabasa

Ginataang Manok with Quail Eggs

Pakbet

Seafood Ginataan

Sinigang na Hipon

Veggies with Quail Eggs

I’m a bit nervous doing this ’cause I would have to eat it no matter what it ends up tasting like. I can’t let anything go to waste.

Gotta be optimistic about this, though.

Besides, what’s the worst that could happen?

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Meal Planning

One of the consequences of living by yourself is this: LACK OF FOOD.

I realized that 5 minutes after moving in. And reality sinks in each time my stomach rumbles. I have nothing to eat here.

This carries me through a cycle with several stages.

Stage 1 – Brainstorming

  • Staring into space thinking What to eat? What to eat? 
  • Ransacking through my apartment
  • Thinking I can order some food
  • Remembering that I cant afford to order food
  • Deciding to go out and get food

Stage 2 – Wandering

  • Walking around the neighborhood
  • Looking for a place to buy food
  • Seeing something I like
  • Wondering if I can get something else
  • Moving on

Stage 3 – Decision-making

  • Making sure that what I would buy is within my budget
  • Settling to buy food that’s most convenient to eat at the time
  • Going back home

I kept this cycle because I’m still saving up for a fridge. I keep thinking, I’m going to have better eating habits when I have stock and I can cook.

I have come to a point when I just need to put my foot down.

It. Has. Got. To. Stop.

Hence, I started a Meal Planner.

Meal Planner

It’s difficult to think of meals that would help me have a balanced diet.

This is what I’m looking for in food:

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The only way for me to save a bit is to plan my meals ahead instead of buying whatever comes to mind when I have a budget.

I wrote down some dishes to get me started with this.

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With this meal planning, I’ll have to study how to cook.

Man, I’m sure this would be harder than I think.