Hobby: Cooking Home-style Lechon Paksiw

If one is to crave for food, one of his top choices will be Lechon. Lechon is a roasted pork which is famous in Spain as well as in our very own native land, the Philippines. But I do not know how to cook lechon the roasted type, so I will only teach you how to make Lechon Kawali or deep-fried pork. And later we will make use of this Lechon Kawali in making our Lechon Paksiw.

Here is how to cook Lechon Kawali:

Ingredients:   3/4 kilo of belly or bacon cut, salt, pepper, bay leaf, 2 cups of water for boiling and  cooking oil

Steps: 1. In a pressure cooker, tenderize the pork with 2 cups of water and add the pepper, salt, and bay leaf for 15 to 20 minutes. Use extra caution in using pressure cooker, you should read first the manual before using it. Then when the pressure settled down, get the pork and place it in a plate for cooling. You can place it inside the refrigerator when cooled to achieve the crispiness that you desire.

2. In a deep frying pan, heat the oil but be sure not to overheat it. Then place the cooled cooked pork. You can sprinkle cold water to make it more crispier. When the color turns golden brown, it is now cooked and ready to be served.

Now we know how to make Lechon Kawali, we will now make use of the lechon kawali for our lechon paksiw.

Most of us cook lechon paksiw due to the leftover lechon during celebrations. Lechon paksiw is cooking lechon in a cooked lechon sauce mix.

Here is how to cook Lechon Paksiw:

Ingredients:   cooked lechon kawali, 1/4 cup lechon sauce, 4 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 medium-sized chopped onion, bay leaf (laurel), 3 tablespoon of vinegar (depending on how you like it to taste), 4 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 tablespoon of liver spread (optional), 3 tablespoon of bread crumbs or crushed soda cracker, 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, pepper and salt.

Steps:    1. In a heated pan, saute’ the garlic and onion. Add in the lechon kawali and season it with bay leaf, vinegar, liver spread.

                 2. Pour the lechon sauce, next add the water and let it boil. Then sprinkle the bread crumbs or crushed soda cracker. Add pepper and salt to taste. And it is ready to be served. Makes 2 – 3 servings.

Experiment to form new dishes. Make cooking your hobby, and you will make everyone’s tummy happy. Until next time! 🙂

Hobby: Cooking Indian Adobo

Adobo is one of the most common and famous dish in the Philippines. And throughout the world, Filipinos are always associated with with menu. Cooking Adobo is easy. But sometimes, we need to add something in it to make it more exciting to eat. How about mixing Indian and Filipino culture in a dish? India is famous for their spicy foods mostly with curry powder as an ingredient. Now you know why I call it as Indian Adobo, it is because of the curry powder that I put on my Adobo. It’s very obvious I guess. (chuckles)

Here’s how to cook Indian Adobo:

In a hot frying pan, saute’ 3 cloves of chopped garlic and 1 medium sized onion, when golden brown, put the 1/2 adobo cut pork and cook it until near tender. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1 tablespoon fish sauce (patis). Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 3 laurel leaves and a bit of seasoning. Add 1 tablespoon of curry powder, this makes our Adobo yellowish in color. When it is nearly cooked that the vinegar and soy sauce are already absorbed by the meat, add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Then serve. 

Enjoy eating this authentic Filipino dish with a twist.

Hobby: Cooking Home-style Spaghetti

In a party, spaghetti is on the top of the list when it comes to pasta. Like in a children’s party, this pasta completes the whole menu to make the kids happy. So as my 3-year-old son, he really loves to eat spaghetti and would usually say it a “ghetti” to make it simpler but of course, I correct him every time he says it.

 Here is how I cook spaghetti just to satisfy my son:

  1. First, do the pasta. In a big casserole, fill it with 4 liters of hot water then add 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoon of cooking oil. When the water is boiling, pour the 1 kilo spaghetti noodles. Cook it for 8 minutes until it reached the desired al dente bite. Tip, be sure to stir your noodles when cooking to avoid burnt part and for the coil to separate each strand from the others. Then drain your noodle with a flowing tap water. Set aside
  2. To make the sauce, in a large non-stick pan, sauté 1 minced medium-sized onion and 4 cloves minced garlic until golden brown. Then add in 250 grams of ground pork or beef depending on what you desire. After 2 minutes add the 250 grams sliced hotdog. Pour 1 tablespoon fish sauce, a bit of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of salt, 4 grams of Maggi Magic Sarap, 1 tablespoon of sugar, mixed all ingredients. While stirring pour grated cheese to taste and let it melt with the ingredients. Pour 1 ½ kilo of spaghetti sauce, 250 grams of all-purpose cream and let it boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Be sure that your sauce is cooked-well. Gradually stir your sauce to avoid over-cooked bottom. When cooked, again gradually pour the sauce into the bowl of spaghetti noodle. Mixed until the entire noodle is covered with sauce. Add grated cheese on top. Spaghetti is ready to eat.

 You can make this home-style spaghetti for your kids. I’m pretty much sure that they will love it.

Hobby: Making Atchara or Atsara

When eating fried chicken or grilled-foods like BBQ or kebab, a perfect side dish for those is the atchara. Atchara or atsara is a condiment in the Philippines made mainly out of pickled unripe papaya. The papaya is shredded into thin strips.


How to make atchara:

 1. Prepare the shredded papaya. When done, put a bit salt before mashing it. The salt is used to make squeezing of the juice on the papaya easier. It is important to drain the papaya for it not to look lumpy. Then set aside.

 2. Next, prepare the other igredients. Slice 1 medium sized carrot (what I did with my atchara is, I also shredded it), slice 1 red bell pepper, 1 green chili, mince 2, slice 1 red onion. Then set aside.

 3. Make the syrup. In a pan, pour 355 ml vinegar, add in the garlic, onion, black pepper, a bit of salt, 1/4 sugar then let it boil. When on boiling point, add all the other ingredients plus seedless raisins (you can also add pineapple chucks). Then add the shredded unripe papaya, let it boil for 2 minutes before turning off the fire.

 Be sure to cool it down before transferring it to a container. Enjoy your side dish. ‘Til next dish. 🙂

Hobby: Photography

With all the beautiful wonders of the world and with all the catching moments of everyone’s life, it is no doubt that photography is one of the favorite hobbies of mankind. What really makes a good photo? Aside from the exemplary beauty that radiates in every subject to be captured, a good photographer must have that passion to look deeply within the subject. May it be a thing, place or a person, one must know what’s the story behind, what’s the history of the place and what’s the meaning of every smile or frown of the subject. This will definitely add to make the subject more interesting to capture and put into frames.

One must have the passion and drive to call himself as a photographer. The art of photography lies both the subject and the photographer because every good shot taken depends on how the person evaluates well the angle, the background, the lights that surrounds his subject. Some photographers focus on nature, some on events, others on animals, some on people, many on places, it only depends on their interests of what they desire to look into even for a hundred times.

Of course, one must have a good quality camera that will satisfy your admiration on things, places, people when put into pictures. There are some who really invest on making their cameras superb because they use them in their photography business while some they want high definition cameras only to meet their hobby of photography.

Whatever people say it, photography is one hobby that no one can’t resist. All you need is to have a heart and will to make good photos and capture good memories as well.

Hobby: Archery

In ancient times, archery has been a part of every battle, of every hunting. Even prehistoric people make it a habit to have bows and arrows on their hands because if they encounter opponents they can defend themselves. And if they come across a herd of animals, they have their bows and arrows to capture the preys.

For today, Google features this sport on their homepage, with one of the letters in the word GOOGLE as the target. This is in line with the 2012 London Olympics. 

During my college years, I also encountered this sport as one of my Physical education subjects. I got to experience handling a bow and an arrow on my hands then aim for the target at a distance. One thing to keep in mind when playing archery is to avoid the string of the bow to hit the left extremities of your hands because this will cause hematoma or a collection of blood outside the blood vessel on the affected area. Though dangerous in some ways, playing archery is a very exciting game especially when you hit the bull’s eye or the target.

In English folklore, Robin Hood is know as the best archer and swordsman. Many movies were made out of Robin Hood’s heroic life story. He robs the rich men and gave it to poor people.

Just play archery with caution and soon it will be your hobby. 

Hobby: Baking Cakes

Cakes are not only meant for those who have sweet tooth. Just a taste of it can brighten your day especially when it is exquisitely baked to finest. Oh I so love cakes! 

Cakes are present in most occasions. Kids love cakes for their birthdays. In a wedding, the slicing of it is one of the highlights of that important sweet moment for newly weds. According to traditions, the bigger the cake slice eaten the happier you can be. Even if traditions do not say that, a taste of a cake can make me smile what more a bigger slice of it that’s something.

Women love baking cakes. Although at first it will not look and taste perfect, but constant practice will make you a good cake baker. I know it may sound costly to have trial and errors in cake baking but the outcome of it is truly delightful – to bake a yummy and creamy cake for yourself and for others. 

Make it your hobby. Share your baked cakes to others! Share happiness with every bite of it! 

Hobby: Playing Tennis

When I was 13, I remember playing tennis with my classmates. We played on one of the pathways of our school. We didn’t took the liberty of knowing if the road is safe for us to play, then suddenly I stumbled and my knees were then bruised and wounded.

What’s with playing tennis that makes every sports enthusiasts love it more? Tennis is a sport played by two players or two teams composed of two players each. If played by 2s it is called singles and if two teams, it is called doubles. Players have rackets on their hand to strike the ball towards the side of the opponent. The objective of the game is to score by striking the ball towards your opponent’s side then hope he’ll miss it.

Another which makes me like tennis is the fact that it will trim down your body into its perfect shape. I just wish I have more idle time to use and play tennis.

May it be indoor or outdoor, tennis is a very good sport for everyone. Go to the nearest tennis court in your place and move your body like you’ve never moved it before. And see the result in few weeks time, for sure you’ll be amaze on how your new body will look, a whole new you. Make it your hobby, play tennis!

Hobby: Watching Movies

I’m pretty sure that most of you love to watch movies. A movie-marathon perhaps is one of your past-time, your hobby. A popcorn on one hand and a cold drink on the other will definitely complete your movie watching.

For lovers, watching movie is on the top to-go-list. An intimate moment while watching movie at theaters and movie houses is preferred mostly by lovers. With this, you’ll get to know the feelings, emotions and interests of your partner while enjoying the movie at a cozy place.

For families, movie watching is one way to bond together. Our busy lives sometime hinder us from spending some quality time together thus causing little family feuds. But when you schedule a bonding activity like movie watching, these little misunderstandings will perish eventually.

In school, watching a movie is one educational activity that will help the students learn more about life. A movie with good material is sometimes chosen for movie analysis. Students will have to grasp the essence and lesson learned on the movie and jot them down on their reaction papers. With this, students will learn and enjoy school at the same time.

So, let us all support the movie industry. Who wants to live in a world with no movies? That will be a totally dull world if that happens. Make watching movies as your hobby.

Hobby: Wall Climbing

Dream of having climb Mt. Everest? Hey, hey, hey… you have a very difficult dream to reach. If you really desire to be literally on top and thinking of conquering your fear, why not try wall climbing. Instead of going to mountainous areas and putting your life at risk, no offense meant of course to those who are adventure seeker, give yourself a thought of experiencing heights the safest way.

rock climbing wall

Wall climbing is an indoor and outdoor sport which uses a very sturdy artificially made climbing wall made out of brick, wood or nowadays multiplex brand. There are climbing holds that are securely attached on the wall for climbers to cling in to. A heavy-duty rope is attached on the body of the climber to assure his safety.

You can attain a physically fit body after a series of scheduled wall climbing. An increase in stamina is manifested by engaging in this kind of sport. Not only that, you will be mentally fit because you will think of strategies to reach the top the safe and easy way without putting so much strain on your body.

Interested? Visit your local sports area to see if a climbing wall is available on their amenities. Just don’t forget to wear proper outfit with safety gear of course and one thing, think first if your body is ready to experience this kind of sport before doing it. Put wall climbing on your list of hobbies, you’ll surely find this sport very interesting.