like i have mentioned before i am far from a culinary expert in the kitchen
but my mom on other hand is the best cook
i know, i know, everyone thinks their mom is the best cook
but my mom is seriously the best cook
when i'm in the kitchen i try to make
traditional filipino foods that my mom made for me growing up
it's nice knowing that my girls are enjoying the same food that i grew up eating
and like my mom often says, she won't be around forever,
so i have to learn her recipes now
the only downside with learning to cook from my mom is
she doesn't measure ingredients when she cooks
so when she is telling me how to make something it goes something like this
my mom: ok, now add a little bit of this, a little bit of that
me: what's a little bit mom?
my mom: oh, you know, a little bit...
oh man! i tell you there have been times
when i have been crying over the stove thinking that it's not working,
telling my hubs he better run out and get some dinner and voila!
it somehow turns out and tastes just like (well not just like) my moms!
so, i'm going to share with you a fairly simple filipino dish called
ampalaya (bitter melon) with egg
it's a fairly simple recipe and bitter melon is very nutritious
don't be turned off by it's name because it is very delicious!
and don't worry i include measurements!
ingredients you will need:
3 medium sized ampalaya or bitter gourd, sliced thinly
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 onion sliced thinly
3 tomatoes, diced
4 eggs, beaten
some salt and pepper to taste
fish sauce to taste
1. in a pan, saute garlic, onion, and tomatoes until slightly tender
add some patis or fish sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
2. add ampalaya and 1/2 cup of water. let it simmer for 5 minutes.
3. when ampalaya is tender, stir in the beaten eggs and cook for another 5 minutes. the ampalaya should be a light green colour, if it's dark green, it has been overcooked.
**you don't want to cover cook the ampalaya! it taste best when it still has a bit of crunch when eaten**
serve over jasmine rice by itself or as a side dish.
taste super delicious when paired with
any kind of barbeque dish!
it's quick, healthy and delicious! and my girls love it!