Anne’s Chicken Pasta

8 04 2016

with prawn

Recipe Author : Anne Daen

Serving : 5 or 3 hungry individual 🙂


250 grams chicken breast cut into cubes

1 egg

2 tbsp cornstarch

Salt and Pepper to taste


4 cloves garlic sliced thinly

Olive Oil

4 tbsp canned diced tomato

3 tbsp Pesto Sauce in a Jar

Button mushrooms, sliced

10 pcs Cherry Tomatoes

Black Olives

Chili Flakes

1 tbsp butter

Parmesan Cheese


400 grams Barilla Spaghettini or Spaghetti noodles cooked per package direction




  1. Beat egg and season with salt and pepper then add 1 tbsp pesto sauce. Add chopped chicken and marinate for 15-30 mins. Add cornstarch.
  2. Fry chicken in olive oil in batches until cooked through. Set aside.
  3. On the same pan, fry garlic under low fire. Add more olive oil as necessary. When garlic is almost brown, add in the mushrooms. Saute until cooked through. Add in the diced tomatoes. Pesto Sauce ( may be a combination of the Pesto Genovese and Pesto Siciliana). Saute well. Add the olives and Cherry Tomatoes. Chili Flakes. Salt Pepper.
  4. Put back the chicken pcs and saute again.
  5. Adjust for final seasoning.
  6. Cook the noodles just in time before your sauce is fully cooked. Spaghettini cooks in 5 minutes, Spaghetti in 8.
  7. Once the noodles are cooked, transfer the noodles immediately to the pan with the sauce. No need to drain, just make sure that there is not too much pasta water that goes into the sauce. Mix very well.
  8. Finish off with generous amount of Parmesan Cheese and Olive Oil.
  9. You can serve with Salad Greens that are tossed with light olive oil. Mix it with the pasta, masarap pramis 🙂


Anne’s Bacon Pasta

Omit the chicken, Fry bacon pieces and render fat then proceed to direction 3. You may set aside first the excess bacon fat or may use all (ur call ngyihihi)


Anne’s Tuna Pasta

Omit the chicken, replace with 2 cans of Tuna in Olive Oil.

Reduce the pesto sauce to 1 tbsp only

Add lemon zest – 1 tsp

Serve with Lemon Slices


*Feel free to add parsley to any of the pasta versions.

Brand of Spaghetti and Pesto Sauces that I used.




Anne’s Pinoy Porchetta

19 10 2015

Anne's Pinoy Porchetta

~ This Crispy, Crackling Pork Skin, Fatty Melt in Your Mouth Pork Belly, and Moist Shoulder (or loin) are rolled together in every bite. It’s pork three ways, in one amazing dish! 🙂

Yey! Welcome! 🙂

You are here so I assume 3 things about you.

  1. You love to cook.
  2. You have patience.
  3. You are craving for Lechon 🙂

Actually there are a lot more reasons why you are here reading this blog.

I don’t want to bore you. I am not telling you the history of Porchetta!

Anyhow, quick info about this recipe. According to Wikipedia, Porchetta [porˈketta] is a savoury, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition.

The original version includes rosemary, sage and fennel. Yayamanin ganyan 🙂

My version is the Pinoy style, but if you like to use the original recipe, go ahead. Maliit na bagay 🙂

Making Porchetta takes a lot of patience. I mean a lot! You will find yourself in the kitchen for more than 5 hours.

I can only guarantee your success if your oven has a rotisserie function. This is the best option as it cooks the pork all through out and without the need for constant supervision. If your oven does not have a rotisserie function, you can still do this but please don’t come back to me saying I wasted your time and effort and money.

I have warned you, yes?

Also, most of the recipes online won’t reveal to you the secrets to that perfect crackling. I am not going to do that to you. I will teach you how to get that crackling that every Lechon lover fights for!

Enough of the talking. Let’s get Started.


1.5 KG Pork Liempo

Kitchen Twine

500ml boiling water

Marinade Ingredients

Salt. Pepper

3 Stalks Lemon Grass

5 stalks spring onion

1 Knob Garlic

3 Pieces Dried Laurel Leaf

1 Chopped Onion ( pan fried)

1 Tsp Oil ( neutral like Canola, or Vegetable Oil)

1 Maggic Sarap or Any Seasoning

Preparing the Pork ( adapted from Kylie Kwong’s recipe for Crispy Soy Roasted Pork Belly)

Place pork belly, skin-side up, on a wire rack over the sink. Pour over boiling water to scald the pork skin – this will help the skin crisp up into crunchy crackling.

Pat rind thoroughly dry with kitchen paper and place pork, uncovered, in refrigerator for two hours.

Remove pork from fridge and place, skin-side up, on a chopping board. Using the tip of a sharp knife, stab the pork skin repeatedly until the surface is covered with holes, being careful not to go all the way through. Turn the pork belly over and make cuts about 2cm apart and 1cm deep.

Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Rub marinade evenly over the flesh side of the pork (not the skin) and massage well into the cuts. Place the marinade in the pork and tie the pork. Some of the garlic or lemon grass stalks may not fit in but just try your best to stick everything in it. At this point I would insert the rotisserie stick while tying the pork to get everything tucked in.

Reference Video – Tying A Rolled Pork Loin

Place pork, skin-side up, on a wire rack (this same rack will be used for roasting the pork, so make sure it is ovenproof and fits inside a roasting tin) and place over a tray or large plate to catch any drips. Place in refrigerator and leave pork uncovered overnight, during which time the skin will dry out. The drier the skin, the better the crackling when roasted.

Pre heat the oven and set temperature to 160C.

Put Oil in the pork skin and season generously with salt.

Place the pork in rotisserie function and begin roasting at 160C, for 4 hours. Nice and Slow. 🙂

After 4 hours, crank the heat up to 220C (430F), this is where your crackling happens.

Stop the rotisserie from rotating so that one side of the pork gets direct heat from the oven. Please make sure that you closely monitor this as it can easily burn at this point. Rotate and Stop and Crackle until all the skin are crispy 🙂

Cut the pork and make sure to remove the kitchen twine before serving.

Serve with Mang Tomas, Chili Toyo Mansi or Chili Garlic Vinegar.

If you try this recipe, please let me know how it turned out 🙂

Moving On – is it even possible?

29 09 2015
Image from Fantasticimage4u

Image from Fantasticimage4u

On breaking up and being on the other end of the story, yung iniwan, in short.

I too have a fair share of heartbreaking stories, similar to what you might be going through today.

I have always connected the pain of breaking up with someone to the Stages of Grief. I am serious.

Let me tell you why.

Stages of Grief

Denial – What in the world have I done wrong? This is not over yet!

Sounds familiar? One day you two are ok, the next day he is begging for his freedom.

For the most part, especially if coming out from a long term relationship, being with that person is a part of a daily routine. Taking him out of your system means like turning off the TV in the middle of watching Aldub.

It is devastating. You deny, for days, or weeks. Masakit.

Anger – Anong feeling niya, hindi lang sya ang lalake sa mundo!!!

And here comes anger, or call it rage if you will. This is where all the bitterness comes in. You will start posting FB status that is full of nothing but bitterness. Ang sinasabi ko sa yo ate, ang ampalaya kinakain yan, hindi inuugali.

Pero sige. I proseso mo yan.

It is difficult to realize and see that all of your efforts are slowly coming down the drain. This is the stage where you will think of all the things that you have done in the name of love. Ang tanga ko ba? Probably, but know that whatever you have done before, you have done it out of love. No regrets na lang, if kaya mo.

BargainingPuwede bang humingi ng 2nd chance?

Di ka naman kasi tumitigil sa kaka emote sa kanta ng Up Dharma Down.

Sa hindi inaaasahang
Pagtatagpo ng mga mundo
May minsan lang na nagdugtong,
Damang dama na ang ugong nito.
Di pa ba sapat ang sakit at lahat
Na hinding hindi ko ipararanas saýo
Ibinubunyag ka ng iyong mata
Sumisigaw ng pag-sinta.
At this stage, you will feel desperate. You will feel that you can still save the relationship, because who would even want to start all over again? … and the fear of not finding that person that can ultimately make your knees so weak, dahil in love na in love ka.
Fortunately, di nakasama sa pag aamok stage mo ang pagbura ng kanyang mobile number, at pag uunfriend sa kanya sa facebook, or instagram or twitter.
You will start bargaining, to the point that you might be losing your own self respect. Pa enter ka na sa “desperada mode”.
Wag ganyan. Tigilan mo yan. Isama mo na ang pagtigil pansamantala sa pakikinig sa kantang “Tadhana”.
Depression – Ayoko ng mabuhay. Lahat ng bagay, it reminds me of him.
Medyo maarte ka sa puntong ito, pero alam ko yang pakiramdam na yan. Depression stage is kind of tricky pa nga for some because they tend to mask the pain with fake smiles and laughters. For example at work, you will pretend to be all ok and happy.. but it is at the end of the day, pag nag uwian na silang lahat, that is when you will feel the emptiness. Parang may kulang. Parang abnormal. Ayoko ng mabuhay. Ayan ka na naman.
I would say deal with the pain. Acknowledge that you are in a situation where you have nothing to do but process it. There are no short cuts in moving on. Mahirap. I know.
Acceptance –  Mahirap, pero kaya ko! :’)

Days will pass by, miserable ka, hindi ka kumakain. Kulang na lang mag hibernate ka. Hindi mo kinakausap ang mga kaibigan mo. All of a sudden, you distant yourself. You don’t want to discuss anything with friends, because telling the story all over again revives the pain, and before you know it, nasa stage 1 ka na naman. Wag ganun, dahil nasa stage 5 ka na e. Konti na lang.

Akala mo mahirap, hindi naman pala.

Akala mo hindi ka makaka move on… kayang kaya naman pala.

Akala mo it will take years, pero 2 months lang and you are all ok na.

All I can say is, tama ka sa punto na mahirap. Oo nakakabaliw. Oo minsan feeling mo talaga pasan mo ang daigdig, and that feeling ng iniwan, at the time na akala mo perfect na ang lahat.

Yung pakiramdam na kung pwede lang sana humingi ng 2nd chance and you will make everything right.

The sad truth in relationship is it’s a two way deal.

Kahit gawin mo ang lahat, if the other person feels that it is over , then it is over.

Basta ang masasabi ko, kaya mo yan 🙂

Tapos kapag naka move on ka na at lahat, saka siya babalik na para bang walang nangyari.

Tatanggapin mo ba? Pag usapan naten yan sa sunod.. 🙂

Chicken Popcorn

29 09 2015
Chicken Popcorn

Chicken Popcorn

I have finally been able to make chicken popcorn that tastes similar to KFC’s, well, that’s my child’s statement and I take his word for it 🙂

Again, chicken.

Kids these days does not recognize any form of protein but the good old chicken.

This recipe is very easy and you might even ask, is that it?

Yes that’s all you need. Less than 10 ingredients, and you are done in 15 minutes.


1 pc chicken breast cut in small pieces

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup tempura flour ( available on most groceries)

1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

salt, pepper to taste

onion powder, garlic powder, paprika to taste


  1. Place chopped chicken in a bowl, add beaten egg, salt, pepper,onion powder, garlic powder , paprika – mix well.
  2. Add in tempura flour
  3. Add in Panko bread crumbs
  4. Mix until fully incorporated
  5. Use a spoon when deep frying each pieces. Fry until golden brown, for about 2 minutes.
  6. Place remaining chicken in a container, and store in chiller. Recommend to use within 2 days.
  7. Serve with mushroom gravy ( store bought, McCormick Mushroom Gravy available at local grocery stores)

Note : You can absolutely make your own tempura flour by mixing cornstarch, baking powder and rice flour.

I have the ready mix in my pantry that’s why it is the one I used.

Oatmeal Chicken Nuggets

29 09 2015
Oatmeal Chicken Nuggets

Oatmeal Chicken Nuggets

Admit it, if only your child can utter the words “chicken nuggets” at 9 months old, it will be his first words.

He will eat chicken nuggets at a restaurant, at your favorite Fast Food Chain, and he will tirelessly point at it at the frozen section of your local grocery.

Instead of getting frustrated, take this as an opportunity to turn things around. Show your child who’s the boss. Just kidding.

Make a batch of this homemade chicken nuggets with oatmeal. You can sneak in any veggies of choice. If your child is a picky eater and squirms at the sight of the color green , or any chunks of veggies, you can go ahead and use a food processor to finely chop the veggies. Out of sight, out of mind.

Please try and let me know how it turns out. Let me warn you that this chicken nuggets  tastes so good it will be far from the taste of that chicken nuggets from the frozen section, and the great news is, it is made of nothing but the good stuff for your child.

At least for this one, you know what’s in it. Admit it that you too feel horrible when eating store bought nuggets. This one has no preservatives, and it is packed with nothing but good food for your child.

I hope your child enjoys this, and calls you a supermom, if your lucky 🙂


2 pcs chicken breast, minced

1/4 cup oatmeal, use a food processor to transform it to a fine powder, similar to breadcrumbs.

2 eggs, beaten ( 1 for the mixture, 1 for the breading station)

salt, pepper to taste

onion powder, garlic powder, paprika to taste


You may choose 1 of the following as additional veggie

1 potato, boiled and mashed

1 carrot, boiled and mashed

broccoli, spinach, any green leafy veggie your kid likes.


  1. Combine minced chicken, oatmeal, 1 egg, salt , pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika and your choice of veggie in a bowl.
  2. Place in the chiller for 1-2 hours to set. This will help in ease of forming the nuggets to your desired shape. Using fancy animal or heart shaped molds may not be ideal as the mixture can be sticky.
  3. Shape the nuggets into the traditional rectangle nuggets size. Try to make all the pieces at the same shape and size and thickness to allow even cooking.
  4. For the Breading Station, prepare 1 egg beaten and Flour on a separate plate. Season both with salt and pepper, onion powder to taste.
  5. Dip each chicken pieces first to the egg, then to the flour.
  6. Lay on a tray with parchment paper and place on the freezer to set before placing the nuggets in ziploc bags
  7. Label the ziploc bags and indicate the date. These nuggets are a freezer friendly meal that can stay longer than 1 week but I always recommend to consume the nuggets within 4 days.
  8. Deep Fry in oil, ensure the nuggets are cooked all through out before serving.
  9. Pair it with mashed potatoes and any condiments that your child likes ( tomato ketchup, barbeque sauce, honey mustard dip)

Open Letter to my Miguel

25 07 2014
My love :)

My love 🙂
















My Dearest Miguel,

I know you can’t read yet, all the more be able to write me back, but I am writing this letter
for you, hoping someday you’ll get to read it, and be thankful that I am your mom 🙂 just kidding.

Today is July 25,2014, and you are 4 years and 7 mos. A few more months and you will be 5.
How time flies? I can still remember that first night we went home after I gave birth. I didn’t sleep that night.
I watched over you like a crazy woman, so scared that If I fell asleep, i won’t be able to hear you cry when you’re hungry.


Turns out that even your tiny tiny sneeze, and subtle movement, is like somehow connected to my consciousness.
It is one of the mommy super powers I acquired, and I am proud of it 🙂

Everyday is a struggle whenever I leave for work, because part of me says I should be there with you at all times, but part of
me justifies that I have to work hard, as much as how your Papa works, because that is how it is. We are a team.

And so, I bear with that hurtful feeling each and every time I leave. That is EVERYDAY anak. Whether you are happily waving at me,
or you show me that saddest face, the guilt feeling is the same. It is difficult.

If I can be wherever you are, I would, but the thing is, I can’t and shouldn’t. You need to be able to stand on your own, without any of my shadows.
And so i thought, I will let you know what’s on my mind and on my prayers.

Toddler Days

I pray..
1. That you will always remember that I love you, even at times when you say, “Mama is angry to me again”
2. That you learn how to love your vegetables and fruits, its good for you.
3. That you will outgrow your allergies to peanuts and eggs, so that you can enjoy the food, and not have to go to me
to check the food label to see if you can eat or not.
4. That when it is time to let you try to commute on your own, I can collect all the bravery that I need, to let you go and be free.
I pray that you will always be careful when crossing the streets ( please do not EVER cross if the green man is not on), be careful when standing
on subway platforms, be careful when alighting the bus, be careful when getting on and off escalators. And that you will give your seat to the elderly, no matter how tired you were.
5. That you will have your own set of friends, that mama will be very happy to welcome in our home, to have your Saturday game day, or whatever
you call it nowadays.
6. That you will find yourself a good sport that you can excel.
7. That you will find yourself a good hobby to spend your extra time , if any 🙂
8. I pray that God protects you from all harm, calamity, accidents, bad guys, sickness, etc.

Teenage Days, here we go..

I Pray..
1. That you will focus on your studies. period.
2. That if you wish to have a tattoo, you will acknowlege and stick by our aggreement that I will have a vote on which tattoo to have, and on which area of your body to put it on > take it or leave it anak 🙂
3. That if you decided to stay late or sleep on a friends home, that you will always ask our permission. Always.
4. That you will not be interested in extreme sports ( skateboarding and those bikes that flip in the air, please God no 🙂
5. That you will try smoking and dislikes it. That you will not try drugs. EVER. Please don’t.
6. That if the time comes that you will go home and present me your girlfriend, I pray that I would be able to accept her, and no longer have to activate my “Bella Flores” mode,
and finally acknowledge that my miggyboy is no longer a baby :’)
7. That we would be able to support you with the best education any parent can give.
8. That you will find a job that is suitable and stable /sustainable to support living the life you want, and so that you can finally buy me that LV bag you promised when you were 4 yrs old. Yes anak you promised it. It is written in my notebook. Yes i took it seriously. Move on 🙂

I Promise..
1. That i will try to be a perfect mom, atleast to your eyes anak. It is difficult, but I will try.
2. That you have my loyalty. At all times.
3. That I will try to be kinder, and free myself from stress, so that I won’t have to shout, or yell, just because of simple nonsense things.
4. That I will take care of myself, so that I can take of you, even when you no longer need it.
5. That I will work hard, to provide you the things that you need, and the things you want ( on occasional basis)

Please know that I love you very much. That up to this day, there is never a time that I did not wake up in the middle of the night
each time you have a bad dream, or each time you attempted to sleep walk (tell me about it).
Please know that I regret the times when I made a bad decision that concerns you. I am telling you, any decision about you
and your well being, will always be the toughest for me, but I will try my best to be better.
Please know that I thank you, for each and every time that you have forgiven me, #mommyTantrums.
Please know that I thank you, for each and every time you say that I am your best friend (usually when Papa is not around, watdahek I’d take it) :’)
Please know that I thank you, for each and every time you say that you like my new shoes, or my new blouse or how my earrings are very nice,
or why I am wearing a katupat as my necklace. Hahaha! ( katupat : The katupat is a rice pouch made from the blades of coconut tree fronds, shaped like a diamond)

Please know that you are my one and only love, my sunshine, my chikik.
I have come to accept that “me time” can wait, specially when you are around. I will close that book, or that
gadget, instead of being annoyed because of that feeling that you are disturbing me.
I will give you all the time I have anak. All of it. All-of-it.
Thank you for filling my heart with joy. Thank you for making me experience that I am capable of loving someone, beyond myself.
Thank you for all that you are. I am forever grateful for you my Miguel.

I pray that God will bless you abundantly, and care and protect you, all the days of your life.

I love you always – love, Mama Anne :’)

# thoughts that are put into writing during
my boring mrt ride,because i was supposed to be playing farmville, but your bestfriend won’t give me the access 😉

Anne’s Asian Pork Lettuce Wrap

4 06 2013


Anne’s Asian Pork Lettuce Wrap

Although there are similar recipes compared to this Asian Pork Lettuce Wrap, I am
still claiming that this is “my” recipe 🙂

It is again a combination of the numerous recipes I have read over the internet during
my mrt rides on my way home. I cannot even remember if the recipes I have
collaborated with are recipes for lettuce wrap or basic pork stir fry. But that is no
longer important. I guess 🙂
It was originally meant to be as a regular dish, served with steamed rice, but so I
thought, why not serve it with fresh lettuce? and that idea worked. well its not
rocket science. but it worked. A few happy tummy’s later, here I am happily writing
the recipe, to share it with you guys.
This takes a little bit of hardwork, patience and love. But if you are serving this to
family and friends, let your passion for cooking come out of this dish, and you will
never regret all the effort.

Here’s the complete list of what you need and what you need to do 🙂


1 kg pork loin ( sliced thinly)
Bunch of Green Onions sliced 1 inch long
1 whole white onion sliced thinly
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 can button mushroom, sliced thinly
1 big sized green bell pepper, sliced in cubes
1 knorr chicken bouillon cube
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp shao xing rice wine
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp peanut oil
vegetable oil for pan frying
salt and pepper
sesame seeds for garnish ( optional)
fresh lettuce cups

1 egg
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch ( or corn flour whatever you want to call it) 🙂

1. Combine all the marinade ingredients except the cornstarch. Marinade for 30
minutes to 1 hour. Then mix in the cornstarch.
2. Using the vegetable oil, Pan fry the meat in high heat, 1 minute each side. You are
not completely cooking the pork but just browning it. Fry in batches. 10 batches for 1
kg of meat, or depends on how big is your wok. Do not over crowd. Very important.
I’ll explain later.
3. Once all are cooked, set aside the pork. You might want to slice your pork even more thinly. Your choice.
4. On the same pan, pour in your peanut oil, then saute garlic and onions until soft (
caramelized), then add in the mushrooms. cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring
5. Add in your chicken bouillon cube, oyster sauce, soy sauce. Saute again. Then
add in your pork. Mix and season with salt and pepper, and sugar. Cover for 5
6. Taste. Adjust seasoning if needed ( more oyster sauce, or a little more soy
sauce). Be easy on it. You dont want it to be super salty.
7. Add in now the 1 tbsp of shao xing wine. Let it simmer uncovered so that the
wine will cook thoroughly and the wine smell evaporates.
8. Add in your green bell peppers and green onions. Saute then cover for 2 minutes
9. Add 1 tsp of sesame oil.
10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.
11. Serve along side your lettuce wraps and steamed rice.

Answers to your questions. I am answering in order of the ingredients list, then the procedure list, to stay in focus. lol.
>> Yes I already know your questions, thank me later 🙂

1. Yes you may use beef or chicken, or minced pork instead of pork slices. Fish don’t work as well.
2. Yes you can ommit the spring onions. But your dish will not be as pretty 🙂
3. Yes, yes.. red onion is fine, if that is what is available in your pantry now.
4. Button mushroom is a personal choice, but I guess shitaake would work just fine. your choice.
5. No you cannot use red, yellow or purple bell bepper ( yes there’s a purple one)
The flavor of green bell pepper is one of the distinctive taste on this dish, you don’t wanna miss that. trust me.
6. No you cannot skip any one of the chinese basics ( oyster sauce, light soya sauce, sesame oil and shao xing rice wine)
7. Yes you may skip on the peanut oil if you dont have any. But I recommend it. Recommend , but not required. Ok did I confused you? Haha!
8. Yes sesame seed is just for garnish. But remember, you eat with your eyes first. Enough said.
10. No you cannot skip the egg in your marinade, it is the one ingredient that makes your pork so soft. Do you want hard to chew pork? No? Ok point taken.
9. No you cannot fry the pork all together. Or fry it in three batches. You will end up steaming the pork and will not create that thin coating for the pork. This is crucial. Lol. Honestly. The Pork is the main star of the dish. You don’t want to screw it up.

Go ahead and try, and please let me hear the results. 🙂

Happy Cooking and Eating 🙂