Foodie at Home in Bacolod

We enjoy going out to eat in local restaurants several times each week but my wife and I agree that the best food we enjoy is made at home. Eating for Filipinos doesn’t seem to be a problem but some expats are picky about their variety of food and I am to some extent but not overboard. I don’t require my food to be imported from the USA, Europe, Australia or New Zealand. There are a few food items, which are part of my diet, that just aren’t produced in the Philippines, so yeah, I buy those imported items as needed.

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. For me, I often eat Brunch instead of breakfast but I do have a few breakfast favorites. Rolled Oats, which are imported from Australia, is one. Grits, imported from the USA, is another. Grits consist of coarsely ground white corn and served as a thick porridge. I enjoy pancakes and my favorite one step hotcake mix is a product of the Philippines. It is Pillsbury Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Hotcake Mix, readily available at SM Supermarket.

Eggs Benedict

One of my real favorite breakfast foods is Eggs Benedict. There are probably many recipes for this delightful dish but I have my own. An egg poacher is not required! I start with 3 cups of water in a deep wok. I add one capfull of white vinegar and bring the water to a boil. To make things easy, I crack each egg into a separate, small coffee cup and just slide the eggs into the boiling water in the wok. One at a time. My eggs are usually ready in 2-3 minutes and are still over easy but cooked with enough heat for safe eating. During the process of poaching the eggs, I also have my English muffins split and in the toaster. I have my Canadian Bacon ready to go. English Muffin first on the plate, add the Canadian Bacon and the poached egg goes on top. I don’t add Hollandaise Sauce to my Eggs Benedict but purists must have it. Go for it! A splash of Worcestershire or hot sauce is popular among others.

I buy English Muffins from Kuster’s Food Hub in Lopues Mandalagan Shopping Center. Canadian Bacon is available at Aribu’s Sausages and Cold Cuts in the Mandalagan Art District.

Snack time! I don’t eat potato chips everyday but I like them from time to time. I make sure I have some on hand when I do want potato chips. Lay’s Potato Chips are available at local supermarkets but there are several Philippine brand potato chips that are very good.

Farmer John Mesquite BBQ Potato Chips

Farmer John makes several flavors of potato chips and they are all very good, in my opinion.

Outback Potato Chips

The potatoes used to make these chips are 100% USA potatoes, the name is Outback and made in the Philippines. Great marketing! The potato chips are very good.

American Heritage Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Great for snacks, great on burgers, in chili con carne, on sandwiches and in salads. American Heritage is imported from Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is available at Lopues Mandalagan and the cost is P169 per package.

What is for supper? BBQ ribs. I will save that Foodie at Home for my next post. As Chef Bobby Flay always says, it is time for “Grillin’ N Chillin!”

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Wild West in the Philippines

I have no idea how they arrived in the Philippines but while recently shopping in Lopues East Shopping Center, we discovered the American Old West!

Wild Wild West Trophies

Unique but they just would not fit in with the decor of our home in Bacolod City. They would fit well in our home on the farm, south of Bacolod. Yes, these were for sale to the tune of P10,000 each, or about $250 USD. The American Buffalo, or Bison, and a Grizzly Bear.

Native American Totem Pole

My great grand mother was from the Cherokee Tribe, so I am of Native American Heritage. I was really surprised to see this totem pole in Bacolod City, Philippines. No, this totem pole is not Cherokee. It is a replica from one of the Northwest Native American Tribes.

One of my posts would not be complete without the mentioning of FOOD. Fry bread, corn bread, alligator tail, other wild game such as squirrel/raccoon/opossum/deer/buffalo/bear, corn, flap jacks (pancakes), tacos, burritos and bean dishes, such as pinto beans, are all common Native American food, depending on which Tribe. Some of these can be prepared in the Philippines with locally available ingredients. But not the wild game. Buffalo, aka carabao or water buffalo, is eaten in the Philippines but they are domesticated animals. I’ve had buffalo burgers in the Philippines and corned beef made with buffalo and beef.

One of my favorite sayings is, “Each day unfolds a new adventure in the Philippines!” It is amazing but true in my life.