Veggie Roll with Sweet and Sour Squash Sauce


1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup baguio beans, thinly sliced
1 cup Mongo sprout
1 cup Malunggay leaves
1 pc Bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup Small shrimp,shelled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bulb onion, chopped
Cooking Oil
Salt and ground pepper to taste
6 pcs pechay leaves, blanched

Sweet and Sour Squash Sauce

1/2 cup squash, mashed
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup water
vinegar to taste
salt and sugar to taste

Cooking Instructions:

Saute garlic and onion. Add shrimp, season with pepper and salt to taste. Add in order, carrots, baguio beans, sprout mongo and bell pepper. Stir. Continue cooking for three minutes. Add malunngay leaves and mix. Cover and remove from the fire. Wrap one heaping tablespoon of vegetables mixture in blanched pechay leaves.

For the sweet and sour squash sauce:

Mix mashed squash with cornstarch, vinegar, sugar and salt to taste. Add water. Heat over low flame. Stir continuously until mixture become sticky.

veggie rollssweet squash sauce

Veggie Chicharo

200 grams chicharo
4 pcs gluten veggie meat, cubes
1 onion, small cubes
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
ground pepper
cooking oil
fish sauce to taste

Cooking Instructions:
Wash and prepare the vegetables. Saute garlic and onion until golden brown. Add veggie meat and mix thoroughly. Add ground pepper and season with fish sauce to taste. Drop chicharo, stir and cook for three to five minutes. Arrange on platter. Serve.

veggie meat and chicharo

Our Very Own Home Grown Pechay

The following pictures are proofs that anyone without a land or garden can still grow vegetables in his very own home.

freshly harvested homegrown pechay

I am wanting to buy my very own land. A place where I can plant trees and vegetables. Waking up every morning and seeing the green vegetable plots, yellow mangoes, tall coconut trees, healthy cows and running chickens.

For the start. We have small piece of land inherited from our grandmother. It just a coincidence that we need to build our own family house and there was still space available. Grandma gave us the permission to use the space. It was small but enough and we were able to build a two-story house with salas, kitchen, toilet, three bedrooms and a balcony.

The sad part, we have no garden space for planting vegetables. However, I still managed producing these fresh pechay in our very own home, in our balcony.

You can do it too! Here are the checklist of essential things.

1) A passion for growing plants. The passion is very important. Hectares of land is nothing without the heart for plants.

2) Planting pots. Buy them from stores or recycle mineral water bottles, tin cans and disposable cups.

3) Good quality seeds. Ask a friend to give you some, buy from reputable source or produce your own.

4) Good knowledge about plant care. Ask the experts, enroll in a seminar or read books, pamphlets and internet pages.

5) Source of good planting media. A regular garden soil may do for the start. However, planting media such as vermicast and regular compost may increase chances of success. You may also want to learn how to make them yourself.

6) A place where the sunshine often strikes. It can be a balcony, a small space in house front or side or just beside the window. Sunlight is essential part of plant’s growth and development.


Pinakbet with Crab Legs

Crab is very delectable. Cooking it in plain water is enough to enjoy this very flavorful food. After eating, the leftover things are shells and small legs. Please do not throw them away. They can still be used to flavor other dishes. Set them aside. Big claws have tasty meat. Its a good idea to store them for later use together with the small legs.

Here is one of the delectable and healthy recipe using crab legs.

pinakbet with crab legs


1 tali pole sitao
1 slice kalabasa ( squash)
2 eggplant
1 tali okra
2 tomatoes
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 ginger
vegetable cooking oil
crabs legs
fish paste or bagoong isda


Slice pole sitao, kalabasa (squash), eggplant and okra. Sauté onion, garlic, ginger and tomato. Use vegetable cooking oil. Drop kalabasa, pole sitao, eggplant and okra. Put one cup of water then boil for five minutes then add crab legs. Boil again for minutes then mix fish paste or bagoong isda to taste. Then boil for two minutes. Serve.

Ginisang Paayap With Kalamismis and Meatloaf

ginisang paayap and meat loaf

I rushed to nearby grocery to bought a small can of corned beef. I planned to mix it to my paayap and sigarilyas menu. I opened the can and found out that it was a meatloaf.

The meatloaf brand is CDO. The label looks very similar to corned beef can. I will be more careful next time.

So I ended up mixing scraped meatloaf to my veggies. Lucky  me, the dish taste great.

ginisang paayap and meat loaf

2 retail bundle of paayap, cut
10 sigarilyas, sliced
2 onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
meatloaf, scraped of mashed, small can (CDO and the likes)
salt to taste

1) Saute garlic and onions in cooking oil until golden brown. Use low fire.
2) Add the vegetables (paayap and kalamismis) and meatloaf.
3) Add enough water to soak the meat and vegetables.
4) Boil until veggies are tender.
5) Mix black pepper and salt to taste.

Bulanglang, Mixed Vegetables Recipe


1 part squash, (the regular market slice), sliced
1 small ampalaya, sliced
5 sigarilyas/ kalamismis, cut
5 okra, cut
5 pole sitao, cut
2 tomatoes, sliced
1/4 kilo pork, cubed
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
bagoong or patis to taste

1) Sauté onion, garlic, pork and tomatoes.
2) Mix the vegetables: kalabasa, pole sitao, ampalaya, okra, and kalamismis. Add desired amount of water and boil until vegetables are tender.
3) Add fish paste or fish sauce to taste.


Bulanglang is mixed vegetables. Other vegetables of choice can be added.