If you’re a mom and you chanced upon this post, would you remember what your mom used to tell you back when you’re still single about cooking and motherhood?
In my case, my mom used to tell me that a woman who knows how to cook is well-loved by her in-laws, most specially by her mother-in-law. She said that cooking is a form of love. When a woman becomes a mother, it is through the foods she cook that she can keep her spouse and kids healthy and well-fed.
I refused to agree with her before, because I thought people can survive via takeout meals at your favorite fastfood chain or nearby carinderias or food stalls.
Well, it is possible if you are the kind of a person who can eat the same, and sometimes unhealthy “MSG” filled, and pricey set of meals over and over again; but if you’re the kind who seeks for variety, nutritious, more budget-friendly meals, or you just simply want to recreate a delicious favorite recipe, then you should cook!
I started to love cooking only when I got married. I had two choices then, cook or let my family starve! What I thought was hard at first turns out my most favorite hobby at present! And what do I love about cooking? It’s how it brings out the best of my creativity! For me, it isn’t enough to serve the healthiest and yummiest food on the table; but it has to be presented artistically as well! Thus, I see to it that my cooking is appetizing to the sight but more so to the palate.
Last August 12, #KnorrPH organized a cooking session with the mommy bloggers of Mommy Bloggers Philippines at the Cookery Place in BGC. It wasn’t the best day because of the bad weather and the dreaded Manila traffic (it took me 3 hours, and 1,700 bucks, by the way, to get to and from the venue)! But nevertheless, the event was successful in spite of.
The #LutongNanay cooking session aims to encourage mothers to champion home cooking by teaching us to be experimental with food and set aside our mundane kitchen recipes, especially for Sinigang!
So the young and very talented team of KnorrPH brought out four Sinigang recipes with a twist! They are- Sinigang sa Pakwan, Sinigang Surf and Turf , Spicy Sinigang na Liempo, and Sizzling Sinigang na Baka! All Mommy Bloggers were then asked to form 4 groups; where each 4-man team was challenged to recreate one Sinigang recipe in less than an hour.
So when the cooking time had lapsed, the finished products are mouth-watering!
Afterwards, Knorr Philippines prepared some delish and healthy refreshments for us! I had fun chatting with my fellow moms while we partake our snack. It was raining so hard that afternoon so I stayed at the venue for a few minutes more while I wait for the weather to calm down a bit.
Thank you KnorrPH for inviting me and organizing this cooking session for us, mothers! I know a lot of mommies (count me in) are struggling everyday, thinking of what food to cook and serve for their families. AND not just that, we should also make sure that it is healthy, affordable, and approved by our family! Thus, I’m keeping these new Sinigang recipes in my recipe box! They will definitely grab a spot in our list of most requested recipes!
On that note, I’m leaving with you one of the #AsimKiligPaMore featured recipes during our #LutongNanay free-cooking session with KnorrPH!
- 500 grams Pork Belly 3 inches x 1 inch slices
- 3 Tbsp Knorr Liquid Seasoning
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 liter water
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- ½ onion, cut into 2 wedges
- 3 pcs tomatoes, sliced into quarters
- 1 inch fresh ginger, cut into fine matchsticks
- 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only
- 2 pcs fresh kaffir leaves (optional)
- 200 grams gabi, sliced into cubes
- 500 grams seedless sweet watermelon, peeled and cut into 1inch cubes (divided into 2 parts)
- 1 22g pack Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi Mix
- 1 Knorr Beef Cube
- 1 Tbsp fish sauce, plus extra to taste
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 long green chillies, sliced
- 150 grams sitaw, cut into 7 cm lengths
- 100 grams okra
- 1 bunch water kangkong
- steamed rice, to serve
- fish sauce to serve
- Marinate the pork belly in Knorr Liquid Seasoning for at least 30 mins.
- Place a large casserole over medium-high heat. Add the oil and, working in batches, cook the pork until evenly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and onions to the casserole. Add the tomatoes, ginger, lemongrass, gabi and watermelon and cook for 2 minutes before returning the pork to the casserole.
- Add the water, Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi Mix, Knorr Beef Cube. Cook for a further 1–1½ hours until the pork is tender.
- When the pork is tender, remove the pork from the casserole and set aside. Strain the liquid and add the fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper to taste.
- Add the remaining watermelon, beans, chilies, and okra and cook for 20 minutes, before adding the water spinach and cooking for a minute until all the vegetables are tender.
- Serve with steamed white rice and fish sauce for dipping.
There you go!