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Delicious and Healthy Chicken Soup



Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup

Are you fond of eating soup? Beef, pork or chicken soup? Maybe fish soup? We are fond of eating chicken soup especially during winter time. It keeps us warm. Besides that, it is very healthy especially if there are lots of vegetables in it.

When it comes to chicken soup making, I let my hubby cook that for us as he makes delicious and hearty chicken soup. Here´s  the chicken recipe of my hubby. I´m allowed to share this with you.

 

Ingredients:

2 chicken legs

2 chicken stock cubes

200 grams of cleaned and washed vegetables of your liking (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, peas…)

2-3 tablespoons of  noodles

1 onion, chopped

1 large potato, peeled and diced

a few meat balls

1 pinch or more of chili powder  (optional)

2 eggs (optional)

 

Procedure:

  1. Wash the chicken legs and simmer on low heat for 2 hours in a pot with 2-3 liter water.
  2. When they chicken legs are done, take them off the pot and let them cool off. Then get the bones off from the chicken meat.
  3. Meanwhile, add the vegetables, the onions, the potatoes and the chicken stock cubes  in the pot with chicken broth.
  4. Continue to simmer them in the medium heat until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Add the chicken flakes and meat balls in the vegetable pot and continue cooking until it is boiling. Don´t boil too hot, to keep the broth clear.
  6.  You can add 2 eggs without shells in the soup while boiling.
  7. Season with salt and chili and turn off the heat.
  8. Serve with bread, baguette or boiled rice.

Serves 4-6 persons

 

Health Benefits of Chicken Soup:

Do you know that chicken soup is mostly present in the hospital menu in Germany? Yes, it is. Chicken soup is not only good for the soul but also good for sick people. It is also very good when having colds. I don´t know why but after eating chicken soup meal, I feel better. I don´t have to wait to get sick to eat chicken soup. Chicken soup is served every week at home.

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Slow Cooker Soup Recipes from Amazon

 



Sweets and Dessert Ideas For Christmas

Gingerbread House made by the author a few years ago.
Gingerbread House made by the author a few years ago.

There are only 10 weeks left for Christmas. Time is fast. It seems that it was just yesterday that I have made my gingerbread house. My gingerbread house is still here above my living room cupboard. I don´t have to make for this Christmas. I just have to use this again for my Christmas decoration at home. In fact, I have used this gingerbread house for many things these past few days. I was designing a few Zazzle products out of the photo of my DIY gingerbread house.

Thinking about Christmas is a bit nostalgic to me as the year almost end and a new year will come. I do not know what will happen next year. I am no longer thinking much of tomorrow and of the new year and the next new years to come. I live for my day now, however I live my life and be grateful about it.

Anyway, back to the main topic. Christmas time is the best time for me in baking as I love doing it. I would be making some sweets and desserts for my friends and relatives for gifts. Have you got any idea what to make?

Hazelnut Cupcakes
Hazelnut Cupcakes

Here are my sweets and dessert ideas for Christmas:

  1. Baking  Cookies—-lots of different kinds of cookies. Peanut butter, coconut, walnuts and gingerbread cookies.
  2. Baking Brownies—-chocolate brownies with Christmas decorations on them.
  3. Baking Cupcakes—-hazelnut or banana cupcakes frosted with marzipan or marshmallows.
  4. Making Cake Pops—-from self bake cake or baking cake pops with the use of cake pops maker. An easy way to make them as you don´t have to form the cake pops into balls.
  5. Making Polvoron—-a  Filipino Spanish style shortbread made of flour, sugar, powder milk and butter.
  6. Making Biko—a red glutinous or sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and brown sugar.
Polvoron
Polvoron
I could write more and bake all these goodies but I have to find out yet whom I am going to see this Christmas. The Torch Ginger cake pop above was designed by me out of the oil painting of  my hubby. If you want to make your own cake pops, here´s the recipe for you to follow. I hope I have given you ideas for this Christmas. Thanks for reading.

 

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Selfmade Cake Pops
Selfmade Cake Pops

Mozzarella, Gouda & Feta Baguette Sandwiches For Lunch

Mozzarella Feta Baguette Sandwich
Mozzarella Feta Baguette Sandwich

I have seen that my last recipe blog is almost 10 days old. That is because I did not have time for cooking these last few days. Hubby did that for me. Though these recipes I am going to write are not  fancy food for lunch, they are still filling and each baguette is  huge  for one person.

I am lucky to live in Germany as I can buy pre-baked baguettes from the supermarket, ready for baking. I can store them in the kitchen cupboard for a week or two and bake them when I need them for  quick and easy selfmade sandwiches.

Mozzarella Feta Baguette Sandwich:

Ingredients:

1 baked baguette

Margarine or butter for spreading the lower baguette

5 slices of  tomato

2 slices of Feta

2 slices of Mozzarella

3 pieces of pepperoni

salt and pepper to taste

slices of chives

Quark with herbs for spreading the upper baguette

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Mozzarella Feta Baguette Sandwich

Procedure:

  1. Cut the baguette lengthwise and spread the butter or margarine on the lower half side of the baguette.
  2. Arrange the tomato, feta and mozzarella slices alternately on the lower half of the baguette.
  3. Add salt, pepper, pepperoni and chives on top.
  4. Spread the inside of the half baguette with Quark with herbs and cover this to the filled half baguette. Enjoy your lunch!

 

Gouda Feta Baguette Sandwich
Gouda Feta Baguette Sandwich

Gouda Feta Baguette Sandwich:

Ingredients:

1 baked baguette

Margarine or butter for spreading the lower baguette

4 slices of tomato

2 slices of Gouda cheese

3 slices of Feta

3 pieces of pepperoni

salt and pepper to taste

slices of chives

Quark with herbs for spreading the upper baguette

Tips: You can use remoulade, cheese spread or mayonnaise if you don´t have quark with herbs in your country and of course fresh herbs if you have.

Quark spread sold by Amazon

The procedure of Gouda Feta Baguette Sandwich is the same with the Mozzarella Feta Baguette Sandwich above. You can either eat this for lunch, dinner or just for your snack. This sandwich was even huge for my lunch today. Maybe if I was so hungry, I was able to consume this one yummy baguette sandwich.

 

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Gouda Feta Baguette Sandwich
Gouda Feta Baguette Sandwich

How To Make Spaghetti With Mettwuerstchen Sauce

 

Spaghetti With Mettwuerstchen Sausages
Spaghetti With Mettwuerstchen Sausages Sauce

Today was our Italian day which means we had  an Italian meal. My kitchen is very international when it comes to food. I could no longer eat rice everyday, 3 times a day like before. I cook more of European than Filipino food. Last time we had Pork Sinigang and this time was Italian for our lunch.

 

Lunch is the heavy meal of the day in Germany and we only eat rye bread with ham or cheese in the evening. As we have not eaten spaghetti for a few weeks and so I made spaghetti with cream sauce for a change. This time I used smoked sausage for making the cream sauce.

 

This German sausage is called Mettwuerstchen. Mettwuerstchen is a cured and smoked sausage from a raw and minced pork and beef. Have you eaten Mettwuerstchen before? Do you have similar cured and smoked meat in your country?

Champignons, Mettwuerstchen, red onions and garlic
Champignons, Mettwuerstchen, red onions and garlic

Ingredients:

250 gram Spaghetti

vegetable oil for frying

2 Mettwuerstchen/ Mettwürstchen sausages, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small red or white onions, cubed

6 pieces big Champignons, washed and sliced

200 gram cream fraiche with herbs

salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley if you have

Sauted garlic, onions and slices of Mettwuerstchen
Sauted garlic, onions and slices of Mettwuerstchen

Procedure:      

  1. Cook the spaghetti in the boiling water as directed in the package.
  2. Heat the frying pan and add the vegetable oil.
  3. Saute the garlic, onion and chopped Mettwuerstchen sausages.
  4. Then add the washed champignon to the frying pan. Mix well.
  5. Add the cream fraiche with herbs in the frying pan.
  6. Taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Add chopped fresh parsley if you have.
Mettwuerstchen sausage cream sauce
Mettwuerstchen sausage cream sauce

Tips:

If there is no cream fraiche with herbs in the supermarket, you can buy the normal cream fraiche and add fresh herbs like chives and parsley in your sauce. You can also use sour cream or double cream if you don´t have cream fraiche.

 

Sausages you can use instead of Mettwuerstchen:

  • Longganisa
  • Chorizo
  • Salami

Have I made you  hungry? Do you think you will try this food? I hope you will and that you will tell me how you like it. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment and share this to your socialmedia sites.

 

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Spaghetti with Mettwuerstchen Cream Sauce
Spaghetti with Mettwuerstchen Cream Sauce

 

 

 

Pork Sinigang With Leeks

Mixed Vegetables
Mixed Vegetables

Have you tried eating Sinigang? Sinigang is a sour soup which is a traditional Filipino viand eaten with boiled rice. It has a tangy and sour taste due to the unripe tamarind fruit that is used in making this soup. Some variation of Sinigangs are made out of Guava, Calamansi or lemon juice. As I am living in Germany, I have no access to an unripe Tamarind fruit for making this soup and so I buy a sachet of Sinigang Mix  from the Asian supermarket.

Not all people that I know of  like Tamarind or Sinigang soup because of its sourness. I am lucky that my hubby loves this soup and I don´t have to make an extra food for him to  cook when I crave for this Filipino food.

Pork Sinigang
Pork Sinigang

Ingredients:

1 Sachet of Sinigang Mix, good for 2 liters

2 liters of water

500 pork ribs or pork chops

2 chopped tomatoes

1 piece of leek, sliced

2 carrots, sliced in round

5 pieces of shallots

1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)

salt and white pepper powder to taste

1 pinch of  chili (optional)

 

Procedure:

  1. With a cooking pot, simmer  the pork in 2 liters of water  until tender.
  2. When the meat is tender, add the tomatoes, leeks, carrots and shallots.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes and add the Tamarind  or Sinigang Mix in the cooking pot.
  4. Let it boil and then taste with salt, pepper powder, fish sauce and chili if you want it hot.
  5. Serve with boiled rice.
Pork Sinigang With Leeks
Pork Sinigang With Leeks

Vegetable Selections:

  • Leeks
  • Carrots
  • KangKong or Water Spinach
  • Spinach
  • White or Chinese Cabbage
  • Pakchoy or Petchay
  • Okra
  • Beans
  • Eggplant or Aubergine
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Chayote

 

Meat Selections:

  • Pork  such as pork chops, bellies…
  • Chicken such as legs, breast, filets…
  • Fish such as tuna fish, mackerel,  milk fish….
  • Shrimps
  • Beef such as beef chops and other parts of beef meat

 

This recipe is for 4-6 persons.                                  Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour.

 

If you are a vegetarian, you can cook this recipe  without putting meat or fish in it.  I have cooked this recipe  in different  meat and vegetable variations. The best that I loved was  with the shrimps. Yummy! Enjoy your Sinigang!

 

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Kassler with Sauerkraut and Pineapple

Kassler With Sauerkraut Meal
Kassler With Sauerkraut Meal

 

Kassler is a German meat which is slightly smoked and cured pork. Some are sold in slices or in whole bellies or other parts of the pork. They are mostly sold in the butchers or in the supermarkets.  Kassler is one of the best pork meat in Germany and is mostly served with mashed  or boiled potatoes.

Last Saturday, I was in Aldi and saw this Kassler “smiling” at me. I have not eaten this meat for a few months and I thought I would give my hubby a treat for making this for our Sunday meal. So I cooked this Kassler today for our lunch with Sauerkraut from the can. I could have put pineapple slices in it but I did not have that in my cupboard and so I just made this meal as simple but hearty as I could.

 

Ingredients: 2-3 persons

500 grams Kassler

1 big can of Sauerkraut

1 small can of pineapple (optional)

1 teaspoon pepper powder

mustard for serving

 

Kassler with Sauerkraut and Pineapple
Kassler with Sauerkraut and Pineapple

 

Procedure:

  1. Put the half can of Sauerkraut in the cooking pot. Spread it widely.
  2. Add the Kassler in the middle of the pot, on top of the Sauerkraut.
  3. Then add the remaining Sauerkraut on top and a little juice of the pineapple, if you have.
  4. Put the lid on the pot and simmer slowly  for 45 minutes or until it is tender enough  for you to eat.
  5. Add the pineapple chunks (optional) 10 minutes before the end of cooking. Mix well.
  6. Taste with pepper powder.
  7. You don´t have to put salt as the meat is cured.
  8. Serve with boiled or mashed potatoes and with mustard.

The 500 gram of Kassler was too much for 2 persons and so we still have dinner for tomorrow. Free day of cooking for me.

 

Tip:

If you don´t like pineapple, cooking without this fruit is also good. I learned how to cook Kassler where I worked before but there was no pineapples in this recipe. I tweaked the recipe many years ago when I wanted to have a change. A small can of pineapple chunks was in my kitchen cupboard and I was tempted to try. I was successful. The Kassler tasted better than without these fruit chunks. The pineapple gives the tangy taste of the Kassler.

Enjoy cooking!

 

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Cranberries, Super Fruits Against Urinary Tract Infection

Cranberries
Cranberries

You might have heard about super foods but have you heard about super fruits? Cranberry, a super fruit?

Winter time is fast approaching. In fact, it´s already Autumn here in my neck of the woods. The heater is working again and so is the coldness of my  hands and feet . Walking without socks is a no go now. It´s time for me to eat fruits which have a lot of Vitamin C. Besides other Vitamins  and minerals, Vitamin C helps me prevent  from having a urinary tract infection. This mostly happen during winter time. Having a urinary tract infection is not nice. The pain and the feeling to go to the toilet but nothing or only a drop comes out is annoying. So preventing is better than healing.

A year ago, I did not know about cranberries as super fruits. I know that these fruits are very common in England, Ireland  and in  the United Satates of America. I know that the English and the Irish  people mostly use cranberries for their Christmas sauces. Cranberries are not popular in Germany before, until lately.

Last year, I saw packed fresh imported cranberries in our supermarket nearby. I bought the pack of cranberries, washed them at home and ate them while blogging. I had only eaten 2 handful of cranberries and I noticed that I kept on going to the loo. I was glad I did not have to go out. My hubby experienced the same and so I searched Google about cranberries and I was surprised of what I have read.

Cranberries are very effective in preventing and fighting against urinary tract infection. These super fruits  have  lots  of antioxidants that help fight against the bacteria in the stomach. Eating cranberries everyday strenghten my  immune system, thus keeping me healthy the whole year round.

Ways to eat cranberries:

  1. Fresh washed and raw
  2. In fruit salads
  3. In vegetable salads
  4. In baking cakes, muffins and cupcakes
  5. In smoothies
  6. In milk shakes
  7. In making  gravy

Do you have any other ways to eat cranberries? Please share. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend!

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Cranberry Muffins
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

 

 

3 Delicious Pizzas For Your Meal

Pizza Hawaii
Pizza Hawaii

I was hopping from one blog to the other this evening not knowing what to write. A few hours ago I was having writers block so I  went to my  Hubpages site checking what was going on there and edited one of my hubs and replied comments. Then I went to my Zazzle store designing some products, visited my blogs at Blogger and then came back again here. Blog hopping made me hungry and I thought, it would be great to have a piece of pizza now while blogging and behold, I found a topic to write.

Does it happen to you, too? I mean having a writers block and out of the blue you got it? My head was hit by a pizza! No, not really. I just imagine the different kinds of pizzas I could have now but I will never have today as it´s midnight. Time to go to bed dreaming of pizza. Anyways, here are the types of pizzas I would love to have this week.

1. Pizza Hawaii

I love pizza Hawaii especially if the pineapples are fresh cut from the pineapple fruit. This pizza is made out of tomato sauce, ham, pineapples and cheese. I wonder why pizza with pineapples are called pizza Hawaii. It´s not only Hawaii where pineapples are planted. Why is it not called Pizza Philippines? We have also pineapples in the Philippines and in other Asian countries. Why not call it Pizza Asian?

Tuna Pizza
Tuna Pizza

2. Tuna Pizza

I love tuna pizza. Tuna pizza reminded me of my travel to Rome. In Rome, I was able to order tuna pizza in Italian language, from a local restaurant far from the tourist spots. The tuna pizza had a thin crust and was very juicy and delicious. I was proud to order tuna pizza in Italian language. Just imagine, I went to Italian course for 2 semester (1 year) just to order food in Italian. LOL!

Filipino Style Hotdog and Beef Loaf Pizza
Filipino Style Hotdog and Beef Loaf Pizza

 

 

3. Filipino Style Hotdog and Beef Loaf Pizza

This pizza was my creation out of hunger of salami pizza when I was in my home country. There was no salami  and so I substituted it with Filipino hotdogs and beef loaf out of the can. Boy, I did not know that it would taste good but it did. My Pinoy family loved it. Since then, I keep on making this pizza when I crave for it.

Well, I think I have to stop here. I´m getting hungry writing this blog. Good night to me. Enjoy your day!

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Siomai With Rocket Veggies

Siomai with Rocket Veggies decorated with lettuce leaves and cranberries by ©Thelma Alberts
Siomai with Rocket Veggies decorated with lettuce leaves and cranberries by ©Thelma Alberts

Siomai is a traditional Chinese dumpling food which  is popular in Asian countries like Philippines. This food is mostly served as an afternoon or evening snack with soy sauce and calamansi or lemon juice.

I have made many times Siomai but not just for a snack but for lunch or  dinner. Every time I made this food, the meat and  veggies were changed. Sometimes with minced pork, beef or chicken. When I was in my home country Philippines, I made pork siomai with chopped KangKong, a water spinach which was abundant in my tropical garden. Here in Germany, I mostly made siomai with minced half pork and half beef with rocket or spinach vegetables.

Have you tried siomai with rocket vegetables? If not, you can try this recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:                                                                          

Siomai Meat Mixture
Siomai Meat Mixture
  • 250 gram minced pork
  • 250 gram minced beef
  • 50 gram rocket leaves, thinly chopped
  • 2 small carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 stalk of spring onion
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • A pack of wonton  pastry (35-40 pieces)
  • Water for putting on the edges of the wonton wrappers
Read to steam Siomai
Ready to steam Siomai

Procedure:

  1. Put the minced meat pork and beef  in a deep bowl.
  2. Add the finely chopped garlic, onion, spring onion, carrots, bell peppers and rocket veggies into the meat. Mix well.
  3. Then add the whisked egg, soy sauce, salt, pepper and cornstarch to the mixture. Mix them well.
  4. Separate the wonton pastry from each other.
  5. Put 1 teaspoon of siomai mixture on a piece of wonton pastry. Wet the edges of the wonton wrapper  before making  a parcel of siomai .
  6. Keep in mind to have a little opening of the parcel to get the steam inside of the meat.
  7. Brush the inside of the electric steamer or normal steaming pot and put some of the siomai pastries in it.
  8. Steam for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Serve with soy sauce and calamansi or lemon juice.

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How To Steam A Frozen Fish

Steamed Fish Filet with Rice, Lettuce Leaves and Tomato Slices
Steamed Fish Filet with Rice and Veggies

How I wish I can buy  fresh fish here where I am but I can´t as we are very far from the sea. Most of our fish here are frozen. They mostly come from the North Sea or from Canada. I don´t buy frozen fish in any Asian supermarket because I have seen many times that those fishes in their packages were once thawed and freezed them again. Those fishes come from Thailand and some other Asian countries.

Anyway, I bought a pack of fish filets in ALDI  and steamed them in my AMC kettle. I don´t know if you have heard  of AMC kettle. This is a waterless kettle and when I used this for cooking, I don´t need much water unless I cook soup.

Ingredients:

5 pieces of  fish filets

1 clove of garlic, crushed and peeled

1 juice of lemon

a small piece of ginger root,  peeled and crushed

1 small piece of butter (ca. tablespoon)

salt and pepper to taste

chopped parsley (optional)

Steamed Frozen Fish Filets
Steamed Frozen Fish Filets

Procedure:

  1. Put your fish filets in the kettle.
  2. Add the lemon juice, the peeled and crushed garlic and ginger root.
  3. Add the butter and steam them for about 10 minutes or until the fish is done.
  4. Taste with salt and pepper. If you have parsley, you can add it before putting off the fire.
  5. Serve with boiled rice and salad vegetables of your choice.

I have not added water in this recipe as the fish was frozen and besides that the kettle I used was a waterless AMC kettle which I have bought in the 90´s. You can cook this fish in the normal kettle you have but be careful not to add plenty of water when steaming frozen fish. I would love to cook this in an old style clay pot as I think this food will taste more delicious.

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