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Easy Camaron Recipe with Grande Rice Bran Oil

Camaron is the Philippines’ version of Japanese Tempura. It is one of the top Pinoy dishes present in family gatherings and social events. It’s easy to think Camaron is a difficult recipe but is actually very easy and simple to cook! You just need the right preparation and good quality oil for deep frying.

For this recipe, I use Grande Rice Bran Oil. Rice Bran Oil is new to me but I’ve heard and read about its health benefits. Rice bran oil is extracted from the rice bran, which contains naturally present anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E, Phytosterols and Gamma-oryzanol. This brand I’m using called Grand Rice Bran Oil is physically refined. This means that nutrients are not lost during its processing and I’ve learned how nutrients is very important in keeping our body fit and well.

Rice bran oil is the top choice for deep frying Camaron and other recipes that require this frying method. As you can see in this photo, Grande Rice Bran Oil keeps its clear, golden appearance even after a long time of frying.  With Grande Rice Bran Oil, you can cook at higher temperatures without it starting to smoke and break down. Now let’s cook!

Easy & Crispy Camaron Rebosado Recipe by Mommy Lace

INGREDIENTS for Camaron Rebosado

  • 500 grams jumbo shrimp – I use Pacific Bay Seafood’s frozen fresh shrimp that’s ready to cook, peeled and deveined. You can do this yourself in advance
  • 6-10 pieces of Calamansi
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • Grande Rice Bran Oil for deep frying

PROCEDURE for cooking Camaron Rebosado

1. Marinate shrimps in calamansi. Use a ziploc bag to do this. Put the peeled shrimps in the bag, squeeze calamansi directly on them. Sprinkle salt to taste. Leave for 30 minutes.

2. Prepare the batter – in a bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, milk, egg. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Prepare the oil – in low heat, heat Grande Rice Bran Oil. Use 2-3 cups for deep frying in a deep pan.

Deep Frying Camaron

1. Place 3-4 shrimps in batter. Coat well.

2. Test if the oil is ready by placing 1 shrimp or a drop of the batter mix. If it sizzles, it is ready.

3. Deep fry battered shrimp. Place 3-4 pieces one at a time only. When the shrimp floats and has a golden brown color, your Camaron is ready.

4. Place cooked Camaron on top of paper towels to drain excess oil.

5. Serve with sweet chili sauce or ketchup.

The cooking oil plays a big factor in making your Camaron crispy. Rice bran oil is really suitable for deep frying and does not burn. It has a clean taste and the camaron is very tasty but not too oily or tasting like oil. You’ll be proud to serve this to your family and friends.

Happy cooking Mommy!

#PambansangManok: Chicken Cooking Tips

Magnolia Chicken proclaimed itself as the “Pambansang Manok” or National Chicken. Did you know? The trademark brand, Magnolia Chicken started way back in 1973, when most of us millennial moms were not yet born. Of course, I first knew about Magnolia through my mother who was an excellent home cook. Now it’s my time to cook for my own family and chicken is my primary choice of meat. Cooking is like a crown passed from one generation to the next.

WATCH: Magnolia Chicken TV Commercial

Over the years, I’ve picked up chicken cooking techniques and tricks. Some from my mother and aunt, others from cooking shows, and these days from the Internet! Here are some Chicken Cooking Tips I’d like to share with you.

Top 5 Chicken Cooking Tips by Mommy Lace

#1 Choose Fresh, Healthy Looking Chicken Meat – you may be attracted by promos like Buy 1 Take 1 whole chicken, but before putting them in your basket – check mo muna. While you can save a few pesos, low quality chicken that’s  been frozen for a long time, have traveled long and far, may not be the best for your taste and budget. Low quality chicken meat often come in poor packaging, look rock frozen, and have pale color. They may not last very long once cooked or have weird taste once served.

Magnolia Chicken is:

• Free from anitibitotic promotants
• Rich in Omega-3
• Free from hormones and sterioids
• Grown in stress-free environments

#2 Store Your Chicken Meat Properly – whether you buy your chicken whole or in parts, make sure that they are wrapped and sealed in their own packaging. If in doubt, wash them and transfer to a ziploc bag. Chicken must be stored in the freezer to avoid bacteria growth. If your chicken smells funny, it should not be served and must be discarded.

#3 Prepare Your Chicken Meat for Cooking - are you guilty of taking your chicken meat out of the freezer at the last minute? How about cooking your chicken meat while it’s still frozen or have ice crystals? Thaw your chicken in advance. I am not a food expert but what I do at home is to transfer the chicken meat from the freezer to the chiller or refrigerator the night before I cook it. This makes it easier for me to prepare, cut, and cook the chicken the next day. This also prevents you from thawing the chicken on the sink which may be dangerous for cross contamination.

If you need to marinade your chicken, also do it overnight and use a liter Ziploc bag which is hygienic, saves your marinating sauce, and seals in all the flavors into the chicken meat.

#4 Extend Your Chicken Meat! – buying whole chicken can save you money. Different chicken parts offer different cooking options. Here’s what I do with a whole chicken and how I extend it to more meals:

– Chicken Thighs & Legs (4 pcs.) – Fried Chicken

– Chicken Breast & Back – Tinola, Chicken Chorizo, Pininyahang Manok

– Chicken Wings – I collect them until I have 6 pieces and make honey chicken wings

Of course, if you want to extend more just go for soupy dishes. Leftover chicken from roast chicken can be used for Chicken Sopas, Chicken Macaroni Salad, Chicken Sotanghon, Pancit, and Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry.

#5 Cooking Chicken Evenly - when I was just starting to cook simple things like Fried Chicken and Turbo Chicken, there were times when I was embarrassed at the table when family slice the chicken and see the inside is not yet done. Just imagine. Here are tips to make sure your chicken is done inside and out:

– Follow my tip on thawing chicken in advance
– Get the oil, oven, or broiler to the correct temperature before cooking your chicken in them
– Cook the chicken in low heat, low temperature
– Use a timer, follow the recipe that you’re doing

I hope these tips allow you to enjoy the #PambansangManok even more. Chicken is every budget mom’s best friend, it is easily available, healthy, flexible, and all of us like it!

Do you have Chicken Cooking Tips too? Leave a comment below and share with other mommies!

Sofitel Philippine Plaza: French Month Specials July 2017

Every month, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila celebrates Flavors of the World and this July, Sofitel Manila puts the spotlight on French cuisine. They have flown in the French Master Chef Patrick Terrien himself, one of the shining stars of Le Cordon Bleu. You can read more about him here. I happen to have seen a news feature many years ago about Le Cordon Bleu and learning about one of their chefs being in Manila would mean as close as I can get to eating a Michelin Star meal in France.

The Chef’s culinary animations are now featured in the Sofitel Manila’s Spiral French Atelier. There’s always something new to look forward to in Spiral because of Flavors of the World.  Anyone who have seen the film Ratatouille will absolutely delight in these authentic French dishes that stem from Chef Patrick Terrien’s many years of experience (all around the world). As you know, some chefs are a legend in their realm and Chef Patrick is one of those most sought after kitchen masters.

At one point during lunch, the Chef roamed around looking at people as they enjoyed his creations. He asked our table, how is the food? Everyone had something to say. As for me, I was transported to a luxury hotel in France, maybe Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg where I am giving compliments to this French Master Chef.

French Month Activities at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Aside from the featured French dishes at Spiral, there are more special experiences that await guests this July at Sofitel. These activities are open to all guests who want to enjoy the French Culinary Culture. One thing you’ll walk away with is how serious the French are with their food with several rituals and customs that revolve around well, eating.

Cooking Class with Chef Patrick Terrien – July 19, 2017 at Spiral from 4pm onwards with rate at Php1,500nett per person. This exclusive class is limited for 10 aspiring artisans. Book your table for Cooking Class at Sofitel Manila.

Degustation: French Wine Dinner – July 21, 2017 at La Veranda with rate set at Php3,500+++ per person. Book your table for French Wine Dinner at Sofitel Manila.

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If I have to choose one, I highly recommend the French Wine Dinner. It is a very special experience with Sofitel’s French wine connoisseur, Tanguy Gras where guests can freely learn basic to intermediate knowledge on how to pair French wine with food. My husband and I have been to a Sofitel Wine Dinner last year. It is one of our most special and memorable dates, especially it was time for us to level up our dating game and F&B knowledge as grown ups of the world :)


Walking in the clouds of Spiral’s culinary heaven!

Happy French Month and see you at Sofitel Manila!

DIY Family Movie Night Ideas with Cheers

When was the last time you allowed yourself to relax and just enjoy time with your family? This sounds simple but truly, mommies like us have endless tasks to complete. Sometimes the thought of having fun is great until we realize all the preparation, travel, and expense that are attached to a great family bonding experience.

Here’s an idea that can make staying at home extra special. The best part is, it’s simple, fun, and will allow you to practice your creativity!

DIY Family Movie Night Setup

Movie nights is an activity that many family enjoy but for this particular “viewing party” I wanted to surprise my family. I did this by setting up a cozy spot where we could all lounge and enjoy all our favorite movie-time snacks.

What you’ll need:

  1. A bath towel
  2. Banana bed or any bean bag
  3. Throw pillows, neck pillows
  4. Laptop desks that will serve as mini food tables

You can work with anything you have and you don’t have to buy anything. Now for the picnic or mini-party setup, you’ll need:

  1. Drinking station – Pitcher of your favorite drink. Disposable paper cups.
  2. Snacks station – our choice is leftover pizza, burgers, and snacks lying around the kitchen

3. Paper plates, Cheers table napkins, Cheers disposable spoon and fork

4. Trash station – To make your party mess-free and to help prevent you cleaning after everyone, get a laundry basket and just line it with Cheers garbage bag. Instant trash bin!

The secret for a successful family movie night without any tantrums from kids (and adults!) or needing to get up and get something from the kitchen, all really boils down to planning and having the right tools. I stock up on disposable plates, utensils, and party napkins all year-round. They allow moms the much-needed break from cleaning up! Thus, helping us also enjoy the bonding time we planned and truly unwind after a busy week.

Here are some items I recommend. All of them are Cheers brand which is also made by Sanicare. My older sister who likes throwing parties and get-togethers educated me on why it’s important to have these.

Jumbo Kitchen Paper Towels – it’s 2017 and “basahan” should not be your primary tool to wipe surfaces clean. Sometimes I wonder if “basahan” is really cheaper because they can harbor bacteria, you need to wash them often, and very time-consuming to use. Just imagine.

Kitchen towels is a grab and go solution, even for outdoor picnics or parties. Food spills, kitchen, and cooking mess are some examples where you can use these.

Interfolded Party Napkins – these aren’t just for parties but for your dining room. It’s rare to see Filipino homes have table napkins and as a mother, I learned how having table napkins easily accessible will save me time wiping my child’s mouth and hands! This is instead of using “lampin” to wipe food from a child’s face and then be miserable about the stain during laundry.

It also makes spot cleaning more instant, especially when you don’t want to get off from your seat and miss the conversations.

Flat Napkins – this is my favorite napkin to use when serving food. I like using flat napkins to sometimes line plates to absorb oil and to line surfaces like for this movie night, I lined the laptop tables with these flat napkins to protect surfaces.

When family members like to enjoy pizza or burgers with their hands, I offer flat napkins to wrap and handle their food in to avoid spills and greasy hands.

Cheers Picnic Pack – here’s an all-in-one solution for any celebration or get together. This picnic bundle from Cheers has everything you’ll need: pull napkins, cutlery, and a garbage bag to clean up with.

I hope you try this idea and surprise your family with a stress-free weekend celebration as simple as enjoying a favorite movie at home.

Cheers Mommy and Baby!

Canon Pixma MG3070s, 3-in-1 Family-Friendly Printer

When was the last time you bought a printer? Ours is an old Canon inkjet that we purchased a few years ago. While it’s useful for printing homework and family documents, there are printers that can do more than just print. Thus, justifying the space they eat in your home office!

3-in-1 printers are not new, it’s just that the last time I checked – they were very expensive. Until last week, I discovered an affordable all around printer. It’s also our first printer that will not need connecting cables and can print from several devices. Continue reading to learn more.

Canon Pixma MG3070s Price: Php 3,800

This is the Canon Pixma MG30s70. It can print, scan, and copy. The best thing is, it’s very affordable at just P3,800. My son and I set it up by ourselves. We just followed the box instructions and downloaded the Canon Print app on Android.

With wifi capability, we were able to print from our laptop and mobile phones. The printer came with black and color ink cartridge. It was fun being creative with this printer, it’s my son’s first time to “own” a scanner so we scanned many of his drawings and sent it to family overseas.

Our first #Pixmom project, a birthday card for my husband! My son and I printed flower patterns then layered them on another sheet of paper. The other elements like the text are by hand for personal touch.

Here my son printed his favorite character, Boboiboy and a selfie that he edited on his iPad. He colored these after and made him busy for a few hours.

The copier function of this Canon printer is perfect for “pa-xerox” errands like making copies of your birth certificates, car registration, etc.

The Canon Pixma MG3070s will now replace our old printer. It’s a good time to level up now that life is more demanding with school, work, and home management. This is the printer that will make your purchase really count, not to mention – you’d be able to use it more often vs just having the ordinary one function printer.

I plan to maximize it even more by printing shopping lists, budget lists, and even house rules!

Visit Canon #PixMom Events in Leading Shopping Malls

If you’re not yet decided and want to try different printers first, do watch out for the upcoming Canon #PIXMom series of events in the malls nearest you in July. Families can visit Canon’s interactive booths: a back-to-school booth where kids can select icons of what they want to be when they grow up; a kitchen booth where guests can design their cupcakes; the creatives in the family can print their own coloring sheets and scrapbook in the arts and crafts booth; plus dads and kids can test the speed of taking sharp photos using select Canon cameras at the basketball booth.

Follow Canon Philippines on Facebook for more updates and promos to get the best deal on your family printer!

Happy printing Mommy and Baby! :)

 

Trying at Home Cinema Experience with Fox Movies

When it comes to having a good and relaxing cinema experience, it’s not always about watching the latest film in the newest state-of-the-art cinema. In fact many mommies like me would have had an expectation vs. reality moment when we brought our kids to the theatre, only for them to get bored, claustrophobic, or needing to go to the toilet every 15 minutes.

Still, watching an exciting family movie is still one of the best ways to bond. It’s an activity that is agreeable to all family members – especially when it’s a superhero film like Thor, X-Men, and the father & son favorite, Star Wars!

Star Movies is now Fox Movies

We have cable TV and are subscribed to SKY cable. Our current package is the most basic one but SKY cable unlocks movie channels from time to time. Check out #FREESKYChannels on social media. Anyway, we discovered that Fox Movies is also unlocked and can be enjoyed for FREE until July 16!

Already, my small family and I have enjoyed a cinema experience at home with films like Captain America, Brave, and Finding Dory. Some we watched on weeknights with homemade midnight snacks.

Upcoming Family Movies on Fox Movies Channel

This coming weekend, I’ve taken note of all movies we want to watch on Fox Movies Philippines. Libre eh! Plus, it’s very relaxing to watch a movie at home when we’re all comfortable, eating our own favorite food, and without thinking of traffic or budget.

 

For mommy & daddy For kids and the whole family

 

Independence Day: Resurgence

London Has Fallen

Now You See Me 2

 

Hotel Transylvania

Miss Peregrine’s Home for PEculiar Children

John Carter

Brave

Moana

 

 

There’s so much more but these are the films we’d like to enjoy at home, plus all in HD quality. I know some movies you can find online but I never enjoy needing to hook-up our laptops, downloading for hours, or buffering when streaming online.

Thanks to Fox Movies, we rediscovered the joys of movie channels on cable TV. Just like before! But what we appreciate is how current the movie line up of Fox Movies are for this month. This is part of Fox Movies’ #ExpectIncredible promotion too where FOX Movies will start “52 Nights of Incredible,” from June 10 until the end of July, with the premiere of 24 blockbuster hits including, X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, Moana, and Doctor Strange at 9PM.

While we’re enjoying Fox Movies now as a free channel on SKYcable until July 19, we are already thinking of getting it added to our subscription.

Tips to Enjoy At Home Cinema Experience with FOX Movies

Here are some tips to level-up your movie time at home!

  1. Yes you can sleep in the living room! – who says you can’t camp out of your bedroom and watch movies all night in the living room? Most likely this is where your biggest TV screen is! Let loose and allow yourselves a different home experience. Enjoy the TV, sleep on the couch, or setup a mattress for a cozy movie family bonding.

 

  1. Stock up on popcorn – popcorns are so easy to make with microwaveable ones. Now you have a heads up on what’s showing on Fox Movies, be sure to bring home microwaveable popcorn that’ll last you an entire weekend! Do grab extra cheese or sour cream powder too!

 

  1. Use a mini cooler for drinks – My husband and I are fanatic about bottled coffee drinks these days. They let us stay up late and enjoy our coffee cold! Make movie time feel like inside an expensive cinema by stocking on your favorite beverages, place them in a cooler with some ice, and enjoy them cold while watching the thrilling movies on Fox!

 

Finally and especially with kids, remember that things don’t need to be perfect all the time. Let loose, chill, and relax. Forget about the chores for a little while and enjoy this family bonding time. Our kids won’t be kids forever. Someday you’ll wake up and they’d have other movie buds to watch with. For now, enjoy this time as a family with you, your husband, and children all under one roof enjoying the blockbuster hits you’ll always remember.

Enjoy watching, Mommy, Daddy and Baby!