Tuesday, March 26, 2013


We are now in a WEEK OF ABSTINENCE. The practice that's been observe yearly by the Catholics here in the Philippines.

Now we are more focus in our spiritual aspects of life, the attention is being grasped by the adults to pay respect for what is being followed traditionally.  

In these process you are also preparing for what kind of meal suited for this week for your family.  Abstain from eating meat like pork, beef, goat, and chicken.  This is the time Filipino go to the market to buy vegetables and seafood.  However, even the meatless dishes will make you mouth water.

Recipes that I like to eat during this season:


            photo credit: jules:stonesoup via photopin cc

Preparation Time: 25 minutes


  • Vegetable/Olive Oil
  • Chopped Onions
  • Chopped Garlic cloves
  • Chopped fresh parsley(optional)
  • Chopped Tomato
  • 2 tsp Tomato paste
  • 8 oz of clam juice or fish broth
  • 1 1/2 kilo Fish(Lapu-Lapu fish)
  • Oregano and Thyme(optional)
  • Pepper and Salt


  1. Heat oil in a pan(medium-high heat).
  2. Add chopped onion, garlic and suite for a second.
  3. Add parsley and stir two minutes.
  4. Then add chopped tomato and tomato paste.  Cooked for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the fish broth or clam juice and fish then simmer until fish is cooked for 10 mins. 
  6. Add seasoning.  Salt to taste.
  7. Serves 4  

I love this recipe because it is easy to cook.  It is just like arroz caldo or lugaw but here in this recipe no chicken meat is added or our very own CHAMPORADO but with a different ingredients.

            photo credit: M. Martin Vicente via photopin cc   

Here we only need the following:

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of rice or more
  • 2 tsps of vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (optional)and cinnamon dust
  • Sugar to taste

  1. Place the rice and the cinnamon in a pot with water and soak for one hour before cooking.
  2. Pour the milk in the pot with rice and bring it to boil.
  3. When milk is boiling, lower down the heat and wait for the rice to cook.
  4. When rice is well cooked put the vanilla extract, condensed milk or sugar to taste.
  5. Stir it occasionally until reach the desired mixture.
  6. Let it cool.
  7. Finally, dust it with the cinnamon for more flavor.     

Or you can follow this video:

video credit to cupcakecerry

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  1. Every Holy Week, we make sure that we refrain from eating pork so, we prepare fish dishes like fillet or luto sa miso (either tilapia or cream dory). I may try these recipes though.

  2. This would be the perfect food for the Holy Week and in avoiding meat yet having a heavy enough food to sustain you for the day.

  3. Wow a new twist of food recipes to serve for the holy week. I will try to follow the procedures and come up with same taste and look :)

  4. Holy Week really poses a challenge to my husband and myself in preparing dishes without meat that young children can appreciate. These are very good suggestions.

  5. I'll try the Fish Stew.. :) Can i use tilapia instead of lapu-lapu?

  6. For me personally, for the sake of respect to our tradition not to eat meats should be followed. because it has been practiced for quite long time. But the true essence in this historic event in Christianity is to as repent and ask forgiveness of our sins and swear it to GOD not to do it again. . .by this, we truly celebrate Holy Week within our selves.

  7. I like to try to cook the Arroz Con Leche... its looks so yummy...

    1. You must try it Gab. So different from our local LUGAW. For a change ika nga.

  8. Though we are not following the tradition of abstaining from eating meat on Holy week, I must say these dishes are really healthy.

  9. Good food on a long holiday is a really good way to spend time with family...

  10. this is indeed the best time to eat healthy and nutritious food,

  11. yes!!!! this is the time where we are getting innovative to have delicious but nutritious food.

  12. Oh, The fish stew looks very yummy! I will cook this even if Holy Week is over!!


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