Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Food Bullying



    Food Bullying was something i grew up with. And i am sure many kids who come from a cultural backround suffered from the same abuse from peers.
Food Bullying is the idea of being bullied over the food you are eating. This is harsh and traumatizing especially as a young kid, when confidence is not in existance...just yet.

   I grew up in a white dominant area with few minorities. Growing up i did not eat "roast chicken" for dinner, or having a "PB&J" for lunch like everyone else. I had rice, dried fish, stewed veggies, fermented shrimp, and other "exotic filipino" food. To me, i thought this was normal...i thought every family ate the way we did. Till i started going to elementary, and i noticed everyone else's lunch was not like mine.

   I remember, i brought a thermus to lunch, filled with steamed white rice and "Mongo"(which was a stewed green mung bean soup<---VERY GOOD). i kept it in my lunch bag, and when it was time to eat i opened up my thremus and IMMEDIATELY i heard someone say "ew gross, what is that smell. where is it coming from". Shocked, and embarrased i slowly closed my thermus and put my lunch away. I did not eat it. And i watched everyone else eat their turkey sandwhiches and oreos. Something i never had.
Ever since then, i started having the school lunch to fit in and be normal.

   But it got worse in middle school. Middle school was the time were "bullies" develop, the age were we all at an awkward age in life. I remember we had break in class and i opened my backpack to get a snack. I had a ziploc bag filled with "shrimp chips" you know, the ones that EVERY asian grew up eating.  So i started snacking on that, while drawing on my paper.
These two girls that sit next to me (known for being complete B*tches, rude, loud, and obnoxious) leaned over and asked "Hey, what is that". I told them "Oh they are shrimp chips". They gave me a weird look and went on to their conversation. Moments later, i found a picture on their desk...

Of a fat person with glasses, eating what clearly looked like shrimp....
I want to let you guys know, that image is still stuck in my head today, and still bothers me. 
For the three years that i was in middle school, i would NOT eat. No snack, no lunch. and if i were to eat anything, it would be a "NORMAL" snack. 
Is it wrong to eat those foods?
Was it ok for them to make fun of me?

I was bullied, made fun of, and ignored A LOT growing up. But food bullying was the one thing that really bothered me. Because it prevented me from feeling "normal". I am SO PROUD of being filipino. But why did i get made fun of for the foods i ate? and i am sure others have gone through events like this as well. 

I am not sure where i am going with this.  But, i do not want kids to go through this if it is still happening. I want parents to teach their kids about other cultures, and other foods other than what they are used too. I am sick of hearing the idea that "this is america, eat what americans eat". That is ignorant and incorrect IN SO MANY LEVELS. America is a melting pot of cultures, there is no ONE way of living in this country. 
Its not only the time to open our minds, but open our fridges to new foods.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BBQ INDOORS?!



    Growing up the smell of charcoal on a hot supper day always makes me think of the family parties we used to have growing up.  You would have all the kids running around playing, the aunties gossiping, the uncles standing around the bbq pit drinking cold beers, and the elderly playing mah joong, or some kind of card game. 
    I miss that. I miss how lively my family used to be. I miss how we used to have family get togethers basically EVERY weekend. I thought it was normal for every family to get together and party like we did. But as time goes by, the older we get, the more time restricted everyone becomes. 

  Filipino BBQ is literally part of me. It is not the feeling of "home" but the feeling of "family" when i get a good stick of filipino bbq. Of course i do not think i can ever get my recipe as good as my uncle's but one day i know it will. 

    Now, since i moved out since i am going to college, i do not have access to a grill or charcoal. So bbq and grilling outside is a NO NO. How ever, i do have an oven. And with this recipe, i will show you that no matter what, you can always have your filipino bbq fix. Of course if you do have a grill, PLEASE you that, to fullfill the complete package. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Coke
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 lbs of pork shoulder or chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes before use.
Video found on my youtube: AGLvlogs

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The fried cephlapod

 
   

      It amazes me who popular Calamari, especially as a fried appetizer. Even people who are not fond of seafood seem to gravitate to this fried squid. But it is a little funny in my opinion once you show a person what a squid looks like, or even worse, let them handle a whole squid. They get a little grossed out. 
    Which is normal, because the little creature is indeed frightnening. HOWEVER, i do believe it is important for people to know where there food is coming from, and what is actually looks like without the "mask" us chefs dress it. Other than that, calamari is absolutely delicious especially with some cocktail sauce. 
    I dedicate this post to someone special in my life. Though you are no longer rally a part of tis, and i doubt you probably are reading this. I know you love calamari. And i know it has a special place in your heart. I dedicate this to you. 

Ingredients:
1 pound of whole squid, or already prepared rings
1 cup whole milk
1 large egg
2 cups all purpose flour
canola oil for frying
2 tsp of paprika
salt and pepper
lemon wedges

Video found: AGLvlogs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meatless buffalo nuggets?!





Yes, this was something even i was surprised about when i came across it. I am a fan of "feux" food items, however it is always a hit or miss for me. Because man...i sure do love my meat. And for me to say i love this meatless buffalo nugget recipe says a lot

In my recipe video i talked about using a tempura batter mix. The picture below shows you which one i used. THIS TEMPURA MIX is my family's go to fry mix. Hands down the BEST. not only for this recipe for any frying recipe you desire. Just make sure your water is ICED cold.


You do not neccesarily have to use buffalo wing sauce, teriyaki or any wing flavor will be good too. 
I just cannot get over how amazing this turned out. And of course you do not have to fry these, there are alternative baking options that other blogs offer but.... i mean. We are already substituting the meat for cauliflower. If you really want to make a"feux" dish, you have to do it right. and FRY IT. 

But why cauliflower?
well, cauliflower originally is bland, tasteless, and boring. am i right? And the texture is firm but soft.
So it is a perfect vegetable that can hold itself to substitute a meat product. It is capable to soak up any flavor you add to it, which is why it is perfect.

Video can be found on my youtube channel
AGLvlogs

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The BEST fettuccine Alfredo around town



I never found myself to like creamy pasta dishes, they never seemed to appeal to me. Maybe i never had it “right” or something along the lines of that. But it was not till recently that i started to appreciate the simplicity and luxury of creamy pasta. And the king of all creamy pasta is 

Fettuccine Alfredo. 
And literally there is always that ONE person who will always order it. I dedicate my recipe to them. 
That is where i get my inspiration from, my observations of what others eat, or want to eat. 

Ingredients:
1 pounds of Fettuccine 
1 stick of butter
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of parmesan cheese
1 cup of Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste


Video found on youtube: AGLvlogs

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"KEEN-WAH" What?

Growing up, I literally ate rice, all day everyday. Which is not a bad thing, but it does tend to get hard when im trying to cut back on my carbs.

    However, Quinoa "KEEN-WAH" is a magical(not really magic) grain that not only helps substitute my white carb intake, but is high so a TON of different nutrients. I go in detail in my video


For anything new that i am adding to my diet, stir frying or "fried ricing" something is always the safe route for me. And in this case im using quinoa.  On top of that i am using bold korean flavors to give this dish bold flavors, but making it still healthy for ya :)

Ingredients:
2 cups of cooked quinoa
1 green onion
half a package of seasoned dried korean seaweed(optional)

Sauce(all according to your taste)
2 heaping TB of gochuchang paste
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp of soy saue
2 tsp of honey

1/4 cup chopped kimchi


For fried rice, you are welcome to add any vegetables you want. and any meat as well. This recipe is basically the "base" for you to grow and explore what kind of dish you exactly want.
The posibilities are endless







Wednesday, September 3, 2014

wait what, CHURROS?!



  • INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 quarts oil for frying

  • 1/2 cup white sugar, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


You want to get a pot and add, water, the 2 1/2 TB of sugar, salt, oil. Bring it a boil. 

Turn off the heat. and add the flour. A paste will form. 

Now if you have a pastry bag, you can pipe it to the hot frying oil. HOWEVER
DO NOT USE A REGULAR PLASTIC BAG. it was MY MISTAKE. the plastic bag bursted as i tried to pipe it into the oil


Instead, what you can do is divide the dough, on a cutting bored, and roll the shape out your self.  “make little snakes”
then add it to the oil


Fry them still it is golden brown, and add the cinnamon and sugar mixture.