Homemade Recipes: Spanish Sardines and Black Olives Pasta

Ditch the usual tomato or cream sauce and fancy an oil-based pasta for today’s lunch. Recipe by Karen Humilde

1 bottle of Spanish sardines, scales removed
reserved oil from the bottled sardines
2 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
1 bottle of black olives, drained
olive oil
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sized onion, minced
1/2 kilo spaghetti or capellini pasta, cooked in package directions
1 pack seasoning mix
salt and pepper
grated parmesan cheese

Serves 3-4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes

1. In a large saute pan, saute onions and garlic in olive oil and the reserved oil from the bottled sardines.
2. Add tomatoes and toss quickly. Add spanish sardines and cook for a minute or two.
3. Toss in cooked spaghetti pasta.
4. Add black olives and seasoning mix. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

Homemade Recipes: Grilled Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Try pairing your bold meat dish with a healthier alternative. Recipe by Karen Humilde

For Grilled Chicken
4 pcs chicken thigh or breast
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp calamansi juice or lime juice
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup barbecue marinade
3 cloves garlic, crushed
salt and pepper

For Mashed Sweet Potatoes
3 medium sized sweet potatoes (kamote), boiled and peeled
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter

Serves 3
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes


For Grilled Chicken:
1. Bring water into a boil and cook chicken for 5 minutes. Drain all the water and set aside.
2. In a medium-sized container with lid, combine all ingredients except for butter. Turn each side of the chicken until fully coated. Cover and let it stand for an hour.
3. Pre-heat grill.
4. Place each chicken in a griller and flip each side until thoroughly cooked. Top with a slice of butter while hot to add flavor and gloss.

For Mashed Sweet Potatoes:
1. In a large bowl, mash boiled sweet potatoes until smooth.
2. Add butter and milk. Mix well.
3. Season with salt and pepper (optional). Serve with chicken. Keep it warm.

Everyone has a story: Karen Humilde

A BIG thank you to Shelly of The Goal List for the time and chance to be part of your inspiring blog. 🙂

The Goal List

Today’s mini-interview is with Karen Humilde, who describes herself (on her blog livewanderlove) as “a full time dreamer and a part time wanderer […] who falls in love with life.” She shares recipes, photos, and travel stories on her blog, and today she shares some of her dreams, goals, and advice with you.

(If you’re interested in being interviewed for this blog or have someone in mind for me to interview, please let me know or leave a note in the comments section.)

Photo provided by Karen Humilde (livewanderlove.wordpress.com) - Used with permission Photo provided by Karen Humilde – Used with permission

What is one of your dreams for your life?
Personally, I want to have a family on my own. I want to get married with the man I love and be a mother of 5 adorable kids. As simple as that.

What is something on your bucket list?
I have 5 destinations in mind that I really would love…

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Homemade Recipes: Pork Salpicao and Thai Mango Salad

Dig in to this tender pork recipe with a perfect contrast of tangy salad. Recipe by Karen Humilde.

For Pork Salpicao
1 1/2 cup pork tenderloin
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup garlic (for toppings)
1/4 cup garlic (for marinade)
1/2 tbsp liquid seasoning
1/4 cup water

For Thai Mango Salad
1 green mango, cut into strips
1 ripe mango (yellow), cut into strips
1/2 cup salted peanuts, slightly toasted
2 teaspoons fish sauce
3 teaspoons white or brown sugar

Serves 3
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes


For Pork Salpicao:
1. Marinate pork in worcestershire sauce, liquid seasoning, garlic, pepper and water. Let it stand for 15 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic until cooked but not toasted. Set aside.
3. Using the remaining oil, add the marinated pork and cook for 15 minutes.
4. Top it with cooked garlic. Serve hot with a cup of rice.

For Thai Mango Salad:
1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine green and ripe mango.
2. Add fish sauce and sugar. Mix well. Top it with salted nuts.

Merry Malaysia: Batu Caves

Climb hundred steps to this sacred Hindu temple and delve into the dark cave rooted on top.

Dubbed as the focal point of Hinduism culture in Malaysia, Batu Caves attracts hundreds of visitors a day and more than 1 million guests during Thaipusam, a yearly Hindu festival being strictly observed by the Tamil community.

We took the KTM Komuter since it was the easiest route coming from Kuala Lumpur. The train was spotless and looks relatively new. The seats were like a fusion of a bus and train. It is very spacious too, making our trip to the Batu Caves a lot more conducive.





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