In this fast paced world that we live in now, many tend to forget some of the most important things in life — one of those being spending quality time with the family. Sad to say, I am sometimes guilty of this.
I work from home but there are times when I get really busy writing and catching up on work that I end up spending less time with my teens. When my husband and I are out on a trip, the kids are left all to themselves. So, whenever I’m home, I make sure I check up on them, take them out, plan a staycation or a quick getaway and of course, prepare delicious food. When it comes to food, I make sure to cook their favorites together with a couple of new dishes to break the monotony. Let’s face it… nothing beats home cooked meals. When I get cooking event invitations, I immediately grab it. Moments like these are windows of opportunities for me to learn more recipes to cook at home for the family.
Last July 4, Knorr held a #LutongNanay event at The Cookery Place in BGC. This is actually their 3rd year now. The Knorr #LutongNanay event was attended by more than 10 bloggers who have one thing in common… a deep love for food! Being with other moms and foodies like me in a kitchen environment makes me very happy.
Knorr #LutongNanay – The importance of home cooked meals
So, what is the Knorr #LutongNanay campaign all about? According to Knorr Senior Brand Manager, Czarina de Leon-Manalo, “Our goal is to bring back the value behind home cooked meals especially since people choose to eat outside or even alone.”
By creating simple yet great tasting dishes, busy moms nowadays can still find time to serve their families home cooked goodness that their family can look forward to eating when they come home from work or school.
The event was hosted by the charming and very sweet, Camille Prats, who also happens to be a mother herself.
To break the ice, each mom was given the chance to share a little story of herself and her family. It was then followed by a short AVP presentation on Knorr #LutongNanay focusing on our all-time favorite Filipino staple dish – Sinigang.
During the Knorr #LutongNanay cooking demo, Sari Jorge, who is a renowned chef and businesswoman, showed us how to make a variety of Sinigang dishes. From Knorr Sinigang sa Pakwan which Chef Sari prepared, Knorr Sinigang na Grilled Liempo, Knorr Sizzling Sinigang to Knorr Surf & Turf.
It was a fun Knorr #LutongNanay morning full of delicious new recipes, new cooking techniques, and bonding moments with co-moms. Also, I’ve finally put faces to some of the (blog) names that I haven’t personally met yet. Cooking and discovering new ways to prepare and enjoy Sinigang has never been this wonderful!
I went home from the Knorr #LutongNanay event with a joyful heart knowing that I have learned new nutritious meals to serve my family. These new recipes will excite my teens enough to also help me out in the kitchen — that’s another wonderful bonding moment just waiting to happen!
I will end this post with a delicious recipe of Knorr Sinigang sa Pakwan. It’s easy to make and will definitely take Sinigang to a whole new level. Seriously, Sinigang has never tasted this good!
Oh by the way, I served this at home the day after the Knorr #LutongNanay event and my family absolutely loved it!!!
- 500 grams Pork Belly 3 inches x 1 inch slices
- 3 Tbsp Knorr Liquid Seasoning
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 liter water or rice wash (Hugas Bigas)
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- ½ onion, cut into 2 wedges
- 3 pcs tomatoes, sliced into quarters
- 1″ fresh ginger, cut into fine matchsticks
- 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only
- 2 pcs fresh kaffir leaves (optional)
- 200 grams gabi, sliced into cubes
- 500 grams seedless sweet watermelon, peeled and cut into 1” cubes (divided into 2 parts)
- 1 22g pack Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi Mix 20g or 40g
- 1 Knorr Beef Cube
- 1 tbsp fish sauce, plus extra to taste
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 long green chillies, sliced
- 150 grams sitaw, cut into 7 cm lengths
- 100 grams okra
- 1 bunch water kangkong
- Steamed rice, to serve
Fish sauce to serve
- Marinate the pork belly in Knorr Liquid Seasoning for at least 30 mins.
- Place a large casserole over medium-high heat. Add the oil and, working in batches, cook the pork until evenly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and onions to the casserole. Add the tomatoes, ginger, lemongrass, gabi and watermelon and cook for 2 minutes before returning the pork to the casserole.
- Add the water, Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi Mix, Knorr Beef Cube . Cook for a further 1–1½ hours until the pork is tender.
- When the pork is tender, remove the pork from the casserole and set aside. Strain the liquid and add the fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper to taste.
- Add the remaining watermelon, beans, chilies, and okra and cook for 20 minutes, before adding the water spinach and cooking for a minute until all the vegetables are tender.
- Serve with steamed white rice and fish sauce for dipping.
Happy cooking and eating!