Monday Madness #2

  1. What is your favorite main course to prepare?
    Instant food that I recently discovered is Pad Thai... but I also love to cook Paella, Chicken Alexander [recipe below], Palabok and Spaghetti... my family's favorite.

  2. What is your favorite side dish to prepare?
    Corn with butter.

  3. Do you like to bake? If so, what is your favorite?
    The two dish that I can bake are Mini Cheesecake and Banana muffin... do these ever count as baking?

  4. What one dish would you like to learn to cook?
    Lengua. It's one of my favorite dish! I already have the recipe for this, but I find it hard to find all the ingredients. I should experiment on this one soon.

  5. What is your worst cooking disaster?
    None that I can recall... There were times though that my dish was a bit salty.
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Recipe #3: Chicken Alexander I'm not much of a cook. If you knew me before I got married, you'll know that I can't even fry an egg without breaking the yolk. When I got married, hubby knows I can't cook. So the saying "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" is not true! I would always hire a nanny who can also cook! That is one of my requirements. I just plan our menu and the nanny will prepare it for us. When we migrated, I was forced to learn how to cook. And now, as long as I have a recipe to follow, I can basically cook anything. Probably not as yummy as Ann's cooking, but I had praises for some of my dishes. And here's one of them -- Chicken Alexander. It takes time to prepare this dish, so I prepare them during special occasion or whenever we have cravings. This recipe is good for a 9x13 pyrex tray. Prepare the fillings --
  1. Boil 2 pieces chicken breast [bone-in] with onions and salt for 30-40 minutes.
  2. Drain and shred the chicken in small pieces off the bones.
  3. In a pot, fry onions and chicken pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper, until chicken turn brown.
  4. Add two small cans of Cream of Mushroom soup, let it boil for 10 minutes.
  5. Add two small cans of Cream of Corn soup, mix well.
  6. Add 1 cup of green peas. I usually add more kernel corn too.
  7. Let it boil for another 10-15 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes. Set aside.
Prepare mash potato --
  1. Boil 8-10 large potatoes until soft.
  2. Peel off skin. My hubby eats the skin with butter on top. But you don't need this for this dish.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter and add potatoes and mash them.
  4. Add milk [1/2 cup]. Seasoned with salt and white pepper to taste.
  1. Transfer all the fillings on a 9x13 pyrex tray.
  2. Spread the mash potatoes on top.
  3. Topped with shredded mozzarrella cheese.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese has melted.

    Enjoy your dinner!
This is the smaller version I made for our Christmas dinner.


Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Jo. How nice that you cook all those delicious main courses. I love paella! My mother-in-law makes great Chicken Alexander.

Yes, cheesecake and muffins definitely count as wonderful baked goods.

My husband loves lengua too. I'm not fond of it but I eat some when his mom makes lengua.

Thanks for visiting my MM earlier. Have a lovely week ahead!

Heart of Rachel said...

BTW, thanks for sharing the recipe of Chicken Alexander. It looks yummy.

Raquel said...

By just reading all you had mention, it makes me feel hungry. #2 is one of my favorite.

evi said...

i think i'm the worst cook ever. i always tried though to cook the best way i can and no one but my husband appreciates it. i'm sure my husband felt that he had to. sometimes he tells me the truth and that breaks my heart. truth hurts as they say.

bugsybee said...

Oh, how I love paella! It's a complete meal in itself. My father, who was a very good cook, served this every Sunday for about a year until he himself said "no more" but we all never tired of it.

JO said...

Hi Rach,
Thanks! My hubby is not fond of Lengua too that is why I don't have the initiative to cook it myself.

Hi Raquel,
Naku, sorry, on diet ka pa naman. hehehe...

Hi Evi,
I'm sure its not as bad as you think. I started that way too.

Hi Bugsy,
I just remember that I had a disaster one time with my paella...

niceheart said...

That looks so good. And who would have thought that you didn't know how to cook before you were married? :) The recipe looks so easy to follow but a little bit time consuming as you mentioned. I might give it a try though. Thanks for sharing.

ann said...

I'll try that recipe this week, josh loves mashed potato. Sarap marinig when kids say "yummy!" kahit minsan bola na lang...hahaha!

JO said...

Hi Irene,
Let me know how it goes.

Hi Ann,
I'm sure mas magiging masarap ang luto mo!

Francesca said...

aha, manenok nga itong recipe mo, haha! ty, at last may decent dinner na mga kids!

JO said...

Hi Francesca,
Goodluck and let me know how it turns out.