December 18, 2019

Four Easy Holiday Recipes Using the Samsung Smart Oven


The convenience of quick fixes such as food deliveries and instant dishes has made families choose that over home-cooked meals. It’s tempting to just take the easy route and go for something fast, especially during the holidays when Filipinos are juggling many things at once.

One of the most important parts of Christmas in the Philippines is Noche Buena. Those preparing the Christmas Eve feast will want to prepare special food for their loved ones, but may find the idea of cooking several dishes intimidating.

Samsung developed the Smart Oven for those who want to enjoy healthy and delicious meals, which can be prepared for any type of occasion. Designed as an all-in-one kitchen partner, it works as a convection oven and a microwave that can be used for baking, grilling, slim frying, defrosting, steaming, and even making yogurt. It’s a do-it-all device that can whip up something special for Noche Buena.

Below are some recipes that families can enjoy with the Samsung Smart Oven:


1. Baked Baby Back Ribs with Coleslaw


Yield: 4 servings
Cooking time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

1 kg. baby back ribs, cut into 3-rib portions
1 sachet 8g. Maggi Magic Sarap
¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pc. small onion, minced
1 pc. small red chili, sliced
1 cup water
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. tomato catsup
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Coleslaw:

1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded red cabbage
½ cup shredded carrot
½ tsp. fine salt
⅛ tsp. freshly ground pepper
¼ cup Nestle All-Purpose Cream
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Directions:

1. Season ribs with Maggi Magic Sarap and pepper. Place meat side down on a deep baking pan.
2. Mix garlic, onion, chili, water, soy sauce, tomato catsup, sugar, and peanut butter. Pour into the pan and mix well with pork.
3. Bake on high rack using Microwave + Grill Mode. Set aside.
For both MC32K and MC35J: Select Microwave + Grill. Set at 600W for 60 minutes. After 45 minutes, flip and continue to cook for the remaining 15 minutes.
4. Prepare slaw by mixing cabbage, carrot, salt, pepper, Nestle All-Purpose Cream, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Mix well and refrigerate.
5. Brush pork with the reduced sauce, transfer on a serving plate and garnish with parsley. Serve with cabbage slaw.

2. Parmesan Crusted Baked Salmon


Yield: 4 servings
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pc. lemon
¼ cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. minced parsley
2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ bar cream cheese
1 pack 125ml Nestle All-Purpose Cream
¼ cup water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. sliced spring onion
⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 ½ sachets 8g. Maggi Magic Sarap
½ kg. skinless salmon fillet
¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 can corn kernels, drained and rinsed
2 pcs. red and green pepper, diced

Directions:

1. Cut lemon in half lengthwise. Cut half of the lemon into wedges and set aside. Zest and juice the other half of the lemon. Mix lemon zest, breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.
2. Combine cream cheese, Nestle All-Purpose Cream, water, garlic, spring onion, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Season with ½ sachet of Maggi Magic Sarap. Mix until smooth.
3. Season salmon with ½ sachet of Maggi Magic Sarap and pepper. Place salmon on a Crusty Plate. Spread ½ cup of the sauce on top. Gently press the breadcrumb mixture. Mix corn and bell peppers and season with ½ sachet of Maggi Magic Sarap. Place around the fish.
4. Cook salmon on low rack using the Healthy Cooking Mode.
For MC32K: Select Healthy Cooking. Set program code to 3-4 (Grilled Salmon Steaks). Select Serving Size. After beep sounds, press start to continue.
For MC35J: Cook using Auto Cook Mode. Select Auto. Set program code to A9 (Grilled Salmon Fillets) and select Serving Size. After beep sounds, press start to continue.
5. Transfer on a serving plate and serve with the cream sauce and lemon wedges.

3. Chicken Parmigiana with Roasted Tomato Sauce


Yield: 4 servings
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

4 pcs. boneless and skinless chicken breast
1 sachet 8g Maggi Magic Sarap
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 pcs. eggs, beaten
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. chopped basil
1 cup grated mozzarella

Roasted tomato sauce:

¼ kg. tomatoes, halved lengthwise
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pc. onion, cut into wedges
½ small can anchovies
2 tbsp. butter, diced
1 sachet 8g Maggi Magic Sarap
¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. Italian herb seasoning

Directions:

1. Season chicken with Maggi Magic Sarap. Coat with flour, dip in egg, and coat well with breadcrumbs. Set aside.
2. Prepare the roasted sauce by spreading tomato, garlic, onion, anchovies, and butter on Crusty Plate. Season with Maggi Magic Sarap, pepper, sugar, and Italian herb seasoning. Cook vegetables on Crusty Plate on high rack using the respective modes:
For MC32K: Select Microwave + Grill function. Set at 600W for 10 minutes.
For MC35J: Cook using Auto Cook mode. Select Auto. Set program code to A-13 (Roast Vegetables). Select serving size.
3. Puree vegetables using a blender. Adjust consistency with water. Set aside.
4. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and cook on Crusty Plate on low rack using the respective modes:
For MC32K: Select Healthy Cooking button. Set program code to 3-1 (Chicken Breasts). Select serving size and set cooking time to nine minutes.
For MC35J: Cook using Auto Cook Mode. Select Auto. Set program code to A8 (Grilled Chicken Breasts). Select serving size. Turn over as the beep sounds. Press start to continue.
5. Remove from the oven. Top with tomato sauce, basil, and cheese. Continue to cook chicken using Hot Blast mode.
For both MC32K and MC35J: Select Hot Blast. Set to 200°C for three minutes.
6. Transfer into a serving plate and serve with more tomato sauce.

4. Easy Baked Apple Cobbler


Yield: 4 servings
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:

4 pcs. gala apples, peeled and sliced
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
⅛ tsp. fine salt

Toppings:

½ cup all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. fine salt
¼ cup sugar
6 tbsp. Nestle All-Purpose Cream
1 tbsp. sugar for topping

Whipped Cream (optional):

1 pack 125ml Nestle All-Purpose Cream, chilled
⅓ cup condensed milk

Directions:

1. Mix apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, cornstarch, butter, and salt. Divide into 4 ramekins.
2. Bake apples using Hot Blast Mode. Stir the mixture to make sure all apple slices are evenly coated with the sauce. Set aside.
For both MC32K and MC35J: Select Hot Blast. Set to 180°C for 10 minutes.
3. Whip Nestle All-Purpose Cream until it thickens. Whisk in condensed milk. Refrigerate until use.
4. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Stir in the whipped Nestle All-Purpose Cream. Mix until dough is formed. Divide into 4 portions.
5. Cover each ramekin with dough and sprinkle each with sugar. Bake using respective modes and set aside to cool:
MC32K: Select Hot Blast button. Set to 180°C for 25 minutes.
MC35J: Bake using Convection Mode. Select the Convection button. Set to 180°C for 30 minutes.
6. Top Apple Cobbler with whipped cream if desired.

Note: Recipe includes automatic pre-heating once baking details are entered in the oven.

Pair the Smart Oven with Samsung’s lineup of refrigerators, which are packed with innovative technologies such as SPACEMAX technology that has thinner walls compared to traditional refrigerators, and  FlexZone technology that preserves the optimal freshness of different kinds of food. This makes it the perfect holiday companion to ensure food is properly stored during gatherings and Noche Buena.


Get the Do It All Cookbook upon purchase of MC32 and MC35 Samsung Smart Oven. This recipe book is a collection of 35 easy to follow, tasty, and healthy recipes that anyone can do. Offer is valid until December 31, 2019.

Know more details on Samsung’s Smart Oven and newest refrigerator models by liking SamsungPH on Facebook or visit https://www.samsung.com/ph/cooking-appliances/microwave-ovens/ and https://www.samsung.com/ph/refrigerators/

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October 22, 2019

Five Factors for Achieving Healthy Weight Loss


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Weight management is one of the main components of a healthy lifestyle. Over time, it is easy for excess calorie consumption or a lack of exercise to start to show up on your body as extra pounds. Today, you can find many different weight loss plans available that all claim to help you get fit, yet there are some simple strategies that have always been known to work. Incorporating these five factors into your lifestyle helps you drop the extra weight and enjoy having more energy that helps you stay on track with your goals.

Develop a Balanced Diet Plan

The decision to lose weight may make you feel like you need to skip meals or avoid eating specific foods. Unfortunately, this strategy can backfire by causing you to feel deprived, and skipping meals can affect your metabolism. Instead, develop a balanced diet that highlights low-calorie fruits and vegetables along with a proper portion of protein to help you reduce calories and fat consumption.

Live an Addiction-Free Lifestyle

Alcoholic beverages are known for being high in empty calories that do very little to fuel your body. Dealing with hangovers or using drugs can also cause you to have no energy or interest in exercise. When you have an addiction, entering rehab for prescription drugs and alcohol abuse gives you a firm foundation upon which you can begin to start your weight loss journey. You’ll feel better and even learn strategies that increase your motivation for weight loss.

Adopt a Positive Perspective on Exercise

During your life, it is possible that you developed negative ideas about what exercise is all about. Whether you still shudder about your high school coach making you run laps or you just don’t like to sweat, you need to know that workouts shouldn’t be stressful. Try a fun form of exercise, such as swimming or hula hooping, to find a workout that you get excited about.

Get Proper Sleep at Night

Sleep is another factor that influences your ability to lose weight. While you rest, your body makes repairs and generates energy that stimulates your metabolism. Without enough sleep, you can also feel just as bad as if you were hungover. This can cause you to skimp on your workouts or turn to unhealthy foods for energy. Make sleep a priority in your life. Set an alarm for bedtime if you need to, and create a comfortable sleep environment. You may even need to store your smartphone in the other room while sleep, but waking up feeling refreshed enough to exercise is worth it.

Invite Others Along on Your Weight Loss Journey

Losing weight is not something that you have to do alone. Tell others about your goals to help establish accountability. You can also talk to a professional counselor about any addictions or problems you have about food or other substances that affect your weight. Finally, invite some friends to join you in exercise and other physical activities such as group workout classes or a pick-up basketball game that helps you transform fitness into a fun part of your life.

Weight loss takes time to happen at measurable levels. However, you can tell that you are making progress just by taking note of how much better you feel while you wait for the scale to reflect the pounds that you drop. The decision to eat better, avoid addictions and exercise more helps enjoy more energy and confidence that shows every time you look in the mirror.

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July 30, 2019

DIY Bento Picks: The Mustache


Ever since I started making bento baons, I have been looking for the mustache bento picks. Hanggang ngayon wala pa din ako nabibili.

That's why I always make a mustache DIY bento picks.


Making a mustache pick is just easy. I searched for mustache photos like these and print it on a clean bond paper, board paper or in a glossy paper so you don't need to scotch tape to cover it. (Free Printable Mustache DIY bento pick here)

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After that, cut it like this and attach it to a toothpick. If you printed it on a bond paper, like I did, you need to cover it with scotch tape to make it water or moist proofed.

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That easy. I usually use mustache pick when I make sandwich or a burger like this. 

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I just add one of the two eye picks I have saved. Haha! So there you go, the super easy to make mustache DIY bento pick.


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July 1, 2019

5 Things You Didn't Know About Quartz Countertops



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When it comes to picking out countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, there are several choices that are overwhelming to pick from. There are wood, laminat, cement, marble, quartz and many more. However, the quartz countertops are a little different than the other natural stone countertops you may have seen or heard of. Actually, quartz countertops are a form of ‘engineered stone ‘ which means that it’s made from ground up particles of stone that are bound together with a space age plastic resins. To go a little more in depth, here are 6 things you may know not know about Quartz countertops.

1. They Are Not 100% Quartz - Of course with many quartz countertops there is some quartz but saying that is the only thing that is wrong. Actually, there are about 10% of the countertop that isn’t stone at all. The other 90% is crushed up granite marble and natural stone or recycled ceramic. All of the rock material is mixed together and held together with binders which is what gives it that quartz countertop look and feel.

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Image: Premier Surfaces

2. Made Exclusively In The United States -
Did you know that almost all the countertop products rivaling quartz are mined and fabricated elsewhere and then shipped to a warehouse, suppliers and vendors everywhere in the United States. Not only does this help a lot of resources and overhead shipping costs but it also helps to keep the dollars at work in our own country. There is a quartz countertop called Cambria which is made in the United States if you wanted to go that route. While you’re looking at specific quartz countertops, I would suggest visiting a showroom in person so you can see them in real life with access to various staff who are knowledgeable in this area. One company, Premier Surfaces offers a wide range of products with quartz countertops as an option.

There are several designers to help answer any questions you have including, Lindsey Frost of Frost Designs, Inc. She personally loves using cambria quartz countertops in a particular color called carrack. It’s a charcoal grey that looks like concrete but it matches perfectly with pale blue and grey cabinets which is a stunning and unique feature to give to a kitchen or bathroom. If you’re thinking of adding a farmhouse design or an industrial feel to your home, this would be the perfect thing to make it pop.


3. It’s Not A Natural Stone - While this may sound like it would be a natural countertop, similar to chatting about it not being 100% quartz, using various pieces to blend together. For this reason, it’s considered a manufactured countertop. Quartz can be molded into more genuine shapes creating curves or unique dimensions that isn’t possible for other countertops such as granite or marble. This is why quartz is perfect to add for kitchen sinks or bathroom sinks due to being able to curve this stone.

4. You Can Use For Slabs - As a homeowner, you think of having quartz in your bathroom or your kitchen but did you know that the majority of this stone is actually used for things like airports, malls or flooring? No really! You may have not have even noticed it because the first material that was invented by Marcello Toncelil was developed with hand poured mini slabs of it, cut down and then used for flooring tables. The countertop idea did not come about until years later!

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Image: Premier Surfaces

5. Cheaper Prices For Granite - Of course quartz countertops are extremely popular but more than ever, people are choosing granite over choosing quarts. The fortunate side effect who wants to install granite is that it’s a lower price due to the lesser demand. Granite prices have really declined over the last few years which makes it more making the material more widely available for everyone to use within their home and in various rooms.

There are several other things you may not know about quartz countertops but to understand more, I would suggest visiting a showroom to help answer all your questions to make sure you are making the right decision before you install these countertops within your home. As I stated before, Premier Surfaces offers locations nationwide to help you look, feel and enjoy learning more about this particular stone or others if quartz may not be the best option or you and your dream kitchen or bathroom countertop. You’re always in good hands with a reliable company such as this so regardless of your choice, you’ll be satisfied and can’t wait to show off the choice you made.
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June 20, 2019

Tefal Frypan Review


After years of waiting and delaying, finally got my dream frying pan from Tefal.

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Hurray! Really, I am so happy because it was in my "to buy" list a long time ago. But I have to set it aside muna because it's not cheap.

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This Tefal frypan (30 cm) is Php 3,350.00 less 100 because I got it in straight payment through a credit card. I told you  it's not cheap but super sulit because first, it has Titanium Pro coating grade. It's nonstick and has that Thermo-Spot® that turns full red when the frypan has reached the ideal temperature for perfect searing.

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The Tefal frypan has a comfort handle.


The Tefal frypan handle is screwed very well so it doesn't move in time.


It is compatible na with induction cooker.

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Most of all, the Flippin Fantastic Nonstick Pancake Ring I bought many months ago fit into this 30-cm Tefal frypan.

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My son loves pancake that's why I also oblige to buy this Tefal frypan already.


Looks perfect in the photo below but it still has a little problem because the pancake sticks, not on the pan, rather on the ring. Maybe I should brush some oil before using it.

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Tried the pancake ring with eggs but it turned out like this. Expectation versus reality it is, haha.

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Needs more practice I guess. But you can still make a perfect sunny side up egg without the ring with this Tefal frypan.



Again, is this Tefal frypan sulit? I would say YES, it is a good investment. Unlike other cheaper pan, Tefal frypan is sturdier, mabigat sya just to warn you also. You can fry with minimal or no oil because it's really nonstick. Because of the Thermo-Spot® that turns full red when the pan reach the right temperature, you will not overcooked or over-fried your food. Healthier right?

Remember that health is wealth so investing on high quality and health-friendly kitchen appliances (like Philips Airfryer), cookwares and multi roaster is very important. They aren't cheap yes, but with the right planning and budgeting you will be able to afford buying them one by one.

What's your dream cooking pan?
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