Cooking Team Nati’s favorites with Good Life and Doña Elena

I am one happy mama when I got these goodies from a generous sponsor. I can’t contain my happiness especially when I realized that it is my trusted brand that I have been using in the kitchen for the longest time – Doña Elena for Olive and Sesame Oil, and Good Life for the bread crumbs and different kinds of noodles.

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No time to research for never-tried recipes so I just prepared the usual staple in our dinner table. So, kitchen diva mode on!

Six years ago, I first tried the 40 Cloves Garlic Chicken recipe – oven-baked chicken in lots of garlic (yes, that’s 40 cloves of garlic) and submerged in a generous amount of Olive Oil. Turned out really mouth-watering that it became a favorite dish when there’s an occasion. A year ago, I learned about “brining” poultry especially when roasting or baking. I tried brining a whole chicken with spices and a little bit of olive oil. So this is the secret of “simo’t-sarap”! It was so tender, juicy and flavorful! I used my ever favorite Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil for brining and baking.

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One of my small family’s fave is a recipe I learned from a good friend turned wedding godmother. I and Ace (then my boyfriend) had a dinner at their place 14 years ago. We had Steamed Lapu2x with Ginger-Soy sauce. It was really good that I asked how it was cooked. Glad my memory didn’t fail me and I was able copy the recipe at first try. Since then, Steamed Lapu2x has been a favorite. It’s also one of my fave dish to prepare because it’s very easy. No need for complicated procedure, long prep time, longer cooking time, and ingredients are easy to find. This time, I used Good Life Sesame Oil for the Soy-Sesame Sauce. 

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Not a fan of Egg Noodles (Pancit Canton) because of the smell but I learned to love Good Life Pancit Canton, so does Ace and Nati! My Pancit Canton overload – overloaded with pork liver and veggies! Well, that’s how I cook noodles. Mas marami ang sahod kesa sa noodles.

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Since the daughter can already verbalize what she wanted to eat, she would always request for “Getti” (Spaghetti). Both hubby and daughter are suckers of Pinoy Style Spaghetti so it is part of my grocery list all-the-time. First time that I used Penne for a Pinoy Style pasta dish. At first I was in doubt if Nati would want it because it’s not Spaghetti pasta but she loved it anyway and had a plateful of it. Sigh of relief! I love Doña Elena’s Penne Rigate because it stays al dente even if I let it stand for few more minutes before draining. To Nati, this dish is “WOOOOOWWWWW!!!” that she had it for 3 consecutive meals.haha

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I am a fan of Bola-Bola (meatballs). Who wouldn’t? I love the smell of it when frying! I used to fry without breading but Good Life Japanese-Style Bread Crumbs is perfect for this. I also used this bread crumbs for my Gambas Ala Luna to add texture to the sauce and other dish that needs breading.

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When daughter wants “tabaw” (sabaw) and we just had Tinolang Manok two days ago and Tinolang Isda a day before, it’s high time for Sotanghon Soup! Good Life’s Vermicelli Noodles (Sotanghon) is definitely perfect for this dish because the noodles are firm enough. A sotanghon seller once told me “maganda ito Ma’am kasi di natutunaw”. I was confused by what she meant with “natutunaw” so I asked. She said that some noodles will dissolve when reheated. True enough, I have experienced it. Happy that Good Life Vermicelli noodles does not dissolve in the “sabaw” when being reheated. It has the same sotanghon texture even after a day or two. 

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Another staple in our dining table is my Siomai. This time, I added shredded Malunggay leaves. I am a fan of Good Life Sesame Oil for my Siomai because it is more aromatic than other brands. Brushed the steamer with Sesame Oil, and mixed a couple of tablespoons in the Siomai mixture as it enhances flavor.

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That’s just some of the dishes we usually have in the dining table, be it on ordinary days or on special occasions. Thanks to Good Life and Doña Elena for making quality products that makes every mom’s adventure in the kitchen a good one! I’ll be sharing the recipes soon. I just hope I can find time for it. 

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