Budgetarian Cook

Hello foodies, I’m here to share you some of my recipes, cooking techniques and tips that I’ve acquired while learning how to cook. I cook and bake within a budget, thus the Budgetarian Cook. Enjoy and happy cooking!

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Steamed Banana Muffins

Steamed banana muffin is a snack or “merienda”, loved by many Filipinos. If you love bananas so much then this will be your comfort food because its main ingredient is, of course, a ripe banana. Along with the ripe mashed banana are eggs, sugar, flour, baking soda, and oil. At first, it was just a cake or also known as “banana cake” and it is one of the favorite snacks

Pastimallows Recipe

Pastimallows: Well from the name itself, I’m guessing you already know what food this is. Yes, you’re right! Pastimallows is a combination of pastillas and marshmallows. These two are one of the kid’s favorite when it comes to sweets. So just imagine combining it into one bite, amazing right? This one is very easy to make, it’s like 123 or ABC, and you can finish making it just 15 minutes.

Fish Lumpia (Tulingan) with Malunggay

Fish lumpia or lumpiang isda is a good alternative if you want to make healthier, lighter and cheaper version of lumpiang shanghai. You can use any type of firm fish like Bangus, Galunggong, Tambakol, etc. and turn them into these delicious rolls. But since I have a few leftover of Sinaing na Tulingan, I thought I should give it some twist. This is the first time I tried adding malunggay.

Maruya (Banana Fritters) Recipe

Maruya or Banana Fritters is one of my favorite snacks especially when I was in grade school. Every afternoon, the stores beside our school sell different snacks made from banana, cassava and sweet potato. I always buy banana cue or maruya. Having the taste of a pancake with a sweetness of banana, Maruya can make a simple yet yummy snack. Maruya is basically made of ripe (or overripe) banana, flour,

Cassava Cake Recipe

Cassava cake is a yummy, fudgy and flavorful dessert made of grated cassava, coconut milk, eggs and condensed milk. There are so many delicacy and souvenir shops that sell special cassava cake. Ralo’s, Rodilla’s are some of the few. Usually topped with macapuno, custard or grated cheese, Cassava cake is a delectable treat everyone would love. But don’t worry, you can make at the comfort of your home. Cassava, also called

Pineapple Pudding Recipe

Pineapple gelatin pudding, or simply Pineapple Pudding, is an easy and simply fruit dessert to make this summer. It’s a perfect treat for those pineapple lovers but can’t eat the fresh ones. It’s summertime! It also means that it’s time to harvest those tropical fruits. And one of my favorites is pineapple. My dad harvested some from the farm and brought home today. I was wondering what kind of dessert

Pizza Bread Roll | Pizza Roll | Bread Roll

Pizza bread roll, or simply Pizza Roll, is a yummy and scrumptious snack for everyone, especially your kids. It is good as appetizers for parties and potlucks too. Pizza bread roll is perfect if you are craving for some pizza slices but too lazy to go out or order. You can make some of these bread rolls in a jiffy. In this recipe, you will just need a few ingredients,

How to Make Oreo Popsicle Creamy and Yummy

Oreo Popsicle is an easy, quick and yummy dessert that anyone can try. You just need a few ingredients, toss it in a mixing bowl, freeze and voila, you got a quick fix for your sweet cravings. For those who love Oreo cookies, this recipe is for you. Kids and kids-at-heart would surely love this one. You can also let your kids join you when making these yummy treats. Let’s

Kutsinta Recipe

Kutsinta is one of the most food cravings in the Philippines for it’s a tasty and scrumptious native delicacy. This steamed rice cake filled with flours and a dash of sugar is packed with a large amount of carbohydrates to replace lost energy after tiring hours and to engage again in different kinds of activities. Its shiny texture on the outside and a sticky texture inside resulted by lye water

Palitaw Recipe

This delightful palitaw captivates a lot of people because of its distinctive taste and its plump consistency. These chewy dumplings can find especially in public markets and churchyards. Traditionally, It is mostly made of glutinous rice which is soaked in water overnight, then milled to make a dough which is also used in other native rice cakes such as bibingka, suman, espasol, sapin-sapin and puto. This glutinous rice has a

Chicken Tinola Recipe (Tinolang Manok)

Tinolang manok or Chicken Ginger Stew with Vegetables is a kind of a chicken soup filled with green papaya, malunggay leaves, chili plant leaves and/or sayote. The juice from a simmered chicken with ginger, garlic and onion makes the soup more interesting to consume. It makes the soup richer in flavor and natural. It’s good and so flavorful; the ginger gives a distinct flavor in this food making a big

Graham Balls Recipes

Graham Balls are so sweet and soft dessert you can munch all day and all night long. This heavenly soft yummy nom noms is just a dessert you can’t refuse to eat. Its texture, its taste, its color, its appearance and all its personality make it so attractive and easier to be liked. This favorite sweet course is made by just using marshmallow as its body, covered by a rich

How to Make Ice Cream without Ice Cream Maker (Cookies and Choco Cream)

How to make ice cream? That’s the question that popped in my head one hot Sunday afternoon while watching a TV commercial about ice cream of different flavors. My mouth literally watered when the endorser deliciously savor the thick chocolate flavored ice cream and put a teaspoonful on her mouth. Buying a liter of ice cream can be costly, especially for those who have big family like mine. I‘ll be

How to Make Pastillas De Leche or Milk Candy

Pastillas Recipe Pastillas or pastillas de leche is a sweet candy with a succulent flavor of milk. Its rich flavor and its soft consistency make you crave for more. This lush dessert has a lot of ways to make. Different in size, on shape, and sometimes in process and in many other characteristics, but the most important is that whatever kind of sweet milk candies you have, they still have

Turon Recipe (How to Cook Turon or Banana Spring Rolls)

The concert of this dessert is now starting! If you want to eat a banana with a twist, try this Philippine-made turon. It is a dessert made of a sliced banana WRAPPED and ROLLED in a spring roll wrapper and then deep frying it. Its sweetness and its crunch sound so delightful to eat. People add jackfruit too. It gives a special distinct flavor and aroma that is so attractive

Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

I am a coffee drinker. The day isn’t complete without my cup of coffee. I love cappuccino, latte, or any kind of coffee-laced drink. I love my coffee creamy and a bit bitter. I love having coffee hot or iced. I love it topped with cream and syrup or sprinkled with cinnamon. I may be a huge coffee drinker, but a cup of coffee isn’t complete without a treat to

Puff Pastry Snail Recipe

Puff Pastry Snail is a very nifty recipe. You can stuff the puff pastry with any filling of your choosing. You can try jams, preserves, cheese, chocolate and the list goes on! I love making Puff Pastry Snails with bacon and cheese. I love making them for picnics or for days at the beach. They’re great with kids and adults alike. I once made some for a breakfast potluck with

Pininyahang Manok Recipe (Creamy Chicken with Pineapples)

If you want an easy and quick chicken dish (aside from chicken adobo) well, why don’t you try Pininyahang Manok? This creamy and sweet, with a hint of sourness from the pineapple, chicken recipe will surely give you a delightful dinner the whole family will enjoy. Best paired with steamy, freshly cooked rice and you’ll soon have a happy tummy! Pininyahang Manok is an easy-to-cook and very simple (also popular)

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette) Recipe

When I was a kid, I used to despise eggplants. They taste funny and they smell funny, too. I always thought that eggplants tasted horrible—even without actually eating one. My mother would always try to bribe me to eat my eggplants, but I always declined no matter how much ice cream or chocolate she promised to get me. I was adamant about my personal childhood war against all eggplants. I

Daing ng Bangus (Milkfish)

Daing na Bangus is an easy fish recipe you can prepare anytime of the day. This recipe is milkfish marinated in the blend of vinegar, salt, garlic and pepper. Although the name of this dish is “Daing na Bangus”, it is not prepared the way other salted and dried fish are preserved. Vinegar helps to preserve the fish. This method comes handy especially to those who can’t go to the