I am most relaxed when we are having dinner at home. I don’t have to worry about whether or not the kids will eat whatever we ordered or if they will sit down for most part of the meal. Eating out is not cheap in Melbourne as well.
At home, we can just be ourselves and I know what I am feeding the family. Dinner is actually the busiest part of our day. Everyone is talking at the same time. Can you imagine that? Rock and Roll!
Cooking is one of the skills I had to learn fast when we migrated to Melbourne. Happy to say, it has kept me sane, excited and creative.
I’ve listed below some of the dinner menu I serve. My personal favorite is the super easy Pinaupuang Manok (Sitting Chicken). I wanted to include Kylie Kwong’s Poached Chicken, my sister in law’s (Karen) Kare Kare, Chinese-style Braised Beef, Caldereta, Elmer’s favorite Lomi but I can’t find any shots I took of these. Well, it doesn’t matter.
The idea is to inspire you to cook some more at home and to instill an invaluable family tradition of sharing meals together, everyday.
Family togetherness is important.
So here goes our 23 reasons for eating at home:
1. Jamie Oliver’s Simple Lasagne with pumpkin filling served with your choice of greens and chips
2. Grilled squid, beef steak with caramelized onion and salsa
3. Crispy pan-fried fish fillet with tartar sauce served with Spanish fried rice
5. Arroz Caldo
6. Carbonara with Greek spinach pie
7. Salmon/ham with avocado, cos and tomato sandwiches with Sloppy Joes
8. Grilled lamp chop, pita bread, homemade hummus and veggies
9. Patatim or Braised Pork Hock served with steamed veggies
14. Oven cooked salmon topped with almonds and parsley served with fresh oysters
14. Pizza made by the kids served with fig and goat cheese rolled in pancetta
15. Chicken Chow Mein Noodles
16. Chicken Schnitzel with Oven Roasted Tomatoes
17. Sushi with tortilla and salsa
18. Chicken Tinola
21. Fish Sarciado
22. Korean Beef Stew