Saturday, December 21, 2013


  Here I am again with yet another attempt on “cooking”. I wish I could learn how to cook amazing dishes. But I don’t want to. Haha! I leave that all up to chefs! After all, that’s what restaurants are for!

  But this doesn’t mean that cooking or preparing a meal is hopeless for me. There’s still hope! That is why I truly appreciate things that are easy to prepare. It makes my life as a work-from-home Mom easier somehow!

  Today I decided to whip up an Italian meal using these amazing Gustazo goodies that I bought from Greenhills! They’re gourmet fish in jars! Sort of like sardines but on a whole different level! They have Gourmet Tuyo Mild, Pomodoro Tinapa, Bangus Ala Pobre, Chunky Bagoong, Bacalao De Manila, Lemon Garlic Sardines, Sundried Tomato Sardines, and Gourmet Tuyo Regular. I’m sure judging by just the names you can already tell that this is not your ordinary bottled sardines. It has that top quality taste which you can create a lot of simple but scrumptious dishes with. And you can be sure your family will love them too!

Check out what I did with these jar wonders!

Lemon Garlic Fettuccine with Pomodoro Tinapa

8 ounces fettuccine
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 jar of Gustazo Pomodoro Tinapa
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Step 1: Cook the pasta. Just follow the package directions. But what I do is just boil water in a pot, add some salt and a little bit of oil so the pasta won’t stick. Or so I read.

Step 2: Make Garlic Oil. In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. You can actually add breadcrumbs and fry it until golden brown in this step. But I had no breadcrumbs at that time. Once the breadcrumbs are golden brown, transfer it all (including the oil) in a bowl or wherever you wish to plate the pasta.

Step 3: Mix! Get the lemon juice, pepper, and salt and mix it into the plate of garlic oil and whisk it all.

Step 3: Plate. You can actually mix it all together but I wanted to do a little amateur plating. I put pieces of the Gustazo Pomodoro Tinapa on top with parsley in the middle, and then dusted it all off with lots of parmesan cheese! Voila! That’s it!

  Forgive my amateur plating haha! But here’s my final product! It has a nice balance of acidity and saltiness from the Gustazo Pomodoro Tinapa. And healthy too!

Now for the Pizza!

  This is even easier to make! And I bet you that most of the ingredients can already be found in your kitchen!

Homemade Pizza with Gustazo Gourmet Tuyo

Gustazo Gourmet Tuyo Mild - Dried herring in Corn Oil
Ready-made Pizza dough
Black olives
Quickmelt cheese
Tomato paste (or in my case, ready-made pizza sauce!)

Step 1: Lather up some tomato paste or ready-made pizza sauce on the pizza dough
Step 2: Add flakes or chunks of the Gustazo Gourmet Tuyo
Step 3: Add sliced black olives
Step 4: Add chunks of Quickmelt cheese
Step 5: Pop it in the toaster for around 5 minutes or until the cheese bubbles.
Step 6: Put in a plate, and serve with Arugula leaves

  This simple dish turned out to be really good! There’s an excellent balance of sweet and a tinge of heat from the Gustazo Gourmet Tuyo. And then the freshness and slight crunch of the arugula leaves make it even more interesting. It’s certainly something you can create in under 10 minutes!

  Gustazo Gourmet goodies are definitely going to be part of my grocery list from now on. With these, I can be sure that I am getting products with excellent quality. These jars sell from 120-180 pesos range. And a jar contains 225 grams of these gourmet fish. It’s definitely excellent value for your money! And they stay true to their name as Gustazo actually means “Great Pleasure”. And that’s exactly what you get in every bite!

Be updated with Gustazo Gourmet!:

Oh by the way...

WE'RE HOLDING A GIVEAWAY!!! 5 lucky winners will be able to try the goodness of Gustazo Gourmet by winning a Gustazo Giftpack each!  Just follow the rafflecopter below! Ready? GO!

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  1. Wow I wanna win this stuffs because first of all im a food enthusiast and i love italian foods such as pizzas and pasta... i always eat in any restaurants i want, Unfortunately i dont know how to cook, and One day, it came out to my mind that I should start cooking my own recipes so if time comes that i got lazy going outside I can cook in my house... And God answered my prayers!... this Gustazo gourmet goodies is the answer! Obviously,what i want as my first recipe is the one i really love to eat and taste like gourmet so Gustazo gourmet goodies would be the best main ingredients to my I really really want to win this stuffs...

  2. OMG! after seeing your creations i really got so envy and i was about to comment if I can go jump over your house asap! (hehehe) and then i scroll down more and BOOM a giveaway what a destiny for me and gustazo! i would love to try them all and let my family taste it. im sure my son would enjoy tinapa or tuyo pasta. hope to win this. :)

  3. Id love to try it and share with my family.Merry Christmas.

  4. I would love to win because I wanna try different recipe using does Gustazo Gourmet products. It would definitely be exciting and delicious. Can't wait to try it.

  5. I want to give it as Christmas gift to my Mom who loves cooking. I bet that she'll be super happy if I give these goodies to her :)

  6. Q: Why would you like to win?
    A; Because scoring those jars of gourmet fish would mean a whole lot of experimenting in the kitchen. New recipes and kitchen adventures make me happy.

    Enjoy the Holidays!

  7. I want to try them with different recipes. :)

  8. I want to win, because I want to try them all, and the recipes posted looks so good and easy to prepare, so I want to do some experimenting :D

  9. Interesting and easy recipes! I'm excited to cook and eat these dishes!

  10. I love gourmet sauces and foods. I love to use them, specially when I am faced with other food that are lacking in taste & zest!



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