Adobong Bangus Recipe


Milkfish or bangus as it is locally called here in the Philippines is our national fish. Bangus is one of the many staple fish diets by Filipinos although milkfish is widespread in Southeast Asia. Countries like Indonesia and Taiwan have milkfish also in their diet. There are many ways to cook the milkfish or bangus. Preparation of bangus for this recipe is somewhat popular to all. Enjoy!


1 medium size bangus, slice
4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. salt 
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 tsp. vetsin
cooking oil

  1. Marinate bangus in this mixture by combining all ingredients. Let it stand for 2 hours.
  2. Drain the fish. Set aside vinegar mixture.
  3. Fry the fish until golden brown - set aside.
  4. Fry garlic then add vinegar mixture.
  5. When it boils, drop in fried bangus. Cook in for 10 minutes until tender brown.
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Potato: Healthy Balance


Potatoes can be eaten by anyone of any age! Potatoes are a popular vegetable, often wrongly blamed for being fattening. In fact they are low in fat, filling and full of vitamin C and other antioxidant nutrients. 

Usually fat-free, an average jacket potato, eaten with the skin, contains 260 calories, 50g carbohydrate, and almost one quarter of daily fibre, vitamin C, folate and potassium, as well as over half your vitamin B6 daily needs. 

The fibre in potato skins is important. Fibre improves digestive health, and helps prevent the build up of harmful toxins. Fibre may also reduce risk of heart disease and some cancers, and can promote a feeling of fullness, so helping to reduce snacking between meals. 

As well as providing many essential trace elements, the potato also contains a variety of phytochemicals (beneficial plant compounds) known to act as protective antioxidants in the body. These include:

• Flavonoids
• Vitamin C
• Carotenoids

Which variety of potato should I use? 

As a general rule, we recommend that you use potatoes recommended for chipping in your ActiFry. In many supermarkets there is information on the packaging telling you which varieties are suitable for making chips.

At the beginning of the main crop season or when potatoes have been freshly harvested they may have a higher water content, so we advise you cook the chips for a few more minutes.

Remember that using different potato varieties does result in a different taste, texture and flavour. 

ActiFry also allows you to prepare frozen chips. As these are pre-cooked in oil during processing, it is not necessary to add any more oil. 

Where should I store potatoes? 

The best place to store potatoes is in a dark, cool airy cupboard (between 6 and 8°C), away from the light. 

How should I prepare potatoes for Actifry? 

To obtain the best results, you must ensure that the chips do not stick together. With this in mind, wash the whole potatoes and then cut them into chips using a sharp knife or chip cutter. The chips should be of equal size so that they all cook at the same time.

Wash the chipped potatoes in plenty of cold water until it runs clear in order to remove as much of the starch as possible.

Dry the chips thoroughly using a highly absorbent clean tea towel. The chips must be perfectly dry before putting them in the Actifry otherwise they will not turn crispy. To check they are dry enough pat them with paper kitchen towel just before cooking. If there is any wetness on the paper dry them again.

Remember the cooking time of the chips will vary according to the weight of chips and the batch of potatoes used. 

How should I cut the potatoes?

The size of a chip influences how crunchy or soft it is. The thinner your chips, the more crunchy they will be and conversely, thicker chips will be softer inside.

You can cut your chips to the following thickness according to your taste:

American style: 8 x 8mm
Thin: 10 x 10mm
Standard: 13 x 13mm
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Balance and Variety: The Food Group Approach


Starchy foods: bread, other cereals and potatoes

For energy, B vitamins, minerals and fibre, these foods should make up about a third of the food you eat. Include at least one with each meal, including bread (especially wholemeal); breakfast cereals; pasta, rice, couscous, potatoes yam, and chapatti. 

Fruit and vegetables 

Eat a variety every day – all types count towards your 5-a-day, including fresh, frozen, canned and dried. Fruit juice is high in sugar, so only counts once a day.

One portion is approximately 80g (or 3 tablespoons) vegetables, a bowl of salad, a whole fruit (banana, apple or orange) or two small ones (plums, satsumas).

Milk and dairy foods

Two to three servings each day will provide essential calcium for healthy bones and teeth, some B and fat soluble vitamins. Choose lower fat milk, cheese and yogurts for maximum calcium, but lower saturated fat intake. 

Meat, fish and alternatives 

Two servings a day are needed to provide protein, iron and other minerals and vitamins. Choose from: lean red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, lentils, dhal, nuts, tofu and seeds. 

Fatty and sugary foods 

Cooking oils and some fat spreads contain essential fats and fat soluble vitamins (A,D and E) which we need in small amounts for good health. Use sparingly. Many foods in this group however, are high in saturated fats and sugar, such as cakes, biscuits, pastries and savoury snacks, so limit your intake and include occasionally in small amounts. 


Keep well hydrated throughout the day with at least 6-8 cups fluid every day, including water, hot drinks (including some tea/cofffee/fruit or herbal teas) and low sugar or sugar free cold drinks. If you drink alcohol, keep to the sensible daily limits of no more than 2-3 units of alcohol for women and 3-4 units for men.
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Smoky Joe's Big, Spicy Burgers



1/2 15-oz can barbecue sloppy joe sauce
1/2 4-oz can sliced or chopped jalapeƱos, drained
1 3/4 lb extra-lean ground beef
1 egg
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
6 Hamburger Buns

  1. Fire up your grill to medium.
  2. Pour 1/4 can of sloppy joe sauce into a big bowl
  3. Mix in the jalapeƱos, egg and worcestershire sauce
  4. Add the beef and mix some more
  5. Squish the mean into 6 burgers, each no more than 3/4 thick. Slap 'em on the grill and close the lid (with the vents open)
  6. Grill until they're done the way you like: 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium (160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer) or 7 to 8 minutes per side for well-done (170 degrees F).
  7. Toast the buns on the grill
  8. Slather with the remaining 1/4 can sloppy joe sauce. 


I've round off all can sizes to the nearest ounce. So don't panic if a recipe calls for a 15-oz can but you can only find a 14 1/2 ouncer. Just grab that closest available size. 
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Five Gym Ready Steps to Better Skin



Heat and tight clothing work together to increase sebum production and clog your pores, so wear loose workout clothes in breathable fabrics.


They may smell okay, but unwashed gym clothes rub yesterday's sweat and oil against your skin which can lead to acne on your chest and back. Do your laundry guy.


Long, hot showers may feel great but they also dry out your skin. Limit your showers to warm (not hot) water, and keep the length to less than 5 minutes.


A gym breeds bacteria, the main cause of breakouts. Rather than use a soap thats been handled by dozens of other sweaty men. Bring antibacterial soap.


Hands, elbows, and heels are prone to dryness in cold weather. So layer on a body cream after your shower.
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