When I go to the market, I always grab slices of steak or anything easy to cook. Something to save a lazy day. Here’s a quick fix but still YUM… Continue reading Pan-fried Lamb Chops with Mint Sauce
Making beef tapa is part of Mom’s cooking legacy. (Probably all moms anyway.) She would marinate beef and stash it in the fridge for a day or two. When she thinks it’s the right time, cook it in a jiffy, … Continue reading Beef Tapa (& Tapsilog)
Do you like rice toppings? How do you dress up your rice? Continue reading Beef Stew Rice Topping
Once in a while you crave for tender, flavorful beef and kaldereta is not what you want. If that’s the case I suggest you try this recipe… Continue reading Beef Stew with Fresh Casserole Herbs
I have mentioned in another post that I am going through a month or two of edible experiments on non-pinoy spices. Inside supermarkets, I have this tendency to spend more time in front of the herbs section […] Continue reading FF: Beef Stroganoff
Minsan talaga ay hindi ko maiwasan ang cravings para sa masarap, malinamnam at creamy kaldereta. Ano pa kaya kung kambing? […] Continue reading LP42: Kalderetang Kambing
While growing up, I vividly remember eating adobo almost three times a week. It was the most common dish the household helpers cooked, even during special occasions. Continue reading Food Friday: U-Turn – The Adobo
What excites me is the fact that this is our very 1st Noche Buena in New Zealand! […] Continue reading La.Pi.S.#29: Pan-fried Lamb Chops
Erwin Ines cooks and writes from Canada. Don’t miss his other beautiful musings on food: Paella Paru-Parong Bukid A Fil-Canadian Lechong Manok Egg Fried Rice Tubong Lugaw It has been about a year now since I have written a piece … Continue reading Ang Pagbabalik: The Kaldereta
I can never say no to the creamy goodness of beef kaldereta. The melted cheese and the grainy texture of liver pate mixed with tomato sauce and flavorful beef stock – definitely fabulous as rice topping. Funny how I always … Continue reading La.Pi.S12: Beef Kaldereta
Auckland’s temperature gets cooler and cooler each day and how I miss Daddy’s bulalo (bone marrow soup) to get warmed from the inside out. Browsing through tons of food pics in my hard drive, I found these photos of my bulalo cooked back in Beijing. Probably during one of those terrible cold winter days.
I have been thinking of this post ever since I moved into our 1st apartment in Auckland late last month. Kaso hindi ako makakuha ng magandang shot kaya pwede na ito. And I was always in a rush. So here’s a sneak peek into my brand new kitchen! Nothing spectacular, just a cozy, efficient one with a breakfast bar that separates it from the living spaces. I’d probably take a more decent photo when my budget allows me to spend for accessories and bar chairs.
NZ beef and lamb is just so tender, flavorful and gorgeous. It’s remarkably simple and quick to prepare and for a busy working mom, it’s always a good idea to have a fabulous steak dinner at least once a week.
The last time I tried cooking kare-kare was decades ago but let’s not start counting please. That was back in HS with the help of my dad and sis. It wasn’t even successful as the beef tripe was tough and chewy my teeth still hurts just thinking about it. Fate never led me to cook it again ever since. This stew in peanut sauce isn’t really one of my favorites and anyhoo, I had my regular dose occasionally. But not anymore. Bagoong alamang (fermented shrimp paste) isn’t something that a pinoy in Beijing can easily get and I have no idea where to find atsuete (annatto seeds). So our cravings for kare-kare get intense each day until I asked A if he’d go as far as touch it even without the condiment. He said yes and I almost dance with joy! I googled recipes online; settled with those from Connie and the Marketman. I was particularly inspired by Connie’s as she doesn’t use bagoong at all. Not that I don’t like the stuff but because I don’t have it and I just can’t wait for the next bottle to reach me from Manila or Hongkong.
So here is my version of kare-kare sans annatto seeds, banana heart and bagoong alamang – our lunch one weekend more than a month ago. I like kare-kare with pork rind that literally melts in your mouth so I used pork hocks instead of beef tripe to go with oxtail. I used mortar and pestle to pound rice and peanuts and yeah I am not good at it. Oh well, I struggled for weeks with the idea of whether to blog it or not. Thought about making it an entry for Lasang Pinoy – Barrio Fiesta but no, I’d think of another one for that event. As you can see in the photos, the color doesn’t seem right but by the way A ate plate after plate with gusto, I take it as really good! Or just another case of “absence makes the heart grows fonder”.
My New Year blogging was greeted with erratic internet issues since international links were disrupted by the Taiwan earthquake a week earlier. (Guess how long did it take to post this entry and upload all the photos?) Oh well… not to mention few projects that may or may not mean big bucks that kept us real busy. Anyways, here’s one before I go back to work. We were given a bottle of Beijing wine last Christmas and had few cups left that I experimented on beef stew.
But before we get to the recipe check out A‘s Paris Baguette birthday cake next to the bottle of Beijing red wine. Oh yeah babaw lng ng kaligayahan namin but we think we are in love with this Korean-owned bakery what with its cakes and pastries filled with crazy creamy goodness, lots of real butter and sugar and heavenly goodness of what-nots. Even the sandwiches are great!
There is something special about this food photo that would forever remind me of Bursky (awww Dhey you know why). Do check out his blog. He said I owe him a review but for what?! I don’t certainly do blog reviews or even LP reviews hehehehehe. But hey this guy shamelessly called me “a wonderful lady” in his LP entry which he posted the very next day after I put a shotgun in front of his face; the least I can do is link to his blog and invite you all to read his very interesting post for LP16. It has no food photos but I am sure like me you would be amused by this young lad’s fascinating take on Pinoy food culture.
I have no idea how to call this but beef rice – reminiscent of how I prepare Hainanese chicken rice. A recipe was given to me by a dear friend (Joey yeah that’s you!) but the rebel cook I am I didn’t do it exactly the way it should be done. Reasons… I don’t have the canned ingredients and I don’t wanna bake. Anyhoo, if you are reading this, Joey, you know what I changed.