Corned Beef Hash

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Now a month back in NZ after a long holiday from the Philippines! Lots of food photos in my HD but too lazy to blog. Yeah, I know. But I am trying hard to get back to my usual blogging self. Mind you I am cooking all right. That I always do. Enjoying my Wednesday nights watching New Zealand Masterchef, too.

Not a big recipe to get myself going but this is the first time I cooked corned beef this way – with butter and cream and coriander. Try it.

Corned beef
2 Potatoes, peeled and diced
1 Large onion, chopped
1/4 cup Butter (or margarine)
1/4 cup Cream
1 tbsp Chopped fresh coriander
Salt & freshly ground pepper

Add diced potatoes in a pan of boiling water (water just enough to cook potatoes). Simmer until potatoes are cooked yet firm. Drain and combine with chopped coriander. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Wipe off water from pan. Add butter and onion and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in corned beef and potatoes. Mix well. Press down to flatten mixture with a spatula. Turn heat to low. Add cream and mix well. Cook for another 15 minutes, mixing and flattening with a spatula from time to time, until bottom is browned. Serve with rice and fried (or poached) egg.

(You can cook it until dry but I kinda like it moist.)

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

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