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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chili Con Carne

I requested my Sweetheart to cook for me tonight because I was craving for chili con carne, one of his many recipes. I've researched through wikipedia about the origin and meaning of this food and here's what I've found out! ;)

Chili con carne (literally "Chili with meat", often known simply as chili) is a spicy stew made from chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions, and cumin. Traditional chili is made with chopped or ground beef. Variations, either geographic or by personal preference, may substitute different types of meat and may also include tomatoes, beans, or other ingredients. The name "chili con carne" is a variation of the Spanish chile con carne, which means "peppers with meat." Chili con carne is the official dish of the U.S. state of Texas. It can be found worldwide in local variations and also in certain American-style fast food restaurants. But this was originated from Mexico.

Now, I know... I watched him patiently on how he was going to prepare for this food.



Ingredients:

1/2kilo of pure ground beef
1 can of chili beans (439 grams)
1 can of Polpa Pomodori tomato paste (or you can try ordinary tomato paste)
2-3 Tablespoon of Worsheshire sauce
1 medium sized onion (chopped finely)
3-4 cloves of garlic (crushed and chopped finely)
2-3 red or green chilis (chopped lengthwise)
3 pcs. of fresh tomatoes (chopped finely)
4 pcs Shiitake mushroom or portobello mushroom (chopped)
3 Tablespoon of cooking oil (palm or soybean oil)
1/4 teaspoon of paprika powder
1 cup of grated mozerella cheese (or other regular cheese which you use for spaghetti)
1 pack of Chili powder
1 sour cream (optional)

Direction:

1. Prepare all the ingredients.
2. Saute garlic, onion and ground beef (until the beef is cooked)
3. Pour the tomato sauce, chili beans, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and the rest of ingredients except the chilis, cheese and sour cream. Boil for 5-10 minutes in medium heat.
4. After boiling it is ready to serve. Pour in a bowl, serve with grated cheese and sour cream on top.

Note:
1. You can eat this recipe with rice, or just eat this with crackers or tortilla chips.

2. In cooking, my sweetheart don't usually put oil because according to him, the beef has its own natural oil so as to avoid too much greessy, he put the beef first then the garlic and onion in a low temperature. But I prefer to use oil still when it comes to cooking or saute. It is still up to you if what do u think is okay.

Chow time!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pork Caldereta



I know that beef and goat's meat are for Caldereta, but I would like to try to use pork as substitute for beef or goat's meat. Pork is easier to boil/cook than the famous two mentioned. The recipe below is good for 3-5 persons/servings, you can adjust if you like. This was our dinner last night and my Sweetheart loved it, he even had second serving. When I asked him if he likes to have an ice cream for dessert, he refused it, he said that he wanted another serving of my pork caldereta :D

PORK CALDERETA


Ingredients:

1/2 kilo of Pork (chopped in cubes or bite size) - good for 3-4 persons
1 medium sized onion (chopped in cubes)
5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1/2 cut of red and green peppers (chopped in square)
1/2 size of medium carrots (peeled and cut into cubes)
1 big potato (peeled and cut into cubes)
10 black peppers (whole)
dash of ground black pepper and salt
2-3 Tablespoon of fish sauce
2-3 Tablespoon of soy sauce
3-5 dried bay leaves
liver spread in small can (optional)
1 - 1/2 cup of grated cheese
2 Tablespoon of melted butter
fresh or dried chillis (optional)

Procedure:

1. Boiled the pork in a casserole for 15-20 minutes in high temperature, add the black pepper (whole) and bay leaves. Remove the floating fats (the color is usually dark or dirty white bubbles).

2. Put the potato cubes and carrots, boil for 5-10 minutes until they are soft then add the red and green bell peppers.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients.

Served with rice.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ga Paw Mu Khai Dhao Masterpiece

I almost perfected cooking this Thai food. My Sweetheart and friend tasted this deliciously good, not too spicy but still tasty. I am inspired to cook because they love the taste of my recipe. I cooked this twice this week (last Sunday and Thursday)I don't just follow the recipe in my recipe book and online but I also experiment on the taste as to how I want to make it tasty according to my choosy tongue lol.

It is end of the week, once again. I hope you'll enjoy your weekend with your family or alone somewhere. Tomorrow, I am going to share to you the recipe on our dinner tonight, my own version of Pork Caldereta. See you again, next time! Goodnight! :D



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Food Trip For The Day: Bulalo and Caldereta

I have a chance to taste these delicious Filipino food here in Bangkok, I thought I will never taste Bulalo and Beef Caldereta again because I am far away from home. But I never thought that there's a Filipino restaurant here in Bangkok, actually there are two Pinoy restaurants here. I would like to explore one day to taste all kinds of food. I said to myself that I am going to cook these food at home so my Sweetheart will be proud of me and his tummy will be happy. As they said, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach..." Food trip for the day are these yummy Pinoy food below :)


Bulalo Soup (Beef Bone Marrow and Meat)


Beef Caldereta

Monday, January 11, 2010

Restaurant For Today: Sizzler and Coffee World

I was invited by a friend of mine to dine in at Sizzler Steak Restaurant in Fashion Island Mall. At Sizzler's you will taste yummy steaks and other american food in a very affordable price. I ordered beef steak with french fries and it cost only 169.00 baht, the salad buffet bar is for free once you order any food in their menu. This restaurant is one of my favorites and on top of my list because of the taste of food, costless, and the service is superb. If I were to choose between Mc Donald's and Sizzler's I would still prefer the second one. Nothing compares to Sizzler's not even KFC and other famous fast food chains.

These photos were taken inside Sizzler's:


Perfect combination... love it! :p


Varieties of salad, water melon punch and spinach soup.




Beef Steak and french fries


Mousse and jellies for my yummy dessert

And these photos were taken at the Coffee World:


Pancakes with blueberry filling and green iced tea with mousse




Good thing about drinking coffee and tea here is that they have free wifi service available for their customers. Nice idea! Love it! Whattaday!:D

Friday, January 8, 2010

THAI FOOD 101: Ga Paw Mu Khai Dhao (stir fry ground pork and string beans with sunny side up egg)

Here's what I promised to you. I mentioned on my other blog, "Journey to Haven" that I will post the ingredients of my favorite Thai dish here. Here it is. Enjoy cooking! Chow!!!;)

Ga Paw Mu Khai Dhao



Ingredients:

1 cup of ground pork
1 Tablespoon of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce
1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons of soya bean or palm oil
a dash of ground black pepper
2-3 red spicy chili or siling labuyo (you can control spiciness if u don't like spicy then, don't add)
3-5 cloves of garlic (chopped finely
1 oz of water
5 kaprow (fresh basil leaves)

Procedure:

1. In a hot frying fan, saute garlic and chili until the garlic turned golden brown.

2. Add the ground pork, wait until cooked, then put soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and ground black pepper.

3. Pour 1 oz of water or less just to avoid the ingredients to stick into the pan. Cook for 3 minutes in high temperature and set aside in a serving dish.

4. Next, cook a sunny side up egg, then serve on top of the rice. decorate the plate with sliced cucumber and tomatoes.


TIPS:

1. In the picture, you will see there are white meat there. That is squid, you can combine ground pork and squid if you would like to try. It is also yummy.

2. You can substitute ground beef or ground chicken.

3. You can also add young corn and green or red bell pepper.

4. Try cutting the meat into bite size or chopped thinly, if there's no available ground meat in your fridge.

Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Pure LOVE

This food that I'm going to feature this morning is the one that I am preparing for my sweetheart, everyday from Monday to Friday. He loves this very much for his lunch meal to school (he is a grade school teacher here in Bangkok). Americans love sandwiches and almost all kinds of bread, while Filipinos like me love to eat rice, rice and rice!!! :)



How to prepare a yummylicious ham and cheese sandwich? It is so easy and simple. I am sure my 10 year old kid can do this. For those of you who wants to teach your children a little independence on preparing simple food while you're at work or away from home, you should teach them how to make an easy and simple but nutritious food like sandwiches or something that you might think of. But beware and aware not to teach them to use knife or the gas stove because it is dangerous. They can actually cook but still with our supervision, as parents.


HAM AND CHEESE SANDWICH

What do we need?

sliced or loaf bread
mustard (optional)
Paris ham or smoked ham (but you call also try other kinds of ham)
sliced cheese
sliced tomato
dried oregano leaves, ground (optional)
ground black pepper
iodized salt
lettuce


How?

1. Get a plate and put two slices of loaf bread on it, spread a little of mustard on one of those bread like this in the picture.



2. Add the Paris ham or any kind of ham available in your fridge. My sweetheart's favorite ham is Paris ham. Put 2-3 slices (if the slices are thin, otherwise just put 1 slice only) of ham in your sandwich.



3. Then, the sliced cheese.



4. Plus, 2-3 slices of tomatoes.



5. A dash of ground black pepper and dried oregano leaves, and iodized salt. if you don't have dried oregano leaves, it is okay. It will still taste good without it. Don't add too much salt or black pepper, though.



6. For finale, add the lettuce on top. You may add ketchup and mayonaise if you like. But, I don't put them because he doesn't like. You may also add fried egg or sunny side egg before the tomato slices, it's up to you. That will be ham, egg and cheese sandwich already. Have fun and enjoy eating! ;)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

THAI FOOD 101: Put Kaprow Mu Khai Dow (Fried Pork, Basil and Egg)



This is a common dish for Thai office workers, the reason is simple, it is widely available from street food stalls and can be cooked very quickly in a short lunch break. It is also quite spicy so its a great way to pep yourself up for the afternoon. Sunny side up egg is common to be served on top of the rice here. It originates from central Thailand, but can be bought everywhere, it is medium spicy.

Ingredients:

200 grams pork meat (chopped like what you see in the picture or you may just buy ground pork)
1 Onion
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Light soy sauce (here they have different kind of soy sauce strong, medium and light salty)
1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce
1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Tablespoon oil
A pinch of pepper
5 Bird chili
5 Large red chili
3 Garlic Cloves
5 Kaprow (fresh basil leaves)

Preparation:

1.Clean the pork meat and chop it into small bite sized pieces.

2 Slice the onion finely.

3. Peel and chop garlic and chili finely.

4. Saute garlic and chili in hot pan with oil until the garlic aroma comes out.

5. Add the pork, wait until cooked, then put the onion and other spices.

6. Add kaprow basil and a pinch of pepper.

7. Fry for a few minutes long until the onions are soft, then set aside on a serving dish.

8.Clean the pan and heat some more oil.

9. Fry the egg, sunny side up. Then, serve on top of the rice. Decorate the plate with sliced cucumber and tomatoes.



highly recommended to serve with:

Hot Thai Fragrant Rice and Thai iced tea


reference: http://www.khiewchanta.com/archives/stir-frys/pork-stirfrys/fried-pork-basil-and-egg-put-k.html

Monday, January 4, 2010

My Chicken Adobo Style

I love the taste of adobo, specially chicken adobo. There are many kinds or styles of cooking adobo in the Philippines. By the way, adobo means to marinate the meat (chicken, pork, beef, etc.). Adobo is a sauce for marinating meats that originates from Spain, a country which had a large empire from the XVI to the XIX centuries. Due to the spreading of Spanish influence throughout the world, adobo, a part of this influence, also spread, and can be found in a lot of Spanish speaking countries (the Philippines was part of the Spanish Empire). Adobo is definitely a Spanish cuisine that was refined by Filipinos and across decades and centuries, adobo has evolved from a simple food to a classic form of artwork. Thesedays, foreigners have become converts to this Filipino dish.

This is also one of my favorite Filipino food and my food craving last night hehehe. Some people want it more saucy and sweet, other they prepared it oily or dry and some want it with potatoes or pineapple chunks like me. I am glad that my sweetheart liked the taste of my chicken adobo recipe.

Now, I am going to share with you, my own version of my favorite chicken adobo recipe. What I love about making adobo is that this recipe is not that expensive, so simple and very easy to prepare. You can make your own version, too by cooking it differently to match your tastebuds, because some like it sweet, or sour and others
like it salty.

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FILIPINO STYLE CHICKEN ADOBO WITH PINEAPPLE CHUNKS



Ingredients:

1/2 kilo of Chicken breasts (cut into cubes bite size but not so small)
5 cloves of garlic (chopped finely)
2-3 Tablespoon of vegetable or corn oil
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
10 pcs whole black pepper corn
4 dried bay leaves
1/2 cup soy sauce (control the amount if it's too salty)
1/2 cup vinegar (control the amount if it's too sour)
1 cup of pineapple chunks (sliced into cubes)
sugar (optional if the taste is so salty or u want it a little sweet)

Procedure:

1. Remember to wash your chicken very well, remove the skin (I avoid it because it may cause skin problems but if u like it then, don't remove it). Also, if you're family is more than 3 then.. you can adjust the amount you need or modify to suit the taste you want.

2. Heat the pan and add the cooking oil. Saute the garlic until it's turns lightly brown. Then add the chicken, sauté until the chicken is beginning to tenderize.

3. Add ground black pepper, black pepper corn, soy sauce, and vinegar, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is done. Do not overcooked. Make sure to taste the sauce if there's a need to add more vinegar or soy sauce until it suits your taste (should be a bit tangy).

4. When chicken is tender, you may add some sugar if you like a sweeter taste, and for finale put the pineapple chunks. Let it simmer for 3-5 more minutes.

Serve over rice.
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