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Chicken Adobo a la London

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I was happy how this recipe turned out. It was really good. Perfect for parties, bring it out in the garden for an additional summer barbecue fare.

Chicken Adobo a la London

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken pieces of thighs and legs
3 pieces dried bay leaves, I used those fresh from my garden
3 tbsp soy sauce
6 tbsp vinegar
3 -6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 cup water
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp Demerara Sugar
1 tsp whole peppercorn
Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a little container,  mix together the soy sauce and garlic.
  2. In a separate large glass container, a lidded Pyrex glass, arrange the chicken pieces and then pour over them the soy sauce mix to marinate for at least three hours or overnight in the fridge.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  4. Fry the marinated chicken pieces and garlic slivers in the oil.  Cook the  the chicken until golden brown on all sides.  Be careful with the frying as bazookas of hot oil and liquid sometimes will shoot out. 🙂 Ouch
  5. I transferred the cook chicken pieces into a casserole pan and then poured into it the remaining marinade, also adding the cup of water and vinegar. (My mother had told me never to stir the adobo before the vinegary sauce has started to boil. – No idea why!)
  6. Add the bay leaves and whole peppercorn, put the lid on the casserole and simmer for half an hour or until chicken is cooked.
  7. Sprinkle in the sugar.
  8. Check that the sauce is to your liking.  Add more vinegar if not rightly sour, add soy sauce if it is still bland and if preferred season with a dash of salt.
  9. Serve Immediately with freshly boiled rice.

Optional!  To make the Chicken Adobo that little bit more special:

From Step 8, continue cooking a little longer.

  • Minced a couple of garlic cloves
  • Heat a little oil and saute the garlic.
  • Take out the chicken pieces from the casserole, leaving the sauce to simmer until it reduces.
  • Fry the chicken pieces in the garlic until they start to sizzle.
  • Arrange neatly in a serving platter and pour sauce over the pieces.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Blackberries in Salt & Vinegar

Blackberries in vinegar, photo by JMorton

I am currently watching the semi-finals between England and Croatia.  England dominated the first half with a 1-nil to England.

As it is half-time, I suddenly craved something sour.  I spied at around lunchtime that the blackberries, growing wildly in our garden are now ripening.

Actually, I picked those which are not fully ripe yet.  They taste better in vinegar and they are crispier and crunchier with that burst of sour taste.

When the blackberries are fully ripe, I will be baking a blackberry and apple crumble.

If you want to try my sour blackberries, then half a cup to half a cup of firm ripening blackberries.  Wash thoroughly and drain.

Add to it a tablespoon of red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.  These vinegars have that spicy and wonderful smell about it, really sour.

Then sprinkle a little salt, give it a stir.

Ready to crunch,

Yum

Sadly a young, relatively inexperienced and talented England team lost 2-1 in extra time, but far exceeded expectations with hope for the future. I still enjoyed my snack 🙂

Blackberries in Salt & Vinegar

 

 

Brussels Sprouts

Brussel sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are full of goodness.  They contain a lot of folate and indoles, which are bioflavanoids and nitrogen compound. Indoles are supposed to reduce the risk of cancer.

Brussels sprout is cabbage lookalike in miniature. And like cabbage, brussels sprout can cause flatulence.

Choose small green ones and they can be store in the fridge in a paper bag.  Keep them unwashed to prevent them going yellow and tasting bitter and soggy when cooked.

And they got their name from Brussels in Belgium.

Cook’s Glossary: Fruits & Veg

What Is It?

The world is getting smaller and smaller everyday, as the song goes.  And that is true.  You can go around the world much lesser time than 80 days as the classic film says.

People are not the only one to travel.  Animals, vegetables and minerals also jetset or cruise to anywhere in the world.

Below is our list of the weird and wonderful travellers from across the globe.

Cook’s Glossary: Fruits & Veg

 

EnglishScientific NameTagalog (T)

Ilocano (I)

Ch/Chinese

JP/Japan

SK/South Korean

India (In)

ArtichokeCynara cardunculus var. scolymus

Avocado

Persea americanaAbokado (T)

Abukadu (I)

Abokado (JP)
Bitter Gourd/Bitter Melon/Balsam Pear/ Bitter SquashMomordica charantiaAmpalaya (T)

Parya (I)

Karela (In), Kugua (Ch), Yeoju (SK), Nigauri (JP)
Brussels Sprouts, Brussel Sprouts
Calabash, Bottle GourdLagenaria sicerariaUpo (T)
CherriesSeresa

Adidas
CottonfruitSandoricum koetjapeSantol (T)
Flat Green Beans also known as Helda Beans & Romano Beans
JicamaPachyrhizus erosusSingkamasDoushu/Liang shu (Ch)
Langsat, Lanzones

Lansium parasiticum

Lanzones
Mango
Passion FruitManga
Persimmon, Sharon Fruit
Pili NutCanarium ovatumPili Nut
PomeloSuha (T) Dugmon (I)
Strawberry
TomatoSolanum lycopersicumKamatis
Velvet Apple/Velvet PersimmonDiospyros DiscolorMabolo

Classic Brownie Recipe

Brownie with Love, by Mae Mercado-Sanguer

Brownie is easily a favourite with everyone.  But then again, why ever not?!!!

I had a bit of a conundrum categorising this recipe.  Should it go under baked cakes or baked cookies?  I did a bit of research and found out that it should be classified as a cookie?

Why?

Apparently it has something to do with the manner it is eaten.  Brownie is a finger food, just like cookies and biscuits.  Cakes are eaten with a fork or even a desert spoon, if cake is rather runny.

So that’s it

Below is a recipe that is easy to follow for such a delicious treat.

Classic Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 200 g butter or margarine
  • 165 g cocoa powder
  • 400 g  brown caster sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoons vanilla 
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g  walnuts or unsalted peanuts

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Line a brownie tin/tray or grease a 20 x 18 cm tin.
  3. Melt the butter and cocoa together in a saucepan, under a low heat.
  4. Add the sugar and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Remove from the heat and mix in the flour and half of the nuts then the eggs.
  6. Pour into the already prepared brownie tin.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or when press the top is soft and bounce back up.
  8. As soon as it comes out of the oven, tip in the rest of the nuts all over the top of the hot brownie.  Run a wooden spoon over the top to gently press in the nuts.
  9. Cool and cut into serving pieces.

 

Enjoy!  Sometimes I like my brownies still slightly warm and then served with a bit of ice-cream on the side.   Hmmm I think this is when brownies become a cake! 🙂

Ginisang Ampalaya at Baboy (Sauteed Bitter Gourd with Pork) Recipe

Ampalaya, photo by JMorton

Ginisang Ampalaya at Baboy (Sauteed Bitter Gourd with Pork) Recipe

This is another variation of Ginisang Ampalaya.  And it is as delicious especially if you are partial to strong tasting food.

Ampalaya or bitter gourd, is so called because of its bitter taste.  It might taste strangely at first but your palate does get used to it pretty quickly if you are open to adventurous savour.

Anyway the recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • Two medium size ampalaya, cut in half and remove the seeds and pith. Then slice fairly thinly in half rings
  • 1 tsp salt + 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 kg pork belly, sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 vegetable bouillon dissolved in 3/4 cup of hot water

Method of Preparation:

  • Put the slices of ampalaya in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt.  Leave for five minutes.
  • Add to it the hot water and leave for 5 minutes.
  • Drain and squeeze the ampalaya slices to remove excess bitterness.
  • In a wok, add the sliced pork belly with a cup of water.  Bring to a boil and then simmer until the water has evaporated and the pork had softened.
  • Add the oil to the pork and stir until golden.
  • Stir in the garlic and onion, cook until fragrant.
  • Add the ampalaya and stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Pour in the cup of vegetable bouillon.
  • Bring to a boil. Simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the beaten egg and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Serve immediately with boiled rice or fried rice.
  • Enjoy!

Chinese Roast Pork with Seasonal Vegetables Stir-Fry

Chinese Roast Pork with Vegetables, photo by JMorton

This recipe is in two parts.

First of is making the Chinese roast pork and it then sliced and cooked/stir fry with the seasonal vegetables (widely available vegetables in whatever season)  Substitute or add any or more vegetables in available in your fridge.

Chinese Roast Pork with Seasonal Vegetables Stir-fry

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Lbs. pork loin or belly1/4 cup.Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha (you can get it now in Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Oriental supermarket
  • 1/2 tbsp  Sesame Oil
  • 1/2  tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp.Red Food Colouring (Optional.)
  • 1 tsp. Chinese 5 Spice

Directions for the Chinese Roast Pork

  • Mix together all the ingredients except for the pork in a large shallow bowl, like a covered pyrex dish or a flat casserole.
  • When all the ingredients are incorporated, Stir in the pork, ensure that all sides are drenched with the marinade.
  • Put a lid on the the bowl, using its on cover or with a cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight or at least for two to three hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.  Using a large roasting pan with a rack, fill the bottom of part of the roasting pan with water.  Ensure the water does not touch the top of the rack.
  • Carefully arrange the the pork into the rack (don’t let it touch the water, so as not to dilute the marinade that had been absorbed by the meat).
  • Put the roasting pan into the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 45 – 60 minutes. Remove from the oven after thirty minutes and brush with the marinade on both sides of the pork.  return to the oven and continue to cook.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing into half inches thickness.

Seasonal Vegetable Stir-fry

Ingredients

 

  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 cup green bell pepper,sliced
  • 1 cup baby corn, cut in half
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, sliced
  • 100 g mushroom, quartered
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • i cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • Shrimp juice (derived by crushing the head of the shrimp) or use shrimp bouillon
  • 1cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large wok, saute the garlic and onion until golden (do not burn to prevent any any bitter taste)
  2. Stir in the carrots, green and red bell peppers and baby corn.
  3. Add the broccoli.
  4. Stir in the sliced pork.
  5. Mix in the oyster sauce.
  6. Pour in the shrimp juice and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. The allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. Dilute the cornstarch with the rest of the water then pour mixture in the wok. Mix well.
  8. Tip in the mung bean sprouts  and cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Check the seasoning by adding salt and pepper according to taste.
  10. Transfer into a serving bowl and eat hot with freshly boiled rice or some noodles.

Ginataang Alimasag Recipe (Crab in Coconut Milk)

ginataang Alimasag, photo by Robert De Los Santos

This is a delicious take on the squash and green beans cooked in coconut milk.  It is tasty because of the crabs.

The crabs used in this recipe are alimasag.  Alimasag are smaller crabs compared to the huge alimango.

Crabs by Robert de los Santos

Ingredients:

  • 12 fresh blue crabs (alimasag) (more if you are really partial to them) 🙂
  • ½ medium squash (Kalabasa), peeled and cubed
  • 100 g green beans/string beans (sitaw) (about 3 to 4 cups), cut into 2.5 inch length
  • 3½ cups coconut milk (gata) Use 2 cans of shop-bought coconut milk
  • 3-4 long chillies
  • 1½ tbsp fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

 

 Method of Preparation:

  • Heat a wok or a large casserole pan.

  • Pour in the oil and heat.

  • Saute the garlic and onion, ensure not to burn the garlic to prevent any bitter taste.

  • Stir in the squash and crabs and cook for a couple of minutes.

  • Add in the the beans.

  • Pour in the coconut milk, bring to a boil.

  • Turn down the heat and leave to simmer.

  • Drop in the chillies.  A little kick of  chilli heat is always perfect with the rather rich coconut milk. :()

  • Add fish sauce and season with the ground black pepper.

  • Cook for 12-15 or until blue crabs have turned into red/orange colour and the vegetable have softened.

  • Check the seasoning.  Add more patis or salt and black pepper according to taste.

  • Transfer into a large bowl and serve with freshly boiled rice.

Now that is what you call heavenly food.

Sweet & Sour Fish Recipe

Sweet & Sour Fish Recipe

The tangy and sweet taste of the sauce greatly compliment the succulence of this freshly caught fish.

Ingredients:

4 Bisugo (Threadfin Bream), descaled and gutted

6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

4 tbsp ketchup (use banana ketchup for a spicier option)

3/4 cup water

1 inch ginger, peeled and chopped into tiny sticks

oil

2 tsp cooking wine

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp vinegar

1/2 – 1 tbsp cornstarch

salt according to taste

2 shallots, sliced thinly

Method of Preparation:

 

 

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