Category: RECIPE

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:

 

 

Saewoo Twigim (Korean Deep Fried King Prawns)

Saewoo Twigim, photo by JMorton

Saewoo Twigim (Korean Deep Fried King Prawns)

I could eat and eat fried king prawns all old.  They are so delicious especially served with some spicy sauces.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2  shrimp, peeled (but leave the tail intact) and de-veined
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Korean deep frying mix powder (this is available in Asian/Oriental/Korean food store near you) 🙂
  • Oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Using a deep fryer or a pan with high sides like a large wok or casserole, heat the enough oil for deep frying.
  • Ensure that the oil is hot at 375 degrees, essential for quick crisping of the battered shrimps. (It is useful to invest in an oil thermometer for kitchen use, some are not very expensive)
  • Spread the two cups of Korean deep frying mix powder on a plate.

  • Dip each peeled shrimp into the beaten eggs and then cover and coat with the mix powder.
  • Give each a gentle quick shake and then carefully lower down over the hot oil.
  • Fry in batches; do not overcrowd the pan to maintain the hot temperature of the oil.
  • Remove from oil when prawns are golden brown all over.
  • Paper towels should be at the ready to drain off excess oil.

Serve with some salad and favourite dip.

Bin Dae Tteok (Korean Vegetable Pancake)

Korean Pancake, photo by JMorton

Bin Dae Tteok (Korean Vegetable Pancake)

This is a delicous savoury pancake.  Delicious dipped in a sauce made with soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic and spiced with chopped chillies.

Perfect for starters.

Homemade Salt Beef Recipe

Salt Beef, photo by JMorton

Salt beef is a delicious main or a starter with some salad and buttered bread.  If you are partial to salt beef, like I am, then why not make your own salt beef and enjoy in the comfort of your home.

Salt beef is also perfect for making sandwiches.

Here is an easy to follow recipe.

Homemade Salt Beef Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 1.7 kg  rolled beef brisket (slow roast cut)
  • 250g muscovado sugar
  • 350g sea salt
  • 1 tsp whole black
  • peppers
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped,
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and quartered

 

 Method of Preparation:

 

1.Bring a large casserole pan with enough water to cover the rolled beef brisket completely (do not put the beef brisket just yet!) to a boil.

2.  Stir in the sugar and salt until fully dissolved.  Add in the 2 bay leaves and the whole black peppercorns.  Simmer for a couple of minutes then turn of the heat and allow this syrup to cool down.

3.  Carefully place the beef brisket into the casserole.  Ensure that the beef is submerged into the syrup.  Place a smaller lid to the casserole that you can push down and therefore can weigh down the beef completely into the syrup.

4. Leave the beef marinating into the syrup for 7-8 days inside the fridge.

5. Rinse out the beef and discard the marinade.

6. Place the beef in a large clean pan.  Cover the beef with water and bring to a boil.

7.  Add the carrots and onions.  Turn down the heat and leave to gently simmer for 5 hours or until soft all over.

8. To test for doneness, insert a skewer in the middle (highest) part of the beef.  The skewer should go through easily.

10.  Salt beef can be served hot but allow it to settle for perfect succulence by setting it aside for half an hour before carving.

 

Reference: Good Housekeeping Institute

Upside Down Pineapple Cake Recipe

This cake recipe is so light and moist.  The pineapple on top is fantastic.  It is so lovely; would be a real treat for any occasion for the whole family and friends.

Ingredients

  • 50g softened butter
  • 50g light soft brown sugar
  • 6 pineapples rings from canned in syrup, do not discard the syrup
  • 6 glacé cherry
  • 2 tbsp sultanas
  • 100g softened butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

 

 Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until fully incorporated into a creamy butter.
  3. Using a preferably non-stick deep cake tin with loose base and about 20 cm wide, spread the butter mix on the base.
  4. Then arrange the pineapple rings on top of the butter mix, placing each of the  cherries in the centres of the rings, the dome part of the cherries on the bottom.
  5. Set aside and make the cake mix.
  6. In a large mixing bowl or a food mixer, place together the butter, caster sugar, self-raising flour, baking powder, sultanas, vanilla extract and egg with 2 tbsp of the pineapple syrup.
  7. Mix until it has a soft consistency of a batter.
  8. Pour into the tin over the pineapple slices and smooth it out so it’s level and all the slices covered.
  9. Bake for 35 mins, test with a clean knife by inserting into the cake.  When the edge of the knife comes out clean, then it is ready.
  10. Leave to stand for 5 mins, then turn out onto a plate. Serve warm with ice-cream or cream.

 

 

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