Category: Stews & Casseroles

Pork Stewed in Tomato Sauce


Pork Stewed in Tomato Sauce

This is a delicious family.  It is very filling and perfect served with freshly boiled rice or steamed new potatoes or even mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

400g pork shoulder, cut into fairly large pieces about 1½ inches chunks
3 tbsp. Extra virgin Olive oil
8 sprigs thyme, hard stalks trimmed, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
2-3 bay leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. saffron
170ml. red wine (cheap plonk) 🙂 decent one for drinking 🙂
1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
400g fresh chopped tomatoes or 1 can of chopped plum tomatoes
1 medium size green or yellow marrow sliced
150g. flat green beans, topped and tailed and cut into 2 inches lengths

How to make:

  1.  Pre-heat the oven to  gas mark 180ºC.
  2. Using a casserole pan, heat the olive oil  over medium heat.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add the thyme, garlic, onion and bay leaves. Fry for a minute.
  4. Add the pork and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Stir until the pork has turned golden brown all over.  This may take about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the saffron.
  6. Pour in the wine, vinegar and chopped tomatoes.
  7. Stir all the ingredients well, cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Cover the casserole pan and then put it on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven.  Leave for 1 hour.
  9. Check and adjust the seasoning.  Also add the marrow and flat green beans.
  10. Cook for a further 40 minutes at a lower temperature of 160ºC.

 

 

Spicy Pork with Flat Green Beans

Flat Green Beans & Pork, Photo by JMorton

Flat Green Beans & Pork, with Rice Photo by JMorton

Spicy Pork with Flat Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 200g flat green beans, top and tail and cut into 1½ inches lengths
  • 300g pork belly slices, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp cornflour
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp of chilli oil or less, to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Water

Shrimp Pinakbet Recipe

Shrimp Pinakbet, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Shrimp Pinakbet Recipe

I do love meaty pinakbet but once and again a good shrimp pinakbet is the business.  Here is a really scrumptious tasting recipe.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp oil

2 pound prawns

1 medium ampalaya (bittergourd), deseeded and sliced

1 pound squash, peeled and cut into biggish cubes

1 medium size eggplant (aubergine)

100 g string beans, trimmed and cut into 1½ inches lengths

2 tomatoes, sliced

1 medium onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

¼ cup bagoong na alamang (shrimp paste)

1 cup water

Method of Preparation:

Using a sauce pan, heat the oil and quickly fry the prawns in the garlic for a minute.

Add the ampalaya, squash, eggplant, tomato and onion.

Pour in the water.

Stir in the bagoong.

Cover the pan and allow to simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Check the season, add a little patis if most salt is required!

Mushroom Stroganoff

We had a really yummy mushroom stroganoff at the Equinox Ball last night. I thought then that I would try to cook it at home as my husband and I both adore mushroom. I googled for the recipe and found this on the BBC food website. Seem the recipe is good and really straight forward. I shall try this recipe and post some of my own photos soon, meanwhile the BBC recipe is as follows:


Mushroom Stroganoff

Ingredients
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion , finely chopped
1 tbsp paprika
2 garlic cloves , crushed
300g mixed mushrooms , chopped
150 ml beef or vegetable stock (2 cubes of beef or vegetable bouillon cubes dissolved in 3 cups of hot water)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp half-fat soured cream
small bunch parsley , roughly chopped

Procedure:

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick casserole pan and  fry the onion until soften, this may take about 5 mins under fairly low heat.
  2.  Add the garlic and paprika and cook  for a minute.
  3. Turn up the heat to medium to high and add mushrooms, stir frying for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in the stock and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil.
  5. Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce had thicken.
  6. Turn off the heat,  stir in the sour cream, ensure that the pan is not of the heat as the cream will curdle if heated.
  7. Serve with a good sprinkle of chopped parley.

Best eaten with freshly boiled rice.

Singapore’s Curry Laksa

Curry Laksa in Singapore, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Singapore’s Curry Laksa

The recipe will soon to follow!!! 🙂

Pork & Shrimp in Coconut Milk

Pork & Shrimp in Coconut Milk, photo by Mae Sanguer

Pork & Shrimp in Coconut Milk

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs. pork, cubed
  • 1 lb shrimps, shell removed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or 2 vegetable bouillon cubes dissolved in 2 cup of hot water; plain hot water will also do)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ¼ cup shrimp paste (bagoong na alamang – can be bought at any oriental food store if living in the UK)
  • 1 small squash, peeled and cubed
  • 200g  string beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium  onion, sliced
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 3 tbsp vegetable  oil
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat the oil using a casserole pan or a wok.
  2. Saute the garlic until fragrant and golden, do not burn as it would leave a bitter taste.
  3. Add the onion and cook until translucent.
  4. Stir in the pork. Cook the pork is ssizzling in its juice and oil.
  5. Sprinkle the ground black pepper.
  6. Carefully pour in the vegetable broth. Bring it to a boil.  Then lower down the heat and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the coconut milk. Bring it to a boil and leave to simmer until the pork is tender.
  8. Stir in the squash and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Season with the shrimp paste. Stir thoroughly.
  10. Add the string beans and shrimp. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add salt only if needed.
  11. Transfer to a serving plate.
  12. Serve with freshly boiled rice.

Courgette, Broccoli with Cannellini Beans Casserole

Courgette, Broccoli with Cannellini Beans Casserole, photo by JMorton

Courgette, Broccoli with Cannellini Beans Casserole

This is a sumptuous medley of vegetables cooked in lots of sweet plum tomatoes.  Delicious evening meal for any day of the week.

Ingredients:

1/2 head of broccoli, separated into individual florets
2 courgette, cut in half lengthwise and sliced diagonally
1 can Cannellini beans, washed and drained
100g green beans, trimmed and sliced
1 onion, peeled and chopped finely
a can chopped plum tomatoes
3 cups vegetable broth (or 2 vegetable cubes dissolved in 3 cups of hot water)
1 tbsp tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1½ tbsp olive oil
2 tsp mixed herbs
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method of Preparation:

Heat a large casserole pan, heat the oil.

Sauté the chopped onion and garlic until golden and fragrant.

Pour in the chopped plum tomatoes and vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil then stir in the tomato paste and sprinkle the mixed herbs (or use dried basil).  Season with salt and pepper.

Add the cannellini beans and cook for 5 minutes.  Drop in the courgettes and green beans.  Cover the casserole and leave to simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Finally add the broccoli.  Do not cover the casserole so that the appetising dark green colouring of the broccoli will not fade.  Cook until soften.

Check and adjust the seasoning.  Add more salt and pepper, if required.

Serve hot with some crusty bread or even steamed rice.

Ginataang Kalabasa At Sitaw (Squash & String Beans in Coconut Milk)

Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw, photo by Rosie Reyes- Barrera

Ginataang Kalabasa At Sitaw (Squash & String Beans in Coconut Milk)

If there was a comfort food, this was it (for me anyway!)

I love this recipe with such a passion.  This is real Filipino home-cooking at its best, again for me anyway! 🙂

I think squash was made to be cooked in coconut milk.  A marriage made in a hot-wok-heaven!  Before I go on to more and more overblown pontification, here is a basic recipe for this delicious dish.

Ingredients:

1 small or 1/2 a squash or pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cubed

200g string beans (green beans), cut into about 1½ to 2 inches lengths.

1 cup shrimps, shelled and deveined (boil the shells & heads to flavour a cup of water to make a shrimp juice)

1 cup shrimp juice (or just plain water)

2 cups coconut milk

5 cloves garlic, chopped or minced finely

1/4 cup shrimp paste (bagoong na alamang) or 1¼ tbsp fish sauce

1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly

1 cup malunggay leaves of spinach (optional)

1½tbsp vegetable oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Preparation:

  • Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan.
  • Sauté the garlic  and onion.
  • Add the the shrimps.
  • Stir in the shrimp paste, if using.
  • Pour in the shrimp juice or cup of water
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer.
  • Drop in the squash and string beans.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and continue to stir well until it begins to boil.
  • Adjust the seasoning by adding salt and black pepper.
  • Finally add the malunggay or spinach and continue cooking for a couple of minutes more.

Serve hot with lots of freshly boiled rice.

Enjoy!

TIP:  Instead of shrimps, you can add sauteed pork instead.

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